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What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.

Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.

Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.

Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO Flagler County/NSB-Titusville  not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.

What is White Mold?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

Unlike white mold though, efflorescence won’t grow or spread.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of Flagler County. 

Washing Machine Mold

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of Flagler County. 

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.

Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.

Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.

Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO Flagler County not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.

Mold in Florida

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Florida there is moisture constantly everywhere. The humidity is always in the air, whereas in the more northern states there is less moisture year-round in the air. With the amount of moisture, it is incredibly important the run the air conditioner in the home or business to reduce the amount and lower the risk of mold possibilities in the residence or working space. When the air conditioner is turned off the moisture levels quickly rise in the home and can cause growth quickly due to this amount.

Once the moisture is in the home it can be felt as well as seen when you know what to look for. The moist common places growth can be found are the bathroom as well as the kitchen. The bathroom can accumulate moisture and eventually growth even faster if there is not a fan, or the fan is not used while the shower is running. Moisture tends to cling to anything metal such as the vents in the ceiling or close to the floor. The kitchen is another common place due to cooking, as well as the number of appliances in the kitchen that use water. These appliances include the refrigerator and the dishwasher. The supply lines for these machines are commonly the cause of moisture build-up and leak.

To keep the moisture abundance down here in the state of Florida we need to keep the air conditioning on. We also need to use the fans in the bathroom to pull the heavily saturated air out of the room. We also need to use the fan on the stove when cooking anything with high amounts of steam.

For all your restoration needs call SERVPRO of Flagler Beach!

Power outages and Mold?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm that is severe enough happens normally a power outage comes along with it. Power outages can cause a string on unfortunate events. Many families first thoughts automatically go to the refrigerator and all the perishable foods within it. These foods are important to think about because they can cause an odor and lots of money lost in perishable goods. These foods can also cause mold within the refrigerator. There maybe mold lurking in other areas in your home that need attention as well.

When the power goes out that means that the air conditioner goes out as well. As the temperatures rise in the home the humidity levels that can cause growth also to rise. The air conditioner in a home keeps the humidity levels low enough to discourage growth. When the power goes out and the longer it stays out, the longer the air conditioner is off it will cause the humidity levels to climb until they reach the same levels as the outdoor humidity.

It is easier in the home to keep the humidity down rather than lower it from a high level to a lower level. One way to keep the moisture from settling in one place in the home and keep the levels down would be to keep any ceiling fans, or fans in general on to allow the movement of air. Another way to help keep the levels down would be to close all blinds or shades to keep the heat level lower. If all the windows are open it allows the heat level to rise along with the humidity.

For all your remediation needs SERVPRO of Flagler Beach is here for you.

Big or Small We Handle It All

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

For all your remediation, restoration, cleaning, and rebuild needs SERVPRO of Flagler has it covered for Commercial Properties. No matter what size, we are available to come out and do it all from a large water loss to a large duct cleaning.

SERVPRO is available to come out and put together an emergency action plan for your building before a disaster happens to make sure we can get to you ASAP. Having an emergency action plan allows us to know where the shut off valve is, where to park, and many other important instructions that allow us to get you back up and running.

When coming to the property we will have everything put together as to disturb customer, workers, or tenants as little as possible and get to work as quickly as possible. Our marketing will be available to help for any of your scheduling needs.

Our marketing team will initially come out and walk to inspect the sight for pictures of everything necessary for the Emergency Action Plan. All plans and actions go into a single binder as well as an electronic version to have available and on hand whenever an emergency comes about.

These Emergency Action Plans can also be expanded to include and cleaning requirements or chemical limitations due to the location or nature of the business.

For all your commercial needs big or small give us a call here at SERVPRO of Flagler Beach, we can handle it all!!!

Do I Have Water Damage?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Do I have Water Damage?

Sometimes the signs and symptoms and come on slowly when there is a build-up of moister or a very slow leak. If you notice something looks different or off keep an eye on it and call a professional.

What do I look for?

The signs can be very small. Most people notice water spots when they have water damage. These stains can be anything from a very slight discoloration or a dark stain or even standing water in emergency water situations.

Severity of water damage.

The severity of a water damage can range from clean water to unsanitary water. The differences in these damages are where the water comes from. The source can often tell a remediation team how much remediation they are going to need to do.

See anything that looks off? Have us come out and take a look for you.

What to do when you have a water loss

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

You have just come home to find standing water in your home. It could be any number of things. One thing is for sure though, you need to find where the water is coming from. The first step is to find your water main shut off and turn it off. The next step is to find the leak. Sometimes you can hear a leak, sometimes you must look around. Start with the most logical things such as toilets, and sinks. If it is neither of these things you need to look as see if a supply line to a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine would be to blame. Next call your local SERVPRO! We will come out in a timely manner. We will extract any standing and place equipment to immediately start the drying process and get you and your family back on your way.

For the Big Properties

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

We cover everything from the small stuff to the big stuff. SERVPRO does a little bit of everything. With Big properties we take just as much time and effort as the small jobs to make sure everything is taken care of whether it is a damage from Fire, Water, Mold, or even a Biohazard.

To make it a little easier if a disaster strikes your business or group of homes we like to have an emergency plan to know everything. When I say everything, we come and take pictures of where to park, where the shut valves are, information on who to talk to, and even special instructions from the owner or manager.

This emergency plan speeds everything up for us to be able to get your disaster under control quickly. The more quickly we can access and begin work potentially the less damage the property may have.