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Spring Mold Can Be Sneaky!

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is right around the corner, almost. As the winter snow comes to an end, it’s imperative that you check all corners of your house for mold. Mold can be difficult to spot and has the ability to grow quickly out of hand. If not taken care of immediately, mold spores may spread, causing nasal-related health issues. Here are a few common signs that may indicate you have mold growing in your home.

Musty Odor

Mold has a distinct smell that will often spread throughout the room. A musty odor may be an indication of mold growth in your house. Don’t ignore the smell. Instead, check all corners of the room to ensure you do not have mold.

Water Leaks

Water leaks can drip water in secluded places, making it difficult to fully track the damage of the leak. Water that remains untouched for 24-48 hours can result in mold growth. Be sure to check the location of the water leak and its perimeter in case of mold growth.

Condensation

Condensation can occur on surfaces such as glass or metal and has the potential to trigger mold growth. High humidity can feed mold, allowing it to grow rapidly. Check areas in your house that have high moisture and be sure to keep any condensation clean.

If you have an attic or basement, check for moisture regularly. Mold can grow in hidden places and must be checked before the damage gets out of control. Call your local SERVPRO if you are in need of a Mold Inspection.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  

Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold. Call today for a free estimate. Mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs!

Leading Cause of House Fires? Electric Heaters!

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical heating-related fires most often occur in December, January, and February. Purchasing a cozy electrical space heater is a cost-efficient solution when temperatures drop, however, can be a devastating disaster when used improperly. According to the NFPA (National Fire and Protection Agency), electrical space heaters are the leading cause of most house fires. Here are a few tips on how to properly use your electric space heater and avoid fire hazards:

  • Electrical Fires: Electrical fires occur when the heating unit is not properly plugged into the wall outlet, most often plugged into an extension cord or power strip. To avoid fires:
    • Give your space heater space; at least 3 feet away from combustible materials
    • Do not plug other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
    • Plug the heater directly into the outlet
    • Avoid leaving the unit running overnight
  • Fire Starters: Electrical units placed too close to other combustible materials contribute to 79% of fatal home heating fires. Combustible materials include:
    • Household furniture
    • Clothes
    • Bed Mattress
    • Bedding materials

Before running your electrical heater, it’s important to understand the risks of fire and smoke damage. Fire damage can leave a lasting impact on your house and may cause additional smoke damage.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

Winterizing Your Home to Prevent Burst Pipes

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Montgomery County is still facing months of cold weather, which means months of potential dangers to your home. Winter’s heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures, and high winds can cause a great deal of damage, but the most costly and time-consuming winter home damage often comes from burst pipes. Luckily, taking a few small steps to ‘winterize’ your property can prevent future problems. Until spring, follow these simple tips:

  1. Keep cabinet doors open during the coldest days of the month to circulate warm air around the pipes. Of course, be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals to a secure spot out of the reach of children.

  2. Leave water on at a very slow trickle through faucets, especially from pipes lacking heat or insulation. The slow flow can often prevent water from freezing in place in the pipe.

  3. If you have outdoor faucets, consider turning them off. Shutting off the valve in the basement, or crawl space, will prevent water from freezing in outdoor exposed pipes. Make sure to completely drain outdoor faucets, as well.  

  4. If you leave for vacation, set the temperature in your home no lower than 55° F. Leaving the heat on ensures that all pipes will remain warm during your time away.

  5. If there are water lines in the garage, keep the garage door shut! Open garage doors allow drafts to potentially freeze exposed pipes.

In the coldest days of winter, be sure to regularly check your water pipes and faucets. The earlier water damage is discovered, the easier it is to clean and contain—water leaks left unchecked for as little as 48 hours can easily result in mold growth.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

Don't Let Winter Fires Ruin Your Dinner!

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

There were three house fires in Montgomery County overnight Wednesday into Thursday and since Dec. 1, 2017, there have been 21 house fires, including two that were multi-alarm. That is an unusually high number that may be attributable to the exceedingly cold temperatures the region has been experiencing recently.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and can easily be prevented.

We urge all of our residents to follow these important steps to prevent winter home fires.

  • Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended.
  • Keep a close eye on what’s cooking, particularly if you are frying food. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  • Keep a pan lid or cookie sheet nearby and use it to cover the pan if it catches fire.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so they aren’t bumped or pulled over accidentally. The steps people sometimes take in an effort to heat their homes, particularly during power outages, can also lead to house fires. The following steps can prevent house fires in those instances.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, and space heaters.
  • Use flameless candles, flashlights and glow sticks in the event of a power outage.
  • Don’t use an oven, stovetop or bring an outdoor grill inside to inside to heat your home. Those pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and/or fire.
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Don’t use more than one space heater at a time and don’t run extension cords to them.
  • If you use a portable generator during a power outage, make sure it is outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from doors, windows and vents, make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home and never refuel your generator when it is running.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

The Top 3 Ways Winter Water Damages Your Home—and How to Avoid Them

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Top 3 Ways Winter Water Damages Your Home—and How to Avoid Them Water pressure will build immensely between the ice blockage and faucet, eventually causing the pipe to burst.

Philadelphia winters are no joke! Varying temperatures cause water to melt, freeze, melt again, and freeze again continuously. These cycles make it easier for water to enter your home and cause serious damage. The winter season can wreak havoc on pipes, basements, and roofs, and often homeowners don’t realize damage is being done until it’s quite extensive. Get into the habit of monitoring these areas frequently and look for the top three causes of winter water damage:

  • Ice Dams: Ice dams form on the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off. The roof’s warmth causes the ice that is backed up behind the dam to melt and leak into a home, causing damage to the walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
    • How to Avoid Them: Remove any standing snow and ice from your roof. It’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent ice dams. When building a home, opt for waterproof membranes under shingles and keep the attic floor well insulated.
  • Pipe Bursts: When water begins to freeze in pipes, it pushes the remaining liquid water toward the closed faucet. Water pressure will build immensely between the ice blockage and faucet, eventually causing the pipe to burst.
    • How to Avoid Them: Keep pipes away from exterior walls if possible, and make sure your home is adequately insulated. Also be sure to properly empty outside water lines, like lawn irrigation sprinklers, hoses, and outdoor faucets.

  • Snowmelt: Large piles of snow near the siding of your house will eventually melt, especially near the end of winter. If large snow piles are left unshoveled, melted snow can seep into cracks in your foundation.
    • How to Avoid Them: Remove snow piled close to your home before it melts into the home, and check your foundation for cracks or potential entry points.  

During the snowy months, regularly check your roof, basement, and pipes. The earlier water damage is discovered, the easier it is to clean and contain—water leaks left unchecked for as little as 48 hours can easily result in mold growth.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO of King of Prussia professionals have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO Donates Water to Local First Responders on December 8th!

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

On December 8th, your local SERVPRO of King of Prussia will be giving away free water to support our Philadelphia area first responders. Our team has gathered over 21 pallets and will have them available to pick up from 8AM to 12PM at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19148).

To confirm an order, please call us at 610-546-2484.  We will need: Please let our team know how much water you would like and who will be picking it up.  If you cannot join us in that window, we can also deliver directly to your fire station, police station, hospital (or other local address).  

SERVPRO of King of Prussia is committed to supporting the great work of local firefighters, police, EMTs, and others we all rely on every day to keep us safe!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Wells Fargo Center on December 8th!

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO Crime Scene Restoration: "Like it never happened!"

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

When the worst happens, you need the best. Unfortunately, one local homeowner recently discovered this the hard way when their home turned into a literal crime scene. The damage and staining were extensive enough that the homeowners didn’t think they would live there anymore—or even if they could.

SERVPRO of King of Prussia received a call from the police a few hours after the final investigation was completed, and our trained technicians arrived at the site within minutes. The SERVPRO team examined the area immediately and remediated all stains.

The police and homeowners thanked us for our service and the professionalism of our team. In fact, the family was able to move back into their home only a few days later, and move on with their life.

Crime scene damage varies in type and amount, but every homeowner wants to feel like it never happened. Our team quickly and expertly assesses the scene determines what services are available and necessary, and turns a damaged house back into a home.

SERVPRO of King of Prussia provides the following services in the event of trauma or crime:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Bodily fluids/tissue remnants

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO Saves Home Sale Within Hours!

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Saves Home Sale Within Hours! This mold infested attic was cleaned to perfection in hours!

Recently, a local inspector was completing an inspection for a house that was under contract with settlement within the week.  He discovered several areas affected by mold in the attic.  This had the potential to delay the pending home sale by weeks if not months.

The homeowners placed a panicked call to SERVPRO of King of Prussia to assess the property.  Within hours, our trained technicians arrived on the scene, found the mold, and provided expeditious cleaning and remediation.   

The home inspector who originally identified the mold was pleased with the result, the cost of our service, and the professionalism of our team. Most importantly, the home sale was completed, as scheduled, that same week!

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

For every mold project, SERVPRO of King of Prussia will go through our standard remediation process:

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Remove Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of King of Prussia have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

3 Ways in Which Mold Grows Quickly Out of Hand!

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture is Dangerous!

In light of this year’s hurricane season, it is highly important to keep an eye out for flooding or moisture in and around your house. Often, water damage to your property can lead to serious mold growth.

Mold reproduces via spores, which can be naked to the visible eye. Since spores are able to travel through the air, it becomes difficult to completely remove all mold growth that has occurred.

Here are the following ways that mold can grow quickly out of hand:

  • Mold can grow on any surface - wood, paper, carpet, and foods. With moisture, mold grows quickly and begins decaying materials.
  • Houses with low ventilation can trap humidity. During the warmer months of the year, humidity in airtight houses can lead to more mold growth.On the other hand, houses with cold air drafts can lead to condensation. In the cooler months of the year, condensation can foster mold growth in unwanted areas.
  • Mold growth can result in the reproduction of other bacteria and organisms. A variety of bacteria and mold can cause sickness to those on the property.

Assessment & Cleanup

If you have an attic or basement, check for moisture regularly. Water leaks that are left unchecked for more than 48 hours can easily result in mold growth.

If you have mold or water damage, call SERVPRO at 610-546-2484 to schedule a cleanup.  Your SERVPRO professionals of Montgomery County have the training, certifications, and equipment to remediate mold.

Call today for a free estimate, and mention this post and get 10% off all your cleaning needs.

Protect Your House from Smoke as the Fall Season Begins

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fall Safety Tips

Fall is here! With the change in seasons, people will be active both outside and indoors. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), cooking inside is the #1 cause of house fires. Consider the following tips to ensure your family is safe!

  • Test Smoke Detector batteries every month
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Never use stove range or oven to heat your home.

Smoke Damage Cleanup

Smoke damage can leave a lasting impact on your house and make rooms unbearable to breathe in.

Before you begin cooking inside, it is important to understand the risks of smoke damage.

SERVPRO can help you eliminate smoke and fire damage professionally - call today for a free estimate. Mention this post and get 10% off!

Your local Montgomery County SERVPRO® Professional wishes you a safe and wonderful autumn season!

Contact SERVPRO of Abington/Jenkintown (215-576-8887) or King of Prussia (610-337-3330) to reach your Montgomery County Service Professionals for a free estimate.

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