A Professional View on Commercial Mold Remediation
These days, there seems to be a do-it-yourself guide for every situation.
With a quick “how to” internet search, you can have step-by-step instructions to do everything – from planting your own garden to building a rocket.
It’s a privilege to have access to so much information, and the fact that there are so many tasks which can be completed on your own (with practice and the right tools) is wonderful.
However, dealing with mold isn’t a task anyone should undertake without professional help. Mold is a particularly nasty problem which, if not prevented, can lead to damaged homes.
A mold invasion can be an even more problematic situation for commercial spaces. Mold issues at home can at least be taken care of while you’re at work. But having mold at your place of business is a completely different situation.
SERVPRO knows how difficult mold can be based on experience servicing businesses throughout the Nashville, Percy Priest community. As your go-to source for commercial mold remediation, we’d like to shed light on how mold can begin and how we’re here to put an end to it.
Mold’s Humble Beginnings
Summer heat is typically a time where people enjoy going for a dip in a cool pool or a lake. Unfortunately, mold loves the combination of heat and moisture that happens during the summer months just as much as we do.
What causes mold growth is the meeting of unchecked moisture and a warm climate.
One thing that can be commonly overlooked is the root cause of mold. Pipes are used every day, especially in commercial spaces to transport massive amounts of water, and like anything, they experience wear and tear.
This will eventually lead to leaks.
A pro tip is to consider areas where water runs through pipes as a possible point for mold growth.
Whether in your business’s kitchen or bathroom, a leaky pipe can be the beginning of a much bigger problem and it is something that should never be ignored.
Why Getting a Pro is Way Better Than a DIY
You’ve already probably noticed mold growth in your building and you’re now looking for solutions.
Even in the age of open source do-it-yourself guides, you need to get a professional to look at your mold situation. Handling it by yourself can be a fast track to seeing mold eat at your walls and wallet because there’s a good chance that it has a hold far beyond what you can see.
The first thing a SERVPRO professional will do is take an assessment of how extensive the damage is. You will be provided with accurate feedback on what needs to be done next.
Why a Mold Assessment is Vital
Knowledge of any situation facing your business is important.
With mold, a professional assessment will give a full account of the damage and what commercial mold remediation work needs to be done.
Commercial mold remediation is a service where a full assessment is taken. During this process, the mold is removed. In extreme cases, this can mean cleaning or getting rid of the carpets, dry wall, and even ceilings which have been compromised by mold.
Special methods, chemicals, and cleaners are then used to clean up the mold – such process also prevents it from returning.
A professional assessment is an all-around look into your mold issue. It will consider the source of the problem, offer solutions to stop it, and employ tactics to keep it from happening again.
SERVPRO is Here to Serve You
Commercial mold remediation is a professional service that SERVPRO finds to be one of the most valuable assets to local businesses.
There are few things more troubling than to see a hardworking business owner come to us with a compound mold issue that would have been easily fixed with professional mold remediation services.
If you want to know more about commercial mold remediation or if you’re in need of one, feel free to reach out to us.
We’re here, so the mold doesn’t have to be.
Don’t Take a Chance with Water Damage
Life is a beautiful collection of happenings - both planned and unintentional.
In the most ideal of scenarios you’ve been fortunate enough to build a happy and healthy home environment. Your day-to day life is filled with general tasks that are common in most people’s routines. You work hard, take care of your family, and seek to keep a productive and safe household.
Unfortunately, water damage has no regard for this.
Whether because of some minor piping issues or as the result of a chaotic natural disaster, water damage can strike any of our homes. Water damage can include even the most minor of pipe leaks all the way up to wide spread damage resulting in a need for emergency restoration services.
As a longtime service provider to the people of Percy Priest, Nashville, and the surrounding area, SERVPRO knows how impactful house flooding and water damage can be.
We’re here to provide just a few of things to consider based on our industry expertise for ways you can safeguard your home and personal items against water damage.
Gut Your Gutters and Others
It’s not the most glamourous work, but it could pay off, and not at the expense of your wallet, in the long run.
Routine maintenance on your gutters and eavestroughs are a very simple way to prevent water damage.
Over time pathways can become filled with debris which eventually lead to the water flow being blocked. When this happens, the water buildup can become too much for the gutters and ultimately cause it to collapse.
To avoid this, be sure to clear debris from any part of your home that has the purpose of leading water from the house. Gutters, downspouts, eavestroughs, and storm drains are all things you’re going to need clutter free when heavy rains come.
It may seem like a stretch, but routine home maintenance and beautification all play a role in preventing water damage during floods.
Keeping your roof, pipes, and drainage systems up to code are obvious tasks to keep your home free from easy occurring water damage scenarios. Beautifying your lawn through landscape work is another deterrent to flooding. Homes with gardens and other vegetation have an added benefit of being natural buffers by minimizing soil erosion.
Additional improvements you can make are to take a survey of your sidewalks, driveways, and any patio areas you may have. These tend to have general ware overtime and that damage can make it easier for water to collect in faulty areas.
What the Tech?
What you can’t see can hurt you.
We’ve covered mainly preventing water damage that can affect your home physically, but as an extra tip we advise you keep your data in mind.
It can be more of an afterthought in the wake of a flood to remember everything you’ve stored on your computers and electronic devices. However, once those tech gadgets are destroyed that data is lost.
Whether they’re professional files or personal ones, take a moment to back up your hard drive into a cloud-based platform. Insurance may cover getting a new a computer, but it won’t recover your precious files.
Be Smarter Than Backwater
Even if you’ve made it past the worse of the storm there can be more foul possibilities awaiting.
It’s already a best practice to ensure that your pipes are clear for water to flow out, but make sure you’ve taken measure so that something can’t get back in.
With waters rising, sewage systems can become full to the point of tracking up your pipes and out of your home’s draining points. The result would not only be water damage but whatever sewage comes along with it.
We recommend having a plumber to install a backwater valve which is a device that prevents water from reentering your house during heavy rain periods. Like all your water damage prevention efforts, this too should be a routine check.
Water damage is one thing, but sewer water is a burden of another breed.
SERVPRO Can Help
We at SERVPRO know how water damage of any kind can become a costly situation and the dangers flooding can cause.
You may not be able to help that the storm season is picking up, but you can certainly take measures to safeguard your home and family from water damage.
SERVPRO’s 6 Quick Water Damage Prevention Tips
You’re a busy person with a lot of responsibility on your shoulders.
The last thing we at SERVPRO want you to have to worry about is random water damage occurring in your home. This is especially true considering that much of it is very preventable with a little foresight.
Our Top Water Damage Prevention Tips
Below, we’ve assembled a list of quick water damage prevention tips for our friends and clients in Nashville, Hickory Hollow – and the surrounding area to make sure that you’re a step ahead of potential issues.
No Leak Left Behind
This is probably one of the simplest water damage prevention tips you can use.
You’re already aware that your pipes, whether in the kitchen or in the bathroom, are made to carry water. You should make it a good practice to look under your counters every now and then to see if there are any leaks. If you do it enough you can catch them when they’re just beginning and may even be able to fix them yourself.
However, if you find yourself in a worst-case scenario, give your local SERVPRO professional a call.
Avoid Water Backup
Water backup can occur when waste and water which has already been disposed comes back into the house. This can be caused be excessive flooding when the sewage and waste systems are filled to the brim.
There’s a great potential that everything you send down the pipes will come back through, and maybe some things you didn’t.
We suggest having a backflow valve installed to prevent any form of backup. This is designed to prevent anything from coming back up the pipes from the sewage, whether water or waste. It’s an extreme case for this to happen, but ultimately one which you’d be happier to prevent.
Install Water Detection
This is a costlier solution but will be worth the investment if you can detect water issues in advance.
Water detectors are small devices that alert you whenever the sensors meet water. The beauty of these are that they can detect even the lowest levels of abnormal moisture. This means that you can detect potential water problems long before they’ve had a chance to cause any major issues.
Watch Your Grease
Never poor grease down the sink.
Grease might as well be glue, because it has the capability of becoming very clingy inside your pipes. Once enough of it sticks it will be very difficult to loosen up and will result in serious damage to your pipes. The best thing to do is to put it in your old cans and toss it out when it hardens.
Plant a Flower, or Two
Having a garden can do a whole lot more than winning you yard of the month award.
A little yard work helps in the case of heavy rains because it’s more difficulty for the soil be displaced by flood waters. Think of it as a first line of defense that water must break through before reaching your house.
An alternative to this it to make sure to manage any large trees or vegetation. These should be just as kept as a garden because if the roots get out of hand they can grow to the point of breaking into your utility pipes.
Check Your Appliances
It’s always a good idea to make sure your household appliances are functioning properly, so why not take it a step further?
When preventing water damage, you should routinely check appliances that use water They’re bound to already have factory instructions for proper use, and these should include water related tips. However, even if you’re not sure about how the appliance can lead to water damage it’s easy to spot an issue.
If you see water coming out where it shouldn’t - it’s probably a good time for maintenance or to get a replacement.
Just in Case – We Are Always Here!
Perhaps you’re just reading this after already discovering there is extensive water damage to your home. No worries. SERVPRO specializes in emergency restoration services and can get your home fixed via our team of experts.
However, if you haven’t seen any damage yet, this is the time to get everything around your house set up so that you can feel confident knowing you’ve done everything you can.
Prepping Your Home for Travel to Avoid Water Damage
We hope you don't need our industrial moisture control systems, but if you do, we have you covered.
The summer season is finally here.
However, nothing can put a damper on your travel plans than a lack of peace of mind that your home is safe. Life happens whether on vacation or at home, but you can always take small steps that go a long way to keeping your home protected from the unexpected.
Water damage can happen anytime and it doesn’t take a large flood or storm to do it. At SERVPRO in Nashville we know how expensive repairs can be – from minor leaks all the way to our most extensive emergency restoration services.
However, before you pack up for your summer holiday, we have a few tips to help with any concerns you may have about leaving your home.
SERVPRO’s Fast 4 Tips for Preventing Water Damage
Here are some tips which will prevent your home from water damage during your summer travels, and also any time of the year. You’ll be able to have more peace of mind and fully enjoy your summer travel knowing that you’ve acted on our 4 tips:
- Declutter Those Gutters
It’s not a glamorous job, but someone’s got to do it.
We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year to make sure they maintain an unblocked flow. Perhaps, ice dams are a more well-known issue for gutters. But during summer, gutters still can cause water damage. Blocked water can affect your roof and even the gutter itself.
Additionally, if the downspouts aren’t clean and secure, it could create overflow and eventually cause foundational damage. This summer, don’t let this easy fix become a water damage nightmare.
- Detect, Not Neglect
Technology is a great way to inspect the unexpected.
Installing water detection devices is a tech-savvy way of being notified if you’re at risk of any water damage or even recognizing it’s begun. Water detectors are small devices that notify you when their sensors pick up moisture. These can be placed in typically hazard areas like water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, toilets and others high water traffic areas.
A good thing about these is they’re capable of detected low-moisture levels meaning that you can most likely catch the issue before the damage becomes to extensive.
- Control the Mold
By the time you see mold, there’s more damage than meets the eye.
Mold forms over time and neglect. Perhaps it’s a small problem now but imagine it after being gone from home for a month or two. If you consider the summer heat, then there’s a steamy situation is on your horizon.
SERVPRO strongly advises to not ignore or postpone repairs of any existing moisture damage. When left unattended, this seemingly harmless moisture can evolve into mold, mildew, dry rot, and structural damage to your home. The warmer summer conditions will only make this situation worse.
It all begins with a small leak that you may overlook as being a little light water damage. Don’t take this for granted, and get it fixed before hitting the road.
- The Water Main Attraction
How can you have a water leak inside your house if no water is running into it?
The water main should be the “main” thing you consider before leaving for summer travel. Whenever you’re leaving for a long period of time, you should make sure that your water main is off. It’s a simple move that can remedy most of your water damage risks.
In fact, ensuring that your water main is shut off can prevent most non-existent water damage issues from occurring while you’re traveling. Existing water issues may persist, but at least they won’t be amplified by running water.
A Happy Home
There will always be things you don’t expect to go wrong, whether from natural disasters or just faulty parts. For those, SERVPRO has emergency restoration and maintenance services, but the simplest action you can take to prevent water damage begins with you.
Before you set out for a wonderful summer vacation, make sure to check your home using our tips and even to identify existing water damage that needs our attention. You’ll have a much happier summer if you do.
Fire Damage Prevention While on Vacation
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Summer is typically a time where we all get to take a break from patterns of day-to-day life.
It’s always nice to have a couple of weeks off to either beat the heat at a cold tourist destination, or even to embrace it on a beautiful beach.
However, no matter how you deal with heat, you don’t want to return from your vacation this summer to discover that a heat of a different kind has destroyed your home.
Fire damage can happen at any time of the year – the extensive fire and smoke damage can destroy your home. While SERVPRO offers emergency restoration services to help rebuild after fire damage, we want to provide some tips that can help you avoid a tragic event this summer.
Tips for Preventing Fire Damage at Home
There are certainly occasions where natural disasters are simply out of our control and really aren’t affected by any precaution we take. However, for those instances where everyday choices can make the difference, we’ve compiled a few tips for preventing fires at your home while traveling this summer.
You don’t need to have an active Neighborhood Watch to make sure someone’s looking after your home.
Ask one of your trusted neighbors to be on the lookout while you’re away. This can be very helpful for both preventing fires from breaking out, but also for stopping them before they get too out of hand. Even if you’ve taken precautions before leaving, it doesn’t hurt to have someone do a walk through to double check.
In the worst-case scenario, you’ll at least have someone you trust keeping your home in mind and ready to call the fire department. Their watchfulness can make all the difference in how much fire and smoke damage occurs.
There’s a strong likelihood that you’re not going to be using any of your home appliances while traveling.
It’s always proper fire prevention practice to make sure your appliance chords are in a good shape, that they’re being used to manufacture standards, and that your circuits and extension cords aren’t overloaded.
However, while gone, the simplest remedy is to unplug everything that doesn’t need power. A damaged chord can’t cause you issues if it’s not plugged in.
Also, while you may be somewhere taking in the summer sun and clear skies, a thunderstorm could be happening in your city. You can easily prevent a power surge hitting your house and causing a fire by having little-to-know items connected.
This appliance check also includes your water heater. This is another area of your home which should be checked routinely because damage to electrical lines or faulty valves or vents can lead to a major fire hazard.
Additionally, it’s a wise idea to check your house’s main circuit breaker or box. This is a good habit before leaving for the summer, but also for any time of the year. The main box serves as a defense against electrical surges. So, if you see it’s already burnt out, call a specialist right away.
There is a wide variety of tech and detection services available to monitor your home while away. These are great whenever you’re away from home, especially if you’re gone for an extended period.
If you know you’re going to be traveling extensively, it could be a great idea to invest in a home security system. Wireless systems like these not only can alert you for when a fire breaks out, but can even be automated to the point of calling the fire department on your behalf.
Investing in a sprinkler system for your home is an obvious plus against preventing fire damage. Check this system before you leave to make sure that it’s functional. A home security system and a helpful neighbor can only do so much, and it may be your sprinklers which save the day.
Enjoy the Heat
SERVPRO is here for you with emergency restoration services in the unfortunate event that your home has fire or smoke damage. Routine appliance and safety equipment checks should be a part of keeping your home safe during any time of the year. It’s better to check them now, so you can enjoy your summer later.
Mold Restoration: Top Causes of Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold spores are all over. They can enter your house through windows or vents and thrive in damp areas leading to infestation. Although this green fungus may seem harmless, it poses a great risk to the structural condition of your house.
In order to deal with mold influx, you should take the initiative of finding its root causes. This will help you deal with the problem effectively.
How to Tell You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home
Have you noticed a strong, stuffy odor in your home? Do you feel congested or have watery eyes while indoors? Is the paint on your walls and ceiling peeling off? Can you see white spots and frothy patches forming on your floor and furniture?
If your answer to these questions is affirmative, you might have a mold problem.
5 Common Causes of Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold needs both moisture and oxygen to flourish. Here are some of the moisture/oxygen sources in your home that could facilitate its growth.
1. Poor Ventilation
Closing your windows all through makes your house poorly ventilated and creates pouches of stagnant humid air – a conducive environment for mold growth. Poor aeration will also make the wet surfaces in the house dry out slowly.
Always ensure your house is well-ventilated by keeping the windows opened during the day, especially the rooms that prone to dampness like the kitchens and bathrooms.
High humidity indoors promotes mold growth. A humidifier is a great device for regulating the humidity in your home. To prevent it from growing, ensure your humidifier is set below 55%. However, don’t set it too low – dry air can also be a health hazard.
3. Water in the House’s Foundation
Underground water or stagnant water in the yard can seep through the foundation and allow mold to grow on it. This can severely damage the foundation and walls, especially if the ground around your home slopes towards the house.
You will need to seek the services of a landscaper to modify the terrain so that that the water drains away from your house. Afterward, contact a remediation professional to inspect areas affected by mold growth and prevent further growth.
If you live in an area that’s area is prone to flooding, then mold infestation is unavoidable during the rainy season. Your house may take weeks to dry out, but mold takes only 24 hours to grow. In fact, extreme flooding can put your home at the risk of being infested with toxic molds.
Once the flood has cleared, seek the services of a remediation expert to determine the extent of the damage, dry your home, and then clean it up.
5. Leaking Water Pipes
Leaking pipes do not only waste water, but also promote mold growth, especially if the leak is under the sink or within walls.
Ensure to check your water pipes on a regular basis to avoid any further damage. If there is leakage, call a plumber to repair the damage as soon as possible.
6. Organic Food Sources
Just like any other living microorganisms, mold also needs food to survive. Mold gets its nutrients from various organic food sources, such as paper, cardboard, wood, drywall, organic dirt layer and many more.
As a result, removing decomposing organic material from the interiors of your home is a reliable way to mitigate infestations.
What Happens During Mold Remediation?
If you notice any signs of mold in your home, ensure you call a remediation specialist and get rid of the green nuisance. During the remediation the specialist will:
- Inspect and test for infestation.
- Seal off the room with plastic covers to prevent spores from spreading to other parts of the house.
- Sanitize the air with HEPA filters to remove spores that linger in the air.
- Moisten dry mold before removing it with bleach, ammonia, borax, or vinegar.
- Clean both affected and unaffected surfaces for the ultimate protection.
- Dry-vacuum the house to remove all residue.
When remediation is taking place in your home, it’s best that you wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, and masks to prevent contact with the mold and spores.
Contact SERVPRO for Top-Notch Mold Remediation in Percy Priest
Want to get rid of the mold infestation in your home?
At SERVPRO, we pride in helping both residential and commercial clients remedy mold damage in their indoor spaces. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with your remediation project.
Commercial Mold Restoration: 4 Ways to Curb Mold Growth Post Remediation
Mold exists literally everywhere, only that you might not always see it with your naked eyes. This type of fungus produces countless microscopic spores that freely flow through the air, but it requires oxygen and moisture to grow on any surface.
Mold growth typically forms colored spots or hair-like patches on various materials and surfaces both indoors and outdoors, so it is easily detectable.
Theoretically speaking, the most effective way to prevent mold growth is to keep surfaces dry all the time. However, this might not always be feasible, especially in the outdoor environments where various materials and surfaces are constantly exposed to rain and high humidity.
Regardless, mold growth looks unsightly and it can cause costly damage to buildings and the items inside it. Hence, it is important to remedy the problem as soon as it is detected.
Is it Possible to Eliminate Mold Completely?
The answer to this question is no. As already mentioned, mold is almost everywhere, so even if it that has grown on particular materials and surfaces is removed, the spores suspended in the air or settled in the dust can always cause further growth, as long as oxygen and moisture are present.
Then again, it wouldn’t be a good idea to remove all the mold, particularly from the outdoor environment, even if it were possible. This is because it plays a fundamental role when it comes to decomposing or breaking down of various dead organic matter such as lawn clippings, wood chippings, bird droppings, sewage sludge and many more.
Is Mold Growing in the Interiors of Your Commercial Space?
If you spot mold growing inside your commercial building, it is best to enlist the services of a commercial remediation service immediately.
These restoration specialists will arrive at your location to help you remove mold growths, stop and remedy damage, but also restore mold levels to normal, acceptable levels.
Here’s a general breakdown of what to expect during commercial mold remediation:
- Getting in touch with mold remediation specialists
- Inspection and testing
- Air sanitization
Keep in mind that no two restoration projects are similar in all aspects, so there might be some slight variations in the way your job is executed.
How to Limit Mold Growth Inside Your Commercial Building Post Remediation
Follow these practices if you want to minimize the risk of mold growth in your commercial building after completion of the remediation process:
1. Fix Water Leaks Fast
Most mold species require a considerable quantity of moisture to grow and thrive, so avoiding condensation problems in commercial bathrooms, kitchens, and other wet areas can go a long way in controlling this fungus.
Water leaks from rain and faulty plumbing create wet areas in buildings. So, make sure all leaks, be it through the walls, roof, windows, and doors, or floors are fixed immediately.
2. Ensure Proper Flow of Air within Your Building
Are you aware that buildings with poor air circulation create the perfect environment for the growth of mold?
Making sure your commercial air conditioning system is properly sized, set at the right temperature, and working properly all the time will help keep building occupants comfortable, but also minimize moisture build-up inside the building.
Also, consider using ceiling fans to help improve air circulation within your space, and avoid high humidity levels.
3. Eliminate Food Sources
Just like any other living microorganisms, mold also needs food to survive. It gets its nutrients from various organic food sources, such as paper, cardboard, wood, drywall, organic dirt layer and many more. It does not feed on inorganic materials like plastic and metal.
Therefore, removing organic material from the interiors of your commercial space is a reliable way to mitigate such infestations.
4. Use an Air Purifier
As spores can be found almost everywhere, it is important to find a means of reducing the amount of these airborne contaminants that flow in the indoor air.
In this regard, it is important to use an air purifier equipped with an appropriate air filter. An air purifier installed with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can help remove spores, as well as other contaminants that may be present in the air.
SERVPRO Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow is Always Ready to Help with Your Commercial Mold Remediation
You can limit mold infestation in your commercial building by practicing the above-highlighted tips. But in case of recurrent infestation, feel free to contact us.
6 Top Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Your Office
It’s finally starting to get warmer, and the baseball season is well underway. That means only one thing: spring is here!
While it may be exciting to bid winter goodbye and say hello to great outdoor activities, the onset of spring also spells the beginning of cleaning and de-cluttering. It may sound exhausting, but spring cleaning is necessary if you want to really enjoy the season.
And cleaning is not only for our homes and garages. Your office also needs to be on the spring-clean list. The good news is that it’s way much easier to spring clean an office than it is to clean up your home.
So, how do you go spring clean your office?
Cleaning Your Office for Spring
1. Get Rid of Desk Clutter
There’s a good chance that most of the things that take up space on your office desk are not that important. It’s either that, or they are important but misplaced and disarranged. This makes de-cluttering your desk the very first thing to do when spring cleaning your office.
To do this, sort all the items on your office desktop into three labeled categories – “shred/dump,” “back on the desktop,” and “put away.”
Once you’re done sorting them out, file the contents of the heap labeled “put away” and tuck them nicely into a cabinet or bookshelf. Reorganize the files in the “back on desktop” category and arrange them accordingly on the top of your office desk. But before you put anything back on the desk, ensure that it is clean. Shred the rest and properly dispose of them.
2. Ditch the Ink
Nothing is as frustrating as reaching out for your pen during a busy day at work, only to realize that it’s not working. Surprisingly, these types of pens out-number the functional ones in most offices. This is because every time a pen stops working, you’ll probably put it in the same place as your working pens.
This mixing of functional and non- functional pens on your office desk hinders productivity since you always have to play a game of probability every time you reach out for a pen. To solve this, go through your heap of pens and ditch the ones that don’t work.
You will be surprised at how much this simple hack can improve the convenience at your office.
3. Tray Chic
If you don’t have one, find an old tray in your home and use it to store things that you frequently use such as pencils, staplers, and tape dispensers. Also, store small books and other office items in art and document boxes.
This way, your office will be much easier to dust and clean.
4. Check the Cords
Apart from making your office clumsy, running cords can also cause accidents. With that in mind, you should have them organized and tucked nicely in a safe place.
You don’t need a lot of things for this task. Simply use binder clips to organize the cords.
5. Clean up Your E-Space
Office spring cleaning doesn’t end with eliminating unnecessary items in your physical space. You also need to get rid of clutter files that may be slowing down your computer.
To clean up your E-space, you’ll need to delete files that you no longer need. Organizing your files will also help you identify duplicates that could be eating up valuable storage space. While you’re at it, don’t forget to back up important files in a secondary location, such as the cloud, for extra security.
6. Organize Your Emails
It is quite likely that your office gets tons of emails every day. As such, your inbox is bound to overflow more than often. But this shouldn’t be an excuse for having a clumsy inbox. Make a point of organizing your emails by date or any other order you may prefer. The fact that you are the only person who gets to see them shouldn’t count as an excuse for not keeping your inbox neat.
Let SERVPRO in Percy Priest Do the Heavy Lifting
While these tips may seem simple and straightforward, they go a long way in making the beginning of spring easier and lighter for you.
However, since everybody is super-busy at the office, nobody has the time to do the actual spring cleaning. It’s a good idea to hire a cleaner to do the heavy lifting. And not just any cleaner – professional cleaners like SERVPRO.
SERVPRO is well-equipped and experienced for large-scale cleaning projects. Call us today, and get your office revamped for the spring.
How to Spring Clean Bathrooms
The bathroom is one of the most neglected rooms in a home, especially when it comes to spring cleaning. Most homeowners will agree that this is no simple task. It requires a lot of products, time, and strength. Let’s not forget the risk of slipping and injuring yourself.
Regardless of the excuses for not cleaning your bathroom, the germs and grime will keep accumulating and make the situation even worse. Therefore, it’s time to pick up the tools, and face the clutter and stains that were left behind by winter.
But how should you properly clean your bathroom after a long, cold winter?
Spring Cleaning Your Bathroom – Four Easy Steps
1. Clear Unwanted Clutter and Open the Windows
This should be your first course of action.
Step into your bathroom and identify anything that may hinder your cleaning process. This includes checking your bathroom cabinets, drawers, and other storage spaces. You will be surprised at how much unnecessary stuff you hoard in there. In most unkept bathrooms, these are the places that harbor germs, dust, and foul smells.
Empty everything in your drawers and throw away unnecessary items to create room for more useful things. Don’t forget to check the space behind your bathroom door.
While you’re at it, remove your area rugs, curtains, and towels. Put them together with other dirty clothes that will need washing. Don’t be tempted to throw them into the laundry machine right away. You don’t want to get distracted before you even begin cleaning your bathroom, do you?
As you remove clutter from your bathroom, you will certainly unleash a cloud of dust and foul smell in your home. To prevent this, you should open your windows for fresh air. If your bathroom doesn't have windows, open the door and turn the fan on.
2. Dusting Your Bathroom
Once your bathroom is clear of clutter and your windows are open, you can now start dusting. However, this shouldn’t be done randomly. You need to use the top-to-bottom technique to avoid messing up freshly cleaned areas.
This means that you will begin dusting high points in your bathroom, such as shelf tops, windowsills, vents, light fixtures, and mirrors, and you work your way down to the bathtubs, baseboards, and floor. For more efficiency, start from one corner of the bathroom and clean your way to the door. This ensures that no debris will be left behind. Don’t forget to remove cobwebs from corners and the ceiling.
For dusting, it is recommended to use a soft piece of cloth.
3. Scrub and Wipe
Having dusted everything, it’s time to get down to the actual scrubbing and wiping. Remove any scum that may have accumulated in your bathtub and shower stall using a scum remover, warm water, and soap.
Also, wipe the vanity and the sink using a washcloth soaked in a disinfectant. Be sure not to miss the handles and hard-to-reach areas.
Don’t forget the doors, drawers, baseboards, ceiling, door jambs, cabinets, shelves tops, drawers, and windowsills. Clean these areas using a soft piece of cloth soaked in warm, soapy water.
Also, give the mirror extra shine by wiping it down with vinegar or a glass cleaner.
4. Clean the Toilet and the Bathroom Floor
At this stage, you’ve cleaned everything but the toilet bowl and the bathroom floor. Using a toilet brush and your preferred toilet cleaner, give the inside of your toilet a thorough scrub and wait for a few minutes before you flushing.
As you wait, move to the toilet bowl’s exterior and wipe it down with a soft washcloth and disinfectant. Be sure to attend to the handles and walls. By the time you’re done cleaning the outside of your toilet bowl, your toilet will be ready to be flushed. Flush it down and watch it sparkle.
Finally, mop the floor of your bathroom and proceed to clean the bathroom curtains and mats you removed earlier. After everything is clean, restore curtains and rearrange your bathroom. If you wish, you can use an air freshener for an even cleaner feeling.
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Getting Your Business Up and Running Again with Commercial Fire Restoration
Nobody expects a fire outbreak at their business premises. Unfortunately, we can’t prevent them from happening. A fire disaster leaves property owners with costly repairs, business owners with significant losses, and employees without work.
While it can be daunting to come to terms with such sudden losses, it is important to take immediate recovery actions and get your business back to its pre-fire conditions. Here are steps to get your life back to normal:
4 Things to Do After Commercial Fire Damage
1. Save Important Items First
Once the fire is put off and the premise is safe to enter, you can try to prevent your items and equipment from further damage. For example, the water used to extinguish the fire can make your furniture waterlogged, damage electronics, and destroy important paperwork.
Start by saving important and easily portable items and work your way to heavier ones. But if something is too heavy for you to lift, wait for professional help.
2. Move Undamaged Items to Safety
To facilitate easy repair and restoration, you may want to move your undamaged furniture and equipment out of the way. They may not be scorched or damaged, but they’ll still need some restoration from the soot, smoke, or water damage.
Do not pack away your items without properly cleaning or removing odor from them.
3. Remove Soot and Smoke
Different materials burn differently and may need special cleaning techniques. It’ll be difficult to remove soot and smoke from hard-to-reach areas such as the HVAC system, attics, and crawl spaces where hazardous residue usually settle.
A professional commercial restoration company will provide you with the much-needed soot and smoke removal services and ensure that your business premise is back to its original conditions.
4. Contact Your Insurer
It is important for business owners to notify their insurer of any fire damage. You need to provide the time and date of the occurrence, a fire report copy that is signed by relevant authorities, the extent of the fire damage, and the repairs needed.
5. Call a Commercial Restoration Expert
Restoration experts are highly-skilled professionals with top-of-the-line cleaning tools and equipment who will help you get your business premises back to its original state.
When restoration experts arrive at your commercial property they will:
- Assess the damage: The technicians will examine the extent of the damage. This usually involves looking at how far the smoke, fire, and soot have traveled as well as how badly your equipment and furniture have been affected. Assessing the damage will help the technicians come up with a restoration plan and estimate the cost and duration of the restoration.
- Tarp and seal: During the restoration, one of the main priorities is preventing further damage. Most of the after-fire damage is caused by the water used to extinguish the fire or from burst pipes. In this case, the fire restoration company will first drain the standing water or stop the source of running water to prevent further damage.
- Clean up: The restoration company will then clean away the soot, dust, and smoke on the building surfaces. They will also remove the smoke odor in the building and leave it smelling fresh. If you have carpets and commercial upholstery that were undamaged, they’ll be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. For items that were badly destroyed and can’t be repaired, they’ll be properly disposed of.
- Repaint, repair, and renovate: This stage involves the actual restoring of items and repairing of the fire damage. The walls are repainted, wallpaper put up, new carpets installed, and damaged building structures are repaired and renovated. The idea at this stage is to have your items and buildings looking as good as new.
With excellent restoration services, you don’t have to rebuild from scratch – this will take you a lot of time and money. Moreover, keep in mind that there are so many people who are dependent on your business. You can be able to get your life and that of your employees back to normal with a quick and more affordable way – that’s restoration.
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If your commercial building is in need of restoration services after a fire disaster, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO. Our experienced technicians will guide you through the whole process and take care of your restoration.
Our services are fast and top-notch – you’ll not be disappointed.