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10 Tips to Consider- Eliminate Mold from Commercial Places

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 10 Tips to Consider- Eliminate Mold from Commercial Places SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Island has professionals that are available 24/7. They preform mold remediation among other commercial services.

10 Tips for Mold Removal at Commercial Places

Closed, damp spaces with a lack of ventilation are susceptible to mold growth. It is often looked at as icky black stuff growing in all the wrong places on your property. You can keep things in check by providing proper airflow, and keeping the area dry. It doesn't matter if the property is residential or commercial. Both can be plagued with mold.

To maintain your health and business reputation  you need to remove mold as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will get worse. Of course, getting rid of mold is not how anyone wants to spend their day.  Fortunately, you won't have to, with the help of  SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. Their technicians offer mold restoration cape cod through capable hands.

Mold is a nuisance especially in commercial places. It must be  eliminated completely, for legal health purposes and also aesthetic appeal. Following are some tips that will help you avoid mold growth on your property:

Fix Plumbing Issues

Mold is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms near pipes and faucets. Leaking water makes the area wet or humid. The moisture develops a proper breeding ground for mold. Fixing the pipes can prevent mold from spreading and becoming a serious problem.

Check Property For Leaks

Mold also frequently grows on walls or ceilings. This is often a tell tale sign of unnoticed water damages. At this point you should check the area for possible leaks. Locate any cracks in ceilings, vents, windows, walls or the roof. Once the mold is gone, fix the leak to prevent it from reappearing.

Inspect Air Ducts

If mold starts to form around air vents, then damp duct work is probably the reason behind this. When you run the air conditioner on hot days, condensation is likely to build up. This is the perfect dark and damp environment that leads to mold spores. It also is  a sign that the insulation in your air vents are no longer effective, if present at all. This can be particular difficult place to clean mold.  For effective removal hire the SERVPRO crew.

Thorough Inspection

If you are seeing early mold growth on any part of the premises, it is time to conduct a thorough inspection. By doing this, you can locate the source of the problem and identify what other issues the mold may be a sign of. Furthermore, you can discover places in need of  better airflow.

Antimicrobial Spray and Mildewcide Paint

After removing mold, apply antimicrobial spray as a preventative measure. It also gets rid of the musty smell that tends to emanate from mold and mildew. After treating the area with antimicrobial spray, paint the wall with mildew-resistant primer. This will keep the issue at bay.

Remove Bathtub Mold

Mold around a bathtub or shower can be removed as easily as it grows. Scrub the affected area using bleach or antimicrobial spray. Check to see if you need to seal the grouts, as water penetration can lead to mold and other problems.

Fix Insulation

When there are gaps in insulation, warm air meets cold surfaces, forming condensation. This condition maximizes the chances of mold growth. This happens often near floors, windows, at corners and around lights. Pay attention when cleaning and inspecting to neutralize the risk.

Go for Mold-Resistant Buildings Material

Planning remodel or replace after mold removal? Lower your chances of future issues by using mold resistant materials.

Do consider the above-mentioned tips for removing mold. Furthermore, pay attention to the potential large scale problems that cause mold. For help, contact professionals of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Island by calling us at (508) 888-5985.

Tasks You Can Safely Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and Islands

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tasks You Can Safely Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and Islands SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The Islands is a leading name in commercial cleanup and restoration on Cape Cod & the Islands.

Learning you’ve been affected by a home fire is a devastating feeling. While the damage fires cause can often be mitigated with restoration, it’s important to hire a professional to ensure the cleanup is done properly.

Working with a professional has several benefits, including working with the homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf and helping the restoration happen more quickly. However, as you’re waiting for help to arrive, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are a few tasks you can start to get your life back to normal even faster. If you find yourself needing to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Laundry

As most items will need to be washed several times, if your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Begin by washing any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution—but leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

Increased Ventilation

Weather permitting, let outside air into the house as much as possible. Open windows and doors to dissipate the smoke smell, and let them remain open as long as you are able. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as countertops and tile can withstand a preliminary scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. If you’re unsure, it’s best to wait for the professionals, as cleaning improperly can result in more severe and even permanent damage to your surfaces.

If your home has been affected by a fire, SERVPRO®’s team of professionals is trained and ready to help.

Is Carpet Cleaning After A Water Damage Needed? | SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Carpet Cleaning After A Water Damage Needed? | SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands If you’re still unsure if carpet cleaning is a solution for your home, our SERVPRO team of professionals is happy to discuss how it can help!

Carpet cleaning is rarely considered a routine chore by most homeowners. While most assume that vacuuming is sufficient, it often isn’t enough for the heavier debris.

It’s not uncommon for carpet companies to require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By extending the life of your carpet, allowing for easier floor maintenance and banishing bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to improve the quality and appearance of their floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can benefit your home:

Extend the life of your carpet. During home renovations, carpet is often replaced for looking “tired”—which is a simple way to say that it’s been too dirty for too long. Debris serves like sandpaper to carpet fibers, and every time dirty carpet is walked on, it becomes more deeply embedded, tremendously shortening the lifespan.

Have simpler floor maintenance. Though vacuuming handles only the surface dirt and debris, it can happily coexist with regular carpet cleaning to make your routine cleaning much easier! Regularly cleaned carpets are simpler to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed.

Remove mites and bugs. As with any other soft surface, mites and bugs are perfectly content making their home within plush carpet fibers. Thankfully, professional cleaning creates an inhospitable living environment for the critters and staying on a regular schedule will discourage them from coming back.

Improve indoor air. Not only do carpets contain dirt, but there are also more dangerous pollutants and bacteria that can lurk within the fibers. When doors and windows are opened, contaminants from the outside air are whisked into the home. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants are free to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Remove bacteria and odor of a water damage.
Even if the water damaged isn’t where the carpeted room is doesn’t mean it wasn’t affected. The foot traffic of every person who comes into the house from outside such as the property owners, insurance adjuster and even the SERVPRO team of professionalshelping to clean up the mess are potentially spreading the bacteria from the affected portion of the house to the unaffected section. Carpet cleaning injunction with sanitizing and disinfecting treatments can help limit the bacteria and restore the life of your carpeting. 

13 Essential Points on Undertaking Water Damage Repair

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 13 Essential Points on Undertaking Water Damage Repair Get in touch with SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands day or night. The water damage restoration service in Cape Cod will help you.

13 Things You Should Know About Water Damage Repair

Water is a symbol of well-being for humanity and their surroundings. Its resources are useful to us up until mother nature fights back with storm or flooding. Storm surges, excessive rain or devastating flood are the main sources of water and storm damage. It is the worst condition that any homeowner can face and this is where water damage restoration process becomes crucial, lengthy and painstaking, but not for SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

There are many reasons of residential water damage. The most common reason is failure of sump pump, following broken or leaked pipes, washing machine overflow, flood waters or clogged toilets, etc. Moreover, this damage may also be caused due to the ongoing corrosion of the building structure. This leads towards a more destructive processes i.e. rusting of steel, growth of mold, decaying of wood, discoloration of walls, etc. In short, it is a major contributor to loss of property.

Here are a few things that you need to keep in mind:

Shut Down Electricity

Whenever water damage ensues at your property, always shut off the main electricity to prevent accidents and hazards.

Shut Off Water Source

If you find any water leaks through pipes or dishwasher, immediately close taps. Assess the area and do water damage repair.

Wear Safety Gear

Before the water damage and mold restoration professionals step in, carefully inspect the area with proper safety gear to protect yourself.

Remove Damaged Material

If porous materials like fabric and carpets have been soaked in water due to water leakage, you should cut them out, wash them and keep them out in a dry place. However, in some cases shrinking and warping of these materials causes irreversible damage. Also, do not try to pick up water-soaked fabric as it gets considerably heavy.

Inspect Mold Growth

Inspect damaged materials for mildew and mold growth, as it can grow in as little as 24 hours. You need to be aware of toxic mold that might cause health concerns. Don’t try to remove it by yourself. Call for professional help.

Dry Affected Area

Remove moisture from the affected area. You can use fans to circulate air in the damaged areas. If water damage is in large scale, ask SERVPRO crew to dry out carpets, furniture and other affected materials.

Disinfect Damaged Area

Disinfect area to destroy bacteria settled on your furniture, walls and other items.

Check Damage to Ceilings

Constant and unnoticed moisture on the ceilings might cause it to collapse. Therefore, remove damaged ceiling panels first and find out the true source of leak, ensuring no structural damage to rafters.

Exchange Rotten Wood

Exchange rotten woods. Mold or mildew developed on wood flooring must be replaced. Do thorough cleaning with the help of professionals.

Install New Floors

Insulations and underlayment are particularly susceptible to water damage. Moisture trapped underneath is more than often evident of floor damage. Install new waterproof flooring in that particular area.

Paint Your Property

Apply fresh coat of paint after replacement of materials to minimize future water damage.

Claim Property Insurance

If water damage is at disastrous level, you can file insurance claim. Photograph items and areas damaged by water as proof and document the pictures along with insurance statement. Our professionals will help you through the procedure.

Contact Restoration Company

Water damage restoration companies such as SERVPRO are available 24/7 to serve you with highly trained professionals. They clean damaged area efficiently with latest equipment to give you high-quality results.  

Every inch of water damage can deteriorate your property over time. So, get the help of professionals from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands today by calling at (508) 888-5985.

A Few Short Guidelines on Effective Mold Remediation

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Few Short Guidelines on Effective Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands is the leading name in residential & commercial mold remediation caused by storm/water damage or flooding.

A List of Useful Pointers on Mold Growth and Its Remedies

Mold can grow anywhere in your home, in the form of multicellular thread like hyphae. However, it is basically found in damp building areas and materials inside the home. It contributes to poor indoor air quality. A major mold infestation is capable of putting your property and even health at risk. Therefore, it needs a quick removal from competent companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

You will be able to recognize it either through its musty smell or its fungal appearance on any probable affected area. If mold growth is left untreated, it may cause health concerns. Whereas, its removal is dependent on a number of factors including size of mold, area of mold growth, mold type and how much damage it has made to your home.

There are many sources of mold damage, and the possibilities include sewage or contaminated water, overflowing water from washing machine, leaks from plumbing, sources of air humidifiers or even poor ventilation, etc.

Whatever the source may be, mold removal is crucial to healthier and greener environment. So, inspect and cleanup your mold problem through professional help.

Fix Plumbing Leaks

As discussed earlier, plumbing leaks can be a possible cause for mold growth. It should be fixed as soon as problem is identified.

Scrub Mold Off Hard Surfaces

If you find any mold growth on hard surfaces, gently scrub it with detergent and water and let it dry.

Throw Away Absorbent Materials

There is a possibility that you might have to throw away porous materials such as carpets and ceiling tiles. Because mold can sneak into the empty crevices of porous materials, hence, it may be impossible to remove it completely.

Never Expose Yourself to Mold

Keep yourself covered with gloves, safety glasses and face mask while cleaning up mold to avoid exposure to mold spores that may give rise to a health concern.

Never Paint Mold-Stained Surfaces

Regular or black mold will cause discoloration and stains on walls. Always remember not to apply paint on stained walls. Firstly, clean up mold and let the surface dry before brushing on a few coat of paint.

Check for Poor Ventilation

One of the possible causes of mold progress is poor ventilation system. Inspect your property and check if there is a proper circulation of air in and out of your house. Any place that is rich in moisture will be a breeding ground for mold.

Seal Off Damaged Area

Don’t forget that water, mold or storm damage of this sort can spread easily if the right conditions are provided. Hence, use protective sheets to cover the damaged area, tapes to protect ducts and floor register opening.

Replace/Remove Damaged Wood

Wood is likely to provide food to mold as it soaks up water. Wipe away mold on surface and rinse with water. Let it dry.

Keep in mind that failure to completely remove mold from affected areas and materials will likely guarantee its return. It is always more effective to call in professional mold restoration companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape and the Islands. Our skilled crew will ensure the best restoration results to damage of any and all sizes.

For more information about water, storm, mold or commercial mold remediation; call us at (508) 888-5985.

6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Islands is a leading name in mold, fire, smoke, water & storm damage for residential & commercial properties.

6 Benefits of Utilizing Commercial Cleaning for Your Business

A cleaner environment is a prerequisite to a harmonious and positive brand image. Commercial cleaning services are offered by a number of companies within Cape Cod, MA. A different number of services are also provided under the banner of commercial cleaning. Today we will be discussing the benefits of getting a proper commercial cleaning service for your business as this procedure helps you to establish a remarkable business identity. Always hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your commercial property a thorough cleaning.

Some of the benefits related to professional commercial cleaning are enlisted below:

Positive Professional Appearance

To garner more positive response from your business or even to have a tidy look, professional cleaning is required to achieve such a target. Compare two scenarios; in one, you are walking into a commercial property that has stained carpet, dusty desk, and trash overflowing, and on the other hand, a business premises that has a clean look, smells fresh, and all things are arranged well. Definitely, you will prefer the second one, but to achieve this, commercial cleaning may be necessary. When it is overlooked, different particles or things might get stuck into the water supply of your property leading to water damage. To avoid this problem, get water damage restoration from professional and experienced restoration workers of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

Increased Productivity

Employees are the working hands in an organization or at a commercial place. A clean and fresh workplace makes the employees happy. It provides them a good working environment. A healthy company culture is important to achieve such a successful status. For good health, cleanliness plays a vital role. Dust-free places, clean air ducts and surroundings will free you and your business workers from allergies. It will also boost your business efforts and attract more customers towards you.

Reduced Disease Spread

We all are familiar with the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Similarly, a purified environment ensured by proper cleaning is essential to reduce any and all health risks. If you are able to provide a safe working environment free from virus, bacteria, and allergens, then your employees will stay healthy and work more happily. A deep cleaning of the entire workplace may be required in order to ward off the spread of disease. It ultimately results in less sick leaves. In some cases, such as commercial kitchens, it is required by law to have the Board of Health inspect and pass your facility to serve the public food. If there are issues that the agent finds are unhealthy they can shut your business down until they are addressed and we can help reduce that down time with our commercial services.

More Storage Spaces

A messy and unarranged place can add to your problems. To avoid this troublesome situation, you need to keep the place clean and tidy. Remove all unwanted material and try to properly arrange and organize everything while cleaning your workplace. This practice will assist you to free up additional storage space for things that are needed most.

Problem Identification  

Cleaning process allows you to inspect the area in great detail. Most of the time, many places that are overlooked give rise to mold. The reason behind this growth may be moisture due to lack of ventilation or water leakage. It is recommended to get better cleanup to avoid mold growth anywhere on your commercial property. Get mold removal from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands where factory-trained and skilled professionals offered to make your property mold-free.

Extensive Cleaning  

One of the great benefits that we get in commercial cleaning is a thorough cleanup of all the things. Commercial places, be it restaurants, public areas, offices, etc., all consist of many things that need to be cleaned to polish out a proper appearance of your place. Things that should be considered when planning a cleaning round are enlisted below:

  • Carpet and area rug cleaning
  • Drapery and blind cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning and restoration
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Floor cleaning and care
  • Walls and windows cleaning

Looking to get hands-on efficient cleaning services that can help you to maintain a clean look at your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your cleaning procedure done in minimal time.

For more information regarding commercial cleaning services, give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

Effective Ways to Handle Mold Issues in Residential and Commercial Properties

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Effective Ways to Handle Mold Issues in Residential and Commercial Properties SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Islands offers effective solutions for mold remediation through an experienced & skilled team of restoration workers.

A Few Essential Things to Know about Mold Inspection and Remediation

Mold is not just a smelly nuisance. It has the capability of growing in less than 48 hours. It can discolor and damage your property including home and businesses. It can also initiate health concerns if left unchecked. If you have mold exposure then you, other residents in the house, your business customers and employees may experience a number of problems. There is only one way to get rid of these and that is mold removal. It can be a difficult task if you don’t have the right equipment with you. So, hire a professional company such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get mold remediation through highly trained restoration workers. They will restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Reasons Behind Mold Growth

The most favorable place for mold to grow are areas with high moisture levels. The reason behind the moisture content may be the lack of ventilation, broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances, disasters such as flooding, plumbing problems or even water damage associated with firefighting efforts. If you find signs of water damage in your house, get it fixed to avoid letting the mold grow. Get help from our professional and experienced company to make your property mold-free.

Mold Inspection

In order to get rid of the problem, the first thing to do is identification. The best way to carry out this job is to take a visit around your property. Thoroughly check all the areas with your premises. The same strategy goes for commercial properties and businesses. Do the following things while inspecting mold:

  • Make a list of the areas that are affected. 
  • Look behind the cabinets in kitchens, laundry rooms, powder rooms, bathrooms, etc.
  • Inspect basement and attic.
  • Have a look behind the cupboards. In addition to this, look into your storerooms or places that have not been opened for a long time.

Mold Remediation

Mold presence is accompanied by a musty odor. The process of deodorizing is a key consideration in the removal process. Mold remediation process is not a DIY step, you need to bring in professional mold removal crew for this task. They use specialized equipment and commercial-grade anti-microbial agents for the removal.

Here’s a four-step remediation process:

  • The first thing to be done is the identification of mold. This procedure can be carried out by using moisture meters, and in advanced approaches, thermal imaging is also used. After this, protocols are designed to overcome moisture issues.
  • Visual inspection of the property is done to figure out what factors may be causing the growth. The conditions are documented for designing a specific testing procedure.
  • Isolation of the area is done in order to protect surrounding areas during the process of removal. The spreading of mold spores is avoided in this step.
  • The affected area is dried out completely to ensure that no water content is left behind.

In homes, the places that get most easily affected by mold are bathrooms, kitchens, basements, attics, garages, and laundry rooms. In commercial or municipal buildings; bathrooms and kitchens, cafeterias, gyms with showering or pool areas, HVAC systems, and any area that has high moisture content will be an ideal breeding ground for mold. As told earlier, firefighting efforts may also give rise to mold problems. During firefighting, water leakage can happen and which in turn can create an untidy situation leading to mold growth. Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to avail fire damage restoration through our highly trained restoration workers. 

To get more information regarding the mold removal, give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 6 Effective Ways to Tackle Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & the Islands is a leading name in mold, fire, smoke, water & storm damage for residential & commercial properties.

6 Benefits of Utilizing Commercial Cleaning for Your Business

A cleaner environment is a prerequisite to a harmonious and positive brand image. Commercial cleaning services are offered by a number of companies within Cape Cod, MA. A different number of services are also provided under the banner of commercial cleaning. Today we will be discussing the benefits of getting a proper commercial cleaning service for your business as this procedure helps you to establish a remarkable business identity. Always hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your commercial property a thorough cleaning.

Some of the benefits related to professional commercial cleaning are enlisted below:

Positive Professional Appearance

To garner more positive response from your business or even to have a tidy look, professional cleaning is required to achieve such a target. Compare two scenarios; in one, you are walking into a commercial property that has stained carpet, dusty desk, and trash overflowing, and on the other hand, a business premises that has a clean look, smells fresh, and all things are arranged well. Definitely, you will prefer the second one, but to achieve this, commercial cleaning may be necessary. When it is overlooked, different particles or things might get stuck into the water supply of your property leading to water damage. To avoid this problem, get water damage restoration from professional and experienced restoration workers of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.

Increased Productivity

Employees are the working hands in an organization or at a commercial place. A clean and fresh workplace makes the employees happy. It provides them a good working environment. A healthy company culture is important to achieve such a successful status. For good health, cleanliness plays a vital role. Dust-free places, clean air ducts and surroundings will free you and your business workers from allergies. It will also boost your business efforts and attract more customers towards you.

Reduced Disease Spread

We all are familiar with the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Similarly, a purified environment ensured by proper cleaning is essential to reduce any and all health risks. If you are able to provide a safe working environment free from virus, bacteria, and allergens, then your employees will stay healthy and work more happily. A deep cleaning of the entire workplace may be required in order to ward off the spread of disease. It ultimately results in less sick leaves. In some cases, such as commercial kitchens, it is required by law to have the Board of Health inspect and pass your facility to serve the public food. If there are issues that the agent finds are unhealthy they can shut your business down until they are addressed and we can help reduce that down time with our commercial services.

More Storage Spaces

A messy and unarranged place can add to your problems. To avoid this troublesome situation, you need to keep the place clean and tidy. Remove all unwanted material and try to properly arrange and organize everything while cleaning your workplace. This practice will assist you to free up additional storage space for things that are needed most.

Problem Identification  

Cleaning process allows you to inspect the area in great detail. Most of the time, many places that are overlooked give rise to mold. The reason behind this growth may be moisture due to lack of ventilation or water leakage. It is recommended to get better cleanup to avoid mold growth anywhere on your commercial property. Get mold removal from SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands where factory-trained and skilled professionals offered to make your property mold-free.

Extensive Cleaning  

One of the great benefits that we get in commercial cleaning is a thorough cleanup of all the things. Commercial places, be it restaurants, public areas, offices, etc., all consist of many things that need to be cleaned to polish out a proper appearance of your place. Things that should be considered when planning a cleaning round are enlisted below:

  • Carpet and area rug cleaning
  • Drapery and blind cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning and restoration
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Floor cleaning and care
  • Walls and windows cleaning

Looking to get hands-on efficient cleaning services that can help you to maintain a clean look at your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get your cleaning procedure done in minimal time.

For more information regarding commercial cleaning services, give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

How to Avoid Mold Growth in HVAC, Basements and Attics in Your Home

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Avoid Mold Growth in HVAC, Basements and Attics in Your Home SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands offers a wide range of restoration and remediation services for your property.

How to Make Your Year-Round and Seasonal Properties Mold-Free

Mold – a problem indeed if not taken care of effectively. It can grow in the different part of houses. The areas that get affected first and foremost are basements, attics and HVAC systems. The reason behind this is the lack of ventilation, air flow, and excess of water and moisture content. Water acts as a catalyst for mold growth and other factors contribute wholeheartedly as well. The good part is that mold can be treated if you pay attention and hire professional mold removal services who have years of experience.

The following are some of the ways in which we can remove mold from your attics, basements and HVAC systems:

Mold Removal from HVAC Systems

It easily grows in HVAC as moisture, organic material, and temperature within an HVAC system ranges between 32 and 120 degrees. HVAC plays a vital role in our home’s ability to contribute the dispersion of cooling, heating, and ventilation within the structure. Follow the below-enlisted tips to make your HVAC mold-free:

  • Replace air filters on regular basis, once in a month
  • Clean standing water on the drain pans to eliminate chances of microbes that result in mold growth
  • Apply an HVAC mold inhibitor to all components of heating and cooling units while following manufacturer’s instructions
  • Try to keep ducts dry along with fixing water-damaged components, and use a disinfectant in the system
  • Inspect the area where air enters and make it free of a nearby dumpster waste, standing water, bird droppings, etc.

Mold Eradication from Basements

Let’s be honest, basements in most homes are usually overlooked. They are considered as an extra space for storing things, washing clothes, etc. Because of neglect, mold growth is common in basements. Always hire a professional mold restoration service to get rid of any and all growth. Here are a few steps that need to be followed in order to eliminate spore growth:

  • Check the humidity level and ensure there is a place for ventilation, and/or use a dehumidifier
  • Avoid growing plants in the basement and reduce congestion
  • Avoid placing wood in the basement and keep water away from the home so that it may not surround the property
  • Inspect that there is no water leakage in the basement and take care of spills immediately to avoid problems
  • Reduce the humidifying factor and install an exhaust fan. To reduce humidity, avoid drying wet clothes and place appliance exhausts outside the house instead of in a basement to limit the amount of humidity

Limit Mold Growth in Attics

An attic space is often used for the placement of the vents to the bathrooms, kitchen and even the dryer vents to be used to discharge outside through the roof. But sometimes those vents do not make it all the way outside leaving moist air to escape into the attic causing mold to grow. The installation of furnaces, water heater and sometimes poorly insulated ceilings can also be the reason behind mold in attics. Follow this list of steps to avoid mold growth:

  • Don’t place your dryer vent discharge in the attic to avoid water accumulation
  • Proper ceiling insulation should be installed with a clearance to decking surface, otherwise, it will lead to mold growth
  • Heating ducts should be properly insulated
  • Furnaces and water heaters, if installed in the attic, should be contained in a separate room
  • Plumbing vents should be extended to the roof instead of placing them in the attics

These areas need to be inspected from time to time to avoid any mold problem that may arise later on. Houses that are left closed for a long period of time, mostly the houses owned for vacation purposes, are at a greater risk of developing mold due to lack of ventilation, cleanliness, and maintenance. It is better to look for mold when you visit the house and get in touch with experienced and professional restoration services like SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands to get productive results for mold removal.

To inquire more about our mold remediation and HVAC cleanup services, call us at (508) 888-5985.


Effective Ways To Overcome Commercial Cleanup and Restoration

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Effective Ways To Overcome Commercial Cleanup and Restoration SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod & The Islands is a leading name in commercial cleanup and restoration on Cape Cod and the Islands.

What to Look for in Effective Commercial Restoration Services

Every business owner is very much concerned about the reputation of their business. They want everything to be perfect in order to attract the targeted customers and boast a good business image. Mold growth, fire damage, water damage, sewage problems, etc. are some of the common issues faced by every business owner once in a while. When faced with such a challenge, we need to look for practical and effective solutions. We recommend that you pick the best restoration company to get this task done efficiently and get your business back on track. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands has many clients from the food industry who we have helped when needed. Due to fire and water damage, our efforts were needed recently to help a local restaurant restore their kitchen area and get them back in business within 36 hours which is a true testimony to our dedication to providing the best restoration services on the Cape and Islands.

The following is an overview of how we handle commercial cleanup and restoration for any and all types of businesses:

Water Damage Restoration

First, we will discuss water damage restoration. It is one of the most common problems faced by any business owner, especially in the food sector; restaurants, cafes, bakeries, etc. Water damage can be due to leakage or blockage of different content within the water pipelines. The steps included in water damage restoration procedure include:

  • Inspection

Firstly, inspection is done by experienced and skilled technicians of SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. Water damage may have adversely affected walls, rooms, carpets, hardwood, ceiling and other parts of the commercial setting. Hence, after proper identification, a further step will be taken to remediate the issue.

  • Water Removal

Then comes devising a plan for water removal. For this purpose, water vacuums or water pumps are used to drain out the specific areas.

  • Drying

Once the water has been removed, the drying process comes in to eliminate any and all moisture content in the commercial building. If left unchecked, it can lead to mold growth.

  • Cleaning

Then we have proper cleaning and sanitization of all belongings, furniture, walls, ceilings, spaces, surfaces, etc.

  • Restoration

Last, we have the restoration on the list which involves replacement of materials such as drywall or insulation to restore things back to normal.

Sewage Cleanup

Sewage can be a very critical problem in commercial places with frequent visitors. It can be due to leakage/blockage in the pipeline or backflow. It needs to be handled properly to resolve sanitation issues as a clean, fresh and healthy environment is necessary for a business to thrive. The following are the steps taken by sewage cleanup services:

  • Removing sewage water and contaminants in an appropriate manner
  • Removing contaminated content and sanitizing the area
  • Ventilating the areas to dry them out properly
  • Performing repair and restoration work
  • Restoring the place back to normal and performing mold mitigation, if necessary

Mold Remediation

Mold is a common and often overlooked issue as it grows in places that have less airflow, high moisture, and more water content. To get mold remediation services, hire a professional team who uses the latest technique and removal procedures to restore your property to ‘like it never even happened’. Proper inspection and identification of spaces such as bathrooms, cupboards, ceilings, and wall cavities should be tackled first. Ensuring proper ventilation is the key to getting rid of mold at your business or commercial premises.

Fire Restoration

Within a matter of minutes, fire can become the cause of death and large-scale property damage. It can be triggered due to electrical failure, a malfunction in kitchen appliances, etc. After such an unfortunate event, get the help of professionals from an experienced and skilled restoration company to handle the situation carefully. The key functions performed in fire damage restoration are proper inspection, cooling, removal of damaged belongings, and restoring the place back to normal.

Looking to get efficient restoration services with productive results to maintain the look, repute, and profits of your business? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands for sewage cleanup, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold restoration. Our work is completed in minimal time while ensuring high-quality service.

For more information on commercial restoration services, feel free to call us at (508) 888-5985.