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The Biology of Mold in Your Arcadia Home or Business

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

basement covered in mold.  Ceiling tiles have fallen down and ever surface is covered in mold. This is a basement that's hot water heater leaked causing a massive mold infestation.

Mold is a term describing a type of fungus. There are thousands of varieties of mold and it can come in a wide variety of colors. It generally grows on the surface of organic materials in damp conditions. Generally speaking, not all mold is harmful. Mold is a naturally occurring part of our environment. The problem occurs when people are exposed to large amounts of mold, particularly in an enclosed indoor environment. Inhaling excessive amounts of mold spores can lead to allergic reactions such as allergy attacks, asthma, respiratory infections or even more serious problems with those individuals who have a compromised immune system.

So, you’ve discovered you have mold now what?

The first thing you must do is to stop the water source. Once the moisture has been dealt with mold remediation can begin. You must enclose the affected area using zip walls and negative air to prevent cross-contamination throughout the rest of your property. The next step is to begin to remove all the porous material that has mold growth while wearing hazmat suits and full-face masks to prevent illness. Now you can finally be the process of cleaning the mold on all the nonporous surfaces and being the drying process.

If all this seems overwhelming you shouldn’t worry. You can simply call the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington /Thomasville. Our trained professional staff knows exactly what to do. And if you’re not sure you have a mold problem our no-cost assessment will determine if you have a problem and how severe it is. Give us a call today at 336-224-2565 and learn more about mold remediation.

Because When It Comes to Caring About Davidson County No One Does It Better that SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

black award plaque with gold writing The True North award is given to an individual who stands has been supportive of chamber programs, active in the community through volunteerism.

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is not only providing the best possible customer service to our Davidson County customers they also believe in giving back to the community they serve.  At SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville, many of its employee's volunteer and are members of several civic organizations in the area.

In the past years their employees have logged hundreds of volunteer hours to numerous non-profits; a few of which are listed below:

  • Northern Davidson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Davidson County Schools
  • Lexington Downtown Lions Club
  • Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Numerous Booster Clubs
  • And Others

In fact, so many people have noticed SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s volunteerism one of their employees won the 2018 True north Award from The Northern Davidson County Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to an individual who sets themselves apart through their volunteer efforts.

So, when you experience damage from fire, water, or mold trust the people who believe not only in customer service but community service as well.

How to create an effective fire safety plan

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

house on fire Temperatures inside a burning home can grow to 1400° in as little as two minutes.

While fire can provide warmth and safety, it also can cause immediate and significant damage that can uproot lives and devastate homes. Because fire is such a formidable foe, it’s imperative that people from all walks of life have a fire safety plan.

The threat of fire

The National Fire Protection Association says U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year between 2011 and 2015. On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services says 48 percent of fires that cause severe losses occur in residential properties. Both the NFPA and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management in Ontario state that cooking-related fires are the most prevalent, followed by fires sparked by heating equipment.

How quickly a fire can spread may surprise some people. The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department says that in the average two-story home fire, a fire ignites in 30 seconds, smoke pours into most rooms by 2.5 minutes, and roughly 4.5 minutes after the fire has ignited, flames can be visible from the exterior of a house. Temperatures inside can grow from 190 F to more than 1400 F in two minutes.

Planning is critical

When fires ignite, time is of the essence to make a fast evacuation. Unfortunately, panic may set in and people may not know how to act when under such acute stress. That’s why planning for the event of a fire can provide families with the information they need to evacuate safely. 

The thought of creating a fire safety plan may be overwhelming but there are resources out there that can help.  The Lexington Fire Department has a number of resources on their website including a link to help create a fire safety plan.

The most important thing is once the plan is created, share it with all family members and practice several times a year.

When it comes to Water Damage in Thomasville Trust the Company Whose Faster To Any Disaster

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, we understand water damage in your Thomasville home or business is overwhelming. You may wish you could just close your eyes and your property will return to preloss conditions. Unfortunately, that is not possible. But with SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s 1-4-8 guidelines, it’s the next best thing.

What does 1-4-8 mean anyway?

  • 1-The one means that SERVPRO will respond within one hour of an emergency call; any time day or night 365 day a year. In fact, our response time locally is within minutes.
  • 4-The four indicates the maximum number of hours it will take for our crew to be on site. Again, this is a national average our local response time is a lot faster. 
  • 8-The eight is the maximum number of hours it will take for our team to verbally debrief you and your adjuster.

 Obviously, if a major weather event should occur in our regions such as a tornado or a polar vortex our response time will differ but for the most part, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. So, if your Thomasville home or business experiences a loss due to fire, water or mold give us a call at 336-224-2565. We’re here to help.

What is the water table, and how does it affect homes?

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cement walls and slab being poured at a home at the back of a home due to water damage If not properly addressed, groundwater can affect an existing foundation and the ability to build successfully.

The groundwater table plays a role in home construction, foundation stability, and home comfort. Because the groundwater table is so significant, it behooves homeowners to understand how it works.

National Geographic defines a water table as the boundary between the water-saturated ground and unsaturated ground. Well beneath the ground, at various depths depending on geography, topography and weather conditions, pockets of water, called aquifers, exist. The water table marks the boundary between that available water and the dry surface.

Groundwater is impacted by precipitation, irrigation and ground cover. It also may be affected by land use and tides. The water table can fluctuate with the seasons and from year to year because it is affected by climatic variations, as well as how much water may be drawn from underground, advises Encyclopedia Britannica. The water table where one person lives may be several inches or feet below the surface of the ground and follow the topography of the land. For others, it may be much higher, even coming above the surface of the soil.

The water table, as well as local soil conditions and drainage, can impact homes and their foundations. If the soil drains efficiently and there is a relatively low water table, it may not be problematic. However, if soil is dense and absorbent and the water table is high, the ground around a home may swell and become saturated. This can exert significant pressure against the foundation walls, states Rytech, water damage and mold rehabilitation company.

In areas where a local water table rises near the surface, water can push against the underside of the foundation in a condition known as “hydrostatic pressure.” This may cause water to infiltrate through the bottom of the foundation — even permeating solid concrete over time. If hydrostatic pressure is severe, it could lift certain portions of the foundation out of the ground, but this is very unlikely. But it could cause shifting of foundation walls and structures like fencing and decks.

Even if groundwater does not cause foundation cracking or shifting, it could lead to humidity issues, resulting in rust, bacteria, and mold. Wood structures in a home may be compromised by a high level of humidity.

The home improvement resource Angie’s List says certain steps may need to be taken to protect against damage from a water table and abundant groundwater. Basement and foundation waterproofing professionals can help homeowners develop a plan to mitigate water damage. This can include grading changes and the installation of drains and pumps to move water away from the house. Special paints and sealants also can protect the foundation.

If you suspect groundwater is causing issues with your basement or foundation give us a call at 336-224-2565 for our no-cost assessment

Flooding: What Does It Mean For Lexington and Thomasville?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling tiles have collapsed with light fixture and wiring exposed. A broken coupling in a fire suppression system caused this damage.

When you think of flooding what do you envision?    Is it the image of coastal flooding after a hurricane? Or is it rivers breaching their banks after heavy rains upstream?  The reality is you can experience flooding in your home even if you don’t live on the coast or a flood plain. There are many possible natural causes of flooding such as:

  • Heavy Rain
  • Melting Snow
  • Flash Floods
  • Hurricanes, Tropical Storms,
  • Land Development
  • Broken Dam.  

Flooding is the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States

Man Made disasters can be equally destructive. According to the Insurance Information Institute between 2013-2017 water damage and freezing is the second most frequently filed insurance claim. These types of events include:

  • Frozen Pipes
  • Broken Supply lines on Washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, sinks and toilets
  • Burst water heater tanks
  • Air conditioner leaks
  • Overflowing toilets, sinks, or tubs
  • Backups in a sewer system

We at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville are here to help with any size of water damage.  Whether it’s a natural disaster or man made flooding we are “faster to any disaster”.  Give us a call today at 336-224-2565.

How Hurricanes Affect Davidson County

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

While this type of damage is atypical for this area severe damage is always possible

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.  North Carolina’s coastline is vulnerable to hurricanes due to its position in the Atlantic Ocean.  With all that, how does that affect Davidson County?

Depending on the path the storm takes our area could be hit with a wide a variety of weather.  The biggest concerns for this region are devastating high winds, tornadoes, flooding and hail damage.

  1. High Winds: Tropical storm force winds can easily reach the triad and these winds are strong enough to knock down trees, powerlines, and even cause serious damage from flying debris.
  2. Tornadoes: Tornadoes are frequent byproducts of hurricanes.  Many times, tornadoes are embedded in the rain bands that are well away from the eye.  This means they could potentially strike well before the storm makes landfall.
  3. Flooding: Due to multiple rain bands that surround a hurricane this can cause widespread torrential rain which has the potential to last several days.  This increases the risk of flooding, flash flooding, and falling trees.  In fact, storm surge and flooding are the number one cause of death from a hurricane.

In conclusion, when people hear hurricane, they think of the coast, but the reality is we can get a lot of damage here locally as well.  So, it’s very important to stay informed of the weather and have emergency supplies ready in the event a storm travels this way. And, remember if you do experience any damage from a storm let the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville help.

Emergency Preparedness Should Be the First Step In Your Business Plan

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

When starting a business many entrepreneurs start with a business plan.  This plan describes what they hope to achieve and the things they need to do to achieve it.  Sometimes individuals take months or even years to come up with just the right plan.  Then why do some of these individuals not give a moment notice to what could happen to their dream if a disaster occurs?

All businesses need a plan to help keep their doors open if a disaster should occur.  That’s where SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville can help. Our Emergency Readiness Plan or “ERP” helps business develop an individualized emergency response plan in the event a natural or manmade disaster should occur.  The best part of this plan is it’s absolutely free!  Our ERP focuses on response and recovery using only the critical information you need to get your doors open as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville provides this service as a way to give back to our community.  We’re here to help.  If you would like to learn more about our ERP program give us a call at 336-224-2565.

Is There a Tornado Alley in the Carolinas?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Photo by Randy Milanovic on Unsplash

Living in the Piedmont area has many benefits.  One of these benefits is that the Appalachian Mountains break up a lot of weather systems that can affect our region.  That being said according to researchers at the University of Akron the fourth most active area for tornadoes occurs in “Carolina Alley”, which runs from northeastern South Carolina thru areas around the I-95 corridor in North Carolina.

North Carolina averages around 31 tornadoes a year.  They can strike any time but generally occur from 3-9pm and most frequently during the month of May.

What Are The Warning Signs of a Tornado?

Unlike the plains which can see a tornado from miles away and have weather sirens, the piedmont relies heavily on local weather radar and eyewitness accounts.  SO, what should you look for when there’s a threat of a tornado?

  • Dark, often a greenish sky
  •  A wall cloud or an approaching cloud of debris
  •  Large hail often in the absence of rain A loud roar similar to a freight train

If you experience any of these conditions get into an interior windowless room or basement.  Get under a sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head and neck with a blanket.

While tornadoes occur less frequently here than in the central US we all need to be prepared

Faster to Any Disaster

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

From faulty wiring in an apartment complex to a burst pipe in a manufacturing facility disaster are never planned in your business but regrettably the do occur.  That’s why it’s so fortunate that the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville understand there is no such thing as a small emergency when it comes to your business.  Our team understands that these types of saturations not only affect your employees or tenants, they affect your revenue. Our quick response may help you avoid loss revenue and minimize secondary damage which could save you time and money.

In addition to understanding what business’ need when a disaster occurs, we can assist your business in developing an emergency response plan.  As part of a well thought out contingency plan our ERP will contain all the critical information you will need in the event of an emergency.

SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is available 24/7 and will work hard to restore your property to preloss conditions.  Give us a call at 336-224-2565 and learn more today.