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Allegan & Barry County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your 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 Allegan & Barry County 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.
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SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 269-686-0664
Fungus Among Us
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.Education is the premise of progress, in every society,in every family." -Kofi Annan
Mold. Just the word makes many people cringe. I hope with this blog I will be able to inform you the reader the basics on understanding mold. Making mold a little less scary.
Mold is a term that is used to describe fungi that grows in the form of a multi cellular thread like structure. Mold and fungai spores are naturally occurring. When an out of the ordinary event occurs such as water intrusion mold can become more present. This can happen in many ways. For example flooding,leaking pipes, roof leaks and more. When these events occur it creates the ideal environment for mold. In order to thrive molds need moisture,humidity, and organic material (wood,paper,drywall,insulation) to provide a food source. Live mold spores act like seeds and are able to form new colonies under the right conditions. This is why it is important to have a professionals on the job.
If you have a visible mold problem remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7.
Fire Safety 101
A single flame can become a raging fire in a matter of moments. For this reason it is important for you and your family to be prepared. Fire prevention is key! Here are a few tips to help you stay safe.
- Keep all fires and heaters well guarded.
- Keep portable heaters and candles away from furniture and curtains.
- Don't dry or air clothes over or near the fire, or the cooker
- Do not smoke in bed
- Never leave a pan unattended
- If there are children around, keep matches and lighters well out of reach
- Fit approved smoke detectors on each floor.
- Plan your escape route.
Remember Get out, stay out and call for HELP!
Remember SERVPRO® of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7! Faster to any disaster.
Spring is in the air. Snow is melting and the earth is saturated. The first day of Spring is exactly a month away. You may be wondering what effect does snow have on flooding potential. Well I'm here to let you know. As snow melts it adds to the ground just like rainfall. On average one inch of fresh snow is equal to a tenth of an inch of water. When snow begins to accumulate and compact throughout the winter season the ratio of snow to water changes. So ten inches of snow remaining as spring arrives may contain as much as 5 inches of water! As a result snowmelt flooding can occur. So what are the major contributing factors of snowmelt flooding?
- High moisture level in the soil in fall
- Ground frost
- Snow coverage with high water content
- Melting occurring at a rapid continuous rate
- Ice Jams
- Moderate to heavy rain during the melt down
If snowmelt flooding is causing you to have a melt down remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7!
Ice Dam Dilemma
This image shows the conditions in which ice dams form on a roof line.
As winter comes to an end and everything begins to thaw new issues can arise. I'm talking about ice dams. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof.The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into a residence and cause damage to the wall,ceiling,insulation, and other areas. There are a few signs to look for that might indicate an ice dam.
- Icicles forming on the roof line of your home
- ice and water forming on the siding or around windows
- Ice building up on the gutter or lower roof edge
- Water stains or moisture in your attic
- Water stains on the interior of your home (ceiling,walls,etc.)
When winter weather causes you trouble just remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7!