Homeowners can prevent mold growth through everyday measures. Mold thrives in moist environments such as basement and bathrooms. The most effective way to keep mold from growing in your home is to monitor the humidity level by using a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner during the warm humid months. Additionally, homeowners can control mold growth by using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. But what happens when you can't control the moisture caused by a roof leak, appliance failure, or a groundwater flooding? The key is to act quickly to prevent mold growth after a water damage loss.
Widespread Water Damage From Frozen Pipe Bursts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
The first week of the new year 2018 plunged most of the country into a deep freeze. Every state except for Hawaii saw temperatures below freezing. Massachusetts and Rhode Island saw wind chills as low as -25°! In addition to the wind chills, New England saw 11 consecutive days below freezing, the longest streak in 100 years. These extreme low temperatures contributed to frozen pipe breaks across the region. When water in the pipes freeze, it expands and causes the pipe to burst. Residents were relieved to see temperatures back above freezing the next week. However, any previously frozen water in the burst pipes then began to flow.
Commercial Property Disaster Preparation
Is your business prepared for a disaster? According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster. There are simple steps that you can take to make things easier to recover after a fire or water damage loss. Act quickly and follow these preventative tips from the Restoration Industry Association.
Hurricanes, blizzards, freezing temperatures, flooding and even tornadoes are all disasters Massachusetts and Rhode Island are familiar with. Preparing before the onset of a disaster helps to avoid the notoriously long lines at the grocery store with empty bread and milk shelves, and forget about finding portable generators at the hardware store. Having essential survival items ready to go is the key to weathering any storm.
Electrical distribution systems are the 3rd leading cause of house fires according to the Electrical Saftey Foundation International (ESFI). Electronics have become ingrained in our everyday lives; from smartphones and tablets to televisions and gaming systems. This addition of technology puts an added strain on our home's electrical system and poses a risk of fire if not handled properly. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that electrical fires are most common in the bedroom, attic, and kitchen. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe.
Be Prepared For Spring Flooding
With spring upon us, homeowners will begin to tackle spring cleaning projects. It is important to note that spring cleaning is not just for the indoors. Take this time to prepare your home for the frequent and heavy rains ahead by addressing these three areas.
At ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning, we deal with disasters every day. However, we know that the typical property owner will experience only a handful in their lifetime, so it's understandable that you may have questions. Mold is a common occurrence after a water loss when the water sits for a length of time. In fact, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours.