Tips for Mold in Your Home
Again, mold is EVERYWHERE! But here are some tips to help you rid of unnecessary mold.
- Fix water problems! Without moisture, mold cannot grow so don't feed it. If you see water damage get it fixed immediately!
- Keep the materials dry - stay aware by using your sense of smell also
- Control the humidity by keeping levels below 60%
- Ventilate "wet" rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens
- Change filters for your air condition or dehumidifier
- Toss moldy items - while some material can be saved they usually are not worth it. Keeping these items around can affect other items as well as make the air quality poorer
- Limit houseplants or refrain from over-watering them
- If the mold is visible remediate mold. Give us a call at 781.861.0500 to get a free estimate for your mold remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians are certified to remove mold from residential and commercial properties whether it be an attic, basement, bathroom or even crawlspace!
As the temperature rises we are bond to spend time outside enjoying the sun! It is important to stay safe while you and your family are enjoying summer activities.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks
- When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
- Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire
The International Code Council wants to keep people aware of "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy-efficient homes and buildings."
Here are some tips they offer in regards to Disaster Safety & Mitigation:
- If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windbourne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade, 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening into place. Visit www.flash.org for detailed instructions on how to use plywood for emergency board-up
- Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe room in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you achieve the highest level of protection for your family
- In wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways. Follow ICC's International Wildland-Urban Interface Code for detailed requirements.
- Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only takes 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.
Protect yourself from the storm
As storm season approaches, it is important to keep your property safe as well as your loved ones. Here are some tips to take into account:
- Have a communication plan is very important!
- Prepare an emergency supply kit* including a battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio
- Post pone outdoor activities and secure any outdoor objects that can become airborne
- Don't use corded phones or electronics that plug in
- Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile
- Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete and stay off porches
- Steer clear of open isolated structures
After the storm:
- Avoid storm damaged areas such as downed power lines
- Do not try to drive through a flooded roadway
- Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage
*Follow this link to learn more about Building An Emergency Kit
While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important to know that we can also handle commercial losses! Those losses go beyond just water and fire though as we remediate mold as well as provide general cleaning services.
We know when emergencies happen there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties! Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App!
Use this for your home and business, as a owner, property manager, risk manager and facility management. When you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) using the Ready App it gives us access to critical facility information that helps speed up our response time.
If you want helping setting up an ERP, call us at 781-647-9100 and we can set up to have one of our Marketing Representatives walk you through the process!
Securing Your Safety Following a Water Damage in Watertown, Mass
Begin water damage restoration ASAP to protect your protect your property
Here at SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, we often arrive first on the scene following a flooded basement or other water damage. Our restoration crews are trained to help you take control of the situation and begin planning your response.
Identify and Stop the Water Source
Before we can begin mitigation, we need to be certain the problem is over and not ongoing.
If you have a plumbing situation, you need to shut off your water and call a plumber to fix the problem. There is no point in starting water restoration until the we know the problem is fixed.
Similarly, if you have a sewer break, you need your municipal sewer department to restore the pipes before we can begin to do our job.
Speaking of which…
Stand Back and Let Us Do Our Job
Once you have identified a loss, you should avoid the area for your safety and to prevent worsening of the damage. Our crews have the safety equipment they need to safely access your property and assess the extent of the damage.
Additionally, you should not be turning on lights or other electronics in rooms that have water in the ceiling or walls. You should cut the power to any rooms where water might rise to the level of the power outlets, but only if you can do so without putting yourself at risk.
Unfortunately, in the rush of emotion you may experience during an emergency, you might not exercise the proper caution. Please let our crews do what they are trained to do. You can trust us to keep you and your property safe.
Minimize Impact by Calling Immediately
Secondary damage may be avoided if we take swift action following a water damage. Secondary effects include:
- Warped floors
- Permanent staining
- Mold growth
Consult a SERVPRO® franchise professional as soon as possible. We offer free estimates and can advise on your next course of action.
The sooner you call SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, the more we will be able to restore, and the sooner we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
During this past spring, we got to learn a bit about sump pumps!
Sump pumps are usually located in the basement of many properties, both residential and commercial. The purpose of the sump pump is to relocate water from flooding away from the property. What many of our customers experienced was due to the water tables being low and then rapidly rising due to the wet weather (rain and snow).
While there is no size disaster we cannot restore, it is important to know as a property owner what your insurance does and does NOT cover! While many of our customers were covered, some of them had no coverage at all because they never purchased a sump pump rider on top of the insurance policy!
Make sure when you are purchasing a property and an insurance policy, that you are paying for an insurance that will cover all different attractions in you home. It's a true bummer to have damage to your property and then find out you have no coverage like you assumed!
Classes of Mold
Like we always say, mold is everywhere and not all molds are harmful to us! Molds are often found in wet, damp places and can vary in color and smell. Mold is put into different categories based on their hazard:
Hazard Class C: While this group of molds are not health hazards – they can cause structural damages, and are recommended to be removed.
Hazard Class B: These are molds that if endured over long periods of time can cause allergic reactions
Hazard Class A: These are the molds we want to identify and remove immediately! These molds create toxins and if not handle correctly the air quality of a structure with steadily decline.
If you feel like your home or business might be affected by mold, give us a call at 781-647-9100. While we cannot determine what type of mold it may be – we can remediate it with no worry!
Ways to prevent water and mold damage!
Ways to prevent water damage and mold!
There are different ways that water can affect your property and if the mitigation is prolonged it can cause the building structure to become a food source for mold. Here are some precautions to take to try and avoid these kinds of damages to your property
- Inspect water lines every 6 to 12 months for sinks, toilets, and tubs as well as home appliances such as washing and drying machine, dishwashers. Things to check for include cracks, looseness, and corrosion of pipes. If a leak is found, shut off the water to it until it can be fixed!
- During cold weather, allow water to run through the pipes as it minimizes the risks of pipes freezing and bursting.
- Replace the hose on your washing machine supply every five years and keep your machine properly balanced! When the washing machine is not in use – shut off the water!
- As tempting as it maybe, do not run water appliances when no one is home!
Roof & Gutters:
- While you can routinely check your roof and gutters, it is great to have a professional come every three years check your roof out for you. Keeping your gutters clear help water from entering your home and cluttered gutters promote mold!
- If the roof doesn’t have a drip edge or cap, consider installing one because it aids in capturing water into the gutters. Make sure the downspouts are not facing he foundation of the structure – try to buy extenders to get the water at least 6 feet away from your property
- Check your attic’s ventilation and insulation, seal gaps that allow warm air into the attic. We don’t want ice dams forming up there!
- Test your sump pump and the water pressure in the home.
- Always know where your water shut-off valve is in case of emergency!
More Flood Facts
Floods force you to think fast!
- Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high
- Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods and mud-flows
- Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires
- In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, three gallons of water per person for three days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries and personal hygiene necessities.
- A 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than a $50,000 to repair.
At SERVPRO we are always preparing for large losses and we have teams set up all over the nation to come in and help homes and businesses get back to "Like it never even happened."