Do you have mold in your Bathroom?
Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet. Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.
If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.
If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:
- Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
- Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
- Check plumbing for leaks
Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!
Storm #TeamElkins - Hurricane Florence
Before Hurricane Florence hit, the predictions about how much damage it would cause kept changing, and many residents on the coast of North and South Carolina evacuated. Now that Florence has hit the east coast with its full force the past few days, it is time to start putting these cities back together. The amount of damage caused surpassed what the local franchisees could handle, which is when Storm was activated. Storm Teams from across the county have traveled to help clean up the destruction caused by the storm, and so have we. Right now, #TeamElkins is working in North Carolina in the cities of New Bern, Sebree, Trent Woods, and Atlantic Beach. These cities are right off the coast and have been hit extremely hard. Team members have been sending back photos, like the one to the right, of all the destruction and it is devastating to think about. We are happy to be able to help those in need, and plan on staying as long as we can to help with the cleanup.
Is Mold taking over your home or business?
Gone down in the Basement lately? Looked under the kitchen sink? How about out in the garage? Look around, is there any wet boxes? Do you see that yellow, green, black or orange substance? When you do it just may hit you that it may be MOLD!
We have all seen it and thought, “do I have a MOLD problem?” Not all mold is bad but in some cases it can cause health concerns for a lot of people. If you experience any kind of water flooding, water leaks, to differential humidity, this can cause mold to grow in your home or business.
Taking precautions is the best way to beat the mold. There are different signs that your home or business may be inundated by this growing machine-
- Can you visibly see the mold?
- Is there a Musty odor? This may indicate mold is present
- Is there a recent event that caused excess water?Any type of moisture problems that may have caused mold growth?
- Excessive humidity
If you answered yes to some of these questions call us today. We can come out and assess how minimal or over-run the mold may be. We are always Here to Help!
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties
Tips On How To Avoid Spreading Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss
Throughout your home there are 5 appliances that if not properly taken care of could cause a large water loss:
Hot Water Heater- The average life of a water heater is around 12 years, and 70% of their failures are because of leaks or bursts. Make it a habit to regularly check for leaks, inspect the anode rods, and piping.
Refrigerator- Your ice maker is the part of the refrigerator that typically causes the most leaks. They also typically leak in the back where you will not notice. If you replace the lines with braided steel alternatives, it could help prevent this from happening.
Dishwasher- Dishwashers are the same with refrigerators as they can cause slow leaks that you may not notice, but can cause significant damage to your flooring. Pulling the dishwasher out and inspecting under it is the best way to avoid long term damage from happening.
Washing Machine- Over half of water damage claims are the responsibility of faulty washing machine hoses. Annually check the hoses for wear and tear, or go ahead and replace them.
Air Conditioner- If you air conditioner is in the attic, once a month go check and make sure it is not leaking. When appliances are out of site, it normally takes longer to find problems. This could cause a slow leak to happen, and cause even more damage before you even realize it is happening.
September - National Preparedness Month
September of each year is National Preparedness Month. This is the time of the year the Department of Homeland Security encourages home and business owners to prepare for future disasters. Some of the ways that they suggest doing this is by:
- Learn lifesaving skills- such as CPR and First Aid
- Check your insurance coverage policies- They may not cover hazards such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
- Create an escape route
- Start an emergency fund
- Learn where gas and water shut offs are in your home
- Sign up for local weather alerts
- Make emergency bags for each family member
- Consider what to do with pets during an emergency
- Have a designated place for important documents
- Have emergency phone numbers saved in cell phones and posted near house phones
Taking time throughout the month of September to do some of these things could really help you and your family during an emergency.
Fire Prevention Week 2018
Mark your Calendars! Starting October 7th through October 13th, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green, and Taylor Counties will join the United States in Observing Fire Prevention Week. This important week is the longest running public health observance according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s library dating back to 1925. This tradition and annual occasion was signed in a proclamation of recognition by the President of the United States. This important week also commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” of 1871. This horrific event in history left over 100,000 people homeless and killed approximately 250 innocent victims. This grisly fire was rumored to have started when a cow kicked over an oil lamp.
Don’t wait until October to check your smoke detectors. See our Blog on “The importance of Smoke detectors.
In the event that you are a victim of a home or business fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals. SERVPRO is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will answer and react when you need us!
Call us today! 270- 659-0067 to request help!
Hops & Horses, 2018
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is one of thirteen cooperate sponsors for the 2nd Annual Hops and Horses in Glasgow, Kentucky on September 6th, 2018. All sponsors will have booths set up giving out prizes and will have interactive games for the kids. There will also be live music with a special guest (Dylan Scott!) and food vendors set up. Last year, thousands of families from Barren and surrounding counties came to see the signature Clydesdale horses put on a parade for everyone. All events are free to the public, besides the food and drink vendors.
SERVPRO is involved with many community wide events, and we are happy to be a part of this one also. We will have a booth set up from 4-8pm with games, and prizes. Bring your family and play some games with us!
Fire Escape Route for Homes
With fall and winter coming, this is the time of the year when people start using their fireplaces again and starting bonfires. While it is fun to use them, they also increase your risk of having a house fire. Take the time to make a home fire escape route for your family before the time comes you would need one. Here is a link to the National Fire Protection Association and some tips on creating a plan that is both effective and child friendly:
Educating yourself and your family is the first step in ensuring their safety in an emergency. Practicing this plan a couple of times is another way to make sure everyone in the home knows what to do. Another good tip would be to practice one time in the middle of the night, so you know your children are able to wake up and remember what to do.
Is your business prepared for an emergency? Let us help!
Owning a business comes with a lot of variables. One of these being if a disaster hits, are you able to get back on your feet quickly? Are you fast enough that your revenue does not become impacted beyond what you can handle? Many commercial businesses have a plan in place for what to do, but many do not. Preparing ahead of time can determine how quickly you can be back on your feet after a loss.
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has a unique program that can assist you in becoming prepared, our Emergency Ready Profile. These profiles are conducted for free and collect all the important information you would need in an emergency. Having the information gathered ahead of time can speed up the clean up process and help get help on the way faster.
Call our office at 270-659-0067 to get more information and schedule an appointment for your businesses ERP!