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Facts about mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are almost everywhere, indoor and outdoors alike. This fact makes it impossible to remove all all traces of mold from a residence.  However it is possible to create an environment that makes it difficult for mold spore to take root and multiply in your home.  At SERVPRO we take all necessary steps to reduce the spores present in your home to a natural level. The following are some facts about mold and how to help prevent it.   

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are very small and are present in the air and may enter your home through a variety of ways including through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or sometimes on people or pets that come inside.
  • Mold spores need Moisture and heat to grow and spread therefore lowering the temperature and humidity in your home will help, discouraging the spread of growth.
  • One of the first signs of mold is musty smell it gives off.  Often times the smell of mold will tip off homeowners of mold growth before visually appearing.

Defense Against Mold Growth

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent. 

Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.

Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.

Contact SERVPRO® of Bessemer/SW Jefferson for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

Your time is precious

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson. Did you know when you hire us for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response - that is the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson for all your emergency restoration needs. When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home or facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring you can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. 

Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process Part Two

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson can clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

It's the water you don't see [Part One]

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Bessemer/SW Jefferson can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Bessemer/SW Jefferson has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

It's the water you don't see [Part Two]

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Bessemer/SW Jefferson can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Bessemer/SW Jefferson has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have A Storm Plan!

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Have a plan for your family before severe weather strikes:

  • Pick a place where family members can gather: the basement, bathroom, an interior hallway or closet on the lowest floor.
  • Make sure your home, school, workplace and church have a designated shelter.
  • Pay attention to weather information during the risk.
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning.
  • Have redundant sources of weather warnings, including at least one that will wake you in the night if a warning is issued.
  • Notify friends and family who may not be aware.
  • Have shoes, wallet, emergency kit and phone close by so you can grab them on a moment’s notice.
  • Keep important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Don’t forget your pets: collars with identification, sturdy leashes, food/drinking water/bowls, cat litter/pan, pet beds and toys.
  • Do drills with your family. Include pets.

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Relationships with Fire Departments

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Who do you usually call first when you have an emergency? Usually 911 or your local fire and/or police department. We want the local fire and police departments to know about what SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson has to offer; especially when it comes to assisting them. Once they get done inspecting the scene, we are able to come in and assist the customer. 

More times than not if you're dealing with some type of emergency then you are so frantic you do not know what to do next. The police and/or fire department are able to give you suggestions of who to call or your next steps. That's why we want to be top of mind to them, when this situation occurs.

Heating & Cooling Tips

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Clean or change your HVAC filters regularly for proper performance. Doing this can save you 5-15 percent in energy costs. Dirty air filters make your AC work harder than it should and reduces air flow. Take note of when to change your air filter along with the size, so you are ready to purchase new ones when the time comes.

Change air filters more frequently if you have pets.

Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room to cut back unnecessary energy usage.

Set the thermostat and then forget it. If you change the temperature often during the day, you are more likely to waste energy.

Have your equipment checked by a qualified dealer each year before the heating or cooling season begins. Even the best insulated home will waste energy unless special attention is given to the efficiency of its mechanical equipment.

Get your duct system inspected and repaired if necessary.

Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.

Choose to buy new equipment instead of repairing it if it’s more than 15 years old and has had continuing major repairs. Today's energy-efficient equipment can save enough in operating costs to make up quickly for the initial expense. Consider a heat pump, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available today.

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First Responder Bowl

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.  Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised by ESPN.  The agreement between ESPN Events and SERVPRO was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

“We are truly grateful for all first responders’ sacrifice and service,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “It is a tremendous privilege to honor these brave men and women who protect our communities 24/7/365. As this game continues to grow, so do our ties with first responders. Additionally, having a sponsor like SERVPRO who works along-side and supports these community heroes reinforces our goals of recognizing our first responders.”

“We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country” said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes.”

The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is the ninth edition of the bowl game, formerly known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and part of the 89-year history of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Dallas’ Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the heart of the ninth largest city in the United States.

First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency.

“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney said.

“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country.  It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support, “said Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets will go on sale in September.  Tickets for First Responders will continue to be underwritten by our corporate sponsors. Planning for the First Responder Fan Fest in Cotton Bowl Plaza will begin immediately.  Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 14 owned and operated bowl games by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

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