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3 Fast FAQs About Mold

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Fast FAQs About Mold Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home.

Treating mold growth in your Cleveland, TN home can be a daunting task. No matter what type you are dealing with or what caused it, eradicating it for good usually requires the assistance of a mold removal and cleanup company. However, asking a few questions about the growth, treatment and nature of this fungi may help you understand it a bit better and even help you prevent another invasion in the future.

1. What Causes Mold To Grow?

Mold spores are common in the air and can be found both indoors and out. However, when they find an environment with high humidity or dampness, they attach themselves to organic matter and multiply rapidly. Since mold does not require sunlight to grow, it can thrive in dark places, such as under cabinets, around toilet bases and in basements. The more moisture there is, the better the chances for mold growth.

2. What is Mold Remediation?

Once mold is discovered in your home and you call in a professional cleanup team, the technicians may perform immediate remediation to ensure the patches do not spread into other rooms. Remediation is meant to isolate the spores, which is usually performed with specialized tools, such as negative air chambers. This type of preventative care allows the technicians to move ahead with tear out work without risking the further spread of fungi spores.

3. How I Can Prevent Mold in the Future?

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of mold in the future is to monitor your home’s plumbing and water lines. Water damage can cause leaks and puddling, and since moisture attracts mold spores, preventing these conditions may lower the risk of infestation. Keeping your home’s humidity levels low may also discourage mold from forming.

Calling in a professional mold growth eradication team is a wise choice when you find fungi in your Cleveland, TN home. Being prepared with a short list of questions may allow you understand the cleanup process more thoroughly and help you prevent mold from returning in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on mold. 

How To Choose a Residential Fire Extinguisher

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

A home fire extinguisher is an essential piece of fire preparedness equipment. Residential fire extinguishers tend to contain dry chemicals and may be rated class A, B, C, or a combination of these classifications.

• Class A extinguishers are suitable for ordinary combustibles.
• Class B extinguishers are designed for fires involving flammable liquids.
• Class C extinguishers are effective for electrical fires.

Other letter classes include D for combustible metals and K for cooking combustibles. Many home extinguishers are designated A:B:C, meaning they are capable of suppressing, if not putting out, all of these types of fires. An A:B:C fire extinguisher can help you protect your property and prevent yourself and other residents from sustaining severe fire-related injuries.

Whether you are upgrading your home safety equipment or just need to replace your extinguisher, in addition to selecting the class of extinguisher, you may also select either a disposable or rechargeable canister design.

• Disposable extinguishers have plastic valves and are intended to be used once and then replaced.
• Rechargeable extinguishers feature metal valves and cost more up front, but less to refill than buying a replacement disposable extinguisher.

Try to strike a balance between the size and weight of the extinguisher you choose and your ability to wield it reliably in the event of an emergency. The weight of an extinguisher is determined by the chemicals in the canister and the canister materials.

With the right home fire extinguisher, you may be able to put out small fires before the firefighters arrive or at least suppress the flames enough so that all residents can safely evacuate. Only trained firefighters can determine whether a fire is fully extinguished and no longer poses a danger. You should still call 911 to report any fire incident in your home. If you do experience a severe fire, contact a residential damage restoration company located near Cleveland, TN. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on fire damage. 

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Flood Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Flood Damage If your home has flooded, you should contact a storm damage restoration service in Cleveland, TN, as soon as possible to address primary damage and l

If heavy rains or other types of flooding are frequently forecasted in your region, there are several strategies you can take to prepare your home. You can help prevent extensive flood damage that endangers the foundation and structure of your place by planning ahead. You should be ready to immediately follow any evacuation order issued for Cleveland, TN, and only return to your home after authorities declare the area to be safe.

1. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts allow for proper drainage away from your residence during heavy rain. The accumulation of water around the base of your home during flooding can pose a threat to your foundation. As well, water collecting on your roof can work its way under shingles and cause leaks.

2. Have your basement waterproofed. A flooded basement can also endanger the condition of the foundation and frame of your home. You may install a water alarm that will notify you if water begins to accumulate in your basement.

3. Make sure your sump pump is operational. Install a battery-powered backup or a generator system that will work even if the power fails due to storm damage.

4. Elevate critical utilities and furniture. This can reduce electrocution risk and reduce the extent of damage to your possessions.

5. Be prepared to evacuate. Pay attention to flood or flash-flood warnings and watches issued for your region. Listen to the radio or check your phone's alerts. You should plan ahead to prepare your home and be ready to evacuate at any time with important documents and valuables.

These five steps are intended to help you prepare your home for flooding caused by any type of adverse weather. If your home has flooded, you should contact a storm damage restoration service in Cleveland, TN, as soon as possible to address primary damage and limit the extent of secondary damage to your residence. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com/

Advantages of Hiring a Certified Professional To Clean Up Water in Your Office

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Advantages of Hiring a Certified Professional To Clean Up Water in Your Office If flooding in your office building requires a massive water cleanup effort, trust a certified expert to come to the rescue.

As a key figure in your company, you understand the joys and challenges that come with managing a work environment. Inevitably, problems will arise at some point, even environmental issues that need repairs. You can probably handle some of these with on-site staff, but for the toughest jobs in your Cleveland, TN, office, you need a qualified specialist to lend his or her expertise. If you have extensive water cleanup needs following a flood, a professional can help resolve the matter thoroughly and completely.

They Have the Tools

For big jobs such as flooding from a broken pipe, you need the best equipment to address the situation. A certified professional can bring industrial-strength tools to clean up your water and any damage that has occurred. An expert usually has the following at his or her disposal:

Commercial-grade wet vacuums
• High-powered dryers to effectively dry all areas and surfaces
• Effective cleaning and sanitizing agents

You likely won’t have access to all of this equipment in your workplace.

They Have the Skills

You’ve probably developed quite the proficiency for repairs and cleanup jobs, but hopefully you haven’t had to deal with too many water cleanup issues in your building. Certified water damage experts, on the other hand, work with these situations every day. Through extensive practice and hands-on application, they have developed the necessary skills and competency to resolve even the biggest challenges in Cleveland, TN, businesses.

They Have the Expertise

It’s one thing to have some knowledge of flood cleanup and to have helped out few times with water damage issues. But when you call a professional water damage expert, you’re getting someone on your side who has probably helped numerous commercial customers over the course of several years or even a few decades. Don’t chance this important job to just anyone. You need a competent pro.

If flooding in your office building requires a massive water cleanup effort, trust a certified expert to come to the rescue. You’ll be grateful to get your office back to a safe condition where you and your employees can work effectively. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com/

Mold Damage: What You Need To Know About Commercial Insurance

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage: What You Need To Know About Commercial Insurance If you ever need to call in a mold removal specialist in Cleveland, TN, call SERVPRO of Bradley County.

Every insurance policy is different, so if you have specific questions about your coverage, you should contact your insurance provider for answers. In general, however, most commercial insurance covers remediation of mold damage in Cleveland, TN, under most circumstances, unless the policy has what is known as "limited fungus coverage" or a "fungus exclusion." Understanding what is and isn’t covered under these conditions can help you decide what kind of policy to purchase or help you figure out if you need to get additional mold insurance.

What Is Limited Fungus Coverage?

Limited fungus coverage means that your insurance will cover mold remediation if the mold is a result of issues already covered by your policy. For example, if a water pipe bursts in your wall and burst pipes are covered by your commercial insurance, then any mold that develops as a result of the burst pipe will also be covered by your insurance. On the other hand, if the mold is a result of storm flooding, it may not be covered because flood insurance usually needs to be purchased separately. If the cause of the mold is covered, your insurance should pay for the following costs:

• Removal of mold-damaged material
• Removal of materials to access mold
• Replacement of removed materials
• Testing to ensure mold has been eliminated

What Is a Fungus Exclusion?

Some policies have a fungus exclusion, which means that they don’t cover mold remediation even if it’s caused by something that is covered by the policy. Even a fungus exclusion will usually include a few very unlikely situations for which the policy will cover mold removal, such as fire, vandalism or sinkholes. If your commercial insurance includes a fungus exclusion, it can be worth your while to invest in additional coverage for mold remediation. That way if you ever need to call in a mold removal specialist in Cleveland, TN, you won’t be caught without coverage. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com/.

Types of Drying Machines Used by SERVPRO vs. Water Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Types of Drying Machines Used by SERVPRO vs. Water Damage SERVPRO Takes Out the Moisture After Water Damage

Water Removal Equipment is Essential to Restoration

When dealing with just about any amount of water damage, we have to employ some sort of drying process early on in the job. Without proper drying, a wet area is susceptible to further damage and cannot be adequately worked on and restored, and so we must employ the fastest, most efficient, and most thorough drying equipment possible to improve our efficacy and speed in a water damage restoration. We utilize a number of advanced technologies and types of machinery in an average job for the purposes of drying, each one useful for a different situation or in tandem with other machines.

Air Movers
One of the most common devices we bring along to Cleveland water damage jobs is the air mover, a machine that does exactly as its name implies and moves large volumes of air in a room. These machines are, essentially, very powerful and accurate fans that are designed to set up precise air flows in an area. Air moving at high speeds over a wet surface can pick up water droplets and increase the humidity of the room, without depositing those droplets on other surfaces.
 
Refrigerating Dehumidifiers
Once all the water is in the air, it hasn't yet left the room. It's still there, and will eventually settle back down onto surfaces if not removed. That's where dehumidifiers come in. Many of our dehumidifying machines rely on refrigeration to cool down a room and lower its dew point, forcing water to condense into a holding tank. It can't settle on the surfaces of the room, as those will still be subject to air movers, and thus is easily corralled into a manageable container.
 
Chemical Dehumidifiers
These devices operate on a similar principle to refrigerating ones but utilize chemical compounds to capture the water instead of simple temperature manipulation. Typically, these machines are employed where the temperature cannot be effectively manipulated, but are still able to function almost everywhere a refrigerating machine can.
 
Specialty Dryers
We also have specialty drying machines in our possession or available through local contractors. These are used for different types of items, such as electronics or clothing, that must go through special drying procedures.
 
SERVPRO of Bradley County relies on quality technicians, top-of-the-line equipment, and fast response times to help mitigate even the worst of water damage disasters in the local area. Call us at (423) 614-5552 to arrange for services or get a quote.

Is Laboratory Testing Of Mold Damage Found In My Wildwood Lake Home Necessary?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Laboratory Testing Of Mold Damage Found In My Wildwood Lake Home Necessary? Any mold growth, in sufficient quantity, may contain enough of the dangerous mold types, to cause health concerns.

Is Mold Testing Necessary?

So, you discover that you have a patch of mold growing in your home behind a wall and are disgusted by its existence. Not only is it aesthetically repulsive, but now you are worried that health risks are not far behind.

If you never had the chance to deal with mold damage in your Wildwood Lake home before, you are likely going to listen to a variety of different sources, on the internet or otherwise that are full of advice to correct the situation. Some homeowners try different cleaning products on their own, in an attempt to save on the expense, while others think that by identifying the mold, they can rule out the necessity of cleaning or having services of any kind performed at all.

At SERVPRO, our expertly trained technicians have several years of experience in dealing with the existence of environmental issues, such as mold in your homes. When we discover mold growth in your home, our first thought has nothing to do with the type of mold that exists. Any mold growth, in sufficient quantity, may contain enough of the dangerous mold types, to cause health concerns.

If you decide that going to the local grocery store to purchase a mold testing kit, saves you from performing the required repairs on your home to get things under control, you are mistaken. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) even states that they do not recommend a routine sampling of molds and that there is no such thing as an acceptable or tolerable level of mold, it does not exist.

Therefore, if any amount of mold exists, and an individual has proven susceptible, a potential health risk exists. Meaning that regardless of the type of mold in your home, you should arrange for the proper remediation services from a quality certified remediation company, such as SERVPRO as soon as possible to rectify the situation occurring in your home.

Obtaining the proper insurance to handle these kinds of situations is only the beginning. It can also be beneficial to have access to a company, like SERVPRO, which provides you with the services and information that you need to help contain the problem and restore a safe, healthy environment that your family can enjoy. Contact SERVPRO of Bradley County before purchasing a basic mold testing kit at the local grocery store (423) 614-5552.

3 Steps To Take After Water Damages Your Home

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Steps To Take After Water Damages Your Home Wood flooring cannot be wet for long periods of time as it will begin to warp and cup.

Whether broken pipes, faulty water lines or flooding causes water to invade your Cleveland, TN home, the results can be devastating. Electrical systems, furniture and expensive appliances may become waterlogged, and unreplaceable items like photo albums and documents may be ruined. While water damage can be difficult to overcome, there are a few actions you can take until a professional storm cleanup and restoration company arrives to lend a hand.

1. Make Safety a Priority

If the flood was caused by a faulty appliance or broken pipes, enter the area carefully. Wear rubber boots and gloves, turn off the water lines and, if you are certain it is safe, cut the power to affected rooms. Hold off on removing items unless they are in imminent danger of being ruined, and then seal off the room to prevent the water from spreading into other rooms.

2. Call Your Insurance Agent

If you have flood insurance that is separate from your homeowners' policy, call your agent right away and let him or her know what has happened. Starting a claim as soon as possible can help your agent be more efficient in filing and may get coverage funds to you more quickly. Ask your agent what else is required of you at the outset, and take the information down in detail so you do not forget any important points.

3. Call for Water Removal

If you are dealing with flood waters, calling in flood mitigation and water cleanup services can be a safe and efficient way to deal with water damage. The professionals who work for these companies can advise you on what parts of your home need to be repaired, how to clean and sanitize items damaged in the flood and remove contaminated water for proper disposal.

When water damage impacts your Cleveland, TN home, it is hard to know where to begin when it comes to cleanup efforts. However, taking a few simple steps can get the process started and help you assess which areas of your home need the most attention. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on water damage. 

The Truth About Black Mold in Your Home

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth About Black Mold in Your Home The only way to remove mold growth is to remove the materials it is growing on.

Mold is a colony of single-cell fungi called yeasts. While some molds spoil food, others attach themselves to damp building materials and build colonies of cells that reproduce by sending out bacterial spores. Green-, orange-, yellow-, and red-colored molds can all produce spores, just as the greenish-black-colored molds can. Some molds can produce toxins and are called toxigenic, but not all molds are toxic. Black mold can be one of these, but since there are over 100,000 types of mold, there are also many types of black-colored colonies of mold.

Water and Mold

If there is available moisture and an adequate source of food, mold can grow very quickly in your home. By removing the water source, many homeowners believe they have solved the problem, but mold can lay dormant for decades. Once moisture returns, the colonies once again begin to quickly reproduce and send out additional spores to contaminate nearby surfaces.

Destruction and Mold

As mold grows, it can become highly destructive. This is especially true of black mold. The thread-like structures of the fungus can penetrate the surfaces of your home in Cleveland, TN especially wood and grout. As the threads push their way into objects, the growth breaks the materials down. The resulting property damage can cause structural issues if left unaddressed. Almost any type of mold cleanup, regardless of fungi color or type, can be cleaned in the same way. The amount of mold remediation required often depends on the amount of surface fungus and the level of destruction.

Remediation and Mold

Consider contacting a mold remediation team to address both moisture and mold issues once you see fungi colonies. Since mold can grow between floors, in window wells, and around skylights, it can be important to have an expert who knows what to look for identify the likely hiding places of potential destructive threads, such as black mold. All homes can have mildew, but not all homes have a serious mold problem. At the first sign of such a problem, consider getting help.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on mold. 

How Flood Water Is Considered Black Water

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

When water floods your Cleveland, TN business, you may have to consider how safe that water is to maneuver through. Maybe you have items that you need to gather or save. If you have ever been through a flood, you may have heard the term black water. This is the third category of water and the most dangerous. Here is what you need to know about flood water and when to be concerned with contaminated water.

Gray and White Water

The first two categories of water are the cleanest and safest to wade through. Gray water may have cleaning or cooking agents in it. Often, dishwashers backing up or washers leaking lead to gray water floods. While not completely clean, this water can usually be reabsorbed into the ground. It’s not dangerous. Category one, on the other hand, is even cleaner and more pure. This is clean flood water.

Black Water

The difference between black water and the other categories is the disease-causing pathogens that it can contain. This is because the water encounters human waste. This can be from the bathroom plumbing backing up, a sewage leak or even extensive flooding that will bring water from outside your business into the interior. Once the water is contaminated, you should not enter it without the proper equipment or without a professional to aid you in the process.

Flood Water

Floodwaters are not always contaminated. However, after a couple of days, they often are. If there is any risk from a sewer backup or if mold has already begun to grow, you could have a larger scale problem on your hand. When flooding is extensive outside and begins to enter the building, the water usually already was exposed to human waste.

When dealing with contaminated water, a professional is your safest bet. Never wait around when handling storm damage. Your business can lose money if the damage is not taken care of quickly. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage.