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MVOCs and Moldy Odors

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MVOCs and Moldy Odors Mold damage can be a problem in your Weymouth property

There are many misconceptions about the risks posed by mold odors. The musty odor associated with mold is not necessarily either spores or a mycotoxin. Here are three facts about the microbial volatile organic compounds, or MVOCs, that are the culprit behind moldy odors with tips on what to do if you smell mold in your commercial property.

1. MVOCs are the source of moldy smells. These compounds are gases produced as a metabolic byproduct of mold growth. As long as a mold colony has moisture and nutrients from dead or living organic material, the growth cycle will continue and the mold will emit MVOCs at certain points in this cycle. More than 200 chemical compounds are found in MVOCs.

2. MVOCs are not the same as spores. If you breathe in air with a moldy odor, you are likely inhaling MVOCs. This does not mean you are also inhaling spores. Mold does not produce spores in every stage of growth. In fact, dried mold is more likely to release spores into the air than mold in earlier stages of growth that is exposed to sufficient moisture and nutrients.

3. MVOCs are not mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites that are intended to inhibit the growth of other types of fungus near a mold colony. Most but not all types of mold release mycotoxins. All growing mold releases MVOCs. Humans should restrict exposure to mycotoxin, and it is also a good idea to limit your exposure to MVOCs as much as possible.

If a musty odor has become a problem in your commercial property in Weymouth MA, you should contact a service that specializes in cleanup and mold remediation. Certified experts in indoor environmental testing and remediation can quickly identify the cause of the problem, stop mold growth, and eliminate traces of mycotoxin and MVOCs using equipment such as industrial air scrubbers.

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3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage When You’re Closed

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage When You’re Closed Commercial Water Loss

If you run a seasonal business, or just close your doors on the weekend, your business could be at risk of serious water damage while you’re away. Because no one is on premises to observe and report problems, it could be hours, days or even weeks or months before the damage is discovered. What could have been a simple water pipe repair becomes a major restoration effort, costing you tens of thousands of dollars. While an experienced water damage mitigation expert in East Weymouth, MA, can get your business back on its feet, here are three things you can do to prevent water damage while you’re closed.

1. Keep Gutters and Drains Clear

The gutters on your roof and drains around your parking lot or on street are there to direct rainwater away from your property. However, it’s not uncommon for leaves, garbage and other types of debris to block them. Make sure you regularly inspect and clear your gutters and drains to prevent water from backing up and flooding your business.

2. Do Regular Plumbing Maintenance

A broken pipe can do an incredible amount of damage in a short amount of time. You can help prevent your business from getting flooded by a burst pipe by preventing the conditions that can cause it. Insulate pipes exposed to outside temperatures, monitor the water pressure in your building with a pressure gauge to make sure it isn’t too high, and perform a water pipe repair as soon as you notice an issue.

3. Install a Backup Generator or Battery-Powered Sump Pump

If there’s a power outage during a flood or storm, your sump pump won’t be able to do its job. You can prevent this scenario by installing a backup generator or battery-powered sump pump that automatically starts during a power outage.

Don’t let a water pipe repair job balloon into a visit from a water mitigation expert from East Weymouth, MA. A few simple precautions can help protect your business from devastating water damage when you’re closed.

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When Are Flood Cuts Necessary?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Are Flood Cuts Necessary? Flood Cuts after Storm Damage

If you've had some flooding problems in your Weymouth, MA, home, you may have heard some residential storm damage professionals talking about making a flood cut. This industry-specific term can sound a little startling, but it's really nothing to worry about. Sometimes your flood cleanup crew will have to tear out the drywall that was affected by the standing waters. Usually a flood cut takes place either 12 or 18 inches above the water line.

Even though it's not necessarily a scary process, you probably would rather not have your drywall ripped out of your home. Thankfully, it's not always necessary. Your remediation experts can help you determine if you need to do a flood cut. As a general rule, this procedure is necessary in the following circumstances:

• When you need further assessment. After flooding, it can be hard to know what's going on in your walls. If this area is left uninspected, you could end up with a mold problem. The remediation team may choose to do a cut when they want to better assess the damage done behind the drywall.


• When the water is contaminated. If contamination is an issue, you'll likely have to have a flood cut done. Bacteria, sewage and other contaminants in the water can cause lots of issues for your home. If the water filling your home is a category 2 or 3, you should prepare yourself for a flood cut. This means the source of the water often plays a major role in whether this treatment is needed.


• When there is insulation behind a wall. Wet insulation cannot protect your home like it used to. Even after it dries out, it may not function well. For this reason, flood cuts are often made to remove insulation and replace it with an undamaged product.

When you have to deal with flooding in your home, it can get overwhelming really quickly. Some of the cleanup process can seem extreme, but taking these steps can help you stop future mold growth and structural problems.

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Every Second Counts When It Comes to Restoring Your Property

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts When It Comes to Restoring Your Property Fire damaged home has not been mitigated and now has secondary damage.

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property.

It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of furniture and documents. SERVPRO of Weymouth& Hingham has access to the right equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. 

 If you experience fire and/or soot damage at your property, what you do and don't do is vital. DO
  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage
  • Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape
  • Place dry towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • Wash off both sides of indoor plant leaves
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC systems
DON'T
  • Attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting us.
  • Attempt to shampoo upholstered furniture or carpet without first contacting us.
  • Attempt to clean electrical appliances, computers, televisions, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.
SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham, Quincy has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your property to pre-fire condition. Should you experience extensive fire damage, call SERVPRO of Weymouth& Hingham immediately.

Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property Fire Damage to Home in Weymouth, MA

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property. It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents. SERVPRO of Weymouth has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Our experienced technicians utilize industry knowledge, training, experience, high-tech equipment, and proprietary cleaning products to perform emergency services to meet our customer’s cleaning and restoration needs.

Performed immediately following a loss in order to reduce property and content damage, our emergency services reduce claims’ expense, and minimize customer disruption.

While the types of emergency services we provide vary, our emergency response includes:

  • Boarding up the structure and securing the property to help prevent intrusions.
  • Drying the structure. Water is often used to extinguish a fire, so excess water or moisture must be monitored and removed.
  • Deodorization of the affected areas.
  • Pre-testing and initial cleaning. Initial cleaning may help prevent additional damage caused by soot residue, and pre-testing allows the technician to determine what can be restored to help eliminate needless and costly expenses.
  • Conducting building inspections to evaluate the loss site for any safety or health hazards

Slime Mold: What Is It and Is It Dangerous?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve discovered a growth that looks like ooze, or maybe something from another planet, in your yard, your first instinct may be to panic. Your next is to take to Google and research the slimy patches, which is when you realize that you’re not dealing with something from another planet—rather, you’re dealing with lawn slime.

Outdoor mold is actually a very common problem, but one that humans largely ignore. It is not dangerous, but it is unsightly and more than a bit off-putting. If you want to know more about slime mold and how you can get rid of it, use this post as your guide.

A Few Things You Need To Know About Slime Mold

If you want to know how you can get rid of lawn mold, you need to first understand how, why and where it thrives. Here are some facts you need to know:

• This type of mold is a soil-dwelling amoeba and a brainless organism; it is neither plant nor animal.
• Lawn mold thrives off of dead organic matter, such as brush.
• Lawn mold thrives in moist, shaded areas.
• Slime mold works like regular mold—when you get rid of its food and water source, it will go away.
• Lawn mold is not dangerous.

Getting Rid of Lawn Slime

Though outdoor mold is not dangerous, it is unsightly to look at and unpleasant to touch. You can get rid of lawn mold fairly easily by taking the following actions:

• Dethatching your yard
• Reducing the frequency with which you water your lawn (at least in shady areas and until the mold has receded)
• Mowing your lawn to remove mold spores
• Manually removing mold patches and placing them in plastic bags
• Raking the areas where the mold is present and sprinkling them with baking soda, garlic or cornmeal

Lawn slime may be gross to deal with, but it’s not dangerous, and it’s easy to get rid of. If you don’t want to deal with the patches on your own, reach out to your Weymouth, MA, mold remediation team to do the job for you.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROweymouthhingham.com for more information. 

Dealing With Water Damage: Know What To Expect

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Water Damage: Know What To Expect Water Loss in Office Building

Dealing with water damage in the home can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Fortunately, the professional water cleanup team in Weymouth, MA, has several tricks it can employ to make the recovery process easy, quick and hassle free. Whether your problem stems from bursting pipes or a severe flood, here is what you can expect from professional cleanup efforts:

• The process should take as little as three to five days to complete, though it can take as long as 10 days.
• Mold growth begins as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs, which is why it is so important to start remediation efforts ASAP.
• Some of your items may not be salvageable, so be prepared to throw some belongings out.
• Your insurance may or may not cover the damage, so speak with your insurance representative as soon as damage occurs to get an idea of cost.

Duration of Cleanup

How long your home takes to cleanup really all depends on two factors:

1. Cause
2. Materials used in your home

If bursting pipes were the cause of your damage, cleanup may be easier and less time consuming. However, if your home was flooded with black water, cleanup could take exponentially longer. If the damaged area of the home had tile or cement floors, cleanup should take just a few days. However, if your floors are wood, it could take as many as 10.

Mold Prevention

Your Weymouth, MA, cleanup crew may focus on mold prevention first and foremost. This may include cleaning up, sanitizing and drying out the area.

Recovery

Depending on the extent of damage, you may or may not have to replace several of your belongings. Talk to your insurance company about what is covered and what is not. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of cleanup but not belongings or vice versa, while others may only cover the cost to fix broken pipes. Know what your policy covers so you can plan accordingly

Whether the damage to your home was caused by bursting pipes or a flood, it’s nice to know what to expect. Talk to your local water restoration company to learn more.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROweymouthhingham.com for more information. 

3 Tips for Preparing Your Commercial Property for Flood Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Tips for Preparing Your Commercial Property for Flood Damage Commercial Flooding in Church

As a business owner, you must protect your property. You likely have insurance that covers you in case of theft, fire or other serious property damage, but not all policies cover flood damage. Even if you don't live in an area prone to flooding, one burst pipe is all it takes to create a big problem. Luckily, these tips can help you save as much as possible if you face flood damage in Weymouth, MA.

Have Digital Backups of Any Paper Files

No matter how well you prepare, your paper files are at risk if storm damage is a possibility. If you don't already have digital copies of your important paperwork, now is the time to create these backups. Doing so can save you days' worth of headaches during the restoration process.

- Property deeds
- Insurance policies
- Inventory lists
- Employee information
- Company handbooks and policies
- Client or customer information

Create Sandbags to Protect Your Building

Placing sandbags at the doors and windows can protect your property from up to two feet of storm water. After filling each bag with sand, fold the top over and place the bag with the folded top down. Create one layer at a time, and limit their placement to three layers, unless you intend to create a pyramid or are leaning the bags against doors and windows. Remember, sandbags are a temporary solution and aren't likely to protect the building from larger floods.

Move What You Can

Consider your furniture and whether you have higher ground in your building. If you have a second story, move as much furniture and equipment to the higher floor as possible. If you have enough notice and a second property that is on higher ground, consider moving furniture and equipment to a new building entirely.

While you aren't likely to get away from flooding with no damage at all, following these steps will help you protect much of your property. Less time spent cleaning up means more time getting back into the swing of doing business.

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Preventing Mold in Your Commercial Property

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Dangerous mold can grow anywhere, even inside your commercial property in Weymouth Landing, IL.

To help prevent mold growth from seeping into the interior of your building, it’s important to take note of specific areas with high humidity, consistent moisture or any kind of water damage. These are the places where mold likes to fester, quickly reproducing and potentially causing damage in your building. Take charge of mold prevention with these few easy steps and help restore your property from the inside out.

  • Make any necessary repairs quickly. Letting building repairs pile up without fixing them quickly and efficiently is the easiest way to let mold take hold and grow. When you become aware of a leaky roof or windows, a cracked foundation or improperly sealed doorways, take the necessary time to fix these issues before they get left behind. Small leaks that appear benign can lead to extensive water damage in a short amount of time, giving way for mold to infiltrate the area.
  • Try decreasing the level of moisture in the air. While your property in Weymouth Landing, IL, doesn’t have many options in regards to the level of humidity outdoors, it’s smart to find ways to keep the indoor humidity levels low. Install dehumidifiers on every floor or consider placing some in the areas of highest humidity such as basements, bathrooms or kitchen spaces.
  • Start a routine inspection to stay on top of your building’s maintenance. Making a plan to undergo a routine inspection is key to staying vigilant and not letting mold become a lingering issue. Periodically check potential areas of high moisture or damp surfaces and take immediate action if a musty or moldy odor is present.

Defend your commercial property against fungal entities by following these tips for mold prevention. If mold growth occurs due to water damage that was never treated, call professionals immediately who can handle the mold remediation process properly.

Commercial Smoke Damage Can Be Harmful, but Is It Covered?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Lingering Smoke Damage

If you’re building was recently in a fire, or even if the building next door caught fire, one of the lingering affects you’ll have to deal with is smoke damage. Smoke can put your property and its contents at risk for deterioration, which is why it is crucial to work with a smoke cleaning crew in Hingman, IL, that knows how to deal with the contamination and effectively rid your building of soot contaminants and odors.

How the professionals will deal with your property’s damage depends on a number of factors, including:

• The source of the fire (what burned)
• The ionization of the soot particles
• The pattern of airflow in your building
• The length of time that lapsed between the fire and your reaching out to a professional
• The temperature of the fire
• Your building’s layout

Bearing that in mind, if you want to be compensated for your losses and future expenses, you should contact your insurance agency prior to hiring a professional cleaning crew.

Is Smoke Damage Covered by Insurance?

Your commercial building policy should cover soot damage, but the only way to know for sure is to reach out to your insurance provider directly. Assuming that the damage is covered, you will need to do the following prior to filing your claim:

• Obtain a copy of the fire report
• Note the date of loss, the type of damage, the location of damage and any related injuries
• Describe, in detail, the current condition of your building
• Describe, in detail, the description of damaged contents
• Note whether temporary repairs or complete replacements are necessary

It is important that you are as thorough and accurate as possible for two reasons: 1) the insurance agency will require proof of everything you state in your claim, and 2) you won’t get compensated for the things you don’t claim.

Also, bear in mind that the fire did not have to occur directly to your structure in order to recover damages. Smoke damage is harmful enough that it is considered a disaster in and of itself, so even if your building simply sustained soot damage, reach out to your insurance agency regarding your options.