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Keep Your Facilities Mold-Free

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Keep Your Facilities Mold-Free Mold damage in East Weymouth,MA

How to Prevent Mold Spore Buildup in Your Properties

While it's true that mold grows everywhere, you certainly don't want to have to worry about it in any of your commercial buildings. Fortunately, there are steps to take. From purchasing door mats to scheduling professional carpet cleaning services, there are several things you can do to prevent mold spore buildup in your properties.

1. Recognize and Remediate Moisture Problems

Mold requires water, but not much. Even a little bit of humidity may provide the basis for a colony to develop. Depending on the age of your building, some of the most at-risk areas include

  • Wear and tear on the roof
  • Sloping around the foundation
  • Blocked ventilation from appliances
  • Lack of maintenance

Addressing these issues is an important first step.

2. Schedule Routine Cleaning and Repairs

As mold prevention professionals become familiar with your property, they'll be better able to recognize new sources of moisture, adjust thermostats, increase ventilation, and decrease risk. Simply cleaning up dust and wiping surfaces with cleansers can reduce some opportunities for mold to take hold. Many mold spores can also be eliminated with regular carpet cleaning and attention to the air ducts.

3. Invest in Equipment and Supplies

Some cleaning supplies are better at eliminating mold than others. For example, HEPA vacuums tend to be much better at filtering mold spores than other vacuums. One important benefit of hiring ng East Weymouth,MA, professionals is their access to the equipment, cleaning supplies, and chemicals that are most suited to treating mold.

Additionally, there are supplies you can purchase to reduce moisture in your buildings. For example, when you put mats at the door for clients and customers to wipe their feet, you'll reduce the moisture tracked through your building and may decrease the number of spores carried into the building, as well.

Avoid Mold Problems

Identifying and resolving areas of risk, scheduling carpet cleaning and other professional services, and investing in the right supplies are effective ways to protect your facilities from mold problems. What else have you done to keep your properties free from mold?

3 Things to Know About Floods as a First Responder

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Things to Know About Floods as a First Responder Flooded home in Weymouth,MA

Know The procedures You Should Take To Keep Yourself Safe

If you are a first responder in Weymouth, MA  and your area has been damaged by floodwater, you are likely eager to start helping others. However, it’s important to know how to protect yourself as you help with the flood response in your area.

1. Wear the Appropriate Clothing

When you enter a home that has sustained damage from floodwater, it’s essential to protect yourself by wearing the appropriate clothing. Since floodwaters can contain mold and other hazardous materials or waste, it might be necessary to wear a mask. Protective clothing, such as gloves, boots and other items can often prevent you from becoming sick or injured as a result of working in a flooded location.

2. Get Vaccinated

As you help with the flood response in your location, you may be exposed to a variety of biohazards. When taking care of a patient or helping someone out of a flooded home, you might be exposed to potentially dangerous elements. The CDC requires responders to receive tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines, though you can speak to your physician and ask if there are other vaccinations that could benefit you as a first responder. By being vaccinated, you’ll be equipped to handle a variety of situations without risking illness.

3. Be Aware of Hazards

Even with the right clothing and immunizations, it’s important to know that floodwater can contain, or can cause, various hazards. If floodwater is quick-moving, know the procedures you should take to keep yourself safe. If you are working on an interstate, make sure you are visible from afar and keep a safe distance from busy roads. Regardless of the situation, take the time to think about your safety.

Knowing how to keep yourself safe as a first responder can in turn help you protect others. As you work to help others, know that it can be useful to work with experts in flood damage restoration in order to fully restore homes.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Building Secure After a Fire

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Tips for Keeping Your Building Secure After a Fire Board up after fire in Hingham,MA

Keeping Your Business Safe After A Fire

Dealing with a fire in Hingham, MA, poses a variety of problems. Of course, fire damage is top of mind when facing a fire at your business. But what many people don’t factor in is the safety of your business after the blaze. Any building, even a burned one, can be subject to squatters and even looting if it’s left alone long enough. Here are four tips for keeping your business safe from thieves after a fire.

1. Don’t Underestimate Thieves

Many business owners can’t fathom what thieves would be after from a damaged building. In fact, there are many things they could be after:

  • Office equipment
  • Private records
  • Furniture

Each of these things (and many more items) have street value, so it’s critical that you take steps to keep your building secure following fire damage.

2. Board Up Openings

Boarding up openings in the building after a fire keeps looters out by providing a physical barrier. Use basic plywood and a nail gun to cover windows and doors as well as any other openings.

3. Remove Any Valuables
Many business fire victims don’t stop to think about all the potential valuables in their buildings. This loot includes data, personal records and other files that could be used to commit fraud and even medicines that can be sold. Remove or secure these materials as soon as you can to ensure you and your employees won’t be victims.

4. Disconnect Utilities
If any gas or electrical appliances, pipes or wires have suffered fire damage, it’s generally a good idea to either isolate their supply or cut it altogether. This is a practical cost-cutting measure, but it can also be a deterrent to squatters.

Facing a fire is stressful enough without having to worry about thieves targeting your damaged business. Enlist the help of professional fire cleanup and restoration services, then use the above tips and partner with local authorities to ensure your building is secure while you get back to normal.