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What is Black Mold?

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

Within this blog you will find numerous suggestions and informative facts relating to what we call “Black Mold”. By definition, Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often known as “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How to Know it’s Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Ames for emergency mold remediation services at the earliest time in order to ensure efficiency in stopping the spread of spores.

Additional Knowledge About Mold

When water intrudes into your property, invasive mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and they also may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies at a rapid rate when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins that are harmful to not only humans, but pets as well.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you or someone you know runs into trouble with mold, and needs emergency services, contact SERVPRO of Ames at (515) 233-4544 for professional inspections and readings. SERVPRO of Ames provides services for both residential and commercial properties, 24/7. 

What are the leading causes of attic fires?

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

The absolute most common cause of attic fires in residential homes is an electrical malfunction. Sometimes circuits get overloaded, and if the breaker fails to trip, the overloaded circuit could cause a fire. Electrical overloads that overheat in attic insulation and other parts of the home are responsible for approximately 43% of all residential attic fires.

Another common cause of attic fires is heating. Studies show that around 5% of attic fires are started when home heating systems malfunction.

The third major cause of residential attic fires is those caused by natural sources. Natural sources are a broad category that includes lightning, damage from fallen branches or trees, and rainwater that seeps into electrical systems. Any of these can cause a spark to ignite attic insulation, leading to a fire that can spread quickly through the attic.

What can I do to protect my attic from a fire?

While there is very little you can do to protect your home from a fire started by natural causes, the good news is that there is plenty you can do to protect from electrical and heating fires. Have your HVAC serviced regularly by a professional to ensure that it is working correctly and there are no fire hazards in play. Regular duct cleaning removes dust, lint, and other debris, preventing any spark from catching hold.

An electrician can inspect the wiring present in your attic to ensure it is in good condition. Finally, be aware of the power your electronics and appliances use, making sure to avoid overloads in the first place.

Have an attic professional inspect your attic insulation to make sure that it meets current fire standards. Attic insulation plays a crucial role in making sure that your attic remains safe from fire. Not only will the proper attic insulation stop the flames from spreading, but ensuring that you have the right attic insulation will make your home safer in other ways as well, by preventing the growth of mold, for example. 

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Garage fire safety tips

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

  • Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home.
  • Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.
  • Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
  • Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
  • Install:
    • A 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from the garage into the house.
    • A ceiling made with ?-inch Type X gypsum board (or the equivalent) if you have living space above the garage.
    • A wall with ½-inch gypsum board (or the equivalent) if the wall attaches the garage to your home.
    • An attic hatch cover if you have attic access from the garage.
    • A heat alarm — not a smoke alarm — in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high.

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Steps to take if your bathroom floods

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Here’s what to do as soon as you notice the flood:

1. Quickly identify where the leak is before you shut off the water
Determine the exact source of the flood water. Then if it’s a single fixture like a toilet overflowing, shut it off at the isolation valve. To shut off the mains water supply you must know where your stop tap is (It can be under the kitchen sink, under your cold water tank in the attic or even outside. If you’re a new homeowner, read our article on different types of home water systems, so you know where to find yours – different types of home water systems.
You can try and fix the leak if you can, but we would recommend calling in a professional plumber for most repairs.

2. Shut off electricity
Go to your circuit breaker panel to shut off your lighting and sockets circuits, to eliminate the risk of electrocution via your bathroom light or shaver socket. You don’t want to enter a water-soaked environment with outlets and light fixtures still on.
Your fuse box or consumer unit is likely to be under the stairs in a house, or close to the front door in a flat.

3. Remove standing water
Use anything you can – a mop, old towels, newspaper – to absorb the water and get it into buckets or down a drain. If you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, use that. If you have severe flooding, you may need to call a water damage clean-up service.

4. Save your possessions
Clear your bathroom cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and work out what kind of clean-up they need.

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SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profiles for Your Business

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Making it through any size disaster, whether its a small water leak or a fire that has affected your business.  The best time to plan is to have a plan in place before disaster strikes.

Let SERVPRO of Ames help your business put together a plan using our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  This plan will help you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

We love the communities in the area we service.  From Central Iowa to Southern Minnesota SERVPRO of Ames is here to help and would like to help you have a plan in place in case of an emergency with a custom your Emergency Ready Profile that fits your need!

Call today for more info (515) 233-4544

Look For the Cause

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Mold needs water or moisture and oxygen to grow. Water does not have to flow into the building for there to be enough moisture to promote the growth of mold. Although one-time leaks or burst water pipes may not be a problem if repaired, even a one-time leak, if not properly addressed, can cause unacceptable mold growth. There are a number of potential causes of moisture or water entry:

  • Lack of building maintenance
  • Poor building design or construction
  • Using wet building materials
  • Leaky pipes, windows, or doors
  • Regular, or even one-time flooding
  • Simple plumbing mistakes
  • Excessive humidity and condensation
  • Improper landscaping design or maintenance outside the building, causing water to flow toward the building
  • Any other serious water related problem
  • Address Moisture or Water Issues Promptly

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Simplify the Restoration Process

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Ames team can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time.

SERVPRO of Ames can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Pack Out
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair

SERVPRO of Ames is here to help with all types of disasters. If it happens to your home or business we are here to help!

Call today with any questions! (515) 233-4544 

Power in Numbers

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated. When disaster strikes, we put our aces in their places and combine forces to make powerful storm teams. We have Disaster Recovery Teams (or Storm Teams) strategically located across the country ready to respond at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO will even go as far as to set up command centers in heavily affected areas in order to ensure a rapid and efficient response. With 2,000+ locations nationwide, we have hundreds of thousands of commercial-grade drying equipment units on-hand so as to combat even the most serious of storm damages.

We have highly trained, expert professionals who are invested in keeping your businesses up and running. We offer solutions that are accommodating to our customers, even working after hours or around the clock in severe situations in order to minimize downtime for your residence or commercial business. SERVPRO of Ames technicians understand that continuity within your business is vital for your business to thrive, so we operate in an efficient fashion that’s conducive to remaining open whenever possible.

SERVPRO of Ames accomplishes this by safely isolating work areas from operational spaces so that business can continue while we work on the restoration of your affected areas, reducing lost revenues. SERVPRO of Ames is hero-ready, and here to help get you back on your feet when mother nature unleashes her fury. Technicians are on call 24/7 so we can provide immediate emergency services. Make SERVPRO of Ames your first call to put you back on the road to restoration and recovery.

Tis the Season

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

At last, Midwesterners are able to rejoice as springtime is finally upon us. The sun is starting to peek out, the heavy rains are here, and before you know it, the crazy weather patterns will begin to roll in. Weather anomalies have become both more frequent and unpredictable as the earth’s temperature continues to rise. Throughout the middle weeks of April, a large low-pressure system tore through many parts of the US.

This set off many critical situations across the country including wind damage, fire dangers, and even blizzard conditions! In Iowa, we experienced a large line of severe storms producing several tornadoes and tennis-ball-sized hail! Many businesses and homes were affected throughout the region and are now stuck with having to face the aftermath. Destruction throughout this time of year can appear in many forms.

Some emergency situations potentially involve wind damage, roof damage, secondary water damage, electrical surge fires, or mold growth. Other factors causing an emergency situation could include glass and debris cleanup, flooding, and even vandalism of unattended properties. All these factors previously named have the potential to impact the length of time needed to get back into businesses and homes safely.

SERVPRO of Ames is storm-ready to respond to whatever weather situation has impacted our friends, families, clients, and communities. SERVPRO of Ames understands that in emergency situations, a timely response is critical so as to efficiently bounce back. We work quickly to stabilize conditions in order to restore properties to preloss conditions. We value consistent, effective communication above all else with each client. Every one of our highly valued customers receive top-of-the-line customer care, plus step-by-step communication with homeowners, entrepreneurs, adjusters, insurance carriers, inspectors, and all potential parties involved.

Preparation is also a vital component of a timely recovery. Set up a plan with your family or business, and build emergency weather kits to keep in your car, basement, or other easily accessible areas. Have an identified shelter area within your nearby environment for inclement weather, as well as a designated evacuation point for fires. Know the signs of a tornado, how to stay safe, and where to take shelter. When storms finally pass, you will likely need a helping hand to restore your residential or commercial property and get you back on your feet.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Ames and we will work with your insurance provider to help walk you through the restoration process and get you on the road to recovery. Call us 24/7 at (515) 233-4544, or find us on Facebook at SERVPRO of Ames.

Leaders Never Stop Learning

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, our vision is to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. Let’s break that down and highlight the keywords. “Premier”, best, leading, highest, master, second-to-none. In the WORLD. We set the bar high! We strive to take first prize in customer experience and expert technique. We pride ourselves in being recognized as THE number one chosen brand for both residential and commercial/large loss. Being the largest commercial water and fire restoration company in America comes with a great deal of responsibility and high expectations. For over 55 years now, SERVPRO has been making strides and working to make continuous improvements within the industry to ensure we always have an open mind to learning. There is always room for growth. Our technicians undergo intense training to give them the expert knowledge they need to perform their job functions and perform them well. Our technicians must study, undergo, complete, pass, and become certified in our crew training process and become certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. SERVPRO offers year-round education and is an approved IICRC Training School offering education, expertise, and certification in fire restoration, water restoration, upholstery cleaning, and applied structural drying. It is not enough to just receive a certification once. Leaders never stop learning. In order to be the PREMIER cleaning and restoration company, we have to sustain the training, growth, and development of each of the individuals that work for us, as well as our team as a whole. We also offer continuing education courses. We can’t keep all of this know-how to ourselves. These courses are available to franchise staff, insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and real estate professionals. SERVPRO offers both credit and non-credit courses to better enhance the learning experience and foster an environment conducive to growth and development. SERVPRO truly cares. If you are interested in learning more about our processes or for continuing education opportunities, call SERVPRO. We are hero ready, and here to help!