Commercial Water Disaster Restoration
Quite often, water disasters strike when you least expect it.
Even if you have prior information about an impending flood, there isn’t much you can do to prevent a natural disaster, even if you are as prepared as possible.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should just stand and watch your hard-earned assets go down the drain.
With an experienced water damage restoration partner such as SERVPRO, you can cut down on the losses without breaking the bank. Our experts combine years of experience in water damage restoration with unrivaled professionalism to effectively restore your home or business premises to its pre-flood condition.
So when disaster strikes, don’t take on the burden of water damage restoration and dealing with insurance companies all by yourself.
It's always best to hire a professional.
Hire a company that knows how to handle insurance claims as well as clean up your business premises quickly and effectively.
Why Choose SERVPRO for Commercial Water Restoration?
SERVPRO is an industry-leading cleaning and damage mitigation service provider. We specialize mainly in the restoration of property following fire and water hazards. Our services include mold removal, soot cleaning, and mitigation of mildew.
We don’t just mitigate disaster, we also handle the necessary paperwork required to make an insurance claim.
Since every disaster is unique, our prices vary. However, you shouldn’t worry about breaking the bank if you choose us, because our services are all pocket-friendly.
There are tons of other reasons that make SERVPRO your trusted commercial restoration partner. Here are a few:
1. Right Tools for the Job
When a water disaster strikes, it brings with it things like molds growth, carpet delamination, damage to hardwood floors, bad odors, and other forms of damages.
Therefore, you need a commercial restoration service provider who not only understands what it means to deal with water damage, but also has the right tools to for the job.
SERVPRO is the number one commercial restoration service provider in Rutherford County. We have the labor, expertise, and equipment to handle water hazards of all sizes, from small floods caused by plumbing leaks to major ones caused by natural disasters.
2. Fast Mitigation
Commercial restoration is all about acting quickly and promptly. When your commercial restoration partner sleeps on their job and delays to respond quickly, your business assets will be damaged even further.
Moreover, mold may start to grow in damp areas. SERVPRO understands how important your business is to you, and that’s why our response teams move swiftly to salvage everything from water hazards before it gets worse.
So, when a water disaster strikes, don’t just assume that all is lost. Call for help as soon as you can so that we can secure your assets quickly.
3. Commercial Restoration Within your Reach
SERVPRO is dedicated to serve the people of Rutherford County. Being a company run by local experts, we are within your reach whenever you need us.
We also know the area well, and this further cuts down on our response time.
Don’t deal with a stranger in times of disaster. Choose a company that best understands your commercial water damage restoration needs and those of the community around you.
4. A Comprehensive Restoration Service
We don’t just get rid of standing water. We use specialized products and equipment to remove the water from your property, and then dry everything.
Our restoration package includes professional-grade cleaning and deodorizing to get rid of debris and bad smell.
Our main goal is to leave your place dry, clean, and smelling good – better than its initial state.
Your comfort is our responsibility.
5. Minimally Invasive Water Damage Restoration
One of the things that most business owners dread after a water disaster is being out of business for a long time.
As such, we have made deliberate efforts to ensure that you can resume business as soon as possible. This will, however, depend on the intensity of the water damage in your business premise.
Instead of pulling down walls and furnishings, we use state-of-the-art tools such as thermal imaging equipment and moisture meters to assess the extent of the damage and find a minimally invasive solution.
We also perform insulation probes to determine the extent of damage to electrical wiring and appliances without having to rip out your floors and walls.
Call SERVPRO for Top-Notch Commercial Restoration Services
We want to help you protect your property and stay healthy.
A Moldy Affair: Mold Remediation
Keeping a functioning and safe home is no small task.
Whether your household is comprised of just you and Fido, or if it’s you, your spouse, your children and Fido – it’s still your home.
It’s safe to say that no matter what your home is like, it’s something special to you and your family.
You’ve put in a great deal of time picking out furniture, putting up pictures, and adding all those little details that represent your family.
The ultimate goal as a homeowner is to keep a safe, secure, and happy environment for everyone who enters your home.
However, mold is the uninvited houseguest you probably never anticipated.
Mold is a common issue which almost everyone will come across at some point during their life. Unfortunately, it’s something that can easily occur in your home and it can lead to some very costly repairs.
At SERVPRO, we’ve seen our share of mold related cases throughout our time servicing the community of Smyrna in Rutherford County.
Part of our professional charge is to make sure you know how mold occurs. With the right information, you can take action to prevent mold in your home. And, you’ll know what to do in the event that you’re in need of mold remediation.
Here’s a quick look into how mold can occur in your home and how it can be prevented.
Mold Loves Moisture and Warmth
Mold has got to be the common cold equivalent of issues facing homeowners.
It’s as easy to overlook as it is to facilitate its spread throughout your house. Additionally, it can be just as simple to prevent it.
There are many common causes of mold in homes that can be provoked with a variety of situations. Something as seemingly nonthreatening as a pipe leak can lead to large mold issues in the future.
Flooding and heavy rains can also cause anywhere from minimal to extensive water damage, which all can mark the beginnings of mold.
No matter what the scenario is, the causes of mold in homes will always have moisture involved. Mold occurs when unchecked moisture meets warm climates. This can be particularly troublesome during summer months or in humid climates where mold has the chance to thrive.
Mold eats through any organic material as long as conditions for its growth are present. This means that what could have been remedied by a simple call to a plumber results in mold spreading through your walls, carpet, and ceilings.
Leaky pipes are issues you can easily check for to prevent mold from ever starting to spread. But less known or hidden water damage can be much more difficult to catch. Be sure to check any spaces where you have appliances, to see if there are any leaks.
Also, if there has been any significant rainfall during a storm, it’s a good idea to check your home. Leaks through your roof are a prime area for mold growth given the combination of continued rainfall and summer heat.
Mold Remediation Services at SERVPRO
If mold has already taken root or spread throughout your home, there are services which can solve this. Mold remediation is a professional service where mold is cleaned and removed from your home.
While a mold problem is something you may initially notice on your own, it’s best to bring in a professional to make sure a full assessment is done on the situation.
A professional will uncover not only what the causes of the mold are, but they’ll also be able to discover how extensive the mold damage to your home actually is.
In addition to offering services to stop the source of the problem, mold remediation is the ideal solution for cases where mold has damaged your home. These services also include cleaning and removing the mold-compromised zones using special chemical applications and methods to make sure mold doesn’t return.
Keep Your Home Mold-Free
Keeping your home mold-free should be on your list of routine checkups.
As simple as a routine home check could have already prevented mold growth and extensive damage, but it’s one of those things that can be easily overlooked. Mold could be spreading in all the moist, dark corners of your basement that you rarely check.
In the event that mold and mold damage can get out of hand, SERVPRO is your local source for mold remediation services.
Commercial Mold Remediation: A Professional Touch
Brick and mortar storefronts are a staple of our economy, allowing for local customers to walk in the front door of a neighborhood business for goods or services.
There is great value in being able to have contact with a friendly face in an environment where you have confidence in the employees, and a general sense of trust that they have your best interests at heart.
As a business owner, you’re aware that there are many challenges to be tackled on a daily basis. The last thing you need is a problem to disrupt your work, especially in relation to your place of business.
A common workplace threat that falls under our area of expertise is the potential for mold growth in commercial spaces.
Perhaps you’re familiar with mold issues at home, but your business can be just as at risk. Understanding how to remedy this is important, not just to your customers, but to your livelihood as well.
Commercial mold remediation is a service that SERVPRO is happy to provide to the businesses in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County. It’s just as important for you to know what causes mold as it is to have professional input on any remediation needs.
In this blog, we’ll discuss both how mold growth begins, and also, how mold remediation services can combat potential damage.
How Exactly Does Mold Occur?
Mold growth happens when there is a perfect mixture of conditions – and unfortunately, it can happen far too easily.
All it takes is a combination of moisture, warmth, and in applicable situations, food – and you could have a serious mold issue in your hands.
Mold in your business will most likely occur in places like bathrooms, basements, kitchens, or anywhere else where there is some kind of moisture.
For example, if an unchecked pipe leak teams up with the summer heat, you could be in for an ugly surprise.
What is Mold Remediation?
Perhaps you’ve already seen mold in your place of business and that’s why you’re here.
Mold remediation is a key service which, when done professionally, can have your business mold-free in no time. This service basically involves cleaning, thorough removal, and mold treatment done throughout your building.
Mold tends to spread if its conditions for growth go untreated. In most extensive cases, mold can even grow quickly through multiple areas – including walls, carpets, and ceilings.
Commercial mold remediation will use special methods, chemicals, and cleaners to remove all mold present and to prevent it from returning.
A Mold Threat in Commercial Buildings
Mold is an issue that can threaten multiple parts of your business, so it’s important to know exactly how to approach it.
It’s vital to bring in a specialist to first asses your mold situation.
Mold is a natural organism which forms whenever the proper conditions are available. While you may initially only notice it in one spot, it’s very common to find that the small damage you’ve identified is just the beginning.
Examining the area with just your eyes may not show the more extensive growth which has spread throughout your building. A professional assessment will take a true account of the areas that have been affected and they will also let you know what needs to be removed or replaced.
A professional assessment will also investigate where the source of the mold is coming from. This is essential because replacing the walls and carpets could be a complete waste if you don’t find the source of the mold.
Getting commercial mold remediation for your business is a sure way to not only eradicate the current issue, but also, to take the proper steps so it doesn’t happen again.
Call the Professionals Every Time
Mold is one of those issues which, when it strikes, can become a huge inconvenience to you.
The most extreme cases can result in the walls and floors of your business needing to be removed and this could require you to close for a period of time.
Taking pride in serving communities, SERVPRO ensures that your mold remediation work is handled promptly and professionally.
If you’ve noticed any current mold issues, or if you have any general questions about how you can keep your business mold free, SERVPRO professionals are here to make sure your business is mold-free, so you can focus on doing what you love instead.
5 Home Flood Prevention Tips from SERVPRO
There’s a very heartwarming idea which suggests that home is where your heart is.
When really pondering on its meaning it turns out that it’s a true statement. Our homes are filled with memories and physical possessions which we’ve gathered over the course of our lives. If sentimental motivations weren’t enough, our homes are where we and our family and love ones live.
To think that anything would bring disaster to your front door immediately triggers thoughts about your family’s safety and your homes well-being. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that natural disasters do tend to destroy homes. With hurricane season coming into high swing taking the potentials of flood disasters is no light subject.
SERVPRO, in Murfreesboro, serving the Rutherford County area - completely understands the necessity to safe guard your home from flooding. Our emergency restoration services provide everything you need to recover from flood damage, but we also believe that you can take steps now to cut down on risk to your home.
SERVPRO’S 5 Flood Prevention Tips
Below, we’ve compiled our list of flood prevention tips to help prevent your home from flooding, or at the very least to minimalize the damage it could cause.
1. Go with the Flow
If you’ve been living at your home for any extended amount of time, there is a likelihood that you’ve seen the best and worst of weather.
When taking preventative methods to safeguard your home from flooding it’s a great idea to consider how water flows around your house. Best case scenario would be if you’ve noticed that the ground’s angle around your house slopes away from your home, which would mean at least that water flows away.
However, you should take note if your street or areas surrounding your home hold water for an extended period. If you have standing water after light showers, then it would be a good idea to speak with your county planning department. If it will flood with a small amount of water, it will certainly during a major storm.
2. On Higher Ground
Whether your land slopes towards or away from your home, it’s always a great idea to rise above the chaos.
If you have a flash flood warning for your area waters can very well rise to your front door in a matter of minutes. This would leave you no time to prepare or move items out of harm’s way.
It’s a great practice during flood warnings to protect valuable and sentimental items by packing them and moving them to higher ground. Items which will easily get damaged liked photos or family records can be placed in sealed plastic containers.
Additionally, any pricey items like furniture, computers, or antiques should be moved to another floor or at worse on top of taller items.
Although the worst-case scenario is that having belongs on a higher ground doesn’t matter you can still take steps to recover those items. Take an inventory, and even photos if possible, for the event you have make an insurance claim.
4. Keep a Watchful Eye
There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for flood damage situations but one of the most important things you can do is to stay alert.
You know the ins and outs of your home and should be attentive to water levels, gutter cleanliness, basement leaks, and your electricity. These are all things which you can take precautions beforehand to avoid damage, but also which most be monitored during the event that your home begins to take on water.
5. Think Ahead
Take your knowledge about your home and how your property respond\ to water as inspiration for preparation.
If you’ve noticed certain tendencies for things like high water, broken gutters, or power outages then take the initiative to avoid greater damage from a stronger storm.
Take small steps like purchasing a small power generator and cleaning out your gutters to allow for water flow.
Our Doors are Open
Flood damage or water damage in general is certainly something that should be taken seriously, and with a few our tips you can prepare yourself to avoid potential issues.
SERVPRO is always available should you have any questions about flood damage prevention, and to help you in the unfortunate event that you need emergency restoration services.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Home
There is a great sense of pride which comes with being a homeowner. Whether it’s about creating a space where you can relax after a long day’s work or simply having a safe place for your family to stay, running your household takes a decent amount of planning.
There are so many things to look after that it’s easy to over look a bill payment or here or there, or to leave the lights on while away.
However, one thing you don’t want to overlook is existing issues that can lead to water damage. These prolonged problems, when not remedied, can spread until they become more serious issues.
SERVPRO specializes in the type of emergency restoration services which you may one day need for water damage issues. However, in addition to this service, SERVPRO also loves to share our expertise with our valued clients in Smyrna, and the surrounding Rutherford County area.
SERVPROS 4 Water Damage Prevention Tips
To help you avoid extensive water damage issues - we’ve compiled a helpful list of preventative tips you can use to safeguard your home.
Is This Water Bill for Real?
A good sign that water damage could be around the corner is if you’re already noticing extra water costs.
Have you noticed any strange spikes in your water bill recently? If so, this is normally a sign that there is water leak somewhere. Leaks tends to cause excess water to be used in everyday tasks because of the quantities leaking out somewhere.
Start by checking where you use the water most to see if there’s any damaged or leaking pipes.
Leaky pipes can certainly result in a spike in your water bill, but if they go undetected for too long you could be looking at bills of another variety. Areas in your house left exposed to water for too long can lead to water damage, which can be especially troublesome during the summer.
The result could be the need for extensive emergency restoration work, which will certainly add up to more than a spike in your water bill.
A Costly Clog
Clogs are a part of every day life, but even they can lead to more intense problems when not remedied correctly.
Even if you have amazing cleaning habits you will eventually run into a clog at some point. A typical method for dealing with this is to use some form of unclogging chemicals. They can be inexpensive, and normally get the job done in a short time with limited amount of work.
However, the issue with these chemicals is that you run the risk of them eating away at your pipes over time. Consistent use of these can lead to leaks over time. Additionally, using chemicals so often may not be good for your health.
We suggest using a drain snake instead to unclog pipes. They’re cheap and typically easy to find at local stores. It may take away some of the convenience of using chemicals, but you’ll be sure to get the job done without any of the worry.
Make Maintenance your Routine
Preventing water damage in your home should be a part of your normal routine.
The suggested maintenance routines vary from item to item within any building, but a general rule is that you should check your home on a schedule.
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure that they’re clear for water flow is a seasonal check. You certainly use your washing machine on a continual basis, so making sure that its hoses are in good shape is key to avoiding expensive water damage and clean up.
Theses materials, hoses, and pipes are designed to carry water and to keep you safe, but keep in mind that they have their ware and tear like any product that is used over an extended period.
If you keep a to do list of home cleaning be sure to add checking for water damage or damaged areas to your list. It’ll be cheaper to repair and replace if there’s no extensive damage involved.
It’s in Your Hands
Water damage and flooding which has reached the need for emergency restoration can be stressful and intimidating.
However, the good news is that there are many simple things within your control that you can remedy or catch in time.
Breaking the Hold of Mold Caused By Water Damage
These commercial duct dryers will circulate the air in your Rutherford County home if it gets too damp.
At some point in all our lives, we’ve encountered water damage in one of its many forms.
Moisture, when left unattended, can have harsh effects to your home and over time can cost large amounts in emergency restoration to fix. Water damage, even from the first signs of leakage, can quickly become a huge issue for you.
Mold is one of most common ways moisture can become your enemy. It thrives in warm environments, and with the summer months kicking into high gear you can expect it to follow behind any unattended moist areas.
Summer is a time for relaxation and travel, but if you don’t take some actions you could return to a moldier home. Mold doesn’t take a holiday.
Tips to Prevent Molds at Home This Summer
Our experts at SERVPRO have some straightforward tips to help prevent mold in your home this summer while traveling. We want that all our clients in Rutherford County be ready with some mold preventing methods, so they can return to mold-less homes. Here’s a few things you can do this summer:
1. Set the Environment
Hot on the outside, cool on the inside.
Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun filled days, but also can be molds' best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re a at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.
To fight back, you can set the environment of your home to be nonproductive for mold growth. Mold will grow best at 77-degrees Fahrenheit or more. One way to combat this would be setting your temperature much lower than their ideal growth temperature to not give moisture the heat it needs.
It may mean a higher electricity bill, but that’s much better than the costs and damage mold can do.
2. Repair to Prepare
The best way to prevent mold is to never have water damage in the first place.
This is the time to finally take that leaky pipe or appliance that you never truly fix seriously. Perhaps it hasn’t caused anything more than a few minutes of your time to patch up in the past, but if you leave it unattended while traveling this summer you could be looking at a mold or emergency restoration situation.
Hire a professional to fix your leaky pipes and appliances so they don’t become a bigger issue down the road. Additionally, leaks in your roof can be especially problematic if it turns out to be a rainy summer. It would be wise to get a SERVPRO specialist on site to make sure that those discolored ceiling spots don’t turn into something worse in the summer heat.
3. Cleanliness is Happiness
If charity begins at home, then mold grows from neglect.
You may be ready to get off to your summer vacation in a hurry but overlooking the small daily things can add up. Perhaps, you’ve already repaired your faulty pipes, appliances, and other moisture prone areas. However, have you cleaned up the areas where they are?
Regular cleaning of any high moisture areas is a pro tip for ensuring that you avoid water damage and mold. Remedying the leak is one thing, but an unclean area which has already begun to develop mold is an entirely different story, especially if you haven’t been cleaning along the way. Make sure you give your home a thorough cleaning before heading hitting the road.
4. No Humidity, No Problem
Let your home breath.
In addition to setting a good cold temperature make sure you allow room for the cool air to flow through your home. If you have too much clutter in your home, it can make it difficult for air flow to reach moist places which have trapped humidity. Additionally, there could already be mold or wet spaces developing that you didn’t know existed.
The best methods for preventing water damage and mold are the ones which you plan for. While you’re getting things ready for your summer travel take a look around your home using SERVPRO’s tips to make sure it’s clean, cool and clutter free.
Leaving Your Home for Summer? Check for Water Damage First
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The kids are out of school, you’ve got 2 weeks off, and the sun is shining.
It must be summer.
By now, you’ve probably been planning a great summer vacation to take and are counting the days until your departure.
While you’re sure to double check every final detail on tickets, pricings, and reservations, it can be very easy to overlook safety preparations for the home front.
Some of these are pretty standard like locking the doors and making sure appliances are turned off.
But have you thought about water damage?
Water damage can happen at any time. The innocent mistake of overlooking a leaky pipe or water stain can lead to mold or even emergency restoration projects. While you’re off enjoying your summer travel, the heat and humidity can be wreaking havoc at home.
At SERVPRO Nashville, we know how easy it is for these problems to occur and certainly how they can add up over time. To help you get your home ready for your summer travel, we’ve come up with some quick water damage prevention tips, which can help you make sure mold doesn’t move in while you’re away.
SERVPRO’s Fast-4 Water Damage Prevention Tips
- Keep a Cool Home
Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun-filled days, but also can be mold’s best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.
To prevent mold from forming or growing in your home, make sure to set a climate where it cannot thrive. Mold will grow best at temperatures of 77-degree Fahrenheit and more. If you set the temperature lower, you’ll be able to starve any existing moisture of the heat it needs and ideally keep any moist areas from getting too humid.
It’s better to pay a higher electricity bill than to be at risk of water damage and need emergency restoration down the line.
- Keep it Clean
The small leak you’ve been having could turn into a much bigger problem.
If you’re seeing pipes or appliances leaking and you haven’t been attending to them, there is most likely water damage present. When left unattended, this seemingly harmless moisture can evolve into mold, mildew, dry rot, and even structural damage to your home. It may not be that way now but when exposed to summer heat and humidity, it won’t take long for mold to take ahold.
A great tip would be to clean up any areas in your home that you know create a lot of moisture or those that have given you issues in the past.
- Gut Your Gutters
The last thing you want to do is to return well-rested from your vacation to find an overflowing gutter.
Cleaning your gutter should be something you keep in mind year-round but is especially something you should consider doing before leaving for an extended period. Blocked water can damage your roof and even the gutter itself. A summer of heavy rains would only make this worse. It’s not a pretty job to do, but it’s one worth looking into before hitting the road.
- Turn Off Your Water Main
Examining your water main should be a habit for any homeowner, but especially so during summer travel season.
Before you set off for your vacation, make sure the water main is turned off. It’s a simple tip and unless you have preexisting water damage in your home, it’s one that can prevent most pipe or leak-related incident from happening. Existing water issues may persist, but at least they won’t be amplified by running water.
A Happy Home
SERVPRO has emergency restoration and other services available if your water damage and mold problems have already gotten out of hand. We’re here to remedy them so you can focus on taking a well-deserved vacation.
However, these damages and headaches may still be preventable. If you use a few of our tips you’ll be steps further from having water damage and much closer to a mold-free summer vacation.
Mold Remediation: Top Signs and Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes
Mold growth is more common in homes located in flood-prone areas, but it can occur in any home. It looks unsightly, but can also cause major structural damage if left unattended for a long time.
The best way to deal with infestation of this annoying fungus is to be proactive. Being proactive here means you should know the signs and causes mold growth, so you can address the problem immediately and stop it in its tracks.
How to Tell if There is a Mold Problem in Your Home
If you notice any of the following signs in your home, you could be having a mold problem:
- Can you see colored, flat spots or fluffy patches forming on the walls, ceilings or floors of your dwelling?
- Do you notice a pungent or musty odor when you enter your house?
- Can you see water stains on your walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces?
- Is the paint on the interior surfaces of your abode coming or peeling off?
- Do you have rusty water pipes in your abode?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is a resounding yes, you might have a mold problem in your home.
4 Common Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes
Mold thrives in areas that stay wet, and none will grow on surfaces without direct exposure to oxygen. Besides flooding, there are many other potential water or moisture sources that could encourage its growth within a home.
Continue reading on below to find out a few “typical” culprits behind mold growth and damage in homes.
1. Leaky Water Pipes
Every home requires a consistent supply of clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning dirty dishes, bathing, doing laundry, and more. Surviving a day without running water is almost unimaginable.
The water connection to your abode comprises a series of water pipes that deliver water to the various faucets or points of use within the home.
When you have a dripping water pipe, you may experience a considerable decline in water pressure, depending on how big or small the leak is. But that is not the only thing that should worry you.
The water leakage may encourage mold infestation, especially if it’s hidden and goes unnoticed for a long time. Leaks that occur underneath sinks installed on bathroom vanities are a perfect example of leaks that may take time to detect.
Once you have called in an emergency plumber to stop the leakage, you should immediately contact a remediation specialist to inspect the affected area for mold growth and determine the extent of damage caused by the mold.
2. Leaky Roofs
Like dripping water pipes, leaky roofs are another common cause of mold damage. Mold growth from roof leaks typically happens during the rainy spell when rainwater runs off the rooftop.
The presence of water stains on your ceiling or interior walls is a tell-tale sign of a leak from above. A roof repair specialist can fix the leaks for you, but they may not have the expertise and experience required to inspect your roof and home for mold damage.
You will need to enlist the services of a water and mold damage professional to protect your family from mold exposure and growth in your home.
3. Hot Showers
Bathrooms are by design wet areas, but are you aware that those long, foggy hot showers you like taking every day could increase the risk of mold growth?
Hot showers cause moisture-heavy air, called condensation, to build up on your bathroom surfaces. This, in turn, encourages mold growth in your bathroom.
To minimize condensation and prevent this growth in your bathroom, you should consider leaving your bathroom windows open when taking hot showers.
When opened, your bathroom windows will allow excess moisture to exit the room to the outdoors. To facilitate quicker expulsion of excess moisture from your bathroom, you should consider installing a ventilator fan.
4. Drafty Doors and Windows
Doors and windows that leak out air are a leading source of energy inefficiency in homes, but they could also promote mold growth by leaking in water from outside when it rains.
Luckily, all you may need to do to remedy the problem is to replace the caulking or weather-stripping around the window.
If you suspect that your house has suffered mold damage, it is best to contact a remediation expert immediately. This will ensure prompt removal as well as prevention of further damage.
Contact SERVPRO for Help
Mold spreads fast, so any sign of growth requires prompt intervention. If you have an infestation in your Murfreesboro home, don’t hesitate to turn to the seasoned remediation specialists at SERVPRO for help.
6 Basic Steps to Commercial Mold Restoration
Do you run a business in Rutherford County? Do you have a mold problem that you want to be remedied immediately but don’t have the slightest clue about what happens during remediation?
Like any other business owner or manager, you need accurate and reliable information to make important business decisions. If the answer to the above questions is yes, you should keep reading on below to learn what commercial mold restoration typically involves.
Why is Mold Remediation Necessary?
Mold growth can occur anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. However, it thrives in areas with wet and humid environments.
For the most part, this fungus that grows outdoors does not present any significant problems for people and businesses. But when the growth occurs indoors, it becomes a major source of worry to building owners and the people that occupy the affected buildings.
Mold remediation is meant to restore normal levels inside a building.
What Happens During Commercial Remediation?
No two restoration situations are exactly the same, but the basics of mold remediation remain unchanged in all situations.
The basic steps to commercial remediation include the following:
1. Getting in Touch with Remediation Specialists
The process begins when you call the professionals working at a mold remediation company/service and inform them that you have a mold problem in your commercial building. They will arrive at your business location in the shortest time possible, prompt response to the problem is critical.
Every business owner or manager needs to keep the emergency contact of a trusted remediation service with them all the time so they can immediately call for help when a problem arises.
2. Inspection and Testing
Upon arriving at your commercial premises, the remediation experts will carry out a thorough inspection of your building to identify areas that have been affected by mold damage.
The inspection involves identifying obvious signs of mold growth, like the presence of colored, fluffy growths on the walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces of the building interiors. This is known as a visual mold assessment.
The inspection also involves performing a series of tests to see if spores are airborne, growing on various surfaces of the building interiors without showing any visible signs, or in settled dust.
There are many different techniques that can be used to detect infestation. Your mold remediation specialist will select the most appropriate testing methods for your specific situation.
Once the trouble areas have been identified and severity of damage ascertained, measures will be taken to contain the mold. The containment is meant to maximize protection and limit further damage to your property.
Mold produces spores, which can quickly spread into the air and contaminate it. In addition, it requires oxygen and moisture to thrive, so cutting off oxygen and moisture supply to infested areas is a critical part of containment.
4. Air Sanitization
This involves using an air purifier equipped with an air filter to remove spores that may linger in the air.
When exposed to a water or moisture source, the spores can quickly turn into colonies and cause a recurrence of mold problems.
There are many types of air filters that may be used in tandem with air purifiers, but HEPA filters are generally considered to be the most effective at the job.
Once spores have been completely removed from the air, the mold and the affected materials in your building will be the next to be removed.
This is a job that requires specialized handling and advanced equipment because mold growth can easily become airborne and settle on other surfaces if it not properly removed.
The process for removal varies from scenario to scenario, depending on the extent of infestation in your building.
Before getting started with mold removal, the water or moisture source causing the problem will need to be identified and remedied. Otherwise, mold growth and damage will continue even after it has been removed.
Cleanup involves cleaning various items and surfaces, such as wood furniture, walls, and floors that may be contaminated by mold.
The principal goal is to eliminate the growth that may still be lingering in your commercial space even after removal.
It is, however, important to point out that not all items in your commercial space may be restorable through cleaning service.
Absorbent belongings like carpets and upholstery furniture, for example, may need to be replaced.
We Are Here to Help
At SERVPRO of Rutherford County, we pride in helping both residential and commercial clients remedy mold damage in their indoor spaces. Don’t hesitate to reach if you need help with your remediation project.
7 Great Tips for Commercial Spring Cleaning
Winter is slowly fading away, and that means it’s that time of the year when we open our windows and let the fresh air in. It’s also that time to revamp the indoors from top to bottom.
For commercial buildings, the spring season signals many things, but among the most important ones is ensuring that the facility is clean and well-maintained for the warmer months ahead. Deep cleaning initiatives and daily cleaning tasks will go a long way in preparing for a new season of customers and visitors.
Because you probably don’t know where to start with your spring cleaning, here are some tips and tricks that you should consider.
Tips and Tricks for Commercial Spring Cleaning
1. Deep Clean the Carpets and Mats
If there is one item that takes a serious beating during the winter, it is the carpets. Mud, snow, salt, ice, and other debris are brought in with every pair of shoes that step into your building.
A thorough cleaning of our carpets and mats – especially those in high-traffic areas – should be a top priority on our spring cleaning list. This will not only rejuvenate the carpet’s appearance, but will also extend its durability while adding freshness to your facility.
If you fail to address this issue early, the tough stains and debris may turn into costly repairs and replacements.
2. Revitalize Your Floors
The harsh winter weather usually results in excessive wear and tear of your floors. Consequently, they’ll look dull and ugly.
To restore the lost luster and revitalize your floors, you will need professional deep cleaning services. The combination of heat, high-pressure steam, and agitation completely removes the stains and dirt, making your floors look newer than ever before.
3. Clean Your HVAC and Air Filtration Systems
The spring season comes with a lot of allergies. This means that clean and well-maintained HVAC systems are important for the well-being of your employees and customers. Clean air infiltration systems will go a long way in preventing allergens, while increasing the productivity of your work environment.
What’s more, if your building has a history of smoke damage, you’ll need to find a reputable cleaning company to remove the hidden effects of smoke for an improved indoor air quality.
4. Stop Mold and Mildew Growth
After a really wet and damp season, spring is the perfect time to remove mold growth in areas where excess moisture was present. Mold will not only make your building look old and ugly, but can also lead to allergies.
Some of the good places to check for mold include behind and/or above equipment, air filtration and ventilation systems, as well as dark and damp areas, like the basement and warehouse.
5. Get Your Equipment and Machinery Checked
If your business depends on large equipment and machinery, ensure that they are thoroughly inspected as part of your spring cleaning regime. Ensuring that your equipment is free from rust, corrosion, and is well-lubricated is vital for the smooth operations of your facility.
Among the many types of equipment systems, you should ensure you have inspected the boilers, water heaters, mist collectors, vacuum pumps, and coolant concentration tanks.
6. Revamp Your Restrooms
These are probably some of the most visited areas of a business property. The condition of the restrooms will determine how a client or customer perceives the company. So, you will want to maintain your restrooms spotlessly clean.
Despite taking the necessary precautions, bacteria and dirt will still build up over time. This means that the restrooms have to be cleaned and sanitized several times a day.
7. Pressure Wash the Sidewalks and Parking Lot
Your parking lot and sidewalks are the first things that your customers will notice about your business premises. As a business owner, you need to create a good first impression, and cleaning your parking lot and sidewalks is part of it.
A buildup of sand, salt, dirt, and other debris on the pavement will make your facility look less professional and leave a bad impression. Make sure you pressure wash the walkways, parking lot, and exterior walls for a revamped spring image.
Is Spring Cleaning Too Much For You? Call SERVPRO
If commercial spring cleaning procedures sound too overwhelming for you, even with these tips, feel free to seek the services of SERVPRO for all your large-scale cleaning projects. Our main aim is to make your facility comfortable, clean, healthy, and more productive for both your employees and customers.
So, relieve yourself of the spring cleaning stress by calling SERVPRO’s experienced and highly skilled cleaners.