3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
As winter wears on, it’s not uncommon for people living in cold weather climates to experience some cabin fever. Winter weather confines many people to their homes, making many antsy to get out once the first signs of spring begin to appear.
In addition to contributing to cabin fever, winter weather can have a negative impact on indoor air quality. While air pollution is something most often associated with densely populated cities, the air inside homes is not immune to pollution, especially during long winters when windows are often closed for months at a time. Though open windows in spring and summer can vastly improve indoor air quality, there are ways to ensure that air stays fresh and healthy regardless of which season it happens to be.
- Clean the floors.
Dirty floors are one of the chief contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can accumulate on floors, leading to poor air quality and potentially aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is a uniquely designed mechanical air filter that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. When you finish vacuuming, mop floors to gather any dust or allergens that escaped the vacuum. If simple vacuuming does not work the experts at SERVPRO are the leaders in carpet and upholstery care and cleaning.
- Control indoor air moisture.
Moist air is great for dust mites and mold, both of which are very bad for humans, so do everything you can to maintain healthy levels of indoor air moisture. Dehumidifiers can reduce indoor air moisture and control allergens, but it’s important to take additional steps as well. When bathing, try to keep a bathroom window open on a slight crack to prevent mold growth. When preparing meals in the kitchen, make use of your exhaust fan. In addition, don’t over water houseplants, as they can become breeding grounds for mold. If a musty smell continues even after all these steps call us at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment to determine if your property has a mold issue.
3. Resist synthetic fragrances.
A home that smells good tends to feel more pleasant, especially during winter months when windows are closed. But synthetic fragrances, such as those found in detergents and air fresheners, may be providing that welcoming scent at a heavy cost to a home’s inhabitants. Such fragrances may be emitting various chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air, affecting indoor air quality and possibly even human health. When buying laundry products, look for those that are fragrance-free, also choosing home cleaning products that do not include any artificial fragrances.
Indoor air quality tends to suffer in colder months, when windows are closed and doors are open only briefly. But homeowners can take a handful of simple yet effective steps to ensure the air in their homes is healthy all year long.
Call the Experts on Mold Remediation
There are many types of contamination that can affect your home or business. Some examples of these contaminates are bed bugs, insects, mice and more. But when people hear the word mold it can strike fear. The reality is mold is everywhere around us. The only thing mold needs to survive and proliferate is a water source. That’s why it is so important to know who to call to prevent additional damage from occurring. Something as simple as a slow drip from an aging spray attachment on the kitchen sink or a crack in the caulk in a shower can result in the interior of a wall or rarely opened cabinet becoming damp enough to harbor mold. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville trains its employees on the latest mold remediation.
SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville will begin tackling your mold problem first by isolating and eliminating the water source and drying the surrounding area. Then the mold will be contained by IICRC certified technicians (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) by using air filtration techniques that will protect your home and family from the mold spores. Personal property and home furnishings will be cleaned properly if possible.
Approach mold remediation the smart way with a call to SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville at 336-224-2565. Team up with us to make the frustration of musty smells and ugly strains "Like it never even happened.”
Homeowners in Clemmons call the Professionals when it comes to Mold in their Home
As they say in football ‘a good office is the best defense’. The same is true for home maintenance. If you suspect your home may have had a water loss, or you smell a musty smell call the experts in mold; SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Early detection and repairs are critical in making sure a minor issue doesn’t become a major loss.
The vast majority of mold damage situations that we face at SERVPRO involve poor maintenance. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville has access to trade partners that can address any issues you may have while we address the drying and/or mold removal.
If it is not possible to address a situation before it becomes a problem, our technicians have extensive experience in a variety of services to help return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
Make the call to SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville to obtain advice on how to deal with your current situation or to acquire the services you deserve to return your home to a safe, healthy condition. (336) 224-2565
After the Fire, What's Next?
A house fire is and overwhelming and traumatic event that can certainly leave you stressed out and distraught. You’ll wonder, ‘what will I do’ or ‘what do I do next’. If you call the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville you will be breathing a lot easier. With over 50 years of leadership SERVPRO is has earned the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners and businesses throughout the country.
We have compiled a list of things be aware of after a fire. This way you can begin to take control of your life back and we will be there to help each step of the way.
(1) Find out when/if it's safe to enter your home. Not only will the fire department make sure that the fire out it will go through its precautionary measures in order to deem the area ‘safe’ or recommend additional testing from someone like a structural engineer.
(2) After you have contacted any family members to let them know you are safe, contact your insurance company. Let them know what has happened so an adjustor can be scheduled and recommend a professional fire and water clean up specialist such as SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville.
(3) Secure your property. When the fire department was fighting the blaze they may have had to knock out windows, doors, or cut vent holes in the roof. If the property is not secured you could go from bad or worse if it rains or you are robbed. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is equipped to handle emergency tarping and board ups because during this difficult time your family needs you, we can handle the details.
(5) The clean up process begins. We will beginning the packing of your personal possessions to begin the cleaning/restoration process using our state-of-the-art techniques to get your home back to preloss conditions.
If you experience a fire in your home contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville at 336-224-2565. Our 24-hour emergency response team is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
Is Your Business Prepared For A Disaster
From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned so having a plan in place is critical to ensure business continuity.
Did you know is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. And it’s available as a mobile app in the Google Play and iTunes stores.
By working with SERVPRO®of Lexington / Thomasville to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call 336-224-2565 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!
Floods can be highly destructive natural disasters. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science School says that around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. National Geographic points out that flooding has caused more death and destruction than any other kind of natural disaster in the United States. Flooding may result from overflowing streams or rivers; when coastal storms cause the sea to surge inland; if a dam or levee has ruptured; if ice melts rapidly in the mountains; or if excessive rain cannot be absorbed by the ground fast enough. Flooding can even occur without warning, and such instances are referred to as “flash flooding.” Staying safe during floods involves understanding floods. The following information, courtesy of the Emergency Management Institute, FEMA, Ready.gov, and National Geographic, can help men and women better understand floods and how to stay safe in flooding situations.
• No region is safe from flooding. Floods can occur anywhere, but are rare in areas where water is scarce.
• Floods may develop very slowly or in just a matter of seconds after an extensive rainfall.
• Areal floods can occur where saturated grounds are present.
• Although the term “hundred-year flood” describes an extremely large and very rare event, these types of floods have recently been occurring worldwide with increased regularity.
• In the United States, floods cause about $6 billion worth of damage and kill, on average, 140 people every year.
• Coastal flooding alone attributes to $3 trillion in damage worldwide.
• Flood waters can quickly knock people off their feet and carry them away.
• It’s important to sanitize oneself after coming in contact with flood water, which could be contaminated with various natural and manmade substances.
• It may be necessary to move to higher ground when flooding situations occur. It’s important to heed safety precautions and evacuation messages.
• Rapidly moving water has the potential to carry a house, car, trees, or other structures away. • Drivers should not try to navigate through flood waters. Many deaths that occur during floods happen when drivers try to move through flood waters.
• It’s imperative to keep an emergency kit, nonperishable food, flashlights, and batteries on hand to combat potential disasters like floods.
• Flood damage is not necessarily covered by homeowners insurance. Those who live in high-risk flood zones would be wise to purchase flood insurance to protect themselves. Floods can be formidable foes. Armed with information, people can be safer when the waters rise.
Northern Davidson County Chamber of Commerce Helps Non-Profits in our Community
Pictured left to right: Cindy Zimmerman, NDCCC Education Chair, Vera McRae, Executive Director of CIS and NDCCC President, Kenyon Rush.
The goal of the Northern Davidson County Chamber of Commerce is to help our community grow and prosper. By promoting a strong local economy, advancing the interests of the business community and serving our members, we can make our community an even better place to live, work and play. We, at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville are proud to be board members in this worthwhile organization. In January the proceeds from the NDCCC Christmas Silent / Live Auction were divided and donated to two worthy causes in our community. The Crisis Ministry received $1,250 to help the homeless in our community. The second charity to receive a $1,250 check was Community in Schools. CIS supports student health, safety, and well-being by developing integrated student support initiatives.
We believe that community involvement is not only a great way to build relationships in the community but a responsibility of all businesses to be able to give back and make our communities a better place to live.
Damage Due to Smoke & Fire Requires Rapid Response to Mitigate Damages to your Lexington Home or Business
When you get a call at 1:00 am notifying you of a fire in one of your buildings knowing who to turn to is critical and the professionals of SERVPRO® of Lexington/Thomasville know there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of your tenants.
At SERVPRO, our goal is to transform a smoke and/or fire damaged structure into an environment that is clean, safe and free from unpleasant owners. To accomplish this the professionals of SERVPRO to return the property and its contents to equal or better than preloss conditions. Our quick response times may help avoid revenue loss for the property owners and minimize the inconvenience of the tenants
Understanding how smoke and soot track from the initial source of the fire and how the added water and chemicals interact with the smoke and soot is just another way our technicians are able to identify the best way to restore your property. However, understanding the behavior of smoke is only a tiny fraction of what we address when helping restore your property.
Our team of professionals are trained in the latest restoration techniques and are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you need an expert in restoration call our experts today, (336) 224-2565
What is Mold
With all the talk about mold in the news media many have questions about such a sensitive topic. What is mold or microbial contamination? Where does mold come from? If I have mold in my house is a health concern? How do I get rid of it? There are a lot of questions out there but fortunately knowing who to call if your Thomasville home or business experiences a mold problem is key. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s highly trained technicians have the most advanced training when dealing with mold remediation
Mold or Microbial contamination refers to microorganisms which are too small to bee seen by the naked eye until the colonize on a surface. This contamination can come from various sources such as a broken water, pipe, outside flooding, or from a biohazardous/sewer loss. Other contamination could come from fecal matter from an animal infestation. Each types of these issues can require a variety of different techniques to remove the mold safely from your home as well as preventing cross contamination. Thus having an expert you know you can trust is critical in to getting your home to preloss conditions.
The technicians of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville have gone thru extensive training in all areas of mitigation and restoration and are required to continue to train regularly to ensure we are providing the best possible service.
If you think you have an issue with mold call our office at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment for your property. Remember, we are here to help.
Prevent Frozen Pipes While Traveling
During winter, many people plan vacations to warmer climates so they can enjoy a relaxing respite from the snow and ice. While travelers are enjoying the sand and surf, their homes may be in danger from extreme weather conditions. According to the State Farm Insurance Company, frozen water pipes affect quarter-million families each winter. Both copper and plastic pipes can freeze. State Farm notes that a single 1⁄8-inch crack in a pipe can result in up to 250 gallons of water leakage per day. Flood water can contribute to serious structural damage, mold and a host of other problems. Water expands as it freezes, so pipes can be put under strain if the pressure from expanding water has nowhere to go, offers the American Red Cross.
Pipes that tend to freeze most frequently include those exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool lines and water sprinkler systems. However, even pipes inside a home, such as those in unheated areas or those that run against exterior walls, can freeze. To avoid returning from a relaxing winter escape to find a home in need of repair thanks to frozen pipes, homeowners can take these steps.
• Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to help maintain higher temperatures within the areas where some water pipes may run.
• Pipes themselves can be insulated with special coverings or sleeves. Homeowners also can explore heat tape or wrap pipes in heat cables controlled by their thermostats.
• Disconnect outdoor hoses, and drain water from pipes leading to outdoor faucets. Turn off the indoor valve to shut off the water supply to the outdoors, but leave the outdoor bib in the “open” position to allow water to drip and relieve pressure should some freezing occur.
• The same technique can be applied indoors. A trickle of hot and cold water can keep pipes from freezing during extremely cold snaps of weather. • Set the thermostat to a consistent temperature, ensuring that the temperature indoors will not drop dramatically overnight. The temperature should be no less than 55 F. • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach under sinks and appliances. • Check around the house for drafty areas that can contribute to colder temperatures in garages, basements and crawl spaces.
And remember if your home or business does experience a loss due to a frozen pipe call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. We are here to help.