Mold Thrives in the Summer
While you’re getting ready to enjoy those summer time activities and head out to the beach, mold is just waiting to feed on the moisture in your home. Mold thrives during the summer months because of the humidity and warm temperatures. Sometimes mold is not visible to the human eye, sometimes mold presents itself as a musty smell. If you start smelling that type of odor, mold could possibly be living in the walls, floors, and even in the air ducts throughout your home. It is very important to make sure that you are taking preventative steps to ensure mold does not start growing. Sometimes when mold starts growing, it can be difficult to tackle it.
When you leave to go out for your summer plans, make sure you are checking around your house for potential water build up that could cause mold to grow. Some important places to check in your home would be underneath the sinks, around the toilets, and all around the bathtubs.
If you suspect mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette for a free estimate!
Dangers of Lead Paint
In 1978, the federal government came out with a statement that it would be required for most industries to stop using lead paint because of the hazards and dangers that it can cause to humans. Lead paint has been used on many different surfaces in homes and businesses dated before 1978. If your home or business was built before the 1960s, there’s a good chance that there are traces of lead on many surfaces. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is required to test these surfaces for any traces of lead. Here are some tips to keep you and yours safe around lead paint based surfaces:
- Keep children from putting their mouth on or chewing on any surface that has lead paint
- If any paint or drywall has become detached from the wall that contains lead, clean and get rid of it as soon as possible
- Wash children’s hands, toys, and bottles frequently that might have touched a surface that has been affected by lead
The most dangerous part of lead paint is getting it in your system. The only way this could happen would be if someone is sanding or stripping lead based paint off of a surface. When they do this, particles are being released into the air and can then get into your system.
It's Grilling Season
With the weather warming up and summer sneaking up on us pretty quickly, it's time for outdoor parties and family get togethers. These parties include being outside near the swimming pool and firing up the grill. Though grilling is a pretty simple activity, it can be a major cause of house fires. Grills cause around 8,900 house fires a year. Gas grills are the leading cause of fires rather than charcoal grills. Here are some simple steps to ensure you are being safe while grilling outdoors.
- Grill outside and away from buildings
- Make sure your grill is stable
- Keep your grill and grill area clean
- Check for propane leaks if you have a gas grill
- If the flame goes out, wait a minute to re-light it
- Take care of the area around the grill
- Be careful with starting fluid
- Wear appropriate clothing near the grill
- Be ready to put the fire out after you're done
If you have fire damage, give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call! We will make it like it never even happened.
Severe Weather Season is No Joke
The severe weather season is in full swing. As the summer months approach, the chance of severe storms will continue to increase. We have come up with a list of tips to keep you and your family safe. We are here to help!
•Make sure that you have a NOAA Weather Radio or another way to receive alerts and warnings
•If you are in your home during a warning, take shelter in the basement or safe room away from doors and windows.
•If you are outside during a tornado warning, move to a sturdy shelter immediately, or get to a low-lying area.
•If you are inside of a vehicle during a tornado warning, do not take shelter under a bridge or overpass. Go to the nearest sturdy building and take shelter, if no shelter is available, get out of the vehicle and take shelter in a low-lying area.
If you have storm damage, give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call! No job is too big or too small for us to handle.
Fire Damage? Call us!
Every fire is different. The smallest fire can be devastating to your home and your belongings. It may seem like a total loss at first, but that is not always the case. Making the call to a professional restoration company can make all the difference in the world when it comes to taking care of your home after a fire. A company like SERVPRO can come in and restore your home, clean, and quite possibly save many of your belongings. Your home can be repaired and safe to live in faster than you might think after disaster has struck.
Fire restoration is essential- this means getting your home back to preloss condition. SERVPRO can be at your home as soon as the fire department clears the scene. We will begin assessing the damage to determine what can be saved and what needs to be replaced. We will be very thorough to make sure that your home will be completely safe for you and your family to live in once everything is cleaned up and restored. Odor removal makes furniture and belongings, such as clothes and other items, seem as good as new again.
After the fire’s out, that’s were our team at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette comes in. We hope you never need our disaster restoration services, but if you ever do, we hope you give us a chance to make it right again.
Is Mold Hiding in Your Home?
When you think of mold in a home, you tend to think of a dark, musty basement that is covered up with mold. Although mold can be found in those types of basements, there are also other very common places around your home that mold could be hiding that you didn't even realize. We've put together a list of place for you to check around your home:
Under your refrigerator- This is a spot that barely sees any light during the day, which means it is a great spot for mold to start to grow. Make sure you clean all of the water lines and pipes under the fridge to make sure there are no water leaks, that could cause growth.
Chimneys- You wouldn't think this would be a spot for mold, but it is! This is an easy area for mold to start to grow. The brick that lines the inside of the chimney can hold water, dust and pollen that can be a home to mold. It's a good idea to get your chimney swept at least once a year.
Front loading washing machines- Front loading washing machines are so convenient when it comes to doing the laundry, but they can be also be a breading ground for mold. The gaskets around the front door can hold water because the door is always shut when it's not in use. Make sure to wipe down the gaskets closing the doors after you have finished with your load.
Window sashes/seals- Condensation around the windows provide the right amount of moisture for mold to start growing. After a heavy rainfall, make sure to open the windows and wipe any moisture from the bottom of the sashes and windowsills.
Air conditioning units- Air conditioners are home to pollen and dust, which is what mold feeds on. You need to run your air conditioner for at least 24 hours in warm weather. This will help cut down on the humidity which would cause mold to grow.
If you suspect any mold growth in your home, give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call! No job is too big or too small!!
Prep Your Home Before Vacation
The weather is starting to get warmer, the sun is shining, and summer is quickly approaching. That means it’s time for people to start booking vacations to tropical places or the mountains. When people leave for vacation they do the usual check around the house and make sure the stove is turned off, the lights are turned off, and that all the doors and windows are locked and secured. What do you do when you have a pipe that is slowly leaking and needs repair work while you’re gone? A pipe that is slowly leaking can actually do a lot of damage in a short bit of time. The smallest drop can make a big difference.
Inside of Your Home Preparation
As you get ready to leave for your vacation, go around your home and check the pipes in the kitchen and bathroom areas to make sure that there are no leaks or cracks. Look all the hoses that attach to your appliances like the washing machine and refrigerator. While you’re gone, you can always ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes before you leave.
Making sure the inside of your home is prepared while you’re gone is very important, but it is also important that the outside of your home is prepped just in case a storm rolls through while you’re gone. You need to make sure the gutters are clean and that water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump- and make sure there is no debris near it. Test the pump by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. It is also important to check around your windows and roof for any leaks that could cause water to get into your home.
If you come home from vacation to find that a disaster has struck...call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette!
Go Green, While Saving Some Green!
When it comes to heating your home and making it comfortable, the costs can really add up. Here in Alabama, especially during the winter months, the weather is so finicky, because it can be cold one week and warm the next. This causes a spike in everyone’s utility bill, which is no fun at all. To try and save a few dollars, a good temperature to keep your thermostat set at is 68° when you are home. When it is night time, or when you are not going to be home for the majority of the day a good temperature would be between 65-66°. Energy costs and monthly utility bills are a big part of our daily lives, but if you make even the smallest of changes, you will be able to see a difference and save yourself some money. Go green, while saving some green! Win-win, right?
When our customers experience a water loss, one of the first things we have to do is set big, drying equipment in their homes. This equipment is great because it is able to dry out building materials and contents. The bad thing about having this equipment in a customers’ home is that it can really drive up their utility bill. If you happened to have water or fire damage, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Cold Weather Heroes
Freezing temperatures and a lot of snow pounded Minnesota and surrounding states. Residents up there were experiencing busted pipes and water loss. The SERVPROs in Minnesota were becoming overwhelmed with all of the damages and needed some extra help. So, our General Manager, Production Manager, and six other employees accepted the call and headed to Minnesota to assist the other SERVPROs. Being from Alabama, we know that our crew is having some time trying to get used to the brutal temperatures and several inches of snow, but they are adapting well and making the best of it. We are so thankful for our group of guys who are so willing to leave their families behind for weeks at a time to go help those in need. So far, our crew has been able to assist over 30 people in the last week. This is our first storm event of the year, and we are always willing to assist any other SERVPROs in need. We are Here to Help.
It's Cold Outside
February is statistically one of the coldest months of the year. With freezing temperatures, and the possibility of snow and ice, this can increase our chance of having pipes bursting inside of homes and businesses. There are many ways to keep your pipes safe during extremely cold temperatures.
- Make sure all of your pipes outside have been wrapped properly. This will help keep them "warm" when the temperature drops.
- Make sure you keep a small drip coming out of the faucets in your home.
- Keep your thermostat set at or above 73° when the home is occupied, and at least 55° when the home is vacant.
- Open up your cabinets and drawers that are around the pipes in order to allow more heat to come in.
If you find that disaster has struck and your pipes have busted, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette!!