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Effects of Mold On Your Health

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Effects of Mold On Your Health Mold may have several negative effects on you and your family's health.

Mold may have several negative health effects on you and your family such as nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation or in some cases even skin irritation. People whose immune systems have been compromised or people with chronic lung illnesses may get serious infections in their lungs from being exposed to mold. There are several ways mold spores can enter your home, such as open door ways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. It can also attach itself to clothing, bags, and even your pets!

Mold grows in places that are exposed to moisture like around leaks in the roof, windows and vents. It can also grow on any organic materials such as paper products, cardboard and ceiling tiles. If you can see or smell the mold, you may be putting your health at risk! Don’t waste time, give SERVPRO of The Southtowns a call to remove mold and protect you and your family’s health.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

Biohazard Exposures are More Common Than You Think

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Exposures are More Common Than You Think Exposure to biohazards can happen anywhere and should be handled by a professional.

Did you know that you could be exposed to biohazards everyday in places that you least expect?  Places like your workplace, schools and even your doctor’s office put you at risk. These situations need to be handled with extreme caution. 

Examples of biohazards include:

  • Human blood and blood products
  • Animal waste
  • Human bodily fluids
  • Microbiological wastes
  • Pathological wastes
  • Sharps wastes

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) there are four levels of biohazards

  • Level 1: Agents that pose minimal threat to humans and environment.
  • Level 2: Agents that can cause severe illness in humans and are transmitted through direct contact with infected material.
  • Level 3: Pathogens that can become airborne and can cause serious disease.
  • Level 4: Pathogens that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease for which there are no treatments.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you are exposed to any of these biohazards materials, give the experts at SERVPRO of The Southtowns a call at 716-646-6684 to safely clean and sanitize the affected area.

More Than Just a Restoration Company

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services More Than Just a Restoration Company More Than Just a Restoration Company

While SERVPRO of The Southtowns is proud to be known as leaders in fire and water restoration industry, we also offer several additional services. 

 We are available to help you with:

Deodorization

Duct Cleaning (Commercial or Residential)

Document Restoration (Mold, Odor, Water, Fire Damage)

Post Construction Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Lead Abatement

Upholstery Cleaning

Area Rug Cleaning

Hazardous Spill Clean Up

Emergency Planning

Content Pack Out and Inventory

General Cleaning

Reconstruction Including Painting

Temporary Power

Demolition

The owners, Thom and Lyn Braun, have operated SERVPRO of The Southtowns since 1995 and are dedicated to serving their community while working to become one of the largest and most professional restoration providers in the area.  Please give our office a call 27/7 at 716-646-6684 to help you with your building and restoration needs.

NYS Mold Remediation Certifications

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation NYS Mold Remediation Certifications NYS Mold Remediation Certifications

The Department's new Mold Program, which is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. There are three main components to the new law:

  1. Training: The Mold Program will protect consumers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.
  2. Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, with limited exceptions such as home or business owners performing work on their own properties.
  3. Minimum Work Standards: The Mold Program also establishes new minimum work standards for mold assessments and remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:
    • Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
    • Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
    • Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
    • Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
    • Posted notice of the project and the contractor's licenses; and
    • Completion of a post-remediation assessment.

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/mold/mold-program.shtm 

SERVPRO® of The Southtowns is certified and compliant with the new NYS Mold Remediation requirements

Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher Know your fire extinguisher

Know your fire extinguisher! Using the proper type of extinguisher saves lives.

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can e used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For use on flammable metals: often specific for they type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals. 

Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in residential market for use in kitchens. 

Injectidry Saves Gym Floor

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Injectidry Saves Gym Floor Injectidry Mat-Panel Drying System

When Frontier Middle School discovered a pool of water on their gym floor they called SERVPRO of The Southtowns to come in and assess the situation. 

Upon arrival, our highly trained technicians were able to dry and preserve the affected area with the use of injectidry panels.  Injectidry panels are a mat-panel drying system which allows SERVPRO to extract water from the subfloor level by creating a vacuum effect between the panels and the flooring.  The technicians were then able to control and speed up the drying process by sealing off the affected area and using a dehumidifier to pull out more moisture. 

Within a matter of a few days Frontier Middle School’s gym was restored and ready to go. Just another example of how SERVPRO of The Southtowns makes it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Buffalo Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Buffalo Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in Buffalo, NY commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO® of The Southtowns

SERVPRO® of The Southowns specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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What Causes Mold in a Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold in a Home Possible causes of mold in your home

When customers call us wanting to get rid of the mold in their home, we often ask them what caused the mold to be there. This is an important question, because if the cause of the mold growth is not fixed, then mold will return after the mold remediation is completed.

There are many different reasons that could cause mold to grow. By failing to get to the root of the problem, mold will most definitely come back.

There are many different types of mold. Mold is essentially all around us. It is indoors, outdoors, settled on materials and in the air. Mold can transfer from place to place by spores wafting around in the air or being transferred via clothing or other items. Mold growth thrives in moist damp areas.

In order to stop mold growth in your home, it is important to follow these recommendations:

  • Keep doors and windows closed during times when the mold count outside is high.
  • Make sure your windows, doors and roofs are not allowing moisture into the home. These are places in the home that often allow water into the home causing mold problems.
  • Make sure your basement is properly sealed and ground water is not settling inside of your home.
  • Ensure that your home is exhausting and ventilated appropriately. Often people find that their bathroom exhaust fan is not ventilating properly and the moisture is getting stuck in the attic space causing mold to grow. Likewise, a dryer vent may be exhausting into a crawlspace rather than all the way to an outside area.
  • Check your pipes and drains to ensure that water is not leaking from these areas.

If you have an area of your home that gets a lot of moisture that cannot be fixed correctly or may be too costly, consider putting a dehumidifier in that area to draw extra moisture out of the air. You may want to consult with someone with knowledge about different types of dehumidifiers do see what kind would best work in the space you are drying to dehumidify.

If you should have more questions on this topic, please feel free to call our office at 716-646-6684 and ask to speak to someone who can further assist you. We would be happy to help!

Concrobium Mold Stain Remover

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold staining can remain on surfaces affected by mold even after the mold has been removed. Concrobium Mold Stain Remover is one of the products that we often use on mold projects for stain removal. This product is designed to effectively eliminate mold staining. This stain remover removes the toughest mold staining and separates mold from the surface for remediation. Once the concrobium has been applied, we let it dry and begin HEPA vacuuming and wiping affected surfaces. 

This solution is safe for use in homes, hospitals, schools, commercial and industrial buildings. The stain remover works on hard, non-porous or semi-porous surfaces such as wood and composite wood, concrete, masonry, drywall, grout, fiberglass, tile, plastic, laminate, metal and fabric.

The Concrobium Mold Stain Remover has a slight odor which will dissipate within a couple hours of usage. Due to the odor, it is important that this product is used in a well ventilated area.

Should you have questions as to whether or not this product could be used on a project you have, feel free to call our office at 716-646-6684 and speak to someone about our Concrobium Mold Stain Remover.

Why Choose SERVPRO - Right Product, Right Job

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Choose SERVPRO - Right Product, Right Job SERVPRO product line

The right equipment and product for the job means everything. When you call on SERVPRO of The Southtowns you can feel secure that the products and equipment we bring into your home or work place are the best in the industry for your specific needs. 

Here at SERVPRO, we have an on-staff chemist that has created a custom line of cleaning products based on experience and knowledge from over 40 years in the restoration industry.

The SERVPRO line of Professional Cleaning products has over 150 individual products each specifically formulated to get the job done right. Each product has an available MDS sheet so you know exactly what compounds are in your environment and we can avoid allergens. We also have a complete line of natural and sustainable products.