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Mold in My Shower

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in My Shower MOLD IN MY BATHROOM

 I was taking a shower one morning when I looked up and noticed black fuzz and dots growing on my ceiling and glass doors! I realized it was actually mold. Why does mold seem to like the bathroom the most and what can I do to prevent it from growing there?

You've got a problem there. First off, you should probably get that black stuff looked at and remediated by a professional like SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson. You don’t want to start scraping it off yourself. Mold can be linked to a whole host of allergy symptoms, and even if you’re not experiencing any of them, it’s a good idea to get the problem under control.

Let’s talk about what mold is and what makes it grow in the first place. Mold is a form of fungus that is found all around us in the natural environment.

However, when there is moisture indoors that isn’t dried immediately,such as when there is leakage or flooding, mold can grow behind/under surfaces. 

If you can have your bathroom window cracked open about 3 to 4 inches most of the time, that alone would help out tremendously. 

Mold can grow only when moisture can’t get out, and if your bathroom doesn’t have a vent, or if your vent isn’t working properly, that’s the first thing you need to fix.

If you do have a vent in your bathroom, make sure that you turn on the exhaust fan during and after your shower. The exhaust fan pulls the moisture out. So try and leave your bathroom windows or door open after you shower to help prevent any build up.

It’s also important to check underneath all the sinks in your house once or twice a year and make sure you don’t have any leaks. After all, even a hint of moisture in the wrong place can trigger mold growth.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about possible mold in your home or commercial facility, please don't hesitate to call us at (310) 637-7701

Discover Recycling Open House - West LA 2018

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Community Discover Recycling Open House - West LA 2018 Fun For The Family

DESCRIPTION

LASAN holds six "Discover Recycling" Open Houses every year. Each of our wasteshed district yards will open to the public in a series of free Saturday events. The Open House program showcases LA Sanitation’s residential curbside collection programs with an emphasis on proper recycling practices and bulky item collection while strengthening partnerships with City residents. The Open House will feature trash trucks and equipment demonstrations in addition to facility tours, information booths, recycling games, and refreshments. Last year, more than 7,000 residents attended the Open House events with 290 city employees who volunteered their time to "give back" to the neighborhoods they serve throughout the year. There is no charge for admission and all ages are welcome, but we do request that pets be left at home for safety. Free food and giveaways are available while supplies last.

LA Sanitation’s Lopez Canyon Environmental Education Center will host an activity booth about the city’s green bin recycling program and give away small vegetable plants. Visitors will plant saplings to take home, use mulch and compost made from residential yard trimmings, and learn about “closed loop” recycling. More than 2,200 vegetable plants were potted and given away to residents last year. LA Sanitation will also partner with “City Plants” to provide 50 fruit and 50 shade trees for adoption by city residents, on a first-come-served basis at each yard, while supplies last. (L.A. city residents must present valid identification with their city address or a current DWP bill to adopt a tree. Note: the limit is one tree per property address.) “Used Tires” from city residents will also be collected, which is provided by a grant from CalRecycle. (L.A. city residents must present valid identification and a current DWP bill to drop off used tires. Note: a maximum of nine passenger and/or light truck tires will be accepted, but tires on rims and used tires from businesses will not be accepted.)

DATE AND TIME

Sat, June 30, 2018

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM PDT

LOCATION

LA Sanitation's West LA Yard

2027 Stoner Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Learn more at www.lacitysan.org/openhouse or call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489.

Emergency Ready Program

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Program Have a Plan Of Action

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup Blood in Blood Out

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will respond immediately and have the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? 
Call Today (310) 637-7701

SERVPRO technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

5 Easy Tips To Prevent Water Damage

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Easy Tips To Prevent Water Damage Don't Get Wet

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Hazardous Materials in the Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Hazardous Materials in the Home HAZMAT

Hazardous materials in the home can be very dangerous not only to children, adults and pets living in the residence but also for the environment if materials are handled improperly.

Common products within your home could make your home a potential site for a mini hazardous materials (hazmat) incident, particularly during an earthquake.

Strong ground shaking could topple and break bottles and cans which contain hazardous materials. Follow these helpful instructions when dealing with hazardous materials:

The Do Nots when preparing to dispose of hazardous materials:

? Do not throw it in the trash.

? Do not pour it in the kitchen sink.

? Do not flush it down the toilet.

? Do not pour it on the ground or down the gutter or storm drain.

This will eventually end up in the ocean, potentially harming wildlife.

When using household products, keep in mind the acronym L-I-E-S

? L imit the amount of material stored.

? I solate the products in closed cabinets and             keep containers tightly covered.

? E liminate unused or unneeded supplies.

? S separate incompatible materials.

 The following materials may be taken to a Hazardous Materials Roundup

Batteries, Old Fuel, Various Cleaners,Paint Thinners, Latex or Oil Base Paints, Expired Medicines, Lighter Fluid, Stains/Varnishes, Nail Polish Remover, Antifreeze, Products w/ Acid or Lye Herbicides and Pesticides, Motor Oils, Pool Chemicals, Hair Spray, Aerosol Cans ,Solvents , and Transmission Fluid are some of the most common items found in a household that can be hazardous.

What to do after a commercial fire

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do after a commercial fire DO YOU HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION?

When your commercial facility suffers fire damage, you need to know what next steps to take to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Business interruptions are expensive. SERVPRO of Carson has been helping businesses open their doors after disaster for over 15-years.  We offer the following fire damage services:

  • Roof Tarping: we will install a thick, weatherproof tarp over the damaged portions of your roof to prevent precipitation from coming in and causing secondary damage.
  • Board Up: We will install temporary boards over damaged doors and windows to prevent precipitation from coming in and to deter possible break-ins.
  • Temporary Fencing: we will install a temporary fence around the perimeter of your property to deter the public from entering sensitive areas.
  • 24-Hour Security: if a board up can’t take place for any weather-related reason, we will install a security guard for your property until our crews can safely install them.
  • Water Damage: a water damage occurs at most fires due to firefighting efforts.  Standing water can cause secondary damage to your structure.  We will extract all standing water to prevent further damage.
  • Structural Cleaning & Deodorization: after the building is secure, we will begin the process of cleaning and deodorizing your property.  Permanently damaged debris will be removed and all soot and smoke odor will be removed.
  • Contents & Textile Cleaning: soot and smoke-affected contents and textiles can be cleaned and deodorized.
  • Move-Out / Move-Back: if any contents need to be cleaned and deodorized and your structure is still not safe, we will transport the items back to our cleaning facility and then move them back.
  • Storage Space: should your contents need temporary storage space, they will be stored in our warehouse until your property is safe again.
  • Reconstruction: any structure that was permanently damaged removed can be replaced.

Call SERVPRO of Carson for information in regards to our "ERP" (Emergency Ready program) which helps with a rapid response, business interruptions, and claim expenses. SERVPRO offers this wonderful tool at no cost for a plan of action for your facility. Call us now (310) 637-7701 

How to Prevent Water Damage

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Water Damage DONT LET THIS BE YOU...

Preventing water damage is a whole lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Clean your gutters, Ensure good drainage.

  • Direct downspouts 5-10’ away from the house.

  • Test your sump pump once a year.

  • Fix all water leaks.

  • Replace missing roof shingles.

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together.

You’ve heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew.

Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

#1. Ensure Good Drainage

Why it matters: Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

How to do it:

  • clean your gutter routinely, A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.
  • Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
  • Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)
  • But don’t let the soil get too dry, either. Long dry spells let the soil around your house dry out and shrink. A big rain may make the soil expand, putting pressure on your foundation walls. In a drought, run a soaker hose at least 6 inches from the foundation and 3 inches under the soil to keep the soil from contracting and expanding.

Maintenance cost: Very little. Cleaning gutters can be a no-cost DIY job, or you can hire a pro for $50 to $250, depending on the size and height of your home. To get the soil slope you need, you might have to buy some additional topsoil.

Worst case if you put it off: Your foundation could settle, cracking your basement walls. The cost to stabilize, repair, and seal deteriorated foundation walls is a whopping $15,000 to $40,000.

#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Why it matters: Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

How to test your sump pump:

  1. Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.
  2. Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first.
  3. If you don’t have a backup pump or a generator, and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.

#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Why it matters: Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.  

How to check for leaks:

  • Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.
  • At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

Make sure to put SERVPRO of Carson in your emergency contacts for peace of mind. We have trained technicians ready to respond around the clock 365 days a year. (310) 637-7701

How Dirty Is Gym Equipment?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning How Dirty Is Gym Equipment? STAY SAFE

Your local gym is one of the dirtiest places you'll visit today. Free weights are contaminated with up to 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and a treadmill holds 74 times more bacteria than the average washroom faucet, among other really nasty facts.

Think of this??

While the gym is the go-to place to improve your fitness, health and boost your self-esteem, it may be one of the grossest and dirtiest places you're ever going to visit. Truth be told, the griminess of a public washroom doesn't even compare to the filth you'd find in your average gym.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson- tested an athletic facility for contamination levels, and we found high levels of bacteria in the following places. 

The typical free weights contain up to 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. It's pretty shocking but, at the same time, when was the last time you saw someone washing down the barbells at your gym?

Exercise bikes aren't much better, containing 39 times more bacteria that a plastic reusable cafeteria tray. You would think treadmills are at least somewhat clean because they're supposed to be wiped after each use, but each machine averages 74 times more bacteria than a typical washroom faucet.

The really bad news? 52% of bacteria found on the average treadmil can cause skin infections, and even pneumonia and septicemia.

On top of all this, 70% of bacteria found on all gym equipment analyzed are potentially harmful to humans, and 31% of all bacteria found are largely resistant to antibiotics.

The free weights and exercise bikes that were sampled also turned up Bacillus, which is a potential cause of various conditions, including ear, eye, and respiratory infections.

There are a few ways to improve cleanliness at the gym.

In an athletic environment, its important to both clean surface areas where athletes are likely to make contact, yet ensure that the disinfectant used is safe for skin contact and does not leave an unpleasant or lingering odor.  

When we’re asked to clean facilities, three questions are normally asked:

  1. How do you clean these areas without leaving a chemical odor or harming an athlete's skin?
  2. How do you really know its clean?
  3. When are you available and how fast can you do the work?

How do you clean these areas without leaving a chemical odor or harming an athlete's skin?

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has various options to help meet the needs of different teams and facilities.  A popular option is to use a Fragrance-Free Disinfectant with anti-microbial, mildewcide, bactericide, fungicide, and deodorant properties.  Once this cleaning agent is dried on the surface, it’s safe for an athlete to touch.  To further help eliminate odor, we can also install a temporary air scrubber with carbon and HEPA filtration for the duration of the cleaning process.  

Whatever the needs of your facility, rest assured that SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson will do whatever to help keep YOU and your customers happy.We work quick and efficient, and do whatever it takes to make our customers happy.

Controlling MOLD in your Residential Home/Commercial Facility

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Controlling MOLD in your Residential Home/Commercial Facility Keep your loved ones safe

Mold cannot be completely removed.  It is a natural part of our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  Many restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold. This isn’t possible.  What you are going to be doing, instead, is removing the triggers in your home that cause mold that causes large amounts of mold growth.

Where Mold is Likely to Grow

Mold is likely to grow in places that are dark,warm,and humid places.  These places include kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.  It’s also likely to grow in places that have previously had a water damage that wasn’t dried properly.  If you smell something musty in the air or see black spots growing on your walls, you may have mold.

How to Control Mold Growth

  1. Fix anything that is leaking.  That includes pipes, windows, and roofs.  A leaking structure or pipe that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture.  Most people discover a leaking roof or pipe when they see secondary damage to their home, like a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.
  2. Control the humidity in your home.  Mold likes to grow in high humidity.  An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH).  In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH.  You can purchase a home hygrometer (a humidity meter) and temperature gauge at your local home and hardware store or online for less than $10.
  3. Ventilate humid areas.  Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used.  After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan.
  4. Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.  If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties.  This company should extract water and monitor your property as it dries.  Ask for documentation to verify your structure has been properly dried.

If you find or suspect mold growing in your home, call us.  We will assess your property and, if anything is found, remediate your mold and help you find the cause of the mold and fix it.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has over 15 years of experience mitigating water, fire, and mold damages.  We are a licensed mold contractor and respond 24/7 every day of the year.  Call us for any questions or concerns (310) 637-7701