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Mold Cleaning

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

In the previous segment we talked about removing building materials. Now we move on to the cleaning and removal process. The first stage is to HEPA vacuum the surface of the impacted materials. A HEPA vacuum is outfitted with several filters including a HEPA ( High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) filter. The HEPA vacuum will keep the mold spores from becoming airborne and we will remove as much mold as possible.

The next step will be to physically scrub the structural materials to remove all mold growth. The cleaning products that are used may be specified by the Mold Assessment Consultant in the Protocol, or it may be a product that is a preferred product of the contractor. Hyphae from the mold can penetrate the structural materials and may need to be sanded or removed with a wire brush. Sometimes more invasive methods are used such as dry ice or media blasting.

Once all of the structural materials have been cleaned, the final cleaning will be performed. Check in for the next step in the process.

If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

Mold Removal

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has previously discussed the actual containment with physical barriers and the use of air filtration devices to create a negative pressure environment before performing mold remediation.

Remediation means removal, so our next step in mold remediation is to remove mold impacted materials. These types of materials include trim, baseboards, carpeting, carpet pad, tack strip, underlayment, drywall, insulation, and any other materials that may be impacted. These materials to be removed are specified on the Mold Remediation Protocol. Sometimes when materials are removed, we encounter more mold growth and proceed to remove that material also.

Once we have removed the non structural material, we will focus on materials such as framing, subflooring, roof decking, etc. These areas will be inspected for structural integrity and if that integrity has not been compromised, we will continue to the cleaning stage.

If you encounter any issues with mold or have any questions or concerns, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

Alerts received at the right time help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA may be used to share;

Extreme weather warnings

* Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.

AMBER Alerts

Presidential alerts during a national emergency

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no  ore than 90 characters.

Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about how to determine if your mobile device is WEA-capable.

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for any questions.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7 

Shopping For a Weather Radio

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features.

Reviewable alerts( you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear). 

Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).

Ease of Programming

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If you have any questions or are ever in need of our services, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7

Be Alert With a Weather Radio

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

With the hurricane season upon us, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to be aware that one of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations, such as an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable.Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wants you to stay safe in the midst of bad weather. If you ever need the services of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, please call us at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.

Source: Restoration Newsline Issue 30, Volume 7 

Deodorization with Hydroxyl Generator

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has been doing deodorization on projects for quite some time. Of course, the first step is to remove the source of the odor. We have also used thermal-fogging and ozone along with masking agents. Some of these procedures required the areas to be free of occupants , including plants and animals.

A safe alternative to these other procedures is the use of a Hydroxyl Generator. UVA rays are emitted from a titanium dioxide photocatalytic lamp and pass through a permanent anatase coated super reactor screen forming electron hole pairs that react with water and oxygen in the air to form free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that decompose and eliminate organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants.

It sounds complicated, but it is 100% safe in occupied areas. There is no need to remove people, plants, or animals. One unit will cover a 40,000 cubic foot area.

If you have any Deodorization needs, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

Happy Labor Day!

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day and some history from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, and Labor Day 2019 occurs on Monday, September 2 (it’s traditionally observed on the first Monday in September). It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

Source: history.com

Summer Storms-During and After

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

We have discussed what to do before the storm. The following are things to do or not do during and after the storm:

Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.

Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.

Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.

Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

Stay away from windows and doors.

Never drive through a flooded roadway.

Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.

Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

When storms approach, please stay safe and if you need us for service or questions call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7

Tips provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency

Summer Storms-Before the Storm

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Previously we had discussed putting together an emergency supply kit to prepare for potential storms. The following are other items to consider before the storm:

Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.                              Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives

Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home, or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).

Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

If you have any questions or need help in preparation for a storm, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7

Emergency Supply Kit

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Before the storm, you should put together an emergency supply kit. The following are items that you should acquire for your emergency supply kit:

Water (one gallon per person per day)

* Food ( non-perishable 3 day supply)

Manual can opener

Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA           Weather Radio.

Flashlight and extra batteries

First Aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Clothing

Dust Masks or bandanas

* Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape

* Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities

* Hygiene items

* Important documents; copies of insurance     policies, identification, and bank account   information

* Cash

Fire Extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container.

This is a list of items that will be of help in a storm situation, but you may have other needs that need to be added to this list. If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.