Mold...What are the signs?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors and grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold can cause health effects in people with mold sensitivity.
When water invades your property, mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours. Moldpedia.com lists many signs that there may be mold in your home:
- Smelling a Mold Odor
- Seeing Signs of Mold Growth
- Signs of Water Problems
- Water Leaks
- Past Flooding
If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business, stay out of the affected area, turn off the HVAC system and fans, and contact SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation effectively and in a timely manner.
Water Damage in School District Building
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati believes in giving back to the community whenever possible. We are always looking for ways to help out local schools, neighborhoods and charities by offering our time and talents.
For example, we were honored to help a local school district by donating labor and materials when one of the school buildings suffered a water damage and needed dry-out services. The school Board was very grateful for the donation because it allowed them to use funds elsewhere to better serve the students in the district.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati strives to have a positive presence in the community and is happy when an opportunity arises to help the students, residents and employees of our community. We value our community and are proud to support in any way we can!
A Modern Day Method To Reduce Stress in the Office?
A fidget spinner is a small gadget with ball-bearings that the user can rotate or spin between his finger and thumb. They are being marketed as the modern version of the stress ball, used to relieve anxiety and promote productivity.
How Are They Believed To Work?
Some believe that using the fidget spinner occupies parts of the brain that otherwise would distract the rest of the brain with random thoughts interfering with decision making and productivity. Others believe that body movements are actually part of the thinking process much like doodling or tapping a pen.
The Must-Have Office Toy
According to Forbes, fidget spinners are the must-have office toy of 2017. So for you or that co-worker or cubicle neighbor that constantly pen-clicks, desk-drums or nail bites, maybe pitch the stress ball and try upgrading to a fidget spinner!
What Do You Think? Would a fidget spinner increase productivity at your office?
Weather & Fireworks...Stay Safe & Enjoy! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Fireworks displays are affected by many different weather factors. Wind, drought, lightning and rain can all have an impact on July 4th celebrations.
Wind can really affect the quality of the display as well as pose a safety risk if not monitored closely. Calm wind doesn’t allow for the smoke to dissipate which means that the fireworks won’t be as vivid as spectators try to see them through the smoke. Strong wind affects the direction of the fallout, potentially blowing hot embers and smoke into the spectators.
A location experiencing a drought is not ideal for a fireworks show. This could be very dangerous as there is potential for fire damage when the fallout lands on dry grounds and possibly sparks a fire.
Lightning can also be one of the most dangerous weather conditions that affects a fireworks show. It is possible that lightning can strike the unlit fireworks and ignite them on the ground, which is very dangerous for anyone sitting nearby. It’s important to remember to always take shelter indoors if lightning is in the area!
And finally, while most would expect otherwise, rain is not really an issue for fireworks displays. As long as the pre-lit fireworks are protected from the rain so that the fuses are kept dry and will light, the fireworks will still burst through the raindrops and be seen without problems.
So this July 4th, be sure to take the weather into consideration as you head to your local fireworks display!
We at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!
Eliminating Odor After a Fire
One of the most important concerns for complete restoration after a fire is controlling or eliminating the odors. When attempting to eradicate the odors after a fire, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration during the restoration process. These factors all impact the strength of the odor that is left behind.
Factors that Affect Fire Odor
- Size – Larger fires burn more objects and bring more smoke. With more smoke, there is stronger smell.
- Length – The longer a structure has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the odor has seeped into porous materials.
- Space – The smaller the room where the fire occurs, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor becomes.
- Items – Not all items smell the same when burning. For example, wood and plastic have very different smells and consistency. This needs to be considered during the restoration process.
Where the fire damage occurred and what items burned are the two main concerns in the fire restoration process. The technicians at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati are fire restoration specialists and have the training, expertise, and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.
Control Moisture to Help Prevent Mold Infestation
Most homeowners have concerns about mold and how to prevent it. Mold can grow anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and if not treated promptly, can spread very quickly. It is best to prevent mold before it ever becomes a problem.
Tips to Prevent Mold
The key to mold prevention is moisture control. The Mother Nature Network suggests several ways for homeowners to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it:
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Areas such as wet basements, water stained ceilings, or windows with condensation are examples of potential problem areas. Correcting these issues can prevent mold before it becomes a problem.
- Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow. Don’t leave wet areas in your home. Remove wet carpets and furniture if they can’t be dried completely. Don’t leave wet items lying around the house. Always dry the walls and floors after showers or spills.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure your home isn’t holding moisture inside by opening a window or running an exhaust fan while cooking or showering.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products. If building a new home or renovating your current home, always use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paint.
- Monitor humidity indoors. Measure humidity in your home with a moisture meter and keep the indoor humidity levels between recommended levels.
- Direct water away from your home. Make sure the ground around your home is sloped so that water runs away from the home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters. Leaky roofs lead to moisture in the home.
- Improve air flow in your home. Increase air circulation in your home by opening doors between rooms and moving furniture away from walls. Let fresh air into your home.
- Keep mold off house plants. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Find ways to prevent mold from growing on your house plants.
If after following these tips you still find that you have a mold infestation in your home, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation.
Tornado Safety - Keep Your Pet Safe Too!
As we enter the warmer months, severe storms become more frequent and tornadoes become a possibility. In the event of a tornado, most people consider the safety of their family, but many may forget to consider the safety of their pets. The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips to help keep pets safe during severe storms.
Tornado Pet Safety Tips:
- Bring your pets inside – Any time a severe storm is in your area, bring your pets indoors. If it is not safe for you to be outside, then it is not safe for your four-legged friend!
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification or is microchipped – If you were to be separated from your pet during a storm, an identification tag or microchip will increase your chances of being reunited.
- Practice getting your pets into your safe place – When you practice your tornado safety plan with your family, be sure to include your pets as part of the practice plan!
- If you are forced to evacuate, take your pets with you – Even if you think you will only need to be gone for a short period of time, take your pets and some emergency pet supplies with you. Depending on the situation, you may be unable to come back for your pets at a later time.
These are just a few tips to take into consideration to help keep your pets safe during the stormy season. More information about tornadoes and pet safety can be found at the Humane Society website, http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/keeping_pets_safe_during_a_tornado.html.
Was Your Office Included on Your Spring Cleaning List?
When it comes to spring cleaning, most people think of it as referring to their homes. But where do you spend so much of your time during the week? Spring cleaning shouldn’t be just for the home, the workplace can also benefit from a good cleaning! Did you include your office on your spring cleaning list this year?
How about those desk drawers?
Just like your junk drawers at home, filing cabinets can collect a lot of unnecessary items in a year’s time! Take the time to go through your drawers at work. Keep and organize the essential items and throw away the rest!
Are your filing cabinets in order?
After a year of use, does your closet at home stay organized? Many times filing cabinets become disorganized over time. Sort through your papers, organize what you need to keep and throw away or recycle the rest.
What is that stuck between the keys of your keyboard?
After a year of snacking at your desk and dust mites flying, computers and electronics need a good cleaning. Take some time to wipe down monitors and spray your keyboard! Get those crumbs out!
Germs are everywhere!
When was the last time you wiped down your office phone? How about the surfaces of your desk and chair? With so many employees working together, illnesses are bound to spread! Use disinfectant spray and wipes to keep those germs away!
Spring is finally here and it is time to start fresh, declutter and organize. So open the office windows, take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate your workspace with a good spring cleaning!
A Very Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati...And Happy Grilling Season!
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati would like to first take this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to those that so unselfishly gave their lives to provide us with the freedom we enjoy.
Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. And with the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. When raising the lid to your grill this season, you may be surprised at what you find hiding inside…MOLD!
Mold thrives in a moist environment with poor air circulation. And a covered grill is just that! If you find mold growing in your grill this spring, grillbilliesbarbecue.com offers several tips to remove the mold and prepare your grill for the grilling season.
How to Remove and Clean Mold from Your Grill:
- Throw away any charcoal and other materials leftover in the grill.
- Fire the grill up as hot as possible to burn off all grease and mold. (If you attempt to scrape it off or power wash it first you may inhale mold spores.)
- Let the grill cool and then scrape and scrub every surface with a brush or a pressure washer. Don’t forget to include the drip pan and grates.
- Wash everything down with soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
- Fire the grill up once again to burn off any mold, grease, and soap residue.
*NOTE: If you have a ceramic grill, DO NOT use degreaser or a pressure washer to clean. For ceramic, only use a plastic scraper and start a hot fire.
So as we enter the summer grilling season, be sure to inspect your grill for mold and take the necessary steps to clean it! Happy Memorial Day and Happy Grilling!
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
Gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to your home. That is why it is essential that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home, protecting roofs, walls, and foundations of homes. To keep gutters working properly, it is important to make sure that gutters are cleaned regularly so that water can flow freely to the downspouts and away from your home.
So how often should you clean your gutters? It is recommended that you clean your gutters AT LEAST twice a year!
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. If water finds its way into the walls and ceilings of the home, it will cause interior damage. In winter months, pooling water around the foundation of the home can cause foundation cracks if it freezes and expands. The paint and siding of a home can also be damaged as water overflows from the gutters.
Failing to clean gutters regularly can be a very costly mistake! It is one of the most important tasks of a homeowner and, if done on a regular basis, can prevent many homeowner headaches!