Bathroom Mold Safety
Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet. Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.
If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Daviess County has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.
If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:
- Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
- Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
- Check plumbing for leaks
Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!
Hurricane Florence - #TeamElkins
Before Hurricane Florence hit, the predictions about how much damage it would cause kept changing, and many residents on the coast of North and South Carolina evacuated. Now that Florence has hit the east coast with its full force the past few days, it is time to start putting these cities back together. The amount of damage caused surpassed what the local franchisees could handle, which is when Storm was activated. Storm Teams from across the county have traveled to help clean up the destruction caused by the storm, and so have we. Right now, #TeamElkins is working in North Carolina in the cities of New Bern, Sebree, Trent Woods, and Atlantic Beach. These cities are right off the coast and have been hit extremely hard. Team members have been sending back photos, like the one to the right, of all the destruction and it is devastating to think about. We are happy to be able to help those in need, and plan on staying as long as we can to help with the cleanup.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air ducts are something that many home and business owners do not think about on a regular basis. But along with the rest of your home, they also get dirt. SERVPRO of Daviess County specializes in cleaning HVAC Systems.
- The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
- Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
- As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor to microbial concerns.
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Daviess County will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.
In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Daviess County often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.
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5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss
Throughout your home there are 5 appliances that if not properly taken care of could cause a large water loss:
Hot Water Heater- The average life of a water heater is around 12 years, and 70% of their failures are because of leaks or bursts. Make it a habit to regularly check for leaks, inspect the anode rods, and piping.
Refrigerator- Your ice maker is the part of the refrigerator that typically causes the most leaks. They also typically leak in the back where you will not notice. If you replace the lines with braided steel alternatives, it could help prevent this from happening.
Dishwasher- Dishwashers are the same with refrigerators as they can cause slow leaks that you may not notice, but can cause significant damage to your flooring. Pulling the dishwasher out and inspecting under it is the best way to avoid long term damage from happening.
Washing Machine- Over half of water damage claims are the responsibility of faulty washing machine hoses. Annually check the hoses for wear and tear, or go ahead and replace them.
Air Conditioner- If you air conditioner is in the attic, once a month go check and make sure it is not leaking. When appliances are out of site, it normally takes longer to find problems. This could cause a slow leak to happen, and cause even more damage before you even realize it is happening.
How We Help Sell Homes!
If you are a home owner and realtor with properties to put on the market, you want the potential buyer to have a great first impression. Making sure your home is in its top condition is the way to make this happen. SERVPRO of Daviess County is able to assist both the home owners and realtors in preparing homes to be put on the market. Some of these services are listed below:
- Duct and HVAC System Cleaning
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
- Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Making sure your carpets or HVAC systems have been cleaned can be a huge selling point on any home. This shows not only that it is already done and they do not have to worry about it, but that you took pride in your home and took care of it. Doing the little things like this is what can set you apart from the competition!
National Preparedness Month - Tips
September of each year is National Preparedness Month. This is the time of the year the Department of Homeland Security encourages home and business owners to prepare for future disasters. Some of the ways that they suggest doing this is by:
- Learn lifesaving skills- such as CPR and First Aid
- Check your insurance coverage policies- They may not cover hazards such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
- Create an escape route
- Start an emergency fund
- Learn where gas and water shut offs are in your home
- Sign up for local weather alerts
- Make emergency bags for each family member
- Consider what to do with pets during an emergency
- Have a designated place for important documents
- Have emergency phone numbers saved in cell phones and posted near house phones
Taking time throughout the month of September to do some of these things could really help you and your family during an emergency.
October is Fire Prevention Week!
Depiction of the "Great Chicago Fire"
Mark your Calendars! Starting October 7th through October 8th 2018 SERVPRO of Daviess County will join the United States in Observing Fire Prevention Week. This important week is the longest running public health observance according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s library dating back to 1925. This tradition and annual occasion was signed in a proclamation of recognition by the President of the United States. This important week also commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871. This horrific event in history left over 100,000 people homeless and killed approximately 250 innocent victims. This grisly fire was rumored to have started when a cow kicked over an oil lamp.
Don’t wait until October to check your smoke detectors. See our Blog on “The importance of Smoke detectors.
In the event that your a victim of a home or business fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals. SERVPRO is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will answer and react when you need us!
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Home Safety Escape Route
With fire season coming, prepare your family by creating a fire escape plan and making sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency. By having a plan in place and practicing it beforehand, this ensures you and your family will know what to do and be able to calmly go through the steps to get out of your house in an emergency. The National Fire Protection Association has an extremely helpful article on how to create one that is child friendly. It also has tips on how to best lay out your plan.
After creating your plan, make sure to run through it a couple of times and make sure all family members know what to do. The NFPA also suggests that if you have children, have a practice run in the middle of the night, so you can find out how well they learned it. #SafetyFirst #FireSeason
Let us help prepare your business for an emergency!
Do you know what percentage of businesses typically close after suffering from a disaster? 50%. That is a crazy amount, and a lot of the problem is that businesses are not prepared for problems when they occur and do not know what to do when that moment comes. In most cases, the faster the work starts, the better. The longer the problem sits, the larger the damage is.
SERVPRO of Daviess County has a way to assist business owners in preventing losses through our Emergency Ready Profiles. We come into your business, gather photos and information, and put together a profile of your business for you to keep on hand in case of issues.
Already having your information together and having a plan of action in place can cut down on the amount of work there is to do on the building.
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SERVPRO of Daviess County is one business that can assist in any type of commercial kitchen cleaning. When a disaster strikes, the business owner’s priority is to get reopened. Being able to do this quickly depends on how quickly and efficiently the mess is cleaned up. Doing this in a kitchen is especially hard because of all the regulations. Having a business who has cleaned commercial kitchens before gives the business owner comfort. Our employees are trained to be mindful of guidelines and be aware of potential hazards around them. Some of the facilities we have assisted with before including: food manufacturing and distribution centers, fast food and sit-down restaurants, senior living facilities, and educational buildings.
Call us today at 270-683-1888 for a free quote and for more information!