How Does Mold Smell? Can Mold Hurt or Kill You?
I SMELL MOLD BUT CANT SEE IT...
Mold can be a very tricky and irritating to identify if you're a homeowner. Usually you can not smell mold, but sometimes it can give a musty odor.
Mold produces gasses called microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC). Many of these MVOC gasses are odorless, but at times will produce a musty odor.
When mold is not visible, but you have a gut feeling mold is growing somewhere in your property, can be one of the most annoying things to deal with.
You start questioning yourself, especially if you have kids or pets... can it kill me? is it harmful? is my home in danger? will I get sick? all these thought's go through your head as they should.
You can call SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson if you ever suspect mold growth at your property. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, or would like to properly get the mold issue resolved... CALL US! (310)637-7701What kinds of health risks may be linked to mold? What are symptoms and signs of mold allergy?
- runny nose,
- watery eyes,
- redness of the eyes,
- itchy eyes,
- skin irritation or rash.
Asbestos at My Job
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos You can find out more information on the EPA website.
If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business, its very important to know what you're dealing with. When people tend to do the work on their own, they do more harm than good because they don't know the proper protocols when dealing with a situation like asbestos. Always do your homework before you start doing construction and opening walls as you can spread the cancerous mineral at your home or work facility.
Annual Community Night Out in Carson
United Force Against Crime & Violence
The Annual Committee Night Out is just around the corner!
Carson Sheriff’s Station personnel, the City of Carson, and the Community Advisory Committee invite you to participate in the 13th Annual Community Night Out, “March and Rally Against Crime and Violence.” The rally will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. This event will take place in front of the station located at 21356 South Avalon Boulevard, Carson, California.
The March and Rally will bring together business leaders, the community, and law enforcement, Carson firefighters, in a united force against crime and violence. The event will be a fun-filled evening of music, food, and entertainment.
Please contact Community Relations at
(310) 847-8386 with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Celebrate Summer Safely
Summer is filled with barbecues, parades and firework displays; but along with all festivities are plenty of visits to the emergency rooms, and plenty of visits from firefighters- especially during July.
Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after firework-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. Where there's fire's there's firefighters, where there's firefighters fighting fires, there's 100's of gallons of water causing water damage to put out these fires. Always be alert and ready during this time of year, make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster free!
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
- keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Anyone using fireworks or nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
Large Loss Team Available 24/7
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.
Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
Should a storm or major event strike, call (310) 637-7701
Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.
Water Heaters and MOLD
Water heaters and MOLD
Mold around your hot water heater? it’s important to have it thoroughly removed as soon as possible when ever you see it.
Exposure to household mold can lead to numerous health problems, some of them quite serious. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory infections such as bronchitis, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, digestive problems, and even depression.
Mold can be removed from non-porous surfaces like tile floors with an antimicrobial cleanser (Bleach or Vinegar) and a scrub brush. It’s not possible to remove mold completely from porous surfaces, like carpets, drywall and floorboards. Those materials must be removed (carefully, in order not to spread mold spores to other areas of the home in the process) and replaced.
If you are experiencing any mold-related health problems or if you have respiratory problems like asthma or any disorders of the immune system, we recommend not attempting to remove mold yourself because the mold removal process will expose you to more mold spores and can make your condition worse. To protect your health, we recommend calling SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson to assure that the job gets done right.
In order to prevent mold from returning, you’ll need to repair any hot water heater leak or other problem that led to the development of mold. Hot water will have mold grow at a faster rate. Remember that MOLD feeds off humid/dark area's... Always look around your home for signs of leaks or weird smells that can lead to MOLD growth.
Causes for Plumbing Issues
Pipe's Causing Water Damage
Your plumbing system is an intricate part of your home or business. With pipes and faucets that carry water and remove waste. Here are some some of the common causes of a pipe burst
- Clogs - When there are clogs in the pipes, water pressure can build inside, causing the pipe burst open.
Homeowner Damage - Property owners might cause accidental damage to piping when renovating their home or business.
Extreme Weather - When the temperatures drop below freezing levels, the cold water left in pipes can freeze and expand, causing pipe to bursts.
Tree Roots - Tree roots are naturally drawn to moist soil. If piping is set too close to a tree, the roots may grow towards the pipes and eventually break through them.This can be a headache when dealing with this situation.
- Improper Installation - If pipes are not properly installed in the beginning, it can lead to future problems, including pipe's malfunctioning/breaking.
In this situation you will need immediate help to extract the water and contents effected as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your property and belongings.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is just a phone call away to help make it "Like it never even happened." Our highly trained crew will jump into action and get you back in a happy mood. (310)637-7701
Help with My Water Damage Claim
Help with my water damage claim
If you're a homeowner or business owner and wake up or walk into your home/business with a foot of standing water what do you do? what can you do?
You would be desperate to remove the water, clean up the mess, and salvage as many of your items as possible. Doing so, may cause more harm than good. If you throw away any damaged items or make permanent repairs before your insurance company has inspected the property and estimated the scope of damage, you may be denied coverage and not get compensated for your loss.
In this case, you’ll have to pay for the repairs out of your own pocket and find a way to get your life back on track without any financial assistance.
SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has the expertise when dealing with this situation. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry and we've helped countless homeowners with their claim.
We will help you in the process of your claim and make sure to help you and your assigned adjuster to make life easier for both parties.
We will follow up with your adjuster with the assessment we did at your home/business, taking accurate pictures of everything that was effected, moister readings, etc... This helps getting the process rolling so we can get your home to preloss condition as quickly as possible. This is one of the reason why adjusters love working with SERVPRO.
SERVPRO's HEPA VAC
Hire Someone Who Knows What They're Doing
High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance . That is what the acronym HEPA stands for. What is a HEPA vacuum? How does it work? What makes it different and more special than other vacuums.
When approaching things such as mold, led, or asbestos you must use a HEPA vacuum. It is for indoor use only and takes out 99.97% of the particulates in the air. It is the most efficient vacuum you can find. Inside a HEPA vacuum is 5 filters including a HEPA filter.
When on a job, you can combine a HEPA vacuum with an air scrubber to completely control the debris in the air and help eradicate the mold on a property. After cleaning the walls and vacuuming the walls and floors with an air scrubber running, you're usually done with the mold job, without a HEPA vacuum it would be impossible. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson got's what it takes to get the job done RIGHT!
Stay Ready For Your Family
ARE YOU READY?
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. Earthquake, hurricane's, or heavy rain, we should always be ready when the unexpected occurs.
Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing.
Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:
1. Flashlights for each family member
2. Battery-operated radio and clock
3. Extra batteries
4. Containers of bottled water
5. Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants
6. Non-electric can opener
7. List of important phone numbers
8. First-aid kit
Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.
•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
•Choose foods your family will eat.
•Remember any special dietary needs.
•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.
•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
•Protein or fruit bars
•Dry cereal or granola
•Non-perishable pasteurized milk
•High energy foods
•Food for infants
We hope this was useful and made you consider this as a priority, you just never know when something tragic might occur, its always best to stay READY.