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Figuring Out If Theres Mold in Your Home

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Figuring Out If Theres Mold in Your Home Mold can grow in the walls after a water loss if not dried properly

Did you recently buy a house in Quincy, IL? If so, you may want to make sure there is not any mold currently in the home. Working with a residential mold remediation team and an indoor environmental specialist can help you determine if this fungus is currently calling your house home. Whether you recently bought the house or have been living there for years, you can use these tips to figure out if mold is already present.

• Use Your Nose: Mold growth often lets of a musty smell. Even if you can't see the fungus, you may be able to sniff it out.

• Look Around: Some signs of mold are visible to the eye. If you notice patches of growth on your bathroom wall, around your vents or in your crawlspace, you can have a pretty good idea that there is mold in your house.

• Do a Test: You can do a mold test to determine if this fungus is growing in your home. While there are some do-it-yourself tests available, it is often best to hire an indoor environmental specialist to run the test for you. The DIY tests may pick up the spores that exist in the air and be unable to differentiate these spores from actual growth. A specialist, on the other hand, will know how to better perform and read the test.

• Get an Inspection: While your nose and eyes may be able to detect some mold growth, chances are a professional will be better equipped to determine if there is fungus in your house. You can hire a remediation team to come check out your living space. Be aware that they may suggest hiring an indoor environmental specialist to double check their findings.

Mold does not always show noticeable signs of growth. You can have a professional perform a mold test to determine if you are sharing your space with this fungus growth.

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When Fire Damage Causes Water Damage

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Fire Damage Causes Water Damage Water damage can occur after fire, burst pipes, or sprinklers which can cause a loss in your commercial property

When a fire breaks out at your Quincy, IL property, you may be worried about fire damage – but when the smoke clears and the dust settles, you may have water damage to deal with, as well. But how is that possible, and how can you handle water cleanup?

Sources of Water Damage in a Fire

Water damage can come from multiple sources when a fire occurs on your property. Those sources include:

• Sprinklers. Smoke will trigger your sprinklers to activate, often preventing fires from spreading any farther, but those sprinklers can also cause water damage to anything uncovered in the room – such as your electronics. It’s not uncommon for sprinklers to save electronics from fire only to cause additional damage from water.

• Burst water pipes and mains. Fire damage throughout your property can cause extensive problems, including damaging your pipes. If your pipes burst, your property may flood even as it burns. Flooding can cause extensive damage at all levels, even if the floodwaters may also help mitigate the flames. Flooding can affect both your electronics and your inventory, as well as any furniture and display items.

• Firefighters. This is a tricky one. You rely on firefighters to save as much of your property as possible, but they do so by dousing it in gallons upon gallons of water ejected at high speeds. Not only can the volume of water do damage, but the impact of high-pressure water streams can cause damage.

Handling Water Cleanup

While you’re doing smoke cleanup and fire cleanup, you’ll need to handle water cleanup as well. Recovery specialists may be able to handle everything at once, but in the event you attempt cleanup yourself you should begin by clearing out any standing water and drying off your inventory. Even after the fire’s out, leaving waterlogged items and inventory can invite other problems that can impact the safety of your property.

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3 Ways to Protect Against Dryer Fire

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Ways to Protect Against Dryer Fire It is important to keep your dryer vents clear of lint to prevent fires in the dryer

3 Ways to Protect Against Dryer Fire

You may not give much thought to your dryer as a fire hazard. You simply put wet clothes in, turn it on and take them out when they are dry. Fire restoration specialists, however, see a lot of fire damage that started as a lint fire. To protect your home in Quincy, IL, from dryer fire, you should remove lint before every use and have a proper maintenance schedule for your dryer.

1. Lint Removal

Your dryer’s lint screen must be cleaned every time you do a load of laundry. Remove the screen and wipe your hand across it. A ball of lint forms as you do this, making it easier to remove the rest of the lint from the screen. Every few weeks, it is a good idea to wash the screen with water to remove any residue that has collected on it. Vacuuming out the screen vent before you replace the screen can help prevent lint fire by keeping lint from building up in the area.

2. Vent Cleaning

The lint screen is not the only place where lint collects. Lint is also exhausted through the hose attached to the back of the dryer and the vent in the wall. Every six months, you need to clean the hose and the wall vent. This helps prevent a buildup of lint that can ignite a fire in your home in Quincy, IL, causing extensive fire damage.

3. Dryer Dusting

The third place that lint accumulates is in the body of the dryer itself. Approximately every six months, unplug the dryer, open the back of it and clean out any lint that you see. You can use your hose attachment on your vacuum and a dry cloth to dust the inside of the dryer.

Everyone can remember to clean the lint screen, but if you want to make sure the job is done thoroughly, you can hire professionals to clean the inside of the dryer and the vents. No matter who does it, though, keeping a rigorous maintenance schedule for your dryer helps to prevent lint fire.

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Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property Quincy Home burned and needing restoration.

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property.

It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents. SERVPRO of Quincy has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Our experienced technicians utilize industry knowledge, training, experience, high-tech equipment, and proprietary cleaning products to perform emergency services to meet our customer’s cleaning and restoration needs.

Performed immediately following a loss in order to reduce property and content damage, our emergency services reduce claims’ expense, and minimize customer disruption.

While the types of emergency services we provide vary, our emergency response includes:

  • Boarding up the structure and securing the property to help prevent intrusions.
  • Drying the structure. Water is often used to extinguish a fire, so excess water or moisture must be monitored and removed.
  • Deodorization of the affected areas.
  • Pre-testing and initial cleaning. Initial cleaning may help prevent additional damage caused by soot residue, and pre-testing allows the technician to determine what can be restored to help eliminate needless and costly expenses.
  • Conducting building inspections to evaluate the loss site for any safety or health hazards

3 Ways To Tell If You Have Mold

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Ways To Tell If You Have Mold Mold Damage detected in commercial office should be accessed by a professional

Water damage can cause mold to start developing within 24 to 48 hours. If your commercial property in Quincy, MA, has experienced a leak, a service that specializes in mold can send an indoor environmental specialist to perform a mold test and assess the extent of mold growth. Here are three ways to determine whether mold may be developing:

1. Perform a visual investigation. Start by checking for any visible evidence of mold around the area affected by the leak. Use your eyes but do not disturb any mold colonies you find with your hands. If you find visible mold, contact a mold cleanup service as soon as possible.

2. Use your sense of smell. Mold smells on account of microbial volatile organic compounds. MVOC’s metabolic byproduct is gas and does not necessarily include spores, as mold does not give off spores at all stages of growth, but these compounds are often evidence of the presence of mold. If you smell mold but do not see any evidence of the problem, you should not continue to search for hidden mold by peeling off wallpaper or making holes in walls. This can disturb a colony, expose you to mold, and cause spores to spread.

3. Contact an indoor environmental specialist. If you smell mold or do not see mold or are concerned that mold may be present in your home, you should contact a specialist who can gather samples and identify them through air, bulk, or surface samples. Further analysis can determine the type of mold, any risks posed, and a plan for cleanup and remediation.

Whether you clearly detect or just suspect that mold may be growing in your property, the only way to know for sure is to have an indoor environmental specialist perform a mold test. These experts can help you determine the best way to stop mold growth.

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Understanding Category 1 Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Category 1 Water Damage Water Loss after a Pipe Break

Water damage can be caused by a variety of situations, such as severe weather, backed-up sewers or a broken pipe or leaking supply line. The source of flood water determines whether it’s categorized as category 1, 2 or 3. These are important distinctions because they indicate the level of risk associated with coming into contact with the flood water. Category 1 water is clean water and poses the lowest risk. This type of water damage can be a result of a number of things:

• Overflowing sinks or bathtubs
• Broken or leaking supply lines
• Burst pipes
• Rainwater directly from the sky

If the water is drinkable at its source, it is usually classified as category 1. This means that it is safe for you to be in contact with the water while you wait for a professional water damage mitigation expert from Germantown, MA, to arrive. If you have valuable possessions you wish to move, it is safe to do so as long as they are not electrical.

Category 1 Water Can Quickly Degrade to Category 2 or 3

It’s important to understand category 1 water may not remain category 1 for long. As it comes into contact with other materials, it can become contaminated. Clean water that is left to stand for a long time can also become unsafe, as warm temperatures support the growth of bacteria, viruses and microorganisms that pose a threat to human and animal health.

Fast Cleanup of Category 1 Damage Is Essential

If your business experiences category 1 water damage, it’s critical to begin cleanup as soon as it is safe to do so. The longer clean water is left to stand, the more likely it is to degrade to category 2 or category 3, which can pose serious health risks. Water damage experts from Germantown, MA, have specialized equipment that allows for a speedy cleanup, such as submersible pumps, wet vacs, industrial-grade dehumidifiers and fans. They can restore your business before flood waters begin to degrade.

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Help! I Have Two Feet of Water in My Basement

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Help! I Have Two Feet of Water in My Basement Basement Water loss after a Storm

Storms in Quincy, MA, can negatively affect your home. Whether they cause roof issues or flooding, you want to deal with the problems as quickly as possible. While it might be tempting to address some of the issues on your own, it is often a better idea to turn to the storm damage remediation experts. These teams are knowledgeable and have the equipment necessary to address your biggest problems. When two feet of water fills your basement, you may wonder what you can do to address the problem.

Look to Your Sump Pump

If flooding is an issue you struggle with regularly, it may be worth it to install a sump pump in your basement. If you already have one of these devices, you may want to make sure it is working properly before a big storm comes your way. Common maintenance steps you can take include the following:

• Make sure the power cord is connected
• Dump a bucket of water into the sump to make sure the pump will activate properly
• Clean the inlet screen
• Remove the pump from the sump to clean and inspect it annually

A properly working sump pump can save you many headaches in the future. However, if flood waters fill your basement anyway, you may need to replace your old equipment or call in some professionals for additional help.

Use a Trash Pump

If your basement never floods, it is unlikely you would have any type of pump already installed. In this case, your remediation team may need to bring in a trash pump to help empty out the basement of standing water. This portable pump can remove large amounts of water from a space. It can even handle sucking up mud, sand, sludge, and other hard and soft solids that may have built up on your basement floor.

When a large amount of water fills your basement, you need the right equipment to get rid of the flooding. A professional team familiar with this issue may have the specialized machinery needed to quickly move large amounts of water.

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Which Surfaces Support Mold Growth?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Which Surfaces Support Mold Growth? Mold growing in MA Home

Mold requires two things in order to thrive: moisture and organic materials. If both of these elements are present, you run the risk of mold growth or mildew growth. Take a moment to consider which materials and items are most likely to develop mold damage in each part of your home if exposed to excessive moisture or humidity.

Building Materials:

• Mold can develop on walls and may be cleaned from non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces with mold, such as drywall, must be removed and replaced.
• Mold may grow behind walls or wallpaper.
• Insulation exposed to water during a leak can be an ideal environment for mold and should be removed and replaced.
• A moldy ceiling indicates either a condensation or humidity problem or a leaky roof.
• Moldy floors may result from a combination of dirt and moisture.


• Any furniture made out of organic materials, such as wood, is prone to develop mold if exposed to moisture and warm temperatures.
• Upholstered furniture can absorb moisture between the layers, causing mold to grow.
• Placing furniture against walls may cause condensation to build up and lead to mold damage.

Other Organic Materials:

• Mold easily develops on moist and nutrient-rich food.
• Mold is also likely to develop on damp or wet clothing.
• Mold may develop on books or papers stored in a humid environment.
• Mildew is a parasitic fungus that only affects plants.

As you can see, mold may develop in any part of your home. If you encounter moldy items, you should contact a cleaning, testing, and restoration service in Quincy, MA. In the case of either mildew growth or mold growth, you must address the source of the problem, which usually involves excess moisture. If you do not resolve the underlying problem, you may have to repeat the process of cleaning or replacing building materials, furniture, or other items with mold damage.

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How To Deal With a Pipe Break in 4 Easy Steps

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal With a Pipe Break in 4 Easy Steps Pipe Break Water Loss

Has a pipe burst in your Quincy, MA, home? Bursting pipes can lead to loads of issues and stress. Knowing what to do in this type of situation can make the restoration process go a little smoother. Use the following tips to help you deal with flood waters from broken pipes.

1. Call in Professional Help

Water damage can lead to serious problems. You need the help of a plumber and a water restoration team to really deal with the issue. However, professionals might not be able to get there right away. Even after you've called in some help, do the next steps to help mitigate damage done to your home. If you simply wait for help to arrive, the flooding in your house could get a lot worse.

2. Stop the Water

Bursting pipes can lead to lots of water filling your home. Reduce the flooding damage by cutting off the water supply. You can shut off the water to your home by turning off the valve at the meter and the valve off of the meter. Turning off the water supply at both locations makes it more likely that the water will remain off.

3. Increase Safety

Before you can get someone in to fix a broken pipe, you need to make sure it is safe to walk through the standing water. This means turning off the electricity in your home until you have assessed the safety of the water. If you fail to do this step, anyone who walks into the standing water could get zapped.

4. Move Important Belongings

Once the relative safety of the water has been determined, you can start moving your personal possessions out of the waterlogged area. Start by moving your most important possessions to a high position. If you have time, you can move other pieces out of harm's way as well.

No one wants to deal with burst pipes. However, if the situation arises in your home, it's better to know how to deal with it than to be left scratching your head. Fast responses can help reduce the damage done to your home.

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Be Prepared Before a Storms Strikes

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes seem to be hitting the southeast and the gulf more frequently these past few years. However, at SERVPRO of Quincy,we want to make certain you and your family are prepared before the next storm strikes.

We urge you to review the following preparedness tips to help safeguard your loved ones in the event of a hurricane:

Design a Family Plan

 Devise an evacuation plan with your family and chose a designated meeting place in case of separation. It is also worthwhile to conduct practice drills to make certain all family members are familiar with the plan.

Create an Emergency Supply Kit

This kit should include the following: first aid items, blankets, flashlights, cash, fresh water, nonperishable food items, candles, matches, necessary medication, a radio with batteries, personal hygiene products, baby formula and diapers (if needed), and all important documents should be placed in waterproof document storage bags.

Prepare Your Home

In anticipation of a hurricane, it is a good idea to prepare the outside of your home from damage caused by wind and debris. Boarding up windows and other glass portions of the home is a good way to prevent breakage.  It is important to know that taping windows does not prevent them from breaking. Also, remember to check around your home for hanging tree limbs and shrubs that need to be trimmed. 

Fill Your Gas Tank 

It is always a good idea to make sure your car's gas tank is full, just in case an emergency evacuation is ordered.  Often times, towns that are in an emergency situation can "shut down," leaving gas stations inoperable.

During or after any storm, you can count on SERVPRO to be prepared no matter what the weather brings. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment is ready 24/7 to help clean-up and restore damaged property, “Like it never even happened”