Hurricane Season Is Here
It may seem early, but hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and will continue through November 30th as well. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in the coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of the high winds and landslides due to rainfall.
Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Questions to Consider Before Mold Remediation
Mold can be found almost anywhere. It can grow virtually on any substance, providing that moisture is present. Listed below are questions to help determine if remediation services may be needed:
- Is there an existing moisture problem in the building?
- Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours?
- Is there a hidden source of water or is the humidity too high (high enough to cause condensation)?
- Are building occupants reporting musty or moldy odors?
- Are building occupants reporting health problems?
- Are building materials or furnishing visibly damaged?
- Has the building been recently remodeled or has building use changed?
If you have answered yes to majority of these questions, contact the SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton today for a mold inspection (409) 729-2800.
2018 Hurricane Season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near or above normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. They’re predicting anywhere from 10-16 named storms. In the range of 5-9 becoming hurricanes and out of those 1-4 becoming major hurricanes. The NOAA states that the possibility of a weak El Nino developing and near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea are two of the factors that are driving this outlook.
With all of the sophisticated technology, next-generation models and satellite data; this helps decision makers and the general public the ability to take action before, during and after hurricanes. After the 2017 Hurricane season, specifically Hurricane Harvey, Southeast Texas can use this information to be better prepared for the upcoming 2018 season.
Determining the Category of Water Damage
IICRC S500 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration defines three categories of water. Category refers to the type of water affecting the structure.
A Category I loss is where water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestions or inhalation exposure. A Category II loss is when water contains a significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category II water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms. Examples of Category II are: Discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls on the room side of the trap with some urine. Category III water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category III water are: Sewage, Flood water, and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms or other weather-related events.
Have questions about water damage? Contact the SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton today at (409) 729-2800.
Improving Air Quality
Inside dirty ductwork
The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your facility should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building.
A routine part of SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton’s service is inspecting the HVAC and ductwork. Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help you save money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO will inspect your ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address an indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help you save money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.
For more information on commercial duct cleaning, contact SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton today!
Drying and Dehumidification
SERVPRO helping properly dry this commercial building.
The first step to any water damage is removing the standing water. Even though your floors and walls may look dry at first glance; they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause damage.
SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton will manipulate the temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. We use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. Our SERVPRO professionals carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.
Our SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton professionals are trained and certified according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines specifically in Water Restoration. SERVPRO also encorporates its own Employee Certification Trainings in Water Damage as well. Our SERVPRO team members are highly trained and ultimately Here to Help!
Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact, there are over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. Mold spores can colonize within 72 hours and multiply within just a few hours. Moisture is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. Physically removing the mold contamination is the primary means of remediation.
If you would like more information on mold and mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton at (409) 729-2800 today. It’s a dirty job, but your local SERVPRO professionals are here to help when you encounter mold!
April showers bring May flowers! May is always a very busy month as school is coming to an end and summer is just around the corner. And before we know it we will be back to Hurricane Season!
The same is true for preparedness planning in May. The following preparedness events take place this month and offer a great chance to educate yourself!
- Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 5, 2018)
- National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018)
- National Dam Safety Awareness Day (May 31, 2018)
- National Building Safety Month
May also brings two weeks to show appreciation for our first responders.
- National Police Week (May 13-19, 2018)
- National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 20-26, 2018)
Be sure to visit ready.gov for more information and resources to be prepared!
National Building Safety Month
May is National Building Safety Month. Building safety month is its 38th year and is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 64,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in building construction and design and the safety community. Building Safety Month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.
The theme for 2018 is Building Codes Save Lives with a focus on safer communities over the five weeks in May. One of the topics highlighted during the third week of the month is Protecting Communities from Disasters. The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials “improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play,” and this month can certainly improve that awareness and educate communities on this topic!
Smoke Alarm Tips
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should be outside each sleeping areas and on every level of the home.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When on smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure that the alarm is working.
- Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
- Today's smoke alarms alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
- People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
*Source: NFPA-Nation Fire Protection Association