Mold Spores Are In The Air
Did you know that mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors? This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to it natural or baseline level.
*Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
* Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors o your clothing or a pet.
*Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. There 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 an 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 Rolla is specialized in training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If you See Signs of Mold, don't hesitate and give SERVPRO of Rolla a call, 573-368-5555.
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What to Do and What Not to Do
If you see visible mold, do NOT disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscope mold spores with become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
*Stay out of the affected areas.
*Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
*Contact SERVPRO of Rolla for mold remediation services.
What NOT to Do:
*Don't touch or disturb the mold.
*Don't blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
*Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
* Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
***Here are some helpful tips if you see signs of mold in your home.
SERVPRO of Rolla is here to help, 24/7.
Continuing Education Classes
Our Missouri State Director, Richard teaching the CE Class
Continuing Education Classes
SERVPRO of Rolla offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
- Restorative Drying for Loss Control
- Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)
SERVPRO of Rolla offers Continuing Education Classes twice a year at no cost, free lunch, and informational pamphlets. We will send out a notice to the agents office and put our notice online about two months ahead of time. Anyone is welcomed to attend the Continuing Education Classes. Our Missouri State Director, Richard will tech the class and will provide you with so much knowledge of mitigation.
Lightning Safety Tips
Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips.
* Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
*If you do get caught outside, avoid high grounds, open spaces, and all metal objects including eclectic wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
* If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.
There were a few safety tips for you. Please be safe when you see lightning in the sky, it can strike you at any time.
Bloodborne Pathogens Training
SERVPRO of Rolla does a training every year on Bloodborne Pathogens. Here is a little knowledge and information for you.
Bloodborne Pathogens are bacteria, viruses or diseases that are transmitted by contact with human blood and other potentially infectious materials (such as semen, vaginal secretions, amniotic fluid, etc.) from infected person to another person. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immune-deficiency Virus (HIV) are three of the most widely known bloodborne pathogens.
Urine, feces, vomitus, and saliva are not known to transmit bloodborne pathogens unless they contain visible blood.
You cannot tell by looking at someone if he/she is infected; therefore all employees should be trained on how to safely clean up a spill of potentially infectious materials using "Universal Precautions", which treat all bodily fluids as if they were infectious. Doing so ensures that no one is exposed during clean-up.
Unless you have attended a Bloodborne Pathogens Training class, DO NOT touch or attempt to clean-up:
* Human Blood
* Used Condoms
* Needles and Syringes
* Any bodily fluid mixed with visible blood.
Please never try to clean up or take care of any Bloodborne Pathogens unless you are properly trained. SERVPRO of Rolla is properly rained and has the right PPE to do the job. SERVPRO is here 24/7, (573) 368-5555.
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Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer
Just a little information on carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas you can not see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.
However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.
Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
For addition CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.
A frozen pipe at the Hotel
SERVPRO of Rolla drying equipment placed for drying out the executive center
A frozen busted pipe caused this hotel in St. Robert, MO to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind. SERVPRO of Rolla was called in to clean up the aftermath! The hotel did not stop operating and needed us to keep it going as smoothly as possible for their customers. SERVPRO had to work around customers and hotel workers coming in and out, just like it was a normal day. A big potion of the hotel was affected and need a quick respond and quick turn around with little removal. The picture below shows SERVPRO'S equipment placed and the right drying system set up for dry out. After everything was completely dried out SERVPRO came back in and cleaned all the carpet. The owner was thrilled!
SERVPRO of Rolla is always here to help, 24/7.
Picture of the basement after the fire
A electrical fire caused this house in Bunker, MO to catch fire and leave the homeowners with little left of their belongings. This before picture show the mess left behind and the extent of all the damage the fire did. SERVPRO of Rolla was called in to clean up the aftermath! SERVPRO of Rolla did a complete pack out of any salvageable items and a pack out of all non salvageable items with keeping a photo and a inventory list of everything. The owners didn't think anything was salvageable and was thrilled to find out some of their belongings were salvageable.
SERVPRO of Rolla uses assured packout to keep inventory of everything so at the end the customer will received a list as well. SERVPRO of Rolla is always here to help, 24/7
The Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. SERVPRO of Rolla technicians are all certified in water, so what that being said they know the science behind the process of drying. If your property or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Rolla will...
Here is some helpful tips and some facts about drying...
*Inspect the building/structure to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
* Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
* Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
You ask what does, "speed up Mother Nature" mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, SERVPRO has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.
When living in Missouri you never know what your going to get. Weather changes so much in Missouri you can have all four seasons in one week. Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. *A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. **Here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing.
*Be sure to completely drain water from the swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
*Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
*When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
*Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
SERVPRO of Rolla is always here to help, 24/7