How Do You Know If You Have Mold?
Mold can quickly grow with only a slight rise in humidity. Many homeowners find themselves struggling to combat the smells and odors mold produces on an ongoing basis. This will never win the battle against mold. The spores can remain dormant for extended periods of time; mold is a tough enemy to conquer.
Another reason mold is so difficult to eliminate is because the spores are so tiny, they can become airborne, and then settle almost anywhere. They are carried by air currents, insects, and even on your pet's fur. In Wyoming, mold damage can take place in any home or office. The effects can range from discoloration of walls and ceilings, ruining of books and papers, (including important documents, items printed on low-acid paper, and photographs), and causing carpets and other textiles to smell musty.
Understanding Mold is the First Step in Eliminating It
Mold is not a virus or bacteria, but it is still a pathogen that can cause adverse health effects. This is because it can be breathed in, encounter your skin through different ways, such as wearing clothing that contains mold, or from sitting on upholstered furniture that is saturated with mold. Mold is not only what you can see visibly, but also the spores that are released into the air. This is what can cause the musty odor many people associate with mold growth.
If any spores are left behind after cleaning, it is only a matter of time before it will begin to grow and spread through your home or business again. Not only must any excess humidity be removed, and things aired out, all possible areas that may contain spores need to be professionally cleaned. SERVPRO professionals are technicians and specialized cleaning crews who have had extensive training in the clean-up and elimination of mold and its spores. Having IICRC training and certification prepares us for heavy mold infestations that can ruin many of your belongings.
SERVPRO is Here to Help
Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and 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. Mold spores 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.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
So what is the difference between mold removal and remediation
Mold spore that are microscopic by character exist everywhere in the world. Removing all mold spores from in a business or home is impossible. Restoration companies that specialize in the science behind mold and mold growth. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to average, natural levels. Every mold event is different and needs a specialized solution
To understand how to get rid of mold we must understand what can cause mold spores to spread to alarming rates. When moisture forms it creates the perfect environment to rapidly reproduce mold spores. While some mold may smell musty and strong scent, it can also be a faint smell. Keeping your indoor humidity below 45% can help reduce the chance of mold growth.
Once SERVPRO is contacted we will come and asses the damage and setup our various containment prevention practices. Then we can begin filtering through the air with our HEPA vacuums and “Air Scrubbers,” so we are able to prevent the spread of more mold spores spreading. Depending on the level of mold damage items may need to be removed or thrown away or damaged building materials such as, drywall, subflooring, or carpet.
The Home Restoration Service You Choose Matters
Contact SERVPRO of Rapid City today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.
Let’s be honest. No homeowners like to think about needing the type of services we provide. But when they do, it’s because fire, flooding or accidents have severely damaged their homes.
The type of help homeowners need from us is called home restoration. And its goal is to get the home back to its original state. While sometimes a mop, bucket and elbow grease are enough, you need a team of experts to restore your home in other circumstances.
When that happens, it’s essential to understand the home restoration process—and why choosing the right team can be vital to you being happy with your results.
Damage Happens More Often Than You Think
According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 20 homeowners will need to file a home damage insurance claim every year. So that means if you have 40 friends and acquaintances, two of them will likely deal with home damage this year.
We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues.
For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year, from causes ranging from storm and lightning damage to furnace fires.
When you think about the entire population of the United States, that statistic translates to millions of families. Some of these people will need to get help from a professional team. That’s when choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.
Training Makes a Difference
Our team members pride themselves on offering an excellent level of restoration services. It matters on several levels, including response time, availability and training. We take special pride in the level of training our technicians to receive.
Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.
That means you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.
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When warm air melts snow unevenly on a roof and refreezes at the edge of the roof where it is still below zero, an ice dam forms. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off the roof. Your gutters and roof can be seriously damaged by snow and ice. Snow and ice add to the weight, can cause a roof to collapse. Ice dams themselves are not necessarily a problem. It is the leaks that do the bulk of the damage. If you cannot detect signs of ice dam leakage, either in the soffits on the outside or in the attic or ceilings, you may not have to do anything. 1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them. Then clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice Melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains. A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.
With the Winter storm warning keep an eye out for broken pipes
If the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes are more likely to freeze. Water damage can be severe as a result of this. If pipes are not adequately insulated or if temperatures are extremely cold, pipes in crawl spaces and in exterior walls will freeze. Frozen pipe water damage can be easily and safely restored by SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Harm to your roof and ice Dams are two other possible hazards to consider when the snow/ice melts. What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What Not To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging
Don’t Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Family Home
If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Rapid City today.
Here’s something you may not have heard: One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim next year.
When asked how the water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods and storms or problems in the home, like a burst pipe.
So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too. Depending on the size of your network, it might even be more than one person.
Preparing Your Property for Wet Weather
Basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage. These projects will help you get moving in the right direction.
Learn how your yard drains. A yard that drains correctly protects your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.
Plant helpful landscaping. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.
Consider sealing your roof. Sealing your roof can help protect your home from wind and water damage. In fact, experts estimate that almost 95% of water damage is caused by water seeping through gaps in your roof and shingles, which can be prevented with this step.
If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.
Back To School From Spring Break?
Since the average child spends 900–1,000 hours a year in the public school system, preventing sickness is virtually impossible. The cleanliness of the actual buildings where children spend so much time will help to reduce these figures. While school may be coming to an end kids can still leave behind unseen germs, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is also able to help with cleaning up unseen germs. When deep cleaning or graffiti removal, or air ducts are full call the professionals; air duct cleaning can help remove allergens in the air helping slow the spread. Using the right equipment and taking the time to teach each employee how to use the equipment properly makes a big difference. SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan can quickly and safely remove water damage, fire damage, or any cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan professionals will answer your call right away 24/7.
Wyoming Business Owners Can Rely on Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Process
Have you put a lot of work into making your small business in Wyoming a success? If you’re like most local business owners, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
And that’s to be expected. It’s also why we want to support you and the hard work you’re doing for our community.
Why do we place such a priority on businesses? The answer is simple. Our SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We know how hard it takes to run a business, especially in Wyoming
Building a business takes time and dedication. That dedication leads to long days and nights and time spent planning and looking for new ways to grow.
Having a plan in place for challenges—or at least being agile enough to deal with them as they arise—is important for business owners, too.
Even if you have a nuanced five-year plan, it’s impossible to take every possibility into account. The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, was completely unpredictable. As a business owner, you’ve probably spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.
Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers through the internet. Others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.
Regardless of how you decided to move forward, you can get help and support for a safe re opening.
Make Safely Reopening Your Priority
You have access to a lot of resources. They include business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.
You’re probably also looking for ways to ensure that it’s safe for your employees and customers to do business face-to-face again. We can help you with that priority.
We’ll ensure your business location is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how our cleaning process works:
First, our team will consult with you about your business’ needs. Then we’ll suggest an individualized cleaning plan.
Next, we’ll work to clean your space. We work with a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.
The last step is when we certify your business. You can open again with confidence.
If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.
Increase Your Fire Safety
Considering that a fire might occur in your home can be scary, but it is an important thing to think about. Fires can cause severe damage to the home, but thankfully, putting proper fire safety measures in place can limit the likelihood of one occurring as well as the damages if it does.
There are many resources circulating online with fire safety materials, but it can often be a challenge to find everything in one place. That is why we have provided an overview of all the most important tips to keep in mind to increase your household fire safety.
Tips for Increasing Household Fire Safety Efforts
Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having smoke detectors installed in the house and making sure they are properly maintained is the top way to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and lessen the damage that occurs to the home. Test them every 30 days to be sure the batteries are still charged.
Have a Fire Escape Plan. Putting a plan in place for how your family will escape when a fire starts and rehearsing it regularly will help everyone know exactly how to keep themselves safe in a fire. Make sure each room has two exits and that you have a designated meeting place away from the home.
Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Purchasing a fire extinguisher and learning how it operates can make the difference between a disastrous house fire and a small incident of flames. Store it according to manufacturer’s directions in a place that is easily accessible to everyone.
Never Leave Flames Unattended. Small flames are everywhere—lit candles, cook tops and even fireplaces may seem harmless because of how frequently they are used. However, any flame has the potential to get out of hand, so they should never be left unattended under any circumstances.
Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Nighttime house fires are some of the most alarming because of their high fatality rates. The best thing to do to protect your family is making sure everyone sleeps with a shut door. This can slow the spread of smoke and flames exponentially, adding precious seconds on to everyone’s time allotted to escape.
If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.