How Finding Mold Can Affect The Sale of Your Home
You've decided to sell your home and are ready to put it on the market. Your walls are touched up, you've removed the clutter and every surface is shining. As you prepare to put the for sale sign in the yard, don't overlook one important detail that could seriously hamper your efforts to sell: mold.
Mold exists all around us and is present everywhere indoors and out. Mold thrives and grows in areas where moisture can accumulate, such as bathrooms and basements where there may be undetected water leaks. Because certain types of mold have the potential to cause health issues, potential homebuyers will be understandably cautious about purchasing a home where mold has developed.
As you prepare your home for the market, carefully examine areas where mold may be growing. Pay attention to musty odors and address any sources of moisture that may be inviting mold to grow.
If you are concerned that your home may have a mold problem, call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our trained experts will inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, our technicians have the training, tools, and expertise to take care of your mold problem safely and efficiently.
Mold Prevention in Your Hamilton County Home
Finding mold in your home can be a scary and overwhelming experience. Although we at SERVPRO of Hamilton County are here for you every step of the way to help eliminate mold should you find it, we believe that prevention is the best weapon against mold growth. Follow these easy tips to prevent mold in your home or workplace.
1. Keep the humidity level in your home between 40-60%. A moisture meter can be purchased inexpensively from your local hardware store. Signs of high humidity include condensation on windows, pipes and walls. If you find wet surfaces, dry them immediately and address the source of the moisture.
2. Be sure your home is properly ventilated in areas where moisture can accumulate such as bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry room. Direct vented air outdoors when possible rather than to the attic or other area inside your home.
3. Direct water away from your home by ensuring that the ground slopes away from the foundation. Be sure to keep your gutters clean so water can properly drain away from your home.
4. If you find moisture in your home dry the area immediately and thoroughly, preferably within 12-24 hours.
If you have concerns about mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our trained restoration technicians have the tools and training to remediate your mold problem quickly and thoroughly.
SERVPRO Mobilizes to Help Victims of Hurricane Florence
When catastrophic natural disasters strike, the 1700 plus franchises in the SERVPRO family are quick to respond. Our specially trained Catastrophic Storm Response Teams monitored the trajectory of Hurricane Florence and immediately dispatched trained restoration specialists to begin the process of cleaning up after this devastating storm. While SERVPRO of Hamilton County is proud to be a locally owned Central Indiana business, we have the manpower, training and expertise of hundreds of other SERVPRO franchises to take care of any disaster no matter the size. Our Catastrophic Storm Response Teams are specially trained and prequalified to effectively manage the unique challenges of large scale disasters. So whether your emergency is a leaky dishwasher or damaging flood waters, you can trust SERVPRO of Hamilton County to take care of you anytime day or night.
Fall Fire Prevention Tips
Summer is winding down and cooler weather is right around the corner. As we prepare our homes for the change in seasons, keep these fire prevention tips in mind to keep your family and property safe.
Changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time in the spring and fall is a great reminder to check the batteries in all of your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke detectors in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every floor of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed within 10 feet of each bedroom door and near or over any attached garages. All devices, even if they are connected to security systems, should be powered by always-on or battery devices.
Before the weather turns cold, be sure your heating system is in good working order. Have your central heating system cleaned and inspected each year by a certified HVAC contractor. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year as well.
If gathering around the fire pit on a crisp fall evening is part of your plans this fall, remember to place the fire on level ground a safe distance from your home or other structures. Use dry wood or kindling to start your fire, never gasoline or kerosene. Always keep a close eye on children and pets near a fire, and never leave your fire unattended.
It may be hot now in Central Indiana, but fall (and winter!) are right around the corner. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 if your home suffers from smoke or soot damage.
SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team for Large Commercial Losses
If your Hamilton County commercial building suffers a large loss, you need a team with the experience and manpower to get you back in business quickly. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of prequalified specialists strategically positioned throughout the country who can get to your location quickly and can handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager who will oversee the dispatch of trained production professionals and temporary labor when necessary. We understand that every hour spent cleaning and restoring your property is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your business. Our priority is to restore your property quickly and thoroughly, and we do that by utilizing the strength and experience of our network of trained professionals. No loss is too large. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 and let us make your business "Like it never even happened."
No Matter the Source of Your Water Damage, SERVPRO Can Make Your House Feel Like Home Again
Water damage to homes can be caused by a variety of situations. SERVPRO of Hamilton County has the equipment, experience, and professionally trained experts to restore your home to its preloss condition. Our restoration specialists will be on the scene quickly to assess your individual situation and begin the process of making your house feel like home again.
Common Water Damage Scenarios
Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Regardless of the source, the professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis North can handle any size disaster.
Trust the restoration professionals at Hamilton County. Call us at 317-773-0422 anytime day or night. Let us make your home "Like it never even happened."
What Happens When You Have a Water Damage?
We at SERVPRO of Hamilton County understand that having a water damage in your home or business is an overwhelming experience. You have questions about what can steps to take first and how the process of restoration works. Although every water damage is unique, the overall process stays the same.
When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.
They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.
Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.
After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.
Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.
If your home or business has experienced a water damage, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County anytime day or night at 317-773-0422. We will be on site quickly to assess your situation and begin the process of making your property "Like it never even happened."
What is Black Mold?
Finding mold in your home, or suspecting that you have a mold problem, can be a scary feeling. We are bombarded with stories about the devastating effects that mold can have on our health and the air quality inside our homes. Before you begin the process of trying to remove the mold, it is important to understand some basic mold facts.
There are several different types of mold. Although many types of mold are capable of producing allergens and irritants, it is black mold (or Stachybotrys chartarum) that is more well known for producing spores that may cause health effects.
If you suspect you may have a mold problem, keep in mind that any type of mold found in the home should be treated with caution. Do not touch or disturb the mold to avoid inadvertently spreading it around your home.
When you contact SERVPRO of Hamilton County, our trained professionals will assess your unique situation. Mold grows and thrives in moist areas, so any sources of water or moisture will be addressed. Although every mold situation is unique, the process of removing mold is as follows.
Understanding The Mold Remediation Process
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Our trained professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Step 3: Mold Containment
We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Our restoration specialists use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our specialists will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We're also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
We understand that finding mold in your home is scary. Our goal is to give you the peace of mind of knowing that your home is safe and healthy. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 today if you have concerns about mold.
Why Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County For Your Water Damage?
When your home is damaged by water damage, the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County are ready day or night to begin the process of restoring your property. We know that many companies consider themselves "experts" in restoration. What sets our company apart is the training that each of our employees undergoes.
SERVPRO of Hamilton County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
If you need restoration services, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. We're ready day or night to make your home "Like it never even happened".
Summer Safety Tips for Grilling Outside
Summertime and grilling on the patio go hand in hand. After a long, cold winter and too much time indoors, we all look forward to getting outside and enjoying the warm weather with our families. Unfortunately, 5700 home grill-related fires occur each year, resulting in injury and more than $37 million in property damage. Keep your family and home safe this year by following some basic grill safety rules:
1. Keep your grill a safe distance from your home, deck rails, overhanging branches, and people. Heat from the grill can melt siding and the grill fire can flame up, catching nearby structures and objects on fire.
2. Trim the excess fat from the meat before grilling.
3. Use a wire scrub brush to keep your grill and the trays below clean. Accumulated grease and debris can catch fire quickly.
4. Never leave a grill unattended. Keep a watchful eye on children and pets.
Even under the most careful conditions, house fires can happen. If your home has been damaged by smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our professionals have the training and expertise to get your home back to its pre-fire condition quickly.