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Mold Continuing Education

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Every month we host a continuing education course here at our facility for insurance agents and adjusters. They are usually between 2 and 4 hours and listed below is what you would learn if you come to the mold course:

The insurance professional will gain a better understanding of how mold affects today’s society. They will also become more aware of the different entities that participate in the mold restoration industry.

The insurance professional will learn about mold, mold growth requirements and the goals of mold remediation followed by professional vendors. They will also be educated on the science of mold and the dangers/health effects of mold exposure.

Insurance professionals will gain a better understanding of the processes professional vendors use to complete mold remediation projects, including the guidelines recommended by leaders in the mold industry.

The insurance professional will learn the procedures that must take place if any mold remediation is to happen. They will also gain an awareness of common issues related to mold property damages, including education on typical remediation cost parameters and the responses to the mold issue.

Managing Mold Part One

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call your local SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Content Cleaning

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

When faced with the reality of a house fire, one of the hardest things to deal with is the damage to the contents of the home.  Pictures, furniture, clothing and other items are part of the memories made throughout the years, and in many cases can be restored as opposed to replaced.  Through modern technologies such as an Esporta washing system, ultra sonic machine, and electronics cleaning, many items are able to be restored to pre loss condition.  If you are face with horrific nightmare of a house fire give us a call, our highly trained staff can walk you through what can be restored and what needs to be replaced.  We understand that your number one goal is the get your home "Like it never even happened."

After the Fire

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

In many cases the burden of a residential fire is far from over after the local fire department has extinguished the flames.  Homeowners are face with many decisions to properly secure and restore their homes.  Here at SERVPRO we offer many services to help in your time of need.

Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • HVAC Services
  • Hardwood Floor RepairLinoleum Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space

If you and your family are affected by a fire, we are always here to help and look forward to serving you in anyway we can.

Facts about Mold

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are almost everywhere, indoor and outdoors alike. This fact makes it impossible to remove all all traces of mold from a residence.  However it is possible to create an environment that makes it difficult for mold spore to take root and multiply in your home.  At SERVPRO we take all necessary steps to reduce the spores present in your home to a natural level. The following are some facts about mold and how to help prevent it.   

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are very small and are present in the air and may enter your home through a variety of ways including through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or sometimes on people or pets that come inside.
  • Mold spores need Moisture and heat to grow and spread therefore lowering the temperature and humidity in your home will help, discouraging the spread of growth.
  • One of the first signs of mold is musty smell it gives off.  Often times the smell of mold will tip off homeowners of mold growth before visually appearing.

Water Heater Energy Saving Tips

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Use your hot water efficiently each month. Your water heater is the second-largest energy user in your home.

Insulate your electric water heater with one of several insulating blankets on the market. The blankets generally have an R-value of 4.5 and fit easily around the tank. You can also use paper-backed or foil-backed fiberglass batts. These batts are sold in a variety of thicknesses and are available at most building supply stores.

Increase the insulation around your electric water heater to decrease heat lost to the surrounding air. The thicker the insulation you use, the more energy you will save.

Purchase an energy-efficient water heater to save energy in the long-term.

Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 140°; 120° if you don't use a dishwasher. Turning down the temperature of your water heater allows it to consume less energy. Upon installation, your water heater is typically set at a higher temperature than necessary.

Install low-flow fixtures to use less water per minute.

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Energy Saving Heating & Cooling Tips

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Clean or change your HVAC filters regularly for proper performance. Doing this can save you 5-15 percent in energy costs. Dirty air filters make your AC work harder than it should and reduces air flow. Take note of when to change your air filter along with the size, so you are ready to purchase new ones when the time comes.

Change air filters more frequently if you have pets.

Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room to cut back unnecessary energy usage.

Set the thermostat and then forget it. If you change the temperature often during the day, you are more likely to waste energy.

Have your equipment checked by a qualified dealer each year before the heating or cooling season begins. Even the best insulated home will waste energy unless special attention is given to the efficiency of its mechanical equipment.

Get your duct system inspected and repaired if necessary.

Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.

Choose to buy new equipment instead of repairing it if it’s more than 15 years old and has had continuing major repairs. Today's energy-efficient equipment can save enough in operating costs to make up quickly for the initial expense. Consider a heat pump, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available today.

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The M word

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

There are literally thousands of known mold species in this world and its safe to say there are likely a few unknown.  It is used in medicines and have helped to cure sickness for many years.  However,  for many homeowners the word mold is a 4 letter word a curse, and for some deadly.  Mold is a fungus whose spores are literally everywhere. It is in the air, on clothes, pets, and when it finds the right combination of temperature, moisture and an organic host such as drywall, it can be a format-able foe for homeowners.  Although most species are not deadly,  it can cause respiratory issues such as asthma.  If you find yourself dealing with Mold with in your home,  SERVPRO will be happy to get the M word under control.             

The M word

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

There are literally thousands of known mold species in this world and its safe to say there are likely a few unknown.  It is used in medicines and have helped to cure sickness for many years.  However,  for many homeowners the word mold is a 4 letter word a curse, and for some deadly.  Mold is a fungus whose spores are literally everywhere. It is in the air, on clothes, pets, and when it finds the right combination of temperature, moisture and an organic host such as drywall, it can be a format-able foe for homeowners.  Although most species are not deadly,  it can cause respiratory issues such as asthma.  If you find yourself dealing with Mold with in your home,  SERVPRO will be happy to get the M word under control.             

Hurricane Season

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

  • Stayed informed
  • Plan for evacuation
  • Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage

For more information check out www.fema.gov