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What is Mold?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold? What is Mold?

Molds existed on the planet long before humans and will likely exist long after the last humans are gone. Humans evolved in a world heavily populated by molds and virtually every breath we take, indoors or out, brings us in contact with mold spores. Well in the last 20 years an industry has built up around the idea of "toxic molds." This industry preys on our fears and ignorance with mold being described as "black gold" in some circles.

The reality is there is no such thing as "toxic mold." There are some mold species that are "toxigenic," that is they produce "mycotoxins." Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds that are capable of harming other living organisms. Molds evolved these metabolites as part of their strategy to battle bacteria (and each other). One of the most famous of these mycotoxins is a compound we call penicillin. Penicillin is produced by the mold Penicillium (one of the supposedly "toxic molds") and is essentially harmless to non-allergic humans in the concentrations encountered in our day-to-day lives.

Certainly there are people who can be deathly allergic to penicillin. Approximately five per cent of individuals have some allergic airway response to elevated mold spore concentrations. But let's put that number into perspective, about 10 per cent of people are allergic to household pets.
Issues with mold have been known since biblical times and everyone knows that you should not eat moldy food as it can make you sick. Only recently has airborne exposure been considered a concern.

It has been argued that our current generation of mold panic can be directly linked to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies in 1994 and 1997. At that time, the CDC incorrectly linked lung damage in children to the presence of Stachybotrys chartarum mold. In 2000, this linkage was retracted by the CDC. Unfortunately, by then the damage was done and a few very lucrative lawsuitslater, the "toxic mold" industry was born.

In order to grow, mold only needs warmth, moisture and food (often called "the mold triangle"...the mold version of "the fire triangle"). Molds will thrive at temperatures over 5 degrees C (and under about 45 degrees C) and humidity over about 50 per cent. Molds have evolved to live on pretty much anything organic in nature so can grow almost anywhere. To make it worse some molds, like Penicillium or Cladosporium, can tolerate colder temperatures. This is why you tend to find these two molds growing on rotting veggies in your fridge.
So what is the truth about mold? The fact that is understood now, that was not fully recognized in the 1990s, is that it is not the mold in your house that is making you sick. Rather it is living in conditions where mold can thrive that actually causes illnesses. As explained by the World Health Organization in 2009.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services Branford CT

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services Branford CT Commercial Fire Damage Cleaning Services Branford CT

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO because we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Branford, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are available throughout New Jersey 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

Every year we look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.

Tell your community, the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Fireworks are dangerous! 

Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy outdoor activity this summer.

Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.

Use long-handled barbecue tools.

Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.

Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.

Incase if you need restore fire damage, we are here to help, Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline.

Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT Sewage Clean Clean Up in Branford, CT

As per our experience, the most common source of sewage entering a house or commercial property is from floor drains, shower drains and toilets backing up which can be caused by clogged drain lines or heavy rains. When sewage contamination occurs, it is important to avoid the contamination where possible. The sewage can contain dangerous bacteria and pathogens, and the fumes and gasses produced by sewage spills can be toxic.
Our Sewage Damage Clean up experts in Branford, follow a stringent process to ensure a successful remediation of the affected property each and every time. We utilise air scrubbers to remove odours and harmful gasses from the air and will remove any damaged or affected porous material such as floor coverings, wall lining, furniture and personal items.

Our trained Sewage Contamination Clean up technicians handle all contaminated materials with special care while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent cross-contamination to unaffected areas. If you required Sewage Cleanup in Branford, Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home Summer Holidays and Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

The very worst time for water damage to occur is when you’re away from home. What could be worse than coming home from a relaxing summer holiday only to find that your home has been flooded or severely damaged by water. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. In fact, the second most common insurance claim filed by homeowners is water damage to the home. Whether it’s from ruptured washing machine hoses, leaky supply lines, or a busted pipe, the consequences can be devastating. To avoid disaster while you’re on holidays this summer and the need for water damage remediation, here are a few tips that will help to protect your home.

1. Complete a Thorough Check Prior to Leaving
2. Clean Your Gutters and Down Pipes
3. Replace Supply Lines

Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier Air Scrubber & Dehumidifier

Air Scrubber

If you use an air scrubber in a room that has mold damage, for example, the scrubber will remove mold spores and other allergens from the air. It will not, however, remove the humidity in the air. To capture settled spores, professionals often use oscillating fans in the same room as the scrubber, placing them in a strategic manner, so the moving air stirs up spores that settle on surfaces.

Air scrubbers have fans that draw air through a pre-filter and a HEPA filter at rates that vary between 150 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and 900 CFM. The HEPA filter in the scrubber removes particles, not vapor, in the air.

Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier speeds up the natural evaporation process. Dehumidifiers draw in air at rates of up to 400 CFM, but the air doesn’t pass through filters. When air passes over metal fins that are cooled below the room’s dew point temperature, the fins condense moisture out of the air and pump it to a drain that’s inside the dehumidifier or to an external drain or bucket. A commercial dehumidifier may remove up to 300 pints of water per day, depending on the size of the equipment and the amount of moisture in the air.

The water that a dehumidifier removes from the air is in the form of vapor, or gas. The gas forms because water has vapor pressure that evaporates. To promote the formation of a gaseous vapor, professionals often use fans and a dehumidifier, as the moving air diffuses the gas and moves it to the chilled plates. In a room that has mold damage, for instance, a rented dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from the air, but not any particles. When dew point condensation occurs and the chilled plates remove excess water vapor from the air, the dehumidifier reduces the vapor concentration, which allows more water molecules to evaporate.

Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT Commercial Fire Safety in branford CT

Commercial fire is one of the common issue during this summer. Smoke alarms are a key part of a commercial as well as residential fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly

SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every room. They should also be outside each area and on every level of the building. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large commercial property may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Hot Weather Safety

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hot Weather Safety Hot Weather Safety

It’s summer, do you know that heat may cause illness or even death? When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you're sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.

  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
  • Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and light.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.
  • Salt tablets should only be taken if specified by your doctor. If you are on a salt-restrictive diet, check with a doctor before increasing salt intake.
  • If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.

 Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoking Fires Are Preventable!! Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Make Sure

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

When fire damages your property in Branford, Connecticut, the situation that results is often heartbreaking and overwhelming to deal with.

The main causes of a house fire can range from food left unattended on the stove, candles, burdened electrical connections, cigarettes or cigars or lighting and appliance malfunctions.

From the moment, a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves. One of the most common misconceptions about house fires is that the emergency services will provide a fire damage restoration service. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You’re bound to have damage from fire, smoke, and water from the fire-fighter’s efforts. For all of this, you need to undergo a restoration process with a reputable fire restoration company in North Branford, CT? Call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Always Get a Fire Restoration Service after a House Fire

You might think that the damage from a fire is not a big deal, but what lurks behind can do serious harm to your body. Don’t risk getting sick and hire professional fire restoration company to clean up after you. This way, you can make your house a home again as quickly as possible.