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Mold Prevention Tips for Your Kitchen

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house when it comes to mold growth since there is water in use here on a daily basis. Practicing preventive measures will ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in one of the busiest rooms in your home.

The kitchen has a higher moisture level than most of the other rooms in your house, and surfaces both visible and out of the way can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises and make life miserable.  

Here are some tips to preventing mold:

  • Paint your kitchen with mold-resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. This is also a good practice for bath areas, as well.
  • When doing any type of repair or renovation in this area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.
  • Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off counter tops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses. Inspect underneath sinks and in cabinets on a regular basis and look for buckling woodwork or discolorations - both are telltale signs of water damage.
  • As with all windows in your home, ensure that all weather stripping is in good repair in advance of bad weather.
  • Keep an eye on older refrigerators for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Move them away from the wall periodically and clean behind and underneath them and take a good look while you are back there. This is a place where mold loves to hide and grow.
  • Ensure your kitchen area is well ventilated; you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it will be beneficial.

Keeping mold out of your kitchen will contribute to a clean and pleasant space for the preparation of food and for entertaining and socializing. After all, the kitchen is the heart of a home!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have the expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

A Cleaning Checklist for Your Business in the Fall

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

A wise business owner is always thinking about the future, making sure that material and product orders are placed well in advance, employee schedules are completed and posted weeks ahead of time, and customer complaints and concerns are dealt with in a timely manner. Keeping proper records of everything that needs to be done is a necessity, and checklists are helpful in this way. Keeping your business clean and your work environment pleasant and healthy will require a checklist, as well. Here’s a sample of what a cleaning checklist for Fall could look like:

DAILY

  • Keep entryways neat and tidy; wet Fall weather means wet and muddy footprints as well as leaves and debris.
  • Clean and disinfect all bathrooms including: mirror, countertop, sinks, and both the inside and outer area of toilets, paying close attention to the flooring around the base, and the base itself.
  • Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, and light switches in preparation for the coming flu season.
  • Sweep and mop floors using a disinfectant liquid. Make sure the mop head gets cleaned and/or replaced regularly to keep mold from taking hold.
  • Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles.
  • Clean and polish drinking fountain, if you have one.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen area, including the sinks and countertops.
  • Clean all glass, especially entrance doors.



WEEKLY

  • Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.
  • Sweep and vacuum all offices.
  • Dust accessible window sills and baseboards.
  • Dust artwork, framed certifications and news articles, etc. You want your image to shine!
  • Clean out refrigerator and wash/disinfect microwave.
  • Sweep exterior entrances, both front and back.
  • Make sure break areas are clean and presentable.
  • Remove trash and debris from parking areas.

MONTHLY

  • Inspect roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.
  • Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property before inclement Fall weather.
  • Do a quick inspection of fencing and entrance gates.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of all HVAC systems and duct work.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are prepared to help you handle all your cleaning and maintenance projects, both large and small. Call us at (419) 443-1790 for cleanup assistance after water or fire damage. We are also experienced in mold remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Preventing Water Damage Under Your Sink

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes the quiet corners and unnoticed spots of your home or business are the places where the biggest problems can arise. While the home or business owner is checking the bigger areas such as roofs and parking lot drainage systems, a silent drip under the sink can be slowly creating a situation that will make life miserable in the future. Once an area such as the one under a sink becomes damp and stays that way, a colony of mold can spring up almost overnight, requiring the services of a mold remediation expert.

Creating a cleaning and maintenance schedule for your home or business can help you keep an eye on all the different areas of concern in your place of business or your home, both large and small.

Here are some scheduling  ideas:

  • Add the task of checking all areas under and around sinks for leaks to your cleaning/maintenance schedule. This will help you to stay on top of a potential water damage issue.
  • Replace visible water supply pipes and hardware as soon as they show significant signs of wear before they begin leaking.
  • Clean under sinks regularly and ensure that the areas are always completely dry and sanitary. Pay special attention to those places that don’t get much light: use a flashlight to check and clean all the dark corners in these areas.
  • Don’t ignore any signs of dampness: buckling wood or particle board sheeting under the sink, musty smells, discoloration - these are all signs that water is going where it shouldn’t. The smallest amounts can create significant problems down the road.
  • If a leak is found, take immediate steps to repair the cause. Call a professional plumber if necessary and engage a professional clean up company to come in and take care of the water damage once all is safe and sound.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have lots of experience in water damage cleanup projects both large and small. We also handle fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at ((419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Preparing Your Basement for Storm Damage

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

In some parts of the country, rain can be an almost daily occurrence during the summer. Flooding is a very real hazard when this happens, and that’s inconvenient, and even dangerous, possibly causing a lot of damage. Your possession can be ruined, and building structures can often be affected negatively. In these times, you can contact a professional water restoration company for help. Such a company is an expert in water damage cleanup and repair.

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, educating yourself on the most common flood-prone areas of your home or business will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars.

Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be regularly inspected during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas

Ensure that the doors and windows of the basement or cellar area are properly sealed against wet conditions. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Take steps to make sure that water is drained away from the foundations of your buildings. Standing water in these areas can create weaknesses in walls and foundational elements, eventually allowing water to leak into your basement area.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is experienced in all repairs and cleanup needs from damages caused by water and fire, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. You can call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Safety Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a valuable tool in the fight against smaller fires and can also be used to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger fire when emergency personnel are on their way. OSHA has stated that the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for is fire. Here are some tips that will help in the event of a fire.

Homeowners should take the time to know how to use the fire extinguisher kept in their home. OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly as well and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur, properly determining when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique can be used, and is outlined here:

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. They should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous or the fire becomes too large, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise really quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is here to help in the event of cleanups both large and small, after fire and water damages have been sustained in your home or business. We also handle mold remediation. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Tips to Help Stormproof Your Home

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you bundle up and enjoy the sights and sounds of stormy weather or you stand at the windows and watch for trouble, it’s important for you to know what to do to keep your home safe during storm season.

Here are some preventive practices to keep in mind:

  • MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY.  The weakest spots in your home are the windows. Make sure your house has been equipped with suitable protective windows; storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security against high winds and debris.
  • HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION.  Make sure your loved ones know what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with those you care about. It’s vital to stay indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house.
  • KEEP YOUR ROOFING STRONG.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather.
  • CHOOSE SAFE OUTDOOR MATERIALS.  When planting and choosing garden furniture, keep storm season in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping, as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are always concerned about your safety. When bad weather or emergencies happen, we are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

Faster to your Huron & East Seneca County Water Damage Event

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Huron & East Seneca County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Huron & East Seneca County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

How to Prevent Mold

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

You had a house flood and thought you did a pretty good clean up job (pat yourself on the back), until one day you notice a little something over in the corner under the carpet slowly creeping up the wall.  Panic sets in and you start pacing thinking to yourself, “How did this happen. What could I have done to prevent this?”  Well we have the answers and some simple tips to help you prevent mold.

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant.  Check your house for areas of concern and face them head on.  It might cost money up front but it will save you money down the road.  Pull up that carpet and install mold proofing products, find that water leak and fix it so it doesn’t creep inside the house, or repair that broken rain gutter.
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away.  Even spills should be cleaned up ASAP.  The key is the small daily task that makes the difference. Be sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Get them in the dryer and make sure to leave the door open and let your washer dryer out
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  • Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. This is especially import in moisture prone areas like the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from a hardware store or online. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to problem areas in your home. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of the moisture
  • Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  • Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  • Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that extra moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Fire and Smoke Damage

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most predictable and most damaging types of disasters that can happen in your home is fire damage. Large or small, fires can start at just about any time of the year, and lead to costly and prominent damage in your home. Burned objects, rooms, and fixtures, smoke, water, ash, and other types of damage can result from the same fire. As a result, most residential fires come with some other problems as well, requiring professional advice and cleanup. In addition to demanding cleanup situations and complex damage scenarios, fires create safety hazards in homes releasing toxic chemicals and compromising structural integrity. As a result, unless the fire was put out quickly and caused little significant damage, experts recommend employing professional services for fire damage cleanup and restoration. 
 
Fire damage cleanup is not only difficult to clean up by yourself, but also dangerous. Fire can burn through most materials in houses, and often comes into contact with toxic or unstable substances along the way. It could be cooking materials, cleaning supplies, gardening chemicals, or even simply the insulation behind your walls. There is a variety of otherwise innocuous materials that can present a hazard, and some can be deadly. Soot is often a by-product of incomplete combustion of plastics, vinyl, and rubber materials leaving behind a sticky, oily residue and potentially harmful gases.
 
Additionally, water damage from fire hoses or superheated burst pipes can create safety hazards as well. Water can further weaken the structure itself, mix with spilled or dried chemicals around the house. Electrical cables or devices can shock users, and mold growths may present additional health hazards. Cleanup is best left to professionals from SERVPRO, who know how to deal with these issues and have appropriate safety gear along with industrial grade equipment ranging from water pumps, to ozone filtering devices, and air scrubbers.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Lightning Safety

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

With these ups and downs in the weather, the atmosphere becomes quite unstable thus spurring thunderstorms. Most of the time, these are just heavy downpours that last about 20-30 minutes and leave the day feeling much more humid and hot than when it arrived. There are some of these afternoon visitors that can have some pretty severe components, including lightning.

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Ohio has had 34 deaths from 1990-2003 ranking in at #4 for all 50 states according to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can easily avoid being a statistic by following these simple safety tips. 

Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go indoors.Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing. 

Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Watch for Developing Thunderstorms - Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days but can occur year round. As the sun heats the air, pockets of warmer air start to rise and cumulus clouds form. Continued heating can cause these clouds to grow vertically into towering cumulus clouds, often the first sign of a developing thunderstorm.

Seek shelter before an approaching thunderstorm - Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from where it is raining. That’s about the distance you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Seek shelter immediately! When thunder roars, go indoors!

Minimize the risk of being struck during outdoor activities - Most lightning deaths and injuries occur in the summer. During organized outdoor sporting events, coaches, camp counselors and other adults must stop activities at the first clap of thunder to ensure that everyone has time to get to a large building or enclosed vehicle. Leaders of outdoor events should have a written emergency plan that all staff are aware of and enforce.

Things to avoid while indoors - While inside, stay off land lines or corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Stay away from indoor and outdoor pools, bathtubs, showers, and other plumbing. Buy surge suppressors for key equipment. Install ground fault protectors on circuits near water or outdoors. When inside, wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going out again.

Helping a Lightning Strike Victim. - If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and get medical care immediately. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns and nerve damage are common injuries when people are struck by lightning. You are not in physical danger when helping a lightning victim. Knowing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help lightning-strike victims survive. American Red Cross chapters and local fire departments often offer first aid and CPR classes.

Lightning is dangerous - By knowing what to do during severe weather incidents, you can greatly increase your safety and the safety of those around you. At the first clap of thunder, go inside a preferably large building or fully enclosed vehicle and wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going back outside. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors!

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.