Oh No! You Have Mold!
Microbial Growth on the wall of this Port Richey office.
Do’s and Don’ts of Mold
Discovering Mold in your home or business can be intimidating. Luckily SERVPRO of West Pasco technicians are trained and certified to help. Microbial growth can be tricky. What most people don’t realize is that it IS a living, breathing organism. This means that not only can it grow and expand throughout the entire property, it also has defense mechanisms to protect it. Below we will go over some Do’s and Don’ts when you find growth in your home or business.
- Spray anything directly on the growth
Like we discussed, mold is living and it will attack. When a solution is sprayed onto any growth, it immediately shoots its spoors out in defense. This is something you obviously can’t see with your naked eye but if it is sending spoors in other directions and you’re only focused on cleaning what you visually see, it will begin to grow in the new areas.
- Use a solution and clean rag or sponge
If you would like to attempt to clean up a small amount of visual growth before you give us a call, we can offer some advice. Hot water and dawn dish soap or bleach can work wonders, but the way you use it is what is most important. Soak and rag or sponge in the hot water solution and simply wipe the mold away. This catches growth off guard and allows you to safely remediate the issue.
If you happen to discover what looks like possible mold, its important that you do not disturb it. This goes with our last tip that we discussed. The second that mold is disturbed, it starts to spread at a higher rate of speed. If you’re in the middle of a remodel, or maybe you have a second home you’ve returned to and discovered possible mold growth it’s extremely important that you do not touch it. Obviously a small amount of mold in the shower is normal, but anything over 10 sq feet needs a licensed Hygienist to write a proper protocol on the steps that need to be taken to remediate it properly.
Obviously, we suggest you call us here at SERVPRO of West Pasco immediately if growth is discovered in your home or business but in the mean time covering the affected area is the safest thing to do. If its in a small room, we suggest closing any air vents and shutting that room off to the rest of the building. If its in a small area of a larger room, taping it off with plastic sheeting can do the trick! This will help contain -the area until remediation can begin!
-Of course, we always recommend you give us a call at 727-847-3000 for any remediation project or with questions! We are happy to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Kitchen Fire Safety Tips for Your West Pasco Home
This fire caused extensive damage to half of this New Port Richey home.
Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
In the kitchen grease fires are extremely common while cooking your favorite meal. This type of fire is known to go out of control rather quickly. Kitchen fires also known for getting completely out of hand very rapidly. Even a little bit of spilled grease could get out of hand.
Here are some tips on how to prevent a grease fire: Do not leave the grease unattended; always stay in the kitchen when you are using grease. Move all items that are flammable away from the heat source. Keep the grease at a reasonable temperature when cooking. Add the food slowly to prevent splatter. Always keep children or animals away from the stove while cooking with grease.
Now if the grease fire does ignite, here are some helpful tips to deal. Cover the flames with a metal lid or a cookie sheet so the fire is contained. Always keep baking soda nearby to toss on the grease fire, keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of any emergencies, turn off all of the heat source if it is safe to do so, never try to extinguish the fire with water and never attempt to move the item that is on fire.
Lastly, for a grease fire, DON’T PANIC. People tend to get in a panic and that’s where the fire can take control and cause some serious damage.
Does Your Apartment Have Mold/Mildew?
One of the most common calls we get here at SERVPRO of West Pasco is from clients who have discovered mold in their property. Mold is not a minor issue, it is a top environmental hazard. Mold begins to grow in warm, damp areas, hence why it is such a common occurrence here. The perfect place for growth is in basements, attics, and other dimly-lit areas of a property with poor ventilation and high humidity.
No rental property is immune from a mold outbreak. Common causes include an unattended spill, faulty plumbing, open window during a rain storm, or an appliance that has a leak. Whatever the reason is, it's important to be prepared!
Remember, whether you own or manage a rental property in New Port Richey, mold is an issue that can add up to an expensive bill and a lengthy cleanup so its important to take it seriously.
Gather evidence and report it
Mold is found by scent or sight, you should be able to see the off color dots that will line up on surfaces. If you do have mold in your home, you are usually able to locate it on sight so make sure you take a photo of the mold. You'll want the evidence to show to your landlord or property manager.
First, call them to explain the issue immediately. You will need to refer to your lease but most states require owners to remove mold at their own expense as soon as they are notified. After you have a conversation about the problem, send the photos their way so you can start working on a plan to get the mold out of your apartment.
After you get in touch with your property manager/landlord, call a Mold Remediation Expert. By contacting an expert, it allows you to have the growth properly tested and reported to get a better idea of the severity. This will also give you the documentation you may need to prove that the growth you are seeing is, in fact, mold. A local expert in remediation, SERVPRO of West Pasco works closely with several buildings and property managers to ensure quick and easy removal of mold. If you need our assistance at one of your properties, please give us a call today at 727-847-3000.
Avoid a Fire During This Holiday Season
It’s that time of a year again! As mesmerizing as lights and other holiday decorations are, they account for millions of dollars in property damage every year. Please follow these basic safety tips to ensure your family's wellbeing this holiday season.
- When purchasing a live tree, make sure it isn’t dried out to much. Sometimes, if trees are cut too early the needles begin to dry and fall. these are more likely to catch fire. The Frazier Fir is a great choice and has a softer needle that does not dry out as quickly.
- Remember to water your tree immediately after getting it home and in the stand. Continue to water the tree until it stops taking water.
- Keep your tree away from heat sources, candles and other electronics.
- All your Christmas lights should be UL or ETL/ITSNA tested for safety, and you should throw away damaged lights.
- Be sure to plug outdoor lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
- Keep all your candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
- Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
- When your tree's needles begin to fall, it is time to take it down.
Follow these guidelines and avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report this holiday season. Of course, if you do have an emergency contact us immediately along with the local emergency response departments needed. We will be there to help you get things back, "Like it never even happened."
2020 Hurricane Season
Of course, with it being 2020, it only suits that we had the most active Hurricane Season in the U.S. since 1916. Of the 30 named storms, 13 developed into hurricanes, and six further intensified into major hurricanes, with one, Hurricane Iota, attaining Category 5 strength on the Saffir–Simpson scale. Of the 30 named storms, 12 made landfall in the contiguous United States. In late August, Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, becoming the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in Louisiana. Laura caused at least $14.1 billion in damage and 77 deaths. Hurricane Isaias, which made landfall in The Bahamas and North Carolina, both times as a Category 1 hurricane, caused an overall $4.725 billion in damage. While we are always equipped and ready to help when a disaster strikes, our hearts break to see the damage these storms can cause to unexpecting homes and businesses. If you ever find that you’ve acquired damage to your home or business during storm season, please don’t hesitate to call us at 727-847-3000. SERVPRO of West Pasco is here to help.
Our Sense Of Normal
Our team finally gets together for our monthly all employee meeting after COVID 19
On Friday, October 2nd, we had our first all employee meeting since the start of COVID. While it was not how we usually get together to celebrate the previous month's achievements, it was great feeling that small sense of normal we’ve all been missing. While we spread our chairs out 6 feet apart in the parking lot and ate prewrapped breakfast sandwiches, we reminisced on life before COVID. We also announced our 6 employee of the month awards that we were not able to give out. We are so proud of the way our team has stepped up through these trying and unpredictable times. Between COVID 19 and the influx of hurricanes this season there has been many sleepless nights while our team scrambles to help those in need. We’re grateful for the compassionate, hard working men and women that dedicate their time and energy to helping our community every day!
SERVPRO vs Hurricane Sally
Hurricane Sally was a very destructive Category 2 Atlantic hurricane which became the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. state of Alabama since Ivan in 2004. Numerous watches and warnings were issued in anticipation of the imminent approach of Sally and several coastline counties and parishes on the Gulf Coast were evacuated. The area between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, took the brunt of the storm with widespread wind damage, storm surge flooding, and over 20 inches (510 mm) of rainfall. Several tornadoes also occurred as well. That’s when our team decided it was time to act. We relocated our current storm team that was finishing up work from hurricane Laura and pushed them towards the Florida/ Alabama coast. When we arrived the devastation was apparent. We quickly began assessing the damage in the area and started helping local residents get their homes back. When a natural disaster occurs SERVPRO of West Pasco is here to help. If you suffered any damage from the recent hurricanes, or you do in the future, give us a call.
Lightning Damage in New Port Richey?
Let’s talk about lightning. Lightning strikes can cause significant damage to your New Port Richey home or business and unfortunately are extremely unpredictable. Often you will not see signs of the damage at first due to the damage hiding in attics or inside walls. We suggest that after lightning strikes your home or business that you call the fire department immediately even if you do not see obvious signs of damage. It is also good to remember to call your electrician after a lightning strike to run an electrical diagnostic test.
According to the NFPA from 2007-2011 the U.S. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning.
Lightning bolts are estimated to reach up to 50,000 degrees.
SERVPRO of West Pasco has experienced the aftermath of a fire caused by a lightning strike. The odor, the charred insulation within the attic or walls. SERVPRO of West Pasco has an experienced team to handle any size fire or water loss.
If your home has been hit by lighting count on SERVPRO of West Pasco to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
Florida Heat Can Be Brutal
Let’s talk about something all Florida residents are familiar with. HEAT! As we all know, summers are brutal in Trinity, FL. With heat index’s reaching up to 115 degrees at times, it can be extremely dangerous if the right precautions are not taken. Below we’ve listed the type of heat warnings and what they mean.
In order to receive a heat advisory in Florida you must have a heat index value of 108 degrees or higher for at least two hours. For an excessive heat warning, the heat index needs to reach 113 degrees or higher for at least two hours.
A heat advisory means that people can be affected by heat if precautions are not taken. The issuance of a heat advisory is important to raise public awareness that these precautions need to be taken. Heat advisories are also used to trigger other actions and regulations such as no evictions, no turning off of power, changing outdoor work requirements, etc.
Excessive Heat Warning
A heat warning means that some people can be seriously affected by heat if precautions are not taken. Studies in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. have indicated that mortality begins to increase exponentially as the heat increases or stays above a heat index of 104°F.
In addition to raising public awareness, the issuance of a heat warning will alert hospitals and officials to take certain actions to prepare and respond to an increase in emergency calls, and activate programs to check on elderly and the home-bound. In some cases cooling centers can be open or designated and donation programs activated for fans and air conditioners. As in the case of an advisory, certain regulations may change such as turning off people's electricity, evictions, and outside work requirements.
While all of us Floridians are used to our hot summers, we must practice safety whenever there is any kind of warning or advisory
SERVPRO of West Pasco Introduces Matterport
SERVPRO of West Pasco Introduces Matterport
With technology constantly improving, SERVPRO of West Pasco likes to stay up to date with the times, which is why we’ve included Matterport Pro 2 to our emergency service procedures!
What is Matterport?
To simplify, this innovative, cloud based, powerful 3D platform lets you turn any space into an accurate and immersive digital twin. This is a standard tool that we use with many positive attributes. Not only does this device reduce time for our technicians, it reduces the amount of site visits from adjusters as well. By using this technology, our trained and certified technicians can upload the damage directly to your insurance company and yourself. This greatly reduces any insurance disputes on what may or may not have been affected by the initial damage. We can also attach virtual tags to show moisture in certain areas of your home or business. With the amount of time and resources saved, we are able to improve our CAT event response by nearly quadruple.
We’re constantly striving to provide the best customer experience we can in our clients time of need! If you or someone you know have suffered any damage in their New Port Richey home or business please give us a call at 727-847-3000!