The Season for Mold
Summer time has finally arrived! This means it’s time to head out for cook outs, pool parties, and vacations. While you’re out having fun, mold could potentially be growing in your home. Mold will grow more frequently during the summer months mainly because of the warm temperatures and high humidity levels. The reason for mold to show up would be because there was water build up that sat for a while and cause the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Some of the spots to check in your home for water build up would be under the sinks, and around the bathtubs/showers and toilets. It is important for you to check these places when you are about to leave for vacation, because the longer the water sits, the more damage and mold will grow. If you can’t see mold growing, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mold does give off a musty smell, so if you being to smell that, you might have mold growing in the walls, in the floors, or even the air ducts. If you believe you have mold growing in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties today!
Dangerous Lead Paint
Lead paint has been around for many, many years. The federal government finally came out in 1978 saying it was dangerous and needed to stop being used immediately. Many homes and businesses before 1978, specifically the 1960s, used lead based paint in all areas of their home without knowing how dangerous it could be. When you call SERVPRO of Walker County, we the proper training to test and deal with lead based paint. The most dangerous form of lead based paint is when someone is stripping or sanding it off of a surface. When they do this, the particles and dust from the paint float into the air and then can be breathed in by someone and be very harmful to their body. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe if you live in a home or work in building that was built before 1978.
- Keep children from putting their hands and toys in their mouth after it has touched a surface affected by lead based paint. Keep your hands and your children’s hands washed as much as possible after touching an affected area.
- If you notice that a piece of drywall or paint has come off of the wall, clean it and dispose of it immediately. Wash your hands afterwards, too.
Be Safe While Grilling!
With warm weather looking to stay around for a while, this means that it's time for everyone to start planning outdoor parties and hang outs. This means that it is finally time to fire up the grill. Grilling does sound like an easy and harmless activity, it can actually be a major cause of house fires. Grilling out can cause around 8,900 house fires each year. Gas grills are the leading cause of fires rather than charcoal grills because of the gas being used near an open flame. Here are some easy grilling tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.
- Use your grill outside and away from the sides of buildings
- Ensure your grill is stable on the ground or your deck
- Keep your grill and grilling area clean at all times
- If you have a propane grill, check for propane leaks
- If the flame goes out as you start to grill, wait just a few minutes before trying to re-light it
- Use lighting fluid with caution
- Make sure to wear suitable clothing for grilling
- Be ready to put the fire out after you have finished grilling
If you experience fire damage, give SERVPRO of Walker County a call!
Severe Weather Tips
Spring and summer are the best seasons because of the warm weather and sunshine, but these months also have the highest threat of severe weather. We have made a list of safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Make sure to have a NOAA Weather Radio or another reliable way to get alerts when warnings have been issued. You can also download a weather app on your cellphone.
•If you are in your home during a warning, take shelter in a basement or safe room away from doors and windows. Always protect your head.
•If you are outside during a tornado warning, get to shelter immediately, if you cannot find shelter, get to a low-lying area.
•If you are inside of a vehicle during a warning, do not shelter under a bridge/overpass. These could easily collapse due to damage. Get to the nearest place of shelter, or a low-lying area. Don't forget to protect your head!
After the storm has passed and you are left with damage...call SERVPRO of Walker County!
Fire Damage? Call us!
Every fire is different. The smallest fire can be devastating to your home and your belongings. It may seem like a total loss at first, but that is not always the case. Making the call to a professional restoration company can make all the difference in the world when it comes to taking care of your home after a fire. A company like SERVPRO can come in and restore your home, clean, and quite possibly save many of your belongings. Your home can be repaired and safe to live in faster than you might think after disaster has struck.
Fire restoration is essential- this means getting your home back to preloss condition. SERVPRO can be at your home as soon as the fire department clears the scene. We will begin assessing the damage to determine what can be saved and what needs to be replaced. We will be very thorough to make sure that your home will be completely safe for you and your family to live in once everything is cleaned up and restored. Odor removal makes furniture and belongings, such as clothes and other items, seem as good as new again.
After the fire’s out, that’s were our team at SERVPRO of Walker County comes in. We hope you never need our disaster restoration services, but if you ever do, we hope you give us a chance to make it right again.
Hide and Seek: Mold Edition
When you think of mold growing in homes, you might tend to think of a dark, musty basement that is covered up with mold. Although mold can be found in those kinds of basements, there are also other common places around your home that mold could be potentially be hiding. We have put together a list for you so you can start checking around your home.
Underneath your refrigerator/kitchen appliances- This is a spot that does not see light at all, which means it is a perfect spot for mold to start growing. Make sure you clean the pipes and lines around your fridge to prevent growth from a leak.
Inside of chimneys- You wouldn’t think mold could grow in your chimney, but it can. Since chimneys are made from brick, the brick holds water and other dusts and pollen-- which is perfect food for mold. If you can, have your chimney swept at least once a year to prevent mold growth.
Front loading washing machines- Yes, those front loading washing machines are convenient when it comes to doing piles and piles of laundry, but did you know mold can grow inside of the door? Since water gets trapped in the gaskets of the door, that’s where the mold grows. Make sure you wipe down the gaskets when you’re done, before shutting the door completely.
Window seals- After a heavy rainfall, water and condensation tends to stay around window seals. The water hanging out there is perfect for mold to start growing in. After a heavy rain storm has passed, open the windows and wipe them down. This will help avoid mold growth.
Air conditioning units- Air conditioning units are home to pollen and dust, which is the perfect food for mold. Make sure to run your air conditioner for at least 24 hours in warmer weather. This will help cut down on the humidity which would cause mold to grow.
If you suspect mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Walker County a call!
How to Prevent Water Damage while on Vacation
As the weather starts heating up and summer starts moving in, it means it’s time for vacation for a lot of people. As people leave for their trips, they do the normal walk around the house and make sure that the oven is off, the lights are off, and that their doors and windows are locked tight. Most people don’t think that they need to check their pipes and appliances to make sure there are no leaks that could potentially cause a disaster. A leaking pipe can do a lot more damage than most people think. The smallest drop can make the biggest difference.
Inside home prep
When you get ready to leave for vacation, go ahead and check the pipes in your kitchen and bathroom areas to make sure that there are no leaks or cracks in the pipes. Make sure you look at all the hoses that attach to your appliances. While you’re gone, you can always ask a family member or friend to come and check on your home. If no one is available to check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes before you leave.
Preventing a flood
So you’ve got the inside of your home prepped by taking care of pipes and such. Don’t forget about your window sills. If these are not secure and storm comes through, water could get into your home under the windows. Make sure your roof is sealed and free of any cracks that a leak could get into and then get into your home. Another good idea would be to make sure your gutters are clean and that water can flow freely through them.
If you do find a disaster has struck while you were gone, call SERVPRO of Walker County!
Go Green, While Saving Some Green!
When it comes to heating your home and making it comfortable, the costs can really add up. Here in Alabama, especially during the winter months, the weather is so finicky, because it can be cold one week and warm the next. This causes a spike in everyone’s utility bill, which is no fun at all. To try and save a few dollars, a good temperature to keep your thermostat set at is 68° when you are home. When it is night time, or when you are not going to be home for the majority of the day a good temperature would be between 65-66°. Energy costs and monthly utility bills are a big part of our daily lives, but if you make even the smallest of changes, you will be able to see a difference and save yourself some money. Go green, while saving some green! Win-win, right?
When our customers experience a water loss, one of the first things we have to do is set big, drying equipment in their homes. This equipment is great because it is able to dry out building materials and contents. The bad thing about having this equipment in a customers’ home is that it can really drive up their utility bill. If you happened to have water or fire damage, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Cold Weather Heroes
Freezing temperatures and a lot of snow pounded Minnesota and surrounding states. Residents up there were experiencing busted pipes and water loss. The SERVPROs in Minnesota were becoming overwhelmed with all of the damages and needed some extra help. So, our General Manager, Production Manager, and six other employees accepted the call and headed to Minnesota to assist the other SERVPROs. Being from Alabama, we know that our crew is having some time trying to get used to the brutal temperatures and several inches of snow, but they are adapting well and making the best of it. We are so thankful for our group of guys who are so willing to leave their families behind for weeks at a time to go help those in need. So far, our crew has been able to assist over 30 people in the last week. This is our first storm event of the year, and we are always willing to assist any other SERVPROs in need. We are Here to Help.
February is Always Cold!
February is statistically the coldest month of the year. There are chances of freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, which increase the chances of pipes bursting inside homes and businesses. There are many different ways that you can keep your home safe from this type of disaster.
- Make sure your pipes have been wrapped properly, inside and outside
- Make sure you have a small drip coming out of different faucets in your home. This will help keep the pipes “warm”
- Keep your thermostat set at 73?or above when you are at home, and at at least 55?when the home is vacant.
- Open up your cabinets/drawers to allow heat to get to the pipes so they don’t freeze
If you experience a water damage, give SERVPRO of Walker County a call!