Spring Rain For The Next 2 Weeks
We just took a sneak peak at the forecast for Delaware, Ohio and noticed that out of the next 15 days, 10 of them have precipitation. This is a key sign that Spring is coming very quickly and that means Spring storms and Summer storms are coming as well. Make sure you are prepared for this weather and know who to call in the event that you have flooding. During storm season we don't just see sump pump failures that flood basements but we also see rivers and lakes flooding into homes. If you're home is near a river and lake be sure to prepare by:
- Raise your home on stilts or piers, if possible.
- Install foundation vents or a sump pump.
- Apply coatings and sealants.
- Raise your electrical outlets and switches.
- Install check valves on your pipes.
- Grade your lawn away from the house.
We hope these tips help prevent flooding but if you happen to have flooding, you can call us 24/7 at 740-815-3808.
Dealing With Mold In Your Ostrander Home
What can Increase the Risk of Mold Growth?
Interestingly enough, the more people in your home, the higher your risks of mold growing there. The reason for this, is because we release a lot of moisture into the air when we breathe.
Also, things such as long hot showers, cooking with uncovered pots, drying clothes on an indoor clothesline, and use of humidifiers, contribute to placing moisture into the air.
Storing wet firewood, watering many plants, and keeping many vegetables like potatoes and squash can create a mold problem too.
What Does Mold Need to Grow?
Not only does mold need that moisture, but also food sources too. By food sources I mean materials they live on.
Food sources such as drywall, wood, insulation, cardboard and paper, as well as invisible bio-film on hard surfaces, carpet backing, wallpaper adhesive, many fabrics, leather, and especially house dust are mold havens for spores.
Can We Live in a Mold Free World?
Mold is ever present; we cannot expect to live in a mold free world. However, mold is not a problem most of the time, until you can see or smell it.
This is when a call to action is needed. Delay in these matters will worsen the problem at hand.
Always remember, when mold is an issue, deal with it promptly, and do not wait. If you have any questions regarding mold, contact SERVPRO of Delaware, OH at 740-369-5020.
Preventing Sump Pump Flooding During Rain Season
It’s Spring which brings all that rain and basement flooding. Installing a sump pump in your basement is a great way to prevent floods during heavy rains, but there are a number of ways the sump pump can fail and eventually overflow. Even with a sump pump, some problems can occur and still have your basement flood. Make sure to temporarily unplug your sump pump from the power source before attempting to fix any of the following problems.
The following tips will help prevent sump pump overflow in your basement:
- Debris in the Basin: Sometimes debris such as children’s toys and other household objects may fall into the basin and interrupt the float mechanism which can cause it to malfunction. The float mechanism can also fail naturally over time. To test this mechanism, fill up the basin with water to make sure the sump pump starts like it should.
- Check Valve: The check valve prevents water from going back into the sump pump in the event of a failure. Make sure to check this valve because it is not always installed properly; the arrow should be pointing away from the sump pump.
- Weep Hole: Sometimes sump pumps may have a weep hole between the pump and the check valve. You can clean the weep hole with a tiny object such as a toothpick, just be careful not to break anything off in the hole.
- Clean the Impeller: The impeller is a small filter that may become clogged and when this happens it can cause the sump pump to suddenly stop running or make a whining noise. Cleaning or replacing the impeller can get the sump pump to function properly again.
- Back Up Power Source: Sump pumps are only useful when plugged into a power source and if the power goes out during a thunderstorm, the sump pump will stop working. Installing a backup power source for the sump pump is the best way to prevent this from happening in the middle of a thunderstorm when the sump pump is needed the most.
As the season of heavy rains arrives, make sure to check your sump pump for these potential problems so that you are prepared when it rains. If your home does experience some flooding due to heavy rain fall or a sump pump failure, make sure to call for professional water damage restoration immediately to help limit the damages. If you have flooding in your basement and have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 24/7 at 740-369-5020.
Fire and Carbon Dioxide Safety
Although we don't do very much with Carbon Monoxide, at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH we do handle fire clean ups which go hand in hand with CO.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that can be found inside your home. The thing about carbon dioxide is that it is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas which means it cannot be detected by the human senses.
CO is created by the incomplete combustion of fuels and when exposed.
Why CO is Dangerous
Since we cannot see, taste or smell CO gas, it is impossible to know you are inhaling it and it can cause health effects.
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) estimates that around 400 people in the US fall victim to CO poisoning. This is why it is vital that CO detectors be installed inside your home in order to protect yourself and your family from CO leaks.
Here at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH we work with our local Red Cross to install smoke and CO detectors yearly.
Cleaning up Soot in Delaware, OH
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 740-369-5020
Worried about your basement flooding?
With all the rain lately, we have been receiving a lot of calls about storm damage. When it is raining make sure to check on your basement and make sure there’s no flooding. If you haven’t had your sump pump replaced in a while have it checked on and replaced if needed. If you are able to do a back up system to your sump pump, this will help prevent storm water getting into your basement. The sooner you recognize that you have had a water loss the better because we can possibly save different items in your home if they have been damaged within a certain timeframe. once you realize you’ve had a water damage try to turn off the source whether that be a pipe or getting your sump pump working again. We always suggest calling a plumber as well. We also are available 24/7 at 740-369-5020.
Understanding Moisture and Mold
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 740-369-5020
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Delaware, OH for mold remediation services
Spring Showers and Flooding
Many things will cause a home to flood. Making sure you find the cause of the flood and fix it before cleaning up and drying everything is important to making sure your house remains dry in the future. Here are some things that can cause a home to flood:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Be prepared by checking your home regularly for any damage or things that can cause flooding, especially making sure the sump pump is working properly. If a storm comes and you do get flooding, give us a call at (740) 369-5020 to help get you dry again!
Keeping your business dry during the humid spring
Did you know that mold can be a problem in the winter too for both residential and commercial buildings? When you deprive mold of moisture, warmth, and food, you will stop it from growing, but you won’t kill the mold that is already there. The mold spores will stay dormant and start growing again if they get moisture, warmth, and food. Airborne spores that spawn mold may infiltrate the house at any time of year. What’s more, active mold growth can survive at temperatures far lower than typically maintained inside an occupied building during winter.
Freezing water expands causing cracks in your home in which water can get in between the walls of your home. This moisture can spur hidden mold growth that you might not notice until it is too late. There are ways to prevent mold from growing inside your homes and businesses during the winter.
Turning on the heat makes the air in your home very dry. Many people combat the dryness by using a humidifier. If you do use a humidifier make sure that your indoor humidity level is below 40 percent. If you use a humidifier, as many of us do in the winter, make sure it does not produce an excessive amount of humidity.
Remove possible sources of mold growth by regularly vacuuming and cleaning. Pay close attention to bathrooms and other areas of your home that are likely to generate a lot of moisture.
Use area rugs or washable floor surfaces rather than wall-to-wall carpeting in areas or rooms that have a moisture issue. It’s not usually a great idea to have carpeting in your entryway. Snowy, wet boots can soak into carpeting creating a perfect breeding ground for mold.
Paper, books, and clothing are sources of food for mold; so don’t store them in humid parts of your home, such as your basement—especially close to the floor or walls.
Make sure your windows are properly sealed; moisture from the warm air condenses on cool glass, if there are cracks or spaces around your windows mold can form in those cracks.
Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and that the area under your downspouts is graded so that water from the roof flows away from your foundation.
Consider getting a dehumidifier for your basement. If you have a crawl space under your house cover the soil in the crawl space with waterproof polyethylene plastic.
If you think you may have a mold issue, give SERVPRO of Delaware, OH a call at 740-369-5020.
Flooding Season in Delaware and Union Counties
Flooding is Ohio's number 1 natural disaster, knowing the facts and being prepared is key to keeping your home protected.
FACT: Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Floods cost America, on average, $8.2 billion each year. Recovering from just one inch of water inside your building can cost about $27,000. Learn about The BIG Cost of Floods.
FACT: Homeowners and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.
FACT: Floods can happen anywhere--More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone.
FACT: Flood insurance can pay regardless of whether or not there is a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
FACT: Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and you have to pay them back. FEMA offers disaster grants that don't need to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover. A claim against your flood insurance policy could and often does, provide more funds for recovery than those you could qualify for from FEMA or the SBA--and you don't have to pay the money back.
FACT: You may be required to have flood insurance. Congress has mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on mortgaged properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. But even if your property is not in a high risk flood area, your mortgage lender may still require you to have flood insurance.
If you have a flood and need help with the clean-up, call SERVPRO at 740-369-5020.