Mold in your Bathroom
Due to the amount of moisture that comes from showering, taking a bath, using the sink, etc. your bathroom can become a breeding ground for mold. Not only does mold not look good on your walls, tub, and shower it can also be a hazard to you and your family's health. Even though there is constant moisture in a bathroom there are a few things you can do to help prevent mold from appearing on your bathroom surfaces.
- You should wipe down your shower walls and sinks after each use. Using a dry towel to wipe down wet surfaces can minimize the moisture left on those surfaces.
- Make sure to fix leaks if there are any. Don't forget to check under your sink and around bathroom windows. Fixing these leaks can help keep the moisture level at a minimum.
- Good circulation is also key. One of the biggest reasons moisture stays trapped in bathrooms is due to poor air circulation. Using an exhaust fan or even opening a window can help to circulate the air. Dehumidifiers and portable air conditioners are also other great options to help with air circulation.
If your mold has gotten out of hand or is something you think would be better left to the professionals, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Burlington. Our trained professionals will respond quickly to your place of residence and will remediate your mold problem in a timely and efficient manner.
Spring Has Arrived
Spring is finally here!
Now that Spring has arrived it's time to do some maintenance on your home. Following is a list of things you should check out and fix/repair if needed.
Gutters and Downspouts- Remove leaves and debris and also make sure to check for leaks
Siding- Clean siding with a pressure washer and check wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure
Window Sills, Door Sills, and Thresholds- Fill cracks, caulk edges, and repaint or replace if necessary
Foundation- Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration
Roof- Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits
Decks and Porches- Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose pieces and deterioration
Landscape- Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures
Sprinklers- Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads
Heat/Air Unit- Change filters and clean the air purifier as needed. Have your ducts professionally cleaned. It'll make your indoor air quality healthier and your furnace more efficient
Importance of Sump Pumps
A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements of homes. They are typically used in homes where flooding in the basement happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic.
Along with helping with flooding in your basement sump pumps can also help to prevent rust and corrosion of metal appliances, prevent wall coverings and paint from peeling, and prevent termite and insect infestation. Sump pumps also helps to remove moisture, which can be a breeding ground for fungus, molds, and mildew.
In order to keep your sump pump working properly for years to come make sure you check it regularly to ensure that it is ready for flood conditions.
Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives
Research on fires has demonstrated that fires can spread much more quickly today due to modern furnishings than in the past when more natural materials were used. Due to this it is important to have the right number of smoke alarms that are placed properly throughout your home so you have ample time to escape should a fire happen to you.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. More than one-third of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Here is some useful information when it comes to installing smoke alarms in your home:
- Ideally you should install smoke alarms inside each bedroom and on every level of the home, even the basement
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet away from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings
- Installing smoke alarms near windows, door, or ducts may cause drafts to interfere with their operation
- Never paint smoke alarms
- Keep manufacturer's instructions for reference
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. If the alarm chirps on a smoke detector with a non-replaceable 10 year battery you need to replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Other smoke detectors need a new battery at least once a year and if they start chirping replace the battery right away.
- Last but not least make sure everyone in your home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do in case it sounds
Commercial Duct Cleaning
While you do general maintenance on your building you want to make sure you check your HVAC system to see if it needs a cleaning. Regular HVAC cleanings are important for several reasons.
Cleaning your system can improve the quality of indoor air. While filters may catch a lot of stuff there is still a considerable amount of dust that can settle in the ducts and when this happens that dust then gets pushed out into the air for us to ingest. This type of cleaning also conserves energy. Due to unwanted dust and debris it makes it harder for your HVAC system to properly perform and therefore requires the use of a lot more energy. Cleaning your ducts can also save you money. When they become filled with dust and debris that can stand in the way of the HVAC system's performance which will require it to use double the amount of energy it normally would. What you may not know is that dirty air ducts can sometimes be the cause of foul odors and you don't want clients or employees coming in and smelling an offensive odor. These odors occur when a variety of smells and impurities accumulate in the ducts and circulate those odors throughout the office. Another way cleaning your ducts is beneficial is that it can reduce the growth of mold and mildew. This condensation occurs when you change between hot and cold. Another thing that you may not think would be in your ducts is bugs and rodents. This more so true during the winter months when they will go anywhere to get some warmth. Gross? I know. That's why cleaning your ducts is so important. The professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington can help.
We will come and inspect your business and can show you how much dirt is in your HVAC system. We will then do an evaluation and an inspection so we can come up with a plan for remediation which lets you as the business owner know what we are doing and a timeframe for completion.
Our certified technicians will then use professional equipment to get rid of pollutants. We will then clean all components of your HVAC system. We know that by doing this type of cleaning it can affect the operation of your business so we make sure there is the least amount of disruption possible. After we are done we will give you pictures so you can see the before and after work. Let us help you keep your HVAC system in top shape by providing regular cleanings!
Tips to Follow During a Winter Storm
I went over how to prepare for a winter storm and what to do afterwards. Now I am going to list some tips for when you are in the middle of a winter storm that can help keep you and your family safe.
1. Stay indoors and only drive if it is absolutely necessary. If you must go out make sure you stick to the main roads and let others know where you are headed. Should you get stuck, stay with your vehicle and wait for help.
2. If you must go outside, walk carefully on snowy and icy walkways, wear mittens and a hat, and watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. When shoveling snow avoid overexertion by taking breaks and pushing the snow instead of lifting it.
3. Listen to the radio or television for updates on the weather conditions.
4. You can also conserve heat by closing off some rooms and keep family close for sleeping.
Commercial Mold Prevention
Mold can be found almost anywhere. It can grow on practically any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Mold growth occurs when excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials. Not only can mold affect your property but it also has the potential to cause health effects. In order to prevent mold it is important to prevent moisture as that is what mold needs to grow. Below is some tips to help prevent mold at your commercial property.
1. Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible
2. Watch for condensation and wet spots and fix those problems as soon as possible
3. You can prevent moisture due to condensation by reducing the humidity in the air. It should be maintained below 60%. You can accomplish this by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
4. Make sure your HVAC system is flowing properly and unobstructed. Also perform regular building inspections and do maintenance as scheduled
5. Vent moisture-generating appliances to the outside where possible
6. Clean and dry wet or damp spots as soon as possible
7. In areas where you have a constant moisture problem such as by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks don't install carpeting
Following these tips can help prevent mold from causing a major business interruption and prevent people from getting sick. We know that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue so if you find yourself in a situation where you have a mold problem call the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington. We will respond quickly to remedy the problem and get your business back up and running.
After a Winter Storm
Winter storms can cause a lot of damage. Once it is safe to do so you should check your property to see if anything needs repaired before it becomes a bigger problem. Following is a list of what you should check for possible damage.
1. The Roof- Winter storms can do a lot of damage to your roof. Repair any leaks found to prevent a complete roof replacement. Also make sure that your roof has no loose or missing shingles.
2. Attic- After checking the roof you should check to attic to make sure you didn't miss any openings in the roof.
3. Gutters- Ice dams can pull gutters away from the roofline.
4. House Exterior- Cold and snow can do a number on the outside of your house and can result in peeling paint if left long enough. If paint has peeled enough it can cause moisture to begin to infiltrate which can then cause the wood to begin rotting. It's recommended to repaint your exterior in the spring to help prevent these problems.
5. Foundation- Water can collect in cracks and then when the temperature goes below freezing that water will freeze and cause the cracks to widen. Repairing this in the spring can help prevent more problems from developing.
6. Trees- Storms can knock down tree limbs which has the potential to take out power lines and damage siding.
The Steps We Take To Remedy Your Mold Problem
The following is the steps our professionals will take to remedy your mold problem and restore your home back to normal.
Once you contact us one of our professionals will come and do an inspection and mold damage assessment to determine what plan of action to take to remedy your mold problem. Once that is done they will then contain the mold by using different containment procedures such as negative air chambers which isolate the area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep mold spores from spreading. Once the mold is contained we use specialized filtration equipment to capture the mold spores out of the air. We will then remove mold and mold-infested materials. We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new ones from forming. Not only can we remedy your mold problem but we can also clean your furniture, decorative items, clothing, and other restorable items affected by the mold. Depending on the level of damage restoration may entail minor repairs such as replacing carpet to major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas.
Why Fires Start in Commercial Buildings
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2015 there were 113,500 fires with property damages at $3.1 billion. Here are some common reasons why these fires start.
1. Arson- This is the number one cause of fires in commercial buildings. These types fires can not only result in harming innocent victims but also the dedicated firefighters who respond. These fires may be started by the owner for insurance purposes, unhappy workers, or mischievous youth.
2. Electrical and Heating Malfunctions- Frayed power cords, misused extension cords and overloaded surge protectors are the biggest issues when it comes to electrical fires. Also be sure to have your heating system checked regularly as fires can occur if they are not maintained regularly.
3. Cooking- One in four office building fires were related to cooking equipment. Cooking equipment can be to blame due to grease traps, exhaust vents, stoves, broilers, and deep fat fryers are not properly cleaned and maintained.
4. Smoking- Although you may have a smoke-free building you're not able to watch what your employees do all the time and it only takes one cigarette to start a fire.
If your business has been damaged by a fire don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Burlington. No matter the size of your building we have the expertise to restore your building back to normal.