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Does Your Home Have A Mould Problem?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Untreated water damage can cause mould to grow quickly. Microscopic mould spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mould from a home or business. Therefore, mould remediation reduces the mould spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mould removal” and even guarantee to remove all mould, which is a fallacy.

 

Consider the following mould facts:

  • Mould is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mould spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

  • Mould spores thrive on moisture. Mould spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

  • Before mould remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mould may return.

  • Mould often produces a strong, musty odour and can lead you to possible mould problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mould growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mould problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mould infestation.

If You See Signs of Mould, Call Us Today – (905) 864-9544

Lightning Storm Tips from SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, but some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.

Be Aware

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go Indoors

Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches, and Concrete

Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid Water

Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

Avoid electronic equipment

Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical, and wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances

Fire Facts

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Learn About Fire

Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. 

Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. 

Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio

Develop Fire-Safe Habit

        • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

        • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.

        • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.

        • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

        • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

Make Sure Your Business is Emergency Ready!

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP)

 

SERVPRO will help ensure you and your business are “ready for whatever happens” and minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

 

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smart phone or tablet. The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO® of Milton & North Oakville l as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.

 

Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO® of Braun Station Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile®

Call us for more information at (905) 864 – 9544

Flood Damage Do's and Don'ts!

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Do's and Don'ts! You take control of your Home.

What to do until help arrives:

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What to do after Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do after Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other coloured items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville

    SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Tips of What to Avoid After a Fire

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Trust the Professionals

A house fire is traumatizing. Even when everyone makes it out safely, even when the fire is contained to a small area, you will be left thinking of what could have been worse. Plus, you will have a mess that cannot be cleaned with conventional consumer products.

These tips will help you take back control of your life following a house fire.

See our previous blog for a list of things to do after a fire; avoid the following:

Do Not Wash Soot-stained Walls

If you attempt to clean painted or papered walls with typical household cleaners, you may fix the soot into the material. Suddenly, what should be a simple cleaning job may require painting or new wallpaper.

Do Not Shampoo Your Rugs

Again, household cleaners will not be effective removing soot from carpets and upholstery. Instead you risk making a temporary stain permanent when you attempt to clean fabrics yourself. Fire restoration professionals have commercial cleaning products that can safely remove soot from rugs, carpets, and upholstery.

Do Not Attempt Cleaning Electronics

When electronics like computers, radios, and televisions have been exposed to excessive heat or water, they should be inspected by an authorized repair service before you turn on the power again. Trust the professionals to avoid electrocuting yourself or igniting another fire.

Do Not Consume Contaminated Food

Foods that were not fully sealed should be considered contaminated following a fire. In addition, sealed foods that have been exposed to excessive heat may also be unsafe for human consumption. Check with a trained fire technician to learn what can be salvaged and what must be discarded.

Do Not Turn on Power or Electric Devices

If the power is out after a home fire, an electrician should inspect the building for safety before power is restored. If the power remains on, you should still avoid using overhead lights, ceiling fans, or other appliances that may have suffered fire or water damage until they have been inspected by a qualified professional.

Do Not Send Clothes to Your Regular Cleaner

Some drycleaners specialize in fire restoration. Others do not have the training and materials to properly clean clothes exposed to soot. If you want to salvage your clothes, be sure to take them to a drycleaner who specializes in cleaning after a fire.

Here at SERVPRO® Milton & North Oakville, our IICRC-certified fire restoration technicians have the training and experience to guide you in getting your life back following a house fire. Trust us to help you restore your home and peace of mind.

For Immediate Commercial Service, Call SERVPRO

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oakville & North Milton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Southern Ontario. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your commercial restoration or cleaning needs.

 

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service

  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

  • Locally Owned and Operated

  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

 

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We service all types of buildings and companies:

 

  • Small Office Buildings

  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

  • Apartment Buildings

  • Restaurants

  • Hotel/Motels

  • Small Retail Stores

  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores

  • High-Rise Residential

  • Manufacturing & Industrial

  • Government/Military

    Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Milton business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration

  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

  • Commercial Mold Remediation

  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

  • Disaster Recovery Team

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

  • Commercial Cleaning Services

Check out more details on each of our Commercial Services on our website:

 

http://www.SERVPROmiltonnorthoakville.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

 

Or call us for more information at (905) 864 – 9544

Faster to your Water Damage Event

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Oakville & North Milton provides 24 hour water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Oakville & North Milton provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Oakville & North Milton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (905) 864-9544

 

Water Damage Timeline

 

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

  • A musty odor appears.

 

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • mould and mildew may grow and spread.

  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mould.

  • Paint begins to blister.

  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

  • Structural safety, mould growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville

 

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (905) 864-9544

What To Do After a Fire

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even small fires contained to one room can spread soot and harmful fumes throughout your home. Putting out the fire may create a water damage or a mess of fire extinguisher foam.

Your first instinct may be to start cleaning whatever you can, but you may actually make the damage worse. You should consult a fire restoration specialist certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to learn what you can do and how best to save your property.


Call SERVPRO®

Our restoration professionals are committed to restoring your property. We want to help you reoccupy your home as fast as possible.

Our experienced crews will help you navigate the restoration process. Their know-how and commercial cleaning products will prevent secondary damage to your belongings.

Protect Plumbing

You can safely wipe soot off chrome fixtures. Consider applying a light coating of lubricant to protect them from soot disturbed during cleaning.

If the weather is cold and the heating system is disabled, you should pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilets, tubs, and holding tanks to prevent pipes freezing.

Check Your Appliances

If you do not have power, empty the freezer and refrigerator of food and leave the doors open. Otherwise, you will get bad odors in them.

As with plumbing fixtures, you can wipe the soot off chrome appliances and apply a lubricant, but you should not attempt to use an electrical appliance until you are certain it was not damaged in the fire.

Protect Heating System

Cover your HVAC intakes with two layers of cheesecloth to prevent soot and other particulates from getting into the system. You may also change the air filter, but you should not try to turn the system back on until an HVAC professional has inspected it.

Remember Your House Plants

Plants are living organisms that need to breathe. Wipe away soot from both sides of all leaves to help them survive. Consider moving them to another location if the temperature during restoration is too hot or cold for them.

Don't Let These Conditions Ruin Your Commercial Business!!

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let These Conditions Ruin Your Commercial Business!! SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville knows what to do if Mould Grows in Your Business.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mould exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mould is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mould and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mould that can cause health effects for some people.

 

If the right conditions exist, mould will grow!!

 

These conditions include:

 

  • Water - Different mould types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.

  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mould growth.

  • Time - Initial mould colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.

  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville for mould remediation services.

 

Mould growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mould activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mould growth.

If you suspect mould in your home, call SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mould in your home or business.

 

If you suspect mould in your commercial business, call us today at (905) 864-9544