You Can Control Mold
Inside your home you can control mold growth by:
- Controlling humidity levels;
- Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.
If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.
Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.
If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
- Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
- Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
- If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.
A Great Start
In any company, it’s always funny when the “new guy” messes up or makes a mistake. This was just the case my second week of work in my new position as Marketing and Sales Representative for SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands. I was sitting at my desk, not expecting to be asked to do anything honestly. The phone rings, and I get asked to take the van to Starkville for the Christmas parade. I’ve never driven one of these vans before so I am already nervous. As I am pulling out of the parking lot and onto the highway, I hear a loud BANG and immediately start to panic thinking that I have hit an oncoming vehicle. I look out of my side mirror and see that the sliding door on the van has come open and air-movers are falling out left and right. Just a big, green SERVPRO van dragging air-movers down the highway. I pull to the side of the road, out of traffic and run back to start picking up air-movers. As I pick up the first one, our office manager, Tonya is walking up to help, of course she thinks it is hilarious while I am in the middle of a panic attack. We got them all picked up and loaded back onto the truck and closed the sliding door once again, except this time, I triple-checked to make sure the door was closed. This is a great example of how quick SERVPRO can get to any disaster, no matter what kind it may be. Those air-movers were out of that highway and back onto the truck in a flash, "Like it never even happened."
Serving our Veterans
SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands brings football to our local Veterans Home. Tents, football players, cheerleaders and band are all onsite to help the Hero's of our country celebrate. On October 13, 2017 we had our 3rd annual VA Tailgating. This year we incorporated some extra help from some other local businesses and hope to build on this next year.
The people of the United States have a tradition that those who served our country in the armed forces, especially in time of war, shall receive consideration and care when they are in need. The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board is extending this special kind of care through a partnership with the VA.
We salute these efforts and hope our event helps, even if in a small way, to honor and support our Veterans.
Thoughts on Fire Damage
When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible. Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.
We are very fortunate to have as many small towns as we do in our area. These towns bring a level of community that most places do not understand or or appreciate. This Christmas season we have had the pleasure of being a part of 4 different Christmas Parades. These were located in Starkville, Carthage, Philadelphia and Kosciusko. Our staff came together with some great ideas about decorating vehicles. As small as this seems to some, the impact of being a part of the community has great impact for business. Most individuals would like to see local business succeed. Being involved in these community events lets our potential clients know we are a part of the community. This is something we are proud to say we are a part of, and will continue to strive toward.
Our SERVPRO Family
This is the season to get together with the ones you love and celebrate the Season. Most of us have different traditions that every year we hold strong to. But lets take a moment to think about this, we spend a majority of our time with the people we work with. I know I see my co-workers much more than I do my son. Which brings me to the point of this, our co-workers should be looked at as extended family to a degree. We should respect each other and be thankful for what we have been given. We had our annual Christmas Party and the entire evening was enjoyable. From the youngest member to the oldest, its great to have our SERVPRO Family.
Fire Safety During the Holiday
Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights, and Christmas Trees
It's that time of year again. And while we are wasting no time ensuring that our homes are filled with joy and holiday spirit, all that optimism can make it easy for us to forget about the potential dangers that come along with the festivities.
Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights, and Christmas Trees
Here are some safety tips that you can follow to prevent or reduce the risk of fire hazards this holiday season.
- Place all candles in non-tip candle holders
- Keep all lit candles away from the curtains, the Christmas tree, and out of the reach of children and pets
- Never leave lit candles unattended, and be sure to snuff each of them out before going to bed
- Always use a secure screen to contain sparks and embers
- Never leave a lit fireplace unattended
Other Fire Safety Tips
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Do not overload electrical circuits
- Keep a working fire extinguisher close at hand
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home
- Test both of these detectors monthly, and replace their batteries at least twice a year
Why use a professional?
I hear this a lot from consumers...I got the water mopped up, I think it have it under control. Well this is what IICRC has to say "Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required."
More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
The 2017 Boo Fest, Games, activities, candy in downtown Kosciusko. Activities, games, booths along Madison Street on the square, courtesy of our local businesses and community organizations. SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands participated. We got very creative this year and made our candy bowl out of an air mover it turned out great. The Office Manager dressed as one of our Hometown Heroes and gave away over 2000 pieces of candy. The smiles on the faces of the children were what really makes this event a success for our community. Kosciusko put a wrap on October Tuesday evening with the annual safety parade on the downtown square. This event is always a safe way for the children of our community to have a safe and fun Halloween.
Don't let a water leak damage your home!
There are several things you as a home owner you can do to prevent water damage from happening to you. Here are a few examples of some simple things you can do to reduce your risk.
** Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows and elm trees, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
** Keep an eye on your water bill
With the majority of your water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere
** Upgrade supply line hoses
Old, brittle or leaky hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for home owners. Checking or replacing the supply lines on your sink, toilets and appliances can potentially save you a lot of time, money and headache. Replace yours every five years or so and you might avoid a mess and very expensive damage to your home.
** Never pour grease down your sink
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it.