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Bathroom mold

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Does this look like a photo from one of your worst nightmares? We can understand that. Even the smallest amount of mold is not good to have in your home or property, but an amount this large can be especially concerning. It can be harmful to the health of those who are breathing it in, and it can hide in places that are not always clearly visible. But cases like this are not out of the ordinary, either.

Bathrooms are one of the most ideal locations for mold to grow because of all of the places for moisture to accumulate. It is not uncommon for bathrooms to have improper ventilation, which can lead to major issues if the moisture and humidity is trapped in the bathroom every time the shower or bath is used. 

If you do not have a ventilation fan, it is important that you have one installed immediately. There is a good chance that mold is already growing in hard-to-reach, hard-to-see places. 

If you do have a ventilation fan, be sure to turn it on for the duration of your shower or bath. You can also leave it running for 30 minutes following a shower or bath, as this can ensure that most of the moisture has been removed and any condensation has dried. 

In a case as severe as this one, you should call in professionals from SERVPRO of Mercer County to have the mold properly removed from the space. Then, SERVPRO professionals will help you to determine a course of action for remediation of your mold problem. We want to make sure that we not only remove mold from your home, but that we identify the cause and help you to take steps to fix it so that mold problems do not recur. 

Give us a call today at 724-704-8939 if you need mold remediation. We are here to help!

Do you have water in your basement?

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Picture the basement of your home...

Are there ever water puddles on the floor or damp spots at the base of the walls following rainfall? 

Do the walls ever feel damp or have condensation?

Is there a damp, musty smell that makes it unpleasant to be in the space?

Does the space feel humid in the summer months?

Even if these issues seem small, you should not ignore these indicators of a moisture problem. If left untreated for a long period of time, these things could lead to serious water damage to your property. Particularly concerning could be the possibility of mold growth and unsafe air in the space, as mold can emerge anywhere that moisture is present. 

So what should you do if any of these factors appear to be present in your basement?

First, it is a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier to run in your basement at all times. This would be especially helpful in cases where a musty or damp smell is present, as the dehumidifier will remove much of the moisture from the air before it can significantly affect your property.When SERVPRO of Mercer County professionals begin the drying and water restoration process, they employ powerful dehumidifiers and air movers which remove the moisture and dry the affected area in a short amount of time. 

If you are continually seeing water or dampness on the floor or along the walls of your basement, call SERVPRO of Mercer County, who will not only clean up the issue but will help you to determine the source of the moisture and how it is entering your home. 

Call us at 724-704-8939 - we are here to help and to advise you on how best to deal with your moisture problem!

Mold in Mercer, PA

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Mercer, PA SERVPRO of Mercer County professionals removed the extensive mold that was growing behind this wall.

In this restoration job performed by our SERVPRO of Mercer County technical team in this past summer of 2017, a major mold loss was reported inside the walls of a Mercer County home. The mold was caused by moisture that had accumulated behind the walls after a leak in the roof had allowed water to enter the structure and become trapped inside. 

Mold can begin to grow with just a small and barely noticeable amount of moisture. The mold can grow as a result of moisture levels in the air, as well as from rainwater actually entering the home like in the case pictured here. It is not uncommon for homeowners and business owners to not even know that they have a mold problem until it has already become a major issue. In this case, the mold was growing behind the wall and out of plain sight.

Professionals from SERVPRO of Mercer County came equipped with technology to test the air quality and the amount of moisture in the structure so that they could effectively remove the mold and ensure that it would not return after the initial cleanup was completed. 

SERVPRO of Mercer County professionals know that mold is not something homeowners want to deal with, as it is dangerous to their heath and the well-being of their properties.  That is why we specialize in mold remediation as opposed to removal. We want you and your family to be protected from mold and its harmful effects, and we are committed to helping you find the best solution for combating mold growth within your home.

What's cooking? Kitchen Fire Tips

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What's cooking? Kitchen Fire Tips Stoves and ovens are common causes of loss in home fires

Did you know...

A majority of fires that take place in homes begin in the kitchen.

The holiday season is approaching, which means that many of us will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen. This also means that, with every pumpkin pie and each batch of Christmas cookies you make, there is a greater risk of a fire emergency. 

Aside from calling 9-1-1, which should be one of your first moves, here are some quick tips for dealing with a fire emergency in your kitchen.

  1. Always watch your cooking; don't leave anything unattended
  2. Set a timer so that you don't accidentally burn something or forget that an appliance is being used
  3. If something on the stove catches on fire and it is small, cover it with a lid and turn off the burner
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen near your cooking area where it is easily accessible
  5. Add baking soda to a grease fire, not water
  6. Clean your appliances regularly so that grease does not accumulate and start a fire
  7. Clean and dust around and behind appliances, as dust accumulation can cause fires if it is close to electrical wiring
  8. Keep flammable objects away from cooking appliances, especially those things like tea towels and potholders 
  9. Install a smoke alarm in your kitchen
  10. Test your smoke alarms and make sure they will work when you most need them!

Keep these quick tips in mind, and prevent a major fire damage emergency from taking place in your home this season!

Preparing your home for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing your home for winter weather Don't be caught unprepared this winter!

Winter weather is coming...are you prepared for anything?

Most of us in PA would probably rather hibernate for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

Your business plan for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your business plan for winter weather Emergency Ready Profiles are great preparedness resouces for businesses, and they are available in hard copy and digital

We've talked about preparing your home for winter weather, but what about your business or commercial property? If a pipe bursts or an ice dam causes water to enter the building, your business could be losing money every moment that you and your employees are unable to work efficiently. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County understand how important time and money are to your business, and we will strive to get your facility in shape to get you back to work as soon as possible!

But before you even have to call us, try taking some of these winter-weather precautions to prepare your business or property:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Mercer County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
    • Are you familiar with the Emergency Ready Profile? If not, click here.
    • Do you want to set one up? Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-704-8939 or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Don't neglect these important tips! Take the safety of your business and property into your own hands before the winter weather hits and makes you wish you had!

What can we do about that smoke odor?

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What can we do about that smoke odor? This image shows a post-fire attic from which SERVPRO of Mercer County removed contaminants and odors from smoke and soot

How to remove smoke odor after a fire

If you've ever sat around a campfire and forgotten to wash the sweatshirt you were wearing, you know that the smell of smoke can linger. And it's strong.

On an even larger scale, you'll find that that is especially true following a fire emergency in your home or commercial property. 

Smoke rises, which means that the odor rises with it and can stick around in your home or attic long after you have put out the fire. 

SERVPRO of Mercer County can fix this for you. How, you ask?

Take this attic, for example. This home, located in Mercer County, suffered a fire that left it smelling heavily of smoke. The attic had a large amount of insulation, as is the case with most attics or upper rooms of a property. Insulation can make the smoke odor worse because the material locks in the smell and causes the smokiness to linger. this is also the case with any other odor besides smoke. So, the first thing technicians will do in this case is remove the odorous insulation from the space. They will then clean the space with SERVPRO'S Green chemicals and special cleaning technologies, which will remove approximately 95% of the contaminants from the fire. Finally, a step that is shown in this image is the coating that is sprayed over all of the wooden beams in the attic. These structures can also hold odors, so the coating is a type of sealant that will lock any remaining contaminants underneath so that they will not continue to spread and fill the attic or cause odors. 

Lunch & Learn with us!

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Lunch & Learn with us! Call for a Lunch & Learn today!

Do you work for a real estate office or insurance agency? Are you part of a company that could benefit from having a quick knowledge of restoration and commercial cleaning options for your clients?

We can offer you and your coworkers a great opportunity for to learn all of SERVPRO's services that are relevant to you and your industry. 

But wait...why not do it over coffee and donuts? Or maybe fresh fruit and juice? Or fresh, homemade cookies?

Are we getting your attention yet?

Our SERVPRO marketing representatives would love to chat with you and your coworkers and let you know about all that SERVPRO of Mercer County has to offer you in your field. Whether you find yourself dealing with a disaster situation, or you just need to have some general cleaning or mold testing done, we want you to know that SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to help.

There is no cost for a Lunch & Learn, just give us a call and make an appointment and our marketing representatives will come to you! It is only approximately 15-30 minutes in duration, and participants are free to ask questions and chat as long as is needed. 

If you are interested in setting up a SERVPRO Lunch & Learn for you and your coworkers, call us at 724-704-8939 and we will schedule a date and time that works best for you! All you'll have to do is be present and hungry to eat good food and learn a little more about how SERVPRO of Mercer County can solve your cleaning and restoration needs.

Clean homes sell faster!

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Attention: real estate professionals!

If you are selling houses, you may have run into some of these issues before:

  • Unpleasant or pervasive odors 
  • Dust and dirt on surfaces in a home that has been sitting empty for an extended period of time
  • Sub-par operation of HVAC systems
  • Mold or moisture

If any of these are familiar to you, SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to help so that you can sell homes faster!

What services can help you?

Some people do not know that SERVPRO of Mercer County offers a general surface, vacuum, and bathroom clean as one of our commercial services. This services is specifically created for real estate agents or homeowners who want a house to look clean and in great shape for potential buyers. 

We also offer duct cleaning and HVAC system cleaning, which can eliminate nasty contaminants like pet dander and allergens that would otherwise circulate in the home. 

We have a portable ozone machine and technology that can remove odors, whether those odors are from previous pets living in the home or simply mustiness from the house not being open or inhabited. 

If you've encountered mold or suspect that there may be some present in the home, SERVPRO of Mercer County technicians can do mold testing to determine the extent of the damage. We also specialize in mold remediation, so we will advise you on the best ways to control moisture in the space and remove mold. 

We offer all of this and much more. Call us at 724-704-8939 and find out how we can help you!

Killing mold doesn't work

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Killing mold doesn't work Killing mold with bleach or other cleaning products will not make it any less harmful!

Picture this: You've found mold in your home. You don't want to call in professionals because you're imagining all of the time and resources it probably takes to have the mold removed and remediated. So you attack it yourself with harsh chemicals like bleach and other cleaning products. If you use chemicals to kill the mold spores, there will be nothing left to worry about, right?

Wrong. 

Did you know...

When mold spores get inside of your lungs, they can have harmful effects on your health and wellbeing even if they are dead. 

So don't spray it!

Whatever your at-home remedy for mold, it will not actually take care of the problems caused by the presence of mold spores in your home or property. Even if you think you have successfully removed mold, there is great likelihood that it is continuing to grow even though it is not visible.

Let SERVPRO of Mercer County handle it.

SERVPRO of Mercer County will employ our standardized mold removal and remediation process to take care of your mold problem for good. We will examine your home or property to identify any hidden mold or water sources, and then we will get to work on safely containing the mold spores and permanently removing them from your space. Rather than using harsh chemicals, SERVPRO of Mercer County will use advanced technology like negative air chambers and air scrubbers to make sure that your space is freed of any mold contaminants. 

SERVPRO of Mercer County wants to help you with your mold problem. Call us today at 724-704-8939.

Trust us. Don't try to do it yourself.