Benefits and Tips on Mold
If mold is found, it is best not to disturb it. Doing so can possibly cause major health issues.
It is fascinating that in only 48 hours, mold can quickly begin to grow and become a problem in your home or business. If you come across a strange greenish fuzz growing in a dark, moist place – it is more than likely that pesky mold. Besides possessing an unpleasant musky smell, mold is a concern to have around you and your loved ones. Some of the benefits of mold remediation include:
- Prevent damage to your home that can be very costly
- Saves money on furnishings and remodeling necessities
- Avoid potentially serious health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth altogether
With almost 10 years of experience, our remediation specialists are trained and certified by the IICRC Certified Firm. If mold is discovered, we recommend giving us a call at 909-399-9057 and do the following tips until help arrives:
- Stay away from the affected area/s of the building
- Turn off all HVAC and fan systems
Do not disturb the mold, for it can be hazardous to your health if it is disturbed
Water Heater Maintenance
Maintaining you water heater regularly can avoid leaks leading to a whole lot of disaster.
We here at SERVPRO Claremont / Montclair wanted to discuss a few water heater maintenance tips with you. You will see by how you and your entire family can benefit from them. The first rule of thumb: safety is always first. Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut the power off at the service panel.
Leaking water can possibly seep into the carpets, flooring, baseboards and walls of your home or office. If not treated right away, it will even start to flow throughout the entire structure.
Maintaining is the secret. Once every 3 months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting at the bottom of the tank.
Another key tip that could potentially save you some dough is to have a water heater technician inspect your water heater once every 2 years. Don’t forget every five years, it is best to replace the anode rod by a certified service technician.
For more information on how we can help with water damage, give us a call at 909-399-9057.
Be Stormed Prepared
Being prepared with a battery operated flashlight in your storm kit will be most beneficial when an emergency hits.
One thing we cannot control is the weather. And while Mother Nature has a way of making storms wreak havoc, there are a few things to keep in mind. Before the big storm hits, be prepared in case there is an outage:
- Check for any storm warnings and weather advisories
- Have a battery – powered radio handy for the latest news
- Keep a flashlight with new batteries close by
- Add a non-electric can opener
- Guarantee the flood supply of canned / packaged
- Open the refrigerator as little as possible during outages. This way food will last longer.
- Always keep a two-week water supply for every person in your household
If a storm has already hit, please reach out to us at 909-399-9057 so we can help you on what to do next.
What To Do Until Help Arrives
The stress from storm water invading your home is troublesome but we are here to help.
After the storm has hit and gone, you and your family’s safety are always the #1 concern and priority. Here are a few things you can do to protect your loved ones from harm:
- Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful when picking them up.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to do.
- Ask yourself if it is safe to stay in the house
- Be careful. The most common concerns are electrical and “slip and fall” hazards
- Keep away from outside walls and tall trees outside, as they may have been damaged by the storm.
We understand how stressful this event can be. Reach out to us at 909-399-9057 and we will guide you on what the next step is and what to do next.
Tidying Up After the Central California Storms
Not a trace of ash or soot was found after this restoration job in Central California.
When the fires up in central California hit, it made this area even more vulnerable to extreme damage. Many of these homes experienced a lot of ash and soot from them. It was not the most ideal when the remainder of it all mixed in with the rain. This caused a very muddy and toxic mess for the homeowners. Only the most experienced specialists were sent to the jobs requesting restoration help. They traveled from Claremont all the way up to the central part of the state in order help these homeowners in need.
Under the supervision of Dylan, the very experienced production manager of the team, every piece of debris was sucked up off lawns, water was professionally extracted, and ash was carefully removed by our advanced cleaning equipment.
We have not had a job that was too big, and we did not have our customers fully satisfied. Give us a call at 909-399-9057 and see how we can guide you with your emergency.
Storm Damage and What NOT To Do
Never attempt to vacuum water up with a household vacuum cleaner. Leave the dirty work to us!
Storm damage is the last thing on your mind until it strikes. There are many tips on what to do in case a storm hits but what about after? Today, we want to focus on what NOT to do after the storm hits and water has gotten into your home:
- Hang furs and leather goods. It is not a good idea to love them in place
- Never leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors or carpets
- Water removal requires advanced equipment – don’t us a household vacuum cleaner to remove water
- Never use household appliances or turn the television on. The water most likely has soaked through the carpets and flooring. This may cause an electrical hazard.
These are all great tips to do until we arrive (which is pretty fast). For more information, give us a call at 909-399-9057.
The Facts About Black Mold
All species of mold including black mold, can be found in dark, moist places.
There are so many warnings (and many fears) about black mold. This alarming type, also referred to as “toxic mold,” can cause trouble to both your building and health. The truth is, the words black and toxic are used interchangeably in most cases when it comes to it. Today we are discussing the facts about what it is and the myths behind it.
One fact to point out is that stachybotrys chartarum, the only name professionals call it by, really is quite fatal to a human’s health. It can produce allergens and irritants that are just down right bad for us.
How Can I Tell If It Is Black Mold?
The best answer to this: There are many types of mold that can cause reactions. In fact, there are more than 100,000 different species of mold that can have black in color. This kind of mold has a greenish-black color and sometimes even have a greyish soot-like color. It is also known to be slimy or wet.
Some types of them can cause more harm than others, too. Give us a call immediately if you suspect there is any kind of mold in your home or business.
Is Toxic or Not?
It is true, black mold can be pretty harmful but only if it is stimulated. Most molds are toxicgenic, which means they can produce toxins. Therefore, it is important to remember not to touch or disturb mold. Let a professional take care of it for you.
If you think you may be experiencing black or any other kind of mold, please contact us at 909-399-9057.
The Dos and Donts of Fire Safety
If the damage is done from a fire, make sure to move as little as possible. Movement can make soot absorb into your upholstery and furniture.
If fire has already struck your home, we are here to help you. If the damage is done from a fire, we would like to suggest to you a few things that make things easier for you until we arrive.
- Keep movement in the home to a minimum. Constant moving will embed soot particles into carpet and upholstery
- Wash any soot from chrome appliances including faucets and any trim. Then lightly coat these surfaces with a small amount of lubricant.
- Wash both sides of leaves on all house plants. They most likely have ash on them.
- Attempt to wash any walls without contacting a SERVPRO expert
- Attempt to clean or shampoo a carpet until professional help arrives
- Eat any food or beverages that may have been stored near fire, heat or water – they may be contaminated
For more information, contact us at 909-399-9057 today. We would love to help.
When Vandalism Strikes, Here's What To Do
Unwanted graffiti can be a hassle to clean without the professionals on your side.
The sad fact is that graffiti happens all the time. It can be a senior prank in high school or out of sheer intentional mischief. Whatever the reason was, it decreases the overall beauty of the school or office building. SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair have a few suggestions when you first discover the graffiti.
- Vacuum any glass particles that may have ended up in carpets and upholstery
- Hose down or wash any egg damage from the building exterior as soon as possible
- Save any containers with the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints
- Make sure to keep a record of all damage when possible. Pictures work the best because document everything.
If you are in need of commercial cleaning services, give us a ring at 909-399-9057.
When Vandalism Strikes, What NOT To Do
When someone has vandalized your commercial building, do not panic. Call the experts for help.
Recently, we discussed what you should do if you ever find that the office or school building you work in or manage has been vandalized. There are many things you can do about the problem that are pretty great ideas until help arrives. But what about what NOT to do? There are a few things to avoid when vandalism strikes:
- Attempt to remove paint, ink or cosmetic stains of any kind. Just sit back and relax – leave the dirty work to us.
- Operate damaged appliances or lamps. This can cause more harm than good.
- Discard furniture, art objects, broken porcelain or furniture wood chips
If you are a victim of vandalism, we are always here to help. Please call us at 909-399-9057 so we can guide you on what to do next.