Plymouth/Wareham Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home
What to do and What NOT to do When You See Mold in Your Plymouth/Wareham 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 Plymouth/Wareham 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.
When you discover mold in your Plymouth/Wareham home, leave it to the professionals. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call us today for a free evaluation and remediation estimate at (508) 746-9500
Is your carpet salvageable after a flood?
In some situations, your carpet and pad might be salvageable after a flood.
Can my carpet and pad be saved after a flood?
After a flood, homeowners often wonder whether or not their carpet and pad is salvageable. Knowing what type of floodwater that caused the damage is a key factor in determining whether or not you should get rid of it. There are three categories of floodwater that you should familiarize yourself with so that you can have a better idea whether or not your carpet and padding can be restored. Here are the 3 categories of floodwater:
Category 1 (clean water): water that is non-contaminated that usually comes from a broken pipe, sink, etc. Carpets and pads effected by this type of floodwater can be dried and restored in place once all water has been properly extracted.
Category 2 (gray water): dirty water released by sump pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Carpets effected by this type of floodwater can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. In most cases the pad is replaced.
Category 3 (black water): water that contains hazardous contaminants from sewage and toilet back-flows or floods caused by natural disasters. Carpets and pads effected by black water should be removed and replaced.
Every water damage situation varies, so you should always call a professional to inspect the damage before deciding if your carpet or pad is salvageable. We have the damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-flood condition.
Call us today! (508) 746-9500
Restoring Your Plymouth/Wareham Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Plymouth/Wareham commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. If your commercial property experiences water damage, call us today at (508) 746-9500
When Water Damage Strikes your Plymouth Business
When Water Damage Strikes, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500
How SERVPRO handles Water Damage in your Plymouth Business
When you own a business, the last thing on your mind can be the possibility of one morning walking in to a flooded nightmare. However, that possibility has become a reality for far more businesses in this town than you would think. Whether it’s water that came from a broken pipe, faulty sprinklers or through a hole in your storeroom ceiling, the prospect of water damage occurring in your business is very real. If this does happen, the water inside needs to be removed as soon as possible, or it is likely to do further damage to the structure of your building. Swiftly hiring professional services can reduce the chances of other unpleasant discoveries in the future, such as mold.
Our highly trained team of IICRC-certified technicians can arrive at your property very shortly after your initial call. No matter the time of day, when you need our services, we can send a team to you. Your schedule matters to us, and we understand that when it comes to commercial/business water losses, time is money.
Our SERVPRO techs bring advanced technology and equipment with them on every job. Depending on the volume of water that needs to be removed, we can pick and choose the best tools for the job. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham can bring portable pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to your business to remove the water as quickly as possible.
Getting the water out fast is our highest priority, because we want to prevent it from causing further damage to your property. Once we remove the water, we can clean up your space and throw out any damaged goods and clean your equipment. Finally, our technicians to use more trade-tools to dry out the structure of your business.
When you find water damage on your property, get the job done fast by calling SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500.
Fire Prevention Week is coming!
Fire Prevention Week facts and resources!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention week is near! In 2018, Fire Prevention week is between October 7th and 13th, with Fire Prevention Day being Tuesday, October 9th!
What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week started back in 1925, which was proclaimed a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge. The purpose is to educate adults, teachers, and children about the importance of fire safety. It's also meant to bring awareness to the risk of death in the case of a fire. The dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week's campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” You can see more about this campaign here on the NFPA website about public education.
On the website linked above, you will see the part of the campaign "Look. Listen. Learn" broken down as such:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter."
There are also great ways for children to get involved and get educated on fire safety online with tons of great videos and games! Click Here to check out all of the great games and activities hosted by Sparky the Fire Dog!
Though the dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year, Fire Prevention Day is always the same. Why? Well, October 9th is the date of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused severe damage. The Great Chicago Fire burned over 2,000 acres of land, destroyed over 17,000 structures, left over 100,000 citizens homeless, and sadly killed over 250 people.
Therefore, it is of great importance in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that we educate people of all ages on Fire Safety.
Here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, we often deal with restoring the aftermath of a fire. However, education is of great importance when it comes to both prevention and preparation. For more information on fire prevention, visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
And remember, if you or a loved one ever encounters a fire, always call 911 first. If your home was damaged, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500 for help making it "Like it never even happened."
Always call a professional when it comes to fire/soot/smoke restoration!
What TO do, and what NOT to do after a Fire
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most predominant concerns.
- Only do necessary activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What to Do After a Fire
- Limit movement within the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit the spreading of soot.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash soot off of houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change your HVAC filter, or look into hiring a professional for a duct cleaning.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent soot from traveling.
What NOT to Do After a Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. Even if they are canned goods.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Contact a professional Restoration Dry Cleaning company.
If you or anyone you know runs into smoke/soot/fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham to make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. Call us at (508) 746-9500.
SERVPRO of Plymouth / Wareham crew members preparing to dispatch for a Storm Event following Hurricane Florence.
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham heads to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence
One of our crews here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham packed up early this morning to head down to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The storm crew consisted of a Production Manager, a Crew Chief, and two highly skilled technicians. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has been to several “Storm Events” within the last few months, but this one is anticipated to be the most catastrophic. The crew packed up 3 SERVPRO vans and a 26-foot trailer full of generators, air movers, dehumidifiers, sub pumps, and various other necessary equipment needed to help restore damage the impending hurricane is expected to cause.
By late this evening, the Carolina coasts can expect strong winds over 80 MPH. What will be most dangerous to the Carolina residents are the storm surges. A storm surge is a coastal flood or tsunami-like phenomenon of rising water, and Hurricane Florence will be causing storm surges as high as 9 to 13 feet. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, “Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks.”
Hurricane Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, dumping persistent rainfall and hurricane-force winds until Saturday. Florence is expected to unload approximately 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina by the time it passes. Its center will approach the North and South Carolina coasts later tonight as well as Friday. The actual landfall will be Friday afternoon at the earliest according to Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Over one million residents have been ordered to evacuate, however many residents do not want to leave their homes. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride it out. Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. According to Duke Energy, the nation’s No. 2 power company, Florence could knock out electricity for almost one million customers in the Carolinas- and outages could last for weeks.
In preparation for these outages, our crew stocked up on necessities such as bottled water, canned goods, first aid supplies, batteries, and other essentials. We will be stopping in Delaware tonight to get rest and to see how the progression of Hurricane Florence is coming along. Our crew will make their way to the Carolina coasts as soon as it is safe to do so. Depending on the level of damage, we could be down in the Carolinas for several months. Stay tuned to our website and Social Media platforms for more coverage on this Storm Event, as well as exclusive picture and video content provided by our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham!
Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners
The crew at SERVPRO of Plymouth/ Wareham are trusted professionals, if you ever have any questions call us (508) 746-9500
Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners
PLEASE NOTE: These tips are for clean water situations only.
- Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be done safely.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration
- Fast Action
- Thorough Drying
With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that can cause additional problems like mold, rot and damage to the value of your home. So, before you risk more damage by attempting to clean it up yourself, call us as well as your local plumber to help make it “Like it never even happened."
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham (508) 746-9500
Our crew heads to PA for a Storm Event!
4 man crew from Plymouth, MA successfully takes on another Storm Event in South Hills, PA.
(from left to right: Ryan, Nick, Riley and Jay)
South Hills, PA Microburst
On Saturday June 21st, South Hills in PA got hit with a microburst that caused widespread water damage in several of the local homes. One of our crews had just returned from a storm event in Maryland when we heard the news, so the boys weren’t home for long before they packed up the SERVPRO vans again for yet another storm event road trip!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a microburst as “a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extreme wind shears at low altitudes and is usually associated with thunderstorms”. Microbursts are probably of the least acknowledged weather phenomena; however, they can be quite destructive. Wind speeds associated with microbursts can reach up to 100 mpg or higher and are usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Unlike tornadoes, microburst winds travel down and outward (and do not rotate). They usually occur during thunderstorms and come with little to no warning.
Most of the damage our crew encountered in the South Hills area was a result of sewage water flooding caused by the microburst. Sewage water is also commonly referred to as Category 3 water or black water. Black water is highly unsanitary, and is known to contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Black water damage restoration should always be handled by professionals (like us!).
In some cases, homes affected by water damage can be dried out and the materials (such as the carpets and pads) can be salvaged. When it comes to Category 3 water damages, these materials cannot be salvaged and must be torn out, bagged up, and properly disposed of. The home is then treated with anti-microbial agents to ensure harmful microorganisms are killed.
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8 Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold
How to Prevent Mold in your Bathroom
Mold thrives in damp areas, so it’s no wonder that bathrooms are a common ground for mold growth. However, there are several ways that you can help prevent it. Listed below are our 8 tips for preventing mold in your bathroom.
- Keep your shower or bath tub dry. Using a squeegee to rid your shower of excess water after use eliminates at least three-fourths of bathroom moisture. Also, wipe down any standing water in your sink basin or bath tub to keep your bathroom nice and dry.
- Utilize your fans. You should be running your bathroom fans during baths and showers and keep them running for about half an hour afterwards. Fans keep your bathroom dry by moving air around and reducing steam. Make sure your fan is a large enough model for the size of your bathroom. The fan volume is usually marked under the grill in CFM (cubic feet per minute).
- Dust your bathroom weekly. Since dust is an organic material, and since mold feeds on organic materials, dusting your bathroom weekly can help prevent mold. Dusting your bathroom is also important because mold spores settle on the same surfaces dust do, so make sure to wipe down all surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.
- Wash shower curtain liners and bathroom rugs often. Since these items get wet every time they’re used, it’s important to wash them every few weeks. Plastic shower liners can be thrown in the washing machine with your whites, detergent and some baking soda and then air dried. Bathroom rugs can also be washed in the washing machine on a cold cycle with gentle laundry soap and then dried on the coolest heat cycle in your dryer.
- Keep towels and bathroom robes hung up. Make sure that you hang up wet towels, robes (or even bathing suits!) right away so that they can properly dry. Even if you were planning on throwing them into the wash later, wet piles of clothing contribute to a moist humid environment- and as we learned from Tip #1, a dry bathroom is the best way to prevent mold growth.
- Regularly check for and fix leaks. Always check for leaks in your bathroom, and if any leaks are found call your plumber. Feel around your pipes and seals for moisture. Some telltale signs of bathroom leaks are blistering paint/wallpaper, warped or stained walls, or a buckling bathroom floor.
- Try not to keep shower products or bath toys in the shower. Although keeping your shampoos and loofahs in the shower after use is convenient, leaving these wet items in your bathroom will just keep adding to places for mold to hide. Make sure that you squeeze all of the water out of wash cloths and loofahs, and wipe bath toys dry between uses.
- Seal your bathroom floor. If you have tiles in your bathroom, waterproof them by adding a few layers of a silicon-based grout sealer to your dry grout. It will lessen the rate at which moisture penetrates your grout, giving you a result that gets less wet and dries much faster.
The best solution to preventing mold is to kill any existing mold, and then take preventative measures like the ones listed above. If you already have mold in your bathroom (or anywhere else in your home) call us at (508) 746-9500. Our technicians have the necessary equipment and expertise to return your home back to it’s pre-mold condition.