Testing for Mold
Mold can be very tricky especially trying to pinpoint where it is all located and where it may have spread too. Once mold begins to grow, it will spread to anything that it can live on and sometimes it becomes visible to the eye and other times it is hidden but you can smell a musky smell and notice it that way. The only way to really dictate if it is mold is to have SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties come in and do either an air quality test if the mold is not present or cut out a sample if it is visible. After running the tests, we will then know what type of mold it is and how to successfully treat it. Give us a call for a free mold inspection and we will make it "Like it never even happened".
Waiting for Help to Arrive
After a fire the first instinct for most people would to first make sure everyone that was in the home is okay. The next thing would be to begin going through belongings and seeing how bad the damage is, but you should NOT do that. Here are some things that you should do before help arrives that will be helpful and not harmful.
1. You should limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading.
2. Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
3. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet to protect your furniture if it is not charred or has soot on it.
4. Do not clean anything or attempt to wipe anything off until professionals arrive and give the okay.
If you have experienced an ongoing moisture problem in your home or business, it is important to be alert to these factors. If you notice any of these, call SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties immediately and we will come in and take care of it.
1. The presence of visible mold.
2. Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
3. Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth.
4. Excessive humidity.
Whenever there is a water loss, mold is bound to follow if not taken care of correctly. Do not take the cheap route when it comes to a water loss because mold will grow if not treated properly.
Right After Loss
When you notice a water loss occurring, the first thing that you should do is shut off the water line. After no more water is coming in, take good pictures just in case you have to make a claim with insurance. When finished with that, give SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties a call and we will be there within an hour to begin the mitigation process. While we are on the way, it would be best if you moved any furniture that could be damaged if they sit in the water any longer. Moving furniture will also save you money. Once we arrive and get the water extracted, we will set up equipment and go from there depending on the severity.
Most Common Water Loss
Most people may not know this but the most common reason for a water loss is a sump pump. Sump pumps are really nice until the mess up for even a minute or two. Once they have a minor fault, it could shut off and not power back up until someone notices its off and usually when someone notices it is when there is standing water in their home and its too late. It is recommended that you do monthly checks on your pump to ensure it is running correctly and if it is not, have someone come out and look at it immediately.
Natural Hardwood Floor
Natural hardwood floor is different than typical flooring. Typical flooring whether it be wood or vinyl would need replaced if water had settled underneath it, but hardwood floor is different. If it is natural hardwood floor, we could set up some equipment and suck out all the moisture and over a little bit of time the buckle will go away. Natural hardwood is expensive so not having to replace it will save a lot of money. If the moisture does not come out of the natural hardwood because it had sat for too long, we will then have to cut it out and replace it which can be a pain depending on the wood finish and where it is located.
SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties strives for not only great service but also great communication with not only the customers but insurance as well. Communication is key to success and good relationships. Here at SERVPRO, we will always call when we are on the way with an ETA for arrival and then will call or text at the end of the day with everything that got done that day. We also will always be available to answer any questions the customer may have and will always have their best interest in mind. Communication is huge for us and we will always strive to be great.
SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties offers free general cleaning inspections. What that means is we will send out our inspector and look over and take notes of whatever you are needing cleaned up and get a quote made for free. General cleanings can be anything from cleaning a room to cleaning an entire home or office. It can also be related to debris removal or throwing out trash from an abandoned home or trashed home. We will come in clean floors, windows, tables, counters, appliances and anything else that is asked from us. We have cleaned everything from semi cabs to large businesses that just finished construction. Give us a call to get on our schedule (765) 659-9600.
Leaks from piping, roofs and other water sources can cause water damages that can go unnoticed for weeks, even months. Attempting to clean up water from a leak can lead to further damage and contamination if not handled properly. SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties have trained professionals that are equipped with a full line of cleanup and restoration services to handle water damage caused by leaks and excessive moisture. Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your home and business and lead to soft drywall, stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. We are available 24/7, so give us a call whenever you are in need.
Water Heater Maintenance
Water heaters are necessary in every home or business and need to be maintained to ensure no problems occur. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Boone & Clinton Counties to maintain a long lasting water heater.
1. Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel.
2. Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
3. Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
4. Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.