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Rental Properties: Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Rental Properties: Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage Leak causes mold problem on ceiling in Berclair,TN

Mold Prevention Techniques

Water damage can be a costly and time-consuming problem for business and property owners, especially when mold is involved. The key to minimizing the risk of mold development is the timely mitigation of water issues, and the thorough drying of all affected surfaces while ensuring that you adhere to basic mold prevention techniques.

1. Investigate Dampness

Moisture causes mold growth, so to prevent mold from developing it is important to resolve any issues of dampness as soon as they begin. Perform a thorough inspection of your property, checking the attic, roofline, windows, doors and basement for any possible dampness. If you discover any moisture, try to determine the cause. For instances, poor or old sealant around doors and windows or lack of ventilation in basements can cause moisture to develop.

2. Control Humidity

The foundation of mold prevention is moisture prevention. Therefore, your job as a property owner or manager is to make sure that all surfaces that are meant to be dry remain dry. The best way to do this is to ensure proper airflow and ventilation. You can also install air conditioning units and dehumidifiers in your property to control humidity.

3. Inspect Roofline and Landscape Grading

While common causes of water damage, poor landscape grading and damaged roofs are usually the last things checked when people experience interior flooding or moisture buildup. However, each of these areas can contribute to frequent water buildup inside your property. Always check the roofline and your properties grading when experience frequent and/or minor flooding.

4. Seek Assistance

Preventing mold growth is a significant undertaking and depends on a variety of factors that are building specific. If this is your first commercial project or first time combating mold, then you may want to seek the advice or service of a certified mold remediation expert in the Berclair, TN, area, as they can assist you with your specific needs.

Mold prevention does not have to be a daunting task. By investigating dampness, controlling humidity and inspecting the roofline and landscaping of your property, you may be able to mitigate water damage and control or prevent the development of mold.

Fire Recovery: Initial Assessment and Property Safety

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire Recovery: Initial Assessment and Property Safety Fire restoration in Oak Court,TN

Prevent Further Damage

Fires cause extensive damage, and for businesses, fire damage extends beyond property, impacting a company’s bottom line through property loss and business interruption. While it may not be possible to salvage everything, there are steps you can take to prevent further damage and reduce the disruption.

1. Receive an Expert’s Assessment

The first step you should take after a fire is to call in an expert to assess both the safety of the building and any structural damage that was sustained. This initial assessment will tell you whether it is safe to enter the building and perform any necessary cleanup.

2. Secure the Building

Fire damage can include broken windows, collapsed walls and busted-out doorways, all of which can leave your business vulnerable to looting and lawsuits. The best way to prevent unwanted foot traffic is to secure your building, and the easiest way to do that is with plywood and other barricades.

3. Clean the Affected Area

Once your property has been cleared as safe and you have secured any vulnerable access points, it is time to start the fire cleanup. You will want to address any water issues first by thoroughly drying the areas. You can follow this up by removing any debris or property loss. All of this initial cleanup should be documented for insurance claims.

4. Bring in the Specialists

While it may be tempting to clean up your building yourself, keep in mind that you will have other things to focus on, like employee safety, insurance claims and continued business operations. Hiring an emergency restoration service in the Oak Court, TN, area may be the most beneficial option for you. These companies offer expertise that you likely do not have, and they can expedite the work faster than you can alone.

Fire damage is hard on a business. Besides property loss and possible physical injury, the damage can interrupt business operations for a long time. That is why it is better to hire a company to assess the damage and restore the property quickly, allowing you to focus on the management of a business in crisis.

Beyond Routines: 4 Tools to Prevent Basement Flooding and Backups

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Beyond Routines: 4 Tools to Prevent Basement Flooding and Backups Clean up bathroom down the hallway after a sewage backup in Oak Court, TN

How To Prevent Flooding

A sewer backup can cost thousands to repair and remedy. In Oak Court, TN, regulations and even insurance policies may require a contract with an emergency restoration company due to the contamination of black water and the subsequent health risks. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent this type of flooding.

  • Regular Sewer Cleaning
  • Biannual Inspections
  • Routine Debris Removal

Beyond these basic routines, there at least four tools you can install as preventative measures.

1. Backwater Valve

Requiring a licensed plumber for installation, a backwater valve is installed at the exterior of the building and connects to the waste line. The valve allows sewage to exit a property, but it closes and blocks sewage from backing up into the home.

2. Standpipe

A standpipe is just as it sounds. It is a pipe that stands a minimum of 3 feet out of a drain and is sealed around the base. When a backup occurs, the water rises in the pipe but does not spill out onto the floor, unless the flood is especially deep. A standpipe does not require professional installation.

3. Overhead Sewer

Another tool requiring professional installation, the overhead sewer works in conjunction with a sump pump to eliminate the risk of storm damage due to flooding. In this system, the sump pump forces water into overhead pipes that are connected into the wastewater lines, where the water flows out and away from the home.

4. One-Way Drain

A one-way drain is the simplest of all the preventative measures. This tool uses a floating mechanism to block the drain, preventing backflow. If water begins backing up, the float seals the floor drain. When water subsides, and pressure normalizes, the float lowers and allows for normal drainage.

A sewer backup can cause a significant amount of damage and can leave homeowners scrambling for solutions in a reactionary way. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to be proactive about this type of dilemma. While routine maintenance and inspections are excellent ways to ensure functionality, the four tools above offer the ability to prevent significant damage when all else fails.