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Cleaning Lint From Your Dryer Can Prevent a Fire

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of dryer fires were due to lint fires. This means that homeowners in Brunswick, ME, may reduce their risk of fire damage by performing routine dryer maintenance to clear the dryer’s exhaust system of lint.

Here are three to remove lint from your dryer’s ventilation system:

1. Clean the lint trap after every use.

2. Clear the flexible vent pipe.

3. Brush the ventilation system.

After performing these three steps, run your dryer on a no-heat cycle, to push out any lint you loosened during cleaning. If you need professional help for mitigation and restoration after a lint fire, look for a company that is knowledgeable and experienced in disaster recovery. SERVPRO of Bath / Brunswick is your local fire restoration company.

What To Do About Water-Damaged Wood Floors

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

What To Do About Water-Damaged Wood Floors

A pipe burst at your Topsham, ME, business can cause major damage, especially if you have wood floors. Fortunately, you can avoid disaster if you act quickly.

Drying Wood Floors
Even if your floor has a strong sealant, water can still penetrate the wood via seams and other openings. The most important step in saving your floors is to dry out the wood as quickly as possible. The following items can help you extract the water and minimize damage:

  • wet/dry vacuum
  • fan
  • dehumidifier
  • moisture meter

A vacuum cleaner on the "wet" setting is your first step in removing the water. Keep vacuuming the area until no more water is being suctioned out. After all visible water has been removed, turn on a dehumidifier and a fan to help extract more moisture. If the humidity outside is low enough, you can also open windows and doors to increase airflow. Use the moisture meter to compare the moisture content of the water-damaged floor to the moisture content of an undamaged area of wood floor. When the moisture level of the water-damaged area is equal to that of the non-damaged area, you can begin repairs.

Cleaning Wood Floors
While you are working with the wet floor, it may also be necessary to clean it after a pipe burst or other water damage event. Depending on the source of the water, there may be dirt and other material left on the floors. Use a non-sudsing cleanser (to minimize rinsing) and a scrub brush or other cleaning tool to remove all debris from the wood. Cleaning will not only help your floors look their best, but also help prevent mold growth.
Water damage can be a hassle to clean up. If your business experiences a pipe burst or any other type of water damage, a certified restoration company can help you clean it up quickly and safely.

Why Is Mold Testing Useful?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

How Mold Testing Can Be Useful

If a musty odor or other indications of mold are evident at a commercial building in Harpswell, ME, the property owner or manager should arrange for mold testing. An indoor environmental specialist can gather samples to submit to a lab for analysis. Here are three ways in which professional mold testing can be useful.

1. Determining Whether Mold Is Present
The presence of visible mold in a structure is a clear indication of a problem. Even if some mold is apparent, a portion of an infestation may be hidden. Only professional mold testing can provide definitive proof of hidden mold. Mold spores are everywhere and consumer-grade tests often return inaccurate results.

2. Identifying the Species of Mold
A mold test based on air, batch, or surface sampling and lab analysis provides accurate and specific information about an infestation. An indoor environmental specialist will take samples and interpret the results of lab analysis. Identifying the species of mold and whether an infestation is toxigenic will determine whether full containment and personal protective equipment are necessary for safe cleanup.

3. Informing Remediation Work
In addition to providing information about the type of mold, mold testing also indicates the extent of an infestation. The concentration of spores and microbial volatile organic compounds in the air or on contents and surfaces can suggest the number of square feet in a structure affected by mold growth. This information determines the severity of an infestation and is used to estimate a cleanup time frame. Testing may also be part of the verification process after removal or remediation.
Only a professional mold test can accurately identify the species of mold and indicate the extent of a problem. A building owner or manager should contact an indoor environmental specialist and schedule mold testing if a musty odor emerges after water damage at a commercial property in Harpswell, ME.

What To Know About Nor'easters

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Storm waves crash over the seawall causing massive flooding, power outages, road closures, and erosion damage along the Maine A nor'easter can bring excess rainwater into your home

If you live in Bath, ME, you have probably heard your local weatherperson talk about nor'easters. These storms can cause severe flooding to your home in a short amount of time.
Yet television meteorologists don’t often define exactly what a nor'easter is. Below are some nor'easter facts you need to know.

What Are Nor'easters?

While most people think of nor'easters as powerful snowstorms, snow is actually not a defining characteristic. Meteorologically, nor'easters are storms that:

  • Typically occur on the East Coast
  • Frequently take place in winter
  • Feature a strong northeastern wind

Nor'easters can technically occur at any time of year, but they are usually the strongest between September and April. They typically begin within 100 miles of the East Coast. They bring with them heavy snow or rain, coastal flooding, and powerful winds.
There are two main types of nor'easters. A "classic" or "Miller Type-A" nor'easter starts on the East Coast or Gulf Coast and works its way to the northeast section of the country. "Miller Type-B" nor'easters, meanwhile, begin in the Midwest before heading towards the Appalachian mountain and up the East Coast.

How Do You Prepare?
If one of these storms is heading your way, be sure to stock up on necessary supplies. Nor'easters can knock down power lines and trees, leaving your home without electricity for several days. You should thus collect at least three days' worth of provisions such as food and water. You may also want to research a local storm damage restoration company and keep its contact information in your phone.
You should also avoid going outside if a storm is approaching. You do not want to be stuck on unplowed or flooded roads.
A nor'easter can bring excess rainwater into your home. It can also lead to a buildup of snow on your roof. The strong winds can even shatter your windows. Whatever the damage to your home, restoration professionals can assist with the cleanup.

Tips for Removing Mold in Your Shower

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold spores (3D illustration) - Text on image that says THEY THRIVE Bathroom with showers should be properly ventilated to prevent mold growth due to humidity

Three Tips For Removing Mold In Your Shower

Bathrooms are prime places for mold to grow, particularly in the shower, where excess moisture abounds. If the problem gets out of hand, you may have to enlist the help of mold remediation specialists to completely take care of the problem. Fortunately, getting rid of small amounts of shower mold is pretty easy as long as you have the right tools. Here are three tips for removing mold in your shower.

1. Choose an Effective Cleaner

The key to cleaning black mold out of your shower is finding the right cleaner. You have a couple of choices that are natural mold combatants. Vinegar is one of the safest cleaners you can use. You don't have to dilute it, and the smell goes away after an hour or two. Borax is also a good option. Dilute it with water, and spray on. You can even leave it on to deter future mold infestation. 

2. Use an Effective Implement

The texture of the surface with the shower mold determines which cleaning implement will be more effective. A clean, dry cloth can be used to wipe mold off smooth surfaces. Grout is best cleaned with a scrub brush or a toothbrush. If scrubbing does not remove mold from grout, make sure you replace it to keep the problem from spreading.

3. Dry the Whole Area

Since moisture is usually the main culprit in mold growth, it makes sense to get rid of as much of it as possible. To prevent your shower from becoming moldy again, make sure that the whole area is dry after you finish cleaning. Clean rags and brushes thoroughly before storing them. 

Shower mold is common in Brunswick, ME, but it's also easy to remedy. With the right cleaning solution and something to scrub the affected surfaces well, you can remove the mold growth from your bathroom and perhaps even prevent it from recurring.

Why Tarps Are Necessary After Fire Damage

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

The protective tarpaulin on the roof flutters at the storm with rain. Talk to a restoration specialist to ask about tarps

Four Reasons To Use Tarps

Commercial property fires often result in significant damages despite having fire prevention systems in place. Often, damage accumulates on the roof because of rescue techniques implemented on the scene. While many fire cleanup companies in Brunswick, ME, provide roof repair services, as an owner-operator, you need to mitigate your losses before the repair. There are at least four reasons to use tarps if your roof experiences damages.

  1. Weather
  2. Animal
  3. Vagrants
  4. Liability

Weather
Most restoration companies offer tarp services for immediate mitigation. Weather is one of the leading reasons for using tarps on your roof, especially for large holes. Tarps are less expensive than plywood and can cover larger areas. These plastic sheets create a barrier between outdoor elements, such as rain, keeping the inside of your property dry.

Animals
While the cleanup may remove all debris from the fire, if you do not block holes, your property is vulnerable to wildlife. Birds may nest in your rafters. Squirrels may burrow into your insulation. Tarps can add protection against invasive animals looking for warmth or shelter. The last thing you need is a pest problem.

Vagrants
Tarps and plywood are the standards for sealing off a property after a fire. Renovation specialists use these materials to protect against natural elements, but they also help deter vagrants and other intruders from setting up camp in your building. You may also want to consider temporary fencing as an added deterrent.

Liability
After any disaster, you may need to notify your insurer to file a claim. The claim is an official document specifying the resulting damage from the fire, which is an important distinction. Any loss occurring after the fire, you are likely responsible for, meaning there is possibly a need for mitigation after a fire.
If you are amid a fire cleanup, consider securing your property against further damage. Talk to a restoration specialist and your insurer to ask about tarps and other mitigation standards.

What Can You Keep and Clean After a Flood?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed on the floor of a bank Cleaning after flood damage in Arrowsic, ME

Here Are Three Things To Consider

It's overwhelming to deal with flooding. As a business owner in Arrowsic, ME, it's perhaps even harder to fathom that much of what you own may go to the trash. Standard washing procedures are not enough. Thus, work with professionals. They can offer content cleaning services, removing what can't be kept and assisting you in scrubbing belongings that are necessary. Here are three things to consider.

1. Category 3 Water Is Dirtier Than You Realize

When a flood made its home in your place, it brought with it much more than you think. It also delivered microbial spores, fungal and bacteria. These little beings were scraped up from all sorts of areas: river and ocean beds, the streets, and the sewer line. All of these pose a hazard. In all, that dirty muck has taken residence within your walls and floors, penetrating anything it could. As they continue to grow, the spores eat away at your structure and create a strong odor. The only way to eliminate them is to eradicate them.

2. Non-porous Items May Be Saved

Work with a water restoration company to evaluate the location, offering rebuilding and content cleaning services. The professionals can look at your non-absorbent pieces, determining if they can be salvaged. This would include furniture and fixtures that are metal or sometimes wood. In addition, if you had electronics in the room, the crew can work with outside sources to sanitize and restore them, allowing you access to necessary information and services.

3. Porous Materials Need To Go

Category 3 fluid, also known as black water, probably dove deep into many things: carpeting, rugs, curtains and paper products. While it may be disappointing to lose them, keep in mind that getting these pieces out of the space is important in removing pollutants. The more that goes, the easier it is to cleanse. If you are filing under an insurance claim, you may be able to request compensation, replacing them with something new.
When harmful water takes over, remember it's a serious problem that requires more than bleach and a towel. Let the specialists advise your content cleaning needs.

How to Remove Mold From Your Shower

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

White powder on a black background Borax is great at removing mold because it is a natural fungicide and insecticide

Your bathroom is the favorite spot in the house for mold to grow. The warm, wet air creates the perfect environment for moldy conditions. Shower mold is especially unpleasant because you can’t avoid it when you step into the shower. The good news is that you most likely have the solution just sitting in your kitchen pantry or laundry room in Georgetown, ME. In fact, there are three different solutions that work quite well for removing that pesky black mold. Choose the one that suits you best.

Mix the Solution

Borax is great at removing mold because it is a natural fungicide and insecticide. Just scoop 1 cup of borax into a mixing bowl and add a gallon of water. Mix well and use a funnel to pour into a clean spray bottle.
White vinegar is also one of the best all-purpose cleaners you can find, due to its anti-fungal properties. Fill a spray bottle with full-strength vinegar for best results. If the pungent smell bothers you too much, you can dilute it with water, using 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water.
Bleach can also be used, but only if one of the other solutions doesn’t remove the mold. Always wear gloves when handling bleach and dilute it with 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. After applying, make sure to open a window or run the exhaust fan.

Clean the Area

After you’ve mixed your solution, spray it liberally on the shower mold. You want to cover the area, but you don’t want it to pool on the floor. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then wipe the solution away with a clean, soft cloth.
If some of the mold remains, you may need to apply a second coat of solution and then use a scrub brush on the affected area. An old toothbrush also works great on grout. Once the mold has been removed, just wipe the area with a dry cloth.
Roll up your sleeves and get rid of that annoying shower mold following these simple directions.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick- (207) 721-8500.

Water Damage and Lasting Odors

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall Water and mold in a commercial property in Phippsburg, ME

Water Damage and Lasting Odors

When your Phippsburg, ME, properties suffer from water damage and mold growth, there's more to clean up than the structural damage. All of the furniture, equipment, wall and floor coverings, and inventory are also affected. One type of damage that often happens to hang around the longest is apparent as bad smells. Fortunately, professionals have many tools available to correct damages while ridding your buildings of residual smells:

  • Wet or dry-cleaning techniques are familiar to many property owners.
  • Spray and wipe products treat fabrics and other materials that are too vulnerable for typical cleaning methods.
  • Foam cleaning is used on sensitive areas that could be damaged by liquids.
  • Abrasion is sometimes used when surfaces are covered in sticky or thick substances.
  • Immersion cleaning is appropriate when inventory and other belongings can be dipped into a container of cleaning products.

When the appropriate cleaning techniques are used, it's very likely that odors won't be a problem. Once in a while, however, odors persist.

The Spread of Unseen Mold

Mold growth is one of the most common forms of water damage to go unnoticed after flood water has receded. As mold spores travel and colonies spread, musty odors and other bad smells become noticeable. The best way to avoid this problem is to contact water damage cleanup and remediation professionals as soon as possible. Quick, thorough cleanup procedures can wipe out new mold colonies before spores have the chance to settle.

Sewage Contamination

Sewage LOSS (large on-site sewage system) failure and system overflows are other types of water damage that leads to lingering bad smells. When these problems happen, don't try to correct the situation on your own. Don't use harsh chemicals or enter any areas where electricity and water pose a hazard. Maintain your own safety and that of any staff in the area. Turn the cleanup over to professionals.

The appearance of flood water can lead to unseen problems, such as mold growth, or system failures that allow sewage to soak into structural elements. Both of these situations can lead to serious odor concerns. Cleaning professionals are the best source of lasting solutions.