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Different Types of Mold

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary 

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can pass value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To the Unhealthy 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide a food source for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health hazard.

The Science of Drying

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

What is the Science of Drying? 

The knowledge  of  psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO® of N.E. & S.E. Monroe County are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances  of any secondary damages.

The collage photo attached, shows our floor drying system which aids in drying hardwood floors instead of removing them.  We also have two photo's showing our "tent" drying system.  This way we create a drying chamber over the floor to keep that warm air in, and pull out as much moisture as possible.

If it wasn't for our knowledge and expertice, this ceiling and floor would've been lost from the damage above. 

Commercial Large Loss

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

A water main break caused this commercial building to have a major flood.  This affected their store, kitchen,  cafeteria, and a few offices.  The water and dirt brought in from outside left a lot of damage to their business. 

SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County was called on to help clean up the mess.  And the business owners were very glad they were able to save their merchandise from any further damage.  They could not believe we were able to respond so quickly and with a large amount of drying equipment.

This photo shows two before photos and two after photos.  In the before photos, the carpet is not supposed to be brown... that is mud! 

SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County was able to make it "Like it never even happened" and they were fully operational within the same week. 

Do's and Do Not's of Fire and Smoke Damage

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Do:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keeps hands clean, Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filters.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County!
  • Attempt too shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, Radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Got Mold? Give us a call!

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation and Restoration

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Rochester home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (585)641-0040

Commercial Post Construction Cleaning

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, its time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on SERVPRO of South East Monroe County to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth. 

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of South East Monroe County provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Service include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish 
  • Ceiling, walls and fixture cleaning 
  • Deodorization 
  • Air Duct Cleaning 
  • Debris Removal (if necessary)
  • Window Cleaning

Call SERVPRO of South East Monroe Count Today!!!  (585)641-0040

Understanding Mold

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building.  This is a fallacy.  Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.  These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air  and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/Heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. 
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

Call SERVPRO of South East Monroe County Today! (585)641-0040

Different Types of Mold

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary 

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can pass value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To the Unhealthy 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food source for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health interest. 

Call SERVPRO of South East Monroe County For All Your Mold Needs!! (585)641-0040

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as a fire or a flood, never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them has a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at piece of mind. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself "Are you ready for whatever happens?"

Call SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County Today for your Complimentary ERP!! (585)641-0040

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

ERP Advantages

  • A no cost assessment of your facility 
    • This means this is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
    • It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of S.E. Monroe County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
    • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin 
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens"