Winter Storms Affecting Local Businesses
Lately this winter has been very harsh for the surrounding areas. Not just for residents, but for local businesses as well. SERVPRO of Kirksville has been called on multiple jobs to help our local businesses when they have had water losses due to the inclement weather.
From frozen downspouts causing water to come in through the entryway, to a burst pipe in the walls, our local businesses have depended on SERVPRO of Kirksville during this difficult time. We were there to quickly respond to their needs, and we will be there to respond quickly to yours as well. You can always prepare and hope nothing will happen to your business but if it does, let us help you make your problem “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Carpet and Duct Services
Does your office or place of business have carpets in bad need of some TLC? Have ductwork that might need a little attention at your place of business? At SERVPRO of Kirksville we do more than just fire, water, and mold restoration and remediation, we also can clean and restore both residential and commercial carpets and duct work.
Carpeting in offices and retail businesses often get shabby and dingy much quicker than they might at someone’s home due to the larger amount of foot traffic they receive. Call upon a trusted leader in the industry at SERVPRO of Kirksville to help return your carpeting to the beauty it once was. We are always here to help, just a call or text away at 660-665-3390. Give us a call today!
Does Your Home Still Have a Smoke Smell?
When you have a fire damage in your home, you may not notice the soot that can travel throughout your home. Fires started by grease often have a transparent or clear looking soot that is difficult to spot with the naked eye.
When soot remains on an object, even if the soot is not visible, there will still be an odor associated with the soot. Often after a customer believes they have removed the source of a smell; the smell will remain.
Leave it to our professionals to come in and inspect your home for soot damage after a fire. We will be able to use our advanced cleaning techniques, combined with our deodorization tools to return your home to a preloss condition.
If you have any questions about the process of removing smoke odor from your home or business, please give us a call at 660-665-3390 today!
Identifying the Possibility of Black Mold
If left untreated, black mold may cause serious health issues to you or your loved ones. Learning the potential signs of black mold can help save you from the possibility of health risks.
Water Damages – A leading cause of black mold comes from water damages that were left untreated. Look for areas where there might be previous water damages, or places where moisture might be elevated such as basements and bathrooms.
Patches – Look for patches of black mold on different surfaces. Black mold will begin growing in a circular patter until it begins to spread. Also check to see if it is still wet, leaving it with a slimy looking appearance, or if it has a dustier appearance meaning that the area has now dried.
If you suspect there might be black mold in your home, the first step to take would be to have an Industrial Hygienist come and collect samples to determine if you do indeed have mold in your home, as well as what type. Once it has been determined that there is mold in your home, SERVPRO of Kirksville will be able to come in take measures to remediate the mold and make your problem “Like it never even happened.”
The Possibility of Mold in Your Schools
SERVPRO of Kirksville services many counties in our territories, which includes many school districts. Schools are a major concern for spreading germs, but might also be breeding ground for other microbial growth. The following information from https://www.epa.gov/ will help shed light on the presence or possibility of mold in schools.
Common Moisture Sources Found in Schools
Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of conditions, including roof and plumbing leaks, condensation and excess humidity. Some moisture problems in schools have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the past twenty to thirty years. These changes have resulted in more tightly sealed buildings that may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems in schools are also associated with delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance, due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures in schools, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems.
Suggestions for Reducing Mold Growth in Schools
Reduce Indoor Humidity
- Vent showers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
- Control humidity levels and dampness by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers.
- Provide adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60%.
- Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning in food service areas.
Inspect the building for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills
- Check for moldy odors.
- Look for water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, walls, floors, and window sills.
- Look around and under sinks for standing water, water stains, or mold.
- Inspect bathrooms for standing water, water stains, or mold.
- Do not let water stand in air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans.
Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mold, or when leaks or spills occur
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours of occurrence to prevent mold growth.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.
- Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
- Check the mechanical room and roof for unsanitary conditions, leaks, or spills.
Prevent moisture condensation
- Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e. windows, piping, exterior walls, room, or floors).
Floor and carpet cleaning
- Remove spots and stains immediately, using the flooring manufacturer’s recommended techniques.
- Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly.
- Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
CDC's Mold Prevention Tips
Keeping your home mold free might sound impossible, however there are ways to reduce the chance of having a mold issue occur in your home.The following tips have been taken from the Center For Disease Control's Website. For More information go to https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
MOLD PREVENTION TIPS
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
- Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
- Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
What is "Mold?"
For a general understanding of what is considered "mold" and what to be concerned about, read this article taken from the National Institute of Health Sciences. For More information, go to https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/mold/index.cfm
Molds are microscopic organisms that play an important role in the breakdown of plant and animal matter. Outdoors, molds can be found in shady, damp areas, or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoor molds can grow on virtually any surface, as long as moisture, oxygen, and organic material are present. When molds are disturbed, they release tiny cells called spores into the surrounding air.
How do people get exposed to mold?
People are exposed to molds every day and everywhere, at home, at work, at school, both indoors and out. Molds are generally not harmful to healthy humans.
Inhalation is considered the primary way that people are exposed to mold. Mold spores and fragments can become airborne and get into the air we breathe. People may also be exposed to mold through the skin. Workers should be properly protected with safety equipment when remediating, or cleaning up mold after a disaster. In some cases, people may be exposed to mold through their diet.
What are the most common forms of mold?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common indoor molds are:
What can I do to get rid of mold in my home?
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), residents can do any of the following to prevent, and or get rid of, mold in their homes:
- Keep your house clean and dry.
- Fix water problems, such as roof leaks, wet basements, and leaking pipes or faucets.
- Make sure your home is well ventilated, and always use ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
- If possible, keep humidity in your house below 50 percent, by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
- Avoid using carpeting in areas of the home that may become wet, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.
- Dry floor mats regularly.
Help Prevent a Pipe Burst in Your Macon Home Today
This time of year is the hardest time on your pipes. Not having them properly insulated and below freezing temperatures can cause the water in your pipes to freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst. To keep from having a disaster like this affect your home, follow some of these steps:
- If you will be out of your home for an extended time, set your thermostat above 50 degrees to insure nothing insider your home will freeze.
- Allow your faucets to drip slightly. Having your faucet open slightly will allow the pressure caused from water freezing in your pipes to escape instead of bursting your pipes.
- Add extra insulation to exterior pipes. You can purchase foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that fit around pipes to decrease the chance that your pipes will freeze.
Following these steps will help greatly lower your risk of pipes freezing in your home. If you do still experience a pipe burst in your home, we are always here to help at 660-665-3390.
When a Winter Storm Knocks Out Power in Your Milan Home
When a winter storm knocks your power out, you will need to use other sources for supplemental heat. When using these alternative sources, please keep in mind the dangers associated with them.
Open flames such as fire places need to have screens and adequate ventilation. You also need to make sure nothing is placed around the fireplace that could ignite.
Small kerosene or other gas heaters also poses potential threats. Be careful not to put the heaters in an area that would cause a trip hazard that could quickly ignite the surrounding area. Poor ventilation is also an important concern with dealing with these types of heaters. As the heaters burn they consume oxygen, and when placed in a small room with no ventilation this could pose a significant threat.
What to Expect During the SERVPRO Fire Remediation Process
When you experience fire or smoke damage to your home you might not be sure what steps to take next. Once the fire department has left and you have called SERVPRO of Kirksville, the next steps are used as a guideline to ensure your home is returned to preloss condition:
- Initial Inspection- Our trained Production Manager will come inspect your home for damages and see how intensely the fire/smoke affected your home and determine with you and/or your adjuster what steps need to be taken next.
- Structure/Content Clean- Depending on what has been determined in step one, SERVPRO will start the process of cleaning and restoring your home and/or contents to its preloss condition. This could include cleaning walls and ceilings, personal belongings, ducts, etc.
- Final Walk-through- Once all worked has been completed and your home has been restored to its preloss condition, our Production Manager will perform a final walk through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction before gathering payment from the appropriate parties.
It is our hope that knowing a little about the process will help ease your mind as our technicians work diligently to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”