Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas
If you think you might have mold in your home, the longer you wait to investigate, the worse it could get.
You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent
SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation.
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Are You Ready For The Storm?
According to Helen Lowman with FEMA unlike most natural disasters, hurricanes rarely take us by surprise. There’s a season (June 1 – November 30) when forecasters can see hurricanes developing off the coast, hundreds of miles away, and can track them as they move closer to land. However, when they hit, high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes are all part of the hurricane package that can really pack a punch. That’s why if you live in an area where hurricanes are a threat, now is the time to prepare. The following tips can help you get prepared:
- Be prepared if you lose power. If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, this is a first priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage.
Make sure you have extra compatible batteries for your flashlights, radios or any device that can run on battery power
FEMA recommends each person have at least a three day supply of food and water, and more if possible.
Set your freezer and refrigerator to the highest temperature so that it can stay cooler longer if you lose power.
- Have an emergency supply bag. Food, water, medication and batteries are just some of the basic emergency supplies you’ll want to have ready in a “Go Bag” that you can grab quickly before evacuating. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
- Know your community’s evacuation plans. Many communities have designated “evacuation routes” and some even have evacuation zones. You will want to be familiar with these so if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you’ll know exactly where to go.
- Make provisions for your pets. Arrange a place for them to stay if possible. If you are taking them with you locate hotels that are pet friendly and bring their food along.
It only takes a few minutes to prepare for a hurricane! To learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website at ready.gov/prepare.
SERVPRO of Denton is here to help after a hurricane passes to begin the clean-up of your home or commercial building in order to get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. For more information go to www.SERVPROdenton.com or call us at 940-566-2277
When Lightning Strikes
Are You Ready To Be Lightning Safe?
Whether building a new home, remodeling an existing home or even repairing a home that has been damaged, a lightning protection system can be a worthwhile investment, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
Damage caused by lightning, such as fire, is covered by standard homeowners insurance policies; and some policies provide coverage for damage from power surges that are the direct result of a lightning strike.
“Lightning losses were $790 million in 2015 and the average cost per claim rose 64 percent from 2010 to 2015,” explained Loretta Worters, a vice president with the I.I.I. “The $3,000 or $4,000 it will cost to install a lightning protection system could prevent a deadly house fire and save on costly repairs,” she added.
The growing market for smart home technology makes installing a lightning protection system even more important, noted the I.I.I. It is also an opportunity for designers, builders and code officials to include lightning protection systems in their plans.
“Just as smart homes provide the ultimate in safety and comfort, lightning protection systems ensure that state-of-the-art home automation systems aren’t damaged by direct or nearby lightning strikes,” said Kimberly Loehr, director of Communications for the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI). “Lightning’s harmful surges can damage these internal building systems, which can be quite expensive to restore.”
A lightning protection system does not attract lightning, a common misconception, noted the LPI. Lightning will strike a location whether there is lightning protection in place or not. A lightning protection system directs the harmful current from a lightning strike to the ground, leaving the structure and its contents undamaged.
“Keep in mind lightning protection system design and installation is complex and not a do-it-yourself project,” said Loehr. “Installation is not typically within the scope of expertise held by general contractors, roofers or even electricians--which is why the work is typically sub-contracted out to specialists.”
Always hire an LPI-certified expert who specializes in lightning protection and utilizes UL-listed components and equipment to install your system, and make sure the materials and methods comply with national safety standards. Use the LPI’s “Find An Installer” tool to locate an LPI-certified lightning protection system installer in your area.
“If you contract to install a lightning protection system, keep the receipt and let your insurance professional know about this improvement. That will ensure it is included in the cost of rebuilding your home should a disaster occur,” said Worters. “It may even help reduce your insurance costs.”
SERVPRO of DENTON specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277. To learn more about SERVPRO at http://www.SERVPROdenton.com
When Water Damage Affects Your Business
Let SERVPRO of Denton Help You When When it Counts Most!
Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
About SERVPRO of Denton
SERVPRO of Denton specializes in every area of the water damage event starting at extraction, the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our SERVPRO team is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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When Disaster Strikes
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Denton will have a Professional on-site to help ensure the water damage is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO of Denton Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.
SERVPRO of Denton Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contens, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step
To help ensure your home or business
and belongings are dried to appropriate
industry standards, a SERVPRO of Denton Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be
consistently communicated to you.
SERVPRO of Denton Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted
with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.
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Crime Scene Clean Up Near Denton, Tx
Crime scene cleanup isn't something anyone wants to think about and hopefully never experiences.
If a crime scene clean up or suicide clean up is needed, SERVPRO of Denton has a team equipped, trained and licensed to do so. Our team will be discreet and work with you on your needs. Currently, we work with several local police departments for their crime scene clean ups and bio-hazard needs. SERVPRO of Denton understands that when tragedy happens, it is unexpected and the goal is t o get you back in your home as quickly as you are ready.
Shopping Center Fire
Local coffee house in Denton, TX on the Denton Square was affected by a neighboring business that shares adjoining walls.
Fire preparedness, although necessary, won't always prevent a fire. Have you, a business owner, thought about what would happen if your Denton County business was damaged by fire or water but indirectly? What if a neighboring business, maybe in the same strip mall or shopping center, caught on fire? Your business may never be affected by fire but smoke damage can put you temporarily out of business. Smoke damage and the lingering smell it leaves, can be treated. Call SERVPRO of Denton if you have any smoke damage.
Making your Office a Comfortable Work Environment.
If you have a busy office, you may notice that over time, the carpets become dirty and stained. When this happens you can call SERVPRO of Denton and we can clean your carpets and upholstery, making it like new.
What about the areas you don't see? It's easy to determine that your carpets and upholstery need to be cleaned; you see these things everyday. What about your air ducts and HVAC system? Maybe because you cannot see the dirt and dust, it's not often thought about.
Air duct and cleaning of your HVAC system can possibly, extend the life span of your system. By cleaning your system, you help eliminate the amount of dust and mold circulating throughout your building and provide cleaner and better smelling air. Mold can cause negative health affects but with preventive maintenance and cleaning, you can help control this!
SERVPRO of Denton Smoke and Soot Cleanup
This home smelled heavily of smoke and the contents of the home were taken back to SERVPRO of Denton to start cleaning.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Denton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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What Kids Need to Know about Fire Safety
SERVPRO of Denton knows that community involvement is the best way to help with fire awareness.
The team at SERVPRO of Denton visited a local school to help teach the students and staff about the dangers of a fire, safety tips and what to do after a fire.
- Create a safety plan with your child and make a meeting point.
- Act out and practice what to do in a fire.
- Update your plan regularly with exits and updated contact numbers.
Having a plan, could save your life. You won't know when or if a fire will start but you can make sure your home and family are prepared in case this happens. If you need additional help call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277 and we can happily, point you in the direction of additional fire safety resources!