Mold Safety – Kitchen Tips

One of the worst contaminants known is the silent but dangerous growth of mold. Mold can grow indoors on wet or damp surfaces, such as wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpets, insulation material, wood and drywall. It can start to grow within 48 hours and if left unchecked, can have serious impacts on both your quality of life and your home’s physical structure. If you see signs of mold or suspect that it has infected your home, we’re here to help remediate the problem and prevent long-term damage.

Cleaning up a life of hoarding

Hoarding Clean Up

If you find yourself, a family member or even a friend dealing with a hoarding situation, don’t be embarrassed, it’s not due to poor organization or laziness. Compulsive hoarding is a complex anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for a person to discard or part with possessions, regardless of actual value.

Hoarders may feel the item will be useful one day or feel sentimental about it. Many have dealt with this problem their entire lives, and often only after other family members become involved is the issue addressed. In addition to excessive clutter, other serious effects of compulsive hoarding can include fire or health hazards and infestations. It also may become impossible to prepare or eat food in the home or to have appliance, electrical or plumbing repairs conducted because service technicians cannot enter the home. (more…)

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Preparedness

Dear Valued Customers,

ServiceMaster Restoration is always ready to help you, during your time in need.   We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Joaquin for the areas we service.

Weather you are affected by the weather or not, create an emergency plan for you and your loved ones and your employees too.  Here are a few tips that you might need to know on what to do and what supplies you need: (more…)

Hurricane Danny Report:

Danny Strengthens in Atlantic to Category 3

Friday afternoon, a NOAA research plane not only sent back near real-time radar images from a hurricane for the first time, but also found maximum winds had increased to Category 3 intensity.

Hurricane Hunters have reported winds of Category 3 strength, but Danny may be peaking in intensity. The radar indicates Danny may be undergoing an eyewall replacement cycle, whereby an outer eyewall replaces the inner eyewall of the hurricane. If this is indeed happening, it’s helping to temporarily strengthen the storm, but would also portend a period of weakening ahead. Additionally the storm may grow some in size because of this process but will likely remain on the small side.

Regardless, the hurricane is directed squarely toward a wall of dry air and increasingly hostile upper winds, which together should work to weaken Danny as it approaches the eastern Caribbean islands later this weekend. Officially, the forecast is for a mid-grade tropical storm to be moving through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Monday into Tuesday. Danny should be moving fairly quickly through the islands, so this could bring beneficial (but not flooding) rains to parts of the eastern Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, that need it.

As of now nothing suggests a significant threat to the U.S. mainland from Danny. That said, because it’s more than a week out and the steering pattern favors a continued westward track, it’s too soon to completely rule out any impact to the mainland.” By Stu Ostro, Michael Lowry, Dr. Greg Postel, Dr. Matt Sitkowski | Published Aug 21 2015 01:56 PM EDT | The Weather Channel,  Full Report | 

Preparing Your Home for Summer Storms

Although hurricane season is well under way, it’s never too late to prepare your home for summertime storms. Even typical summer storms can cause damage to your home without preparation, leaving you with significant cleanup costs and a home at greater risk if another storm or hurricane does occur. Regardless of your home improvement experience and budget, there are several steps you can take to protect your home from wind, rain, hail, lighting, and other damaging weather.

Maintain Your Roof

Roof damage is one of the most common side effects of severe summer weather. A leak in your roof can also cause widespread flooding throughout your home, making your roof your top priority when it comes to preventing storm-related damage. Have your roof inspected once a year by a roofing professional and follow any recommended maintenance tasks, such as gutter cleaning, to keep your roof in good shape. As soon as you notice roof damage, such as missing shingles, loose flashing, or pooling water, schedule repairs promptly to address the issue and ensure your roof will be solid and secure when a storm does hit. (more…)

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