Most Common Places for Mold in Your Home
Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, so contacting professionals to assess the damage is very important.
Mold damage is all too common for South Florida homeowners. Thriving in damp areas, mold growth can occur in dark spaces with minimal air circulation. In South Florida, rainy seasons bring moisture that can get trapped in areas of your home, eventually causing mold growth and a number of potential issues. First and foremost, mold growth in your home can be a health hazard for you and your family members. When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation.
Being able to recognize mold presence early on is critical to addressing the problem right away. Therefore, it is important to be aware of some challenging areas of the home to be on alert for mold growth. The following are the most common places for mold in your home:
- Shower floors and corners of shower walls
- Ventilation ducts
- Below kitchen sink
- Under carpets that have become wet
- Under or behind refrigerators
- Below bathroom sink
- Walls near plumbing
- Near air conditioning unit
- Near window sills
The garage and attic are also problem spots for mold growth in Florida homes. Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, so contacting professionals to assess the damage is very important. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Miami is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the North Miami community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.
Keeping Your Business Protected in Storms
With heavy rains and high winds, it is important to prepare. Commercial water damage can be stressful, but SERVPRO is here to help!
While we just welcomed the spring season, South Florida residents know that the rains are about to come. From the spring to the summer months, our region of the state is often deals with afternoon showers on a daily basis. Protecting your commercial property form severe storms is critical for business owners of all kinds. Last year, Hurricane Irma was a reminder of just how serious Florida storms can be. When a big storm is approaching, the best strategy for business owners is to be proactive it preparedness in order to protect your employees, your property, and your business as a whole.
Minimizing damage is essential for your business in the event of a major rainstorm. Things like high winds and heavy rain can do a lot more damage than many would think. As such, it is important to take careful note of the following tips for keeping your business protected in storms:
- Remain watchful of storm forecasts to give yourself plenty of time to prepare
- Make sure that your employees all have specific action plans in place
- Keep your staff contact list updated and readily available
- Check your utilities to make sure that your lines are not connected
- Ensure that your landscaping is trimmed and prepared for storm winds
- Unclog your gutters
- Double check your fire protection equipment
- Remove any potential debris from the commercial property
- Give your staff ample time to leave and prepare their own homes
With heavy rains and high winds, it is important to prepare sooner rather than later. Commercial water damage can be stressful, but SERVPRO is here to make sure that you can go back to business as usual as soon as possible following a large storm. Our team of commercial property damage professionals will take care of your property like it’s our own! Call us today to learn more!
Immediate response is key
Water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Miami provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including holidays.
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs:
- 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:
- Mold 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 mold.
- 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, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
The majority of fires are believed to be caused by candles and cooking incidents, yet it is best to have knowledge of the unexpected household items that may cause fires, to prevent them in advance:
- Cooking Equipment- Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.
- Heating- Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself.
- Smoking in bedrooms- Bedrooms are best to be kept off limits for smoking. A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture.
- Electrical Equipment- An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. A power point extension cord can also be a fire hazard if not used appropriately. Double check the appliances and power points in your home.
- Candles- Candles look and smell pretty, but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.
- Curious Children- Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children, to avoid any curiosity turned disaster. Install a smoke alarm in your child’s room and practice a home escape plan with your children and family in case there was a fire. Teach kids understand the “stop, drop, cover and roll” drill as well as knowing their address.
- Faulty Wiring- Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you’ve bad wiring are: 1) Lights dim if you use another appliance; 2) For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another; 3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.
- Barbeques- Barbeques are great for an outdoor meal, but should always be used away from the home, tablecloths or any plants and tree branches. Keep BBQs regularly maintained and cleaned with soapy water and clean any removable parts. Check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.
- Flammable Liquids- If you have any flammable liquids in the home or garage such as petrol, kerosene or methylated spirits, keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.
- Lighting- Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes. Check around the house to make sure. Lamp bases can become a hazard if they are able to be knocked over easily, and so should be removed if they are. Check that down lights are insulated from wood paneling or ceiling timbers.
In the case that any home or business fire occurs, contact SERVPRO of North Miami to assist you in leaving your home "Like it never even happened."
Once a house fire occurs...
A fire in a home can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. It is important to know what to do after the fire has been turned off:
- Personal Safety- Do not enter a damaged home or apartment unless the fire department says it is safe. Fires can start again, even if they appear to be out. Watch for damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and could fall down.
- Secure the premises- Board up any open windows or doors that may have been damaged during the fire to prevent looting.
- Contact your insurance agent- Ask what to do about the immediate needs of your home. This includes pumping out water and covering doors, windows and other openings. If you do not have insurance, there organizations that may be able to assist you in the time of need; such as American Red Cross, Religious organizations, Public Health Department, or State emergency offices.
- Finances- Finances Get in touch with your landlord or mortgage lender ASAP. Contact your credit card company to report credit cards that were lost in the fire and request replacements.
- Restoration- Contact SERVPRO of North Miami to begin restoring your home to habitable living conditions. The restoration process for a fire may be lengthy depending on the severity of the damages but SERVPRO will facilitate the process and will leave it "Like it never even happened."
Hurricane Irma was a category 4 hurricane when it struck the west coast of Florida, leaving a lot of damage along the way. Yet, the real work begun once the hurricane passed. Immediately SERVPRO's technicians rushed to the warehouse, waiting for the calls to come in, and they came in by the bulk. SERVPRO crews were dispatched from various franchises; which came from all over Florida and even out of state. The first week was strictly handling mitigation of the wet materials left behind by Hurricane Irma, but once the second week rolled in, the remediation process took place. This was the case for a majority of the jobs that were called in for several months after. SERVPRO is always prepared to handle any size disaster.
Always here to help
A trusted leader in the industry with over 1,700 franchises, when tragedy strikes SERVPRO® is always here to help.
SERVPRO® of North Miami has been serving the community since 1991. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration service. Helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” we are ready 24/7, 365 days of the year, at (954) 921- 8992. We are certified mold assessors, remediators, and contractor.
Our crews are readily available to assist in any size disaster, whether it is a water, mold, or fire damage. We also provide, duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, and general cleaning for your home and business.
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The biggest mistake made by unit owners during water damages is to assume that if there is no visible water then there are no affected materials. Yet, water travels through porous materials in unbelievable ways. On the initial day of the water loss, walls may read dry. But the next day the walls can show that they are wet due to the water traveling its way down through the drywall. That is why it is important to let SERVPRO technicians perform proper inspections each day that they return to the unit to monitor the equipment already in place. A thorough inspection is done with the use of infrared cameras that detect humidity and moisture meters that penetrate the surface of materials that may possibly be affected.
Rain is necessary to help flowers and trees bloom, and that’s great! But sometimes all that water can cause damage to your home or business.
Yet there are ways to prepare.
- Take a look at rain gutters. Clogged gutters will cause rainwater to backup, damaging your roof and walls.
- Do a roof inspection. Are any shingles loose or damaged? Replace any that could be an issue to protect attic or work space from water damage.
- Check interior walls and ceilings for signs of water damage; this could be an indication of roof leaks.
- Trim any trees and bushes next to your business. Be sure to cut back branches that could break off, damaging property.
- Ensure that all doors and windows are secure, and that weatherstripping is in good condition.
- Make sure the city drains near your business are clear of debris and earth. Call the Public Works Department if you think there may be an issue.
Preparedness in the event of any kind of extreme weather is always a good idea, to protect your business and property from loss and damage. Taking the time to assess your situation and thinking ahead about what may come is a good way to keep your investment secure.
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
- Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
- Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.