When to Test Indoor Air Quality
SERVPRO of Brunswick understands mold and mold growth.
SERVPRO of Brunswick handles water damages every day and know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem you will notice the following:
- Visible Mold
- Strong musty odors, may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity
These conditions above may require a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Enviormental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water intrusion.
Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick to schedule a inspection to get to the bottom of your mold problems. Call us today at 912-264-6094
Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your Business
Most carpeting is designed to camouflage dirt, and that’s especially true for commercial carpeting. If the carpet in your business is looking dull or rough around the edges, it’s probably time for a commercial cleaning.
Dingy carpet can hurt your business in several ways. For example:
- A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you money.
- If you own commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on complaints and liability.
- Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business; clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment, affecting productivity.
- Clean carpets reduce loose particles, which protects indoor air quality. It has even been proven to reduce exposure to cancer-causing substances that can collect in carpet fibers! A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff.
- You should consider cleaning your commercial carpet as a regular part of your business maintenance program.
SERVPRO of Brunswick team stands ready to help with all of your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleaning and restoration. Call us today at (912)264-6094
When Water Damage Strikes
SERVPRO of Brunswick understands the stress that comes along with a water damage. You can always count on the dependable team at SERVPRO of Brunswick for your water damage needs; whether the damage is due to a busted water line, sewage back up, storm damage, or other factors.
The first 24 hours after a water damage/loss are the most important in preventing further damage.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will arrive within 4 hours of the notice of loss. Upon arrival SERVPRO of Brunswick will provide the homeowner with everything that will need to be done as well as walk them through the water restoration process.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of the damage as well as review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will take various steps to protect your property from further damage by beginning water extraction as well as packing up belongings and contents to protect your personal belongings from further damage.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will continue to monitor your home or business until your property is dried to industry standards. The property owner will continuously be alerted about progress of drying.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will coordinate structural repairs, reinstallations, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to ensure everything is returned to your satisfaction.
If you need help after a water damage don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Brunswick at 912-264-6094
Create Volunteer list to Clean Your Break Room
Anyone who has worked on a team knows that it can be a challenge to keep the community break room clean. Everyone has very different ideas of what cleanliness entails, and this can create a lot of tension in the workplace and can even create problems with morale and relationships. These types of conflicts will adversely affect your business, and that’s not something anyone wants to see.
As the owner, either you or a designated representative can establish break room expectations. Here are some tips:
Post a checklist or cleaning schedule on the break room wall in clear view of everyone who will be using it.
Ask for volunteers who would like to oversee a particular area and schedule their duties on a rotating basis. Allow the volunteers to leave work early on Fridays or come in late as a reward for their willingness to handle this part of the workplace.
- Daily - clean food prep areas, sweep or vacuum flooring and trash removal, wipe down door knobs, wipe down chairs and tables.
- Weekly - clean microwave and other cooking appliances, front of refrigerator, glass, dishwasher, mop flooring, launder linens used during the week
- Weekly or bi-monthly - remove old food and containers from refrigerator, and make it clear that anything left behind will be discarded.
- Monthly - inspect the entire area for problems, such as food underneath or behind the stove, which will attract vermin. Check under the sink area for out-of-date cleaning products or leaks; left to itself, moisture can be conducive to mold growth.
- Install air fresheners or products that reduce odors.
- Ensure that cleaning supplies are readily available at all times and that sponges and/or cleaning rags are clean and fresh.
Contact us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for all your large-scale cleaning projects. We are experts at fire and water restoration cleaning, we are also equipped to handle mold remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick at (912)264-6094
Dealing with a Fire Damage
A fire in your home or business can be devastating. Your buildings and items of value may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke or water. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire:
You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.
Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, stocks, and bonds.
Try to limit movement about the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of your furniture and carpeting. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.
Equipment and Appliances. Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of smoke. Check wiring for ceiling fans before turning them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.
Fire Damage Specialists:
You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick or contact us by phone at (912) 264-6094.
Checking for Mold in Your Closet
Suspect mold damage? Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick to receive a comprehensive mold damage analysis.
In the humid months of the year, mold can take hold in your closet without your knowledge. That kind of oversight can be expensive when it comes to clothing, shoes, and other personal belongings that might be affected. After all, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin a rapid colonization if the conditions are right.
Here are some tips you can keep in mind to guard against mold:
- Deep cleaning. This is probably the best and most effective way to guard against mold in your closet. Periodically, you will want to empty your closet and deep clean. It may not be necessary to remove those items that are hanging, but everything on the floor and along the walls including anything on shelving will need to come out. Sweep, vacuum, and mop, paying special attention to walls and corners. Use a disinfectant method such as baking soda and herbs to freshen the carpet, which also helps to prevent any mold spores from taking hold. Wipe down all shelving with a disinfectant liquid spray, and make sure they are completely dry before replacing your belongings.
- Use a dehumidifier. Having a dehumidifier in your closet can be a big help when it gets muggy outside, and in.
Don’t store items in cardboard. Storing items in cardboard is not the best idea. Once cardboard gets damp, it starts to decompose, and this is a great place for mold to begin a colony. It can also become a home for spiders, which is definitely something you don’t want!
- Use mold-resistant materials. When renovating or refreshing this area, use mold resistant materials such as drywall and paint, etc. These types of materials are readily available at any home improvement store.
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are experienced in mold remediation, so call us at (912) 264-6094. We are also experts in cleanup after fire and water damage.
Kitchen Water Damage - What to Look For
Your kitchen area, in either your home or your business, is one of the main places where damage from water can occur, and then mold growth becomes a concern. Your kitchen is a place that you visit regularly; and sometimes you may miss things because it is such a familiar place. However, it is important to check your kitchen area periodically for leaks and water damage around and underneath sinks and appliances to prevent an issue before it happens.
Some homes and workplaces have water heaters near the kitchen, and these are known to leak as well as they age, so keeping a careful eye on this appliance especially can save you a lot of trouble.
You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your kitchen from excess moisture and smaller water issues:
- Check appliances, hoses and piping for damage regularly.
If you smell the musty odor that is a telltale sign of a leak, find the source right away.
- Clean up all spills as soon as they occur.
- If you live in an area with high humidity, using a dehumidifier can greatly reduce damage from excess moisture in the air.
- Wipe down and dry the walls in your kitchen regularly to avoid a mold colony establishing itself.
- Scrub and dry your sink thoroughly, especially around the faucet and knobs; corrosion can make it necessary to replace these items much sooner than you planned if they are not kept clean.
In the event that you do suffer larger-scale water damage in the kitchen of your home or business:
- Remove all furniture from the area.
- You may need to move large appliances away from the walls to remove moisture or standing water.
- Soak up all excess water immediately.
Fans and dehumidifiers will be a great help in drying the area completely.
Call a professional cleanup up company if the task is beyond your expertise. Mold remediation is a job for a professional. Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are experienced water damage restoration specialist. Call us at (912)264-6094
The 2019 NOAA Hurricane Awarness Tour - Recap!
The 2019 Hurricane Awarness Tour. BIG success!
On May 10, the SERVPRO of Brunswick had the great privilege of being involved in a Hurricane Awareness expo at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport!
The event was put together and planned by the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency as well as other departments with in Glynn County. The National Weather Services brought in the Hurricane Hunter aircraft as well as the brave pilots and flight crew! This amazing aircraft is sent into the dangerous storms so meteorologists can further analyze and understand the path of the storm. Learn more about NOAA Hurricane Hunters here.
The event was a huge success and a great learning experience for everyone that attended. This event truly showcased the amount of planning and resource that go into predicting Hurricanes. Brunswick and Glynn County was well represented by having various emergency departments in attendance: Brunswick Police, Glynn County Police, Glynn County Fire, Brunswick Fire, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia DNR, Glynn County Sheriff's, as well as other valuable state and local agencies. SERVPRO of Brunswick was eager to participate and hand out valuable emergency preparedness tips for our local area such as evacuations maps and what to do after a hurricane strikes.
Our SERVPRO of Brunswick team had a great time at the event learning about the “behind the sciences” of predicting a hurricane. We are grateful and thankful to have met a few of the brave men and women that serve in the United States Air Force that are responsible for flying a specialized aircraft during hurricanes to better get a forecast.
SERVPRO of Brunswick wants to thank all of the brave men and women in uniform that keep our community safe. We look forward to attending next years event!
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Your bathroom is one of the most susceptible areas of your house when it comes to mold growth, and it’s no wonder; there is water everywhere in the bathroom on any given day! You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop serious mold growth in this most important, and busy, room in your home.
A bathing area has a higher moisture level that most of the other rooms in your house, of course, and surfaces can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises.
Here are some tips to preventing mold in the first place:
- Paint your bathroom with mold resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. This is a great idea for your kitchen as well.
- When doing any type of repair or renovation in the bathroom area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients, such as flooring and drywall, for example.
- Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses.
- As with windows in your home, ensure that all frames and weather stripping are in good repair in advance of wetter and more humid weather.
- Keep an eye on the cabinets under the sinks and around the toilet for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Clean behind and underneath them well on a regular basis, and take a good look while you are completing this task.
- Ensure your bathroom area is well-ventilated; you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it necessary.
Keeping mold out of your bathroom will contribute to a pleasant overall experience in your bathing area; after all, this room might just be the busiest in the whole house!
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold remediation. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (912) 264 6094
When is a Air Quality test needed?
SERVPRO of Brunswick understands mold and mold growth. We have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:
- Visible mold
- Strong musty odors, which may indicate the presence of mold
- Excessive humidity
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water intrusion problems.
If you suspect mold contact SERVPRO of Brunswick for a damage analysis.
Call us today at (912)264-6094