National Day of Service and Remembrance
In loving memory and honor of those who passed on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and first responders, National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together as Americans did following the events of 9/11 to help neighbors in need, and to honor veterans and First Responders in your community.
On this day and everyday, SERVPRO® of Cambridge/Belmont salutes those who served in the greatest times of need and stand tall and strong in the mists of disaster. Those heroes are the First Responders who keep our communities and country safe.
Always give back to your community each year. To find a volunteer opportunity near you, or to register your National Day of Service and Remembrance event, visit nationalservice.gov/911day.
The Importance of Clean Air to Prevent Mold
Plants can help prevent mold from breeding in your home.
One of the largest factors in mold survival 101 is the amount of moisture that is located within the air. Mold will grow anywhere on any substance that dampness is present. Most people do not realize as well as causing mold, excess moisture can also contaminate the air as well. Mold that is located within your home is a source of pollution all in itself. Mold particles can release toxic particles that will emanate and ilfitrait the air that you are breathing in. Also, not to mention the fact that damp itself can cause water vapor, which eventually will turn into microbial growth leading to more mold and now we are caught in a cycle. Making sure the moisture between cleanliness of the air and the actual tangle things are being controlled.
But there are many other things you can do to reduce the growth of mold and keep the air around you clean. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378).
Quick, easy and most importantly… free! Making sure that you keep your windows open whenever it is possible will ensure a healthy dose of air circulation.
Gas stoves and cooking pollutants in the kitchen as well as aerosol sprays and fragranced products in the bathroom are responsible for these rooms being high-toxin areas, so use extractor fans to ensure the air is regularly cleared. If you do not have a fan ventilating in a bathroom where showers are located, SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378) would recommend installing one. Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, especially one without a vent.
Making sure all surfaces are regularly cleaned and dusted especially bathroom and kitchens are a must. Vacuuming and dusting are major when trying to prevent mold and particles from getting into your air.
These are a must! Every indoor space should have one of these as it is the perfect weapon against excess moisture, which could lead to black ceilings, paint, and wallpaper peeling off. Not to mention the fact that it will help protect your personal belongings and keep your food fresher for longer.
Plants one might ask? Other than just looking pretty, indoor plants, especially leafy greens, are key in helping to eliminate airborne pollutants. Thus in turn, purifying the air. So next time your out and about maybe think of purchasing a few leafy green plants to put throughout your home!
A/C Unit Ruining Your Business?
Ceiling after and A/C unit had been leaking though the celling.
Overtime, in commercial buildings A/C units can slowly take a turn for the worse. There can be many complications that can lead to colossal damage. A/C units should be checked for leaks and serviced every year, preferably in the spring, to make sure an incident does not happen in the future. As your A/C system runs, over time it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency. Leaving your A/C unchecked unit can make for your A/C unit to lose five percent of its operating efficiency each year.
In Watertown, Monday morning, SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378) responded to a call from a customer saying that there A/C unit had finally broken and there were leaks coming through the ceiling because the A/C unit was located on the second floor. There was not only water damage to the ceiling but also to the merchandise that was located on the first floor. This is a situation that could have been prevented and also could have saved the company a lot of money and headache by having there A/C unit checked each year.
SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378) took the job and were quick, very reliable, and trustworthy. This job was taken care of in just one short day. For any commercial needs call us we are here at your convenience 24/7, 365 days a year. Let us be the company that gets your business back to “Like it never even happened.”
Mice that can chew wires in your office.
Did you know that an office or warehouse can be like a giant playground for mice and friends? Your office makes for excellent shelter for mice, its keeps them warm in cold weather and protects them from animals that are larger. To make matters worse, all the food that is left behind in an office and warehouse can lead to an all-you-can-eat buffet for these little critters.
Once there is one mouse, then becomes multiple... Mice and rats can do more damage to your office than meets the eye.
First, spread disease!
- Mice may be small animals but they can carry big diseases.
- Mice and rats can spread diseases through their droppings. Mice have no shame and will go anywhere they please, including your keyboard and phone. That would not be a pleasant way to start a Monday morning.
- Mice also like to urinate everywhere, especially in a new place. It lets them keep track of the places they’ve been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends.
Fourth, chew cables.
- Imagine coming into work one day and your computer does not turn on? Then imagine realizing that a mouse or rat had chewed through the cord to your computer…bummer.
Fifth, start fires.
- Mice chewing on wires in your office can lead to the potential to start fires. By chewing wires under your desk, the mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight. Exposed wires are more prone to become in contact with water and as we all know water and electricity do not mix very well.
At the first sight of any of these things happening, make sure you call SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378) to make sure your business is cleaned properly and prevent this problem does not happen again.
8 Places Most People Do not Know Mold Exists
Invasive mold found under hardwood floors
Mold is defined as a fungus that can spread rapidly and can take over you home and work space rather quickly. The most common places for mold to hide is, Carpeting, Furniture, Closets, Clothes, HVAC Systems, Drywall, Ceiling, and Flooring.
No matter how small the amount of carpet is that has liquid dropped on it, it is always a good idea to take precautions and check to see if mold has started to grow in or underneath the surface. Some of the smallest spills could lead to the biggest problems over time if not taken care of properly.
Most people do not realize that when water or liquid is spilled on a piece of furniture it could potentially be a breeding ground for mold. Liquid can seep into the fabric and if not dried correctly could start to spread through the piece of furniture
Closets would be the last place that one would think mold would grow in. Mold spores are found in the air and can land on anything and everything throughout your home. Mold spores tend to grow more rapidly in dark, damp, or humid environments. That is why your closet can be a good breeding ground for mold spores.
One might ask mold can grow in clothes?! Not to panic if taken care of properly this can be avoided. Most people organize their closets in conjunction with what season is approaching. Last season's clothes go into the back of the closet to sit there until it comes around again. Which mean out of sight out of mind. This is when mold spores can start to grow. Some clothes after sitting for so long can come out and smell musty. A suggestion for SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont 616-864-7378 is to wash your clothes each season before wear. If mold does become a problem in your closets feel free to contact us so we are able to get your closet back to “Like it never even happened”!
What is your HVAC system? You probably think of it as the thing that keeps your home warm or cool depending on the season. What it really is, is a series of long fully enclosed duct work that traverse every part of your home. These are the places that never see light and can collect several different types of bacteria, including mold spores. This is something that can be easily prevented. Getting duck worked cleaned each year can help prevent from a catastrophic mold over take throughout your home.
Drywall loves to absorb anything and everything that comes into contact with it. Some examples are odors, bacteria, smoke, or moisture. Whenever something is absorb it can be naked to the eyes. You will not be able to notice any damage that has taken place unless it starts to smell or starts to peep through onto the drywall.
Most people will not notice anything wrong with the ceiling until it is visible. Which means, at that time mold has had a chance to grow throughout it. This usually happens when there is a overflow of a toilet or bathtub. Do not fret! SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont 616-864-7378 has the tools to help fix your mold problem. Give us a call we are available 24/7 365 days a year.
One detail that you cannot forget about is when flooring gets wet the moisture might have disappeared on the top but that does not mean that the liquid is not deep under the surface waiting to start breeding. More often than not moisture can get underneath and become a breeding ground for mold. Some examples of where mold can grow in a moist or humid area is your attic, storage room, crawl space, or inside your washer and dryer. Some tips to make sure that your floor is staying clean and dry is to make sure that spills, when they happen, are taken care of and not just left to seep into the floor to cause damage.
Fire In Cambridge MA
Building with huge flames and thick black smoke
On July 20, 2018 there was a three alarm fire with heavy smoke and soot that took place in Cambridge, MA at 2:30pm. The fire made serval road closures for most of the afternoon in order to contain the fire. It took a total of 150 firefighters to put out this massive blaze.
When firefighters were on scene the front was still in tact but as more investigating went on firefighters discovered that there was a heavy fire that was started in the basement of the building in the back. It took many hours for firefighters to put out the fire and left the business and some of the businesses around it with almost nothing.
After the fire took place, the owner called SERVPRO Cambridge/Belmont (617-864-7378)
to asses the damage that had been done and begin restoration of the business. SERVPRO Cambridge/Belmont (617-864-7378) is available 24/7, seven days a week to answer their customers needs. When there is a tragedy that occurs we are the people to get business’ back on their feet “Like it never even happened.”
Air Conditioning Check list
Commercial AC Unit
As facility-maintenance professionals prepare for summer, it is important they make sure evaporator-coil cleaning and maintenance is on their to-do list states Sergio Rodriguez from SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont.
“Not only do you want to make sure your HVAC system is running properly, but uncleaned coils can shorten the life of your equipment and force your system to work harder than it should,” Sergio said, “Dirty coils can drastically increase the cost of running your HVAC, but one of the quickest and safest ways to maintain your system is through a comprehensive coil-cleaning program.”
Citing a Southern California Edison report, Rodriguez says that while uncleaned evaporator coils decreased energy efficiency by 35 percent, dirty condenser coils caused energy efficiency to drop 60 percent, meaning much more power and money was required to cool at the same rate as a system with clean coils.
Additionally, Rodriguez says, dirty evaporator coils can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria as airborne contaminants are filtered through the system, negatively impacting indoor-air quality.
SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont recently released a checklist for effectively cleaning coils:
- Obtain the best possible access. Cleaning coils works best when a maintenance technician can get the cleaning wand close to the areas that need to be cleaned. Consider using flexible wands if access is difficult.
- Vacuum coils and fins. Before cleaning, remove dry debris from coils with a vacuum that can reach dust and dirt in tight spaces. Other options include using compressed air.
- Clear blockages. Condensate pans and lines need to be free of blockages before wet cleaning can begin, as any obstructions can cause major damage from flooding and because of HVAC-system condensate. Consider a wet/dry vacuum to remove any debris prior to cleaning.
- Use a wet cleaning process. Pressurized water forces deeply embedded dirt and debris to come loose, vastly improving the cleaning process.
- Use a powerful-yet-delicate cleaning system. High-pressure equipment can damage fins, especially on evaporator coils. The ideal system should deliver 125 to 200 psi and up to a half-gallon of flow per minute.
- Apply an alkaline non-caustic cleaning foam. Use of a non-caustic cleaner helps to protect coils from corrosion.
- Apply a mold-control agent. Adding a mold inhibitor that is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered and approved for use in occupied spaces can help to keep coils clean and free of odor and allergy-causing mold and mildew.
- If you need Your Air Conditioning unit checked out, please call SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617) 864-7378
5 Different Sources of House Fires and How to Prevent A Fire in Your Home
Fire that started in a Wall
Wiring and Outlets
- Make sure all electrical cords are checked throughout your home for signs of fraying and make sure all frayed wires are replaced.
- Do not cover cords with item such as rugs or blankets.
- Be aware of the capacity that your home can handle in its electrical system.
- Make sure to understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips. Surge protectors help protect electronic devices.
- Make sure there is a fire extinguishers readily available and make sure one knows how to use it in case of emergencies.
- Keeping your stove clean is another way to prevent a house fire. Grease on a stove or in an oven can lead to a fire the next time it is used, if not cleaned properly.
- Installing a dryer not properly could lead to a house fire when it is used for the first time. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to prevent a fire from happening though the vent.
- Make sure your dryer is cleaned regularly
- After each load of laundry is done make sure the lint is taken out from the previous load.
Other Sources of Heating
- Space heaters are known for starting house fires when left on too long, or on when nobody is in your home.
- Make sure your space heater is far enough away from all furniture or anything else that can get too warm and catch on fire.
- If there in a chimney that is located in your house make sure it is inspected annually. Have a professional clean or repair your chimney as needed.
- Make sure to use wood only.
Pest Prevention Tips For Your Business
Pest that can Take Over a Business
In order to prevent one's businesses from becoming infested with pests there are a few tips that everyone who owns a business should read about.
- Make sure your business is constantly being cleaned and spills, or damages do not go unnoticed.
- Make sure that garbage is taken out regularly as well as are stored in containers that are not easy to access.
- Make sure that all cracks throughout your business are sealed bottom to top seamlessly, especially doors.
- Make sure there is proper drainage going out. Pests can find their way in through the smallest cracks and places.
- Make sure areas stay dry and if are wet are dried properly. Certain pest thrive in cool and damp places.
- Make sure all food being stored in sealed properly and not left out.
These six simple tips can help lead to a pest free environment. If one does find themselves in a situation where pest have infested there business give SERVPRO on Cambridge/Belmont (617-864- 7378) a call.
What is lightning?
Lightning contarsted with the night sky
Lightning is an electrical discharge caused by imbalances between storm clouds and the ground, or within the clouds themselves. Most lightning occurs within the clouds.
"Sheet lightning" describes a distant bolt that lights up an entire cloud base. Other visible bolts may appear as bead, ribbon, or rocket lightning. During a storm, colliding particles of rain, ice, or snow inside storm clouds increase the imbalance between storm clouds and the ground, and often negatively charge the lower reaches of storm clouds. Objects on the ground, like steeples, trees, and the Earth itself, become positively charged—creating an imbalance that nature seeks to remedy by passing current between the two charges.
Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface. This heat causes surrounding air to rapidly expand and vibrate, which creates the pealing thunder we hear a short time after seeing a lightning flash.
Types of Lightning
Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomenon—about 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second—yet their power is extraordinary. Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity.
A typical cloud-to-ground lightning bolt begins when a step-like series of negative charges, called a stepped leader, races downward from the bottom of a storm cloud toward the Earth along a channel at about 200,000 mph (300,000 kph). Each of these segments is about 150 feet (46 meters) long.
When the lowermost step comes within 150 feet (46 meters) of a positively charged object, it is met by a climbing surge of positive electricity, called a streamer, which can rise up through a building, a tree, or even a person.
When the two connect, electrical current flows as negative charges fly down the channel towards earth and a visible flash of lightning streaks upward at some 200,000,000 mph (300,000,000 kph), transferring electricity as lightning in the process.
Some types of lightning, including the most common types, never leave the clouds but travel between differently charged areas within or between clouds. Other rare forms can be sparked by extreme forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and snowstorms. Ball lightning, a small, charged sphere that floats, glows, and bounces along oblivious to the laws of gravity or physics, still puzzles scientists.
About one to 20 cloud-to-ground lightning bolts is "positive lightning," a type that originates in the positively charged tops of storm clouds. These strikes reverse the charge flow of typical lightning bolts and are far stronger and more destructive. Positive lightning can stretch across the sky and strike "out of the blue" more than 10 miles from the storm cloud where it was born.
If you have had damage from a lightning strike, please call SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617) 864-7378