So, What is Microbial Growth? AKA Mold
Ignoring a water damage may not always lead to mold in your home, but for these homeowners it took over every inch of space.
You may not be able to see or smell it, yet it may be growing in your home and the reason you feel sick. So, what is mold? Molds are multiple types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming tiny spores that sprout and fly away, invisible to the naked eye. Mold grows in damp, warm, and humid locations, inside and outside. Mold can grow in your bathroom, in the showerhead, or in the corner near your shower, especially if the room is not well ventilated. Mold can attach to your shoes, pets, clothes, carpets, furniture, books, and papers. Mold can circulate in your air system. Overall, water-damaged buildings create a complicated mixture of contaminants present in the air and dust, resulting in a toxic chemical stew. Additionally, mold produces toxic chemicals called mycotoxins, present on spores and fragments of mold released into the air. Would you believe that half of buildings in the United States are water damaged, leading to the growth of mold? Which means you should always call SERVPRO if you suspect microbial growth in your home or place of business. We have expert technicians and trained office staff prepared to deal with all mold emergencies.
5 Things You Need to Have in Your Earthquake Bag
A quick snapshot of a home that suffered earthquake damage. Thankfully the homeowners were not home at the time of the incident.
Last Friday the Ventura County encountered a 5.3 magnitude earthquake near the Channel Islands. Some people mentioned they felt it in Simi Valley, Westlake, and even in Thousand Oaks. Most everyone in Southern California will tell you that the state is overdue for a massive earthquake, and SERVPRO thinks you can never be too prepared. We have compiled a quick list of 5 things you need to have in your earthquake bag.
1. The actual bag itself
2. Water purification tablets
3. First Aid kit
4. Light source
5. Sleeping bag
Obviously, there are other things you will want to consider such as: packaged food, batteries, etc. But in having these items in case of an emergency can alleviate some stress during an earthquake. SERVPRO is your emergency storm relief team.
Precautions to Take After a Storm Damage
This golf course was turned upside down after a fire driven storm.
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Always remember to be safe during and after a storm.
Microbial Growth Exposure Symptoms
Some hidden mold that was giving the homeowners allergy like symptoms but they were convinced there was mold in the house and they were correct.
Most mold symptoms can be confused with allergy symptoms. Some molds produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins, but mold itself is not poisonous or toxic. Common symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Cough and postnasal drip.
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat.
- Watery eyes.
- Dry, scaly skin.
Although bathrooms and basements are typical moist areas prone to mold growth, any moist area in the home can be affected by microbial growth. However this does not exclude other areas such drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks, and the areas around plumbing pipes.
If you suspect that mold is growing in your home you should always contact a professional. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has trained technicians who will remove any and all mold from your home or place of business. We are the industry leader in mold remediation.
Winter Water Damage
Call SERVPRO for ALL water remediation emergencies.
While Southern California doesn't have as harsh of winters as the rest of the nation your home or business is still at risk for water damage during the winter months. In extreme cases water pipes can freeze and burst and just because it is winter time does not mean mold can not grow as aftermath. Especially in homes with poor ventilation and/or unresolved water leaks. Most home or business owners do not think to have their roofs checked before storm season which leads to many leaks that could have been prevented. SERVPRO Simi Valley is your water restoration industry professional. Our technicians are trained and prepared even for weather related water incidents. Not your typical flooded kitchen from the sink situation. Always call SERVPRO for any of your water restoration needs.
Commercial Restoration: OVI
You can see here all the ash on the ground from the fire burning.
As a Large Loss Response Team, we are able to handle jobs that come in massive size. After the Thomas fire in December SERVPRO Simi Valley spent just under two months at the Ojai Valley Inn to get them back into business as quickly as possible. Running two separate shifts, the crews worked around the clock to expedite the process. Team Alan Reed understood the importance of getting the Inn back up and running. The Inn suffered massive damage from soot and smoke, as well as falling ashes as the fire was still burning close by.
Fire and smoke jobs require a lot of PPE, such as respirators, eye protection, and hard hats. The air quality in Ojai during the fire was not the best and we made sure that all SERVPRO parties were taken care of when it came to keeping them safe.
To be experience a flood in Southern California is extremely rare but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:
Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley will be your flood expert. We are always here to help.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Water damaged carpet that resulted in mold underneath.
There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see has bacteria or causes mold. Water damage can and will affect the value of your property. Before you try and take care of it yourself consider how the damage can affect your home, SERVPRO professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for anyone. Our technicians are trained and equipped to manage the drying process by using equipment and moisture measuring devices. Your home or building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards. Which, in turn, will prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time SERVPRO of can and will help you regain control and make sure your property is protected. Never put anything you love at risk and let your franchise professionals handle it.
5 Reasons To Keep Your Ductwork Clean
Before and after of a duct cleaning
The air quality in your home is important. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter. What about the air ducts? Contaminants collect in the duct system too, and regular cleaning of the air channel is important.
1. Improves your health- poor indoor air quality ranks among the top five environmental risks to your health.
2. Energy consumption- clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill and helps your HVAC unit last longer.
3. Smelly air- odors continue to plague your home long after you remove the offensive item.
4. Moldy reasons- microbial growth can grow in your duct system especially if your home suffered recent water damage from flooding or foundation cracks.
5. Call a professional- SERVPRO is the professional you wan to seek!
You need to know the air you breathe at home is free from contaminants. What you don't know will hurt you. Make sure you contact a certified HVAC technician for ductwork cleaning.
Flood Insurance 101: What Homeowners Need To Know
Home had 3in of water flood their home after a washing machine was installed improperly.
The fact is any property can flood. Your home doesn’t have to be under five feet of water from hurricane flood surges to suffer flood damage. Normal amounts of rainwater can drain under your home, and flood your basement or the lowest floor level, causing flood damage. This kind of flooding can cause mold, increase the risk of termites and cause electrical problems. But the good new is that SERVPRO is able to take care of all your flooding problems with our prompt response and quick timing.
SERVPRO works closely with insurance companies to ensure that your home and your insurance are both taken care of correctly. We are on multiple preferred vendors list as a corporation with insurance companies such as State Farm and Farmers insurance.