With all of the recent heavy rains, Worcester and Bristol County has experienced, ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning has had a surge of calls from customers with flooded basements from sump pump failures and groundwater deluges. Because groundwater may not be covered by insurance and water levels can recede quickly, many homeowners think they can handle the problem themselves. But the price they may pay for using their own Shop Vac and not calling professional help can end up being very costly.
Months after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast of the United States, health officials of several states are warning residents that toxic mold may be growing on contaminated areas. And if left untreated, this mold poses a serious health risk. In New York, thousands of residents have been complaining of ailments due to exposure to mold. The problem is being compounded by a potent allergy season. Additionally, victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to experience issues with repairing property damages, restoration, and decontamination.
We're in the middle of a very active rainy season, and water damage will unfortunately be a problem for many in New Bedford, Acushnet, Freetown, and the surrounding towns in Bristol County. At ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning we recognize that water damage isn't fun and can be a big problem. We recommend to all of our customers the need for swift treatment of any and all damage caused by water or flooding. Waiting or trying to do it yourself can be very costly. The sooner the damage is treated, the better the chances for successful water mitigation.
It's never a good thing to see spots on your walls, especially if they indicate mold growth. According to the Insurance Information Institute at least 1,000 species of mold are common to the United States - and mold is everywhere. While most molds are not hazardous, too much exposure to some molds may cause asthma or other health issues. And even if the mold doesn't cause health problems, it can definitely damage your home.
Despite the overwhelming media coverage recent hurricanes and severe weather have garnered, a majority of homeowners still do not have adequate flood insurance. Of the four out of five homeowners who know that a standard homeowner's insurance policy does not cover flood damage, only 14% had a flood insurance policy according to a 2015 poll by the Insurance Information Institute.
Over the past few months, we have had a large number of customers experiencing hot water tank and appliance overflows resulting in expensive water damage. Unfortunately, it's an upsetting story that we hear too often - bubbles overflowing onto the laundry room floor like in a bad sitcom episode. But the end result is no joke - rooms and contents flooded with water. The water often travels down several floors, damaging ceilings, flooring, and walls. And even a small leak, if not addressed immediately, can lead to long-term damage and mold growth.
Summer is the time for outdoor cooking and fun in the sun. There's nothing better than a burger hot off the grill or lounging by the fire pit staring at the stars. But the combination of fire, fuel, and people can be deadly. And as summer gets into full swing, we thought it might be helpful to look at some specifics of backyard fire injury and how to prevent it.