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Causes of Mold in Homes

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Mold Remediation Causes of Mold in Homes After tearing out an old shower, we discovered this mold lurking behind the tile. What's behind your walls? Let us help you protect your home!

Mold is a vital piece of nature, assisting with the disintegration of natural matter and the recycling of supplements in biological systems. While outdoor mold is fundamental, mold developing inside present’s health risks and can bring about property damage. Molds recreate by method of minor airborne spores that travel essentially anyplace, even in our homes.

Despite the fact that there are hints of mold spores indoors, they require the right "ingredients" to produce mold. Unfortunately, the conditions for mold development are found in many homes: a nourishment source, (for example, drywall, rugs, and wood), warmth, lack of light, enough time to develop, and above all, dampness. Since dampness is a fundamental factor in mold development, here are the most common culprits that cause heightened dampness in homes:

  • Flooding can cause a measurable amount of water into your home, bringing on serious water damage and conceivably cause mold development inside 24-48 hours. Calling an expert restoration professional such as SERVPRO promptly is your best defense with regards to mitigating water damage and preventing mold development.
  • Increased humidity can happen in homes from multiple sources — muggy climate, persistent rain, cooking, showering, and so on. To help prevent development of mold growth in your home, ensure your home is all around ventilated and keep the humidity below 55 percent.
  • Deficient ventilation leads to increased humidity, and due to this, mold development and different issues like indoor contamination. Try to open entryways as well as windows when viable and to utilize fans as needed.
  • Leaking pipes are a typical issue in homes and should be settled promptly. In many cases, leaks are hidden from view, such as inside walls or above the ceiling, so make a point to investigate wall and ceiling stains routinely.
  • Roof leaks are additionally a way for water to saturate your home and cause mold. In the event that you see water stains on the ceiling, check for water damage in the attic and have your roof assessed and repaired at the earliest opportunity.
  • Condensation happens when warm dampness loaded air interacts with chilly surfaces. Condensation can be seen on walls, windows, solid floors or metal pipes. Reduce condensation by adjusting the humidity in your home.
  • Basements give astounding conditions for mold development because of poor ventilation, cooler temperatures (that advance condensation), and incessant water leaks and flooding.

Mold can also grow in various unexpected areas in the home, which can make mold remediation more difficult. For professional mold removal, as well as fire and water restoration services, contact the professional experts at SERVPRO today.

Do you know how to shut off the water at your work?

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Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of South Hills can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of South Hills Professionals, seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Here's Why Professional Water Removal Is More Effective Than DIY Methods

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Save Money and Aggravation, Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Problems

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional. 
 
If you're in need of water removal in the South Hills, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move. 
 
Professional water extraction works extremely well. 
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level. 
 
Many water emergencies are hazardous. 
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal.  We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets. 
 
It's important to consider mold and mildew. 
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity mold and mildew will thrive, cause off odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. 
 
At SERVPRO of South Hills, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us at (412) 825-5480 and say you saw our blog! 

How often do you clean these areas?

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Did you know? The air in your home is 10 times more dirty than the air outside.

During the Spring and Summer months, allergens accumulate and fill areas of your home or office with dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold and other unhealthy elements. Unless you address the situation now, the air quality will continue to deteriorate.

Your friends at SERVPRO of South Hills wants to ensure that you and your property are properly prepared for the upcoming season. Therefore, we would like to offer you some helpful tips that will adequately prepare your property for the Fall:

  • Eliminate mold and mildew indoors by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, scrubbing bathrooms, and cleaning or changing shower curtains
  • Remove any wet debris from around the home or office, as mold spores are airborne particles that can easily float indoors
  • Schedule to have your chimney cleaned within the next month. Excessive buildup of creosote and debris, as well as miscellaneous branches, leaves and animal nests can create a dangerous situation as it increases the potential to spark a chimney fire.
  • Remember not to ignore your duct work, vents and HVAC systems. Unnecessary dirt and debris can pose a serious threat to the health of your family or employees if they are not properly maintained.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Hills for those difficult cleaning jobs at (412) 825-5480.

Protecting Your South Hills Home From Water Damage

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Protecting Your Property From Water Damage

Think of your home as a bubble; the roof, walls, windows, and foundation all make up this bubble. These areas are keys to waterproofing your home, with the right help, you can be successful.

Protecting your Pittsburgh area home from water damage may take some work. However, it can be simple to go through your home one area at a time to ensure they were originally built correctly, with the right materials and install or improve as you go.

If you are currently building your own home, save yourself a lot of problems down the line by using the latest advances to protect your investment from water intrusion. Regardless, you still have a chance to update your current home, hire a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO and start protecting your home, today.

The roof of your home has many layers that all make a huge difference in protecting your home from water damage. Shingles provide the first line of defense, while underlayments installed serve as your last chance to stop water and the damage it may cause. Every roof has an underlayment, your building code requires it.

However, there are multiple products available, some of which provide far less protection than others. SERVPRO can help you install quality underlayments at the eaves and critical detail areas of your roof, including overlaps, fasteners and roof deck.

You likely have windows or doors on every wall of your home, providing water with large openings that present as major leak zones if not weatherproofed correctly. Shudders do not keep the wind-driven rain at bay. However, the proper selection and installation of flashing and doors can prevent rain and snow from causing rot or mold within your walls.

SERVPRO technicians understand how these products were designed to form a watertight and airtight seal, protecting your home from water infiltration and damage. House wraps and basement or crawlspace encapsulation services provide premium weather protection for your home. Providing you with advanced methods that protect your living environment and often reduce energy costs substantially.

Contact our team at SERVPRO of South Hills for additional information or to schedule your initial appointment, today (412) 825-5480

Flood Damage to your Apartment

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Our neighborhood is home to many inviting condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Multi-occupant housing presents some challenges to residents, including sharing of common areas, noise and activity with neighbors, and bad choices, or accidents, affecting those living in other units. When the mistake made by a nearby resident causes flooding in other of your tenants’ homes SERVPRO awaits to help you recover.

A third-floor tenant has a waterbed that leaked, causing flood damage throughout that wing of your South Hills apartment complex. Nearly 200 gallons of water soaks through all three levels, inconveniencing your renters, threatening structures, and ruining tenant belongings. Quick action by our restoration team saves you from relocating individuals or families as the restoration completes.

Our crew arrives with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors for speedy removal of the flooded contents of the mattress. Although we begin our investigation in the bedroom with the offending waterbed SERVPRO crew members are familiar with the “path of least resistance” water takes. Since some of the water drained down common walls and through ceilings, its path is hidden, following pipes and wiring behind the gypsum board and acoustical tiles. If necessary, we remove a few tiles or cautiously cut a hole into a wall when we fear water is pooling in unseen recesses.

After our team vacuums up visible and hidden water from carpeting and floors, air movers and dehumidifiers take on the next stage. SERVPRO technicians train in moisture measurement and monitoring, ensuring that carpeting, sub floors, and walls all receive individualized drying attention based on their difference drying curves. Carpet padding usually fails to dry fast or thoroughly enough, so we replace it in most cases. The carpeting itself dries in place, sometimes lifted and propped up, so the air moves over both the top and bottom for complete drying.

One supporting role SERVPRO provides in a disaster like this is to work with insurers. Your tenant did not sneak the waterbed into the unit. Since you knew it was in place, you demanded purchase by this lessee of additional renter’s insurance. Along with coverage, you keep up as the landlord the claims proven with our help against the extra insurance limits your liability.

Rely on SERVPRO of South Hills to react fast when flooding affects several units of your apartment house. Call (412) 825-5480 to arrange for a flood damage restoration team to come to your aid, 24/7.

Don't Let Mold Take Over Your South Hills Home

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Mold Remediation And Restoration

Ask owners about protecting their home, and you hear about hurricanes, fires, home invasion, and flooding. If they mention mold at all, it is almost as an afterthought. Since the costs to restore or repair homes from mold are in the millions each year, the mold should be higher on the list than keeping the neighborhood dogs off the front lawn.

Stopping mold damage in the Pittsburgh region is not a simple process, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in getting the job done, no matter how far mold spores have grown through and sometimes into a home. To understand how pervasive a mold infestation can be and how difficult it is get rid of one, it is helpful to know how they grow and spread.

Mold Spores are smaller than the smallest seed. A group of thousands is just slightly larger than each dot on a pair of dice. They stay dormant until something disturbs them. The cause can be a breeze or a hard shake of some type. The spores which break away remain dormant unless they encounter enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Once they begin to expand, the spores send out hyphae. These structures grow across and into surfaces, looking for food and additional moisture. Favorite food sources are building materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. They also feed and grow rapidly on carpet fibers like cotton, wool, and rayon. The temperature ranges most molds expand under is from 68 to 86 degrees, but some grow in temperatures as high as 122 degrees.

The way we stop mold growth is to eliminate one of those factors, moisture, food, or temperature. Removing every food source is impossible and permanently lowering or raising the temperature is simply too expensive. We use pumps and smaller extractors to remove standing water and then test the surrounding air and material for excess moisture.

After testing, we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to lower moisture. The dehumidifiers draw water directly out of the air; up to a rate of 30 gallons per day depending on the device we use and the humidity level. Our air movers force warm, dry air over the surface of the affected structural material and other property.

Restoration is not a quick set of procedures, but SERVPRO of South Hills understands that the first step to returning your home to a normal condition is to understand the situation and then act quickly. Call us today at (412) 825-5480 to set up an inspection.

Flood Damage From Failing Washing Machine Hoses In Your South Hills Home

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Failing Washing Machine Hoses Cause Flood Damage

Most homeowners protect their homes against things such as storms, fire, and burglary, but water damage from malfunctioning or leaking home appliances often gets overlooked, especially when it comes to washing machines.

It seems unlikely, but flood damage from a washing machine is one of the top five causes of home insurance claims. More than half of these claims is from supply hoses which have burst or leaked, so make sure your Jacksonville home is prepared for such an event. Have the number of a reputable flood damage restoration company handy at all times, like SERVPRO, who is experienced in all kinds of flood damage.

Most washing machine hoses fail eventually over time, even when they have been installed properly. They can cause leaks or even catastrophic flooding when they burst. Failure can be due to several things such as installation error, age, poor design and poor quality materials. Most of these hoses are made of reinforced polymer or rubber. The materials lose resiliency as they age, making them susceptible to leaks, cracks, and bursting.

Inspect Regularly 
Many times, fittings and hoses that connect your washing machine to the water source are visible and easy to inspect each time you use the machine. If they are not visible, figure out how to gain access to them so you can inspect them once per month. Look at both the cold and hot water lines. Failures happen near the connection where the hose usually bends. Keep an eye out for:

Signs Of Imminent Failure 
Obvious evidence of imminent failure or deterioration should be looked for, such as bulges, blisters, unraveling, cracks, kinks, discoloration, or crimps, especially close to the connections and turns in the hose.

Leaks 
Look for drops, moisture, rust, leaks on, in, or around the connections or hoses or in a catch pan, or discoloration. Look at the connects to ensure they are properly tightened. Even a small leak can lead to imminent failure.

Right Positioning 
Ensure the washing machine is located four inches at least from the connections, so the hose is not kinked or bent. Make sure the machine is balanced properly, so it is not “walking” when in use, which puts added stress on connections and hoses.

Lastly, aging or damaged hoses should be replaced right away, and make sure that the hoses are properly installed. Knowing where the shut-off valve is as well is important if a hose does fail. Then get in touch in SERVPRO right away so they can help you clean up the flood damage and dry out your home.

SERVPRO of South Hills is always standing by, since flooding emergencies can happen at any time. Contact SERVPRO today at (412) 825- 5480, and their technicians will come quickly to help you get your home back to normal.

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Mobile App

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Prepare For The Impact Not The Probability

When planning for future weather disasters in our area, formulate your response to the impact your community could endure if the worst happens. If you focus your attention instead upon the likelihood of the ultimate devastation you waste time and effort. Simply because your area escaped complete ruin during previous storms does not mean that will always be the case. Devising a sustainable disaster recovery blueprint ensures you are ready for a catastrophe. Should the worst not occur that blueprint still guides you step by step as you work through restoration needed for more commonplace storm damage.

Partner With A Restoration Company That Comprehends And Can Handle All Crisis Levels.

SERVPRO of South Hills appreciates the possibility that crisis levels fluctuate and can increase in severity. Our team looks to a nationwide network of other franchisees for support, ensuring we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Local technicians join with other professionals with the training and experience to tame the chaos of a “storm of the century.” We leverage the power of a system that has storm Disaster Recovery Teams at the ready 365 days out of the year, all hours of the day or night. Our strategically placed SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division members are headed by commercial operations managers who supervise the dispatching of specially trained professional technicians. In conjunction with a formidable communications system, industry leading heavy equipment and vehicles, and temporary on-site labor, we confidently cut costs and mitigate storm damage.

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Pittsburgh Area Home

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SERVPRO Restores South Hills Properties: Post Fire & Smoke Damaging Occurrences

After a fire happens on your property, you may be anxious to clean things up right away and attempt to get started on your own. However, unless you have professional cleaning experience or gain advice from a cleaning expert, you may be wasting your effort, or cause even further damage. 
  
A properly trained restoration technician can help you determine whether the items that receive fire damage in your South Hills home, are worth trying to restore, or if they need replacement. These professional fire restorers can provide you with recommendations that help prevent further damage and give you estimates on services for cleaning and deodorizing the entire affected area. 
  
Fire and water damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO, follow strict guidelines when providing repair and cleaning services in your home. They take the time to secure the area, prevent hazards, and help limit the damages that you experience during this type of disaster. Getting help is the best way for you to assist with recovering from accidents that occur on your property. 
  
SERVPRO offers a variety of services that includes the removal of soot and smoke residues that form on various surfaces throughout your home during a fire. Household textiles such as carpeting and draperies often require several attempts before cleaning and deodorization services are complete. Not doing so may cause odors to return. 
  
It is important to make quick, precise decisions when considering your options after an event happens in your home. Time is essential, making dealing with smoke odors in your clothing, furniture, and other household items critical to prevent odors from lingering for days, weeks, or even months. Having a professional restoration company helps get things under control quicker and removes these odors in a more efficient manner.  
  
SERVPRO technicians use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove water used during fire fighting efforts and have years of experience using cleaning methods to get the job done right. They are locally owned and operated, giving them the ability to provide you with what you need to get things back to normal fast. 
  
Contact SERVPRO of South Hills for additional information about available services or help regarding a fire, water, storm, or mold situation happening in your home today at (412) 825-5480.