Mold Testing in Your Home or Business
Do you wonder what that weird looking spot on your wall in the basement is? Perhaps your curious if your home contains any mold currently and what affect that may have on you and your family? Is your business in an older building with a history of flooding or leak issues? Luckily we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska can do a mold inspection/testing in your home today.
Using our mold testing equipment we can use various methods of figuring out what kind of mold and how much is present in your home or business. Air samples will reveal mold spore counts for various areas of your home or business. Surface samples to identify if dust particles contain and mold spores and what kinds of mold are present. Swab tests can be done to identify mold (or potential mold) that is visible on the surface.
If you’re concerned about mold or the potential for it in your home or business give us a call today at 952-403-1050.
Joining the Local Chamber of Commerce
SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska is proud to announce that we have joined the Savage Chamber of Commerce as of January 2018. We attended our first chamber meeting this week and got a chance to talk with several members of the local business community, along with residents of Savage and a member of the Savage police department. We got to see a great presentation done by the communications manager of Valleyfair a local amusement park in Shakopee, MN. As the year progress we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska would like to get more involved in the chambers events and meetings and further our relations with our community. We hope that in the event of a water or fire loss that you give us a call at (952)-403-1050 and we’ll have things looking “Like it never even happened.”
Mold Hiding in Your Home
Mold is a fungus that can grow in your home or business and can be have adverse effects on your health. Molds need moisture in order to grow so the first step to removing mold from your home is to find the source of moisture and dry it. Having a well functioning HVAC system also helps control the amount of mold spores within the air of your home. Once moisture is taken care of removal of the mold via anti-microbial spray eliminates the mold growth; however affected areas can require removal of flooring or drywall in order to gain access to the source of the growth and better guarantee its elimination from your home. If you or someone you know thinks they might have mold growth in their home or business give us here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska a call today (952)-403-1050 we can come in, test and do removal of any mold issues you may have.
Water Leaks from Appliances and Pipes
As much as we hate to think about it, our appliances can and will occasionally malfunction. Seals on our appliances can break or wear causing water to leak in large or small amounts sometimes going unnoticed for a time. Drastic change in temperatures like we’ve experienced here lately can cause pipes to crack. These are just some of the means in which water leaks can occur in the home or business. It’s important to take care of issues like this as quickly as possible to avoid further damaging your home. If you noticed condensation on your appliances or small amounts of water near them, these are signs of trouble and should be taken care of immediately. We here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska are experts in water damage restoration. If you’ve got or had a water leak give us a call today at (952)-403-1050 and we’ll have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”
Plan for the Best Prepare for the Worst
It’s always nice when a business is running smoothly but what happens when you come in one day to open and you find a leaking sink that’s been running all night. Would you know what to do in that situation? Do you know where your water shut off valves are? Luckily we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska have a solution for you. We can do an Emergency Response Profile for your business.
Benefits of the ERP:
For starters the ERP is free service we offer, we’ll come out and do a walkthrough tour with you on crucial items needed in the event of an emergency
It identifies the chain of command for decisions regarding authorization to work along with contact info for emergency services
We help you identify and photograph important locations throughout your business such as the shut-off valves for your gas and water, along with things like locations of fire extinguishers etc
So be proactive today and be ready in case of any emergency that may arise and give us here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska a call (952)-403-1050 and we can set up an appointment to do an ERP for your business right away.
Winter Fire Prevention
As the long winter season once again gets into full swing and people start breaking out the heating equipment; it’ important to remember that just because its’ cold doesn’t mean fires can’t happen. In fact according to the National Fire Protection Association heating fires are the number two cause of all US home fires. In order to prevent fires in your home it’s important to take these tips into consideration.
-Be sure to have your chimneys and heating equipment inspected before the winter hits
-Don’t plug stationary or portable heaters into an extension cord
-Be sure to turn space heaters off before leaving a room or going to bed
-Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything flammable
-Don’t allow children or pets to play around heaters
-When using candles around the holidays; be sure to blow them out before leaving or going to bed
In the winter it’s important to stay warm but make sure you use these tips in order to keep things from getting too hot. Although if a fire does start, know that we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska (952-403-1050) will be here and ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Importance of Carpet Cleaning
Keeping your home or businesses carpets clean is important for the long-term comfort and value of your property. Not cleaning your carpets can lead to unsanitary conditions and health concerns related to those issues. Allergens can build up on and underneath the carpet which regular vacuuming can’t always get at. In order to avoid such things it best to have your carpets professionally cleaned from time to time. Although cleaning your carpets may seem like a DYI kind of situation improper methods can lead to mold growth if the carpet is oversaturated during the cleaning along with the possibility of damaging the carpet requiring an early replacement. Here are some reasons to go the professional route
-Professional carpet cleaners will be able to identify the proper equipment and cleaning products to use and the proper method of using them.
-They know the techniques to in order to get the job done quickly and correctly and can advise customers on ways of maintaining their carpets.
So next time you go to vacuum think about the last time you had your carpets cleaned. If it’s been awhile or you just feel the need to have them cleaned feel free to give us a call at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska (952)-403-1050.
Mold in your HVAC system?!
Most people probably don’t often think about the possibility of mold inside of their HVAC system. However with up to 20 gallons of water being produced a day the risk of mold developing in your HVAC system is very real. The most common service calls are made due to water leaks caused by condensation in fact the main three causes of leaks in a HVAC system are:
-A crack or hole in the Overflow Pan
-Clog inside of condensate line which causes the Overflow pan to flood
-Air filters become clogged with dirt causing evaporator coils to ice up and drip
Once mold has established itself inside of condensate lines it feeds off tiny airborne particles that are sucked into the system via the return airflow ducts. Within the condensate drain lines Zoola can form. Zoola is a mixture of sludge and grime packed with mold which can accumulate in the drain causing it to clog and thus lead to flooding of the overflow pan and creating water damage within the house or structure. Be sure to replace filters and maintenance done on your HVAC system regularly, however if a problem does occur feel free to call us here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska (952)-403-1050 and we’ll help make it "Like it never even happened".
Freezing Water Pipes
As the temperatures drop and fall comes to a close it’s important to make sure that you take steps to insure that your water pipes don’t freeze and burst. Here are a few helpful tips to help prevent any freezing in your pipes.
- Make sure to drain the water from the supply lines of your outdoor sprinkler system and swimming pools, also be sure to remove and drain outdoor hoses as well
- Keep your homes thermostat to the same temp day and night; if you’re planning to be away from your home for a few days be sure to keep the temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
- Keep interior doors open to allow heat to better travel throughout the home
- Adding extra insulation in areas such as unfinished basements, attics and crawl spaces
- On very cold days letting your faucet go on cold with a light drip can help prevent freezing pipes
In the event that the cold weather gets the best of your pipes and they burst be sure to shut off the main water valve to the home then give SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska a call (952-403-1050)
Holiday Fire Prevention
The holidays’ are once again upon us and with them comes the risk of house fires. According to the United State Fire Administration the top three days of home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Cooking isn’t the only fire hazard of the holidays though so SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska has some tips to help prevent fires in this coming holiday season
-Make sure to have a working fire extinguisher within your kitchen that is rated for all fires.
-Be sure if you’re deep-frying turkey this thanksgiving too keep it outside of the house
-This one seems obvious but is very important and that is to stay alert while cooking and not getting distracted
-Keep cords near the end of the cooking area to keep them out of potential harm’s way
-Make sure when lighting candles to keep them at least a foot away from anything flammable
-Be sure to put them out before going to sleep for the night or before leaving your home
-When putting up decorative lights make sure that the wires aren’t frayed nor have cracks
-Be sure not to plug too many lights into one outlet; it’s a safe bet to only use the outlets on the wall
-Be sure to have chimney inspected before using them
-Keep a screen on the front of the fireplace to avoid embers from getting out and on to floor or other items
In the unfortunate instance of actually having a fire the team here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska will be ready to assist you with clean up and restoration. Feel free to give us a call anytime with any questions you may have at (952)-403-1050