Cleaning Your Home After a Fire
Cleaning Your Home After a Fire
When the firefighters leave, you might want to start cleaning your home immediately. It may seem like the danger is gone and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, your home will never return to normal. There are other things that a fire leaves behind that can really damage the property. You will notice that an extraordinary amount of ash and smoke are left behind that can begin to cause corrosion, discoloration, unpleasant odors, among other damages.
If a professional isn’t hired to immediately clean up the smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will hit the roof after a few weeks. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely engraved, needing replacement. Keep in mind that due to the acidic nature of the ash, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
Different types of fire require different cleaning techniques. Typically, high-oxygen fires will result in dry dusty soot, whereas slow-burning, low-oxygen fires will result in greasy wet deposits that easily smear. The cleaning regimen must take into account these variations.
While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform effectively, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own. But don’t get discouraged, even if you hire a professional fire restorer, by following these guidelines you can also give a hand:
- Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan to circulate air. If there has been considerable water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier.
- Wear gloves like dish washing gloves, long sleeved shirts and pants to avoid skin contact. If you get any ash on your skin, wash it off.
- Wear personal protective equipment, such as a dust mask, to avoid breathing in ash and other particles.
- Remove burned articles and materials to reduce odors.
- Wipe all metallic finishes with cooking oil to prevent corrosion and staining.
- Clean plastic or surfaces such as PVC windows and white painted surfaces using a mild alkali detergent to remove possible acidic soot, which may activate with moisture in the air (humidity) and cause permanent staining.
- Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs. Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress. Deodorants or fragrances should not be used as they mask odors, which is a significant indicator of health concerns.
- Where surface staining cannot be removed, consider the use of specialist paint to obliterate the stain and anti-bleed characteristics. Typically, these paints are lacquers or oil-based.
- Wash regular clothing in warm water with a liquid detergent. Several laundering may be needed.
“Do it yourself” techniques very rarely work to resolve issues of ash and smoke residue left behind after a fire. Inexperienced attempts at trying to complete such tasks could lead to further contamination and damage of your home and personal possessions. If at all possible, the best option is to reach out to a reliable fire restoration service with the licenses and certifications to complete such services in your area.
SERVPRO® Martin and Saint Lucie County is a company with more than 40 years of leadership in Fire and Smoke Clean up Fort Pierce, cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life with our Fire and Smoke Clean Up Fort Pierce and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
Are You a Street Art Victim? Tips on How to Remove Graffiti:
Like It Never Happened
Graffiti can be seen in almost every city in the world. Unless your property has been the victim of Banksy (famous England-based graffiti artist), you would consider graffiti an act of vandalism that you might want cleaned off or removed.
Most modern signs clean quickly with the use of soap and water or solvents. Nevertheless, paint applied to a rough surface normally causes permanent damage. The character of the surface will change because, in some cases, due to the interaction between the paint and the porous surface, it is nearly impossible to totally clean off these street art pieces.
Here are some DIY tips for removing graffiti from various types of surfaces:
- Try using common paint thinner (ex: mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, acetone), or try graffiti removal products from the market.
- Try to remove it by rubbing with steel or bronze wool, or light sandpaper.
- Try power-washing it with a 3000psi pressure washer.
- If the wood is not weathered and is sealed with paint, stain or sealer, try to remove the graffiti by wiping it with mineral spirits.
- Try power-washing with a 3000psi pressure washer, however, observe carefully to make sure the pressure is not driving the paint deeper into the wood grain.
- A stronger approach is to sand the wood and repaint.
- Try using a razor blade to carefully scrape it off. This method is 99% effective.
- Try using ultra-fine bronze wool with water to gently rub the paint off.
- Finally, you can also try using paint thinners on glass.
- Do not use paint thinners as they can soften the plastic, causing clouding or permanent tackiness.
- Try a light rubbing with ultra-fine steel or bronze wool to remove the paint.
- Try to power-wash the graffiti with a 3000psi-pressure washer. Be careful in selecting the type of tip you use in the pressure wand.
- Try sand-blasting. As with pressure washing, be careful not to allow the sandblasting tip to remain in one spot too long as it can permanently etch the surface.
1. Painting over the graffiti.
When painting over graffiti, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.
- It is recommended that you paint straight from the top to the bottom of the wall, or that you repaint the entire wall. Matching the paint color of the building- is very complicated, because mismatched colors do not improve the way the building looks, this only serves as continuing evidence of graffiti.
- If you are using white paint, use enough coats so that the "shadow" of the graffiti will no longer be visible.
- If the graffiti is a persistent problem, you may want to consider painting your building with a protective coating that makes graffiti removal easier.
1. Environmentally Friendly Removal
- Try citrus based graffiti removal agents that contain ingredients such as "natural orange extract". These products are biodegradable, they are essentially the same as graffiti removal agents and they are available at local retailers. Always keep in mind, citrus based products are usually safe to apply to almost any natural or painted surface, however, some plastics may become clouded or discolored.
Graffiti removal is not always a simple “spray it on, clean it off” issue. When approaching problem graffiti, you become very aware of how much more difficult it is to remove it than it is to apply it, especially in the case of rough surfaces. For routinely painted surfaces like fences and some walls, it would be wise to try matching the paint, since painted surfaces turn out best when repainted. But then again for a brick surface, especially red brick, we recommend a professional cleanup.
Remember, a rapid response is the key!
SERVPRO of Martin County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from residential and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:
- General cleaning and graffiti removal
- Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
- Odor removal and deodorization
- Debris removal
- Water damage restoration
- Fire damage restoration
- Mold damage restoration
- Contents cleaning
First Response When Commercial Properties are Under Struggle
commercial restoration by SERVPRO
If you have a Commercial Property, a Must Do! it’s having a relationship with a reliable company that offers commercial restoration services, so loses and damage don’t take you by surprise; nor put you and your business under a highly stressful and costly situation.
You may ask yourself, what type of “damage” can affect commercial buildings?
- Water damage: water damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain, or a number of other things. In any case, this can then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.
- Storm and wind damage: Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can remove roof tiles, break windows and more.
- Mold: is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand.
- Fire damage: can come from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, from a gas stove or from lightning. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.
Knowing a good commercial restoration company is a good way to ensure you will be able to start repairing and restoring your property as soon as possible and to get back to work as soon as possible. Try to find ways to make your business more resilient. Consider worst case scenarios and come up with ways to continue generating revenue.
In case of any water damage, mold propagation, unexpected fire, a broken window that can leave your commercial business vulnerable to theft and vandalism, you should be prepared and have handy the contact information for your commercial restoration service provider so you can contact them promptly and they will be able to address any difficulties that may arise.
You can also follow these important guidelines and tips that will help you with first responds issues:
- Until an inspector deems the property safe to enter. Keep away from downed power lines; report them to the utility company. Do not turn on the gas or electric until the utility company determines it is safe to use. Evacuate the building if you smell fumes or gas and notify the utility company.
- Report the damage to your insurance company immediately; most companies have a toll-free call center if you can’t reach your agent. Have your policy ready for contractors so they understand your coverage.
- If you rent or lease the building, notify your landlord.
- Do not discard anything until a full inventory is performed, or keep a list of anything you do discard. Keep receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting the property. Receipts are essential for proving to the insurance company what money you have spent related to the loss, as well as for claiming the loss on your income taxes.
- Remove as much smoke or moisture from the building by running fans and dehumidifiers. Whenever possible, keep the indoor temperature below 70 degrees to prevent microbial growth.
- Remove wet carpet from floors to prevent buckling and mold growth. Allow them to dry thoroughly. Place scraps of hardwood under objects on the floor to prevent mold growth and staining. Foil or plastic can also be placed under furniture legs to prevent staining.
- Extract as much water as possible from the premises with a wet/dry vac.
- Board up building openings to discourage trespassers. Hiring a professional board up company ensures intruders are less likely to gain access to the building. Besides stealing items from the building, someone entering the building could get hurt, and you may be legally responsible for their injuries.
- Do not operate wet appliances until a professional has examined them and deemed them safe for use. Contact your local police departments to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
- If a contractor removes mold from your building, make sure they inspect the home and verify all mold is removed. Places to check for mold include all areas near the mold growth, behind wallpaper, under carpeting and other areas where water can seep including subfloors and wall cavities.
When a business needs commercial restoration, you should look for a company that provides 24-hour emergency services. These companies will be able to come out at any time of day in order to offer immediate relief. One of the best and most reliable commercial restoration services companies in the Treasure Coast is SERVPRO.
SERVPRO is a leader in Fire/Water Cleanup and Restoration; our staff is equipped with the tools and skills to restore your property in no time. "Like it never even happened."
If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! (772)334-8762
SERVPRO of Martin and Saint Lucie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage.
Spring Cleaning Easy Guide
SERVPRO is here to help
Spring season is here !!! so are you ready to give your home a deep cleaning blast from roof to floor? Here is a great, easy and quick guide to start your home cleaning this spring.
First, we recommend you concentrate on the tasks that will require deep cleaning such as furnishings, appliances, and floors. Once you’ve covered these major tasks, you’ll have the rest your home spring-cleaned in no time.
Even though spring season everywhere in the states feels different, regularly it is a season in which we want to enjoy the outdoors more and neat up our porches and patios, install new landscaping, paint doors, wipe the dust off of your outside furniture, and clean those dreaded outside windows.
To make your Florida home sparkle and shine with these tips for getting organizedand cleaning your home with ease, we recommend beginning one section or room of your home at a time so you don’t get shocked along the way.
Kitchen area and appliances ready for family gatherings!
- First, we recommend throwing away unwanted items. Discard expired food items in your pantry and refrigerator, and donate tableware and small appliances that you no longer use.
- Now with more space and most of the stuff reorganized, wipe down the inside of your refrigeratorand wash out produce bins and shelving in the sink, using warm water and detergent.
- Remove water spots on stainless steel sinkswith rubbing alcohol. On a porcelain sink, cover the bottom of the sink with paper towels and soak the paper towels with bleach. Don’t forget to clean the dishwasher by running an empty load.
- To get rid of odors in the garbage disposal, cut up a lemon and drop some salt and ice cubes down there; the lemon deodorizes, and the salt and ice get rid of residue.
- Wipe downshelves, cupboards and drawers. This is also a great opportunity to do some reorganizing if needed.
- Clean the stovetop and oven, and wipe down the microwave. You can also use the microwave or dishwasher to disinfect that dirty spongewhen you’re done scrubbing.
- Finally, take out the trashand get a good scrub going in the trash can, where germs and odors can linger.
Bathrooms and shelves, prepare for new breeze!
- Start getting rid of items you no longer use, safely discardexpired medicines, throw old makeup, and organize the surviving itemsin drawer trays.
- Throw that moldy shower curtain and liner in the washalong with some towels and hang them up to dry; the towels will help scrub the liner and curtain clean.
- Clean tileswith a cup of baking soda and water (mixed well). Apply the solution with a mop
- Clean glass shower doorswith white vinegar if needed. Wipe down mirrors with alcohol and for the metal frames, furniture oil will get rid of those annoying water spots.
- Unclogyour sink, tub and shower drains using a snake tool to remove hair and gunk, and don’t forget to scrub down the toilet and tub.
Bedroom ready…new mood assures!
- Organize and clean your closet. Be sure todo your laundry first so you can get a better idea of what you’re working with when you organize it. Most everything can be washed cold, but it’s a good idea to use the hottest water for sheets, towels, and unmentionables.
- Start flipping your mattress and wash all the linens. Rotate pillows and covers, thenmake your bedto instantly create a sense of cleanliness and order. You can even vacuum the tops and sides of your mattress before rotating it.
- Dedicate one day to going room to room, pulling andsorting out of season clothing. Decide what to donate.
Finishing touches, Welcome Spring!
- Brushinterior painted walls and baseboards with a solution of warm water and dish detergent. Coverpaint marks, scratches in interior walls.
- Vacuumrugs, curtains, and window coverings. When vacuuming and cleaning floors, start in a far corner and work your way to the other side so you don’t get trapped in the middle.
- Steam cleanyour carpets and shake out area rugs.
- In the office, file important documents, recycle old magazines and shred old bank, mortgage, statements, and some paper that you no longer need.
- Test and change the batteriesin your smoke detectors!
after all the cleaning is done you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy your fresh and clean home! Organize these tasks among your daily activities, and put this useful checklist on your refrigeration to remember what to do. Don’t forget to grab some lemonade to sip while relaxing on your porch while enjoying spring weather!
SERVPRO has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for you and your family. Mold is very harmful and it is important to contact a professional to perform a proper mold inspection and remediation.
As You know SERVPRO is a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the tools and skills to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of Martin and Saint Lucie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage.
A POST-CHRISTMAS HOME REMODELING APPROACHES
POST-CHRISTMAS HOME REMODELING
Now that Christmas season is over, have you consider remodeling your home? There are certain kind of projects that you always want to do during the year but as time goes by you postpone it due to kids’ activities, work, and some other personal happenings. Well don’t wait more, this is the right time for home remodeling.
Even thought if your project is large or small, did you know that this is an ideal time of the year to develop a post-holidays plan? Now that the rush and scramble is over, use this time to research the style and design that you would like to see in your home, as well as find the right remodeling company for you.
In addition, if you dare venture out into the world of retail, take advantage of the sales and discounts to stock up on the materials you might need. Whether your project will include flooring, fixtures, carpet cleaning, blinds, walls paint, or something else entirely, there is no harm in having it set aside.
Another good reason for remodeling home or thinking about an addition at home seems to be during winter months as is tend to be less busy for builders, because everyone is waiting for better weather to come, and the tax refunds to start their home projects or develop it.
Remodeling April through June are for example are the busiest time for most builders, so it’s probably when you’ll pay the most money for their time and for materials. It’s the simple law of supply and demand.
Remodeling July through September for example, tackling indoor work like kitchen or bathroom remodeling is recommended during the summer months. The last thing you want to do in the sweltering heat is an attic bedroom! To most people’s surprise, however, roofing projects are often done in the summer, because the roofing material needs certain higher temperatures to seal. Builders will be cautious about the safety of their workers, and they will tell you if it’s too hot for the job.
For professional painting, design, and construction companies the builder will need time to plan, order materials and schedule his team. Allow several weeks for planning your remodel — no matter what time of year.
Once you have considered restauration at home think ahead in a company that provide cleaning services and rebuilding like SERVPRO, we have many services that you can consider too.
Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for you and your family.
You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of Martin and Saint Lucie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage.
FIRE HAZARDS TO CONSIDER ON THANKSGIVING
THANKSGIVING - FIRE HAZARDS
Holidays are here and none celebrates cooking more than Thanksgiving. Of all fires reported in the U.S. every year, 31% happen in residential homes. That’s due to a number of factors: open flames, negligence, cooking, and more. A key for preventing fire is understands common causes.
Here are some of the common causes of fire at home, please keep them in mind and prevent serious accidents during the holidays:
House fires happen most during dinner hours, most likely between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. That’s because people are cooking. If you’re preparing dinner, here’s what you should remember:
• For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher (class B) or baking soda. Do not use water! It will spread the oil/grease and make your fire worse.
• Never leave your food unattended. Fires only need 30 seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze, so even going to the bathroom could endanger your home.
• Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
• Don’t wear baggy clothing. It could catch fire accidentally.
• Keep the grill at least 10 feet from vegetation and the house. Don’t ever leave a grill unattended. Fat dripping from oil or meat could cause a flare up that can quickly grow out of control. Also, remember to keep grills away from brush, your home, and overhanging branches.
2. HEATING EQUIPMENT
Almost 13% of all residential fires are caused by heating equipment. You can avoid heating equipment from catching fire by inspecting and cleaning wood-stoves and chimneys, using a fireplace screen, and having your hot water heater and furnace serviced regularly.
Space heaters can also cause fires if left too close to walls, drapes, and bedding. If you have a space heater, give it some room.
3. ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Electrical appliances cause over 6% of house fires. Look for worn wires, surge marks in wire, and damaged cords. If you see any exposed wires, unplug the electronic appliance and replace it immediately. Also, keep all cords away from furniture and rugs. Running cords under rugs is dangerous. We recommend never plug appliances into an extension cord or two-slot outlet and while on vacation you should unplug everything just in case.
Beauty tools like hair straighteners and curling irons get hot. If you forget to unplug them, they could start a fire. Always unplug your beauty products and leave them on a hard surface like a marble countertop and away from flammable objects.
You can decrease the chances of something malfunctioning and catching on fire by making sure it’s approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The UL has high safety standards, so you’ll know the appliance is well made.
For house fires, negligence causes 5.8% of flashes. Carelessness includes leaving candles burning, not putting out cigarettes, putting heating equipment near combustible items, and more. Fire is dangerous. Never treat anything hot or on fire with anything but the utmost care.
About 2% of fires are caused by cigarettes. One way you can prevent fires from cigarettes is to stop smoking them! Another is to do so outdoors and put your spent cigarette butts into water. Wildfires and those caused by lightning are unavoidable.
6. OTHER POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS TO CONSIDER
Most Christmas Trees fires start because of faulty lights or proximity to a heat source. Christmas tree fires are normally pretty serious too. On average, one out of 31 Christmas tree fires kills someone. Prevent this from happening by putting new lights on your Christmas tree, inspecting older lights, and keeping them away from heat sources.
Between 2007 and 2011, nearly 50,000 fires were started by people playing with fire. Of those, 43% were started by children under six years old and 38% of outdoor fires were caused by children aged 10. Keep matches away from kids, teach them about fire safety, and never leave them unattended with flammable objects.
Don’t’ forget to clean your vents and filters! They can get gunked up with lint, hair, dust, and other flammable residue that can catch fire.
If you are experiencing any fire or smoke damage at your work place or at home during the holidays do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO, our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. (772) 334-8762
SERVPRO wish you a “Happy Thanksgiving as its a time to be grateful and to think about all the special people who have touched our lives”
Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives
Fire Emergency. What to do?
A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffi c areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes
and fi xtures.
- Change HVAC fi lters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without fi rst contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
- Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without fi rst consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fi re, heat or water without fi rst consulting an authorized repair service.
- Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fi re, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
- If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Call the Cleanup Team that's faster to any disaster
October is Fire Prevention Month— a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness.
The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait—Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” designed to educate the public on the basic but essential elements of smoke
alarm safety. The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and
on every level of your home, including the basement. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires
reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?* Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, having a working
smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
Stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster by having a family emergency plan and by having SERVPRO of Martin County handy 772-334-8762
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The Leader Eliminating Indoor Mold
Mold at Home - Mold Remediation
Is this just hype, or does mold really has a health threat? Every day is more common to hear stories of families dealing with mold growth and homes infested with fungi so toxic that they have been linked to brain damage as well as respiratory disease. It’s not a coincidence that you'll find several sites hawking do-it-yourself "mold test kits" and some other topic where mold is the main focus. Mold definitely is affecting more people every day and in a way you might not think about it.
Although mold and its spores are literally everywhere, active mold growth requires moisture. Whether on visible surfaces or hiding behind drywall, in attics, or under carpets, indoor mold grows in the presence of excessive dampness or water.
Mold comes in thousands of different strains, but only a few, including the notorious Stachybotrys chartarum, aka black mold, produces toxins.
Researchers acknowledge that these toxins are potent enough to cause serious problems in healthy people and there is plenty of evidence that all molds can potentially cause rashes, headaches, dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions (like hay fever), and asthma attacks.
Don't Let Mold move in! Members of the fungi kingdom like mushrooms they and their tiny spores need water and something living to eat. They thrive outdoors, hitchhiking into your home in dust and dirt on your clothes and shoes, on air currents, and in water that enters through cracks in walls and foundations. Once inside, they proliferate anywhere moisture exists. Notice a musty odor?
Mold spores surf the breeze more when it is hot and humid outside. Days when the temperature is high, close your windows and keep spores out, turn on and run an air conditioner (which dehumidifies). Open your windows to keep indoor humidity down and prevent spores already inside from multiplying. No matter what the weather is, avoiding mold problems is to keep dry your surroundings.
Tips to avoid molding at home
- Use good ventilation: Turn on an exhaust fan or open a nearby window while showering, bathing, running the dishwasher, or cooking, because all these activities produce water vapor. Make sure clothes dryers and all gas appliances are vented to the outside.
- Monitor moisture: Use a hygrometer (about $20 at hardware and home stores) to check the indoor humidity level. If it exceeds 55 percent—most likely in summer—lower, it by running an air conditioner or dehumidifier. In cold weather, indoor humidity should stay around 30 percent.
- Address leaks and dry waterlogged areas: When pipes burst, the roof springs a leak, or cracks in the foundation ushers water in, fix the problem ASAP. If you find a leak, dry the area pronto. "Within 24 hours, most molds are growing," says Berlin Nelson, PhD, an expert on plant pathology at North Dakota State University. Get professional help if you can't quickly manage solo, you may also contact SERVPRO at 772-334-8762 or check us out on the web, http://www.SERVPROmartincounty.com/
- Recognizing mold: Though molds are often a dark color (black or brown), they may be green, yellow, or even an incongruously delicate pink. They usually spread out in a circular pattern. Don't worry about finding out what type you're dealing with. Just get it cleaned up. If you have asthma or are allergic to mold, get someone else to do the cleanup.
How to deal with mold growth
Should mold cover more than a square foot, see professional help. The same goes for if you can smell but can't see mold—that means it's probably behind a wall or wallpaper. Don't play Bob Vila: Knocking a hole in the wall or peeling back the wallpaper can release so many spores that you can become seriously ill whether you're allergic or not.
When mold die it sheds substances that can accumulate in house dust and continue to cause sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and asthma attacks. After cleaning up mold, go over all surfaces with a vacuum that won't disperse it into the air, such as a central VAC or one equipped with a HEPA filter.
As we mention mold growth could be a headache if you don’t take quick actions to address it, we suggest do not let too much time pass before to get a professional that will give you useful feedback and make a deeper cleaner.
We also recommended to contact the experts in the area, SERVPRO of Martin County. Check us out on the web http://www.SERVPROmartincounty.com/ and learn more about the mold treatment or contact us at: 772-334-8762 in Martin County.
Make the Grade in School Indoor Air Quality
Air Ducts Cleaning Machinery
Kids and Clean Air
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, half of the national schools report poor indoor air quality and ventilation.*
You can ensure you are taking proper and responsible steps to provide a healthy learning space. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals offer a number of services that can help you reduce Indoor Air Quality-related health risks and triggers for asthma and allergies.
Control moisture within 24 - 48 hours
• Remedy sources of mold, like leaks
• Clean HVAC systems
• Inspect and change air filters
• Clean duct system regularly and after remodeling or additions
*1995 EPA GAO Report