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Important Information About Mold

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a type of fungi with thousands of species found all over the planet. Black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is one particular species causing problems in the commercial buildings of Auburn, WA. Understanding the following information about mold helps promote a clean commercial work environment.

Where Is Mold Commonly Found?

Mold spores are found everywhere, most especially in moist, humid environments. Black mold has a greenish-black color, and its presence is often indicated by a musty smell. It establishes most strongly in moisture problem prone areas such as these:

• Rooms with humidity levels greater than 50 percent
• Poorly ventilated spaces including supply closets and equipment shelves
• Areas under leaking pipes and windows
• Perpetually moist areas in bathrooms, by sinks and near drinking fountains
• Basements and warehouses with stagnant water
• Porous construction materials such as drywall
• Carpeted floors prone to spills

How Does Mold Spread?

Mold reproduces by dispersing microscopic, airborne spores that can travel great distances before landing and establishing colonies. These spores enter wherever there is air exchange between the internal and external environment, such as through heating/ventilation/air conditioner, or HVAC, systems. They can endure harsh environmental conditions until the damp, humid environment necessary for growth is present. Within 48 hours of establishing itself in a moist environment, mold spores can grow and reproduce by releasing even more spores.

What To Do About Mold?

The presence of mold indicates a moisture problem, such a pipe leakage, that should be addressed to prevent future mold growth. While mold spores are found everywhere, airborne mold spore levels greater than one-third the level of outdoor mold spore levels do not belong in commercial buildings and should be addressed by mold cleanup as soon as possible. Improper black mold removal may leave behind spores ready to disperse and re-initiate the problem. A professional mold remediation crew can effectively and efficiently target colonies in all nooks and crannies, thus maintaining clean work environments in Auburn, WA.

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How To Avoid and Handle Sewer Backup

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded toilet is something no one wants to have to deal with, and having sewer backup in your business can put a serious damper on your day. Proper sewer cleanup is often necessary to deal with the effects of having “black water” backup into your business, but knowing some of the common causes of this unpleasant event can help you avoid it.

Are There Signs To Watch Out For?

Here is a list of things to watch out for:

• A clog in the sewer line: One of the warning signs of a clog in the sewer line is gurgling noises coming from the toilet or drains. This should never be ignored, as it is one of the first indications that something is going wrong.

• Damage or blockage caused by tree roots: This is a very common occurrence. Tree roots seeking out water can make their way to the sewer lines and wreak havoc, causing them to become blocked. When that happens, the sewage has nowhere to go except back where it came from.

• Improper disposal of grease or paper products: Dumping grease down drains can cause build-up in the pipes, and flushing products like paper towels down the toilet can lead to blockages.

How Can You Deal With Sewer Cleanup?

While some of the above can be avoided, such as clogs caused by improper disposal of grease, others, such as tree root damage, can be out of your control. If sewer backup does occur in your place of business in Auburn, WA, it is usually best to call a professional company to help you handle the cleanup process properly. Any affected areas should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and any contaminated items should be removed from the area and evaluated to see if they’re able to be salvaged.

Can You Handle It Yourself?

While you could try to handle the sewer cleanup process yourself, a professional company with knowledge and experience can save you time and headaches. It can help ensure that everything is done right and nothing is overlooked.

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3 Reasons Mold Grows Quickly After Flooding

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Auburn, WA, can cause many headaches for you as a homeowner. Water damage, ruined furniture and standing water in your basement and first-floor rooms are all common issues. However, once flood waters start to recede, you may find yourself facing problems that occur in their wake, such as mold growth. Mold can appear in a home as quickly as 24 hours after flooding occurs, and knowing what causes it to spread may help you treat and remove this damaging fungus before it takes hold inside your home.

1. Increased Moisture in the Air

After flooding occurs, moisture levels in the air are likely to be higher than normal. This creates humid conditions that attract mold spores. Once they attach, the humidity can accelerate mold growth and allow it to spread across walls, ceilings and carpeting after only a few days. You may be able to stop the spread by calling in a storm cleanup and mold remediation company to dry out affected rooms, remove standing water and lower humidity levels.

2. Food Sources Are Usually Plentiful

Mold spores do not need sunlight to grow or spread, and once they enter your home, they may find multiple food sources such as cardboard, paper and wood items. Mold feeds on almost any organic material and can cause considerable damage to books, important documents and wooden floors. Sorting wet items and throwing away those that cannot be salvaged can limit the spread of mold and reduce its food source.

3. It Can Thrive in Dark Places

While both mold and bacteria spread quickly, most species of mold are typically more complex and can grow in almost any moist, dark place. After a flood, your home’s basement, crawlspace and attic all may be vulnerable to mold, where it can spread quickly and out of sight.

Flooding in Auburn, WA, can cause mold growth almost anywhere inside your home. However, knowing how and why it spreads may help you target and destroy this invader before it takes hold.

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SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO® Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure SERVPRO® of Auburn/Enumclaw takes the Stress Out of Fire Damage to Your Property.

Fires have classifications based on what is fueling them.

For a fire department to successfully battle and control an inferno or a small fire, they are trained to identify the different types of fires.  

Different fires require unique solutions for cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO® of Auburn/Enumclaw knows and understands how to work with fire damages, which can often be restored by our professional, IICRC certified technicians. We can handle the aftermath of residential and commercial fires. We specialize in fire and water damage cleanup. With our restoration experience, we can quickly restore your home or business to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened."

Class A: wood, paper or trash, anything that leaves ash. Water can extinguish this fire. Type A fire extinguisher.
Class B: oil, gas or flammable liquids. Smothering solutions extinguish this fire. Type B fire extinguisher.
Class C: electrical. Use carbon dioxide to extinguish this fire. Type E fire extinguisher.
Class D: combustible metal fires. A dry powder agents will extinguish this fire. Type D fire extinguisher.
Class K: kitchen fires. Small kitchen fires should be extinguished with powder or foam type extinguishers to prevent the splashing of hot oils and other materials.

Call us today at (253) 848-0800 so that we can help restore your home or business.

Does Mold Grow Everywhere?

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Beyond the scope of grade school science class, learning about various types of mold is probably not your everyday pursuit. However, most residents in Auburn, WA, will deal with fungus issues at some point down the road, and the timing is never convenient. Whether it's bread mold or a mold that's taken over the bathroom, many may wonder how it gets in these discreet places to begin with.

A Powerful Fungus

Normally, mold is associated with household issues – and with good reason. Dealing with your occasional fridge mold or discoloration along your shower wall is no fun game to play. Having inhabited the earth long before humans, mold has grown in all corners and on a multitude of surfaces. Instead of acquiring energy from the sun, mold turns to other animals and plants for food. Dampness is usually key, and most molds will cling to areas prone to water damage and leaks.

An Easy Target

Finding a blue or green spot on your loaf of whole wheat grains is simply part of life. Why bread, though? Containing the perfect ingredients on mold's menu, bread is usually stored in cabinets and pantries, which sets the perfect warm backdrop. It is also moist, which naturally invites fungus growth.

A Common Nuisance

Of course, finding that fuzzy growth on your bread can easily ruin the perfect sandwich. Tackle bread mold by only leaving out reasonable amounts. You can store the rest in the fridge or in the freezer, which you can later thaw in a plastic bag. Ensuring that bread stays tightly sealed is another trick to slowing down mold growth.

Mold is typically not a word most Auburn, WA, residents would prefer to associate with food, but it can happen to anyone's delicious meal if the setting is just right. Prevent mold from having a fancy, candlelit dinner with your food items by maintaining cool and dry storing places. If that bread mold decides it wants to spread to other parts of the home, a trusted professional can help you fight the good fight.

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Which Types of Water Are Contaminated?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

There are three types of water involved in leaks. The first is clean water that originates directly from a supply line, such as a pipe. Clean water is not contaminated. The most common cause of clean water leaks is when a pipe bursts. Secondary damage is the only threat of leaks involving this type of water. It is important to thoroughly dry any areas into which clean water has leaked to prevent the possibility of mold growth over time. There are two types of contaminated water: gray water and black water. The risks involved with these types of water differ considerably from a clean water leak.

1. Gray water does not contain solid waste. Shower or bathwater, water from appliances such as washing machines, and toilet water that only contains urine are all examples of gray water. This water may contain some bacteria but does not necessarily pose a major health risk. It is a still a good idea to clean, disinfect and dry any area affected by a gray water leak.

2. Black water contains fecal matter and therefore bacteria and pathogens that can spread infections. This type of water poses the greatest risk when it comes to sewage damage. Any areas that are exposed to this highly contaminated water should be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and disinfected. Porous materials coming in contact with this water will likely need to be thrown out.

You may be able to handle a leak yourself depending on the extent of the water damage and whether it involves clean water from a supply line or contaminated water. If you are dealing with a large leak or a leak of either gray water or black water that requires you to not only clean and dry but disinfect the area, you may want to contact experts in Auburn, WA, who specialize in water or sewage damage. Damage restoration specialists have equipment designed for cleaning, drying, and disinfecting areas damaged by sewage or water.

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Do Tenants Have to Pay for Flood Damage?

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you rent a commercial property, you may be worried about insurance coverage in the event of a flood. Considering you don’t own the building, you may be uncertain on the type of renter’s insurance you need – or if you need renter’s insurance at all. Don’t get caught out when it’s too late and your property is already flooded; learn what you need to know about flood damage and flood insurance in Auburn, WA.

What’s Covered by the Building Owner

When it comes to renter’s insurance, the building owner is liable for insuring the actual structure itself. If any structural damage is incurred during a flood, then the building owner’s insurance will take over paying for any repairs and replacement. This generally includes damage to roofs, windows, walls, building systems, and external parking and fixtures.

What’s Covered by the Tenant

As the tenant, you are responsible for obtaining renter’s insurance for anything inside the building. This means any furniture, appliances, inventory, computer equipment, or other property specifically belonging to you. If your items are damaged in a flood, you should obtain appropriate insurance coverage to safeguard your belongings.

What If the Building Owner Supplies Equipment and Furniture?

Because those items are the property of the building owner, in this specific instance, they would also be covered under the owner’s insurance rather than the renter’s insurance. Nonetheless, you should discuss the extent of insurance coverage and expectations with the building owner ahead of time, well before a flood.

Recovering From Flood Damage

Recovering from flood damage can be difficult, especially when you need help to remove, repair, and restore damaged property. It’s not impossible, however, and a good business owners’ or renter’s insurance policy can make all the difference. Before shopping for an insurance policy, do a complete inventory of all equipment, merchandise, furniture, and other items that you would have covered by the policy before determining what’s the best policy for you.

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What is mold?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

"Mold" is a name used to refer to a type of fungus that grows along a root system called hyphae.

The mold that grows in your home can be from many strains. However, the most common are Aspergillus and Stachybotrys. The first is just considered a mold, the later is known as "Black Mold" and is often making headlines in the news.

Mold requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be from a leaking washing machine, broken pipe, or even bad ventilation in the kitchen or bathroom. Wherever there is excess moisture you can be sure to find mold.

Why is mold in my home in the first place?

A single mold colony can release thousands of spores into the air. Mold grows primarily outside on decaying plants and fallen leaves. The spores are tracked into the home but go undetected because of their small size. It's not until moisture is introduced in the home that the mold spore begins to grow and become visible.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (253) 735-2919.

Freezing Temperatures and Lessons Learned

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Now that we are on the tail-end of the freezing temperatures and the resulting pipe breaks I thought I would share some of our experiences and the lessons learned.

  1. There are a surprising number of homeowners that do not know where their water shut-off is located.  When you consider that a broken pipe can expel between 25 to 50 gallons of water per minute, every minute that passes while you search for the shut-off is causing more damage.  Make sure everyone in your family knows where main shut-off is located.  It’s a good idea to place a tag on it with important contact information including a good plumber's contact info. 
  2. Setting the thermostat to 50° Fahrenheit may not be sufficient to prevent pipe breaks in vacant structures or detached garages when the temperatures drop into the teens.  For those extra cold stretches 60° might be a better bet.

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Freezing Temparatures

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you are planning on being away from home while freezing temperatures are being forecasted you might consider shutting off the water at your home before you leave. After the water has been shut off the remaining water can be purged from the lines by simply opening a faucet located in the lowest part of the home. That way you can avoid calls from a concerned neighbor letting you know that water is running out from under your front door (Several of the broken pipe projects we worked on this week literally had water running underneath the front door).

The most destructive pipe bursts happen in the attic.  A lot of times plumbing will be located above the insulation in the attic so even though your home may be nice and toasty warm the space between the insulation and roof may not. A simple visual check of the attic space will do in this case. If pipes are above the insulation and are not wrapped a quick trip to home store for some inexpensive pipe insulation will solve the problem. 

SERVPRO of Auburn/Enumclaw specializes in the cleanup and restoration. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)848-0800