Tips for handling Mold in the Winter
During the winter homes do not get any circulation of fresh air or drying out. That is how most homeowners prevent their homes from coming moldy. However, there are many different ways to prevent mold from forming in your home in the winter. Here are six ways to prevent winter mold.
1. Increase air circulation and reduce humidity
One cheap and simple step to reduce moisture is to use fans and open windows. By increasing the air circulation in rooms, cold air is less likely to condense in nooks and crannies.
2. Keep an eye out for leaks that can let excess moisture
Watch for leaks in common areas such as windows, exterior-to-interior doorways, and the surrounding areas by swamp coolers and skylights.
3. Repair Any Leaky Area Immediately
Mold and mildew can grow at a rapid pace. The longer you leave a leak unattended, the more likely you are to experience mold and the damage that comes with it.
4. Limit the Possible Areas Where Mold and Mildew Can Grow
Since fungi thrive on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing, use strategy when storing these items.
5. Take Care to Keep Entryway Flooring Dry During Wet Weather
In rooms where moisture is a problem, area rugs and other washable floor surfaces are preferred over wall-to-wall carpet, if possible.
6. Use Exhaust Fans in the Kitchen and Bathroom
Boiling water and taking steamy showers provide your home’s environment with plenty of moisture. Make sure not to slack when it comes to turning on exhaust fans, including the one in your oven’s hood, which can help reduce condensation formation.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly wants to make sure all homeowners are preventing mold growth in their homes for the winter.
Pay attention on Turkey Day!
An estimated 2,400 residential fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day in the last 2 years that resulted in 2 deaths, 25 injuries and over $19 million in property damage. At SERVPRO of Burlington County/Mt. Holly we want you to be safe during the holiday season and not become apart of these unfortunate statistics.
If you have taken the role of chef this year for thanksgiving you should know and follow the simple rules to keep your holiday season safe. You should never leave your work station when an appliance is on and working. Always have a fire safety plan and make sure your fire extinguisher is up to code and close by. On a slow cook for your turkey always have a timer set to check in on your food, a house can go up in flames in less than 10 minutes when the setting is right. If you are deep frying your turkey make sure to have your station set up safely and that you use the correct materials when cooking to avoid any accidents.
We at SERVPRO of Burlington County/Mt. Holly want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Strong winds can be deadly
As it turns out you dont need rain for a storm to be dangerous. Strong winds can easily knock down power lines and cause fires that can destroy homes and make life difficult. You cant always plan for when disasters will strike, but you can be prepared for what to do after your home or business has been affected by storm damage. At SERVPRO of Burlington County/ Mt Holly we want you to know that we have years of experience in cleaning up messes that a storm can leave behind. Whether your house is flooded from heavy rains or there's a hole in your roof from a tree falling down we have the equipment and expert man power for the job. We can handle all of your problems quickly and thoroughly to ensure that your normal life whether at home or at your business is back up and running.
Water Leaks cause damage no matter the size!
Water leaks within a business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly understands how disruptive water damages can be for a business. Water leaks can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues. Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss. Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become sick! SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Heavy rains cause for flooded basements and leaky roofs
We are in the middle of tropical storm season, even if we are lucky enough to not get a tropical storm near us we can still feel the affects of storms far away in heavy rain where we are. Heavy rains can quickly find the hole in your roof that you didn't know was there and that could be a disaster if you live on the top floor or use your attic for storage. Rain can also flood a basement as quickly as a 20 min storm. At SERVPRO of Burlington County/ Mt. Holly we want you to know that we are experienced professionals when it comes to restoring your attic or basement back to normal. Be prepared this tropical storm season by knowing who to call when the rain drops start falling on your head.
Detail Cleaning Specialist's!
If you thought that SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly only dealt with the water, fire, and mold damages, you thought wrong. We also specialize in detail cleanups. From local residents to commercial size buildings. Got a dirty rug or large area of carpet, no problem we deal with any size or type. Recently just moved into a new apartment or home and all the appliances are dirty, and there's a nasty odor throughout. We'll have those appliances looking brand new, and a fresh smelling living space in no time. Large buildings have massive air ducts that need cleaning every so often. Our team can get to these hard to reach areas, and have the ducts all clear pushing out clean air. Graffiti can be an issue anywhere, and to many people can be a nuisance, and also offensive. Without proper cleaning tools its almost impossible to fully remove the graffiti. We also detail clean cars of all sizes! SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly has all the right supplies to make it look like the graffiti never happened! So no matter what type of detail cleaning job is needed. SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly can wipe that mess away just like that!
Hoarding can lead to a big fire risk.
We have heard of those crazy shows about individuals hoarding stuff and not wanting to part ways of all the things they have collected over the years. At SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly wants to keep families safe and give them tips in keeping a safe and healthy home. Hoarding is something hazardous when it comes to fire safety for anyone will this problem. The risks of one hoarding can crowd stoves and ovens making very unsafe to cook because of the possibility of something falling into those appliances and starting a fire. Another risk has items to close and crowed near heating equipment like a fireplace or a furnace which is very dangerous if the items were to fall into these kinds of equipment causing it to damage and start a fire. The hoarding of items is a very serious dangerous even when it comes to saving your own life. Firefighters will have a hard time trying to get in your home to rescue you or your loved ones in case of a fire. With stuff being everywhere like in any hoarding situation can make it difficult for a firefighter to navigate in the home. It is important to remember that if you have lots of items in or around your home to keep them at least 3 feet away from cooking appliance like a stove(s) or oven(s) and as well as any heating equipment like furnaces, boilers or fireplace. Just be cautious when your belongings start to build, and think of the risk you are putting you and your family at.
Floods Can Cause Sewage Backup!
Ever own a house or a business and every time there is a heavy downpour the sewage drains come overflowing? Well that can be a major issue and cause some big problems in many ways. SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly is the company to call when faced with this smelly situation. First and foremost it is important to get the source of the issue fixed so the problem does not keep occurring Once the source is fixed SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly can respond to the issue with all the necessary equipment. First all the sewage water/waste will be extracted from the area. Once this is complete a full detailed cleaning will begin on the floors,walls, and any other affected area. This means scrubbing, washing, and spraying everything down to insure that nothing is contaminated, and all the odor is gone. Our experts will leave the place spotless "Like it never even happened."
Keep an eye out for mold in schools!
With the second week of September almost over. All schools should be in full swing of the school year starting. However, there have been many incidents of mold being discovered in schools delaying their start date. This an issue that should be taken care of during the summer break, just because the biggest concern of mold is that it can impact the health in students and teachers. Therefore, it is wise to get your schools treated and eliminate the mold from all the schools at the first sign. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Call SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly for all your mold problems.
Unclean Air Ducts can be a Health Hazard
When was the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? Dust and dander can build up in the corners of your ducts which can lead to a deadly fire throughout your home or business, wreaking havoc and costing a fortune in damages. Not only is unclean air ducts a fire hazard, it is also a health hazard for breathing. Mold can grow in dirty air ducts that can spread throughout the ducts through the air and also be a breathing hazard for you and your family or for you and your coworkers. Vermin are also known to use air ducts to safely travel through a home or business, leaving behind dander and facile matter than can be very harmful. At SERVPRO of Burlington County/Mt. Holly we want you to be healthy whether you're home with the kids or at work. We recommend an annual cleaning for commercial buildings and a semiannual cleaning or checkup for residential air ducts to ensure that your are staying healthy and breathing clean air.