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What is the mold remediation process?

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following are “typical” steps taken to remove mold:

1. Call (563) 386-3540 SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf

A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

 2. Inspection and mold damage assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

 3. Mold containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

 4. Air filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our professionals utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

 5. Removing mold and mold-infested materials

This will depend on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming.

 6. Cleaning contents and belongings

We can help you clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

 7. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 if you need assistance. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

7 things you need to know about smoke alarms

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained. Below are a few tips to take into consideration when thinking of your home or businesses fire alarms.  

1. Test smoke alarms monthly.

Hold down the test button to hear the alarm sound. If faint or non-existent, it’s time to replace the batteries.

2. Know when to replace the batteries and the unit.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten.

3. Identify how many smoke alarms you need.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be on every level, including the basement. It is recommended to install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.

4. Do not paint your smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms are designed to have airflow. Painting your alarm may cause issues with fire detection.

5. Smoke alarms should be interconnected.

All of the alarms in the home should sound, not just one. This keeps all quarters notified.

6. Consider a combination alarm.

Carbon monoxide gas is extremely toxic and dangerous. It is odorless and tasteless, making it very difficult to detect. Purchase a fire alarm that includes a carbon monoxide sensor.

7. Ask a professional to install detectors.

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. And remember, when in doubt throw it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540.

Do’s and Don’ts of drying out clean water in home or business

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

The following are a few helpful tips on action you or your family can follow until SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf arrives:

DO

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors.
  • Open and place luggage in sunlight to dry, if possible.

DON’T

  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Take the proper precautions when dealing with water damage. Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. Your local SERVPRO professionals have the training and equipment to help make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (563) 386-3540.

What you should have in your emergency supply kit

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your risk

Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family.

Take action

Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an example

Share your story with co-workers, family, and friends. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build an emergency supply kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Contact SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf professionals for additional readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s FREE Emergency Ready Profile. Learn more and be “Ready for whatever happens!”

(563) 386-3540

Who to call for a water damage

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Who to call for a water damage Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

Whether storms hit Davenport, Bettendorf, Muscatine, or Clinton, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 563-386-3540

Be prepared for severe weather

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. Many businesses affected by major disasters never reopen—especially if they do not have an emergency plan in place. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared.

Know Your Risk.

Understanding the type of hazardous weather, how it can affect you, your family or employees is important. Check the weather forecast regularly, and obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

Take Action.

Create a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and materials in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Share your preparedness story with your family and friends. Inspire others to do the same.

Preparation is key in making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile and be “ready for whatever happens.”

Mold removal process

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread extremely quickly; in as little as 48 hours it can become a problem in your home or business. Although every mold damage scenario differs, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Below are the “typical” mold removal steps for this process:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563)-386-3540.

The mold cleanup restoration process begins when you call us. We will assess your situation by asking you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

  1. Inspection and mold damage assessment

We will carefully inspect your property for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold can be hidden from plain view. 

  1. Mold containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums will be utilized to prevent the spread of these mold spores.

  1. Removing mold and mold-infested materials

This will depend on the amount of growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.

  1. Cleaning contents and belongings

We will clean your furniture, décor, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of damage, restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, paintings, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Managing mold

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Contraire to the popular belief, not all mold is dangerous. Some mold is useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been discovered. Fungi is present in our everyday lives in bread and baked products. Although some types are useful, some may be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present negative effects for some people.

The intrusion of water into your home or business may result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed immediately, then the risk of harmful mold increases. Organic materials found inside a building such as wood, drywall, paper, and insulations, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish.

When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.

If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386- 3540. We are here to help.

Ready plan to stay in business

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ready business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment.

Ready Business, and extension of the ready campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The business section of Ready.gov contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business and their unique needs during an emergency.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan:

Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Have SERVPRO conduct a no cost ERP for your business.

Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563)-386-3540 to establish your Emergency READY Profile.

How to manage damage from clean water or damage from contaminated water

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Damage from clean water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so
  • Turn off circuit breakers from wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from contaminated water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540.