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Mold in your Mansfield basement

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Richland And Ashland Counties has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today –

(419)207-8449

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

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The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Can my home have a Mold Problem?

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Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. 

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem.

While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others.

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and
  • de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties at

(419) 207-8499

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of  North Richland and Ashland Co, we see fire and water disasters everyday in situations where sometimes, a fire extinguisher can greatly decrease the intensity of an event.  Choosing the right fire extinguisher can greatly help your business in the long run. 

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and is used to put out fires in cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and plastics.

Class B: These are used when flammable liquids are involved, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C: This is used when fires involve appliances or equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: These are used for flammable metals and are usually found in factories working with those metals.

Class K: Usually found in commercial kitchens, they are used when vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking are involved.

Choosing the right fire extinguisher is an integral component of your business when it involves preparation for unexpected disasters such as a fire event.  If your business suffers a fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co.  We specialize in restoring any size disaster with 24/7 emergency services so you can be confident that your business will remain standing when the smoke clears.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Water Damage information

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The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of South Richland Co. Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of North  Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Disasters Can Happen be prepared.

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As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become ready
  • Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. 

We are always here when needed

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help.

Call Today (419)287-8449

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

                         What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • Your insurance information (if applicable).
  • The street address of the water-damage home or business.
  • When did the flood or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

We are here for you anytime of any day. We are just a call away.

Controlling Water Damage

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Residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main, or a malfunction in your sewer system. Whatever the ultimate cause may be, the result will be a soggy, dangerous mess that must be correctly addressed and controlled immediately. If your home has been affected by residential water damage in Mansfield, Ohio, take charge of the situation now. You can get your emergency solved in a prompt and timely manner by a skilled and qualified local restoration service.


Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to deal to contact a locally owned cleanup and restoration service that is fully equipped and qualified to deal with the situation. You'll need to be able to trust this service with your property, but it would also be nice to feel that they will treat your building as part of their own community.

Contact Us for a Same-day Risk Assessment and Work Estimate
As soon as you contact us with the details concerning your emergency, we will arrive at your property for a full, same-day risk assessment and work estimate. We will examine every aspect of your property and find out what the extent of the damage is. Once we have established this, we will give you a complete estimate concerning the cost of the work that we will do for you. You are under absolutely no obligation unless you agree to let us do the work.

Even When the Water Is Gone, Mold Can Remain in Your Home
Even when all of the water has been removed from your home, you should know that dangers can remain behind. One of the worst and most pressing of these potential hazards is mold growth. Mold can hide in nooks and crannies all throughout your house and breed unnoticed until it takes over your entire property. This can lead to your property being condemned as unfit to live in and require more time and money to repair.

If mold growth is detected in your HVAC system or water filtration unit, the best way to deal with the problem is to root it out immediately. Our service team of skilled professionals can make sure all mold growth is destroyed and purify your air and water systems so that your family will not suffer any ill effects in the future. The faster this is done, the sooner your family can breathe freely without fearing further risks to their health.

Contact Us Today for More Information
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that is equipped to handle emergencies in Mansfield, Ashland as well all surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 207-8449

Water Damage in Mansfield and Ashland, OH --Help Is On the Way

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Water Damaged Mansfield  Home

 Many sources of water damage could affect a home. Among the common causes of water damage are flooding, clogs, bad plumbing, flash floods, and faulty appliances. One common issue is an overflowing septic tank which can result in placing raw sewage in your home. Gutters can be overwhelmed with water and roofs could leak which could lead to water damage in your home. While you can try to clean the water up yourself, if more than a mop and bucket are needed, your best bet is to hire professionals from SERVPRO to do the job because of the expertise and the equipment needed. 
 
There is a process required to take care of water damage restoration. There are plenty of steps that professionals follow to make sure the home gets back to its prime form. The experts inspect the areas of the home to ensure that no further water is entering the house from the exterior or an internal leak. Moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers help to find wet pockets of moisture in the home. They check out all of the inaccessible areas to find all of the moisture. When you leave water in the remote areas, you could get problems like mold, and degradation of wood studs and drywall. They also decide on the technology needed, following the standards and guidelines of the IICRC, to clean and dry out all water damaged articles, building materials, and electronics.
 
When ignored or undetected, water damage causes the following common problems. There is lower property value due to the compromised structure of your home. Paint can also start peeling from the walls because of the water damage. Water can ruin your carpets and warp any hardwood floors. The HVAC system can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Clothes might need to be quickly dried before any permanent damage occurs. There are plenty of other issues with water damage if you are not taking care of it. 
 
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is a premier water damage restoration company, as attested to by many insurance businesses and BBB advisements. Why not call on them to restore your water damaged Mansfield property to its preloss condition? "Like it never even happened." They are available every hour of the day to provide the service that you need. Give them a call at (419)207-8449

Top 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Top 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage This facility had a massive water damage and SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County was called to cleanup.

Flooding and the subsequent water damage it causes can be a major pain for Mansfield homeowners. While you may hope to never have to deal with water damage, the fact is you may want to know a bit about the process surrounding floods. You can work with one of our residential water damage specialists to learn more about the damage and cleanup, or you can turn to this quick guide.

Why It Happens

Water damage can be caused by a myriad of situations, including the following:

A burst pipe  or other plumbing issues
Water collection in basements, crawlspaces or attics
Natural disasters
Problems with a dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances
Sewer backups

Understanding a bit about why water damage takes place may help you prepare for the problems.

How To Clean Up

The cleanup process after a residential flood may vary based on the source of the water damage. If it was a pipe bursting, for example, you may have to remove your belongings from the house to allow them to dry out. Carpets and other flooring may also have to be torn out to better clean up the damage done by the water. If the damage was done by a sewer backup, the cleaning process may require a few more steps. Because your needs may vary so much, it is important for you to work with a team that knows what to do no matter the situation.

What To Know About Restoration

After you have cleaned up the initial mess of the flooding, the work may not be over. Depending on the extent of the water damage, your home may need to be restored. For example, if some of the drywall had to be taken out to avoid mold growth , the restoration will include replacing the drywall. The size of the restoration can vary based on the source of the water. A water line problem, for example, could encompass a larger portion of your home than a leaky shower.

Learning more about water damage can help you better prepare for floods, a burst pipe or other sources of excessive water. It's better to learn about the issues before you have to deal with them.

Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement

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Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement 

In most cases, people tend to think of water as a good thing: great for drinking and recreation, and beautiful to view in a lake or river. Water, however, is the most basic of solvents, and in the wrong place, such as in the basement of a commercial building, it can cause a lot of damage. When flooding occurs in Mansfield,Ohio whether from a storm or a broken plumbing system, specialized equipment needs to be employed, and fast. Trained experts will be able to bring in powerful tools to clean up the damage and remove standing water. Here are four tools of the trade to aid in the cleanup process when the water is 2 feet or higher.

Powerful Pumps. An industrial sump pump is one of the most effective items a professional cleaning team can bring in to remove water. A strong submersible pump can remove thousands of gallons from the property quickly. By getting the water out rapidly, the chance of further damage and mold development is greatly diminished. A trash pump is another piece of equipment that will accelerate the cleanup.

Truck Mounts. By using powerful units mounted onto trucks, a flood water cleanup team can quickly remove basement water and use strong wet and dry vacuums. These machines have the advantage of flexibility and efficiency.

Infrared Cameras. Infrared technology can determine how much moisture is still in the building after the standing water has been removed. While the water may not be visible to the naked eye, water behind basement walls and ceilings can cause extra humidity and attract insect pests, vermin and harmful bacteria.

Moisture Detectors and Hygrometers. These devices measure the level of moisture saturation in the building after the initial cleanup. This can help determine whether it would be beneficial to run vacuums and drying fans for additional time.

These four essential pieces of cleaning equipment will remove standing water from the basement of any Mansfield , Oh. commercial building, helping property owners better protect their investments. 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. for more information on water damage.

419-207-8449