The 411 on "Good" Mold
The facts behind "good" mold.
Did you know mold and fungi naturally occur in our environment? In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. However, not all fungi is bad! Some fungi produce very useful results. Yeast for instance, is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, even including some alcoholic beverages! There are also other common delicacies that may sound familiar, such as blue cheese (that is a type of mold), and mushrooms that are classified in the fungi category. Can you think of another product of mold? Lifesaving Penicillin otherwise known as penicillin chrysogenum is an actual product of mold! Who would have thought a life saving antibiotic, was in fact mold? Although some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds can present health concerns for some people.
Holiday Home Fires
The devastation of a home fire can be unbearable. Having a preparedness guide and educating family members the importance of fire safety is key.
The U.S Fire Administration has studied that each year, nearly 47,000 fires occur during the holidays. The cost is around $554 million in property damages each winter season! Wow, that's a huge number! Not to mention, the American Red Cross has found a 10% rise in home fires since 2000. So what are some important preparedness tips to help insure your family's safety during the holiday season?
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources (fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles).
- Purchasing artificial trees can be safer than real trees sometimes. If you do purchase a real tree, make sure that the needles are freshly green and don't easily break. Keep live trees as hydrated as possible by giving them plenty of water.
- Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturers instructions.
- Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving your home, or going to bed. Purchasing a timer as well will work to shut off the lights.
- Make sure candles are always blown out before leaving a room, or going to bed.
- Use sturdy tree stands to avoid tipping over. Also, keep curious pets and children away from the tree, as they can easily fall.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from your stove top.
Now, last but certainly not least, your smoke alarms are extremely important to check! Use the test button each month, and replace the batteries at least once a year. (Helpful tip): Changing out the batteries when changing your clocks (if you have a time change), is a great way to remember, or try changing them every New Years Eve!
Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!
Steps To Take After A Commercial Loss
Office commercial space affected by flood damage.
Hopefully your business will never experience a commercial water damage. However, in case you do, it is important to know how to handle the situation before it happens so you are prepared if and when it does. Flood damage can cause structural concerns and several other issues, so there are steps to take immediately afterward so you can protect your business and employees.
Shut Off Potential Hazards
If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. You don’t want them to be turned on before you are ready, which risks mixing electricity and water or making a gas leak before the flood damage can be corrected.
When you call in professionals for help, the remediation company will also have necessary tools. Such as a digital moisture meter, to find any signs of hidden moisture, such as behind walls, to make sure that they can completely dry out your business properly and avoid any mold from growing.
Make Sure to Protect Yourself
If you have to walk in any flood waters, wear sturdy shoes which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water which could trip or cut you. Hip waders are a good idea as well, since flood waters can be contaminated, even if to the naked eye they look clean. Look out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by the flood, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see first.
When all else fails, and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation company to arrive. They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe, plus will have all the protective gear to wear as they are checking everything out for you.
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!
Make sure and document as much of the damage to your commercial property as thoroughly as you can. This will help you out when you are filing your claim with your insurance company for the water damage created by the flood. When you do re-enter your business, get photographic evidence of the damage that was left behind by the water, plus any water that is still there. Document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company in a prompt manner.
Salvage What you Can
Mold damage is very common after your business has experienced commercial water damage. Mold only needs about twenty-four to forty-eight hours to start growing. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville can assist you in this, but you will need to throw away anything that has been saturated for over forty-eight hours and figure out on a case to case basis what else can be saved or needs to be thrown away. Rugs and padding will always need to be tossed if they are damaged by flood waters, and you may need to get rid of things like insulation or drywall as well if they have become flood damaged. Any food which has been affected will also need to be thrown away immediately if it’s come into contact with the flood waters, as the water from floods can carry plenty of contamination.
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is a professional and local company in Volusia County, who will quickly respond to your flood damage needs. When you experience such an event in Volusia County, we have the experience and resources to help. Contact us any time at (386) 447-2202.
Commercial Building Losses
Faster To Any Size Disaster!
Having a damage to a commercial property can seen like an eternity for business owners. Loss of revenue is a major factor in this stressful time. It's important to have a company that you can trust and rely on. Not only to get your business back up and running, but to treat your business as if it was their own. Here at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, we strive at making you our number one priority. Whether it's a small damage, or larger damage, we view every job the same with one goal in mind. To make sure time management is quick, and the job is done professionally and correctly. That's were our SERVPRO training comes in. Our highly skilled technicians go through extensive training to provide you with top quality work, while understanding each protocol and code enforcement. That way, the job is managed from start to finish effortlessly. If you feel your business was not handled properly during a storm event, or any type of previous damage, give SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville a call at (386)-447-2202. We're here to help, educate, and make it "Like it never even happened."
What's lurking behind your baseboards?
Mold was discovered behind baseboard in this residential home.
Here at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, our highly trained technicians handle water damages everyday. Knowing the prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. That's what we're here for! Mold is likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your home, or business, has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure quickly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, here are some important signs to look for:
-The presence of visible mold.
-Strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
-Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage issues.
Fire Damage to a Single Family Home
This home fire quickly spread from a single lightening strike through the garage.
One of the worst devastation's and most expensive claims a home can suffer from is caused from fires. Fire damage not only physically destroys the property, but can mentally damage a family losing their belongings. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. Here at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, we provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal, to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories to be restored to preloss condition when possible. With industry approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the homeowner's peace of mind. We're here for you 24/7-365!
Commercial Storm Damage
Ceiling collapses in commercial office space.
There's never a convenient time for storm damage to strike a commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We understand the time constraint, so SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville work effectively and efficiently to fix the disaster "like it never even happened." So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville a call at (386)-447-2202 and we'll be there fast with the help you need. Every large loss is supervised by a trained and specialized commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. While our highly skilled and trained technicians make sure your business is back up and running in no time. That is our goal, we're there for you 24/7- 365!
Faster To Any Size Disaster
When the flood waters rise... so do we.
The impact from Hurricane Irma brought major storm damage throughout the state of Florida. Here in Brevard County, many businesses and residential properties suffered extreme wind and water damages. Luckily, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville was out the very next day restoring this business to its full potential. Our crew was ready, equipment was set and we were ready to go!
Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, with cleanup being an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest of flood waters, to help turn disasters around "Like it never even happened." This business was extremely thankful for our help, and our immediate response.
Fire Damage Restoration
Smoke damage after a fire in a townhouse.
Fires can happen when you least expect them to. In this case, the family was out of the home when an electrical fire sparked in the kitchen and began to spread throughout the home. While the HVAC system was running, soot blew through the rest of the home, blackening everything in sight. When the family was finally notified, the fire department had done all they could do to put the flames out. Thankfully, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville was there that moment to help with removal of contents and begin protocol immediately. Making sure this family was back in their home safe and sound was our goal! Proper wipe down and rebuild of the property went underway as our professionals worked around the clock to restore not only this home, but this family's peace of mind. A job well done.
It's important to make sure that fittings, seals, pipes, etc. are inspected thoroughly to prevent issues such as water damage.
The bathtub overflow drain can be the cause of a leak, even though it is not the first place you'd usually suspect. A water stain in the ceiling below a bathroom is often the first sign of a problem with a tub overflow drain. If that is the case, make sure to contact a licensed and trained professional such as SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville to fix the issue. Our technicians source out the problem and fix the surrounding areas affected by water damage. It's not a fun experience dealing with any type of unexpected home repair, or disaster. However, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville helps alleviate your stress and turn your home back to a comfortable and functional space. While catching the problem early, it saves time and money. Give us a call today if you believe your home has any water damage issues (386)-447-2202.