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Here are some reasons to not use Bleach to clean mold.

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Here are some reasons to not use Bleach to clean mold. Mold spreads very quickly if left untreated.
  

So, you want to kill mold? Don’t use bleach!

Usually, when most homeowners notice mold, they get out the bottle of bleach thinking a few sprays will solve the problem.
It’s no wonder.
Some of the most popular blogs continue to perpetuate the myth that spraying bleach will take care of your mold problem.
Even information on The Center For Disease Control (CDC) website still suggests using bleach to kill mold.

The truth is, using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.

Why?

Because mold spreads its roots (called mycelia and hyphae) deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

So, here are 9 Reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

  • 1. First, bleach encourages toxic mold growth on porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.

    Bleach contains about 90% water. When you apply bleach to a surface, the chlorine quickly evaporates leaving behind a lot of water. Then, when the water soaks into porous surfaces like wood, it encourages mold growth. So, bleach can actually make your mold problem worse.

  • 2. Bleach only removes the color from mold.

    After you spray bleach, only the surface appears clean. But the problem is, the mold’s roots, or hyphae, continue to grow.

  • 3. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation.

  • 4. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.

    For example, when you use bleach is on wood, it starts to weaken it by breaking the fibers. When you spray bleach on metal, it starts to corrode it almost immediately. Thus, using bleach to kill mold creates problems with the structural integrity of a home.

  • 5. Bleach is extremely corrosive.

    When you spray bleach and it evaporates, it releases chlorine gas. It irritates and eventually causes damage to the skin, lungs, and eyes.

  • 6. The corrosive nature of bleach is even worse when it’s mixed.

    Bleach should never be mixed with acids, because it causes dangerous fumes.
    Remember: Mixing cleaning compounds containing ammonia with bleach and ammonia produces deadly gasses that can kill with just a few breaths.

  • 7. Bleach doesn’t work as a sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with organic material.

    To be a successful sanitizer, bleach has to be used on clean materials and surfaces. That’s why bleach products get used in the laundry after the wash cycle. Light and heat compromise the sanitizing properties of bleach. Despite the fact that the chlorine odor lingers for a while after you use it, bleach loses strength so quickly it doesn’t have a residual effect. That is, it doesn’t prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.

  • 8. Most bleach products are not registered with the EPA to be used as antimicrobial agents.

  • 9. And last, but not least, you don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available.

    These antimicrobial agents are registered with the EPA specifically for killing mold. Some are formulated to be friendly to the environment, your family and your pets. In addition, they are cost effective, easy to use, and, they have a true residual effect. That means they actually prevent bacteria and mold from regrowing.

Finding mold in your home or commercial property can be scary. Call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties today to set up an inspection.

SERVPRO Storm team acted quickly during the June Flooding

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Storm team acted quickly during the June Flooding When Flooding hits SERVPRO Storm Team is ready!

During the recent rainstorms and flooding in Midland and Gladwin Counties SERVPRO activated the Storm team.  There were franchises in town from as far away as California and Texas.  Our Franchise took calls and dispatched them to our corporate offices who then in turn sent them out to franchises working in the area.  This way people got service within days of the flooding instead of weeks after.  

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.  This makes us so much more capable than a small local restoration company.  We can have additional equipment and resources available very quickly.  

The Dangers of Snow.

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Dangers of Snow. Be safe out there this winter.

With winter quickly approaching SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties would like to remind everyone of some of the dangers of snow.  

  • Accumulating snow can make driving motor vehicles very hazardous.
  • Visibility is reduced by falling snow and this is further exacerbated by strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
  • Heavy snowfall can immobilize a vehicle entirely, which may be deadly depending on how long it takes rescue crews to arrive. The clogging of a vehicle's tailpipe by snow may lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside the cabin
  • Snow buildup can weigh down a roof and cause trusses to cave in.
  • Snow piling up outside the house can block dryer vents or even some furnace exhaust vents causing dangerous fumes to enter your home.
  • Ice dams forming along the roof can create a backup of water to be forced up under your shingles.

So be safe out there this winter and if any of these thing happen to your home call us at (989)835-5015 and we will send a crew right over.

Boarding up a commercial building will help protect your business.

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Boarding up a commercial building will help protect your business. Call SERVPRO at (989)835-5015

When the phone rings at 2 o'clock in the morning and the voice on the other end tells you the front door of your Midland,Mi business is smashed out what are you gonna do? First of all it is the middle of the night and no stores are open to buy wood to board it up.  Second if you had the lumber who would come and board it up for you.  It is much easier to just call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties.  We can send out a crew even in the middle of the night to clean up the mess and secure the building.  We can even send the bill directly to your insurance company.  So remember when disaster strikes, even in the middle of the night, we are "Here to Help"

Bathrooms can be a huge source of mold

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bathrooms can be a huge source of mold A little leak led to a big mold problem.

We go to several jobs a year that are caused by people not maintaining their shower enclosure.  By allowing the caulk to shrink and crack it allows water to penetrate into the drywall behind it. Usually its such a small amount at a time you don't even notice it but once this happens mold is not far behind.  The drywall wont dry up on its own and the moisture will wick throughout the whole wall creating a huge problem.  

Tile showers have the same problem be sure to have any missing tiles replaced and any cracked grout repaired.  

Leaking toilet or sink supply lines should be repaired immediately also.  A small drip can cause a large amount of damage.  

So if you think you have any of these issues call us @(989)835-5015 and we can send one of our experienced technicians over to take a look.

Fire prevention week is October 8th to the 14th.

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire prevention week is October 8th to the 14th. If you do have a fire call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties for all your Cleanup and Restoration needs.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

It is also recommended to replace smoke alarms every five years.  Find more info here http://www.redcross.org/mo2g

A better emergency plan for your business

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A better emergency plan for your business If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Midland / Gladwin Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READYProfile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Cleaning up after a fire is a dirty job....

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning up after a fire is a dirty job.... Call SERVPRO no matter how small the fire is.

...But as the saying goes someone has to do it.  SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is up to the task.   Making your home livable again is a big job even after the smallest fire.  Every single thing in the house has to be inspected before it should be used.  

Clothing and linen items should be professionally laundered to remove the soot or as one of our customers referred to it "that camp fire smell"

Soot can damage circuit boards so any electronics should be sent out and cleaned.  

Any food items that are in a house fire should not be eaten.

All carpet and upholstery should be cleaned if possible. Sometimes the damage is beyond cleaning and needs to be replaced.  

Our highly trained technicians could make that assessment during the initial walk through.

Here are some tips about the different types of Fire extinguishers

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here are some tips about the different types of Fire extinguishers Soot webs that appear after a fire

There are 5 main fire extinguisher types – Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical. You should have the right types of fire extinguisher for your premises, or you may not meet current regulations.

The various types of fire extinguisher put out fires started with different types of fuel – these are called ‘classes’ of fire.  The fire risk from the different classes of fire in your business premises will determine which fire extinguisher types you need.

Whilst there are 5 main types of fire extinguisher, there are different versions of both the Water and Dry Powder extinguishers, meaning there are a total of 8 fire extinguisher types to choose from.  The 8 types of fire extinguisher are:

– Water
– Water Mist
– Water Spray
– Foam
– Dry Powder – Standard
– Dry Powder – Specialist
– Carbon Dioxide (‘CO2’)
– Wet Chemical

There is no one extinguisher type which works on all classes of fire.

Below is a summary of the classes of fire, and a quick reference chart showing which types of extinguisher should be used on each.  We then provide a detailed explanation of each type of fire extinguisher below.

The classes of fire

There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

 –    Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric
 –    Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint
 –    Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane
 –    Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminum or potassium
 –    Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class
 –    Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire

 

Types of fire extinguisher – a detailed guide

Water Extinguishers

Overview:
Water extinguishers are the most common fire extinguisher type for class A fire risk. Most premises will require either water or foam extinguishers.

Label Colour:
– Bright Red

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Kitchen fires
– Flammable gas and liquids

How water extinguishers work:
The water has a cooling effect on the fuel, causing it to burn much more slowly until the flames are eventually extinguished.

Types of premises/business who may need water extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers.

Where to locate water extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A fire risk has been identified

Water spray extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water spray extinguishers are equipped with a spray nozzle, rather than a jet nozzle, meaning a greater surface area can be covered more quickly and the fire put out more rapidly.

Water mist extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water mist extinguishers have a different type of nozzle again which releases microscopic water particles. These particles ‘suffocate’ the fire and also create a wall of mist between the fire and the person using the extinguisher, reducing the feeling of heat.

Foam Extinguishers

Overview:
Foam extinguishers are most common type of fire extinguisher for Class B fires, but also work on Class A fires as they are water-based.

Label Colour:
– Cream

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Flammable metals

How foam extinguishers work:
As with water extinguishers, foam extinguishers have a cooling effect on the fuel. On burning liquids, the foaming agent creates a barrier between the flame and the fuel, extinguishing the fire.

Types of premises/business who may need Foam extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses
– Buildings where flammable liquids are stored

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers

Where to locate foam extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A or Class B fire risk has been identified

Dry Powder Extinguishers

Overview:
Standard dry powder extinguishers are also called ‘ABC’ extinguishers because they tackle class A, B and C fires, however they are not recommended for use in enclosed spaces. This is because the powder can be easily inhaled, and also the residue is very difficult to clean up after. ABC powder extinguishers can also be used on some electrical fires. Specialist dry powder extinguishers are used for flammable metals.

Label Colour:
– Blue

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
Plus:
– Flammable gases, like liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and acetylene
Plus:
– Fires involving electrical equipment up to 1000v

Specialist dry powder extinguishers are only used on flammable metals, such as titanium and magnesium.

Do not use for:
– Fires involving cooking oil
– Fires involving electrical equipment over 1000v
– or in enclosed spaces, such as offices or residential properties

How dry powder extinguishers work:
Dry powder extinguishers smother fires by forming a barrier between the fuel and the source of oxygen.

Types of premises/business who may need Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Businesses using flammable gases for chemical processes
– Premises where welding and flame cutting takes place
– Garage forecourts
– Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dispensing plants
– Premises with large, commercial boiler rooms

Where to locate Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Place dry powder extinguishers near to the source of the fire risk.

Specialist Dry Powder extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Specialist dry powder extinguishers work in the same way as standard dry powder extinguishers but are for use with flammable metals only. There are 2 types of specialist dry powder extinguishers – ‘L2’ which only tackles lithium fires, and ‘M28’, for all other flammable metal fires.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers

Overview:
CO2 extinguishers are predominantly used for electrical fire risks and are usually the main fire extinguisher type provided in computer server rooms. They also put out Class B fires (flammable liquids, such as paint and petroleum).

Label Colour:
– Black

Use for:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
– Electrical fires

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires – especially chip-pan fires
– Combustible materials like paper, wood or textiles
– Flammable metals

How CO2 extinguishers work:
CO2 extinguishers suffocate fires by displacing the oxygen the fire needs to burn.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Premises with electrical equipment, such as:
o Offices
o Kitchens
o Construction sites
o Server rooms

All work vehicles should also carry a smaller 2kg CO2 extinguisher.

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk and/or near the fire exits.

Wet Chemical Extinguishers

Overview:
Wet chemical extinguishers are designed for use on Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats.  They can also be used on Class A fires although it is more usual to have a foam or water extinguisher for this type of fire risk.

Label Colour:
– Yellow

Use for:
– Cooking oil/fat fires
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Flammable liquid or gas fires
– Electrical fires
– Flammable metals

How wet chemical extinguishers work:
Wet chemical extinguishers create a layer of foam on the surface of the burning oil or fat, preventing oxygen from fuelling the fire any further. The spray also has a cooling effect.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Commercial kitchens
– Canteens

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk.

Remember safety first.  Always have a safe escape route planned and get out before its too late.

What to do after your house burns

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do after your house burns Fire affects your most valuable possession, your house. It is important to get it repaired properly

Once the fire is out and the fire department has determined it is safe for you to reenter there are a few things you should do.  Following these tips can help you get through the process of getting your home repaired and contents cleaned.

  • Contact your insurance agent and get a claim started immediately.  Even the smallest fire can cause smoke and soot damage to an entire house
  • Limit movement in the house until the damage can be surveyed by a professional.  sitting on furniture or walking on carpet with soot on it can cause repairable damage.
  • Do not eat or drink anything from the house.  Even if items may have been in an area away from the fire they may have contamination on them or in them and it is not worth getting sick.  
  • Do not remove items from the house.  Even if it appears to be clean it is best to have a professional inspect it.

If you do have a fire of any kind SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties is here to help. We can come out and inspect the damages and make it "Like it never even happened" Call us today @ (989)835-5015