Mold Clean Up
Mold damage on a water loss
A lot of different materials in your home can be affected by water damage, and some of these materials can grow mold if not taken care of right away. Here are a few examples:
The paper backing on drywall is organic, and is susceptible to mold growth. Humidity and moisture in a structure can aggravate the growth of mold. Drywall that is contaminated by mold has to be cut out and removed properly, to keep any spores and hyphal fragments from spreading.
Because wood is a purely organic material, mold can quickly form and colonize on it. This is especially true of framing that is covered by drywall. The lack of light and airflow inside a wet wall cavity creates optimal conditions for mold growth. Once moldy drywall is removed, some mold growth on the wood framing can be expected. It is important that the mold is properly removed from the framing, and that the framing is properly dried, before new drywall is installed.
Modern carpets are made almost exclusively of synthetic materials. While synthetic materials are not a viable food source for mold, the carpet face, backing, and pad normally have dust trapped in or under them. This dust (dead skin cells, pet dander, etc.) can support mold growth. Carpet and pad can hold a lot of water, so it’s important to begin water removal quickly. If there is mold on the carpet, just like on drywall, properly removing carpet and pad and treating the subfloor will help prevent further spreading of spores. After structural drying is complete, new carpet and pad can be installed.
If you encounter any mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Casper at 307-235-6558 today. We can send a certified technician to inspect the damage, and guide you through the steps to remediate it properly.
What to do in case of a flood
Many people believe that because we Wyomingites don’t live near an ocean, our homes are not at risk of flooding. Even though we won’t have sea water near our homes, we still can have rain water, river water, or even lake water. You should always be prepared for anything, because it can happen when you least expect it. Here are some tips to stay safe while you’re indoors and outdoors.
- Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
- Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
- Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded until they have been inspected by a qualified technician.
- Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water.
- Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over.
- If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Don’t walk on beaches or riverbanks.
- Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
- Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Under passes, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.
You can never be too prepared for any kind of disaster. The most important thing is to stay aware of conditions, so you can ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
When it comes to commercial cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. We are available 24/7 365 day. SERVPRO of Casper responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.
Here are some commercial services we provide:
- Commercial Restoration Services
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial Storm and Major Events
We also offer Commercial Cleaning Services. We have the specialized equipment, various products, and skilled cleaning methods to make your business look its very best.
- Commercial Cleaning Services
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Bio-hazard and Sewage
- Post-Construction Cleanup
- Carpet, upholstery, area rugs, and drapes
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Casper is here for you to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Food Mold Growth
How can you minimize mold growth? Cleanliness is vital in controlling mold. Mold spores from affected food can build up in your refrigerator, dishcloths, and other cleaning utensils.
- Clean the inside of the refrigerator every few months with 1 tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Rinse with clear water and dry. Scrub visible mold on rubber casings using 3 teaspoon of bleach in a quart of water.
- Keep dishcloths, towels, sponges and mops clean and fresh, a musty smell means they’re spreading mold around. Discard items you can’t clean or launder.
- Keep the humidity level in the house below 40%.
How can you protect food from mold?
- When serving food, keep it covered to prevent exposure to mold spores in the air. Use plastic wrap to cover foods you want to stay moist – fresh, or cut fruits and veggies, and greens and mixed salads.
- Empty opened cans of perishable foods into clean storage containers and refrigerate them promptly.
- Don’t leave any perishables out of the refrigerator more than 2 hours.
- Use leftovers within 3-4 days so mold doesn’t have a chance to grow.
How should you handle food with mold on it? Buying small amounts and using food quickly can help prevent mold growth. But when you see moldy food:
- Don’t sniff the moldy item. This can cause respiratory trouble.
- If food is covered with mold, discard it. Put it into a small paper bag or wrap it in plastic and dispose in a covered rash can that children and animals can’t get into.
- Clean the refrigerator or pantry at the spot where the food was stored
- Check nearby items the moldy food might have touched. Mold spreads quickly in fruits and vegetables.
Commercial Duct Cleaning
Commercial Duct Cleaning in Casper, WY
Owners or maintenance mangers don’t really think about duct cleaning when it comes to their yearly deep clean of their building. But it is just as important as cleaning floors, baseboards, and windows.
Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering the duct system. This dust can accumulate and start to break off and re-enter in the air. This is why workspaces become dusty faster.
Pest infestations are another reason to have your ducts cleaned. It’s not uncommon for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to find their way into the duct system. They leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles of these are then blown out into your workspace.
When you get ready to do your deep cleaning for the year, call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Casper to inspect and clean your ducts.
Safety grilling tips
Grilling Season is here!!!!
The weather is getting nicer, and the urge to grill is getting stronger. To make sure you have a safe grilling season, we will provide a list of safety precautions, such as how to check you gas lines before you start grilling and where to place your grill. Grilling is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Don't let one grilling mistake ruin your summer!
General grilling tips:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
Before you use your grill:
Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
- Check the gas (propane) tank hose for potential gas leaks. To do that:
- Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
- Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
- If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
- If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections If the leaks continue, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.
When the grill is on:
- As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
- If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire once it starts burning.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use an open flame. Be sure to use an extension cord rated for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
By following these steps this will help you have a safe and happy grilling season.
There is all kinds of clouds.
Did you know there are different kinds of clouds that can deliver rain and snow, as well as thunderheads that can produce lightning and heavy precipitation?
Stratus clouds are low to mid-level clouds that develop into horizontal, flat formations, and stratus clouds can appear dark and dense or white and puffy. Storm fronts are often preceded or followed by stratus cloud formations carrying precipitation as rain or snow. Because temperatures are warmer closer to Earth and cooler higher up in the atmosphere, low-hanging stratus clouds generally bring rain while higher stratus clouds are associated with snow.
Cumulus clouds are dense and puffy vertical cloud formations that extend as high as 15,000 meters (50,000 feet) into the atmosphere. Although cumulus clouds are common on sunny, fair-weather days, they earn the moniker of thunderheads because of their tendency to produce thunderstorms. A cumulus cloud becomes a cumulonimbus cloud capable of severe thunderstorms when sufficient heat, updraft and moisture combine in the cloud to produce lightning, thunder and heavy rains.
The next time you see cloud formations in the sky, see if you can figure out what kind it is.
Reasons to Call SERVPRO of Casper for your water damage
SERVPRO Ready 24/7 365 days a year
Why call SERVPRO of Casper for your water damage?
When it comes to restoring your home properly, having well-trained experts on the job is critical.Our team members receive the best training in the industry. We send our employees to IICRC (Institute of inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) classes to get them certified as water restoration technicians (WRT). We also go above that and send some of our select technicians to more advanced drying classes, such as Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS). Because the IICRC is the certifying body that establishes and maintains the standard for water damage restoration, it is important that certified technicians are on-site to address your water damage. They can ensure that all standards are met, and that your home is dried safely and effectively.
We have the most up-to-date equipment available in the restoration industry. From moisture meters and thermal imaging to find all of the hidden moisture, to high-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers to dry it out quickly. We have an arsenal of specialty drying equipment as well, so we can tackle difficult drying projects such as hardwood floors and tile. And in order to ensure the air quality in your home when microbes may be present, we have large-capacity HEPA air filtration devices to scrub the air.
When we arrive at your home, we thoroughly inspect the damage, and discuss our strategy for drying out your property. We explain the steps that we will perform to remove the water, as well as our plan for deploying equipment and starting the drying process. Once we are done with the emergency services portion of the job, we will visit the property daily to monitor the progress of the drying. We check the moisture content of the materials, and the temperature and humidity conditions to ensure optimal drying. As areas gradually become dry, we remove the equipment that is no longer needed, and take all drying equipment out when the process is complete.
By having the right people, tools, and training, the team at SERVPRO of Casper can properly assess the damage in your home, get the water out quickly, and thoroughly dry your property and belongings. Trust our experts to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Safety Tips
Safety is everyone's responsibility
Whether you own a business or you’re an employee, safety is everyone’s responsibly. It is important to know where the exits are, where the fire extinguishers are, and how to use them. There are a lot of simple safety measures that can save someone from getting hurt, or worse. Here are a few easy steps to help reduce the risk of accidents:
- Don’t allow trash and litter to accumulate unnecessarily
- Keep the office and dock areas neat and clean
- Know where fire alarm pull stations and extinguishers are located
- Make sure you know the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. Check extinguishers periodically to see if they are charged and well-marked.
- Store hazardous materials in designated areas
- Keep exits free of obstruction
- Make sure there are good connections and effective grounds in the wiring
- Smoke only where permitted
- Keep equipment clean and use it properly
- Handle flammable liquids with caution
- Know the proper exits and procedures in case of an emergency
- If you store hazardous materials properly, the chances of fire, spills, and accidents are greatly reduced. A leaking drum of lacquer thinner can be a fire hazard unless the right precautions are taken. Make sure you know the loading and storage chart so you don’t load non-compatible materials on the same trailer or in the same area of the terminal.
- Every terminal should have an emergency plan. In case of fire or other emergencies, procedures should outline who is to call the fire department and how the building is to be evacuated.
- When a fire or emergency evacuation does occur, don’t panic. Keep calm and follow instructions
- Following rules is not just the responsibility of the safety supervisor or the terminal manger, its everyone’s responsibility.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that everyone goes home safe and sound at the end of each work shift.
Never to prepared for a storm
Thunder storm preparedness.
Spring is right around the corner, so it’s a great time to start planning for spring and summer storms. There are many different kinds of storms that can occur during these times of year. Depending on what region of the country you live in, you could potentially be affected by multiple types of storm events. Some areas are more prone to tornadoes or thunderstorms, while coastal areas can be susceptible to hurricanes. You should always be prepared for what could happen to your property, both inside and outside your home. The American Red Cross provides extensive information explaining the different steps you should take to be prepared for a storm.
Here are some tips on what you can do to be prepared:
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe
- Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
- Get trained in first aid, and learn how to respond to emergencies.
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit.