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Hurricane Preparedness

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness SERVPRO of Sumter gearing up for Florence

How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land.
Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding,
rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes,
buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill
people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries
primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from
the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.”
Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.
Now/Prepare
Sign up for local alerts and
warnings. Monitor local news and
weather reports.
Prepare to evacuate by testing your
emergency communication plan(s),
learning evacuation routes, having a
place to stay, and packing a “go bag.”
Stock emergency supplies.
Protect your property by installing
sewer back flow valves, anchoring
fuel tanks, reviewing insurance
policies, and cataloging belongings.
Collect and safeguard critical
financial, medical, educational, and
legal documents and records.
During/Survive
Follow guidance from local
authorities.
If advised to evacuate, grab your
“go bag” and leave immediately.
For protection from high winds,
stay away from windows and seek
shelter on the lowest level in an
interior room.
Move to higher ground if there
is flooding or a flood warning.
Turn Around Don’t Drown.®
Never walk or drive on flooded
roads or through water.
Call 9-1-1 if you are in life threatening
danger.
After/Be Safe
Return to the area only after
authorities say it is safe to do so.
Do not enter damaged buildings
until they are inspected by qualified
professionals.
Never walk or drive on flooded
roads or through floodwaters.
Look out for downed or unstable
trees, poles, and power lines.
Do not remove heavy debris by
yourself. Wear gloves and sturdy,
thick-soled shoes to protect your
hands and feet.
Do not drink tap water unless
authorities say it is safe.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National  Preparedness Month Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida in 2017

National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. For the entire month of September, this initiative encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

The devastating wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes in 2017 and 2018 show the importance of preparing for disasters. Seeing that these disasters can strike in any shape or form at any given time, it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. Ask your community how you can volunteer. 

Business also need to be prepared. Ask us about out Emergency Ready Program. It is imperative to have all the shut off information to your water, electric, and gas handy in case of an emergency. SERVPRO of Sumter can help with all that. We even have an app you can download so all the information can be at your fingertips. 

Post Construction Cleaning May Benefit You

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Post Construction Cleaning May Benefit You Stormy and SERVPRO know Clean

If your house is under construction for a remodel you know how messy (and dangerous)  the area can be. While some construction companies will clean up after a remodel, you will still be left with somewhat of a mess to deal with. SERVPRO Professional Techinciaans will go beyond just sweeping and vacuuming the floors. Post-Construction Cleaning Services include thoroughly cleaning every inch of the remodeled area and will safely remove debris along with the following:

  • Dust walls
  • Hand wash all doors
  • Hand wash all trim
  • Mop all flooring multiple times (if applicable)
  • Dust entire house multiple times to pick up residual falling debris
  • Vacuum entire house thoroughly to pick up debris and dust
  • Hand wash all cabinets and closets inside and out
  • All reachable lights wiped.

Also during the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. You may need dehumidification and drying to ensure that the moisture is eliminated. 

Hoarding Can Be a Serious Issue

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding Can Be a Serious Issue Even Superheroes can have issues

Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.

Hoarding can be related to compulsive buying (such as never passing up a bargain), the compulsive acquisition of free items (such as collecting flyers), or the compulsive search for perfect or unique items (which may not appear to others as unique, such as an old container).

A lack of functional living space is common among hoarders, who may also live in unhealthy or dangerous conditions. Hoarders often live with broken appliances and without heat or other necessary comforts. They cope with malfunctioning systems rather than allow a qualified person into their home to fix a problem.

Those who hoard usually experience embarrassment about their possessions and feel uncomfortable when others see them. SERVPRO Of Sumter can help with issue and make it "Like it never even happened."

You Do Not Have To Be "Under Water" To Need Us

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage You Do Not Have To Be "Under Water" To Need Us Flood cut in a Sumter home after a pipe busted while the family was on vacation.

Mitigation means acting quickly to stop the damage from getting worse, without necessarily fixing the damage. The key to storm mitigation is stopping water leaks and minor flooding so materials can dry within 24-48 hours. This prevents the further damage of structural weakening or wood rot, and stops the growth of mold on damp surfaces.
Even while it is still raining or an active leak is present, there are ways to mitigate the damage. The key is to not wait. Even if your home has been spared from acute flooding, what seems like "minor" water damage from leaks and other water intrusions can turn into major problems over time – and need to be addressed immediately.

Coverage is not always obvious or intuitive, so be sure to check your policy carefully and confirm coverage with your adjuster (this is not the same person who sold you the policy). 

Types of Mold: Aureobasidium

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Types of Mold: Aureobasidium Mold discovered behind wallpaper in a bathroom.

Aureobasidium is an allergenic mold that can sometimes be found growing behind wallpaper or on painted or wooden surfaces. Aureobasidium usually develops in a pink, brown or black color. As it ages, aureobasidium typically turns a darker brown color.

Aureobasidium spores are difficult to identify on spore traps because of morphologic variation. Its most distinguishing feature is the production of primary blastospores (spores produced by a budding process) arising directly from pigmented, vegetative hyphae on short denticles (protuberances in the hyphae). The spores may be hyaline or pigmented, variable in size, one-celled, ellipsoid or ovoid, and completely encased in a slimy coat. These primary spores can give rise to secondary or tertiary spores through yeast-like budding. The conidia (spores) adhere together to form slimy heads. The brown hyphae can differentiate to form chlamydospores (resting spores) or arthroconidia (asexual spores) at maturity.

When to Test?

  • When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is, a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.
  • n some cases a doctor or the patient has a health issue that they cannot pinpoint the cause but seems to be related to mold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc). Here, a mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.

Tips For Commercial Carpet Cleaning

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips For Commercial Carpet Cleaning Commercial Carpet in an Office Building.

Proper carpet care can be a complicated part of commercial cleaning and facility management.A ton of cleaning choices are available, and deciding what carpet cleaning process or chemical to use can be a confusing task.

Up-to-date vacuums can reduce cleaning times.In some environments, traditional upright vacuums cannot be used efficiently due to furniture and other impediments.

Carpeting should be vacuumed as much as possible. Foot traffic and airborne impurities like dust, pollen and other contaminants end up in carpet fiber along with hair, dander, skin and dust mites.

Provide manual spotting tools to employees so that they can perform regular spot removal.

Look for certified products when making the change to sustainable carpet cleaning. Just because a product or service is green certified, that doesn’t mean it won’t damage carpet materials during the cleaning process.

Routine maintenance is the key to carpet appearance and longevity.

Your Shelter from Life's Storms

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Your church is your congregations shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life. But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship or if your cleaning needs go beyond the reach of your staff, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. 

No stain is too small and no storm damage is too big for the SERVPRO System. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, experience, resources and equipment to restore and clean churches quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

What is Ozone Treatment for Fire Damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  What is Ozone Treatment for Fire Damage Ozone Chamber

o·zone'o?zon/noun

  1. a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3). Ozone treatments are one of the best tools for removing odor caused by smoke damage. Ozone works to remove odors by chemically changing the structure of the molecules in the smoke that are creating the smell. The extra oxygen atom attaches itself to the other molecules to create a new molecule that is non-offensive—and non-smelly—in a process called oxidation. As a gas, ozone can clean anywhere air is allowed to flow. That’s one of the features that makes it so effective in removing odors that other cleaning techniques just can’t touch.

Household Mold Acremonium

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Household Mold Acremonium Mold Growth on and around Window Seals

ACREMONIUM: 

Acremonium mold is a toxigenic mold type that evolves in its appearance over time. It first starts out as a small moist mold that turns into a fine powdery substance. Acremonium mold is often pink, grey, orange or white in color. Acremonium typically grows in household systems and areas such as condensation from humidifiers, cooling coils, drain pans and window sealants.

  Acremonium is sometimes known to grow with other types of mold including strachybotrys, which creates a particularly unpleasant and dangerous mold problem in homes. Acremonium is a genus of fungus that consists of approximately 100 species. The presence of this slow-growing, prolific mold can be detected by its unpleasant stench in the air.

Tips to Control Mold
If you have leaks in the house or puddles of water in the basement, you can expect mold growth, and it can be difficult to eliminate. Make sure your house is well ventilated by opening windows or using a fan to keep air circulating. Immediately remove wet or water damaged articles such as rugs and upholstered furniture, and if the items cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried, get rid of them.