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Mold vs. Health

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

How mold can affect your health?

The effects of mold on individuals varies. Our body is constantly battling various intruders and one of those intruders is mold. While many people have strong immune systems to battle these intrusions, even the healthiest individuals suffer from adverse health effects from mold due to one of the following:

  • Mold Allergies 
  • Weak or Undeveloped Immune System 
  • Exposure to High Concentrations of Mold
  • Exposure to Toxic Mold 

Some indoor molds have the ability to produce mycotoxins, which are toxic byproducts produced during metabolism. Symptoms caused by mycotoxins vary depending on the type, amount, and duration of exposure. Mycotoxicoses can result in acute toxicity, causing a rapid onset and obvious symptoms of toxic response, or chronic toxicity, caused by low dose exposure over a long period of time, typically resulting in cancers and other irreversible effects. In either scenario, the mycotoxins can enter the body via ingestion, skin contact, or inhalation.

We at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County are trained in the removal of mold. We are here to help answer questions you may have and to offer sound practical advice. Call us at (704)0596-9700

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

source:http://blackmoldresources.com/

Indoor Mold, How much do you really know?

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

An indoor mold problem can show itself in different ways. Some common indicators include:

  • Visible mold growth
  • Musty or moldy smell
  • Staining/discoloring of the ceiling or walls (water damage stains)
  • Known leak or water damage (within the past few years)

Any of the above should bring about concern with property owners or occupants as they can be an indicator of an indoor mold problem.

Unfortunately, while these conditions should warrant a reaction, many people don’t react until their health or the health of someone they know is impacted.

Despite the indicators, addressing a potential mold problem is important. The first step in this process is to verify whether or not you actually have a problem and, if one is present, the size of the problem.

Several environmental inspection companies are available to investigate a property to determine if a harmful mold growth and environmental contamination exists. During the property inspection, samples of the air and surfaces may be taken during the mold testing process. These samples should then be analyzed by an independent third party lab to detect the presence or absence of mold growth within the area in question.

 If the investigation of the property concludes that the indoor environment is unsafe, mold remediation should be pursued. It is not recommended that mold be remediated by a private party, regular contractor, or maintenance worker as this can exacerbate the problem. The best choice for mold remediation is a professional mold remediation or damage restoration company that is experienced and certified in environmental remediation and decontamination such as SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County.

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

 source:blackmoldresources.com

Charlotte Residents: We can help with you Water & Fire Needs

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

General Charlotte Residents: We can help with you Water & Fire Needs Big Job? Small Job? We are ready when you call!

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Charlotte, Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson NC. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 at 704-596-9700

Residential Services

Whether your Charlotte home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius or Davidson commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralmecklenburgcounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Restoring Your Lake Norman Commercial Property After Water Damage

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Charlotte or Lake Norman commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Davidson and Cornelius Smoke and Soot Clean up

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Davidson and Cornelius Smoke and Soot Clean up Smoke & Soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 704-596-9700

Mold or Mildew?

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Is it Mold or Mildew?

This is a common question we at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County hear daily. You see it growing in your shower or around your window sills and pass it up as mildew, right? But what is the difference between mold and mildew, if anything, and is one more worthy of concern versus the other?

First of all, let’s set the record straight: Mold and mildew are both growths of fungi and are in many ways the same.

In science, mildew is actually a type of disease that impacts plants.

In everyday usage, the difference between mold and mildew is in their appearances and the surfaces they are found growing. Mildew is typically lighter, cottony, powdery and gray or white in color.

Mold is usually a ticker or furry in texture and black, green, orange or red in color. While mildew is typically a plant disease, mold grows anywhere it can find a source of moisture and food. Since mold feeds off of organics matter and most building material is composed of organic materials, the growth found indoors on walls, ceilings and floors is considered to be mold.

 

source:blackmoldresources.com

Charlotte residents, What do you know about MOLD?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Charlotte residents, What do you know about MOLD? Mold Issues- Call a PRO

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  We deal with it on a daily basis. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 704-596-9700 and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SERVPRONCMC/

We at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County want to help you prepare for Hurricane Season

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

-Make sure you have bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlights,  a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, personal hygiene supplies, and a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks.

  -Take proactive steps to protect your property from loss. Install storm shutters or cover windows prior to a hurricane. Be sure there is no loose siding on your home and no damaged or diseased trees growing over your home.

 -Take an inventory of your personal property, such as clothes, jewelry, furniture, computers and audio/video equipment. Photos and video of your home, as well as sales receipts and the model and the serial numbers of items, will make filing a claim simpler, leave a copy of your inventory with friends or relatives, e-mail it to yourself, and/or store it in a safe location. In addition, add insurance information to your inventory information – the name of your company and agent, policy number and contact information.

 -Move all of your important documents to a safe location. Take them with you when you evacuate or store them in a safe deposit box outside the area.

 -Make a plan for your pets. Not all emergency shelters will take pets. Check with your local veterinarian for help with plan.

 -Review your insurance coverage. What does your insurance policy cover? What does it exclude? The standard homeowners’ insurance policy does not cover flood damage. Check if your policy covers debris removal and sewer back-up.

Above all else, stay safe!

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake Norman Area Home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake Norman Area Home IICRC certified

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake Norman Area Home

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Huntersville and Cornelius Important Water Damage Information

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Huntersville and Cornelius Important Water Damage Information Mitigation Technicians

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 704-596-9700

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Get Prepared for the storm

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

As many know Hurricane Florence will soon touch down on the east coast. During this time none of us know what to expect, but we all should be prepared. 

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County has prepared for what there is to come. Our staff has worked together to make sure that we can do what we can after the storm. 

Have you done your part? Please make sure you take some time to get things you need. Water, its important to have at least a gallon of water per person per day. Canned goods or non-perishable food items. It is important to have candles, flash lights and plenty of batteries. If you take medication get it together and or filled. Do you have children? Well, the last thing you want is a bored child. Prepare things like cards, board games, crayons and coloring books. Those things are important to help pass time. 

Prepare for Fall

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

As we all begin to tackle cleanup chores, please don't lose sight on safety. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County wants to remind our readers that this is a good time to be aware of safety and health.

Now is a good time to test, clean and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors as outlined by the manufacturer.

While you're at it check your fire extinguishers. Businesses are required to inspect their extinguishers annually. You should be doing the same.

Change out those furnace air filters as well. After a long hot summer, a fresh filter helps reduce stress on the furnace or heat pumps fan. 

Pay attention to the tools and cleaning chemicals you may be using. Keep them away from children and pets.

Finally remember to use proper lifting techniques. After a relaxing summer we need to remember our limits.

Happy and Safe Cleaning

Staff Training

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

General Staff Training Winston and Nichole

One thing that SERVPRO of North Central  train and learn new techniques. 

This week Winston and Nichole were able to attend an area meeting. These meetings are great because they are educational, but allow the staff to have a little fun. 

While attending a local training session by SERVPRO corporate employees Nichole and Winston learned things that will help them during the job as well as for customers.

After our employees come back from training we love to hear from the. When Nichole was asked what was her favorite part of the training she said, "It was good to hear from other franchises about what works for them and what doesn't. I also like the changes that are being made on the website. Website changes allow customers to see who they are dealing with and get feedback from other people who went through a situation just like them".  

Wall Of Fame-SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County's Certifications

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

General Wall Of Fame-SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County's Certifications SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County's Certifications- The Great Wall Of Fame

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County prides itself in holding industry-standard certifications in Water Damage, Mold Remediation, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage and Trauma and Biohazard Cleanup. We love to see our Wall of Fame continue to grow. 

One thing that our company tries to do is lead by example. Its great to see that we have certified technicians and other employees in office that hold certificates by the IICRC. Not only do the technicians hold certifications, but the owner of the company Daniel Kelly is also certified. Our company makes sure that all employees have the chance to better themselves and become certified at different stages while working for SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County. While we do have a lot of certifications on our wall of fame we plan on taking the time and allowing our staff to continue bettering themselves. 

Know who to call for your Water and Flooding Needs

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Know who to call for your Water and Flooding Needs Water Damage

We have all had medical emergencies and we know to either rush to the hospital or contact 911. We often forget that there are more than just medical emergencies. What about issues at your house, apartment, vacation home or rentals?

Just like medical emergencies it is important to know who to contact when things are going wrong at your property. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County is here for you.

Flooding and water emergencies don't have to wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-- including ALL holidays.

Do you need Emergency Service? Don't know who to call? Well, Call Us 24/7 at 704-596-9700

Charlotte Residents. Are you Hurricane Prepared?

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County want to remind residents of Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, NC that now is the time to start preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.

 -Make sure you have bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlights,  a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, personal hygiene supplies, and a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks.

  -Take proactive steps to protect your property from loss. Install storm shutters or cover windows prior to a hurricane. Be sure there is no loose siding on your home and no damaged or diseased trees growing over your home.

 -Take an inventory of your personal property, such as clothes, jewelry, furniture, computers and audio/video equipment. Photos and video of your home, as well as sales receipts and the model and the serial numbers of items, will make filing a claim simpler, leave a copy of your inventory with friends or relatives, e-mail it to yourself, and/or store it in a safe location. In addition, add insurance information to your inventory information – the name of your company and agent, policy number and contact information.

 -Move all of your important documents to a safe location. Take them with you when you evacuate or store them in a safe deposit box outside the area.

 -Make a plan for your pets. Not all emergency shelters will take pets. Check with your local veterinarian for help with plan.

 -Review your insurance coverage. What does your insurance policy cover? What does it exclude? The standard homeowners’ insurance policy does not cover flood damage. Check if your policy covers debris removal and sewer back-up.

Above all else, stay safe!

If we can help, call us – 704-596-9700 and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SERVPRONCMC/

Know who to call, Davidson, for your Water and Flooding Needs

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Know who to call, Davidson, for your Water and Flooding Needs SERVPRO is trained in the latest water and flood damage removal techniques.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 704-596-9700

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County

SERVPRO of  North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For more information follow us on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/SERVPRONCMC/

Charlotte's Spring is the Beginning of Mold Season

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County can help you remove that nasty odor.

With spring upon us, it's time to think about spring cleaning and getting rid of that odor that's lingered all winter. Let the experts at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County come out and inspect your home and offer an effective plan for removing that smell. Be it pet odor, fireplace odor, cigarette odor or mold, we use the IICRC indstry standards to eliminate the smells. We are used time and time again by real estate professionals to remove cigarette smoke odors from a home before it is put up for sale. We also will throughly clean your carpets and ducts and vents if necessary. Call our office at (704)596-9700 to discover what we can do to help start your spring off right.