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Mold Can Cause Allergies

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fall is right around the corner, and while for some that means cooler temperatures, but for others is means that allergy season is coming quick. Fall is best known for ragweed pollen. With all the dry leaves, grass, and hay, these are home to several different types of mold spores and other pollen. The allergy seasons can be so unpredictable and can vary from year to year on how intense they are. Ragweed is the most common culprit of fall allergies. Ragweed is a type of plant that grows in the South, Northeast, and Midwest regions of the United States. Peak ragweed seasons runs through mid-August all the way through October. In addition to ragweed, pollen from other plants, trees, and grass can trigger a person’s allergies. Mold can also be a culprit during the autumn months. Here are some tips to help you easily manage your fall allergies!

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Maintenance your yard regularly (raking leaves, mowing)
  • Keep windows shut
  • Shower after being outdoors to keep pollen down inside your home
  • Call SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties if you notice mold growth in your home or business!

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

The worst thing that can happened after a water emergency, is letting the water sit for a period of time. The longer the water sits in your home or business, the more damage that is actually being caused. When you notice water damage, the first thing you need to do is locate the source of the problem. Once the problem has been located, the next step is to get the water shut off. If the problem exists in place you cannot physically reach or get to, you will need to call a plumber. Once the water has been shut off, call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to come out and assess the problem. Our professional experts will be able to make it “Like it never even happened." It might be hard to spot a water damage at first, but here are some key signs to look for:

  • Water rings on the ceiling and walls
  • Soft/sagging ceilings and walls
  • Wet and soggy carpets
  • Warping in floors

We would be happy to help with any water damage needs you might face. Give us a call today!

Flooded Basement? No Problem.

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

You go down to your basement to pull out some old boxes to go through, and you notice there is standing water. You’re unsure why this happened, or how? What do you do now? A basement can flood at any time- especially after a heavy rainfall. Besides storms, there are many other reasons as to why your basement would be flooded. Here are some more reasons why:

  • Storm sewer back up
  • Blocked or failed sewer pipe
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply line break
  • Hot water tank failure

If the flooding is not handle quickly and properly, it can lead to many serious health and safety issues. The sitting water can also cause major structure damage to your home. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

Call the pros at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties! We respond faster to any size disaster. We are available all day, every day. Do not hesitate. We are here to help!

Do You Know Your Policy?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold, that is something that is not usually covered in your insurance policy. There are many different reasons for this. Most policies will say that mold is only covered if it is from another covered danger. What this means is, if a leaky or busted piped in your bathroom causes mold growth, then that would be covered under your policy. Mold that has formed from high humidity in your home, or a flood, then it would not be covered. Insurance companies see those things as maintenance that the homeowner would be responsible for.

Most insurance companies want to keep costs down for all homeowners so they can protect their homes. They do this by not covering things like mold, etc. If the homeowner does want mold coverage, they will have to pay a premium for that.

SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties can help give you peace of mind if you discover mold growing in your home. Don’t panic, and call the guys in green. We are always here to help. Call us today at 205-387-7656!

We are the Cleaning Professionals!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

A clean office is a happy office. There is a great difference between your every day cleaning of the office, and a good, deep general cleaning of your office. You and your staff might not even notice the set in dirt and grime on the carpets and floors. Once there are set in soils, the job and work goes way beyond what your every day janitorial staff can tackle. You need to call the cleaning professionals so that we can make it “Like it never even happened”.  When you call SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties you will be met with prompt and courteous service. You can find out more about our general commercial cleaning and our specialty cleaning by calling us at our office number which is 206-387-7656. We are always here to help! No job is too big or too small.

School is in Session

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

School is back in session and parents, students, and teachers are in checklist mode making sure every little thing is being taken care of. Students are making sure they have all their back to school clothes, backpacks, and supplies. Teachers are making sure their classrooms are ready to go and their agendas and curriculum is ready to be taught. In the midst of all the new year chaos, have you thought about safety while in the classroom?

As a parent, your main focus is to make sure their child is safe and protected. As a teacher, their main focus is to make sure their student are learning and succeeding throughout the year. As a professional hero, SERVPRO’s main focus is to make sure everyone is prepared and ready for when a disaster might strike. We want to make sure your school and community is safe.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to safety. Follow these 3 simple steps to ensure you have a safe school year.

1. Make a Safety Checklist

  • Check all alarms regularly
  • Practice Fire Drills/Tornado Drills
  • Make sure all exits are clear
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Check water pipes for potential leaks
  • Check for fire hazards

2. Be Proactive

By being a forward thinker, there is something you can do to prevent a lot of damage to your property. SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties can help with out Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). The ERP is a tool for property managers and owners. This simple tool will help you know what to do, while minimizing business interruption, while having a plan of action.

3.Contact SERVPRO

Choose SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties to ensure your classroom and school are safely equipped in the event that disaster strikes. We pride ourselves on safety, and we are always here to help.

We are the Mold Heroes

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can spread rapidly throughout you Walker/Winston County business as quickly as two days. If you suspect or see mold growth, follow these simple emergency ready tips to help control the situation until help arrives!

Test your knowledge and see what you know and what you don’t know when it comes to mold.

MYTH 1:

Mold is always dangerous and toxic.

MYTH 2:

A small amount of mold usually doesn’t mean there is a major issue.

FACT 1:

Any sources of water or moisture that is causing the mold, must addressed or the mold will continue to return. 

FACT 2:

Mold is nearly omnipresent where it is indoors or outdoors.

Here are some simple tips to follow if you find mold growing in your home or business.

What to do:

  • Stay out of areas that have been affected
  • Turn off HVAC unit
  • Give SERVPRO of Walker and Winston Counties a call

What not to do:

  • Do not touch or disturb any of the mold, this will cause it to spread
  • Do not have any air blow over the affected areas
  • Do not try and clean the affected areas with bleach or other disinfectants

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

A smoke detector is such a small, simple device that can potentially save your life. Making sure you have these installed in your homes can keep you and your family safe if a fire were to ever break out. 

Here’s some quick facts from the American Red Cross:

  • Roughly 7 people die, a day, in house fires
  • Every 40 minutes there is an injury reported that is related to a fire
  • It is estimated that there is roughly $7 billion in property damage each year 

The National Fire Protection Association suggest that a smoke detector be installed in every bedroom, every hallway, and on every level of your home. If you have a larger home, you might need to up the amount of smoke detectors depending on room locations, etc. It is important to have these strategically placed throughout your home, so that everyone would be able to hear them no matter where they are located throughout the house. It’s also imperative to check the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a year. 

In the event of a house fire, SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties is there for any clean up needs!

What's the Difference Between Mitigation & Restoration?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

If your business has experienced a water or fire damage, you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Walker County to help get your building back to normal. Once the process starts, you will probably start to hear some words being used that you are not used to. Two major words are- mitigation and restoration. What do these words mean, though? Keep reading to find out.

Mitigation

Mitigation is the first line of defense after the building has been damaged. The process in mitigation includes stabilizing the situation before any more damage could occur. SERVPRO of Walker County responds quickly and takes specific steps such as:

  • Inspecting the damage
  • Making sure the structure is stable
  • Boarding up any windows
  • Setting up tarps
  • Removing belongings
  • Storing other property
  • Extracting any water

Depending on the damage, additional work might be required. This is where restoration would come into play.

Restoration

SERVPRO of Walker County is responsible for bringing your commercial property back to the state it was in before the damage took place Once the mitigation process has been completed, the repairing of any structural damage can now begin. This includes wiping down and sanitizing the structure, replacing dry wall, painting, and many other things that would be required.

Carbon Monoxide is the Silent Killer

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is emitted into the air when fuel has not burned completely. There are many different fuel sources that include propane, oil, gasoline, and even wood. If you are in a kitchen setting, the gas stove tops could be a danger, too, if not used properly. 

Since carbon monoxide is not easy to detect by the human eyes, ears, or nose, it can kill a person within minutes. This is why it get's the nickname "the silent killer". Carbon monoxide messes with the oxygen in your blood, and will start to shut down your vital organs due to improper blood flow. This will eventually kill someone by suffocation. 

It is important to make sure you know how to properly use a fuel-burning piece of equipment. Always read the user's manual before using, to ensure proper usage. Never use a fuel burning piece of equipment indoors- there is just not enough proper ventilation for that. Lastly, make sure you are checking the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and that you are changing those out at least twice a year.