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Fungus Among Us
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 fungi 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.
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan
If you have a visible mold problem remember
SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7.
Training Day for SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County
SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with items because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences feelings or sometimes physical distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Do to this accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.
Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there's no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.
In some cases people hoard not only items but animals.People who hoard animals may collect dozens or even hundreds of pets. Animals may be confined inside or outside. Because of the large numbers, these animals often aren't cared for properly. The health and safety of the person and the animals are at risk because of unsanitary conditions.
SERVPRO Franchises encounter hoarding situation most often during water losses and fire losses. Each hoarding situation is unique. Often hoarding is a sensitive situation. Our SERVPRO team has the professionalism and compassion to help.
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Information found at www.mayoclinic.org
Emergency Ready Profile ERP
Our Mobile ERP accessible from almost anywhere.
Why SERVPRO? We have what you need.
Does your business have an emergency plan in place? There are many benefits to having an emergency plan. At SERVPRO we offer the ERP. The Emergency Ready Plan or ERP is a service our company offers to help your business in its time of need. In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. This is a comprehensive document that contains critical information about your business. This includes Emergency contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas. With our many technological advances you are now able to access your ERP on your mobile device from almost any location.
The ERP is a no-cost assessment! It’s only requires time. If you are interested in acquiring this valuable assets contact SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County 269-686-0664.
advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
- No-cost to your business
- Easy access to critical information
- Quick access to contacts
- Easy to understand and organized
- Peace of Mind
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, mold remediation from an on going problem or a fire. SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County is here to help. When fire or water damage puts your business at risk. Let us make it “ "Like it never even happened." “. It all starts with a phone call and one of our helpful representatives will assist you with your needs.
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