Mold Can Spread Through A Home In As Little As 48 hours
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moist Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If you see any signs of mold call SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County today at 540-433-6100.
NOT EVERYTHING IS SAFE TO BURN IN YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOOD STOVE
Please remember not everything is safe to burn in your fireplace or wood stove. Sometimes items that you think would be safe to burn are not. Some items can cause serious health issues or safety issues if burned. For example, burning glossy paper such as wrapping paper or newspaper ads could possibly put toxins or carcinogens in the air that you breathe. Some items burn faster than others creating a high, intensely hot flame that could catch any built-up creosote in a chimney on fire. Below is a list of a few items you should never put in your fireplace or wood stove.
~Paper, Bows, Glossy Paper, Cardboard & Packaging
~Plastics, Pine Needles, Live Garland, Live Wreaths or Flowers
~Styrofoam Containers, Egg Cartons, Dryer Lint
~Painted, Varnished, Stained or Treated Wood
~Engineered Wood (Plywood, Particle Board, Pressed Board, OSB) Glue compounds are used in the layering of these woods.
~Green Wood – Wood that is not dry will produce a lot of smoke and creosote.
~Driftwood – Driftwood contains salt which is corrosive. When heated, corrosion is accelerated and toxic fumes are produced.
These are just some of the items you should never burn. Please follow all safety directions on your wood burning appliance.
Always have a fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector nearby and change the batteries on a schedule.
Preparing your home and business for Winter Weather
Be prepared this winter
Winter weather is right around the corner so here are a few of our tips on how to keep your home and business disaster free.
• Keep cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
• Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
• Consider installing specific products to insulate water pipes, such as “pipe sleeves” or just use a dark colored sock for outside spigots.
• Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off”. Then make sure the outdoor faucet is open to help it drain completely while the inner valve is shut off.
• Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Allowing debris to accumulate could cause damming effects on gutters, leading to roof and water damage.
• If you are traveling, leave your furnace set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
•Inspect property and pay specific attention to downed tree limbs and branches. Walkways and parking lots should be inspected for proper drainage. potential slippery or hazardous areas corrected with mats or non-slip surfaces.
•Preform or have a professional perform proper maintenance on your furnace.
•Contact SERVPRO about having an Emergency Ready Plan done for your business to ensure you are ready for any type of disaster.
•Contact SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at 540-433-6100 for help when winter weather strikes.
What You Can Do To Help Prevent Water Damage This Season
Bathtubs can easily overflow, especially if left unattended with the water running.
We should always be conscious of the water we use and how it can actually end up causing damage. If we’re not careful we can be responsible for flooding or additional water damage in our homes. It is good to know things you can do to try and prevent water damage and what to look out for.
Lookout for Water Pipes
It’s getting close to that time of year where pipes can easily freeze. Make sure you don’t have any cracks in your piping or any slow drips. Cracks in your pipes often can result in not only leaks but when pipes freeze can increase the chance of your pipes bursting.
Many of us love long hot showers on these cold brisk weather days. Especially in the mornings to help warm us up. However, excess use of water can lead to flooding and pooling, which if you’re not careful, can cause water damage. The stagnant water and excessive moisture in your shower is something you should closely monitor so that it does not lead to mold growth and damage. Making certain also that your shower curtain is closed completely and that no water is spraying out is also important as if you spray too much water out of the shower and onto your floor it will seep through below your flooring. If you have shower doors instead of a curtain, make certain that they too close properly and that they are not leaking water out during your shower. If a hot bath is your preference, then watch how high you fill it up! You do not want to walk away and allow for your tub to overflow. You also do not want to fill it so high that when you get into the tub and sink down you cause water to overflow onto the floor.
It is good to make sure that your drains are working properly. Be it in your bathtub, shower, kitchen or bathroom sink, if a drain is not draining properly it can lead to water pooling and sometimes flowing over out of the sink, tub, etc. You should clean out your drains often as hair, debris, food pieces etc can easily clog them.
Be careful to not clog your toilets. While sometimes it is unavoidable, always make sure to have a plunger available in case it should be needed. If you know something has clogged your toilet, be it paper or something a child placed it in and flushed, than do not keep flushing it. Until you are sure the clog has been dealt with properly, flushing can cause your toilet to overflow. Should that happen, do your best to clean up any water immediately.
Plants and Christmas Trees
It’s almost Christmas! Lots of us just love freshly cut Christmas Trees. However, those trees, of course, require us to water them or to keep them in water. Make sure you’re keeping your houseplants, any flowers watered and/or fed with what they need in order to keep them growing. Make sure to keep that Christmas Tree from drying out as it can otherwise go from a potential water problem to a fire hazard. However, be sure to monitor how much water isn’t being absorbed by the soil, plants, or the Christmas Tree. Excess water can and often will seep through crevices and cause damage to your home’s foundation, create sinkholes and more.
Should you encounter any sort of water damage at your home than SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, is here for you! We are open 24/7 and can be reached at 540-433-6100. To receive assistance with water, fire or storm damage, give us a call.
Clogged Gutters - A Leading Cause of Water Damage!
Gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to your home. That is why it is essential that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home, protecting roofs, walls, and foundations of homes. To keep gutters working properly, it is important to make sure that gutters are cleaned regularly so that water can flow freely to the downspouts and away from your home.
So how often should you clean your gutters? It is recommended that you clean your gutters AT LEAST twice a year!
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. If water finds its way into the walls and ceilings of the home, it will cause interior damage. In winter months, pooling water around the foundation of the home can cause foundation cracks if it freezes and expands. The paint and siding of a home can also be damaged as water overflows from the gutters.
Failing to clean gutters regularly can be a very costly mistake! It is one of the most important tasks of a homeowner and, if done on a regular basis, can prevent many homeowner headaches!
If water damage impacts your home or commercial facility, please call our crew at SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County at (540) 433-6100. We proudly offer 24-hour emergency service, and we are equipped to deal with any size disaster.
Cooler Weather Means an Increase in House Fires
Fall and Winter often bring an increase in the number of people who have lost their homes, and sometimes their lives, due to house fires. Here are a few reasons why house fires typically happen more during the colder months:
More Time Spent Indoors
Colder weather means that most people find themselves wanting to make like a bear and hibernate. People are much more inclined to spend a lot more time at home curled up under a blanket with a cup of tea, or hot cocoa than they are outside socializing. Homeowners that are normally outside during the warmer months find themselves, their kids, and their pets spending days on end staying completely indoors. All of this time indoors means that the family is using more electricity and heat sources than usual which greatly increase the chances for a house fire.
Additional Heating Methods
Most people use multiple heating sources during the winter on top of their normal furnace usage. Space heaters and fireplaces are all used to help create extra warmth or beautiful ambiance during the cold seasons. Knowing how to properly use a space heater can potentially avoid it from causing a fire. It is best to make sure you are not placing it near anything that could catch on fire, to not leave it too close to any fabrics or your bed and not to leave it unattended. When purchasing a space heater trying to look for and purchase one with safety features that’ll turn off by itself if knocked over or if it becomes too hot. It is especially important in keeping your home safe this winter. Fireplaces should always be watched and attended to and not left alone to burn. It is common for sparks and burning wood to fly out from the flames, even around some fireplace screens. These can easily catch carpet and nearby flammables on fire.
Most fires that happen inside homes during the winter are ignited from cooking. The colder weather forces most of us to cook indoors instead of using the outdoor grill. All of the extra meals, especially large holiday ones, increase the chances of a house fire. Making sure someone is always present and paying attention while a meal is cooking is key to keeping your home safe.
If your home does experience a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County are here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 540-433-6100.
Why you should never use bleach to clean mold
Chlorine Bleach is often regarded as the answer to stopping mold growth and removing the mold. However, this is a myth. Bleach does not exonerate mold. Here are three reasons why bleach is not the answer to mold, and should never be used to clean a mold-contaminated area.
1. Bleach Loses Effectiveness Over Time
Chlorine bleach can dissipate rapidly, causing the bleach to be less effective. Over time this occurs because chlorine can evaporate and even faster in areas that are above room temperature. When the chlorine disappears, the bleach bottle turns into a bottle of salt water.
2. Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth
Chlorine bleach was made to clean surfaces, therefore can only kill surface bacteria and mold. This is due to bleach’s ion structure, which prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous material such as wood and drywall. When mold grows in porous areas, the enzyme’s roots grow deep within the material, rendering the bleach ineffective of exterminating the mold. The bleach can only remove the green stain from the mold, allowing the surface to appear clean. But underneath the surface, the water component of the bleach penetrates and helps the internal roots to continue to grow, causing mold to reappear.
3. Bleach is Toxic
Bleach emits harmful fumes that pollute the air we breathe and can become harmful to humans and even pets. Over a period of time, inhaling the gases bleach emits can deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining in addition to the scarring of the respiratory tract, which occurs in earlier stages. Also, research shows that household bleach is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in the United States.
Two reasons you can get mold in your home is… heat and humidity. Mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and humidity only helps that process. That’s why if you experience water damage and don’t take care of it the right way and in the first 48 hours; mold will begin to grow.
Restoring Your Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Harrisonburg/Rockingham County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County
SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Containment During a Mold Remediation: How Important is It?
Where is the most strategic location of this containment? It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible.
This information was taken fromRestoration and Remediation, an online magazine. It is beneficial to share information with you regarding mold and why we use containment in the remediation process.
"The great mold warriors we meet and work with on a daily basis all have a common advantage- like the greatest generals in history, they know their enemy. More specifically these mold warriors know and understand that the greatest strength of their enemy is its invisibility.
Begin your battle by heeding the current Nobel Laureate for literature: "The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind." [Of course that was an anti-war song…but let's not get too hung up in details…]
Since we know our enemy, we know it's greatest weakness - it cannot move on its own accord. It is entirely dependent on air currents to power its invasion. Manage the skies, and you will win the war.
Erecting containment and generating and directing the air flow within that containment will enable us to win the air war, by controlling the enemy's movement.
Where is the most strategic location of this containment? It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible while still permitting us to gain access and accomplish our work.
One of the most common flaws in mold remediation projects is a containment structure that is larger than it needs to be: Larger containments require more equipment for managing airflow, have more possible leak points, and require more time and effort to decontaminate prior to de-mobilisation. While erecting a containment, one must carefully balance the trade-offs between size and work access.
To do so, one can rely on the knowledge of experienced mold warriors and follow the established principles."
SERVPRO of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County can be your warrior when it comes to mold. To learn more, please visit our website or call us at (540) 433-6100. We will help guide you through this process.
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Indoor quality is something that needs to be maintained in a business, and we’re here for your needs!
Proper Maintenance Saves You Money!!
- World Health Organizations say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production
- People most at risk include infants and children, pregnant women, elderly, people with compromised respiratory system, and people with weakened immune systems
Control Moisture and Reduce Mold
Act within the first 24-48 hours...
- Correct any water leaks or standing water
- Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
- Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
- Replace wet or visible moldy insulation materials
Ways to Impress Your Customers
- Clean dirty and stained ceilings
- Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies
- Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets, and draperies
- Clean HVAC and air duct system
The SERVPRO Difference
- Reduce potential for mold growth
- Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold
- Eliminate offensive odors
- Written inspections and estimates
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- Over 1,600 Franchises in 48 states means more locations
- More locations means faster responses
- Faster responses means faster mitigation and less damage
- Faster mitigation means less cost
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