Chemicals Released During Fires
Some of the biggest issues associated with fire damage do not come directly from the flames. The heat and water vapor from combustion can cause severe damage. There is also the smoke and soot from the fire that can cause lasting problems to your home. They contain toxic chemicals and also have a smell that lasts.
Plastics and other synthetic materials can leave behind harmful chemicals that are dangerous to inhale. Wood smoke is usually the largest contributor to smoke in the building. It contains methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, formic acid, acetic acid, and traces of heavy metals. This combination of chemicals is quite hazardous and can cause major problems for anyone who inhales or comes in contact with the smoke or residue left behind. The smoke and soot can cover almost every surface in the house even in places that were not directly adjacent to the fire, traveling either through air vents or wall cavities.
Removing smoke and sot requires the proper machinery and expertise. Here at SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury we have all of the machinery and expertise you would need. Our certified professionals have been working with people in need of help for years.
It may seem like life will never be the same following a disastrous fire. With the help of our technicians we can get you back on track. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."
Has your basement suffered water damage as a result of the recent storms? When basements flood the water must be removed immediately before damaging the structure of the property. The MegaX Flood Removal Extractor is the perfect tool for excessive water removal. The unit’s two inch intake valve allows for maximum water extraction. The MegaX has dual motors that offer unparalleled vacuuming performance and an auto discharge of 46 gallons per minute! Not only is the MegaX powerfully fast it is also unbelievably quiet too which allows for water removal in areas where noise is not an option. Call our disaster recovery team today to learn more about the MegaX Flood Removal Extractor and how we can properly remediate water damage in your residential or commercial property.
Most commercial property owners have a facilities management team in-house. Some larger organizations may even have disaster remediation equipment, pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers to name a few, on site as well. When disaster strikes they are equipped to respond in a timely fashion. What happens when the disaster exceeds the capabilities of those internal resources? That is when you call us, SERVPRO Norwood West Roxbury. We have access to both the certified technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to handle any size disaster. Our Emergency Team is on call 24 hours a day which makes us faster to any size disaster. Any building, any disaster – we have everything needed to make it "Like it never even happened." all under one roof! Call our Emergency Response Team today.
Norwood – 781-769-9125
West Roxbury – 617-323-3677
What Is Mold?
What is mold? Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae.. This means that, like you and I, mold is a living organism. Mold spores are microscopic in size and, believe it or not, they exist naturally everywhere. Removing all traces of mold from a home or business is impossible. In actuality, mold testing is not done to determine if mold exists, but rather, to determine if elevated levels of mold exists. Proper mold testing consists of comparing indoor air quality to the air quality of the surrounding external environment.
Three conditions must exist for mold to cultivate. The first would be the availability of food. Any organic, carbon based, porous material is the only source of food mold spores require. The second would be having an appropriate temperature. Contrary to popular belief, mold can grow in any temperature above freezing, for example have you ever found moldy food in your refrigerator? The ideal temperature for mold to grow is in between 59° F – 86° F. Lastly having a considerable amount of moisture is a condition necessary that supports mold. It does not take long either; when all three conditions exist mold infestation can begin in less than 48 hours! The good news is that eliminating any one of these three conditions will ensure be mold free environment.
The not-so-good news is unfortunately, ninety percent of building materials used can serve as food for mold. Temperatures in New England during late spring and summer months are perfect for mold growth. Lastly, leaky roofs, improper bathroom ventilation, or poorly installed finished basements are just a few of the many issues that will cause the increased levels of moisture needed to stimulate mold growth. We cannot change the materials used to build our homes or the temperatures outside but we can control moisture. The good news is as humans we actually prefer humidity levels that are well below the critical relative humidity necessary for mold growth. That means, in most situations, the simple purchase of a dehumidifier is all the protection needed to mitigate mold growth.
But, what happens when disaster strikes and a simple dehumidifier is not enough? Up next – Why Call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Mold Remediation
When approaching mold clean up a lot of people wonder which method is best, “Dry Blast” vs “Sand Blast”, The answer is neither , the reality in today’s world is this is unnecessary because; dry ice is costly, it only removes surface mold, and porous materials require a deep cleaning. SERVPRO technicians use anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments that kill mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming
When tackling mold we make it a priority to set up containment. All remediation companies will set up containment, but when and how is the issue. We set up containment prior to applying the “eyeball test”. Which is as follows
- The “Eyeball Test” – Assessing the Environment
- Has there been a previous water damage
- Do you smell musty odors of mold
- Do you see areas of mold contamination
- Our competitors cut 4 x 8 holes in the wall from the ground up
- We cut a 2 x 4 in the center of the wall
Do you think that you may have mold in your home or place of business? While mold spores exist naturally everywhere high levels in contained spaces can cause serious health issues. Mold spores are airborne particles which can be eliminated by creating a negative air chamber. One piece of equipment that we often use is the DefenderAir HEPA 500 is ideal for handling indoor air-quality needs on every restoration job. This unit address these air-quality issues quickly and effectively, helping you to maintain a clean indoor environment. The DefendAir has an efficiency rating of 99.97% against 0.3-micron oily aerosol particles and meets first-pass filtration requirements for even the most sensitive jobs. If you think that you may have an infestation of mold give our Disaster Recovery Team a call today!
Yes, There Is Mold In Your Home
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. The key to mold control is moisture control. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.
Is Mold Hiding In Your Home?
You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an experienced professional. Call our Disaster Recovery Team today – 781-769-9125!
Are You Ready For Disaster To Strike
How many of you here have insurance? How many of you have insurance for your business in the form of a disaster recovery plan? The Emergency Ready Profile, or the ERP, is a FREE, no-strings-attached centralized repository for critical facilities information. A well rounded business contingency plan is comprised of three components: incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity. The ERP encompasses two of those components, incident response and disaster recovery and grants us insight to the potential size and scope of a project prior to arriving on sight. The benefits of an ERP are a decrease in both response and recovery time – saving our customers money! Moreover, SERVPRO has partnered with the Red Cross and their Read Rating Program; a comprehensive assessment will help you to put all of your preparedness 'ducks' in a row. The information contained in our ERP can be used to create your baseline assessment. You never know when disaster will strike. Call us for you FREE consultation today!
How to Recognize Mold:
- Sight – They usually appear as distinctly colored woolly mats (e.g., mildew is black and is one of the most common molds in a household).
- Smell – They often produce a foul odor, such as a musty, earthy smell.
The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Mold will not grow if moisture is absent.
- Remove excess standing moisture with a wet-dry vacuum and remove the any excess humidity with a dehumidifier
- Use fans to assist in the drying process.
- Clean wet materials and surfaces with detergent and water.
- Discard all water damaged materials and all materials visibly contaminated with mold.
- Remove and discard all porous materials that have been wet for more than 48 hours such as:
- Carpeting and carpet padding
- Upholstery, wallpaper, drywall
- Floor and ceiling tiles, insulation materials