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We Are Here For You After A Fire

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire is a traumatic experience that can leave a family confused and shaken. Many people are not prepared for dealing with the aftermath. Then the owners are dealing with insurance, what to do about their belongings, what to do about replacing important possessions, and where to stay. Few people will be thinking about the need for fast clean up. A fire damaged, water-soaked home is a perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. New Smyrna Beach fires can cause changes in structural elements that may make them unsafe.

SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the New Smyrna Beach community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Call us at 24/7 at (321)-264-0205

Why it is Important to Contact SERVPRO Right Away

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

WITHIN MINUTES

  • Water contamination spread to unaffected areas
  • Moisture sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure
  • Furniture stains appear on carpeting and are usually permanent
  • Paper goods and records are ruined
  • Drapery fabrics that contain water may develop permanent watermarks.

 WITHIN HOURS

  • Pre-existing moisture related problems are activated, such as urine, etc.
  • Drywall softens and warps
  • Foam cushion (pad) can begin to disintegrate
  • Bacterial odor problems begin to develop
  • Wood furniture, in contact with water, can become permanently ruined due to discoloration and swelling
  • Rust stains can appear on carpeting and other surfaces

WITHIN DAYS

  • Mildew and biological growth takes place; odors begin to permeate the structure
  • Wood Floors are warped and ruined
  • Glue down and double stick installations become lose
  • Woven carpets installations could shrink
  • Delaminating of tufted carpet is possible
  • Vinyl floor coverings can permanently discolor, and any adhesives can break down
  • Allergies and asthma can be aggravated

WITHIN WEEKS

  • Structural integrity of interior wall members, sub floors, and ceilings installations can be permanently damaged
  • Mildew can permanently stain/ damage natural materials
  • Serious health hazards to occupants of buildings could have developed

NOTE: Naturally the above conditions depend upon the total amount of excessive water, the humidity at the time of the water loss, the contamination with in the water and its location within the structure

At SERVPRO, we are the Fire, Water, Mold, and Cleaning Experts- available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency. Call us at 321-264-0205
Or visit our website:
http://www.SERVPROnewsmyrnabeachtitusville.com/

What is White Mold?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

Unlike white mold though, efflorescence does not pose any health risks and won’t grow or spread.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

All types of mold, including white mold can cause health problems. White mold should be removed as soon as possible to avoid health risks and structural damage. Even milder forms of white mold can endanger your health.

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of New Smyrna Beach / Titusville. 

Washing Machine Mold

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

Unlike white mold though, efflorescence does not pose any health risks and won’t grow or spread.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

All types of mold, including white mold can cause health problems. White mold should be removed as soon as possible to avoid health risks and structural damage. Even milder forms of white mold can endanger your health.

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of New Smyrna - Titusville. 

Leading Cause of Household Fires

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Leading Cause of Household Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading factor in household fires in the United States. From overheated stoves to unattended flames, the kitchen presents a variety of hazards for even the most astute home chef. While living room and bedroom fires account for a small percentage of annual household fires, staying safe in the kitchen will prevent significantly more fires from damaging your property and endangering your safety.

Avoidable Accidents

Everyone experiences an accident in the kitchen from time to time. You might forget to turn off the burner or allow a sudden blast from the oven to set off your smoke alarm. Tiny accidents can lead to big trouble down the road. Here are some ways to prevent kitchen fires:

Set timers and pay attention to them.

Cover up unused outlets with plastic covers to prevent sparks.

Wear protective clothing when you cook with hot oil.

Keep small children away from pot handles and other hot objects.

If your kitchen begins to fill with smoke, try opening a window or another door to increase ventilation. You may even consider installing a fan to help circulate the air. You might be tempted to disable a ringing smoke detector out of annoyance. Avoid disabling your smoke detector even for a minute because you might forget to turn it back on when you really need it.

Staying Alert

Kitchens might present the most dangerous opportunity for fire hazards, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest of your home. Turn off electric items that aren’t in use, and keep flammable fabrics away from direct heat sources. Not only will monitoring your electrical items keep you from causing a fire, but doing so will also help you save energy in the long run. The key to effectively preventing household fires is establishing a system of vigilance between you and your whole family.

If you’ve recently experienced damage as a result of water or fire damage, then let SERVPRO Flagler County / NSB-Titusville be your go-to source for information and advice. We offer a variety of services from cleanup to restoration, and we can help mitigate the loss you suffer due to fire and water damage

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.

Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.

Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.

Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO NSB-Titusville  not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.

This is the standard set of “dos and don’ts” to insured’s in water damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

DO NOT

  1. Use any type home vacuum since electric shock may result, as well as potential damage to the equipment itself.
  2. Place newspaper in the traffic areas, since newspaper ink transfers easily.
  3. Walk on wet carpet any more than necessary to keep from spreading damage.
  4. Do not activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted to water or might serve as a means of spreading contamination.
  5. Change the indoor temperature (raise or lower) unless instructed to do so by a qualified restoration technician. 

In Sewage Losses, do not: 

  • Handle directly contaminated items.
  • Consume foods or use personal hygiene items that were left out in contaminated areas.
  • Turn on fans to circulate air or use any vacuum equipment
  • Stay in the property if you have respiratory problems including allergies and asthma, if you are under 2 or over age 60, or if you have a weakened immune system due to illness, medications, or recent surgery. 

DO’S 

  1. Ensure that a contractor has been called to eliminate the water source or make necessary repairs.
  2. If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; unplug and remove any small electrical appliances/devices currently located on the wet carpet and areas.
  3. Remove small furniture items if possible, to prevent rust or stains & expedite restoration.
  4. Place protective tabs (foil) under legs of wooden furniture.
  5. Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet carpet (watermarks, browning, dye transfer or migration).
  6. Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items).
  7. Remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high valued items.
  8. Make plans for restoration crew to remove large furniture items onto dry carpet, vinyl, ceramic, or wood flooring, or garage or storage areas.
  9. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling wet items.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

For expert help on Mold clean up you could contact the CDC or Call us at 24/7 at 321-264-0205

Flood Water Extraction

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Step #1 - Determine the Damages Caused by the Storm 
When people think about flooding in the home, they may see a picture of one of two things; flooding that comes from lots of water from a storm, or flooding that comes from burst pipes. Either way, the team of professional water damage restoration representatives will need to survey all the damage to see what must be done.

 
Step #2 - Take Precaution with Electrical Gadgets 
Because water and electrical gadgets don’t mix, they can result in serious injuries. Therefore, the power to the home should also be turned off until everything has been checked. Further, any electrical appliances should be removed from the wall sockets so that additional damage and electrical injuries will not be caused. 
 
Step #3 - Begin Removing the Water 
Removing the water from the home is another essential step that must be done. Getting all the water out of carpeting, walls, flooring and other areas it is critical to protecting the home’s present and future value. It is essential that the owner hire a professional team that has the capability to remove all the water with the latest equipment in the industry as quickly as possible.
 
So, for those of you who are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, you can contact our professionals at (321) 264-0205.

What to do when you have a water loss

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

You have just come home to find standing water in your home. It could be any number of things. One thing is for sure though, you need to find where the water is coming from. The first step is to find your water main shut off and turn it off. The next step is to find the leak. Sometimes you can hear a leak, sometimes you must look around. Start with the most logical things such as toilets, and sinks. If it is neither of these things you need to look as see if a supply line to a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine would be to blame. Next call your local SERVPRO! We will come out in a timely manner. We will extract any standing and place equipment to immediately start the drying process and get you and your family back on your way.

Mold Is Natural

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold occurs naturally and has been around for a countless number of years like other living things. It is important to take note that dealing with mold can be a nuisance as well as a cause for concern. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed otherwise, the mold may return, and we do not want you to go through this type of situation again as we know how stressful it may be.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

Call us at 24/7 at 321-264-0205