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Not All Molds Are Created Equal: Your Guide to Common House Molds

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Not All Molds Are Created Equal: Your Guide to Common House Molds Aspergillus is green and pink mold

Mold is one of the worst types of infestations a homeowner can experience. Not only is it just plain unappealing to look at but also, it's structurally damaging. Unfortunately, mold growth is an inevitability for most homeowners. However, the extent of damage it can cause all boils down to how one responds to it. You can prevent serious damage by recognizing the type of mold with which you're dealing, what causes it and knowing how to kill it.

Common Household Molds

There are 11 common types of household molds of which you should be aware. Those include the following:

  • Alternaria: This type of mold typically occurs in dark areas of the home in which there are high humidity levels.
  • Aspergillus: This type of mold originates outdoors on decaying leaves or vegetable matter and can attach itself to shoes, clothing or pets. Once indoors, it can grow on carpet.
  • Aureobasidium: This type of fungi is typically found on painted walls, wallpaper, wood furniture and in windows and caulk.
  • Chaetomium: This type of mold growth occurs because of water damage and typically affects drywall.
  • Cladosporium: This fungus likes both warm and cool areas of floorboards, carpet, cabinetry and fabrics.
  • Fusarium: Fusarium develops in cold, wet climates in fabrics and carpeting.
  • Penicillium: You can find this type of mold in insulation, water damaged furniture, furnishings, carpet and more.
  • Stachybotrys Chartarum: This is a type of black mold that can be found in dark, damp areas of the home, such as around ducts and AC pipes.
  • Serpula Lacrymans: This growth typically develops in rotted wood and feeds solely on wood surfaces.
  • Trichoderma: Trichoderma is another type of mold that loves damp areas. You may find this growth in damp carpeting, fabrics and other similar surfaces.
  • Ulocladium: You may find this type of mold on surfaces that have undergone severe water damage.

What To Do When You Discover Mold

If you discover mold growth in your home, the best thing you can do is contact an Oakland, MO, mold remediation specialist. Trying to remedy the issue on your own may result in several patches going untreated, which negate your mold cleanup efforts.

How To Prevent and Extinguish Grease Fire in Your Kitchen

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent and Extinguish Grease Fire in Your Kitchen A grease fire is one of the most dangerous types of kitchen fires that can occur in your home in Glendale,MO

A grease fire is one of the most common and dangerous types of kitchen fires that can occur in your home in Glendale, MO. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what they should do if oil catches on fire while they are cooking. Here is a useful guide on what actions to take if this situation ever does arise and how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

How To Extinguish Grease Fires

If a grease fire starts in your kitchen, try the following methods in this order:

  1. Turn off the heat.
  2. Smother the fire using a metal lid or cookie sheet.
  3. Pour salt or baking soda on the flames.
  4. Spray the fire with a class B kitchen fire extinguisher.

Never pour water on the fire, use ingredients similar to baking soda or salt like sugar, flour, or baking powder, or move the pan outside. If you are unable to put out the fire yourself, immediately evacuate your home and call 9-1-1. Stay outside your home until fire fighters arrive and contain the fire. If your home has experienced any fire damage, you will need to call in fire cleanup specialists to safely assess the extent of the damage and restore your home to its original state.

How To Prevent Grease Fires

Prevent grease fires in your home by taking a few essential precautions:

  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking food
  • Keep all flammable objects far away from the stove
  • Keep a metal lid or cookie sheet close by
  • Heat oil slowly and keep it at a safe temperature.
  • Add food gently to oil to avoid splattering
  • Quickly clean up oil spills

While preventing a grease fire is the best way to protect your home and everyone inside of it, knowing how to quickly extinguish one is an important skill to learn in case an accident ever happens.

Keep Out the Damp

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keep Out the Damp Rain damage in Ladue, MO area

Take Rain Damage Seriously

No matter what kind of property you manage in Ladue, MO, mold and mildew can become a serious issue if left unchecked. Figure out the basics and keep fungal growth from disrupting your business by taking rain damage seriously.

1. Inspecting the Envelope

The envelope of a building is the sum of the interconnected systems that keep the indoor conditions stable. There are multiple aspects to the envelope, such as heat retention, water vapor control, and flood prevention. Many different materials go into constructing an effective layer of protection between the exterior elements and the interior occupants. For example, asphalt shingles and sturdy aluminum gutters form the first line of defense against water entry by directing water away from your building. If these components fail, black mold could begin to form in the attic or crawlspace from residual moisture.

2. Precision and Control

While flood and rain damage can certainly generate major issues quickly, there are also other, more subtle signs of an insufficient building envelope. If you notice heating and cooling costs creeping up during the summer or winter, you may have an air leak somewhere. This can occur due to failing housewrap, broken ventilation ducts, or cracks in the foundation. A thermal imaging camera can help diagnose these problem areas by showing the heat gradient in your living space. Water vapor can also accumulate even in well-insulated homes due to seasonal variations in humidity.

3. Mold Removal

Depending on the severity, black mold may need attention from a qualified cleanup professional. Mold spores can remain in porous surfaces such as drywall, plywood and subflooring, even if the visible portion has been scoured away.

Rain damage and related mold growth don't tend to resolve on their own. Maintain the condition of your property and guarantee the health of your occupants and employees by preventing moisture accumulation.

Three Steps for Preventing Flood Damage During a Storm

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three Steps for Preventing Flood Damage During a Storm There are many maintenance steps you can take to keep your home safe during storms and under normal conditions.

There are many maintenance steps you can take to keep your home safe during storms and under normal conditions. These include

  • Cleaning the gutters and storm drains
  • Repairing any cracks in siding or foundations
  • Replacing windows and doors that cracked or warped

However, if a storm is coming and you have time to prepare for flooding and other potential risks, you'll need to focus on preventing or minimizing potential storm damage.

One: Know the Risk of Floods

You can get valuable information from your emergency management office or the building department. Ask for the projected flood elevation of your neighborhood. The community may also have a website with this information. However, it's best to get this information before the pending storm. If you wait, those phone lines are likely to be busy, and it may be very hard to get the information you want. If you're not sure what to do with this information, contact a local flood recovery company.

Two: Find and Plug Basement Floor Drains

It isn't unusual for flooding to lead to sewer backups as storm water enters the community water system. As a storm approaches, avoid some flood damage by plugging or capping any floor drains, toilets, sinks, and showers with a plug or cap. If the floor drain ha a ball in the pipe, that drain plug may do the job. Again, work closely with flood recovery professionals to ensure good seals on these drain openings.

Three: Turn Off the Electricity

Shut off the electrical breakers and unscrew the fuses. Even if the water doesn't reach electrical outlets, reduce the potential for electrical shocks. If you have a furnace, freezer, washer, dryer, or other appliance in the basement, there's a risk. As much as possible, remove all appliances from the area to protect yourself and the appliances.

What other advice have you heard about protecting your home during flooding? Can you think of other tips for preventing flood damage?

A Fire Damage Service Saves Time in Your Clayton Home

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Fire Damage Service Saves Time in Your Clayton Home Damaged Roof Should Be Quickly Covered to avoid further damage.

In Clayton, Fire Damage Services Save You Time

Fire damage in Clayton destroys your home in many ways. It engulfs everything you own in flames and can spread throughout your home in just a couple of minutes. After a fire, everything in your home is covered with ash, soot, and has likely sustained water damage because of efforts to extinguish the fire. The cleanup process after a fire is often difficult and time-consuming and usually requires special equipment that most homeowners do not have.

Fire damage services are an excellent solution for homeowners who want to restore their homes as soon as possible without the stress and hassle of trying to handle the cleanup, repair, and restoration process themselves. When determining whether fire damage services are a viable solution for your specific needs, it can be helpful to know some information about what a professional restoration company can do for you.

Fire Damage Services Clean Your Home Quickly

A professional restoration company understands that timing is everything when dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, especially if water damage is involved. Within hours of a fire, wooden furniture can permanently swell and discolor, drywall can soften and warp, and carpeting can separate from its backing and become ruined. In addition, mold and mildew can begin to grow within 24 hours of a fire. Therefore, it is necessary to remove any excess moisture from your home immediately.

A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Clayton/ Ladue offers 24-hour emergency services so they can begin the cleanup process immediately.

Fire Damage Services Make Your Home Safe

Fire damage services also examine the structure of your home for any fire or water damages and repair it as necessary. Since the structure of your home is composed of wood, it is likely that it has sustained some damage during a fire. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may be necessary to perform major renovations on your home’s structure to make it safe to live in again. A professional restoration company handles every aspect of this for you to ensure you can live in your home safely after cleanup and repairs are complete.

Fire damage services are invaluable when dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, as they enable you to focus on recovering from the fire rather than spending countless hours trying to clean and repair your home. For more information on fire damage services and how they can benefit your specific situation, contact SERVPRO for an immediate response.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Clayton/Ladue is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!  (314) 863-4555

Water Mitigation Procedures

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Mitigation Procedures Immediate water cleanup can be essential to the structural integrity of your building.

Water mitigation is the process of reducing the severity of the damage after a flood or water event has infiltrated your commercial building. When you call in a water removal and restoration team to assess the situation, the highly trained members will look for signs the water has seeped into unseen areas to cause secondary damage – this is mitigation. Whether you have a pipe burst cleanup or a dam break flood, the team will usually begin with the following three steps.

1. Prevent Reoccurrences

Once your water damage has been dealt with, and the supply line leaking has been stopped, it is time to look at the underlying causes of the original water problem. Your water mitigation and restoration team will typically check for weak spots or loose joints in the connecting plumbing lines to prevent reoccurrences. If there is a question about the integrity of the line, it is time to address the problem while the area is torn out.

2. Take Immediate Action

An experienced team will immediately remove hidden water from under floors and inside walls. They can then begin checking for signs the liquid soaked into the crawlspace, seeped into lower floors, or trickled along electrical lines. After the pipe burst cleanup or floodwater removal, they will also check for wet insulation, hidden exposed areas, and colonies of mold.

3. Check Structural Damage

Immediate water cleanup can be essential to the structural integrity of your building. If water soaked into the foundation or supporting beams, the wood could swell, split, or harbor mold spores. Your team of experts can check for structural damage and restore or repair the areas as soon as they locate them.

After floodwater or a pipe burst cleanup in Clayton, MO the water mitigation procedures can begin. Locating and removing any additional damage can make sure your property is returned to a safe and secure commercial standard.

How To Prevent Mold From Spreading During Remediation

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Prevent Mold From Spreading During Remediation If your business has a mold growth, then you will likely need to have remediation done to remove it.

If your business has a mold growth in its Clayton, MO building, then you will likely need to have remediation done to remove it. During the mold cleanup process, there are measures that should be taken to ensure that the mold does not spread to other areas of the building. Here are a few ways that you can prevent this.

1. Containing Mold

Because mold spreads via spores, it can be easy to accidentally carry them from one area to another without realizing it. One way to keep this from happening is to use mold containment procedures. While the procedure can vary depending on the area, one common way to prevent further mold contamination is to use a negative air machine. The negative air pressure keeps the spores from moving into clean areas during remediation. Physical items such as tarps can be used as well.

2. Removing and Cleaning Affected Materials

In some cases, you will need to remove and replace building materials during mold cleanup. While antimicrobial and anti-fungal treatments can help reduce the chances of mold reappearing, carpeting and drywall might need to be replaced. Because porous materials hold moisture more easily, they are likely to be more affected by an infestation. If the mold has found its way to other items, such as curtains or furniture, those will need to be cleaned and treated as well.

3. Filtering the Air

In order to remove any floating mold spores in the environment, a mold remediation specialist will use equipment designed to clean the air. This equipment may include HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers which are highly-effective filters used to remove impurities. This will not only prevent the mold from moving to new locations, but it will also remove the musty odors that it causes.

Mold cleanup is an important part of the removal process, but if it is not done correctly, the problem can return or worsen. You should always use a professional service to get the best results.

Welcome to the Team, Kelly!

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

It’s possible you may already know, but the Thole and Lang family SERVPRO’s just added an accomplished member to the team.

Kelly Kordick, of Iowa and Arizona fame, is joining the team as our Manager of Marketing.

Kelly comes with 9 years of experience from an Arizona SERVPRO where she was a meaningful and important part of that team.

During her years in Arizona Kelly established herself as a professional and a major team contributor. Everything that Kelly has accomplished she’s earned herself. She started in the SERVPRO world as a SMR and over time worked herself into the Sales and Marketing Manager role where she continued to thrive.

She has substantial experience in Storm response having been a Storm Team estimator for multiple disasters including Hurricane Sandy and the 2016 Boulder Floods.

Kelly brings a lot to the table and has the skills and that certain “know-how” to help our franchises reach greater heights of success — in other words, 2019 is going to be a good year.

We are proud and excited to have Kelly on the team and we are looking forward to what the future brings.

Thanks for joining me in welcoming Kelly to the team.

-Team Thole and Lang

SERVPRO of Oakville / Mehlville, SERVPRO of Affton / Webster Groves and SERVPRO of Clayton / Ladue

Rely on a Service Provider That is There for You Day or Night

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Rely on a Service Provider That is There for You Day or Night SERVPRO is the preferred provider in Clayton, MO and is the choice of many insurance companies and their adjusters.

Rely On A Service Provider That Is There For You Day Or Night

When a water or fire disaster happens at a business location, it can be a devastating event. Water damage and structural or smoke damage are all huge worries in the world of commerce. As soon as it is discovered, a fire or flooding situation should be reported and SERVPRO should be notified. Their 24 hour service is available any time day or night to help you make your way through a difficult and worrisome time.

1. Always Open

SERVPRO is open on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis to serve their local community of Clayton, MO. This means national or bank holidays, weekends, any time they are needed. There is no waiting overnight for morning. When someone needs to make a frantic call because a disastrous event occurs at a commercial location in the middle of the night, they are ready.

2. Fast Response

When you put in a call a service technician will respond within just 1 hour and will arrive on site in 4 hours or less. These professionals will perform a thorough assessment of the damage and let you know within 8 hours what needs to be done. They understand that extensive damage can be sustained even after the fire is put out or a water main is shut off, and will be there within a few hours to begin assessing the damage.

3. Preferred Provider

Because of their ready availability and best practices, SERVPRO is the preferred provider in Clayton, MO and is the choice of many insurance companies and their adjusters. They can handle any phase from cleanup to repair and understand the need for speed and transparency needed to gain and maintains trust.

Always open day or night, on a 24-hour basis these water and fire remediation professionals are there to meet your needs and can help provide a voice of calm and direction at a very difficult time. They can point you and your business in the right direction and help restore your peace of mind.

What To Do About a Damaged Bathroom Supply Line

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do About a Damaged Bathroom Supply Line When you have supply line damage in your home, it's best to contact a professional for any plumbing or water damage needs.

What To Do About A Damaged Bathroom Supply Line

When your home experiences supply line damage in Clayton, MO you may be wondering what to do. Fortunately, the steps involved are very similar to what you might do for another type of bathroom leak. These include the following important actions.

1. Turning Off the Water Supply

In the event of a supply line leak, the first step should be to turn off the water. This will prevent further flooding and water damage and allow any professional you contact to look at the problem. In many cases, there may be a water shut-off valve to the supply line itself. This will allow you to shut off the water for that particular area rather than to the entire house.

2. Calling a Plumbing Professional

Another step when facing supply line damage is to contact your local plumbing professional. He or she can replace or repair the supply line as needed and check to ensure that no further breaks have occurred elsewhere. Calling in a professional also helps to ensure that the job is done well, and that the correct tools and materials are used.

3. Talking to a Water Damage Professional

If you’re dealing with water damage in your home after a break, you may want to contact a water damage restoration service to check out the area. These professionals can look at the source of the problem, conduct repairs to your home, and help you take any preventive measures needed. They should also look for any related problems that could have led to the supply line breaking in the first place.

When you have supply line damage in your home, it's best to contact a professional for any plumbing or water damage needs. Turning off the water supply to the leaking area may also help. If you have any questions about what happened or how to prevent future problems, your local plumbing or restoration professional may be able to help.