Summer= Mold Season
Higher temperatures means more potential for mold to grow, but there are ways to fight it!
The summer time months bring lots of fun activities- cookouts, pool parties, and beach trips. It can also bring a not so fun guest to the party- mold. The risk of mold growing in your home increases during the summer months because of the warmer temperatures and the rain storms. Even the smallest amounts of mold can cause several health issues such as asthma, and allergies. These are especially common in children and elderly folks. There are many different wants to prevent mold growth in your home, and there are also things you can to do if mold is already present.
An average 4 person family will use around 25 pints of water per day from washing clothes, washing dishes, and taking showers. If all the moisture from those activities are not properly ventilated, the risk of mold will increase dramatically.
Moisture droplet build-ups in the windows and musty smells are tale-tell signs that it is a mold-friendly environment. If mold is not visible to the eye but there is a strong musty smell, that could mean there is mold in the walls, floors, or air ducts.
Before you leave for those fun summer plans, make sure you have checked around your home for signs of water build up- especially under sinks, and around toilets and bathtubs.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties today!
Lead Paint Safety
In the early part of 1978, the federal government came out and required most industries to stop using lead paint because of the hazards and dangers that it can cause. This type of paint has been used on many different surfaces that were built before 1978. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is required to test surfaces that were built before that time to see if the surface has traces of lead in it. We’ve put together some tips to keep you and your family safe from lead paint
- Keep children from putting their mouth on any surface that has lead paint, and it could be very poisonous
- If any paint of drywall has become detached from the wall that contains lead, clean and remove it immediately
- Wash children’s hands, toys, and bottles frequently that might have touched a surface that has been affected by lead
Lead paint is the most dangerous when it is being stripped or sanded. When this is being done, particles are being released into the air that could potentially get into the human body and cause you to get very sick.
The weather is warming up and summer is sneaking up on us pretty quickly. When the weather is nice, it is a good time for family and friend get togethers which include grilling out and BBQs. Though grilling does sound pretty simple, but 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. These are some simple steps to ensure you are being safe while grilling out.
- Grill outside and away from buildings
- Make sure your grill is stable
- Keep your grill clean
- Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
- If the flame goes out, wait to re-light it
- Take care of the area around the grill
- Be careful with charcoal starting fluid
- Wear appropriate clothing
- Be ready to put the fire out
If you have fire damage, don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties a call! We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Severe Weather Season in Full Swing
The severe weather season is in full swing. As the summer months approach, the chance of severe storms will continue to increase. We have put together some tips for you to stay safe. We are here to help!
•Make sure that you have a NOAA Weather Radio or another reliable way to receive alerts and warnings for your area.
•If you are in your home during a tornado 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, if you cannot get to shelter, 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. Drive to the nearest sturdy structure and take shelter, if no shelter is available, exit the vehicle and shelter in a low-lying area.
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 Cullman/Blount Counties 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.
Where is Mold Hiding?
When we think of mold in homes, we think of a dark, musty basement that is covered with mold. Though mold can be found in basements, there are also other very common places around your home that mold could be hiding. Here is a list of places to check in your home to see if you have mold growth.
Under your refrigerator- This is a spot that barely sees the light of day, which means it is a perfect spot for mold to grow. Clean all of the water lines and pipes to ensure there are no leaks, that could lead to mold growth.
Chimneys- This is an easy area for mold to grow. The brick that is lined in the chimney can be a holder to water and other organic debris. It would be a good idea if you could get your chimney swept at least once a year.
Front loading washing machines- Front loading washing machines are so convenient, but they can be a breeding ground for mold. The gasket around the door can hold water because the door is always shut. Make sure you wipe the gaskets completely dry before closing the doors while not in use.
Window sashes and 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 conditioners- Air conditioning units house pollen and dust, which is the perfect food for mold. 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 mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties a call!
Water Damages Don't Take Vacations
The weather is starting to get warmer, and summer is slowly creeping up on us. That means it’s time for people to start booking and going on vacations to tropical places. When people leave for their vacations they do the usual check around the house and make sure the stove is off, the lights are off, and that all the doors are locked. What do you do when you have a leaky pipe and need repair work while you’re gone? A leaking pipe can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. The smallest drop can make the biggest difference.
When you get ready to leave for vacation, go ahead and check your pipes in the kitchen and bathroom to ensure there are no leaks, cracks, or rust. Inspect all the hoses that attach to your appliances like the washing machine and refrigerator. If you are going on vacation during the winter months, make sure all exposed pipes have been wrapped and are insulated- a busted pipe that has been frozen needs immediate attention. While you’re gone, ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home periodically. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes.
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 incase a nasty storm rolls through while you’re away. You want to make sure your gutters are cleaned out and that water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump- make sure there is no debris around it. Also test the pump by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Also check around your windows and roof for any leaks that could cause water to get into your home if a storm came through.
Returning home from a fabulous vacation only to find out your home has standing water inside can be truly devastating. Water that has been standing for a long period of time can cause significant damage to your home and your belongings. Take the time to prepare your home before you leave for vacation so that you can enjoy your time away and have no worries.
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
Brrrrr. February is usually the coldest month of the year for our area. With freezing temperatures, and the possibility of snow, this increases the chances of pipes bursting inside homes and businesses. There are a few ways to keep your pipes safe during extremely cold temperatures. First, you want to make sure all of your pipes outside have been wrapped properly. This will help keep them warm when the temperature drops. Second, you want to make sure you keep a small drip coming out of the faucets in your home. Third, keep your thermostat set at or above 73° when the home is occupied, and at least 55° when the home is vacant. Lastly, you can always 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 Cullman/Blount Counties. No job is too big or too small.