Fire and Water Damage in your Laundry Room can cause serious damage to your home.
FACT: Typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads.
When someone mentions they have a laundry emergency, most people’s first thought would be a red wine or grass stain, but here at SERVPRO of Medford a laundry emergency is a much BIGGER deal! What you aren’t thinking about is without proper inspection and maintenance those appliances you rely on can really lead to a serious disaster in your home.
Washing Machines typically run a few times per week in most homes, and the typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads. Washers come with 3 hoses filled with water: hot water, cold water and a drain, that gives that appliance 3 opportunities to suddenly leave you with a laundry room flood, or worse widespread water damage.
To complete a full cycle of laundry you have to put those wet clothes somewhere, and it is convent that the clothes dryer is located right next to the washing machine, right? No one forgets to throw in the laundry detergent when doing a load, but forgetting to dispose of your dryer lint, well that can cause BIG problems. Dryer lint is very combustible, the accumulation of lint in your dryer and vent can reduce airflow, causing your dryer to overheat. An improperly vented dryer can have dangerous consequences and is a leading cause of fire damage in homes.
Steps to prevent a laundry emergency in your home:
1. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine regularly, remember to check for leaks thoroughly but be sure not to disconnect them. The best way to check is to start a small load on a short cycle and make sure you don’t see any water, with each cycle. Better yet replace rubber hoses with a stainless-steel option, they have a longer life span.
2. Give your washer some room, keeping it 6” away from the wall can help prevent the hoses from kinking. Also, make sure you don’t see a lot of movement, an imbalanced washer can move around enough to loosen or cause added stress on your hose connections.
3. If you seem to have continued problems with your washer install a flood stopper. It’s placed on the floor near your washing machine and when it detects water it can shut off the water supply.
4. It is recommended to have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure you remove lint from your filter and underneath it every time you start a new load. Don’t use dryer sheets and fabric softener and remove the back of the dryer regularly to remove trapped lint.
5. Check that your dryer vent outside is lifting/venting properly. When installing the duct line keep it as short as possible to accumulate less debris. Keep the area around your dryer free of dust and other debris.
Accidents sometimes happen even after taking proper precautions and performing routine maintenance in your home. We here at SERVPRO of Medford have responded to dozens of calls for water or fire property damage caused by laundry emergencies. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our professional staff has the equipment, expertise, and experience to respond faster to any size disaster.
If you have a laundry emergency caused by Fire/Water Damage! SERVPRO of Medford is always here to help!
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Common Signs that Water Damage is Lurking in Your Home.
SERVPRO of Medford will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Water damage is among the most common causes of property damage claims. One in every 50 insured homes will have a water-related property claim. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Even a well-maintained residence can have unexpected water damage including, a leaky dishwasher or sink, broken pipe(s), an overflowing washing machine, an old leaky roof, flood or storm damage and foundation cracks. If you see signs that water damage is lurking in your home, SERVPRO of Medford always here to help!
Water spots under sink cabinets
If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.
Ceiling and wall stains
Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.
Mold needs water to grow, so it’s common to find mold in consistently damp locations—and finding mold is never a good thing, since it means your air quality is suffering. In fact, sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as aggravated allergy symptoms, cold-like issues, and more.
Squishy kitchen/bathroom tiles
Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.
Many things can cause water to pool in unlikely places, including a broken pipe or flooding. If you find standing water, it’s important to seek water damage remediation as quickly as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to greater damage to your home’s structural integrity and air quality.
When you are dealing with water damage, call in the experts to help! SERVPRO of Medford can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
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Don't Let Commercial Property Damage Hurt Your Bottom Line!
Restoring commercial properties can be difficult, but the professionals here at SERVPRO of Medford will help your business get back to business!
Don’t Let Property Damage Harm Your Business
SERVPRO of Medford knows that damage to commercial property can affect your business in a variety of ways. Large-scale damage to your commercial property from a natural disaster, like a hurricane, can shut down the property and cost you money. After disaster strikes, we recommend calling an expert here at SERVPRO of Medford so we can get to work fixing your commercial property. Restoring your business is our business, and we are ready to help you get back up and running like it never even happened!
If your business has already suffered fire damage, don’t get burned by paying a remediation service for an incomplete job. Call SERVPRO of Medford so we can get to work restoring your business. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians will clean quickly and efficiently. We can contain the odor so there will be no smoky smell, repair your fabric and upholstery, and fix any water damage that may have occurred as a result of sprinklers.
Our water damage restoration team is ready to remove and clean large-scale flooding from your business, no matter how large your company. After restoring the damage done to your business by the flooding, we will begin the structural drying. Once everything has dried, we control the odor so that it won’t smell musty or moldy in the office. Lastly, we will clean all the fabric and upholstery.
Mold remediation at commercial properties can be complicated and needs to be addressed by an expert, like the ones here at SERVPRO of Medford. Our team will take care of everything: applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, applied structural drying, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning.
We are ready to help your business bounce back after storms or other natural disasters, as well! Call our 24 Hour Emergency Service if you experience any issues! We work efficiently and will stay within your budgetary constraints. Every hour spent cleaning is an hour of revenue lost, but we can get you back into your commercial property quickly!
Small office buildings, high-rise buildings, or apartment buildings—we can do it all! We are a 24 hour, 7 days a week service so regardless of when catastrophe strikes, give us a call so we can get to work as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Medford specializes in cleaning and restoring your commercial and residential property. Our staff is thoroughly versed in damage restoration. We are constantly training our staff on the newest and most efficient ways to remove mold. We are IICRC-certified and great at what we do. Give us a call at (631) 240-4172 so we can get to work fixing your business!
Your First Steps After a Disaster
You might feel overwhelmed after a disaster, but we are here to help rebuild your home!
It can be difficult to deal with the overwhelming amount of questions running through your head after a disaster strikes. Whether victimized by mold, fire, or water damage we find the first question people need to be answered is: what now?
Safety is always our first priority and it should be yours too. With that in mind, the first question that needs to be answered is if your home is safe to reenter. Disasters can lead to significant structural damage or can contaminate the air around you, making your home uninhabitable. Hopefully, if the house is deemed safe for your return you might think the next logical step is to begin the cleaning process. The best thing you can do is actually take photos of the mess. By documenting the damage done to your home and your belongings you are giving yourself evidence that can be used if there are any issues with insurance claims. Using a camera or your cell phone, try to take pictures of your home. If you lost your camera and phone in the disaster, or if your home is unsafe to a renter, give your SERVPRO of Medford professional a call.
By calling SERVPRO of Medford first we can document the damage on your behalf if needed. We will also be able to give you an honest assessment of the damage done to your home and let you know if going through insurance is your best course of action. The damage to your home may not be significant enough to involve the insurers. There is always a chance—with each claim submission—that your rates could be increased, your deductible doubled, or your policy canceled, leaving you vulnerable.
When submitting a claim to your insurer, they will frequently suggest companies for you to use. These “preferred vendors” typically have agreements in place with the insurance company. As a consumer, it is important to know that you are not obligated to use their vendors. You are allowed to use a company that you already know and trust.
While disasters are never good, they do give you an opportunity to rebuild your house into the home you always wanted. SERVPRO of Medford is ready to help you add that second bathroom you always needed, or the laundry room you’ve dreamed of. If you already loved your home, SERVPRO of Medford can help rebuild your home as if it never happened.
Get Your Ducts in a Row
You can remove a vent cover to get a better look at your air duct system.
Duct cleaning is a pretty big undertaking, so it is best left to a professional cleaning service. Fortunately, it can be pretty easy to tell if they need to be cleaned. Removing the vent covers allows for a look inside the duct system to see if there is any debris circulating through the air you’re breathing. Air filters should also be inspected for dust particles. Both of these checks can give you some insight as to whether it is time to call a professional duct cleaner. You can also check the condition of your heater. The heat exchanger surface works best if sufficiently cleaned.
With summer right around the corner, now would be a great time to take a look at your air conditioner. The coils inside the A.C. should be free from dust. Projecting light onto the cooling coil to see if it comes out the other end will help. The fins of the coil should be evenly spaced and free of damage. If any of these parts seem slow or dirty, please give us a call before it gets even hotter. If the A.C. unit is giving you issues, don’t sweat it, just give us a call and we will be there.
Here is a quick rundown of the work that goes into cleaning your ventilation system, and making sure it running at peak performance:
The first step would be to clean, or if needed, replace your air conditioning filter to ensure the ducts do not lose efficiency as a result of the restricted airflow that comes from debris. Dirty ducts or filters can contaminate the air you breathe!
After resolving any issues with the filter, we begin work on the condenser coils. A clean condenser coil can ensure your unit is maximizing the power received; which will save you money on your electrical bill. Your SERVPRO of Medford professional will then check the coolant lines so you get the coldest air possible.
Lastly, we check the AC by turning the unit on. With the system running, we are can ensure the unit is in great working shape and the cleaning is complete. If more work is required, like replacing a broken part, SERVPRO of Medford can quickly complete any of the additional steps that may need to be taken.
What Causes Mold Inside The Home?
Contact SERVPRO of Medford for all you mold removal or mold remediation needs.
Mold needs dampness, water, or mugginess to flourish. Mold spores can start developing inside as soon as they make contact with a wet surface. Some basic spots mold can flourish include:
- Showers, baths, sinks, and toilets are normal spots for mold development. These regions have a tendency to be clammy, and without sufficient ventilation they give the ideal conditions for mold growth.
- Air conditioners and heating ventilation.
- Fireplace and stack. When not being utilized, chimneys and smokestacks are cool, moist, and dim—prolific ground for mold spores.
- In the event that your rooftop has even the smallest of breaks, mold can develop and spread through the framework in the upper room. It can likewise flourish in the insulation and soffit vents.
- In the cellar. That very old storm cellar smell is proof of dampness,humidity, and—more than likely—mold.Generally, it can be found around channels and pipes, or close to the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.
Indoor mold development can and ought to be anticipated and controlled by killing the sodden conditions inside. In the event that there is mold development in your house it's critical to manage it quickly and efficiently. The issue must be stopped at the source as well. In the right, or wrong,circumstance mold will spread rapidly—in as few as 24–48 hours.
If you think your home has mold, call an expert who will arrange for a sampling and test the affected zone. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Medford are certified and prepared forwater and mold restoration. They specialize in mold protocols and how to strategize restoration. Your SERVPRO of Medford professionals know how to adequately deal with mold, utilizing only the best in class systems and hardware.
SERVPRO of Medford's specialists will initially evaluate the harm and, if required by law, receive a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor, and devise a strategy. They will then focus on the influenced zone, utilizing physical obstructions and a negative air pressure chamber, keeping the mold from spreading. The SERVPRO of Medford specialist will then reinvigorate the area.
The specialists at SERVPRO of Medford get continuous mold remediation training, guaranteeing the rebuild of your home or business rapidly and proficiently.
SERVPRO of Medford offers crisis relief every minute of every day, or you can call to schedule an exhaustive review of your home or business.
Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?
SERVPRO of Medford has a team of mold remediation specialists.
We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?
In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.
So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce? The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:
- Roridin E
- Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
- Sporidesmin G
- Verrucarin J
Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.
There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.
In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.
To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Medford has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of Medford it’ll be "Like it never even happened."
The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation
Contact SERVPRO of Medford if you have mold in your home or business.
Many contractors and even mold removal companies will try to confuse you as to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Some will try to tell you that for a small mold issue, you can get mold removal, but for a larger more dangerous issue, you’ll need a more complicated, and expensive, mold remediation. Out of fear, many will choose to go with remediation and spend the extra money. That makes sense, mold can be extremely dangerous, causing severe illness and other problems, but the fact is that mold removal and mold remediation are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing!
Mold is endemic in our environment, meaning you can find it almost everywhere that water and oxygen are present. While some mold, such as the mildew in your shower (when in small quantities,) are considered “cosmetic mold” and can be simply sprayed with bleach, other types of mold (and even mildew when it spreads,) can become dangerous and toxic.
Certified Mold Specialists
SERVPRO of Medford has certified mold remediation technicians that can not only help to identify and properly remove the mold in your home, but they will also locate the source, and eradicate the cause of your mold issues.
When you find mold in your home, make sure that your mold professional can explain the mold remediation process in simple terms. Many small mold issues should not be expensive to handle. Moldy drywall is one example. If the affected area is small, it should not be a tremendously expensive fix. The most important issue with small drywall fixes happens once the damaged section is removed. It is imperative to ensure that spores are not spread further, so great care must be taken with the disposal of affected areas. If the technicians you hire use extremely technical terms to frighten you into tremendously expensive treatment options, be wary.
When you call SERVPRO of Medford, we will carefully inspect your property to ensure that not only are all mold issues are addressed, but also that we locate the source of the issue, and eradicate it. If we do find an issue that needs to be addressed, we will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores that may be in the air and to prevent them from spreading during removal.
In addition to mold removal, we also specialize in cleaning your belongings and ensuring that they are sanitized and safe to use. Should major restoration need to be done, we can also handle reconstruction and finishing to ensure that you are back to normal as quickly, and cleanly, as possible.
Mold doesn’t have to be scary, so don’t let an unqualified contractor or “specialist” make it into a nightmare.
Water Damage & Flooding
If you experience flooding, contact SERVPRO of Medford
The rainy season is upon us in Medford. Excessive rainfall means the potential for leaky roofs, flooded basements and other types of water damage. These situations are some of the most costly that a homeowner or business owner can face. Water can quickly lead to mold growth, damage furniture and drywall, and compromise the very structure of a house or building.
Common causes of water damage include corroded or damaged pipes, blocked gutters, and leaks from roofs or windows.
To prepare for flooding, elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home or building. Install check-valves to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains. And know how to locate and safely shut off all utilities.
There are also several measures you can take to help prevent water damage. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets, gutters and downspouts to ensure there are no blockages. Have a sump pump installed in the basement of your home or business. Seal basement walls and floors with waterproofing compounds.
If certain areas consistently have standing water or if there are a few spots in your basement where water regularly collects, there might be a problem with the pitch or angle of the grounds outside. If the ground is pitched toward your house or building, water will run back toward it, causing leaks or flooding. So make sure the ground pitch is angled away from your home or facility.
Water and flood damage restoration is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a lengthy and potentially dangerous process that should be tackled only by experienced professionals, like the experts at SERVPRO of Medford. If you have an issue, call SERVPRO of Medford right away. While you wait for our restoration team to arrive, take the following steps:
1. Turn off all power
2. Move important possessions and documents to safety
3. Raise all furniture or remove it entirely
4. Let in fresh air if weather permits
5. If safely doing so is possible, use buckets to remove water, and clean out the internal and outside water drainage of your home or building
Once they arrive, the SERVPRO of Medford team will begin the repair and restoration process:
Our technicians determine f the water is from a clean source or an unsanitary place like a sewerage system. SERVPRO of Medford locates and measures the damage, from subfloors to inside the wall cavities and elsewhere.
We use powerful vacuums capable of removing thousands of gallons every hour.
Our licensed restoration professionals have the knowledge and heavy-duty
equipment to start the air movement necessary to dry out your home or facility. They will also inspect the affected areas for mold.
Without prompt action, water damage is virtually guaranteed to spread and become permanent. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. So if you live in Medford and have a water issue, call SERVPRO of Medford immediately. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the devastating effects of flooding and water damage.
When a pipe bursts in your home.
A burst pipe can cause serious water damage.
2018 has brought us mostly subfreezing temperatures. When it gets this cold outside homes are at risk of burst pipes and all of the headaches and water damage they bring. Water pipes burst when the water inside them freezes and expands causing an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain it bursts causing damage to your home.
A burst pipe can happen almost anywhere, but usually occurs with pipes that are close to the exterior of your home. The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. Water in a crawlspace or basement is usually well contained and can be easily dried out. However, when a pipe bursts in the main part of your home, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, it can create a much bigger mess depending upon how much water has inundated the house.
As with any water damage, time is of the essence as mold can start to develop in as little as 24 hours after flooding occurs. The more time that passes without treatment the more likely those materials will continue to deteriorate and may not be salvageable. This is doubly true in homes with carpeting.
When a pipe in your home bursts—affecting multiple rooms—travels from an upper level to a lower level of the home, or has been left unnoticed for more than 8 hours, professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment is essential for preventing long-term damage. If you see that water has seeped into the subflooring or the drywall the safest step would be to contact a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Medford to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.