Steps To Prevent Mold
Mold Here Mold Everywhere
July 15, 2019
Mold is everywhere around us and it can be particularly stressful to find out you have a mold problem in your home. Depending on the area and the cause of the problem, it is often a costly and time-consuming remediation process. However, you are not powerless to stop it and you can take the following mold prevention steps.
- Inspect Pipes Regularly
One of the biggest culprits of mold problems is water damage from leaky pipes or roofs. No matter how seemingly small, all leaks need to be properly fixed. Monitor them closely and call in professionals if needed. They can measure the water pressure within your pipes and reduce the stress on them by making adjustments.
- Monitor Humidity
Mold grows especially well in humid environments. It’s important that your home doesn’t have higher than 50% humidity in any room. Most home repair stores sell hygrometers, which tell you the humidity level indoors. These levels can change throughout the day, so take several measurements in each room. Dehumidifiers and air conditioning can help lower levels, and any room with high humidity should have ventilation added.
- Pay Attention to Bathrooms and Kitchens
Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly susceptible to mold growth. Hot showers or steamy dishwashing creates a perfect environment for water condensation to build up on the walls or floors. Avoid carpeting these areas, since they hold onto moisture and make it difficult to spot mold problems below the surface. Remove any visible mold on shower doors or walls using a bleach, vinegar or borax solution.
- Check the Basement
Because they are below the surface, basement walls tend to collect moisture from the ground and rain. Regularly monitor basement walls for any sign of leaks or water damage. If water has leaked into the area, remove anything that can’t be thoroughly dried, such as carpet or upholstery.
Smoke Damage Can Occur After Any Fire
Heavy Smoke Damaged Kitchen
Smoke damage is physical damage that is caused from the smoke created by a fire, but not the fire itself. More damage is caused by smoke than by the actual flames. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction. Within hours after a fire all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage.
Wooden furniture may require refinishing
Metal begins to rust, pit, and corrode
Painted walls begin turning yellow
Clothing can become permanently stained
Flooring may require refinishing or replacement
It left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost more.
The structure may continue decorating if not property restored by professionals.
Professionals like SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle being only a call away at 757-479-4447. Were here to make it seem "Like it never even happened."
Have water damage? We can help!
SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is a 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Restoration Company to your rescue. 24/7/365, here when you need us. We Service all of the Hampton Roads area’s including Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News.
SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 757-479-4447
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call us, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle
SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training.
It is important to use an IICRC Certified Company
Our SERVPRO Water Restoration Team will get your home dry again.
It is extremely important to use an IICRC Certified company to perform water restoration.
An IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Restoration Company has specialty trained technicians who are educated in water restoration. Our water restoration trained technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because water damage never happens at a convenient time.
The damage water can do to a home is often underestimated and what was just some water on the floor can escalate into secondary damage like mold and wood damage. The source of the water can hold unseen dangers and put your family at risk.
Once our water restoration technician arrives at your home, they will begin the drying process to prevent secondary damage that comes from water sitting around for extended periods of time. Our technicians will remove all wet and un-salvageable items from your home. Organic material such as drywall and carpet padding will hold moisture and foster the growth of mold.
Your home will be dried using a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers which assist the dehumidifiers to work efficiently. The quicker your home is dried out, the quicker you and your family can return to your routine.
Damage a property suffers during water damage.
SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
Here at SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle, our SMR's offer what we call an "Emergency Ready Profile."
The SERVPRO Emergency Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with us and having you company up to date with a emergency plan it can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any disaster, whether its a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it with our help.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, of the businesses that survive, they had a preparedness plan in place. 50% may never reopen after suffering a disaster. Dont make your business be one of them. Call SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle to start yours today at 757-479-4447
When the severe storm rolls out... we roll in...
Did you know hurricane season has already started??
Its June 1st- November 30th to be exact. Are you prepared?? We can help you get prepared with simple knowledge.
A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.
A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or ore of the following:
- winds in excess of 58 mph
- structural wind damage
Warning VS Watch
A severe warning thunderstorm warnings means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service Office.
A sever thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center.
Do you know what to have in your Emergency Supply Kit?
It should include...
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (Non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manuel can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Duct mask or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps
- Hygiene items
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof container
What to do before the storm
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm
- Postpone outdoor activities
- Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
- Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
- Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard- topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
- Unplug and electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
What to do DURING THE STORM
- Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
- Avoid contact with coded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct elecricity
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay away off porches
- Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as tall, isolated tree in an open area
- Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water
- Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas
- Avoid contact with anything metal
- If you are driving, try to safety exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
What to do AFTER THE STORM
- Never drive through a flooded roadway
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorm
- Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked
- Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately
- Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control
SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is always ready to help if a nasty storm has messed with your home. You can always give us a call at 757-479-4447.
Putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself....
Fire damage in a business can be stressful for owners, property managers, employees, and tenants. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns you may experience.
- Here is what you can do until help arrives:
- Limit movement in the facility to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old lines on rugs and high traffic areas.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliance with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between office furniture legs and wet carpets.
- Wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Clean any electrical equipment.
- Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Give SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle a call at 757-479-4447. we are always available 24/7, 365 days a year!