How to Prevent Mold In Homes in West Chester
Mold spores can be found anywhere, and usually don’t cause any problems. . However, when mold grows indoors, exposure to it can cause different health problems as well as property damage. That’s why mold prevention should be a priority for any homeowner. In order to understand how to prevent mold, it’s important to know how and why it forms in the first place.
Mold only forms when the conditions are just right. It takes three different ways to make the conditions right for mold to grow. The first condition is food. This would mean anything that used to be alive (wood, cardboard, paper, wool, silk, leather, etc.). The next condition would be temperature mold thrives in the range of 68°F to 86°F. This can be especially tricky considering this is the same range we typically keep our homes. The final condition is water. Very little is needed. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that indoor humidity above 60% is enough to allow mold to develop.
There are certain steps you can take to prevent mold from forming. There are many ways to help control moisture and prevent mold growth in your home. If you can see or smell mold, eliminate the excess moisture, then clean and remove any mold. It’s very important to quickly identify and correct any moisture sources before health and structural problems develop. Call SERVPRO of West Chester immediately if you have any water damage, or find mold in your home.
Carpet Damage in West Chester
Have you ever been somewhere where the carpets smell? You may automatically think that the carpets are just old, and need to be cleaned. Have you ever been somewhere where the carpets never smelled, and ended up smelling on a different day? That could mean mold! Especially if you had previous water damage.
The first thing you should ever do if you get unexpected water in your home, is to call SERVPRO of West Chester. The most important thing is to immediately get the water properly cleaned up. If it is a pipe that was leaking, or an appliance, it is important to get the source of the problem fixed, to stop the water from coming back in, or to keep the water from coming in. The next step would be to get the water cleaned up, as soon as possible. This will be crucial to what will be able to be saved, if anything at all. It would then be important to dry the water up fast. This would be to prevent the water from further sitting, and causing more damage or mold.
The next step would be to steam clean everything that was affected by the water. Then to sanitize everything, to make sure there is less room for mold to grow. Mold can be very dangerous, and making sure it is out of your carpets, is very important for your health. Getting mold into your carpets, or underneath, would cause so many issues, especially to your health. Remember, in the unfortunate event that you experience water damage, or feel as if your carpets are smelling in your home after water damage, call SERVPRO of West Chester.
Carpet Cleaning After Storm Damage in West Chester
When a storm moves around your area, it can move quickly, causing extensive damage to your home. SERVPRO of West Chester will send someone who will be professionally trained to handle the storm damage, and water damage the storm has caused you. They will check your carpets to see how much destruction has happened, and if your carpet can be saved. If the carpets can be saved, you will be able to avoid the cost of replacement.
All furniture will be moved off the carpeted area of your home and a high quality wet vacuum will be used to remove as much water as possible. At this time you can see if any other valuables are destroyed in the process of the storm damage, and file a claim on those items with your insurance company. Once all the water has been removed, your carpet will be cleaned to help prevent moisture bacteria build up. The carpet will be dried with fans or fresh air. If your carpets cannot be salvaged from water damage, then we will remove the damaged carpets and clean all surfaces before new carpeting is installed. The old carpeting and pad will be disposed of properly. Letting water from storm damage sit is dangerous, and can cause more issues as far as mold. Cleaning up as quickly as possible will prevent any further damage from occurring.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of West Chester will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help.
The best fire control is fire prevention.
SERVPRO of West Chester notes that the 2019 Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12.
SERVPRO of West Chester offers these Tips for Fire Prevention:
? Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
? Heat sources include: light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
? Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
? Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
? Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
? Never use the oven as a heater
? Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year
SERVPRO of West Chester suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.
Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.
Does Clorox Bleach Kill Mold?
Here are the facts about the common brand of bleach:
- Clorox is more useful for killing bacteria and viruses than for killing molds, parasites, and spores. It kills the kinds of microorganisms found in sewer water, but it is not as lethal to any kind of microbe that travels through air.
- Clorox doesn't kill mold effectively at temperatures below 52 degrees F. Some species of mold, however, continue to grow even when the temperature is slightly below freezing.
- By the time you have black, inky blobs of mold, it's too late for Clorox. The active chemical in bleach does not break up the biofilm that glues mold into patches.
- Mixing Clorox with contaminated water greatly reduces its effectiveness for disinfecting walls, floors, and household surfaces. Any kind of formerly living matter in water can bind to Clorox so it can't disinfect anything else. It's important to mix Clorox with clean water.
- Clorox is more effective for disinfecting indoor surfaces than for disinfecting outdoor surfaces. Sunlight breaks down the active chemical that kills bacteria, viruses, and mold.
Clorox is great first aid for water damage. It's just not enough to bring your house back to its original condition. For that, you need the help of water restoration professionals like SERVPRO of West Chester.
Do You Know if You Have Mold?
Many people who live in southeastern PA may be dealing with a mold problem without even knowing it. There are many reasons to address this - including health concerns, home value, and aesthetics. If you see mold in a section of your home that is greater than three feet wide, you need to contact a mold professional to inspect it and start the process of remediation. Have a licensed professional come into your home to address the damage caused by mold and especially if it is a species of “black mold.”
The IICRC certified technicians at SERVPRO of West Chester are qualified to address mold issues and we can work with local mold inspectors to determine the optimum solution to get your life back to normal. Restoration can be scary, but SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”
If you have any concerns or questions about an area of your home affected by mold, give SERVPRO of West Chester a call at 610-692-8884 to have one of our professionals schedule an appointment. We are a premier restoration company and specialize in water damage, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage. We have been proudly servicing south eastern Pennsylvania for over 14 years.
Every Home Should Have an Air Purifier
At SERVPRO of West Chester, we care about our communities health and safety. Are you one of the millions who suffer from asthma or allergies everyday? Do you own an air purifier? Do you think about the air quality of your home?
Maybe it's time to invest in a air purifier for yourself. You can buy one these days for under $80, the cost of a monthly cell phone service bill.
Most people who buy air purifiers do so in hopes of easing asthma, allergies or even just dust in their homes. The very best portable air purifiers are very effective at cleaning the air, mold spores, smoke, dust, and pollen at their highest and lowest speed.
Mold spores range from 1-30 microns, and air purifiers remove mold as small as .003 microns. UV light is helpful but is not required for removing spores. Mold spores die inside the HEPA filter due to the fact that it's a dry sterile environment. A quality HEPA air purifier removes airborne mold spores and keeps the air quality of your home at par.
If your kids or loved ones constantly suffer from asthma and allergies, test out a good quality air purifier to see if you notice a difference. You'll be glad you did.
What is 1-4-8? How can 1-4-8 help me? These are some of the questions we are about to answer for you, and show you how exactly 1-4-8 can help everyone involved. 1-4-8 stands for 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours. This means that within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO franchise professional will contact you to arrange for service. That within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO franchise professional will be on-site to start mitigation services, even after hours. Within 8 hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the restoration plan will be communicated to the appropriate person (this may be the customer, the person responsible for billing, or the insurance adjuster). This does not apply under certain conditions, such as catastrophic events, or storm situations. Just know that we pride ourselves on 1-4-8. Give us a call 24/7/365 and we can get started on the 1-4-8! We here at SERVPRO of West Chester look forward to serving you! 610-692-8884
Why you should chose SERVPRO of West Chester
Here at SERVPRO of West Chester, we have an amazing staff who work hard for you every day. From our owners, who guide us all with years of experience, to our office staff, who work diligently with your local and national insurance agents, to our production team, who are always on standby for you to get the job done ASAP, we strive to provide top notch customer service. If you are looking for a local company to provide professional and timely services, SERVPRO of West Chester is the place, and we won't let you down. Give us a call today and schedule a free estimate, and our team will be out to assist you with any and all restoration or mitigation needs you may have.
SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List for Tenth Consecutive Year
SERVPRO retains top ranking in restoration services category in the 2018 Franchise 500 rankings.
SERVPRO maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 10th consecutive year in the 2018 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.
"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension, its customers," said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., Chief Executive Officer. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."
According to Steen, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:
•SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
•SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.
"Today, as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."
SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies.