Hidden Mold...What are the signs?
Mold in a home isn’t always clearly visible to the eye or easy to find. But there are some warning signs to look out for that may indicate there is mold growth present.
A musty smell that is constantly present is an indicator that mold may be growing somewhere in the home. Mold can grow behind walls and under flooring and it is important to locate the source of the odor in order to prevent further spreading.
Water and Moisture Issues
Mold thrives in moist areas. If you have ever had any issues with water damage like flooding basements, leaky pipes, or condensation, it is possible that mold has started to develop. Discoloration or water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors are all signs of water issues and potential mold growth.
Some people have allergies to mold. If you are allergic to mold and notice that your allergies flare up when you are home and you feel better when you are away, this may be a sign that there is hidden mold in your home.
It is very important to address mold issues quickly because if not resolved, it can spread throughout a property very fast. If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Kenton County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
SERVPRO of Kenton County Supports the Greater Cincinnati Police Athletic Association
This organization is made up of retired and active Cincinnati Area Police Officers who organize and conduct charity and civic programs in the community. Their goal is to help those in need of food and clothing and additionally, help needy youth sports teams with sponsorships and uniforms.
A few of the programs made possible by The Greater Cincinnati Police Athletic Association include:
- Shop with a Police Officer- enables needy children to purchase Christmas gifts.
- School Clothes for Needy Children - provides needy children with back to school clothes.
- Easter Food Baskets – distributed to churches and needy families.
- Day at the Zoo - allows under-privileged children to enjoy a day at the zoo.
- Sports Sponsorships & Reds Tickets - supplies needy youth sports teams with uniforms and groups of needy children the opportunity to attend a Reds game.
- Drug & Alcohol Prevention Magazine – printing magazine for distribution to schools to educate kids and parents on dangers of drug and alcohol use and preventative strategies.
Many charities in the community benefit from the efforts of The Greater Cincinnati Police Athletic Association. SERVPRO Kenton County is thrilled to support such a great organization to help the less fortunate children of our community.
MOLD: What to do and what NOT to do...
Every mold situation is different and requires a unique solution. However, the general rules as to what to do and what not to do if you find or suspect there is mold in your home are basically the same. Mold spreads quickly and can cause health effects and damage to your home.
If you find visible mold or suspect there is mold in your home…
DO stay out of the affected areas!
DO turn off the HVAC system and fans!
DO contact SERVPRO of Kenton County at (859)261-2400 for mold remediation services!
DON’T touch or disturb the mold!
DON’T blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth!
DON’T spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold!
The SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians are experts in mold and mold growth. They have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your property. So if you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, give us a call today!
Sprinkler Systems for Commercial Buildings
Fire is a major concern for business owners. Commercial fires can lead to injury or death of employees, damaged merchandise and equipment, lost records, and quite possibly, the permanent closure of the business.
Sprinkler systems in commercial building are one factor that improves fire safety in the workplace. Commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with a sprinkler system.
But how does a business owner know the sprinkler system requirements for his building? Fireline.com conveniently outlines sprinkler system requirements on their website.
According to the website, some of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for commercial sprinkler systems include:
- Buildings more than 55 feet high must have sprinkler systems.
- Any new building with a fire area of more than 5000 square feet must have sprinklers.
- Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system.
- Fire pumps should be housed in a separate building whenever possible.
- Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation.
This is just a brief outline of some of the commercial sprinkler system requirements. For a more detailed explanation, visit the Fireline website at http://www.fireline.com/blog/fire-sprinkler-requirements-for-commercial-buildings/.
Keep your business safe!
SERVPRO: Where it all Began
Did you know that SERVPRO began in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California? Yep, Ted and Doris Isaacson first launched SERVPRO as a painting business! However, having a background in cleaning and restoration, they soon transformed the company into the cleanup and restoration industry, selling its first franchise in 1969.
SERVPRO continued to thrive and in 1979, acquired 175 franchises from the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division. And in 1988, the SERVPRO headquarters moved from Sacramento to Gallatin, Tennessee. At this time, there were 647 SERVPRO franchises.
SERVPRO continued its impressive growth throughout the years, and in the year 2000, sold its 1000th franchise. In 2005, in order to provide more room for expansion, SERVPRO moved its headquarters to an impressive 140,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Today, more than 1700 franchises are operating nationwide and SERVPRO continues to grow, with the goal of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.
Use Space Heaters With Caution!
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. According to ESFI, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States.
During the cold winter months, many will turn to portable space heaters as a source of supplemental heat in their homes. Unfortunately, if not used with caution, these convenient heaters can pose significant fire hazards.
The ESFI provides the following tips to be considered when using space heaters:
- Make sure the space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing lab.
- Before using, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
- Inspect heaters for any damage prior to use.
- Never leave a space heater unattended.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
- Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything than can burn.
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
- Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
- Place space heaters on flat, level surfaces.
- Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.
Portable space heaters are very convenient and can be a great source of supplemental heat during the winter months. Safety should always be the top priority when using space heaters. Following these tips will help keep your home safe while keeping your toes warm!
The Important Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who believed in the power of words and peaceful demonstrations to portray his ideas and beliefs. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his life and achievements. While the message of Martin Luther King was mainly about equality and civil rights, there is so much more that can be taken from his examples. He believed very strongly in what he preached, but he never resorted to violence in order to portray his messages. As a matter of fact, he strongly discouraged any forms of violent protesting. Instead, he promoted peace and love for all mankind, using powerful speeches to portray his ideas. In the difficult times that our country has been experiencing lately, this may be one of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King. Whatever our cause may be, violence is never the best way to get the support and results we desire. So today let’s remember the words of Martin Luther King, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” These words definitely stand the test of time.
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!
Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.
Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.
First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.
Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!
And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.
So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!
Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Kenton County
The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!
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SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
SERVPRO of Kenton County is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Ethics.” This course is for OHIO credits and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on January 18th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course and that breakfast will be provided!
The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.
The reservation deadline for this CE course is January 2nd, 2018…So for more information or to reserve your spot, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200 or email at email@example.com.
Course Number: 37868