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Tips To Reduce Moisture Problems Leading To Mold

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Tips To Reduce Mold:

A moisture problem in your space can quickly turn into a mold cleanup problem. Mold grows best in damp conditions, and as it is airborne, it spreads easily. Spores grow and bloom into colonies, and those colonies can permanently alter the aesthetics of a space, in addition to releasing dangerous bacteria into the air. These tips will help you reduce the damage done by mold growth.

Turn Off Your Air Conditioning System

Mold spores are ever present in the air around you. Generally, that isn’t a problem, but it becomes one when those spores find a suitable place to grow and flourish. Mold spores move through the air easily, and an air conditioning system that moves the air through your property will spread the spores around until they land in the best environment for growth. Turning off your HVAC system will help to keep the spores stationary until they can be properly removed from the space.

Turn Off Your Water

Whether your moisture problem is from a leaky connection, a busted pipe, or flood conditions, turning off your water can only help to dry out your space. Moving water is always in danger of being deposited in the wrong place, and damp conditions are ideal for mold growth. Keep the problem isolated as long as possible by turning off your water at the main connection to avoid spreading the spores throughout the property, making mold cleanup easier.

Call a Professional

Mold spores cannot be completely removed from a space, because they’re airborne. However, a qualified professional can mitigate that mold growth to keep it at a normal level. They’ll use specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to remove the growth conditions and air filtration devices to remove the excess spores from the air.

Your moisture problem doesn’t have to lead to a black mold infestation; mold cleanup requires just a few special steps to isolate and mitigate the issue. Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on mold.

Do You Have Mold In Your Crawlspace?

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a water leak caused mold, mildew or wood rot?

Crawl spaces are prone to mold growth due to the high levels of moisture and humidity in these areas. Some of the most common causes of increased levels of humidity in the crawl space include water leaks, damaged insulation, and inadequate ventilation. To get rid of a mold problem in the crawl space, you have to control the moisture and humidity levels. Review our tips for how to prevent mold issues;

  • Check for water leaks in the foundation walls and crawl space ceiling — make sure there are no cracks that allow water to leak inside the crawl space. While checking for cracks, be sure to also inspect the HVAC ducts and plumbing components for leaks.
  • Ensure that the gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that flows toward your house could enter your crawl space and basement.
  • Make sure your crawl space is properly ventilated — for every 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. However, consult a professional to determine if you should keep the crawl space vents closed and, if so, find other ways to control the humidity in the crawl space.
  • Use plastic sheeting covers to insulate/encapsulate the crawl space floor and foundation walls. Vapor barriers like plastic sheeting covers trap the moisture that is evaporating from the soil and walls.
  • If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect the insulation once or twice a year. Make sure the insulation is not missing or sagging, which indicates that there could be a water problem.
  • Make sure dryer vents always discharge to the outside and not into the crawl space, attic or other area of the house. If they don’t, this can lead to a major increase in humidity.If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:
  • Call SERVPRO of Edmonds. Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can diagnose your crawlspace moisture problem and get your crawlspace dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation in your crawlspace, treat the mold and mildew with an anti-microbial solution, dry the wet floor joists or subfloor, and remove and reset the vapor barrier so that you have no more problems of moisture damaging your home environment.
  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
  • What to Do:
  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Edmonds for mold remediation services.
  • 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.

Frozen Pipes? Call the SERVPRO of Edmonds Team!

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Severe winter weather ranks third as a cause of insured catastrophic losses, after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute.  Losses from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures across the United States average about $1.2 billion a year, according to the New York Times.

Preparing your home for cold weather can help avoid potentially costly problems, like frozen pipes.  When water freezes it expands.  That's why a can of soda explodes if you put it into a freezer to chill quickly and forget it.  When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way.  If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage can begin.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

So what can you do to avoid frozen pipes?  First, make sure your heating system is working properly and that vulnerable pipes, like those that run close to your exterior walls, are insulated. 

If you go away for several days in the winter, make sure you leave the heat on.  The Insurance Information Institute recommends setting your thermostat at 65 degrees.

Have someone check your home and property, if you can.  If you expect to be away for extended periods - say, you go South for the winter - have your water turned off.

Other actions you can take to help prevent your pipes from freezing are:

  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near your pipes
  • Keep your garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage.
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
  • Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Keep your heat at a minimum of 55 degrees at all times.  Keep it at 65 when you're out of town.
  • During severe cold turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night.
  • Remove your outside hoses and store them inside during the winter.
  • If you need to be away from home, consider draining your water system before you go.
  • Identify the locations of shut-off valves so that you're prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.

If a pipe bursts:

  • Shut off water at the main valve. Your shut-off should be easily marked with a tag. Call SERVPRO of Edmonds if you would like one.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Edmonds to mitigate the damage. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access!

Call us anytime at 425-775-5723.

Thanksgiving Cautions: Dangers to Consider before Deep Frying Your Turkey

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Serving a deep fried turkey on Thanksgiving has grown in popularity over the years as people experiment more in their kitchens. While it may be a mouth-watering option is the risk truly worth it? Many of you may have seen the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires publicized online. Don’t run the risk of property damage or injury – make sure you take the proper precautions when menu planning this season; especially if you are taking on a deep fried turkey.

  • Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Consider placement of the fryer, is it flat, sturdy, out of reach from children?
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in and a frozen or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter (sometimes with great force) when put in the pot
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilt on a hot burner can cause a considerable flame or fire
  • Without thermostat controls some turkey fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Make sure it’s not too hot.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot. Protect you hands when maneuvering to prevent injury or spillage

Your friends at SERVPRO of Edmonds wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to stay safe. Remember, our team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, no matter what holiday or time of night. If you experience a fire SERVPRO of Edmonds will come to your rescue, don’t hesitate to call 425-775-5723.

How To Locate A Residential Water Shut-Off Valve

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

It’s important to know where your main water shut-off valve is in case of an emergency. If a pipe bursts, dishwasher fails or a toilet overflows, shutting off the water can significantly reduce water damage. It is also an excellent idea to turn off your water if you are leaving for an extended amount of time. Keep in mind; if the water has been off for a long time, open all the faucets in your home before turning the main water shut-off valve back on. In some cases, the surge of water in empty pipes may damage plumbing or faucet.

The locations of your water shut-off valves vary depending on your geographical location, water source and type of residence. Unfortunately, shut-off valves aren’t always obvious and its important to know their location before a disaster strikes. Utilize the tips below to locate your water shut-off valves.

How to Find Water Shut-off Valves

There are multiple shut-off valves in a house – typically one for each of your appliances that uses water and a main shut-off valve for the entire house. You can usually find shut-off knobs for your toilet, sink or washing machine behind the units or under the sink. If your toilet is about to overflow, don’t waste time by running around looking for the main water shut-off valve – simply turn the water shut-off knob behind the toilet.

Well Water (Main) Shut-off Valve

Wells usually have two main shut-off valves: There is a valve that goes from the well to the pressure tank and another valve from the pressure tank to your plumbing. Shut-off both valves if you are concerned about frozen pipes. .

Pressure tanks may be in the basement, garage or closet. To find the pressure tank shut-off valve, look for a valve or knob near the tank. The shut-off valve is usually connected to the same pipe that has the pressure gauge on it.

The well is usually located near the pressure tank but may be outside in a small well house or elsewhere. The well shut-off valve should be near the well or even in a small utility box buried in the ground near the well. If multiple valves are visible, only turn one at a time, and then check the corresponding faucet to see if it worked. Once you have found the right valve, mark it for future reference. You can also trip the circuit breaker to the well to temporarily deactivate the well pump.

City Water (Main) Shut-off Valve

In colder climates this main is usually located in your home’s utility room, along with the furnace or water heater. The main shut-off valve should be on the largest water pipe in this area. Look for pipes that lead directly out of the foundation toward the street.

In warm climates you may find the shut-off valve in a plastic or concrete utility box in the ground toward the front of your house, near the street and sometimes can be covered by dirt.

Did You Find the Shut-off Valve Too Late?

If water damage has occurred call SERVPRO of Edmonds at 425-775-5723 and our team will respond immediately. If you would like a complimentary water shut-off tag for your property one of our friendly staff members will send you one to your home or business.

SERVPRO of Edmonds Supports First Responders

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

WSCAI Earth Day

Did you know that national volunteer week is April 15-21st? At SERVPRO of Edmonds we would like to take a moment to thank all of the first responders in the community from firefighters, police, EMTs and military personnel. We value all of your hard work and dedication to keeping our citizens safe. Our team enjoys supporting our first responders by collaborating on Emergency Preparedness workshops in the community and donating care packages to local veteran’s housing. We understand the importance of being a first responder as we go above and beyond for our customers who have suffered a water or fire loss.

FEMA’s community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is comprised of volunteers that are trained to be prepared for local disasters such as fires, floods or earthquakes. These groups practice basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. With more than 2,700 CERT programs over 600,000 people have been trained nationwide. Several members of our staff have taken the initiative to become CERT members.

SERVPRO of Edmonds plan to support volunteer week with our annual commitment to WSCAI’s Earth Day Project. WSCAI (Washington State Community Associations Institute) spends a day each year focusing on a community improvement project that often incorporates cleaning and landscaping. To find out more about WSCAI’s Earth Day visit their website at https://wscai.org/

Toilet Overflow? Here Are Your Next Steps

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you face a flooded toilet merely by flushing, you may have sewer damage instead of a more surface level problem. To mitigate risk of damage to your bathroom floors and fix the overflow concerns, here is a list of steps to go through before calling a sewage company and water damage remediation specialists.

1. Stop the Overflow

Remove the lid of the toilet and lift the float. As you do this, ask someone else to shut off the water valve just behind the toilet. To do this, the other person will need to turn the valve clockwise.

2. Mop the Excess

Once the flooded toilet has stopped leaking, you can begin to mop up the excess water. You will also need to sanitize as thoroughly as possible. If it is a sewer damage problem, the water will be more dangerous than typical water that flows through the pipes in your home.

3. Plunge the Toilet

Plunging ensures that pipes are sufficiently cleared and that there’s no extra blockage about which you should be concerned. If plunging does not solve the issue, you will want to pay a phone call to your local sewage company.

4. Call for Professional Help

If you are certain that the water on hand is sewer water, it is crucial to call in the professionals. Your water restoration experts in Edmonds, WA will not only be able to solve water overflow issues, but they will also be able to examine and sanitize the affected areas – including floors, walls and baseboards – to make sure that the water leakage isn’t going to cause mold.

If you are facing persistent flooded toilet issues or sewer damage, shutting off the water and calling the professionals to clean up can help you quickly resolve the flooding problem and any subsequent water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on water damage.

The Aftermath of a Flooded Home

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

The Aftermath of a Flooded Home

If you have recently dealt with some water damage or flood damage, you know how frustrating it can be to get water cleanup done. Mitigation and restoration services are needed to get your home back to working condition. These experts use their own services and tools to do the drying for you, ensuring that the water cleanup is done in a convenient and effective manner. If you have a flooded home, you need to consider hiring a restoration company to handle the pipe break or supply line break for you.

When Water Damage Happens

When water damage hits your home, you'll often deal with a flooded home that is difficult to clean up on your own. Water cleanup is imperative for you when you are trying to restore your home back to working order. The restoration company will come into your house and do an inspection of the flooded home and water damage that is present. They will then do any and all drying mitigation for you so that restoration is done in a quick manner. Mitigation and restoration done by an expert restoration company can be inexpensive and you'll find that many insurance companies pay for this to be done. You do not need to deal with flood damage on your own.

Restoration and Mitigation Services

For those who have water in their home or are even dealing with water in a business office, you need to consider hiring a restoration company to do all of the drying for you. The flooded home or office can be handled quickly, and you will be able to have the restoration company fix the pipe break or supply line break for you. If you do not know how to fix the pipe break on your own, it's time to hire an expert plumber to handle the supply line break.

When to Get Water Cleanup Done

The best time for you to get flood damage cleaned after having water in your home is when a flood hits the area or you've dealt with plumbing issues. If you have significant water in the business area, you need a professional who can handle flood damage for you at a price you'll be able to afford. Once you see how effective this method is, you'll wonder why you ever tried to handle the situation on your own.

Dealing with a Supply Line Break or Pipe Break

Many people deal with water in their home or even have some water in their business because of a plumbing issue. If this is the case, you may need to hire a professional company to come in and repair the issues for you. This is especially important if this is an ongoing problem and you have had problems in the past with getting it repaired on your own because you do not have the skills or tools to do it on your own.

Drying the Water in Your Home or Any Water in a Business Office

Drying any water damage in your home is important because it restores the house to its former glory. If you have some type of insurance, you're going to want to talk to the provider to see what they are going to cover for you. Once you make the decision to hire one of these experts, it's time for you to think about the benefits of doing so and knowing that they are going to be there for you at every point possible. This is something that is going to be what you need if you have been struggling to get your home restored after you've dealt with a flood in the area. Whether you have a flood because of a pipe issue or you live near the water, it is nice to know that there are tons of experts out there who are willing to help.
Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on water damage.

Causes and Methods for Water Damage Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Causes and Methods for Water Damage Restoration

Water is one of the most destructive substances in the indoor environment. For example, excess flooding or moisture can cause rapid deterioration of structures and personal properties. In that case, water damage can be more dangerous when the water cleanup services are postponed. Also, the destructive effects of water can be sharply reduced by the effective intervention of a restoration company within the first 48 hours. Although water damage can be severe, restoration and water cleanup can still produce amazing results.

Water is an important substance to homes and businesses. Businesses and homes cannot survive without water. However, water in home or water in business can sometimes be a mess, which can be as a result of supply line break or pipe break. In that case, the mess that comes with water in business and water in home is caused by the following factors.
• Leaking or bursting pipes.
• Faulty household appliances.
• Natural disasters such as storms and other weather-related problems.
• HVAC issues.
• Faulty plumbing systems.
• Problems with water in home or water in business are also caused by basement humidity and sewer back up, which is invaded by the clogged drain lines and tree roots.
• Flash Flooding

What to do when you experience a flooded home
Normally, more than 80% of the disasters that are handled by a restoration company or mitigation experts include flood damage, supply line break, pipe break, and storms. Addressing the issues with water in business or water in home should be faster because it is one of the critical ways of securing the structures of your personal properties. Therefore, the following are the various steps to consider when dealing with a flooded home, water damage, and flood damage.
• The excess water should be removed by mopping, blotting, and drying.
• The process of water cleanup should be carried out after you have removed items such as lamps, jewelry, and electronics.
• In the case of a supply line break or pipe break, switch off the main water line.
• If you happened to experience a flooded home during the summer, turn on the air conditioning systems for maximum drying.
• Before the water cleanup or water damage mitigation, art objects should be moved to a safe and dry place.
• After the water cleanup, inspect on what caused the pipe break or supply line break.
• During water damage restoration, you should remove colored mats from wet carpets.
• Drying of a flooded home should start when you have already switched off the main power supply. Also, mitigation and restoration experts recommend that you turn off the main gas supply during the water cleanup.
• Before deciding on the drying method to use for the emergency mitigation, it is imperative that you consulted with a trained and licensed professional from a restoration company.
• You can also take photos and documentation of items and structures that are affected by the flood damage. The pictures and documentation can then be presented to a restoration company, which will give you a proper directive regarding the type of claim to pursue. There are two types of claims, water damage claim, and flood damage claim.
Things not to do after experiencing problems with water in home or water in business
• Do not use the household vacuum for water removal during the restoration process.
• Do not turn on ceiling fixtures when the ceiling is wet. You should also avoid the rooms that have sagging ceilings.
• Do not leave magazines or books on a wet floor after the damage restoration.
• Do not fix electrical appliances or electrical sockets if you are not sure of the procedure to follow.
Visit http://www.SERVPROedmonds.com for more information on water damage.