What is the IICRC?
WE at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch are an IICRC certified firm. We use the term IICRC in reference to a host of certifications, so who is the IICRC?
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry.
The IICRC is managed by its Board of Directors which is comprised of 15 industry leaders elected by the IICRC's Shareholders. The Board of Directors function is to represent the various interests of the Registrants while leading the direction of the organization. The Board of Directors meet four times a year and is tasked with the responsibility of helping shape future policies of the organization and uphold the standards that help shape the industry. The following are theValues of the organization.
* Respect- We will treat everyone we encounter in our interactions through the IICRC in the same manner we would wish to be treated.
* Responsible- We will work to assure that the obligations and stated goals of the IICRC are met in a timely fashion.
* Integrity- We will establish and maintain a culture characterizedby honesty, high values and exceptional standards of conduct.
* Excellence- We will accept nothing less than the best in leadership, quality and service.
* Expert- We will continue to build the IICRC's reputation as the leading authority and source of professional knowledge in the industry.
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Happy Fathers Day!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish all fathers a very Happy Fathers Day! The following is a little history of the origins of Fathers Day.
There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.
A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.
Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.
History of Flag Day
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to share a little history behind the observance of Flag Day.
U.S. Flag DayPoster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.
Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Washington. Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events. Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.
The Mold Remediation Process
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company with a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff. The process of mold remediation can be a little daunting, but SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help you through it.
If you suspect mold in your home, you need to hire a Mold Assessment Consultant to do initial testing and to write a Mold Remediation Protocol. If you need help finding a Mold Assessment Consultant, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can give you several recommendations.
Once we receive the Mold Remediation Protocol,
we would present you with an itemized estimate. If that estimate were acceptable to you, we would proceed with the remediation which would include our Mold Remediation Contractor writing a Mold Remediation Work Plan that would be followed by the Mold Remediation Workers during the remediation process. After the remediation, the Mold Assessment Consultant would come back and perform clearance testing. Once the project obtained clearance, the Mold Assessment Consultant and the Mold Remediation Contractor would present you with a signed Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation, documenting that the remediation was successful.
Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 if you suspect mold in your home.
Super Highway for Mold and Mycotoxins
Mycotoxin molecules are a much smaller molecule than the mold spore itself, making it easier to travel throughout a structure and ductwork. Mold spores are typically 1-6 microns, while human hair is about 100 microns and a mycotoxin metabolite is 0.1 micron. This small size , therefore, makes it easy to inhale or be absorbed through the skin.
In today's remediation process we should not only be concerned with mold removal but also these small molecules that can cause severe health issues. There are two areas of focus. The first is removal of all dust particulate where these molecules often land and take up residency. The second is in the ductwork and its role in distribution, which must be addressed in mold remediation projects. We always recommend duct and coil cleaning at the same time of mold remediation.
Mold assessment and remediation is regulated in Texas by the State of Texas. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.
Source: Restoration & Remediation Magazine
What is a Mycotoxin?
Mold produces a byproduct as it grows and matures. That byproduct is called a mycotoxin. The US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health states, "Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by mold." As the name implies, it is a toxin.
The US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health continues its comments by stating " metabolites produced by mold are capable of causing disease and death in humans and other animals."Many of our mold-sick customers have health issues not only due to mold but the mycotoxins they produce.
Symptoms can widely range and affect many different organ systems, as suggested by author and practicing physician Neil Nathan M.D. He is author ofMold and Mycotoxins, Current Evaluation & Treatment (2016).He published the following list of symptoms:
*Muscle aches and cramps * Headaches
*Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea
*Sensitivity to bright light, tearing, blurred vision
*Chronic sinus congestion
* Cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
*Joint pain with morning stiffness
*Skin sensitivity to light touch
*Appetite swings and weight gain
*Numbness and tingling
* Temperature dysregulation
*Sensitivity to static electrical shocks
*Metallic taste in mouth
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff. Mold remediation is regulated in Texas by the State.
Source:L Restoration & Remediation magazine
Destroy Odors with Deodorization
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch will provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Other odors that may require deodorization are cigarette smoke, pet odors, decomposition, and mold. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.
Whenever you require deodorization services, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 to make it "Like it never even happened."
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 4
Understanding Water Types 3
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Contaminated Water
* Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come into contact with contaminated items.
* Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
* Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
* Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
* Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.
If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 3
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to honor all of the servicemen and women who have given their lives in service to our great country.
Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was most recently held on May 28, 2018. Memorial Day was previously observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States, while Labor Day marks its end on the first Monday of September.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans; and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military.
Understanding Water Types 2
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to consider the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
* Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
* Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
* Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
* Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
* Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
* Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
* Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
* Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch 210-670-9591
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 3