Mold doesn't have to be a scary thing!
In recent years, mold seems to be a buzzword in DIY world that people freak out about. They make you feel like it is everywhere in your home! There is no need to freak out but instead become informed.
Mold is naturally occurring and as the years progress our houses become better sealed up from outside air. This reduces ventilation and increases the opportunities for mold to occur if the environment is warm, wet or humid.
Mold on drywall and wood can be dealt with by removing and replacing the affected area and is a great solution as long as the humidity, water leaks and temperature is taken care of. The most important factor with removing and replacing is that the area is contained and that there are air scrubbers that can clean the air and remove airborne mold spores. If air scrubbers are not used then the removal will allow all the mold spores to become airborne, which can be filtered through an HVAC system all through the house.
Mold on tile and tubs can be treated by store purchased Mold Stain removers. This is only for a small area and these removers should not be used on wood/drywall.
If you watch DIY shows they make you feel like mold is everywhere! We hope that a little information goes a long way to calm your mold fears!
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North does free inspections to check on any of your mold concerns, just keep calm and give us a call.
Tools for Water Detection
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North knows the right tools for the job are important and understanding how to use them to dry a structure and property effectively is even more crucial. The right tool is vital for timely mitigation and to help get the business up and running again.
Water can damage in two ways - absorption through direct contact and absorption of moisture from the air. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North must understand how to alter humidity and temperature levels to produce an environment favorable for drying.
Our technicians have to locate the areas affected by water and to what extent moisture has been absorbed. To do this they can use:
Moisture Sensors - detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls
Moisture Meters - determines actual moisture content of materials
Thermohygrometers - measure temperature and relative humidity which helps calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.
All these tools help us start the process of making it "Like it never even happened."
Fixing the Mold Moisture Source
When SERVPRO of Milwaukee North gets called into a mold job one of our first questions is, where did the water or moisture that contributed to the mold come from? Many times it was a leaky roof or leaky pipe that went unnoticed for a length of time or a water loss that was cleaned up incorrectly. The second question is, did the water problem get fixed? This is a very important question as if we do a mold mitigation job and the water source is not fixed the mold will come back! As a restoration company that guarantees all our work, we cannot guarantee anything on a mold mitigation job if a water source is not fixed! So we are more than happy to wait for our customers to fix the water problem before we help them out!
As a fire restoration company we have seen our share of fires and reasons for fires. So lets talk about cigarettes...
Cigarette fires cause close to 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the united states, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That records just the death and injuries but what about loss of property...not just property but also nature as wildfires can be caused by cigarettes not disposed of properly especially during a drought.
In the cold of winter many smokers go to their garage instead of outside. How many chemicals do you store in your garage? If you smoke just outside your garage where do you put the cigarette?
We know from experience the damage cigarettes can do, if you choose to do it, use caution as we would rather not have to come clean up your house from destruction contributed to a cigarette!
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is certified as a SERVPRO, Inc. Large Loss Provider! Being a Large Loss franchise doesn't come easy, first you need training on every step of a large loss. Then you need to make a significant financial investment of stocking the franchise with hundreds of desiccants and even more hundreds of air movers and for this you also need storage space. For SERVPRO of Milwaukee North that means shelves up as high as we can get them of equipment. Another investment is a commercial grade desiccant that usually is on a flat bed (and has to be pulled by something capable). This desiccant has the ability to dry out large buildings in hours instead of days and is crucial when a commercial business faces downtime due to a water loss. Along with all this equipment and our experience, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is ready to tackle any loss!
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is proud to be the large loss SERVPRO in Wisconsin!
With mold remediation, there are a few things that have to be done but one of the most important things is called containment. Our technicians make a sealed off section with plastic around the area to be remediated in order to prevent mold spores from traveling to other places. In this sealed off area the demolition and the removing of affected material begins. During the demo, mold spores will be in the air so an air scrubber is run during and after the whole process to ensure that no renegade mold spores survive. Any affected materials are put in a sealed bag to be removed and disposed of and technicians have to be vacuumed to be sure no mold spores exit containment with them. After the job is done, containment is broken down and disposed of properly. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North guarantees our work so sticking to these steps helps us do the job right!
Sump Pump Knowledge
If you have a sump pump, most the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. Power outages, failure and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems. Another is knowing how old is your sump pump?? Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced every 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.
Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house. Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!
Home Maintenance Helps Prevent Water Loss
Ah the joys of homeownership, it is never-ending! Here are a few things you can do in your home to lower your chances of getting water damage.
- Do ceiling, attic and shingle checks routinely so you can catch a small problem before it becomes a BIG problem.
- Check your downspouts. They should point away from your house so water flows away and not toward your foundation.
- Check your sump pump yearly and know when it needs to be replaced whether you think it needs to or not.
- Plants are nice but some have very evasive root systems that can wreak havoc.
- If your water bill is unusual, there might be a leak that needs to be addressed.
- Clean your gutters. This is very important to prevent overflow onto your roof and ice dams in the winter.
- Grease goes in the garbage NOT down your drain!
- Do regular inspects of hoses or water lines on wash machines, dish washers and refrigerators and corrosion on hot water heaters.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North has over 20 years of experience responding to damage situations and are available 24/7. We are one of over 1600 franchises nationwide that are locally and independently owned and operated. Local & family owned out of Menomonee Falls, WI, we work hard to restore your property and contents to make it "Like it never even happened." with our great mitigation crews and fantastic rebuild department.
- We rely on our quick response which may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants.
- Restoration services can help business owners resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.
- Professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.
- We work with your insurance for a stress free claims process.
- Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration by SERVPRO corporate and IICRC-industry certification classes.
Water Damage - Commercial
When it comes to any mitigation work in a commercial setting, getting it done fast and right is essential. A definite bonus to those items is being able to work quickly enough to save the content of the business like furniture, desks and computers. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is in the business of restoring items....not throwing it away and buying a new one. If an item can be saved or restored to like-new status it is worth the time to do so. This is especially important to our customers and also the insurance company.
We take extra special care to protect items from damage while we do work, whether that is content shifting and covering items at the loss or boxing it up to clean up back at our shop. Our content specialists do amazing clean-up on a wide variety of materials and types of damage.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is very proud of keeping the "restore" in restoration!