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Mold in your commercial building in Crete?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for:

    • Building managers
    • Custodians
    • Others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance

It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor1. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

 

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

    • Roof leaks
    • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
    • Unvented combustion appliances
    • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. 

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

info by: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

As a trusted partner with local School Districts, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete - Beecher is always ready for whatever happens.

Cleaner air makes for healthier employees

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you think the air you breathe indoors is cleaner than what’s outside, think again. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. All that bad air translates into everything from frequent colds and sore throats to headaches, asthma, allergies and chronic fatigue, which in turn causes employee downtime.

When dust, debris and other contaminants build up in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, they can trigger allergies and other health issues. But they also reduce energy efficiency, which increases your energy costs. Now you have two compelling reasons to make sure the air ducts and HVAC system in your workplace are running efficiently.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

Dust

Pollen

Odors

Dirt and debris

Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (708) 672-0077.

Mold Testing...yes we do

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing...yes we do We have you Mold Solutions

Mold Testing

When to have an indoor air quality test done, and how the test is done. The word mold is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. The only time it becomes a problem is when there is too much of it. Too much mold can cause health problems or damage to your property. Not every home needs testing and not all testing is the same.

What sort of things should you be on the look for to decide if you need any mold testing.

Any general concerns about the house where something just does not seem right and you cannot put your finger on it.

When a home has been empty with no occupants for an extended period of time

Past water damage that was not cleaned up by a professional or you suspect was not done properly

No home inspections have been done in a while you see or suspect there is mold somewhere

A musty smell that is notice upon entering the home

Anyone in the home that has repertory problems

Mold Remediation was done and you want to ensure it was effective.

Visually seeing anything that looks like mold

If mold removal or clean up was done

When a 3rd party is effecting repairs and you need to make sure they are done correctly

There are 3 main options for testing

Surface Testing

This is done to look for evidence of actual current or past mold growth. The tester will use either a swab or a tape lift to obtain their sample. These tests can tell if the growth is from actual water damage and intrusion or if it is excessively humid in the home. Dark and discolored growth is not always microbial and would mean it is not from a water damage situation. When you see visual growth it is always important to get a sample of it as well as an air quality sample to ensure spores have not been released into the air.

Indoor air quality testing

This is done by taking numerous samples from within the inside of the home as well as a base line sample of the air quality on the outside of the home. These samples will be able to tell if you have hidden moisture leaks.

Indoor Air Quality with Comprehensive moisture evaluation.

This testing is done to provide a full scope picture of what is really going on in the home. It is able to locate sources of moisture that overtime could damage the property or become a health concern. Mold and moisture damage can drastically affect the value of a home over time. So it is important to stay on top of things and help prevent any major damage. Identifying the damage early can save you in the long run.

Remember when you have any doubts or questions about mold in your home talk to a professional get your results and get it right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher for all of your mold testing and mold inspection needs.

The water may recede but flood damage can remain

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Damage

Flooding causes problems wherever it happens. Some of these problems are not visible to the naked eye. You might be able to smell the microbial deposits left behind, and this should be a warning that even floods that barely cover your floor can pose risks long after they are gone.

In Chicago Heights, flood damage can cause damage to a home's structure, including the foundation or basement walls. The higher flooding becomes, the more damage there can be to walls, furniture, and staircases. Microbial activity, however, can occur in areas well above the flood line. Because humidity levels greatly increase indoors when flooding exists, it becomes much more likely that microbes such as mold and bacteria might be inhaled by those present in the home. Also, these microbes are also more easily deposited in locations that might have otherwise remained uncontaminated.

Mold is not the only microbe that can grow in your home. Bacteria can also do the same thing. Similarly to mold, some types of bacteria are more toxic than others. Because of the possible risks from both types of microbes, it is always best to remove any materials in flood-damaged homes and replace them with new materials. Areas that are not damaged by flood water, but rather instead by moisture that contains possible pathogens can be dried and then protected with antimicrobial agents. SERVPRO professionals receive training from the IICRC in such matters. We understand that thoroughness when completing each job is crucial for protecting our customers' homes and their families.

To ensure that humidity levels are reduced to normal after a flood, we implement equipment hat not only eliminates a significant portion of the microbes present, but we also restore the house and its contents to a normal level of humidity. Moisture levels that are within normal ranges are not conducive to microbial growth. Heaters, air movers, open windows and doors, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers help us accomplish this. When musty odors remain, we have the options of deodorizing with scented liquids placed in different sites in your home or using an ozone machine. Ozone bonds with particles in the air, making them inert. Ozone is what makes the air so fresh-smelling after a rain shower, and it can do the same thing in your home.

We at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher care about your home and your family. After flood damage, call us at (708) 672-0077. We can restore your home, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage in the Park Forest, Glennwood, Lynwood area

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is the Company to Call for Water Damage Restoration

There is never a right time for water damage to happen in your home. Water is the single most destructive substance for the environment inside your home. Flooding or excess moisture can make structures and your personal property deteriorate rapidly. The problem gets more severe when the water has become unsanitary, or services for clean-up are delayed. 
 
The harmful effects of water in your home are reduced dramatically by fast and efficient intervention, especially when it is done in 24 to 48 hours. Water removal in Glenwood can be done even when the damage looks severe, and cleanup and restoration from an experienced company such as SERVPRO can produce amazing results. From furniture to family heirlooms, we have restored water-damaged structures and properties successfully for many years. 
 
Water Damage Cleanup and Repair 
The process of water damage restoration in Lynwood is quite scientific. To figure out if your property can be restored or if anything needs replacing, our technicians at SERVPRO evaluate three criteria: 
 
• How much damage there is to your property 
• The degree of contamination 
• Replacement costs versus the restoration costs 
 
If the damage is not dealt with properly, water damage causes major interruption to your life, financial burdens and potential risks to the health of you and your family. 
 
Stop Mold Before It Starts 
Water extraction in Park Forest has to happen fast because additional water damage can occur in hours, not days or weeks. Mold growth is a possible problem. To stop mold before it starts growing in your home, you need the fast services of SERVPRO. Even though very dangerous molds do not occur every day, any mold has the potential to create health problems, and the correct removal is crucial. From initial air quality testing and identification of mold to safe methods of removal, we ensure your property is quickly and professionally repaired. We take the time to check for any hidden mold with our special equipment. 
 
You can feel secure that we handle the water damage clean up thoroughly and promptly. We understand how important this is to prevent further harm, and also walk with you through all the steps until we are sure you fully understand our processes. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is ready to help you out whenever you need. We can be easily reached when you dial (708) 672-0077, so do not hesitate when your home has suffered from water damage of any kind. 
Village information on Glenwood, Lynwood & Park Forest
Village of Glenwood, IL - http://www.villageofglenwood.com/
Village of Lynwood, IL - http://www.lynwoodil.us/
Village of Park Forest, IL - http://www.villageofparkforest.com/

SERVPRO mold damage in your Beecher home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

In Beecher, SERVPRO Remediates Damage from Mold

Mold contamination presents a variety of challenges. To understand why it helps to become familiar with some basic information about mold and its behavior.

If you think that mold damage is developing in your Beecher area home, you need access to accurate information from a quality restoration company that wants to help you become more informed and able to care for your property correctly. 
 
At SERVPRO, we know mold and mold remediation and are happy to provide you with the answers you need. To learn more about what mold is, we need to understand that there are several different species of mold, all of which may be hazardous if the right conditions exist. 
 
Mold spores float unseen through the air, attaching itself to moisture sources that exist in your home. Under the right conditions, these spores can form colonies and begin contaminating your home with 24 to 48-hours of initial contact. 
 
However, why does it grow in your home? Unfortunately, most man-made structures offer the ideal conditions for mold growth to occur. Molds flourish in temperatures ranging from 59 to 95 degrees, and if moisture is present, often thrive on materials most commonly found in your home including, wood, paper, drywall, food, paint, fabrics, insulation, and even dust. 
 
SERVPRO technicians have seen mold growth start in areas due to many different water damage situations including, flooding, leaky roofs, windows, and even plumbing malfunctions. When in fact, excessive humidity is often enough moisture for mold to grow. 
 
Mold is a living organism that extracts nutrients from the material is grows on to survive even the harshest environments. Given enough time, mold can weaken the structure of your home and endanger the health of your family. You may think that mold dies during winter months where the weather drops below acceptable levels. However, it is possible for mold to remain dormant, waiting for the right conditions to exist before growing again. 
 
While it is possible to control mold growth found in your home by taking reasonable precautions, the mold may never get entirely removed from your home. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to avoid mold issues by controlling the moisture sources found in your home and by taking the correct measures when accidents happen. 
 
Our mold remediation process uses a variety of techniques and special equipment to identify obvious and hidden areas affected by mold growth and the water sources feeding them. We isolate the affected area, repair damaged water sources, remove invested materials, and use industrial air scrubbers to clean and sanitize, along with fogging equipment to remove unpleasant odors and deodorize the entire area. 
 
If you see or even suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher immediately for help. (708) 672-0077

SERVPRO building relationships with businesses

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Involvement by our SERVPRO at all levels in the community can not be understated. One of these levels is at the city and county economic level. Every town and city has a vested interest in trying to help their local business survive and thrive, providing much needed jobs to the members of their communities and also providing economic stimulus and tax revenue generation. 

These needs get interrupted when disaster strikes a business and it is vital to get their operations back up and running, as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened." This is where the relationships you form with SERVPRO prior to the disaster striking are so important. Does your business already have a SERVPRO Representative (SMR) assigned to you? If not, complete a internet search for your local SERVPRO franchise and ask for one to be assigned to you. This SMR will go through the process of educating your business about all that they can do in advance of the coming disaster, to help you prepare so that when it happens, it is not as costly to you in downtime and lost production.       

There are many different ways to get involved with your community business members. Building relationships with our local businesses is key for when large events happen at this level, those leaders run in small circles and great relationships are needed here, so those business leaders can get their business's back up and running and restore their communities to like it was before the disaster.... "Like it never even happened." 

Yes you can get mold in the Winter months

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Chicago Heights Homes With Mold Remediation

A mistake many homeowners make is to believe mold damage is only a warm weather issue. In fact, many types of mold grow easily in your home even when temperatures dip below freezing. At SERVPRO we train our mold specialists to inspect for mold 365 days a year when you call to complain of a musty odor or a visible fungal colony.

Mold damages your Chicago Heights home dependent upon three things. The first is the presence of mold spores. They are always present inside every home. The second is a source of water to feed the spores. Spills, leaks, and drain pans are some of the ways water is present in any home.The third is a surface or item upon or within which the mold colony takes hold. Wood, upholstery drywall, and carpeting are some options; Common home molds grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most areas inside your home are at or above that temperature even during the dead of winter. Because mold growth happens only when moisture is present expect to find issues where plumbing leaks or water makes its way inside, including ice dams and condensation on the surface of poorly caulked windows. Our staff looks everywhere in your home for areas where the conditions are right for mold growth and then develops an appropriate plan for abatement. 
 
Hoping that mold damage disappears during the colder season is disastrous for your home and allows it to take a more serious toll on its structure and your belongings. Experts identify over 100,000 types of mold your home may be supporting. Fear of the health consequences of mold growth is just one reason to seek remediation. Consult your healthcare professional to discuss whether you are members of your family need to worry about mold in your home. Mold outbreaks that pose no risk to health are still unpleasant, malodorous, and sometimes capable of damaging structures, fixtures, and contents of your home. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists systematically contain and remove all kinds of mold, leaving your home fresher and intact. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher has you covered with information about and techniques to remediate mold in your home 12 months a year. Call us at (708) 672-0077 when areas smell musty and count on a successful mold reduction plan from our staff.

Snow Storm damage in Beecher

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher service area has been hit with snow this week.  The question we get is can snow storms be a possible hazard to my home? The answer is yes, it can!

Typically, we don’t get enough snow that hangs around long enough top worry much about this in our area. Folks in the north are a little more concerned about this than we are because of the greater amount of snowfall and generally colder sustained temperatures. But with snow covering roofs in our area and record low temperatures forecasted the conditions are right for a problem commonly referred to as ice damming.

An ice dam forms when ice builds up on the eaves of the roof and any water behind it has nowhere to go and may end up in your home. This happens because heat gathers in your attic and slightly warms the roof above. The eaves however do not warm like the rest of the roof because they do not have the warm air of your attic under them, they have the cold outside air underneath. As the snow melts from the warmer portion of the roof and runs down it can freeze over the eaves forming an ice dam. As thawing continues above the water running down is trapped behind the dam.

Water will always follow the path of least resistance. In this case it can back up under shingles. Once under the shingle it will makes its way down under the roof inside your attic. From there it can settle on the ceiling or make its way down wall cavities. If snow melts makes its way into your home don’t panic. Stay calm and call SERVPRO.

Water damage to your Glenwood business

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has BOTH the Equipment and the Knowledge to Remediate Your Water Damage Event

A local skating rink owner experienced some massive damage to the building's exterior structure, including the roof and a large portion of stucco siding during the torrential rains that poured through the area this week. Unfortunately, this led to some damages soaking through to interior parts of the building as well. A significant portion of the skating rink floor will need repairs; exposure to water caused it to buckle and warp in some areas. The concession stand services were also affected, with various appliances and other assets needing cleaning or replacement to ensure proper safety in serving customers. On a positive note, the old fashioned arcade machine room was unaffected by the event, and the owners plan to have the doors open for regular business hours over the weekend. 
 
SERVPRO has experience in dealing with both large or small commercial water damage situations in Glenwood can provide you with high-quality services and the amount of personnel required to complete your repairs with limited interruptions to operations. Our technicians respond to your initial call within four hours and begin your restoration immediately. It is our business to return your building to a quality pre-damage condition, making it "Like it never even happened." and getting your doors open again as soon as possible. 
 
Whether you have a massive facility with advanced technology or a small retro business, SERVPRO technicians have the experience necessary to perform the repairs necessary to restore your building after a water damage event occurs. After fully inspecting the affected areas, we take the time to discuss our findings and answer any of your questions, fully informing you about our services before beginning work. You will know what we intend to do and how we plan to approach your repairs. 
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to both handheld and truck mounted water extractors, to properly remove any water involved. Once the standing water is gone, we move all of your assets to a secure, dry location to perform quality drying procedures unique to each item. While also deploying air movers, dehumidifiers and other equipment to properly dry the surrounding area and remove any additional moisture that may exist. 
 
Once everything is dry, you will witness expertly trained SERVPRO technicians quickly and efficiently performing the repairs necessary to restore various areas to a quality pre-damage condition and put the finishing touches on your restoration. Depending on the severity of the event you experience, we could have your business opened again in just a few days. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher today and obtain the services your business deserves. (708) 672-0077