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The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process
When there is water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Carrollton have the industry training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Carrollton. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® of Carrolton professionals utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
The mold remediation process depends 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. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton will also clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may also be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs, such as reconstruction.
Deep Fryer Safety
SERVPRO of Carrollton are you local experts to help you turn that kitchen fire damage back into a functioning kitchen.
Happy National French Fry Day!! Whether you get them from your favorite restaurant or cook them yourself, enjoy them with your favorite people!!!
If you are cooking them yourself in a deep fryer, make sure you follow the following safety tips.
*Know your oil smoke point. Each type of cooking oil has it's own smoke point. This is the temperature that your oil begins to smoke and could catch fire.
*Don’t overfill your deep fryer. Most deep fryers have a max fill line. What most people don't account for is that this should include the food, not just the oil. Overfilling your deep fryer could result in spilling oil and causing a fire and uneven cooking due to the oil temperature dropping.
*Do not deep fry wet food. Water can cause hot oil to splash and spill over potentially resulting in a fire. Most frozen foods are already mostly dry, but fresh foods can contain a lot of moisture and need to be patted down before putting in hot oil.
*Keep your deep fryer in clear surroundings. Many deep fryers aren't cool to the touch when cooking. Make sure the are around your deep fryer is free from flammable and combustible materials.
*Make sure your deep fryer has a break-away cord. This is a standard safety feature on most home deep fryers to keep the fryer from tipping over if the cord is tripped up by something or someone. However, not all have this so inspect yours and use accordingly.
*Have a lid on hand. While not necessary, smothering is the safest way to put out a grease fire. If your deep fryer doesn't come with a lid, find something you can use that will work just as well.
*Keep a fire extinguisher handy. There are many people who've never thought to have a fire extinguisher in their kitchen in case of a fire. There are many options available for a fire extinguisher made for home use, so make sure you have one to on hand in your kitchen.
*Keep track of your temperatures. Many deep fryers have a built in temperature gauge to track how hot your oil is and make sure your fryer is cooking at the proper heat. These can malfunction so having a separate clip-on thermometer as a back up is a great idea.
*Dispose of oil properly. Always let the oil cool down completely before storing or disposing of it. If storing, make sure to filter out all food particles so your oil doesn't spoil prematurely. If disposing, make sure to pour into a air tight container. Never pour oil down a drain as it can cause the drain to clog and back up.
*Use proper protective equipment. Most foods won't splatter as long as excess moisture is removed, but fatty foods like bacon will splatter regardless. Using the handle on the fryer basket will protect you, but having protective gloves as secondary protection is always a good idea.
Should you find yourself faced with a kitchen fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to help you make it "Like it never even happened."
*Source: Deep Fryer Safety Tips
Employee Spotlight--Joyce Wilson, Owner
Employee Spotlight--Joyce Wilson, Owner
Each week, we will be highlighting a professional with our franchise. This week’s spotlight is on owner Joyce Wilson. Joyce has been a franchise owner for almost 30 years. She began her career with SERVPRO as an employee for a franchise in Columbus, GA. Seeing the potential to create a legacy for their family, Joyce and her husband Ricky became franchise owners and have passed along their knowledge and love for this business to their 2 sons.
Name: Joyce Wilson
Years with SERVPRO: 34
Years as owner: 30
Professional Tip: When there is standing water in a room, do not enter. There could be hidden electrical hazards that could result in electrocution or even death.
Fun Fact: Season ticket holder Atlanta Falcons Fan
CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER
There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home, or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO® and their network of over 1,800 franchises in North America and Canada.
Whether the job is big or small, your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened” so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life. We are the leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after ravaging effects of water and fire disasters. So, whether you're responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000?be ready for the worst, with the very best. Your trusted, local SERVPRO® franchise.
If you’re in need of cleanup and restoration services, call your local SERVPRO® franchise professional today or visit SERVPRO.com for more information.
*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 2
Why It Makes Sense to Work With a Professional Restoration Company
There are few things more disruptive to your life than damages to your home. Not only can they be difficult to deal with from a logistical level, but the emotions associated with damage that is due to a disaster can understandably lead to long-lasting issues for everyone who experienced it.
During the aftermath, there are many difficulties that can arise—but if you work with a professional restoration company, the entire process can be made much easier to handle. Not only will a restoration company ensure that your damage is handled, but they can also work with your insurance on your behalf and make sure that any items that could possibly be saved will be.
Why to Consider Working With a Restoration Company After Damages
We can work with your insurance. Paperwork and documentation are often some of the most difficult things to deal with after damage occurs to your home, but when you work with us for restoration, we can work with your insurance on your behalf. Insurance claims can be expensive to file, which can cost you money in the long run, but we will work with your insurance to keep your claim amount as low as possible and reduce your stress.
We take a restore-first mentality. If you have to suddenly leave your home due to an emergency or damages, you will likely only have time to grab the essentials—leaving many items of sentiment behind. That is why we take a restore-first mentality, instead of simply recommending replacement. We do our best to save your items with our highly technical restoration equipment and only recommend full replacement as a last resort.
We handle all aspects of the restoration. There are many small touches that make a house a home, and we believe the cosmetic details are one of them. We will handle all the little things at the end of your restoration to make sure your home looks exactly as it did pre-damage, from paint colors to doorknobs and everything in between.
If you have damage due to your home, we hope you will consider using us for restoration. We are here 24⁄7 to take your call and begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more or get started.
Do You Have Dirty Ducts?
Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.
A routine part of SERVPRO® of Carrollton's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Carrollton will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.
In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO® of Carrollton can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.
If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Carrollton uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.
- The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
- Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
- As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton today.
*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 4