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What Is Causing Mold in Your Commercial Building?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

office in a commercial building with mold growing on the walls SERVPRO of Upper Darby can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

If you have found black mold or any type of mold growing in your commercial building, you’re likely wondering how it got there. Was it a moisture problem? Has it been there for a long time? Knowing what caused the growth may help you avoid the need for more mold cleanup in the future.


Stagnant Air

Airflow can help discourage mold because it may dry out the area mold has chosen to make its home. If you have to turn off the HVAC unit for your building, try to keep some airflow going with fans.


Moisture

Mold needs moisture to survive. This dampness can come from many sources, including:

• Burst pipes
• Leaky faucets
• Broken supply lines
• Flooding

Even something as simple as high humidity in a building can cause mold to grow. If your facility has 70% humidity, you may want to find a way to reduce the moisture in the air.


High Temperatures

Warmth is another element loved by black mold and many other types of fungus. Sometimes the temperatures in empty warehouses or busy factories can get high. Whenever possible, try to keep your buildings below the mid-70s on the Fahrenheit scale to discourage the growth of mold


Darkness

Another environmental element that could lead to more appearances of mold is darkness. Darkness alone might not be enough to cause mold growth, but it is often associated with damp, stagnant places. The environment of your commercial building can play a big role in the development of mold.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is experienced in commercial mold remediation. We will work with you to minimize the impact of our services on your business. From estimates to abatement to billing, our highly trained professionals will guide you through the process with transparency and trust, and make your commercial property look "Like it never even happened.”

How Does Mold Containment Prevent Cross Contamination in a Commercial Property?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

plastic containment set up with a SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Upper Darby can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

If you are dealing with mold contamination in a commercial property, a mold cleanup service may recommend containment. Containment can help prevent cross-contamination, such as the spread of mold to a new environment or the reintroduction of mold spores back into a structure that has been treated for mold. 

Containment Procedures During Mold Remediation Services

Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans

Adequate ventilation plays an important part in promoting drying after water damage and can prevent mold from developing. Once mold is present, however, you should turn off systems that circulate air from the contaminated portions of a structure to unaffected areas. If spores spread and find other moist surfaces conducive to growth, the mold problem in your commercial property may get worse. 

Seal Off Affected Areas

If a mold cleanup service discovers anywhere from 10 to 100 square feet of contamination in your property, they may recommend limited containment. This involves using a single layer of polyethylene sheeting to enclose the affected area as well as a slit entry and exterior flap. It is also important seal off air supplies as well as vents, doors, and pipe chases.

Build Negative Air Chambers to Create Negative Air Pressure

If more than 100 square feet of your property is contaminated or mold growth is extensive, cleanup specialists may create an airtight containment area. This involves plastic barriers and double layers of polyethylene. It may also require a decontamination chamber.
 

Conduct a General Cleanup
Throwing out porous objects, such as baseboards, drywall, and insulation, can be an effective isolation procedure during mold cleanup. While this process is not always categorized as control, it does help stop the spread of fungus.

Sometimes specialized air filters can be used to help isolate the mold problem. HEPA filters, for example, are fine filters that can catch spores and other particles. Regular filters might not be able to stop the spread of fungus, which is why it is so important to use expert-recommended products when trying to stop the spread of mold.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Understanding the containment procedures used to stop mold spores during mold cleanup may make you more comfortable with the commercial remediation process. The experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby can provide more insight into mold remediation for your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is experienced in commercial mold remediation. We will work with you to minimize the impact of our services on your business. From estimates to abatement to billing, our highly trained professionals will guide you through the process with transparency and trust, and make your commercial property look "Like it never even happened.”

How Water Damage Affects Your Floors

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood damage is rarely a light load on a home; in most cases, flooding causes a severe, negative impact. The most damaged element is often your floors. Floors are completely submerged during floods, causing water to seep in and wreak havoc. But how exactly does water damage affect different types of flooring?

 
Wood Flooring

Water damage is often most pronounced on wood flooring. Wood is vulnerable to flooding and other water damage as its materials have been intentionally dried; when wet, it can rapidly change shape, warp, stain, and lose color.

 
Carpets

Carpeting is often typically hard-hit by a flood. Carpets have space in between their fibers and underneath them and are usually composed of cotton, fabric, or plastic fiber, all of which are highly susceptible to permanent water damage. These spaces can be widened, tearing the material apart. Carpets are also prone to staining and discoloration. Where a rug of a different color is on top of a carpet, its color may bleed through and cause thick discoloration. Carpets are often ripped up and replaced after a flood to prevent serious mold growth in the home. 
 

Tile and Concrete 

Tile, concrete, and other stone floors often fare the best in a flood. Tiles are typically immune to water, requiring only cleaning and sanitization following a flood. Be mindful, however, that some types of tile grout may be susceptible to water damage and can easily grow mold. A fresh grout layer may be required after a flood. Concrete, meanwhile, may stain and become discolored, although this is typically cleanable or easily painted over. 
 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to any flood or water damage you experience. We have the expertise to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

How to Minimize the Likelihood of Water Damage Affecting Your Home

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Image of a kitchen sink overflowing and water dripping down green cabinet onto the floor When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

Any type of leak can cause property damage and create safety and health concerns. It's easy to think that water damage or storm damage won't happen to you, but statistics say otherwise. Water damage is among the most common causes of property insurance claims. One in every 55 homes will have a water-related property damage claim this year. While you cannot stop a storm, you can follow these steps to prevent water damage.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are susceptible to water damage due to the amount of plumbing in these areas.

  • Fix leaking or dripping pipes promptly.
  • Be aware of elevated humidity levels that could indicate an underlying plumbing problem.
  • Maintain caulk around showers and bathtubs.

Appliances

  • Inspect waterlines for appliances at least once per year. If hoses are brittle, cracked or crimped, replace them before they fail.
  • Turn off the water supply for all appliances before traveling out of town.
  • Inspect hoses for washing machines, refrigerators, and ice makers.

Protecting Pipes

  • Insulate pipes that travel along exterior walls or through unheated crawlspaces.
  • Open cupboard doors, and let faucets drip.
  • Before winter, drain all watering hoses, and turn off valves for exterior faucets.
  • If a pipe does freeze, don't thaw it too quickly – the pipes could burst.
  • Never set the thermostat below 55 degrees.

What to Do Until Help Arrives

  • Turn off the water supply immediately.
  • Remove as much water as possible using a mop, towel or shop vac.
  • Remove excess moisture with fans, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners.
  • Use wood blocks or tinfoil to elevate furniture from wet surfaces.
  • Never use ceiling lights, TVs, or appliances in waterlogged areas.
  • Stay out of areas where ceilings are sagging.


If you do experience water damage at your home or business, respond quickly, and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700.   

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition. 

What Should You Do When Your Commercial Building Is Contaminated With Black Water?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Image of a business man standing in flood water while pulling out a file from filing cabinet SERVPRO of Upper Darby can minimize your business’ downtime and restore the property to its preloss condition.

Not all water damage is created equal, and the remediation steps you take depend on the original source of the water that flooded your building.

Clean water” is water that doesn’t pose immediate health threats and that comes from broken water lines, toilet holding tanks and snowmelt. If not treated in time, clean water can become gray water, which is water that does contain some contaminants. Gray water can include discharge from showers, sinks, aquariums, waterbeds and dishwashers. Then there is black water, or floodwater. 


What Is Floodwater?

The water that enters a building during a flood usually contains harmful contaminants. Floodwater usually contains soil, which can contain feces, pesticides, and other contaminants, natural or not. It can also contain sewage runoff, which may be contaminated by bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, and viruses. 

Work With a Professional Water Remediation Team

Contamination can occur at any time, both during the flooding incident and afterwards. For the sake of your employees’ and customers’ health—you should work with a professional water restoration company after a flood

A water restoration company will do everything possible to restore your building to its pre-flood condition and return it to a clean and safe working environment.  Attempting to clean up post-flood damage on your own is not recommended

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby (610) 352-0700.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby responds quickly to your commercial fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

Bed Bugs Facts: Identifying Bed Bugs

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Images of bed bugs at different stages of their life cycle SERVPRO of Upper Darby have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Knowing What to Look for Is the First Step in Identifying and Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms.

There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step to avoid costly treatment for the wrong bug.

There are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

Appearance of Bed Bugs

Adult Bed Bugs

  • About the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long)
  • Long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently)
  • Balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently)
  • A “true bug” (characteristics of true bugs include a beak with three segments; antenna that have four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs)
  • Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body

Young Bed Bugs (Nymphs)

  • Smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color
  • If not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size

Bed Bug Eggs

  • Tiny, the size of a pinhead
  • Pearl-white in color
  • Marked by an eye spot if more than five days old

Looking for Signs of Bed Bugs

A more accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
  • Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
  • Live bed bugs.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.

If the room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs:

  • In the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains
  • In drawer joints
  • In electrical receptacles and appliances
  • Under loose wall paper and wall hangings
  • At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet
  • Even in the head of a screw
  • Since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug

Bed Bug Behavior and Habit

Understanding the behavior of bed bugs (how they eat, live, and reproduce) will help you to find an infestation before it becomes established and to monitor for the presence of bed bugs after your home has been treated.

Bed Bug Feeding Habits

  • Prefer to feed on humans, but will feed on other mammals and birds as well
  • Will readily travel 5-20 feet from established hiding places (called harborage) to feed on a host
  • Primarily active at night, but if hungry they will seek hosts in full daylight.
  • Feeding can take 3-12 minutes.
  • The rusty or tarry spots found on bed sheets or in bug hiding places are because 20% of the time adults and large nymphs will void remains of earlier blood meals while still feeding.

Bed Bug Life Stages/Mating

  • Bed bugs need at least one blood meal before the individual bug can develop to the next of the six life stages
  • To continue to mate and produce eggs, both males and females must feed at least once every 14 days
  • Each female may lay 1 to 3 eggs per day and 200-500 eggs per her lifetime (6-12 months but could be longer)
  • Egg-to-egg life cycle may take four to five weeks under favorable conditions

Bed Bug Living Conditions

  • Bed bugs can survive and remain active at temperatures as low as 7°C (46°F), but they die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F).
    • To kill bed bugs with heat, the room must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding.
  • Common bed bugs are found almost anywhere their host can live.

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing.  Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding.

There are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

Keeping a clean, tidy and uncluttered house can save you a lot of time and money by drastically decreasing your chance of bed bugs in the first place SERVPRO of Upper Darby have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Gold high back upholstered chair in flames Upper Darby is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Upper Darby  understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby specializes in restoring contents damaged by waterfire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning: Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning: An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe: Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning: Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Upper Darby can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire damage electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Upper Darby can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

  • Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

How Does an Ozone Generator Remove Odors?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone molecules attacking pollutant in the oxidation process The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

What is an Ozone Generator?

An ozone generator is an industrial machine that produces ozone. Ozone generators are a common and effective way to oxidize airborne odors, but they can also be used to kill mold, remove smoke and cigarette smells, and even bacteria and viruses.

What is Ozone?

Ozone is a colorless, highly reactive, toxic gas with powerful oxidizing properties. It is comprised of three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms of oxygen we breathe. Ozone is naturally occurring as well as man-made. An ozone generator is a man-made way of creating ozone.

Why Would We Want to Create Ozone If It’s Toxic?

Because ozone is very good at removing particles in the air that cause odors. It is the ultimate air purifier, which is why it is used by industrial cleanup companies like SERVPRO of Upper Darby.

How Does Ozone Remove Odors?

When used correctly, ozone is a safe and effective form of odor control. Ozone generators release ozone into the air to oxidize odors or just keep rooms smelling fresh.

When ozone gas is introduced to an environment with bacteria, mold or any other organic material, it readily donates one of the oxygen atoms to oxidize or destroy that material. Ozone is a top choice for odor removal because it eliminates the source of the odor instead of just masking it.

Ozone can also oxidize some inorganic materials like calcium and arsenic and a number of trace metals, such as iron. Once the third oxygen atom is used to oxidize an organic or inorganic contaminant, there is only an oxygen (O2) molecule left. This natural solution leaves no chemical residue behind.

When Should Ozone Be Used?

An ozone generator is recommended for professional use only, due to the dangers of high concentrations of ozone. Ozone generators and ozone are used to remove odors that seem impossible to remove. It is highly effective at removing odors because it can penetrate anything that oxygen and smoke can penetrate.

Due to the toxicity of ozone gas, ozone generators are used only in spaces that are unoccupied and sealed. This means that if they are used in a home or business, the space usually needs to be evacuated while the ozone generator is in use. It is highly recommended that you rely on professionals who are trained on how to safely operate an ozone generator.

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

If you are struggling to get rid of strong odors in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby. They can determine the best actions to take, including whether an ozone generator is needed.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate odors from fires, flooding, mold damage, and other sources.

How to Get a Quote for Fire Restoration Services

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

When a fire damages your property, you want to know how much the repairs will cost. Restoration costs are determined by the extent of the damage. Expenses will increase depending on several factors.

  • What fueled the fire
  • The amount of damaged building materials and contents
  • Materials or contents that can be cleaned
  • Materials or contents that must be replaced

Get Professional Help

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s certified fire restoration professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to handle any size residential or commercial fire damage emergencies.  After carefully inspecting and testing adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage, SERVPRO of Upper Darby will provide you with a detailed scope of work as well as the estimate cost of these recommended services.


Check Your Insurance Policy

Fire Damage Restoration is usually a service covered by most insurance policies. Contact your insurance provider to review your policy coverage and what your policy limits are. This will help you determine what services are covered.  Your insurance provider will also be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company.

Need a Fire Restoration Estimate?  Call Us Today  – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

 SERVPRO of Upper Darby is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life. We understand that the hours and days following a fire emergency can leave you feeling vulnerable, and know that the damage left by a fire often extends beyond the structure itself.

Returning Hotel Rooms To A Non-Smoker, Odor-Free Status

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Darby understands the importance of a clean and fully functioning commercial property.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby Remedies Odor Problems in Hospitality Establishments

As a hospitality and lodging provider, you want your guests to be comfortable during their stay. This includes ensuring your guests that their environment is free of the odors and residues associated with cigarettes.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby will help eliminate exposure to the harmful effects of third-hand-smoke — the residual, carcinogenic components of tobacco smoke that can linger on carpets, walls and other room surfaces long after smoking has actually occurred. Our IICRC-certified Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

Nicotine Cleanup and Odor Removal

Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s team members will assess the room or rooms that need cleaning and odor removal. Although it may seem that the odor is only in the air, we search for additional sources. Furnishings and carpeting can attract and hold the tiny particles of ash, tar, and other substances that are incompletely burned. We start with a thorough cleaning, including the upholstery and carpet, using our commercial-strength steam extractors and professional cleaning products.

In addition, nicotine and other substances can stain walls and emit smells. Our crews will wash the walls with appropriate cleaners and may even suggest repainting the walls and sealing wooden portions of furnishings and headboards to trap any odor lingering beneath these surfaces. Oftentimes, each room has a separate heating and cooling system, so we inspect and clean the vents and any ductwork to prevent the smoke smells from recirculating.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby can also eliminate odors by changing the chemical composition of the minute particles floating in the air and embedded in surfaces and fixtures. One option is thermal fogging, a process where air cleaners combust in a heated chamber and then bond with and render any airborne particles odor-free. Other resources include hydroxyl generators and other oxygenation systems. A form of UV light creates the hydroxyl radicals, which then react with solid pollutants like cigarette smoke and help destroy them. These processes eliminate the odors, not just cover them up like most air fresheners.

For your hotel to be profitable, you want as many rooms as possible to be available to your guests. Help ensure your guests’ comfort by calling SERVPRO of Upper Darby for a consultation at (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.