Different Types of Mold You'll See
There are different types of mold. The most common are aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys atra (also known as black mold). Aspergillus and Cladosporium are nontoxic to humans but it can aggravate allergy symptoms. It is important to note that not all mold is dangerous. In fact, it is all around us, but some mold should be removed by professionals. It is found in foods and in air conditioning systems. This is found as a black or green mold that grows in little dots in bathrooms, on painted surfaces, and in flexible air ducts. Black mold should be removed for safety reasons. Call our SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove molds such as black mold. This type of mold grows on building materials with a water source available. To prevent mold growth, make sure that water leaks are dried up quickly and humidity levels are maintained in your home or business. Mold thrives in warm, damp conditions. Our SERVPRO franchise professionals are certified to test for mold. We do visual inspections, air sampling, as well as we have a bore scope that can go inside areas that are not normally visible to look for mold. When air samples are taken, 3 samples are taken and sent in to be analyzed. The results take about 5 to 7 days to return. If the air samples come back positive for mold then we will do further investigation to locate the source of the positive result of the air samples. Call us for pricing if you believe you have mold present and we will help you maintain your healthy home remediate mold.
When the cold weather comes around here in Illinois, more residential homeowners begin to use heating elements to warm their space. Incidents and mishaps with these elements can lead to fires that damage the property. The American Red Cross even notes that the amount of house fires increases in the fall and winter months.
SERVPRO of Lockport, Lemont, and Homer Glen knows how frequent fires occur, so we want you to know tips to stay safe this season. If a fire does occur in your residential or commercial space, know that SERVPRO has the professionals to restore the damage. Our teams use their expertise and experience to make a fire disaster “Like it never even happened” and provide 24-hour emergency services. To stay safe this fire season, make sure to test your smoke alarms. Also, check that space heaters are clear of surrounding objects and do not leave them unattended. If you will be using a fireplace, be sure to have it inspected and cleaned of debris. Additionally, replace furnace filters and keep the area clean.
3 Tips for Driving on Flooded Roads
Encountering a flooded street in an unfamiliar area can be a harrowing experience. When attempting to cross a road with either standing or moving water, remember that a foot of water can float most vehicles, while two feet can carry away even a heavy truck. Also, a flooded road can hide dangerous obstacles such as potholes, debris, fallen power lines, and washed away sections of road.
Here are three travel tips that can help you safely cope with floods in Lockport, Lemont, or Homer Glen.
1. Be Prepared for Flooded Street Conditions
Know what the road conditions will be before embarking on your trip. Follow weather alerts and research area roads on Google Maps or other similar apps. Make sure the data is up to date.
If you encounter unexpected flooding, then stop and take a moment to evaluate the situation. Most disaster preparedness experts recommend that drivers never enter water that cannot be crossed on foot or water that reaches the midway point of a vehicle’s tires. Professionals also advise drivers to stay clear of moving water.
2. Drive Slowly in Low Gear
If you can’t avoid driving on a flooded street, then drive smart and stay alert. When entering water, keep your speed at one or two miles per hour, and never cross the water at more than four miles per hour.
Driving in low gear (first or second), keeping your foot on the gas and using the brake to regulate speed can protect your vehicle and provide more control.
Once you exit the water, dry your brakes by slowly and lightly tapping the brake pedal.
3. Drive the Road's Center in Single File
Keep in the center of the road, that being the highest point where the water tends to be shallower. Driving on flooded roads requires patience and concentration. Fall in behind others and drive in single file. Do not pass other vehicles.
Floods can create hazardous road conditions without warning. Following these tips will help you stay safe and arrive at your destination
Don't Forget That We clean Carpets
SERVPRO of Lockport, Lemont, and Homer Glen is a trusted name in carpet cleaning services. You may not know that, because we are known for being the number 1 choice in cleanup in restoration.
Your home or business carpets get the most use and abuse. You can keep your carpet looking good for years with carpet cleaning services from our SERVPRO franchise.
A professional carpet cleaning can remove deep down dirt and grime to keep your carpet looking it’s best and extend the lifespan. Our technicians use their knowledge and experience to clean the dust, dirt, pet hair and daily traffic from your carpet or upholstery. We use a variety of cleaning methods that is tailored to each situation. Our goal is to clean and restore your carpet to its original appearance.
Damage from a leaky Toilet
A toilet leaking or overflowing can lead to water damage and possible containments in your residential or commercial space. A situation like this requires swift action and the right team doing the job. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lockport, Lemont, and Homer Glen offer emergency services 24 hours a day and is committed to making a fire, water or storm disaster “Like it never even happened.”
There are various reasons why a toilet may leak, and steps should be taken immediately to prevent further damage. The supply line, which brings new water into the tank and is part of the flush mechanism, may become worn or cracked which leads to leaking. A malfunctioning flapper or valve could also be the culprit. If this happens in your property, make sure to turn off the water supply to prevent further damage. This can be found behind the metal supply line with the valve near the wall's connection point. Then, remove all the water from the tank.
Our SERVPRO team has the skills needed to handle a job of this type. We are able to safely clean an affected area and restore it after damage. We are here to help!
Storm Damage Tips and Tricks
Storm Damage Tips
- Listen to the radio for advisories
- Do not venture outside until it’s declared safe
- Stay away from downed power lines, standing water, and metal objects near downed wires
- Watch out for snakes and wild animals
- If you smell gas, turn gas off at the meter
- Avoid using candles or open flames indoors
- Operate generators outside
- Be careful when entering or leaving buildings with structural damage. It is best to avoid entering until the damage has been assessed
- Once things have been properly assessed, make sure you have plenty of pictures of storm damage to your property
- Contact SERVPRO of Lockport, Lemont, and Homer Glen to come out for board up and get started on water mitigation.
- SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance to get your property back to preloss condition
Why Call SERVPRO When It Comes To A Fire?
A fire can be devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Aurora has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.
Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot
Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.
What to do after a fire:
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
What NOT to do after a fire:
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Aurora.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may damage garment further.
SERVPRO of Aurora, IL has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition.
Your Business and Water Do Not Mix
No matter the cause of flooding, water damage can have a detrimental effect on your commercial building. Whether a pipe burst in a bathroom overnight or floodwaters from torrential rains caused your building’s basement to flood, you may believe that since the damage is already done, there is no rush to have the water drained. However, floodwater can cause damage quicker than you might think, and there are several benefits to having it removed as soon as possible.
1. Mold Can Form Rapidly After a Flood
The environment indoors changes quickly after a flood. Water might be absorbed by carpeting and drywall, which can increase a room’s humidity. In fact, humid conditions can contribute to mold growth and cause this fungus to grow as soon as 24 hours after a flood. Having a professional water damage and mold remediation company come in right away to drain away flood waters and perform mold cleanup may reduce overall repair costs.
2. Humidity May Warp Wood
After a flood, the humidity that builds indoors can cause any wooden building materials to warp if mitigation does not take place within at least a day or two. If standing water is not removed, it can increase the amount of water vapor in the air and cause considerable damage to wooden furniture, molding or flooring. It is wise to remove furniture as soon as it is safe to do so and store it in a cool, dry room, away from sunlight, until affected rooms are repaired and restored.
3. Clean Water Floods Can Cause Damage
If flooding in your building was caused by a plumbing mishap, the results can be just as detrimental. For example, if a pipe burst in the break room, the water can affect electrical systems and equipment or short them out, which can increase the risk of fire. Draining away standing water can reduce these potential hazards.
Flooding in your commercial building can create a variety of problems for you as a business owner. However, whether the flooding was caused by a pipe burst or by a storm, acting quickly can prevent the worst of the damage and lower repair costs. SERVPRO of Aurora is always here to help! We are here to make it "Like it never even happened," for you!
Mold, in my home!
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Aurora for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Aurora, IL specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. If you are in need of mold remediation please call our office at 630-862-3930.
When Fires Happen - Leave It To SERVPRO To Clean Up!
It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your house. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.
The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.
Take these action steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.
1. Contact your insurance company.
2. Contact your local fire restoration company.
3. Take photographs of the damage.
4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.
5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.
6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.
So give us a call if disaster strikes your home or business! We are faster to any disaster and are ready to make things "Like it never even happened."