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Mold Growing on Drywall in Your Columbus Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growing on Drywall in Your Columbus Home Moisture Causes Mold Growth on Walls, Call SERVPRO for Remediation in Your Columbus Property

Dampness Encourages the Proliferation of Mold

Mold on drywall can create plenty of unnecessary structural damage and health effects if it is left untreated, even for a short time. Black mold, though it has gained unwarranted notoriety, is usually associated with this kind of damage. All fungi should be remediated to create a better home environment.
 
Short-term drywall damage can be caused by water, and long-term damage is the result of mold growth in your Columbus home being left to spread and multiply, leaving behind mold damage. When drywall  is exposed to moisture, it shows water stains. After an extended period, the panels can be destroyed. The sandwiched cardboard separates from the gypsum, and the core loses its structural integrity.
 
Drywall which has lost structural integrity begins to sag slowly over time and needs replacing. Wet drywall, with its paper backing, can be an ideal breeding ground for mold. Fungi secrete digestive chemicals onto the organic source to feed, then reabsorbs them along with digestive materials for food. The process is not possible until the materials become damp or wet. Mold can start to grow on drywall in just twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Drying the walls out as fast as possible is the key to a solution which is effective.
 
Sheetrock wicks up water as well, meaning it picks up water even if it has not come into contact with water. Since drywall absorbs water from the air, it is critical to have your drywall evaluated and inspected if you have had any standing water or flooding in your home recently. Rapid water removal reduces the chances of mold growth.
 
Water can wick into drywall from the air or contact as fast as one inch per hour, which means if water sat in your home for just one day, it could absorb into your drywall as much as two feet high, creating a great breeding ground for mold.
 
SERVPRO of South Columbus is standing by always to help you get water and moisture out of your home to prevent mold damage. With moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and other special tools, they can even detect hidden moisture in your walls to ensure that they dry your home thoroughly in as little time as possible. Just give them a call at (614) 863-1392 anytime, day or night, when you notice wet drywall or the presence of mold.

How SERVPRO Helps Restore Wooden Furniture After Water Damage In Columbus

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Helps Restore Wooden Furniture After Water Damage In Columbus There is no doubt that wooden furniture can suffer if there is water damage to your home.

Water Damage And Wooden Furniture

Water damage can strike any household at any time. There are various causes of water damage, including a burst pipe, an overflowing tub, a leak or a broken appliance. Water can also enter your home from outside sources such as a damaged water main, garden run-off or severe weather. When water leaks or soaks in, it has the potential to cause untold damage to your home and belongings. That is why it is important to contact SERVPRO for help when dealing with unwanted water in your home - “We’re faster to any size disaster.”

There is no doubt that wooden furniture can suffer if there is water damage to your Columbus home. That is bad news for your antique rocker, favorite family dining table or that wooden chest of drawers you inherited from your beloved aunt. The main cause for concern when it comes to wooden furniture is that water can cause it to warp. Wicking up water can also cause swelling of furniture joints and cause them to come unstuck or suffer other structural damage. There is also the risk of water spots or stains on the surface of the item. Chairs, tables, and other items may also crack or warp as they dry.

Our IICRC-experts are experienced in creating the optimum drying conditions for wood furniture. While you are waiting for the specialists to arrive, it is safe to use an absorbent cloth or sponge to pat furniture dry. However, we recommend that you do not wipe or rub it and that you handle it with extreme caution.

SERVPRO experts are trained to assess the damage to your furniture and liaise with furniture refinishers on your behalf if necessary. If it is possible to save the item we set up a drying area for it. The key to getting a great result when drying wood furniture is to dry it slowly and avoid direct heat. We also have wood cleaning products for the removal of minor stains.

Our technicians are equipped with air movers, box fans, and dehumidifiers to help dry out your items. Once we get the temperature to a stable 70-90 degrees F, we use portable low grain dehumidifiers to bring down the humidity around your furniture. Meanwhile, air movers direct air around, over and under the item to increase the rate of evaporation and encourage the drying process.

Do not let water permanently warp your furniture. Call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 today for drying solutions. For more information regarding the City of Columbus, Ohio visit: https://www.columbus.gov/

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Mold Damage To Columbus Carpets

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Helps Prevent Mold Damage To Columbus Carpets Mold in a Columbus Home Wall Can Spread to Carpets

Mold Remediation in Columbus Homes Requires Professional Help

Mold spores are tenacious and can quickly grow and spread throughout your home. However, if mold has not already set in, it is possible to prevent it taking hold by ensuring it does not have the right environment in which to grow. A wet carpet is an ideal breeding ground for fungi. Flood damage, a burst pipe, or even a leaking appliance in your home are all causes of potential water leakage onto your carpet. The result is a damp environment, which mold spores love.
 
Swift action is necessary to prevent mold damage to the carpets in your Columbus home. In fact, it can begin to grow within 24 hours of water damage and become a colony in 48 to 72 hours. The longer water is present, the greater the risk of increased fungal growth. As well as having potential health effects, mold is simply not something you want to grow in your carpet and may even lead to a costly carpet replacement. That is why SERVPRO recommends calling on our experts the moment you notice water damage to any of your floor coverings.
 
The key to preventing mold growth in water damaged carpets is to get the carpet dried out as quickly as possible. The first step is extracting the water by using truck mounted and freestanding pumps. Our IICRC-certified experts understand that careful handling is vital when removing water from carpets. Carpets can come with a primary and secondary backing. Over zealous extraction techniques or pulling of the carpet during extraction can cause separation of these two layers, leading to bubbling and irreparable carpet damage.
 
Most carpet comes with padding on its underside. In most cases, our experts recommend the padding is taken away and replaced. Drying with the padding in place takes longer and thus makes the drying slower and more expensive with an increased risk of mold growth. It is often cheaper to replace the padding and focus on drying the carpet. SERVPRO teams carefully remove padding to leave the carpet intact. Of course, the degree of wetness and the amount of the fungal growth dictate if tossing is required.
 
After water extraction and pad removal are complete, our technicians calculate the correct number and position of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the carpet. Downdraft air movers pull warm air down and spread it across the carpet in a broad pattern which makes them ideal for larger areas. Meantime, centrifugal air movers direct air over the carpet surface to encourage rapid evaporation of moisture. Our aim is swift and thorough drying to leave your carpet "Like it never even happened."
 
If you are concerned about potential mold growth in your carpet, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 today for assistance.

Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Services Available In Columbus

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Services Available In Columbus Smoke Damage in Your Columbus Home Gets a Clean Up from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup in Columbus After a Smoky Fire

Your home consists of many contents; each of these items contains a variety of materials. When your belongings get caught in a fire, smoke, soot, and heat residues develop. When a fire restoration company comes to your home, they need to understand how to deal with each of them to return your property to a quality preloss condition.
 
Typically, when a fire occurs on your Columbus area property, fire damage or the area that requires fire restoration services often contains a variety of residues. A restoration company sends cleaning and repair technicians certified in the treatment or replacement of materials found after the fire is out, to help you get things under control and return your lives to normal as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand that a fire progresses through a variety of stages, causing different substances to generate both wet and dry smoke residues. Even though most situations allow for accurate classification, all of these residues exist, making cleaning and restoration services rather challenging.
 
SERVPRO sends a full team of qualified professionals to your home as a response to the initial call. Technicians arriving on the scene perform a thorough inspection and assessment of your property to determine the number of damages that exist and any hazards that might cause problems as they get started.
 
After relaying all information to you and answering all of your questions to your satisfaction, SERVPRO technicians go to work eliminating problems that exist, one step at a time. The technicians use their expertise to determine which aspects affect a specific surface and decide which cleaning process would produce the best results.
 
When dealing with a predominantly dry fire, materials respond well to cleaning methods. Dry smoke residues carry aerosols through the air, leaving dry particles on the various surfaces. However, dry smoke does not stain surfaces as harshly as wet smoke and odors do not penetrate as deeply, which makes the cleaning and removal of these residues much easier.
 
Wet smoke residues present a more difficult and challenging problem. Slow-burning fires tend to work residues into crevices or confined spaces farther than other fires, causing stains and odor penetration, often trapping residues inside of specific materials.
 
When you are looking for help with restoring your property after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Columbus. We are here to help and get things back on track in a timely and efficient manner. (614) 863-1392

Facing Fire Damage Restoration Head-On In Wrightsville Beach

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Facing Fire Damage Restoration Head-On In Wrightsville Beach When it comes to choosing between restoring or replacing, our SERVPRO technicians choose restoration.

Your Wrightsville Beach Fire-Damaged Home Can Be Restored By SERVPRO


The majority of damage caused by a fire in your home happens when the fire is out, rather than when it is blazing away. The acidic residues left behind by a fire get introduced to water during suppression efforts and continue destroying your home even after the flames are gone.

This devastation makes responding to and dealing with the fire damage situation in your Wrightsville Beach home crucial. Obtaining the help provided by expertly trained professionals allows you to reclaim the majority of your property and any of its contents affected by a fire successfully.

When it comes to choosing between restoring or replacing, SERVPRO’s restoration first mentality leads our technicians to find solutions to meet your unique circumstances. Often meeting or exceeding any expectations you may have had before work began.

SERVPRO technicians receive IICRC certification training in fire and smoke restoration procedures. Combining this training with years of experience in dealing with materials such as carpeting, upholstery and other fabrics while also using specialized equipment to clean, deodorize, and restore various surfaces found in your home.

Water extraction equipment, such as hand-held and truck mounted extractors of varying sizes allow us to remove standing water from a variety of areas, including those that are hard to reach. We also use air movers, dehumidifiers, and fogging equipment helps us protect areas of your property and limit further damage while your restoration is underway.

SERVPRO cleaning technicians put various methods to use, scrubbing any lingering smoke or soot residues from all of your home’s surfaces and removing acidic substances that cause additional damages to develop. Using a variety of cleaning methods to remove residues in an efficient way that limits damage to various materials and restores items quickly and efficiently.

By applying the appropriate professional techniques to different surfaces throughout your home, we can often restore a variety of contents that might seem unsalvageable, which makes it important for you to allow our technicians the opportunity to inspect each item thoroughly before determining its fate. We have been extremely successful in restoring many items that you cherish to a quality pre fire damage condition.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Time is essential during your restoration process, contact SERVPRO of South Columbus today for expert help restoring your home after a fire. (614) 863-1392 

How Clean Floods Start In Columbus

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Clean Floods Start In Columbus Leaks can form in many different and unexpected ways, far too many to condense into a single article.

Cleaning Flood Damage


Most people associate flooding with storms and heavy rain, but in reality, a home can flood at almost any time from internal sources. Most American homes contain a multitude of water lines and sources that can break and flood the region with hundreds of gallons of water per hour, causing enormous damage even if the water flow cuts off immediately. Washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers, and simple water pipes can all dump copious amounts of water with little warning, usually from one of these types of failures.

Freezing
SERVPRO is always on the lookout for water damage in Columbus winters, as freezing temperatures can cause pipes to crack and break with ease. Usually, even if the pipe is frozen, water still flows inside. If the pipe breaks, flooding can occur both inside and outside the home. If the problem centers in the outdoors, you may have to deal with additional ice coatings on the ground and exterior surfaces of your home.

Ripped Hoses And Tubes
Many appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers get their water through rubber or plastic hoses that are liable to rips and tears. These tears can be created by an event, such as a metal object falling on and cutting into them, or simply over time as an effect of weathering. Regardless, once they have busted, these water lines can cause major flooding and even produce standing water in a basement.

Simple Leaks And Busts
Leaks can form in many different and unexpected ways, far too many to condense into a single article. A significant portion of calls SERVPRO receives are for unusual or entirely new circumstances related to the breakage or busting of a certain pipe or leak in an appliance. Whether it is a large burst or a small drip, we are ready to help mitigate its effects and get your home back in shape.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is ready all day, all night, all year to respond to flood and water damage in your home. Just give us a call at (614) 863-1392.

Water Damage to Your Warehouse in Columbus

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage to Your Warehouse in Columbus Regular upkeep and maintenance on your warehouse can save you money in the long run.

Don't Let Water Damage Leave Your Merchandise Exposed to the Elements

Warehouses are usually huge structures and made to hold many products and inventory. In many cases, unfortunately, they are not properly inspected or kept up, resulting in leaks in roofs or many other problems. Sometimes, when a facility does not have a staff full-time, leaks can go undetected for extended periods of time, even months. By the time they are found, there is significant water damage done to the structure, plus to any products that are stored there.
 
Water can damage your Columbus warehouse in various ways. The most serious commercial water damage seen is the damage to the structure. Roofs are severely compromised from torrential rainfall or the weight of ice or snow that is piled up. Sometimes, a partial or complete collapse of the roof happens, leaving the inside of the warehouse open to the weather outside, and it only takes one rainstorm to create more damage. You need a professional water remediation company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up any damage after it occurs.
 
Water can get into the wiring of the building and the HVAC system, wreaking havoc with the functioning of these items and sometimes causing a partial or total breakdown. The systems are then offline until repairs are made and a qualified technician approves them.
 
Structural damage is the worst part of water damage to your warehouse, but the effect on the materials stored inside is terrible as well. These are many times your main source of income, and any damage or destruction to them has an enormous economic impact on your business, especially if the warehouse is the only place your company stores its wares.
 
The administrative wing in your warehouse could also be damaged by the water, meaning that you can lose important files like inventory records, orders pending, truck schedules, orders processed, plus customer databases and employee records. If you do not have provisions to have these items backed up offsite, then many working hours are lost trying to get everything reorganized. SERVPRO needs to be called in to fix any water damage and clean up the affected areas so you can get your business back up and be running efficiently.
 
Mold can be a problem as well, as it is the most common result of water damage. Our technicians at SERVPRO can check for mold and make sure to clean up any which has already started to grow.
 
When your warehouse has suffered from water damage of any kind, allow SERVPRO of South Columbus to help you repair the damage. It is easy to reach us by dialing (614) 863-1393 anytime that you need assistance. We can fix the damage quickly to avoid any further damage and ensure your business is running smoothly again.

Procrastination can Lead to Flood Damage in Your Darien Residence

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Procrastination can Lead to Flood Damage in Your Darien Residence Storm Damage Through a Damaged Roof in Darien

Damage from Flooding Has Many Results


Putting off repairs until another time can allow leaks in pipes to become larger. These drips can suddenly become much greater, flooding your home. A pipe with a small crack can instantly turn into a broken conduit, sending water by the gallon into your living space. The same goes for joints that are not sealed or soldered correctly and come undone.

If you live in Darien and this situation happens to you, here are a few things you should know about flood damage. Water can damage anything it comes into contact with, even if the water is clean. Pure water can easily become contaminated by things in your home. Flood damage, just like water damage, gets worse the longer it is allowed to remain present.

Water flowing down your stairway and gushing over the sides can accumulate in many different locations in your home. Water travels downhill, but it also can spread out and cover more surface area when covering something in a horizontal manner, such as it would on a table. Wood absorbs water much more slowly than your carpet, upholstered furniture, or mattresses can, but wood can still soak up enough to be damaged by it.

The water involved in a broken water line is clean, of course, but that does not mean that the water will remain clean. Carpeting, even in the most meticulously kept home, contains many contaminants. Water can whisk that up and carry it along, dropping different things here and there along the path of least resistance. When those same contaminants remained trapped in your carpet's fibers, they did little damage, but now they are free. Contaminants can include microbes such as bacteria and even parasites that may have been inactive until they were immersed in water.

Flood damage can happen with water of any type, clean or utterly filthy. Leaving clean water standing is obviously not conducive to remaining in your home, and SERVPRO can remedy that quickly with a pump truck. However, simply extracting visible water is not enough. Damaged walls must be replaced with new ones, and upholstered furniture must be completely dried and possibly aired out. Your carpeting may need to be removed, and new carpeting installed or, perhaps, cleaned extensively and then dried well. Most often, though, carpeting is usually destroyed by flooding, even if the water was from a clean source.

Because flooding creates a situation in your home that is hazardous to your health and safety in numerous ways, having professionals who are experienced in the complicated cleaning up this type of damage is critical. Incorrect methods, or incomplete ones, can create more harm, not less, in the future. Allowing flooded areas to remain contaminated because they cannot absorb any water, such as the undersides of cast iron tubs, puts your family at risk. Each SERVPRO technician treats your home with respect and care they would pay for their own, and we always take the time required to ensure that each job is complete and done correctly.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is always ready, day or night, to help you take the sting out of flood damage. We know flooding happens without warning, so we are always ready to take your call. Contact us at (614) 863-1392, for this and any other disaster in your home.

Preparation Against Fire Damage On Your Townsend Property

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparation Against Fire Damage On Your Townsend Property Smoke and Fire Damage in Townsend

Be Prudent to Prevent Damages to Your Townsend Home Caused by Fire

As a crackling campfire or a cheerful blaze in a fireplace, fire offers heat, light, and comfort in most situations. However, a small fire can also become life-threatening within just two minutes, engulfing an entire structure in as little as five minutes.
 
According to the American Red Cross, a large number of homes throughout the Townsend are ill-prepared for fire damage. Most have broken or untested fire alarms, and avoid putting in the time required to come up with an escape plan, much less conduct preparedness fire drills to ensure everyone's safety, which is something we should all encourage changing.
 
Smoke alarms and a proper escape plan are the essential building blocks of a proper preparedness plan. However, that is only the beginning. SERVPRO encourages everyone to apply themselves to fire safety in their homes.
 
Electrical appliances are a fantastic convenience, but they can also be a major fire source. Dangers often include flickering lights caused by loose outlets, leading to an unusual amount of heat, scorch marks or frequently blown fuses. Frayed electrical cords, placing cords under carpeting or rugs, or leaving them where people can trip over them cause hazards that you should avoid.
 
Be smart when using candles by placing them in the proper candleholder, or on a heat-resistant surface, while making sure that the open flame is the appropriate distance away from flammable objects. Never use candles in a place where children or pets can reach them and knock them over, or leave them unattended for any reason.
 
Remain particularly safe when cooking in your kitchen, pay attention, stay on task and keep safety in mind. Get others fired up about safety in your home, let the people you love know that their safety is important and include them in your fire drills to ensure that they make it out too.
 
If a fire incident happens in your home, you are likely to discover fire, smoke, and water damages that you have no idea how to handle. You are far from alone, SERVPRO's restoration professionals are available to assess the situation, limit further damage by placing protective tarps and boarding up the impacted areas.
 
SERVPRO can also provide you with any water removal, cleaning and sanitization services needed to remove smoke and soot from your living space, as well as complete an entire restoration process to assist you with providing you with a quick, efficient solution to get things back to normal.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Columbus immediately for additional advice about preparedness options or to gain the services from a professional company that is on your side. (614) 863-1392

When Mold Grows, Damage Follows – Protect Your Home in Columbus

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Mold Grows, Damage Follows – Protect Your Home in Columbus Let the experts at SERVPRO help with any Mold Remediation needs.

Having houseplants inside over the winter is beneficial for both you and your plants. They receive protection and warmth from the harsh winter weather and you gain a natural air filter that provides oxygen and beauty. One thing that you might not know is that mold can also hitch a ride with your plants and spoil things for you. Plants don't like to be moved much, so after you've brought them inside in the late summer or early fall, chances are you've left them exactly where you originally placed them.
 
If you've placed them on a tray, you might not have a problem in your Columbus area home, but mold damage can hide under pots and planters. If these are sitting directly on the wood in your bay or bow windows, you could end up with a nasty surprise when you go to take them back outside again in the spring. Having such easy access to water and a wooden windowsill makes a perfect feeding ground for mold. Couple that with the warmth of the sun, but the darkness from being under a plant, and you've set up perfect conditions for mold.
 
If your windowsill has slats or joints, these can provide additional entryways for mold to migrate to other areas of the window. This is one way that seals on windows deteriorate. It can also cause window frames to warp, which may eventually allow in melting snow, rainwater, or pests. It can also lead to the heating and cooling systems in your home needing to work harder than they should. This will also cost you more money in utility costs that could be prevented.
 
If your wintering plants are beginning to smell strange, it could be mold that is the cause. If you find mold growing on tiles or another hard, non-porous surface, it most likely is safe to clean up with a damp cloth. When the windowsill involved is made of wood or other porous material, it can quickly turn into a much more complicated project, one that should have professional assistance. No job is considered to be too small at SERVPRO, nor too large. We are always available to help when mold damage is creating a problem in your home.
 
To protect your home from mold damage of any kind, give us a call. SERVPRO of South Columbus is always available and can be reached at (614) 863-1392.