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Creating an Emergency Action Plan for your Business

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Man with phone in the dark When power outages make sure to have a backup power supply in case of the main generator.

Creating an Emergency Action Plan for your Business

As a business owner, it’s important to think about various types of emergencies and develop an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for your business. An EAP helps you prepare for and manage an emergency before it happens. It’s also often required by law for certain types of businesses. 

There are a variety of things that could occur to disrupt your business.

When planning for business continuity, you should consider the possibility that your company could be impacted by any number of events. Disruptions can affect a business’s ability to continue operating, particularly if they result in a loss of power or interruption of telecommunications services (which are increasingly reliant on the internet). Other disruptions might include:

  • Natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes
  • Cyber-attacks on your network infrastructure

You could face disruptions due to:

  • Weather-related events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and snowstorms.
  • Power outages. These can be caused by severe weather or power grid problems. If your business relies on electricity to operate, you may need to shut down until the power is restored. This may involve closing the office for the day or even longer if damage requires more extensive repairs than first thought.
  • Natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. If a natural disaster strikes near where you have operations, there's a chance that roads will be blocked by fallen trees or other debris—or damaged so badly they're impassable—and power lines could fall across roads making them unsafe for travel.

Weather-Related Events

In addition to man-made emergencies, like fires, there are also many types of weather-related events that can disrupt your business operations and threaten the safety of your employees.

  • Snow: During the winter months, snowstorms can cause power outages, transportation delays and more.
  • Ice: Ice storms can not only cause power outages but also make travel unsafe for drivers and pedestrians alike.
  • Thunderstorms: Severe thunderstorms can bring wind damage as well as flooding due to heavy rains or hail. High winds may damage roofs or knock over trees onto buildings as well.
  • Hurricanes/Tornadoes/Floods/Droughts: These extreme weather conditions are all capable of causing severe damage to property and disrupting daily operations if emergency plans aren't in place before these events occur.

Power Outages

The next thing you want to think about is power outages. You need to have a backup power supply in case your main generator goes down and can’t be repaired quickly. You should keep this backup generator the same size as your primary one, so that it can run all the equipment in your building without overloading it. 

If you don’t already have an emergency communications system in place that works even when there are no cell phones or internet access. That includes text messages sent through email servers where people can check their accounts at work or home computers via Wi-Fi access points even if those devices aren't connected directly through cable modems or fiber optic cables like usual networks would provide them with service instead using wireless signals sent by radio waves emitted by antennas mounted on towers scattered throughout communities being able to reach most locations within range without needing much investment upfront cost-wise.

Make sure everyone knows where they're supposed to go once there's smoke seen billowing out from vents near exits leading outside – this could indicate fire has started somewhere inside building structure causing smoke conditions that require immediate evacuation before conditions worsen beyond control.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires

When it comes to natural disasters, it’s important for businesses to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). An EAP is a plan that describes how you will respond in the event of an emergency. A good EAP takes into account the risks associated with your location or industry and outlines what actions staff should take if they are at work during an event.

Accidents such as those involving hazardous materials or vehicles

  • Accidents can be caused by human error or equipment failure.
  • A good plan should include procedures for reporting accidents, and the subsequent evacuation of employees and other responders.
  • A good plan should also include procedures for contacting emergency responders in case of an evacuation that is handled by outside help.

Civil disturbances

A civil disturbance is any form of public disorder that presents a substantial threat to the community, including:

  • Riots
  • Demonstrations
  • Stampedes
  • Looting and vandalism

Although you can’t prevent emergencies, you can be prepared for them. 

Having an emergency action plan (EAP) will help you and your employees stay calm and alert during times of crisis. It’s a good idea to prepare for the unexpected, even if you don’t think it would ever happen to your business. The key is being ready to respond quickly in case of an emergency. Here are some steps to take:

  • List all possible emergencies that could occur at your workplace, including fires, floods, and power outages.
  • Identify how each participant should respond to the different types of emergencies so they know what actions they need to take when faced with specific situations. For example, do not try putting out a fire unless there are proper safety equipment on hand such as fire extinguishers or emergency lighting.
  • Create an evacuation route plan identifying exits from every room in the building within 30 seconds of any threat or hazard occurring.
  • List other useful information such as phone numbers for police (911), fire department (911) chemical spill hotline number, poison control center hotline number, poison ivy/oak/sumac plant info antihistamine, etc...

You can’t prevent emergencies, but you can be prepared for them. By creating an emergency action plan and sharing it with your employees, you’ll know how to respond if any of the situations mentioned above occurs. It will also help others know what they should do in case something happens to you as well.

3 Reasons You May Find Mold in Your House After It Rains

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall Mold growth in a Sanibel, FL home

Mold Problems In Your Home

Molds, including black mold, need food and moisture to survive. The moisture from rainfall can sometimes lead to mold problems in your home for the following three reasons.

1. Wet Items in the Home
A bit of light rain usually will not lead to a moisture problem in your home, but if the rain has been heavy or it has been raining for an extended period, wet items in the home can become a problem. To avoid this, dry wet clothing, umbrellas, outerwear and shoes in a well-ventilated area. If your furniture or carpets are wet, make sure to dry those also. Don't forget other items that may be wet, such as the towels you used to dry your pets or floor mats used to clean muddy shoes.

2. Lack of Ventilation
When the weather gets bad, most people keep their doors and windows closed. This lack of ventilation can lead to black mold growth. Once the rain stops, open up the windows and doors and run some fans to increase air circulation. Alternatively, you can run your HVAC system, provided it doesn't also have a moisture problem.

3. Leaks in the Roof
Even a small amount of rain can become a problem if your roof leaks. Contact a roofer in Sanibel, FL, to inspect your roof at least once per year. Repair small problems, such as cracked or missing shingles, before they can become larger problems.

Look for any signs of wet spots or leaks whenever you have had a weather event. If you notice any signs of mold, contact a mold remediation company to do mold cleanup before it can spread.

Heavy or long-lasting rain can create conditions that are favorable to black mold growth in your home. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance that rainy weather will lead to a mold problem.

Large Loss Response Key to Recovering Faster

6/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green vehicle with large fonts saying Faster to any Size Disaster SERVPRO of Central Ft. Myers will restore your property " Like it never even happened"

Large-Loss Reaction is Crucial for a Quicker Recovery

A large weather event in Lehigh Acres, FL, such as flooding, often results in extensive damage. While the amount of damage and chaos may seem overwhelming, you can count on SERVRPRO to have a disaster recovery team ready to help deal with the catastrophic loss.

Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Team
Water damage spreads fast, so it is essential to have the fastest response to handle the damage. When you choose a franchise company that is corporate-backed, it makes recovery easier and faster. Below are four benefits you can expect:

Available 24/7: No matter what time of day or day of the week, you can call the 24/7 Customer Care Center Storm and know that your call will be answered.

Certified Technicians: A major weather event requires specialized procedures and equipment to restore a property back to preloss condition. The disaster team has a specialized technicians that are certified to handle the many aspects of the loss.
Nationwide Franchises: As a company with 1,900 local franchises, you can count on an experienced team being within two hours of any location throughout the United States.

Insurance Knowledge: A large-loss event may easily get complicated. With a corporate team fluent in how the claims process works, it means an expedited experience without the hassle.

Catastrophic Loss Cleanup Process
When the team arrives to handle the storm damage, the following services can be expected:

  • The property will be secure to minimize secondary damage.
  • Wet items will be removed to dry properly in a safe location.
  • Standing water will be extracted.
  • Industrial-grade fans and dehumidifiers will be used to dry out the property.
  • Once dry, cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing will be completed following IICRC standards.
  • The property will be restored to “Like it never even happened.”

A catastrophic loss may seem like an impossible situation, but professional help is just a phone call away.

Three Reasons To Choose SERVPRO in an Emergency

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

restoration machines are cleaning a house after an emergency No matter what the emergency is, SERVPRO is an excellent option. They show up faster for any size disaster and provide the help your client needs.

In An Emergency, There Are Three Reasons To Choose SERVPRO.

No matter what the emergency is, SERVPRO is a great choice. They show up Faster to Any Size Disaster and provide the help your client needs to get their Fort Myers, FL, home back in order. Here are a few reasons to choose them when you need repairs done quickly.

1. They Provide Help in a Timely Manner

There are many situations in which your clients may experience damage to their home. Whether the building has been affected by a fire, a burst pipe or a natural disaster, addressing the situation as soon as possible is important. Not only will SERVPRO take steps to prevent any further damage, but they can also provide a professional assessment to assist your client in filing their insurance claim. Once the home has been inspected, they can get repairs done in a timely and cost-effective way.

2. They Are Highly Trained Professionals

When your client needs repairs, you want to use a company that does their job right. Having repairs done incorrectly will be more costly in the long run. As well as being Faster to Any Size Disaster, SERVPRO also uses trained professionals who have the skill and experience to get any damaged home back to its previous state as soon as possible. With the necessary equipment, they will have your client’s home looking great again in no time.

3. They Are Locally Owned

Another reason to use SERVPRO is that they are a locally owned franchise. As such, they take pride in their communities and work hard to serve them. Because they have over 1,700 franchises across the country, it is easy for them to respond quickly during an emergency.

When you are in need of a professional restoration service, call on the one that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. No matter what kind of damage has occurred, they will get the job done right and done fast.

To Save or Replace: Item Care After Mold Growth

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage on an object If you find mold in your home, it is important to have SERVPRO remove it as quickly as possible.

Item Care After Mold Growth: To Save Or Replace

When you have a mold problem, it tends to get on everything. Part of the mold cleaning process in your home in Charleston Park, FL, includes taking care of your belongings. Many things may have to be thrown away if the mold is embedded deep within them, but mold mitigation specialists may be able to salvage more than you think.

Photos and Documents

Family photographs tend to carry heavy sentimental value, and important documents may cost money and take a lot of time to replace. It’s good news, therefore, when these items can be restored following mold damage.

By hiring certified technicians who are experts in mold remediation, you may be able to save papers that are hard or impossible to replace. There are several possible ways to restore these items:

  • Thermal drying
  • Freeze drying
  • Air drying
  • Dehumidifying

Textiles and Soft Materials

Mold cleaning of textiles usually involves a slightly more intense version of the routine cleaning they already get. Curtains, clothing, linens and leather may be able to be restored “Like it never even happened." Many items can also be salvaged via dry cleaning. The Esporta Wash System is used by remediation specialists to clean soft items to a food-grade level.

Computers and Televisions

Electronic equipment can be a little trickier to clean. Water can cause irreparable damage to sensitive gadgets, so it’s important to make sure the machine is thoroughly dried first. Equipment that has mold damage can short out and crash if you try to use it before it is fully repaired. You should thus enlist the help of technicians who specialize in electronics restoration.

When you start the mold cleaning process, you may be overwhelmed by how many items are affected. Certified experts can help you distinguish between what can be saved and what has to be thrown away. You may be able to salvage more than you imagine.

Learn To Prevent Supply Line Damage

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom  supply line One common cause of supply line damage happens when pressure levels become too high for the hoses used along the line.

Learn How To Prevent Damage To Your Supply Chain

Stainless steel braided water supply lines are used in residential construction underneath kitchen sinks, running to dishwashers, in bathrooms, and behind clothes washers. When you experience supply line damage in one of these locations, the consequences can be lasting and severe. Fortunately, it's pretty simple to change those lines from time to time and avoid an unpleasant supply line leak.

Inspect Your Supply Lines

The key is identifying when and how often to change the supply lines. First, take a closer look at the construction of the lines. The details of specific hoses vary from one brand to another, but they generally share the following design elements.

• A hose with an appropriate diameter for the task
• A plastic or rubber inner polymer lining
• An outer stainless-steel braided sleeve

Test Your Water Pressure

One common cause of supply line damage happens when pressure levels become too high for the hoses used along the line. This pressure is measured in pounds per square inch, or psi. For example, residential water systems generally exert pressure below 80 psi but there may be spots within a single system that fall to as low as 50 psi and spots that experience water pressure up to and beyond 100 psi.

Repair Damaged Lines

There tends to be a consistent pattern as each supply link leak develops. The protective stainless-steel sleeve begins to corrode and the corrosion spreads through many of the individual strands creating the sleeve. With a tear in the outer sleeve, the inner polymer lining can no longer withstand the pressure of the water inside.

Schedule Inspections

You can prevent extensive supply line damage by replacing the braided steel hose according to the terms of the warranty. Many hoses, such as plastic supply lines, should be changed every five to eight years, while steel-braided hoses can last much longer. Discuss the well-being of your hoses and avoid a bathroom leak by scheduling a diagnostic visit with a residential water supply line professional in Lehigh Acres, FL.

Every Family Needs a Home Fire Escape Plan

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Computer laptop sleeve is on fire. At home in Buckingham, FL your fire escape plan won’t be so simple. Young children and family members with disabilities may need help evacuating.

Every Family Should Have A Fire Escape Plan In Place.

The smoke detectors are in place. You test them monthly to make sure they work and change the batteries at least yearly. Occasionally, the kitchen stove gets a bit smoky and tests your detectors again for you. If your detectors pass all the tests, your fire warning system is operational.

Hopefully, you will never have an actual fire. If you do, will you know what to do next? If your family has a written emergency escape plan, you will. There are three characteristics common to all family escape plans.

1. In the Event of Fire at Home, Everyone Has a Job

For fires at work, most employees are taught to follow the escape plan and get themselves to safety. At home in Buckingham, FL your fire escape plan won’t be so simple. Young children and family members with disabilities may need help evacuating. The same goes for pets. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that everyone gets out of the house.

2. Every Room in Your Home Needs an Exit Plan

You could be anywhere in your home when fire strikes. It’s important that each room has a fire escape plan and that all family members know the plan for every room. Also, because there is no way of knowing where a fire will occur, you should have at least two distinct exits from each room.

3. Your Fire Escape Plan Should Designate a Common Meeting Place Away From the House

You never want to find yourself in the position of wondering if someone is still in a burning house. The number one priority of everyone who escapes must be to go directly to the common meeting place. This way, you can be sure everyone is safe.

The Fire Is Extinguished, and It’s Time To Rebuild
You called the insurance company, but your number one priority is to start the cleanup immediately. Local fire restoration specialists can clean up and restore your home quickly and efficiently. You should call them next.

Can Bread Mold Spread to the House

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bread Mold can spread quickly throughout your home. High humidity is enough to encourage the spread.

Is it Possible for Bread Mold to Spread Throughout the House?

Mold growth can happen quickly in Charleston Park, FL. You may find the fungus in your crawlspace, on your bathroom walls or hidden deep in your pantry. Bread mold is a common issue in households. Bread is an ideal environment for fungus because it offers the habitat needed for growth:

  • Warmth from your bread box or pantry
  • Moisture from the loaf itself
  • Nutrients from the ingredients

If you want to understand the impact this growth can have on the rest of your home, you need to know why it grows here, how quickly it can spread and where it might end up after the bread.

Understanding Growth on Food

Spores float in the air and are present everywhere. For this reason, foods left out on the counter may encounter mold. Even when you simply take out a slice of bread, you may introduce spores. The fuzzy growth you notice on breads, fruits, meats and cheeses is often accompanied by an unseen root system. This means your mold growth may go deeper than you realized.

Considering Speed of Growth

Mold can spread quickly throughout your home. High humidity is enough to encourage the spread. Because growth can be so speedy, you need to discard most affected foods and thoroughly clean the area they were in. You may want to check nearby foods for contamination as well.

Realizing Possibilities of Spread

When talking about mold, most people lump all fungus into the same category. However, there are a wide variety of molds that can be found in your home. Each type may have different environmental needs. For this reason, mold found on your food might not be able to survive on your walls or furnishings. If you have water damage in your home, you may encourage other types of fungus growth unrelated to the mold on your bread, so it may be necessary to call in a residential mold cleanup crew.

If you have mold growth on your foods, you could have a high humidity problem that leads to other types of mold. However, typically food mold will not spread to building materials and other possessions.

Types of Household Mold

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Pink and orange mold growth in bathroom. Even the most vigilant homeowner can experience an episode of mold growth.

Believe it or not, there are over 100,000 known types of mold on the planet. In the average home in Fort Myers, FL, mold growth likely to be found includes aspergillus and Cladosporium, or perhaps black mold, Stachybotrys Atra. Mold remediation services are usually not difficult to find and can be quite effective at taking care of the problem. Mold is not only unsightly; it can also compromise the integrity of building materials or home furnishings.

Types of Mold and Where They Grow

Mold growth can occur in conditions where there has been water damage due to leaks, floods or excessively high humidity. Common types of household mold include the following:

• Aspergillus is a genus of several hundred mold species. It can grow on food, air conditioning systems, compost, or porous surfaces damaged by water.
• Cladosporium is a genus that grows indoors and outdoors and can exacerbate health effects. Its spores are present in the air and it thrives on live or dead plant material, textiles, and food.
• Stachybotrys Atra is commonly called black mold and often grows in building materials containing cellulose that have been damaged by moisture.

Household Mold Remediation

Though microscopic spores proliferate in the natural world, mold can become a problem if allowed to colonize in a home damaged by excessive moisture, humidity, or flooding. It sometimes, but not always, produces a musty odor that is easily detected.

Addressing the problem in the home begins with remediating the source of moisture. Porous materials that cannot be cleaned, such as drywall, will require replacement. Thoroughly drying the environment is a must to prevent the return of mold after remediation. Keeping home humidity below 45% is recommended to keep mold at bay.

Even the most vigilant homeowner can experience an episode of mold growth. Once detected, a timely response can prevent the spread of damage to building materials and belongings.

An Introduction to Black Mold

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

A wall filled of black mold SERVPRO of Central Ft. Myers responded to this mold job in a home.

An Overview of Black Mold

With so many news stories about black mold, you may be worried about whether you have mold growing in your home. Before you panic or spend a large sum of money for a mold test in Fort Myers, FL, here are the things you need to know about mold and the signs that you may have it in your house.

What Is It?

Mold is a type of fungus, distantly related to the mushrooms you put in your salad and the yeast used to brew beer and make bread. While much attention has been given to Stachybotrys Chartarum, a species of black mold that is particularly toxic, there are actually many species of mold that appear black. Other species may appear as green, brown, white or even pink.

Mold reproduces by releasing spores, which are carried on the breeze new locations. If the spores land in a moist, dark, warm environment, they will flourish and grow into a large colony. This is what you see on your bathroom tile.

What Makes It Grow in Your Home?

Moisture is the number-one factor that determines where mold grows. If you have any areas in your house that are always damp, then you have prime real estate for mold. The most common causes of excess moisture in houses are:

  • Leaks in the roof or around windows and doors
  • Broken water supply lines
  • Broken water pipes
  • Leaking bathtubs or showers
  • High humidity
  • Condensation


If you don’t have a problem with excess moisture in your home, you likely don’t need to worry about mold.

How Can You Prevent It?

The best way to prevent mold from growing is to prevent moisture build-up. Keep your home in good repair, do regular maintenance on your plumbing and keep rooms well ventilated. If you live in an area where humidity is an issue, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to keep indoor humidity below 50 percent - 60 percent. If you do notice black mold in your home, don’t attempt to do a mold cleanup on your own. A professional mold remediation service in Fort Myers, FL, can return your home to a healthy state.

Why SERVPRO Makes the Best Choice for Business Restorations

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling removed, wet insulation Ceiling damaged in a Tice, FL commercial building.

In the event your company suffers a catastrophic loss, you need a team of recovery experts to start the journey back to normalcy as quickly as possible. That’s what makes SERVPRO’s 24-hour service and more than 1,700 locations throughout North America so advantageous. Besides their competency at bringing offices back to life, the ability to arrive at any site in a timely fashion pushes these disaster restoration specialists above the rest.

Types of Disasters

SERVPRO handles the aftermath of many emergency scenarios in Tice, FL, including:

  • Flooding
  • Storm damage
  • Mold infestations
  • Electrical fires

As restoration experts, they possess the capability of making your office look “Like it never even happened.” Before you know it, your catastrophic loss will be a mere distant memory and everyday operations will have resumed.

Types of Damage Repairs
Whether the cause is a leaking roof or a broken pipe, SERVPRO’s repair wizards know what it takes to dry your location and make it safe again. Their deep cleanings provide assurance that harmful substances lurking in floodwaters have been completely removed. Rugs soaked with contaminated water will be professionally discarded. Soaked walls and floors may see mold within as little as a day. SERVPRO’s fungal-removal professionals can help keep your business free of harmful spores.
Fires can be triggered by faulty wiring, lightning strikes or nefarious activity. Computers and business records are vulnerable to fires no matter how they begin. Limit data loss by allowing SERVPRO’s electronics gurus to preserve hard drives and dry saturated documents. The value inherent in saving hard-earned data may be enough on its own to make hiring SERVPRO a worthwhile decision.
If your office is affected by a disaster and subsequent catastrophic loss, you need a fantastic repair service working on your behalf. Select SERVPRO, as their crews are properly versed in all sorts of recovery conditions and able to start work at any hour.

4 Air Filtration Devices That Filter Mold Spores

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Air filter for HVAC system - filtration concept If you are looking for an air purifier that filters out mold spores, the best type to buy is a HEPA purifier

Here Are Some Of The Top-Rated Air Purifiers

Many types of air filtration systems are available on the market. If you are looking for an air purifier that filters out mold spores, the best type to buy is a HEPA purifier. These models come with a true HEPA filter, which removes 99.97% of all particles that are 0.3 microns or larger in size.
Here are some of the top-rated air purifiers available using these filters:

1. Oransi OV200
This model incorporates a pre-filter along with a HEPA filter to remove:

  • Bacteria
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Mold spores

It also contains an activated carbon filter to remove gases and light odors. The purifier is easy to set up and operate and has a modern design. It is capable of cleaning a room around 320-400 square feet.

2. BlueAir HEPASilent450E (403)
This purifier uses electrostatic technology with a HEPA filter for air filtration. It has a filter replacement indicator and digital display. This model is easy to set up by simply unpacking it and plugging it in. It is rated for cleaning a room up to about 365 square feet.

3. Oransi Max
This model uses a pre-filter and HEPA filter along with an activated carbon filter. It comes with a supply of replacement filters that can last up to a year under normal conditions. It is quieter than many other HEPA purifiers and is easy to use. It also features an air-quality sensor. Tests show that the Oransi Max can clean a room up to 600 square feet.

4. Austin Air Healthmate 450
This purifier also uses a pre-filter, HEPA filter and activated carbon filter. The pre-filter is washable. This model is on casters, so it is easy to move around the house as needed. It can clean rooms up to 400 square feet.
If you are working with professional mold remediation specialists to clean your home in Mcgregor, FL, you can ask a team member to help you find the best air filtration system for your residence.

3 Tips For Preventing Mold Growth In Your Building

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold found behind drywall Mold found behind drywall in Fort Myers, FL

3 Tips For Preventing Mold Growth In Your Building

Mold growth is one of those issues you never want to encounter in your building. Once mold begins to grow and spread, remediation can be costly and time-consuming. Regular inspection and maintenance, combined with timely water cleanup, are the keys to effective mold prevention.

1. Understand How Mold Grows
The air inside your Fort Myers, FL, building is filled with tiny mold spores. These spores are relatively harmless and can remain dormant for years. They don’t begin to grow into mold unless and until they land on a moisture source where they can feed. Mold can feed on most surfaces, such as wood, drywall, carpet, or paper. Since food sources are plentiful, moisture is the true critical element that triggers mold growth. Mold will continue to feed, grow, and spread as long as the moisture source is available.

2. Prevent Excess Moisture
Consequently, the most effective mold prevention tactic is to avoid supplying mold spores with a moisture source. Be sure to regularly inspect your building for any signs of leaks or water damage, such as visibly damp areas, peeling paint, water spots or stains, or a musty smell. Pay attention to your utility bills and note any unexplained increase in water use. Keep gutters cleaned out, and conduct regular maintenance checks on your plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.

3. Act Quickly to Clean Up Water Damage
Even with diligent maintenance, accidents sometimes happen. Time is the most important factor in preventing mold growth after water damage: Mold spores can begin to grow and multiply within 24-48 hours after the damage occurs. In addition to acting quickly, ensuring a thorough cleanup is also critical to preventing the spread of mold. If remediation efforts are inadequate, trace amounts of moisture could remain. Trace amounts of water are often enough for mold to begin growing.
Investing some time in mold prevention now could save you from spending time and money on mold remediation efforts in the future.

3 Key Differences Between Mildew and Mold

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage causing mold growth on the interior walls of a property Mold infestation in a Sanibel, FL apartment

Learn The Differences Between Mold And Mildew

You spot an amorphous growth that appears to be mold damage in your Sanibel, FL, home: but is it actually mildew or mold? In fact, mildew growth is simply a specific type of the broader category of "mold," so it follows many of the same rules as mold growth. Both mildew and other types of mold:

  • Are attracted to warm, moist areas
  • Can grow on almost any surface
  • Will spread extremely quickly if not tended to immediately

The lightning-fast growth of all types of molds is why it is key to call your local mold remediation specialists as soon as possible. By looking out for these three key differences, you can determine whether your mold damage is caused by mildew or another type of fungus such as black mold.

1. The Color Is Key
One obvious difference between mildew growth and mold growth is the color of the fungus. Mildew tends to be yellow, gray, or white, while other molds are most often green or black. Checking the color of the growth in your home against this guideline will help you determine what extent of remediation will be necessary.

2. The Texture Is Telling
Another difference that you can easily spot is the texture of the fungus. While mildew typically appears powdery or fluffy, other molds that might grow in your house are generally slimy or fuzzy. Luckily, this difference in texture should be visible to the naked eye, so no need to feel it with your bare hand!

3. The Surface Is Significant
Mildew and other molds also tend to be attracted to different types of surfaces. Both fungi prefer warm, moist environments, but mildew is more likely to grow on surfaces like shower walls and windowsills, whereas mold is more attracted to organic materials such as cloth, wood, paper, and drywall.
Determining whether your mold damage is due to mildew or another fungus can be very helpful in determining the next steps, but either way, the growth will spread fast, so it's always a good idea to get professional help right away.

How to Minimize Mold Damage

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

mold in the corner of the window Mold damage in Whiskey Creek, FL

The unsightly appearance of mold is enough to stress out any building owner or tenant. It can also be embarrassing and concerning to find black mold and other forms of this fungus in the workplace. This discovery doesn't have to be inevitable, however. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of finding mold. Knowing how it thrives and how to stop its spread can give you peace of mind.

A Brief Understanding of Mold

Mold spores are tiny and float on the air outside. The spores make their way indoors through any opening and on people and animals. Once inside, mold needs the right environment to grow and spread. If any of these situations exist in your Whiskey Creek, FL, building, you may need to consider mold cleanup soon:

  • Areas of high humidity such as bathrooms and laundry facilities
  • Poor airflow and ventilation
  • Plumbing issues such as leaky or broken pipes
  • Insufficient drainage such as clogged rain gutters and downspouts

Regular Maintenance
Maintaining and keeping up your building is essential to avoiding black mold and other forms of this fungus. Ignoring plumbing problems such as leaks can lead to quick mold growth. At least once a year, have a professional inspect your pipes and appliances for problems. You should also take a look at the building's foundation and roof for signs of damage.

If You Spot Mold
If you have a moisture problem and see mold in any part of your building, you should first contact a professional mold remediation company. Technicians can handle cleanup of any size and will also restore your building regardless of the extent of the damage. You should also turn off the HVAC system and water in your building while the technicians work, as airflow can spread the spores throughout the area.
You shouldn't have to contend with black mold and other types of this unwanted guest. Be aware of these guidelines and follow them.

Why Mold Grows and How to Avoid It

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bathroom wall Mold growth in Buckingham, FL home

Ways To Prevent Mold Growth

As a proud homeowner in Buckingham, FL, you take pride in maintaining your property and ensuring it is a welcoming and inviting place to be. Unfortunately, no matter how clean it is, they are many conditions that make it an inviting environment for black mold to grow. When that happens, it is best to leave mold cleanup to a mold remediation and restoration expert. To avoid having to make that call, knowing the main mold-causing culprits and way to prevent growth is key.

Common Issues
Some form of the moisture problem is the ultimate cause of mold growth. Once spores have the moisture, food, and warmth they need, they can be grown and spread just about anywhere. Below are core reasons and areas for mold issues:

  • High humidity levels
  • Condensation
  • Drying clothes indoors
  • Leaking pipes
  • Roof leaks
  • Poor home ventilation
  • Flooding, both natural and pipe-related
  • Basements that are not waterproof

Prevention Tips
Although there are always some mold spores around, you can keep black mold at bay. Consider doing a home inspection of areas prone to moisture. Below are some other mold prevention tips to consider.

Fix leaks the instant they are found.
Any spilled water or residual water from a leak should immediately be cleaned and dried.
Insulate pipes or other surfaces that are prone to condensation.
Verify that every room in the home is well-ventilated, especially the basement, attic, bathrooms, and kitchen.
Ensure that exterior ground at the foundation slopes away from the home.
Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water drainage, as well as inspect the roof for damage.
Keep humidity levels in the home under 60 percent. Have HVAC appliances regularly inspect and ensure that air-conditioner drains are free of debris.

Dealing with black mold is not something any homeowner wants to face. Knowing the potential causes of mold and doing general maintenance can help keep you maintain a safe and clean environment.

6 Steps of the Water Restoration Process

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

closeup of a rusty and leaking water heater A leaking water heater in your client's commercial building in Lehigh Acres, FL, can cause a lot of damage

6 Steps of the Water Restoration Process

A leaking water heater in your client's commercial building in Lehigh Acres, FL, can cause a lot of damage. This is especially true if the leak has gone undetected for a long time. The building's owner needs fast, dependable service to get the mess cleaned up. That's where SERVPRO comes in.

1. Contact
When you refer your clients to SERVPRO's hotline, they are connected to a local franchise that can assist them. During the initial contact, technicians gather information about the type and extent of the damage caused by the failed water heater.

2. Assessment
The SERVPRO team arrives within four hours of the initial call to assess the damage to your client's property. Water restoration specialists survey the building to determine the repairs that need to be made.

3. Extraction
Before any repairs can begin, all standing water and ruined materials have to be removed. Technicians use industrial pumps to remove water quickly. Then they tear out drenched drywall, insulation, carpet, tiles, and other materials that cannot be salvaged.

4. Drying
If the leaking water heater has been a problem for a while, it has probably made the affected area very moist. Not only does every surface that remains have to be dried thoroughly, but the humidity levels in the air itself need to be returned to an acceptable level.

5. Sanitizing
A broken water heater does more than just cause water damage. The water it expels may be a breeding ground for bacteria and other microbes. Therefore, every inch of the affected area must be sanitized before rebuilding can begin.

6. Restoration
After everything is clean and dry, technicians restore your client's building. The goal is to make it look "Like it never even happened.”
Water damage requires professional intervention. Even if a leaking water heater floods a large area, you can count on the experts to restore your client's building to its former glory.

Why Does Mold Smell?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Woman looking at moldy wall, her hands are covering her nose and mouth Damp and humid conditions are ideal for spores to spawn

When you enter your Lehigh Acres, FL, business, and smell an overwhelming musty odor, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you are facing a mold problem. Before tackling the damage, it’s important to understand how mold grows, especially a potential mycotoxin that could pose health hazards.

Mold Growth

Mold is a microorganism. As such, its only goal is to thrive and spread. Although mold spores are always around lying dormant, when the right conditions pop up, those spores spring to life. To flourish, they need:

Water: Damp and humid conditions are ideal for spores to spawn. Flooding, water leaks, condensation, and high humidity can create the perfect condition.
Temperature: Once the temperature reaches above 40 degrees, mold can grow. The warmer the air, between 77 and 86 degrees, the more likelihood of growth.
Food: As an organism, it needs nourishment. Unfortunately, mold isn’t picky and can feast on nearly anything organic.

Once these conditions are in place, the mold’s life cycle can begin. During that spore-producing process, it begins to produce gases. For some types of mold, they are odorless. In other cases, the mold has a gas called mycotoxin. If this is present, it means the mold has a byproduct that is unsafe for humans and animals. When that is the case, it is time to call a mold damage and remediation specialist to eradicate the problem.

Proper Cleanup
Cleaning up mold isn’t as simple as wiping it away. Spores can stay hidden beneath the surface. Depending on how long the mold has been there, it could have already spread to other areas of the building. Mold remediation is a specialized and thorough process that includes finding and repairing the water source, containing the mold growth, removing affected items, drying and cleaning, and restoring the area back to new.
If you find mold, it may not be the type that emits a mycotoxin. Regardless, it’s best to call in the experts to ensure your business can get back to smelling clean and being mold-free.

Rain and Mold: What You Need To Know

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Damage caused by damp on a wall in modern house Mold damage caused by rain in a Mcgregor, FL home

How To Address Mold Cleanup Process

As a resident of Mcgregor, FL, you're no stranger to severe weather and heavy rain. However, you may be a stranger to handling a moisture problem and black mold that can develop in your home after intense weather. Whether you're a first-time homeowner or a seasoned pro, the idea of facing mold damage can be overwhelming. Here you can learn about why you may be experiencing this problem and how to address the mold cleanup process.

  • Leaks in your roof lead to trapped moisture.
  • Trapped moisture increases humidity levels.
  • Mold thrives in areas with high humidity and organic matter.

Checking for Mold

While it may be easy to locate the musty smell and discolored areas that indicate mold, it could be more difficult to locate the water source that is feeding the fungus. Both older and newer homes have hard-to-see spaces that can foster molds, such as attics and crawl spaces. Even if your residence was just built, you should regularly inspect for the beginnings of mold growth. If you notice a strong musty odor in any part of your home, especially after rainfall, you may have a leak that is causing mold. All mold, especially black mold, should be addressed as soon as possible to lessen its damaging effects.

Treating Mold

If you discover any fungus growth, you should clean it immediately, but that likely won't be enough to end the situation entirely. You need to properly sanitize all affected items and fix the source of water to stop mold from coming back and spreading. If the water feeding the mold is coming from a leak in your roof, you will have to fix your roof and contact mold remediation specialists to professionally handle the infestation.
Dealing with a fungal problem in your home can be aggravating, but the quicker you handle it, the better off you will be. For your black mold cleanup needs, your best bet is to enlist the help of remediation and restoration experts to fully address the problem.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Central Ft. Myers- (239) 334-8700.

Three Ways The SERVPRO Model Benefits Clients

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

A man talking to three people in an office. (training concept) As a SERVPRO Franchisee, you would complete your initial training with SERVPRO's training school

Three Ways The SERVPRO Model Benefits Clients

If you are considering opening a new restoration company in Lehigh Acres, FL, or converting an existing company to a SERVPRO Franchise, you may be wondering how the SERVPRO system would benefit your customers. There are several characteristics of the SERVPRO model, from standard pretesting to national certification, that improves the quality of the restoration service provided by Franchisees. Three important elements are the following:

1. High-Quality Training As a SERVPRO Franchisee, you would complete your initial training with SERVPRO's training school. This school is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, an organization devoted to maintaining high standards for the restoration and related industries. Additionally, you and your employees would have access to continuing education and training designed by SERVPRO to meet rigorous quality standards and keep your Franchise up-to-date on the latest techniques and products, so that you can provide your clients with some of the best restoration services in the industry.

2. Restoration Rather Than Replacement A “restore vs. replace mentality” is ingrained in the SERVPRO culture. Employees are taught to restore everything that can be salvaged and to replace items only when necessary. Pretesting is an effective way to determine an object’s salvageability and is done at the start of every restoration project. Because it is usually cheaper to restore damaged objects than to buy new ones, this helps keep down the cost of the project.

3. Cooperation With Insurance Companies SERVPRO not only performs impeccable restoration work, but can also provide the client's insurance agent with much of the information needed to process the insurance claim, including a detailed loss inventory and access to SERVPRO's online claim center. This makes it much easier and less stressful for the client to get the best possible settlement from the insurance company.
SERVPRO aims to provide high-quality disaster restoration to its customers nationwide. To find out more about pretesting and other beneficial practices, visit

3 Things To Know About Securing a Business Property After a Fire

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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3 Things To Know About Securing a Business Property After a Fire

After fire damage at a Mcgregor, FL, company, it’s important to secure the property until repairs can be made. Securing the property can help against further damage in a variety of ways. Here are three things you should know about this process.

1. Call a Professional

One of the first steps to take to secure a property after fire has occurred is to contact a local fire damage restoration service. Not only can these services help clean and make repairs, but in many cases they can help make security preparations to prevent looting, work with your insurance company, and provide item restoration services. A restoration service also has the ability to take care of the various types of damage that occurs with a fire including smoke and water damage.

2. Cover Over The Damages

Another commonly recommended step for securing the area is to cover over the fire damage with boards or tarps. In many cases your restoration company will help with this process. Covering the damaged space help protect it from further damage by preventing exposure to weather, as well as keeping wild animals out of the space.

3. Use Safety Equipment

With any fire cleanup it’s important to use the proper safety equipment when in the damaged area. This includes wearing closed toed shoes or work boots, gloves, clothing that covers the skin, and occasionally face masks. If water damage has also occurred you may need waterproof boots as well.
When dealing with fire damage, at your place of business it’s recommended that you contact a professional for repairs as their are a variety of services they can offer to help keep your property secure while repairs are made. You may also want to cover over the damaged area to protect it until repairs can be made. Be sure to use the proper safety equipment for the job.

2 Reasons To Consult a Professional for Household Mold

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

man cleaning mold When mold is present in your home, contact the professionals

If you’re worried that your home is contaminated with mold, you may want to rush to take care of the problem on your own. Unfortunately, identifying and remediating mold is harder and more complicated than many individuals realize. Here are two reasons to consult an environmental hygienist for proper mold cleaning.

Knowledge and Education

Mold is a situation that all homeowners wish to avoid in order to prevent costly repairs and adverse health effects. Some people think that mold can be taken care of simply by wiping it away with bleach or other cleaning chemicals. Fortunately, there are mold remediation specialists that have the knowledge and education to properly handle mold.

A certified industrial hygienist must meet the following requirements:

College education
Work experience
Pass a rigorous exam
Promise to practice ethically
Continue to learn with professional development courses

A certified industrial hygienist can help take care of the mold damage in your Fort Myers, FL, home.

Proper Techniques

Mold must be properly handled in order to prevent harmful mold spores from spreading in the air. Mold removal is not the same thing as mold cleaning. Because mold spores occur naturally both indoors and outdoors, complete mold removal is not possible. A professional restoration company uses the proper equipment and techniques to restore the level of mold in your home back to a safe level. Mold remediation involves locating the source of the problem. Mold thrives on moisture; therefore, it’s essential to find the water that’s contributing to mold accumulation. Once the cause has been identified, a mold specialist will use the right tools to contain the mold, filter the air, clean belongings and restore your home to safe conditions.

Mold cleanup is a complicated issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s critical to work with specialists who know how to properly remediate harmful mold in your home. If you have a mold problem, look to a certified industrial hygienist for correct and thorough mold cleaning.

How to Find out If You Have Mold in Your Home

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold found behind a drywall Mold found behind a drywall in a Fort Myers Beach, FL home

Mold has a familiar, musty smell just about everyone has come into contact with at some point. It is also widely known that having mold growth and too many mold spores in the air is not a good sign and must be taken care of quickly to ensure your home has acceptable indoor air quality and that the structural integrity of the house is not at risk.

Common Mold Growth Areas

If you see visible mold, then your job is easy and it’s time to clean it up, ideally using a professional mold remediation company to ensure the spores are completely removed and the damage causing the moisture problem is repaired for good.
Areas to Check:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Cracked walls, floors, ceilings
  • Roof, especially around the chimney
  • Poor drainage areas around the outside of the home
  • Old window frames

If you do not see any mold but smell something, or notice some parts of the home are more humid than they should be, an indoor environmental specialist can do a formal inspection to better determine the source of the issue and how widespread the damage is. Again, if you already see mold, an inspection is probably not needed, as you already know where the mold is and finding out what type it is, isn’t necessary. Just be sure not to spend too much time in that area and buying a quality HEPA air filter in the meantime is recommended to keep the air quality safe.
You can buy a home mold test kit and do the check yourself, but these are not always accurate and may be a waste of money. All homes have some levels of mold, and a professional may be needed to interpret the results to determine if your home has higher than average levels. The EPA recommends that an indoor environmental specialist complete the testing, who understands how to properly sample and interpret results using methods set by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) or other professional organization.

When to Use an Environmental Specialist

The time to hire an indoor environmental specialist for your home in Fort Myers Beach,FL, is when you cannot see mold growing, but you can smell it. This is also necessary if you’ve had flooding in the house or plumbing issues and you think there might be mold inside the walls. Ensure your home’s safety and structural integrity and rest assured that your mold problems will soon be a thing of the past.

The Importance of Containment During Mold Remediation

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

equipment in floor The air scrubber is a large HEPA filter used to clean the air in the room as work is being completed

Protect Your Building, Workers and Customers

Mold cleanup in a commercial building is a potentially massive undertaking that depends heavily on proper containment to prevent further mold contamination. Failure to adequately contain the affected area risks exposing the entire facility to the infestation. However, if further contamination occurs, the fault and liability likely rest with the contractors trusted for the cleanup. While that might be a relief, as your concern is on the welfare of your establishment, it still pays to understand containment procedures, so you know if your facility is being put at higher risk. Containment consists of three essential components that if followed, protect your building, workers and customers.

1. Plastic Sheeting

The first thing every containment process likely begins with is plastic sheeting. A remediation team will come in, likely in protective suits, and put up sheeting all around the room, paying particular attention to doorways and windows and attempting to get a tight seal around the space. This seal prevents the spread of mold spores as the surface areas are disturbed.

2. Tape

Also, during the sheeting phase of the mold cleanup, the workers will tape off areas like vents, holes, ducts and seams. Taping off these areas ensures that any spores will not find a new home somewhere else in your building. Particular attention will probably be paid to ductwork because the air currents moving through an HVAC system can lead to a widespread disaster.

3. Monometer and Air Scrubbers

Last, you may notice a couple of unique devices being installed in the affected area: a monometer and an air scrubber. A monometer is used by many mold remediation services in the Buckingham,FL, area, and it is used to prevent the buildup of negative pressure in a space, which can lead to a failed containment area. The air scrubber is a large HEPA filter used to clean the air in the room as work is being completed.
Mold cleanup in commercial facilities can be a significant undertaking, but the success of that endeavor rests in the proper containment of the affected area. Don't put your building at risk. Contain and remediate any mold problem quickly and thoroughly.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Mold and Mildew

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

mold on wall Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments

No home in Charleston Park,FL, is immune from potential mold and mildew growth. Discovering either substance can be alarming. Understanding how to distinguish the two organisms and prevent proliferation can help every homeowner safeguard their residence from extensive mildew contamination and mold damage and reduce the need for professional remediation services.

Common Features

Mold and mildew share several features:

  • Are a fungus
  • Thrive in moist environments
  • Feed on organic materials
  • Can produce an unpleasant, musty scent

Because the nature of both organisms is similar, it’s easy to confuse them.

Distinguishing Attributes

The biggest difference between mold and mildew is often their appearance. Mildew can be either powdery or fuzzy and often appears white or gray in color. Examples of common places to find it include on houseplants and shower curtains.

Mold, on the other hand, is usually black, yellow or green. It looks very fuzzy and can be highly invasive. Under the right conditions, this organism can proliferate in hidden moisture zones, such as under damp carpets and behind walls.

Prevention Strategies

Because the fungus feeds on organic substances, such as wood, extensive mold damage can compromise the integrity of your home. To alleviate this risk and minimize the need for professional mold remediation, controlling indoor moisture is crucial. Thankfully, there are numerous strategies you can employ to accomplish this goal:

  • Utilize an air purifier with a HEPA filter
  • Routinely inspect for leaks under sinks and kitchen appliances
  • Use exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen while bathing and cooking
  • Ensure windows are properly sealed from drafts
  • Dry showers after every use

Eliminating pooled water and reducing indoor humidity levels are key ways to prevent significant mold growth. If you experience a flood or a pipe burst, quickly drying the affected area is imperative. During the cleanup project, you should also remove saturated carpets, drywall and insulation.

Avoiding Contamination

Protecting your home from mildew growth and mold damage may seem daunting. However, taking proactive steps can help eliminate potential breeding grounds, reducing the risk of a serious and potentially costly infestation.

Only the Most Highly Qualified Vendors Make the Insurance Company’s Preferred List

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes one of your clients in Buckingham, FL, as their insurance agent it is often your responsibility to select a reputable restoration and mitigation company for them to call. That is one of the reasons you probably keep a preferred vendor list that gives you easy access to trustworthy companies and their contact information. SERVPRO can be found on most of those lists for three reasons.

1. Dependability

Well known and successful companies generally have a long list of positive jobs they have completed, as well as satisfied clients in their long business history. With their specialized certification, you know the technicians can perform their duties to the highest of cleaning, mitigation, and restoration industry standards. Insurance personnel can rely on the consistently high standard of work performance by those technicians, and that is why they can be found on the preferred vendor lists.

2. Accuracy

SERVPRO has a computer tracking program called the CIC. The Claims Information Center focuses on keeping the client, insurance agent, adjuster, and contractors linked through online data that can be renewed quickly to make sure all parties are constantly up to date. Along with job details, the spreadsheet includes work estimates, employed personnel, and job expenditures.

3. Reliability

Choosing a certified technician from the vendor program allows you to rely on those individuals you have a successful work history with. With each technician upholding industry certification standards, it also allows you to know that those individuals are the best the industry has to offer. To qualify for the vendor program, each specialist must meet the requirements set in a 21-point guideline to ensure you have the most reliable workforce available.

You work hard to keep your clients happy, so it makes sense you would use a preferred vendor list to choose the most qualified technicians around. Selecting a trained and certified specialist can help make you a happy insurance agent when the claim is quickly handled by knowledgeable technicians.

How To Accurately Assess Mold Damage

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

If you have mold damage call SERVPRO of Central Ft. Myers

Mold can damage the contents and structure of a residence in Fort Myers, FL. It is almost impossible for homeowners to determine the extent of a mold problem on their own. A mold specialist or environmental hygienist should conduct testing to inform an expert mold assessment by remediation professionals.

Schedule a Mold Test

A hygienist or specialist should visit a residence to perform mold testing. He or she should take one or more of the following types of samples:

  • Air
  • Bulk
  • Surface

Air samples are the most common and may be taken indoors and outdoors. Bulk samples involve testing contents or materials. Surface samples check for the presence of mold spores on interior surfaces.

Consult With a Remediation Service

Once a lab returns the results of a mold test, a hygienist can make recommendations to remediation experts. A mold cleanup service may use this advice in several ways:

  • Confirming the degree of damage
  • Recommending cleaning methods
  • Providing an estimate and schedule

A mold assessment will vary depending on whether the issue is minor mildew growth or a major infestation of a toxigenic species such as black mold. A cleanup service may recommend the use of containment equipment for severe mold problems. All of these factors affect a remediation estimate.

Estimate Cleanup Costs

The extent of damage will determine the cost of mold removal. A remediation service will consider the amount and species of mold and whether structural damage has occurred. Testing may cost several hundred dollars, and the price of remediation may range from several thousand dollars for a minor infestation to tens of thousands of dollars for a major mold problem.

Each of these stages is crucial for an accurate mold assessment. Homeowners should rely on experts to determine the degree and type of mold growth at a residence in Fort Myers, FL. This information can contribute to a more successful remediation effort.

Why You Should Use an IICRC Certified Restoration Company

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a certified company.

Why You Should Use An IICRC Certified Restoration Company

When your client needs restoration to his or her Fort Myers, FL home, you want to make sure that he or she is getting the best possible help. Using a company that is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification means that you can feel confident that the job will be done well. Here are a few reasons why a company certified by the IICRC is the best choice.

1. There Are Set Standards

When a company is certified by the IICRC, they must follow their standards. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a member of the American National Standards Institute which determines the guidelines for many business sectors. When you use a company with their certification, you know that they will have high quality standards for their work.

2. All Employees Are Well-Trained

Because SERVPRO is a certified company, they must be sure that all employees are trained to follow the correct procedures. Because of this, you know that you will only have competent and experienced workers restoring your client’s home. They will follow all required standards during the cleanup and restoration process.

3. You Know Exactly What To Expect

Companies that don’t follow a set procedure can sometimes leave you wondering what to expect during the restoration and repair process, but that is not the case with SERVPRO. Because they are certified by the IICRC, you can expect the same quality of work from them every time. When the job is finished, you can be sure that everything has been done well.

When a client’s home is damaged, it can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. Working with a damage restoration company that has a restoration and mitigation certificate can give you peace of mind. You can rest assured that you are providing your client with the best help that he or she can get.

Do You Suspect Mold in the Air Ducts?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in your air ducts in Buckingham,FL

Mold in your air ducts in Buckingham,FL, is a bigger problem than you may realize. You building occupants are breathing in air that has passed through the HVAC system and that air is often full of moisture and dust, which are exactly what mold needs to thrive.

Confirm Suspicions

You are probably reading this because you suspect that you have mold in your air ducts and need an HVAC cleaning. Why is it you think you have mold there? Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do you see some discoloration or small dark specks near the vents?
  • Do you feel excessive moisture in the air?
  • Do you see condensation?
  • Do you smell a musty smell?
  • If you notice a smell, is it more obvious when the HVAC system is running?

Chances are, your brain has already put all this information together and you know you have a mold problem. If you do smell mold, but don’t see it, have a professional come out for an HVAC inspection. When hiring a contractor for cleaning vents, be sure that you they have experience working with mold.

Stop the Source

During the HVAC cleaning, make sure your contractor finds the source of the moisture problem. Having mold means there is a definite moisture problem. Mold problems don’t go away until the moisture problem is resolved. Sometimes it is just a matter of the environmental humidity. A professional mold remediator will have tools to monitor the humidity levels in your building and to find hidden mold in your air ducts. With sources identified, solutions can be planned and executed.

Protect and Contain

A mold specialist will take the critical steps to ensure safety during the HVAC cleaning. Mold and dust removal from the ducts is a two-step process: the first being agitation and loosening of the mold and the second is the removal of that loosened mold. You definitely don’t want that material blowing around your building. Choosing the right professional will ensure that the loosened particles are contained and removed.

Fact or Fiction: Commercial Fire Sprinklers

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler system at your commercial property in Lehigh Acres,FL is an important investment

Commercial Fire Sprinkler

On television, a fire erupts and the sprinklers go off. Immediately, the water drenches everyone and everything in sight. Is this how it happens in real life? Read on to understand the realities and myths of the commercial fire sprinkler.

1. Fiction: Smoke Initiates the Sprinkler System

Cigarette smoking or burnt microwave popcorn does not trigger the sprinklers. A sprinkler activates based on the air temperature, which is different from a smoke alarm system.

2. Fiction: Sprinklers Immediately Soak the Entire Premises

Each individual sprinkler is triggered by the air temperature in that specific room. Therefore, it is possible for sprinklers to go off in some areas and not others.

3. Fiction: Accidental Activation is Common

Although possible, accidental activation rarely occurs. Take the following steps to prevent an unintentional sprinkler shower in your building:

  • Maintain the fire sprinkler system by checking for leaky pipes.
  • Inspect pipes for appropriate pressure on a regular basis. Sprinklers use pressurized water to suppress the flames.

4. Fact: Sprinklers Cause Water Damage

After the flames are out, most business owners consider repairs due to fire damage, but few realize that water from fire suppression efforts causes problems too. Mitigate fire sprinkler cleanup by performing the following steps:

  • In the case of unintentional activation, or once the fire is out, turn off the main water supply. If electricity is live at the property, consider your safety and wait for professionals to arrive.
  • Protect your valuables. If possible, move inventory to a dry location. Open windows to increase ventilation.
  • Contact a water restoration company to dry and restore the water-damaged areas. Mold growth occurs in as little as 24-48 hours, so act fast to prevent secondary damage.
  • Inquire whether water damage is covered under your commercial property insurance.

A fire sprinkler system at your commercial property in Lehigh Acres,FL, is an important investment. While it may initially cause water damage, this fire suppression device ultimately saves property and lives.

Homeowners Guide To Ice Dams

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover an ice dam at your Buckingham,FL home contact a storm restoration professional

Whether you have lived in a cold climate all of your life or recently moved to Buckingham,FL, a winter storm is a force to be reckoned with. One aspect many homeowners do not know a lot about is the ice dam. What is it? Can it be prevented?

Tips To Identify an Ice Dam

Just as dams are constructed to hold water back, the same concept occurs on the exterior of your home. Snow melts into water which then freezes. The block of ice prevents further water from draining, creating a dam effect. This may be happening to your home if you notice the following:

  • The most common place that dams occur is on the roof. Inspect the roof throughout the season, especially after a winter storm cycle where the weather fluctuates.
  • Pay close attention to the icicles. If there is water backed up behind them with no place to go, you may have a problem.
  • When dams are present, the water likely finds a way into your house. Examine the attic, ceiling and walls for evidence of dampness.

Steps for Ice Dam Prevention

The good news is that there are steps you can take to help prevent ice dams both before and during the winter storm season:

  • Before there is a chill in the air, take actions to keep your attic cool. Heat rising from the house to the roof melts snow faster causing problems later on. Consider increasing insulation, sealing openings and improving ventilation.
  • During the freezing weather remove rooftop snow after storms, keep gutters clear and remove identified dams as needed.

Sometimes ice dam prevention methods are not sufficient. If you discover an ice dam at your house in Buckingham,FL, it is best to act quickly to prevent further damage. Contact a storm restoration professional and check with your homeowners’ insurance agent to see if the damage is covered under your individual policy.