The Nitty Gritty Mold Facts You Need to Know
Mold is considered a toxigenic fungi, meaning they have potential to produce toxins. If you suspect mold of any kind, give us a call.
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. Let’s discuss 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 people’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?
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. Our team of mold remediators will inspect the affected area for you.
Is Toxic or Not?
It is true, black mold can be harmful but only if it is stimulated. Most molds are toxigenic, 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.
What to Do When You Find Mold
If you find mold make sure to NEVER disturb it. Doing so may cause possible health issues. Call the experts instead to take care of the problem.
Mold can begin to grow and become a problem for your home or business in as little as 24-48 hours. It thrives off porous materials like drywall, insulation, carpets and ceiling tiles. If you ever come across a fuzzy growth in a dark, moist place, it is more than likely 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
- Avoiding potentially serious health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth altogether
- Saving money on furnishings and remodeling necessities
- Prevention of damage to your home that can get expensive
With almost 10 years of experience, our mold technicians are trained and certified to remediate mold in your home or office. If mold is discovered, we recommend giving us a call at 909-399-9057 and follow these guidelines 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 by doing so.
Storm Damage Tips Until Help Arrives
By following these simple steps could keep you and your loved ones safe from the strom damage.
After the rainfalls hit, 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.
- 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
- Ask yourself if it is safe to stay in the house
- Wet materials can be very heavy. Be extra careful when picking them up. Side Note-only do activities that are safe for you to do.
We understand how stressful an 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.
Things to Keep in Mind When Storm Damage Hits
Remembering what to do when a storm hits can save a lot of time and headaches. If you have more questions just give us call!
Rain and storm damage are usually the last thing on your mind-until it happens. There are many tips on what to do in case a storm hits, but what about after? We’re taking a look at what NOT to do after the rains hit and water has found its way into your home and furniture.
When Water Damage Strikes from the Rain:
- Never use household appliances or turn the television on. The water has most likely soaked through the carpets and flooring. This can cause an electrical hazard to you and your loved ones.
- Hang things like furs and leather goods. Leaving them in place can cause worse damage to them
- Items like books, magazines or other goods that can run colored ink should be picked up off wet floors and carpets as they can stain
- Water removal requires advanced equipment – NEVER us a household vacuum cleaner to remove water
Keep these tips in mind until our SERVPRO Claremont / Montclair team arrives to restore the damage (which is usually within the hour). For more information on storm and rain damage tips, give us a call at 909-399-9057.
How Our Expert Techs Reverse Water Damage
Our water technicians are shown extracting water from a roof that caved in after a rain storm.
SERVPRO® requires all water restoration specialists to go through extensive training and classes to understand the science of water extraction and the drying process. After calling our 24-hour emergency phone number, one of our experienced professionals will respond quickly to guide you on what to do next.
Assessing the Property
Our team is more than happy to inspect any affected areas in your home or office. We make the process as smooth and easy as possible for you. Our technician will discuss everything they find as well as your options.
Water Removal Process
With the power of our commercial grade vacuums and pumps, hundreds of gallons of water can be removed with ease. This includes extracting the water, removing areas that come back positive for mold and drying it back to the original state. What’s more, we will always let you know what we’re working on-every step of the way.
Excellent Results, Happy Clients
Over the years, SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair has been helping customers in their most stressful times. With expertise and professionalism, our water damage technicians are highly trained in delivering fast, effective results to guarantee happy customers.
Being Prepped for Electrical Outages After a Storm
A battery operated handheld flashlight should always be included in your emergency storm kit.
One of the things we can’t control is the weather. While Mother Nature always has a way of making rain and thunderstorms create chaos, there are a few things to keep in mind. Before the big storm hits, make sure you are prepared for an outage. The tips below will help you prepare and know what other nifty things to have on hand.
- Keep a flashlight with batteries close by
- Have a non-electric can opener on hand
- Guarantee a 2-week food supply is made up of of canned / packaged goods
- To add onto the food supply, always keep a 2-week supply of water for every person in your household
- Have a battery – powered radio handy for the latest news
- Open the refrigerator as little as possible during outages. This will allow food to last longer
If the storm has already hit, please give us a call at 909-399-9057 so we can help you on what to do next.
Water Heater Maintenance Tips
If water heaters are not maintained properly, water damage is almost always guaranteed.
Our team at SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair always want to help our community out with tips and tricks on upkeeping things around the house and office. Today we have a few tips everyone can benefit from with your water heater.
Turn Power Off
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 possible seep into carpets, flooring, baseboards and walls of your home or office. If this is not treated right away, it will even start to flow throughout the entire structure.
Check Every 3 Months
Maintaining your water heater 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.
Inspections and Replacements
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 that every 5 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 caused by water damage, give us a call at 909-399-9057 or visit us at https://www.SERVPROclaremontmontclair.com/.
Cleaning Up the Demolition Aftermath
Each technician on our crew has been professionally trained to perform demolition the right way.
This was a big job we took care of after the rains had stopped. The moisture from all the rainfall made the mold grow rapidly, which spread throughout the walls and ceiling. Our professionals cut through a wet wall and discovered that not only was the drywall affected, there was also thick plaster behind it as well. They decided the best tactic was to demolish the wall and make sure all mold was removed in their living space to make sure it didn’t spread anywhere else.
After thoroughly demolishing through the drywall and plaster in not one but two rooms of the house, the next step was to completely clean the area to make sure there was no trace of the work being done. We made sure to clean up every inch of the rooms including dust, dirt, drywall and plaster pieces. We triple checked the area to make sure there wasn’t a spec of debris left by our techs. Our team used commercial grade vacuums to pick up everything that was left over. Even the biggest messes are not match for SERVPRO of Claremont/Montclair.
A Chino Hills House Fire Cleanup
A perfect example of how our technicians clean up after a fire. We needed a wheel barrow to get the bigger pieces of drywall out of the residence.
It may feel overwhelming when a fire starts in your home and your world is turned upside down. When this Chino Hills home went up in flames, the homeowners were devastated. The fire started in the kitchen and began spreading throughout the home, destroying a lot of the drywall and trapping heavy smoke into their clothing, upholstery and carpet. The fire was put out just in time and our team got started right away. We started in the kitchen and thoroughly cleaned every section of the home including the living room, hallway, stairway and entrance.
SERVPRO of Claremont technicians properly disposed of burned materials such insulation, drywall and wood. Our team went through the city, received a permit and rented a trash bin in order to remove them properly. Our team takes the extra steps to make sure your home or business is cleaned properly and is never at risk. Give us a call at 909-399-9057 to get an estimate from us today.
The Difference Between Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms
One thing is for sure, both smoke detectors and fire alarms save lives each year.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a smoke detector and a fire alarm? Is it the same thing? They both have very important roles in your home and place of business. Today we are demystifying these two life savers and looking at why they should be hanging on everyone’s wall or ceiling.
As you read on, you will discover that both of these essential gadgets tell its own story in the name. To put it simply, a smoke detector can tell if there is smoke or fire in its earliest stages. This is terrific to have for several reasons including an alarm that goes off at the earliest sign of smoke. This alarm can avoid smoke inhalation for people, which causes more deaths than a fire itself. A smoke detector allows people in the surrounding area to evacuate immediately, hence saving lives. An inexpensive device like this can play a major role in the safety of your workplace and loved ones.
The beauty of fire alarms is that they have the ability to monitor any changes in the environment related to combustion. Just like smoke detectors, fire alarms can sense when smoke is around too. This is where the confusion starts between the two-not only can fire alarms detect smoke, they can also activate the fire sprinkler system and alert the fire department. You will usually find these amazing gadgets in commercial buildings like apartments, high rise buildings and warehouses.
Knowing the difference is very important and can potentially save lives. If a recent fire has caused bad smoke odors in your home or workplace, we can help. Call our office at 909-399-9057 to have one of our technicians visit your home today.