Mildew Vs Mold
The difference in color of Mildew and mold is mildew is white, where mold can be one many color, red, green, blue, orange or black, depending on the species. Mildew usually stays on the surface of the material on which it grows, removing it can be simple if the surface can be scrubbed with a cleaning solution in a well-ventilated area. Mildew can be thought of as annoying and as an indication that there is too much moisture in the area. On the other hand, mold infiltrates surfaces that have been exposed to humidity or water. It is best to allow professionals at SERVPRO of Brickell to step in and make an assessment. The first step is to identify the source of moisture and address it. Materials like wallpaper and drywall are likely to require replacement. Once the mold growth has been removed, there are products on the market that inhibit regrowth. Keeping a home as dry as possible can prevent mold and mildew growth.
With the Holidays just having finished, and July 4th coming up. We thought now would be the best time to drop some knowledge. Fireworks can bring several dangers if mishandled incorrectly. Some of those dangers include severe injuries or death and fires. The possibility of starting a fire is especially high when in a drought year.
There are several ways to prevent injury and fires when using fireworks.
- Follow any and all local laws, rules, or regulations regarding fireworks.
- Keep a hose and a metal bucket full of water near the site where you are shooting off fireworks.
- When the fireworks are done going off, dispose of them in the metal bucket of water and leave them over night.
- Keep the metal bucket of water away from any structures or vehicles in an area where it won’t be blown over by the wind.
- Fireworks should only be shot off under direct adult supervision. Children should never be given fireworks.
- Do not light fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Light one firework off at a time and quickly get out of the way before it goes off.
- Never light fireworks indoors or in a garage or near buildings or vehicles.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
People are not the only ones that fireworks affect. Pets have very sensitive hearing so keep them indoors during any and all fireworks shows. This will keep them from getting hurt in their confusion and fear.
Here is a basic list of items you should have in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit for when you need a bit of help surviving.
- An evacuation route plan.
- A first aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Drinking water
- Canned foods & can opener
- Propane stove & propane
- A whistle
- Cell phone chargers
To find out more about what exactly should be in your list as well as a more detailed plan to building the kit and designing your protocols visit https://www.ready.gov/kit
If you or someone you know does need help putting your home back together after a disaster call SERVPRO of Brickell. We have the knowledge and manpower to do the job right the first time. Reach us at 305-643-0710
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?
While every home is different, most homes should have the carpet cleaned a minimum of once a year. We usually recommend every 6 months though. This will help keep your carpets in great condition, especially if you have children, pets or heavy traffic. The amount of traffic your carpet receives will determine how often vacuuming is necessary. Vacuuming a few times per week reduces the dirt that is likely to end up in the roots of your carpet. Spot cleaning is also an essential part of keeping your floors clean. Having your carpets cleaned can help eliminate microorganisms that come from things like dust mites, food particles, soil, pollen and bacteria, improving the indoor air quality of your home and adding to the life of your carpets, helping you have a healthier home.
Different Types of Mold
There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.
Hazard Class A - Class A molds are classified as the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this type of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers it brings up.
Hazard Class B – Class B is less hazardous than Class A molds but, can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.
Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage to your home if left untouched.
If mold is present in your home, then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate any possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Brickell will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property.
Preventing Carpet Mold
If you’ve recently had a flood or a leak, no matter the size, it is a cause for concern for mold in the carpet. For mold, it doesn’t take much water for it to become harmful and spread, all it needs is a bit of moisture for it to grow. Mold can cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems, allergies, etc. Here are a few tips to prevent carpet mold after a flood or leak.
Act fast by drying it up as quickly as possible. Use fans to speed up the process as this will not only help the carpet dry, but also circulate the air in the room. Be aware that it can take a few days for the fans to dry the water damaged area, be sure to keep them running for 24 hours until the carpet is dry.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are machines that will remove excess moisture in the room. They help make the air feel cooler and helps limit the growth of mold. The machine will help dry out the air and ground helping to speed up the dry time for your carpeted floors
Hire a Water Damage Cleanup Service
Companies that specialize in water damage cleanup can help get rid of the water fast. They have the tools and equipment needed to remove the water and help ensure mold and mildew don’t begin to spread. These services can help your carpets smell fresh again without any trace of the musky water damage odor.
What to Do After Sewage Backup?
A sewage backup is one of the most unpleasant incidents that can occur inside of a home; it can cause property damage and health problems. Also, it is extremely difficult to deal with. Cleaning up sewer backup requires a lot of time and effort, as well as specialized disinfecting products and purification techniques. Raw sewage cleanup is especially risky as it not only causes a lot of hassle and inconveniences, but also presents a variety of health hazards (sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause serious diseases) and sanitation issues. Professional help is your best option in these situations, but you can do a few things to limit the extent of the damage before the experts arrive.
There are important measures to take after a sewage backup in order to prevent the damage from spreading:
- Keep children and pets away from the affected area
- Wear protective equipment – i.e. rubber gloves, rubber boots, impervious coveralls, protective eye wear, and a face-mask
- Switch off the electrical power to your home.
- Turn off any running water
- Open doors and windows to allow fresh air inside
- Take any un-contaminated items away from the affected area
- Add small amounts of chlorine bleach to standing water to ensure some disinfection
- Notify your insurance company that there has been a sewage spill in your home
- Call a professional water damage restoration company. The quick and efficient intervention of the experienced technicians will save you a lot of time and effort and will provide the most appropriate, safest, and cost-effective solution to the problem. Besides, most sewage cleanup companies offer not only water extraction, but also quality repair works, odor removal, and content cleanup, so you will have all the aspects of the restoration process taken care of when using professional sewage cleanup services.
When a mop isn't enough
SERVPRO of Brickell is trained to safely clean and restore your customer's home, utilizing the following procedures:
- Identify the Source/Type of Water
- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises
- Perform Emergency Water Extraction
- Move and Block Furniture
- Provide Floor Service
- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service
- Apply Necessary Treatments
- Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Drying
- Dispose of Refuse
About SERVPRO of Brickell
SERVPRO of Brickell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Brickell at (305) 643-0710. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
What not to do After a Storm
With hurricanes it is hard to be certain which path they will take. Even with Florida weather meteorologists coming close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.
- Don’t tape windows - it does almost no good and it is a mess to try and take off.
- Don’t run generators indoors - the carbon monoxide the generators emit can become deadly within minutes. Also, you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.
- Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors - the carbon monoxide and fire risks are high. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.
- Don’t walk or drive in flood waters - the waters can contain snakes, alligators, downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.
- Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given - rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced, your life can not.
If you own a generator for power outages during severe weather storms, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:
Never use a generator, grill, stove, or any other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
Opening doors or windows and using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.
Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.