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Emergency Mold Damage Tips
Here are some IMPORTANT do’s and don’ts of defending against mold growth in your home or business that will keep you safe, and make SERVPRO’s job easier to make your property “Like it never even happened.”
First things first: Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.
- Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance.
- Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
- Do not spray bleach on mold to solve the problem. The water in the bleach feeds the mold!
- Contact SERVPRO of Wyomissing for assistance after a water damage or if you have any questions about mold remediation at (610)208-0300.
Water Damage 101
Here at SERVPRO of Wyomissing, we know reaction time is EVERYTHING! Is your home or business being threatened by water damage, like a pipe bursting? This is the timeframe of what will happen in the course of minutes, days and weeks if you don’t call us to handle your water emergency:
- Water spreads throughout the property and saturates all surfaces
- Water absorbs into carpets, walls, etc.
- Furniture finishes may bleed
- Water begins to wick up the drywall
- Furniture begins to warp and crack
- Musty odor appears
2 Days – 1 Week:
- Mold may begin to grow
- Doors, windows etc. begin to swell and warp
- Hardwood flooring begins to cup, buckle or rise
- Tile may begin to crack
- Vinyl flooring will begin to curl
More Than 1 Week:
- Demolition is required
- Mitigation and repair costs increase dramatically
- Serious health risk may become an issue
If your home or business sustained water damage DON’T wait. Call your SERVPRO team right away at 610-208-0300. Pick up the phone and consider us ON THE WAY!!
Got Mold? SERVPRO Has Your Answer, Not Clorox
Bleach can actually feed the very persistent mold that is creeping through your house. When it comes to getting rid of this fungus, we are generally accustomed to reaching for the quickest solution: bleach. In an effort to keep our homes nice and clean, we fail to realize we are actually making the problem worse.
Dehumidification is another element to mold removal that individuals may not realize is extremely important. Removing the relative humidity, which causes the mold to grow, halts any further growth.
Mold removal is a lengthy process. You need to identify, any and all, areas of your home or business infected by mold. These areas are usually exposed to high levels of humidity, or wetness, like bathrooms and unfinished basements.
Cleanup may require building materials to be removed, replaced or a combination of both. It is also likely that portions of the property’s walls will need to be opened and cleaned up to really tackle growth that commonly happens within walls, as well.
Plan on tackling the mold yourself? Beware of the dangers that increase during the cleanup process because of the exposure to black mold. Mold exposure feels like a massive hangover and a headache you may never forget.
Don’t be fooled, this type of remediation is best left to the professionals. We run air filtration systems, follow our training, abide by safety procedures and wear goggles, masks and other protective clothing.
With our customer’s best interest in mind, we recommend hiring professionals, like us at SERVPRO of Wyomissing, to do the job! We have the training, experience and expertise working with mold removal. We can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year at 610-208-0300.
Floating Refrigerator? SERVPRO can help!
Can you spot the floating refrigerator?
So our poor customers came home from a long and hard day at work to their refrigerator floating on by. They had a lawnmower submerged, boxes filled with important documents and keepsakes soaked and their house was in a complete disarray. Their entire basement was flooded. It's a shocking scene to come home to, but even more it often feels like a daunting disaster to tackle.
Fortunately, that's what we're here for! To make it "Like it never even happened."
So what did our customers do after the initial shock of seeing their refrigerator floating right along their new basement pond?
They called SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300!
They closed the door, called us and then their insurance company so they could have the disaster taken care of as soon as possible.
While they were calling their insurance company, we were on our way.
With a lot of heavy lifting, crucial SERVPRO equipment, a reliable team and patient and helpful customers, SERVPRO of Wyomissing fixed the water damage disaster, and made sure the refrigerator was standing tall once again!
SERVPRO of Wyomissing has the professional team you need to help you prevent, tackle and mitigate any water damage that comes your way this season. Give us a call at (610)208-0300 with any questions or concerns!
Where Is Mold Most Commonly Found?
Did you know one of the most common problems we are called for in the Wyomissing area is mold remediation? Water disasters and mold go hand and hand, and we’re equipped to deal with both. Mold can literally grow in any location with enough moisture and oxygen. So it’s important to be vigilant and survey your entire home or business regularly, but especially, after weather elements, like our common thunderstorms and floods in the summer.
Search these 3 places in your home for mold:
- Sinks and Toilets
Bathrooms are a breeding ground because of the increased amounts of humidity that come from the shower and hot water. Sinks and toilets face the most exposure because of the humid atmosphere and potential for pipe leaks. Be sure to check the dark area under your sink!
Moldy drywall is not fun to deal with, but it happens. While the actual wall that is exposed generally isn’t a great place for mold, the darker, enclosed space behind the wall is a susceptible area because of the plumbing system’s pipes that often reside there. If you find mold in the wall, it is most likely there is mold behind it as well. It can also indicate a larger problem that needs immediate attention, such as a pipe leak.
- Wood and Laminate Floors
While these floors offer a pleasing aesthetic to your home or business, they are often more vulnerable to mold, especially if they are built upon concrete. This material is porous, which allows it to absorb water and mix with it, which is a haven for mold. Be vigilant about nearby spills and leaks or replace the floor with ceramic tile.
Some areas in your Wyomissing, Pennsylvania home are more susceptible to mold growth than others. Search these places and call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300 for a mold remediation service to deal with severe cases.
Emergency Contaminated Water Damage Tips
Until SERVPRO of Wyomissing arrives, these emergency tips will help you take the most effective action in keeping yourself safe and preserving your belongings and property.
Please follow these tips to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration after contaminated water damage occurs:
- If sewage is the contaminator, do your best to avoid all contact with the sewage and items that have come in contact.
- If you do happen to touch any contaminated items, immediately wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Avoid spreading the contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or water logged areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Avoid using household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
Remember, if you are ever exposed to harmful waste, it is strongly recommended by OSHA to have a post-exposure medical evaluation.
And of course, in the time of any emergency call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300!