Time to Clean Your Refrigerator
When was the last time that you found something in your fridge that was expired or needed to be thrown out? It is fairly common to find some perishable and/or questionable items in the back of your fridge that have been hidden behind some condiments or left overs for too long.
Once a week, your refrigerator should be tidied up by wiping spills and surfaces. Any sticky spots on containers should be wiped up as well. To prevent bacteria growth, the fridge should be cleared out, thoroughly cleaned, and organized. Products should be checked for expiration dates and mold before going back in the refrigerator.
It is important to keep your fridge clean and organized so that your items can remain bacteria and mold free!
Ready to Move Back In!
A recent storm in the Elsmere area took out some of a household's roof and siding. The brutal storm opened up the home to the rain and winds, which then damaged much of this families belongings inside the house. SERVPRO came in and removed all the damaged contents from the home and dried the water damaged areas of the structure. We detail cleaned all the items that were salvageable from the home and stored them for the homeowners. We even use our own storage units to ensure the security of the household's belongings and keep them under our care throughout the whole rebuilding process. Now that the home is completely restored and in livable condition, we have packaged up all of their contents and are delivering them back to the house.
A storm does not need to come in only the form of rain and flooding to seriously affect your home. Here is a photo of the flooring that had to be ripped up from a home after an extremely windy storm. Strong winds caused a tree branch to come down and puncture the siding to the house. Later that night, it started to rain heavily and eventually flooded the first floor, ruining a large section of the hardwood floors. Along with some belongings wrapped up in black plastic bags, you can see the amount of floor panels that had to be removed before we started our drying process throughout the home. Luckily this storm only affected a portion of the home rather than the entire property.
The Colder Months are Coming
The colder months of the year are coming and for those who have a working fire place in their home, it's important to know the how to operate it safely. Before anything else, you should make sure that your fire extinguisher is accessible and that it works correctly. You should also check you smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector. The fireplace should be clear of anything around it that could catch fire. You should give the fireplace a range of three feet around it with nothing flammable nearby. Cracks and pops of fire from the fireplace should be sure to not land on anything. Before lighting the fire, check the chimney to make sure there are no blockages or animal nests that are lodged in the chimney. You should have you chimney swept every few years as well.
Once you have taken all of these precautionary steps, you should be ready to put your fire place to use!
We work all over the Hockessin/Elsmere area and many people know us for our bright green trucks that stick out like a sore thumb! Fire and Water restoration and Mold Mitigation is what most people think of when they see those bright green trucks drive by, but that is not all we do here at SERVPRO! We offer plenty of services to our customers that go beyond restoration.
- We clean up crime scenes, bio hazard, and vandalism
- We offer odor identification and deodorization
- Upholstery, textiles, and drape cleanings
- Content claim inventory services are also something we provide
Our variety of services work for commercial properties as well as residential properties. So remember the next time you see one of our bright green trucks, Fire, Water, and Mold aren't all we do!
Inspection for Mold
Because mold can be hidden in walls, floors, ductwork, it can be hard to detect until it has already affected your home. Janet bought her first home and was so excited to move in. It took months of enduring a musky odor before she discovered her mold problem. Janet was so surprised that an inspector came across mold growth in her home because she kept the entire house spotless. Sometimes prevention is the strongest fight against mold growth. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners help keep homes dry and strengthen the ventilation throughout the area and should be used when humidity is high or living conditions are damp. Air ducts should be checked every once in a while as well. Ducts go unchecked in many homes for very long periods of time, which sometimes allows undetected buildup and mold growth.
Preventing a Future Water Damage
Whether battling the cold and wet weather, or you are making sure your plumbing is secure, preventative actions should be taken against water damages to your home.
To protect your home from the outside elements you can:
- Make sure your home does not have peeling paint around windows or doors, in which water can easily damage the homes structure.
- Look for leaks around chimneys and plumbing and attic vents
- Make sure your air conditioner drains correctly, at a slope, away from outlets.
To prevent water damage that would originate from your plumbing and pipes:
- Wrap outside faucets
- Caulk pipes where they meet your home
- Disconnect garden hoses
- Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
- If your leaving your home for an extended period of time, turn off and drain your water system.
Classroom Water Damage
This picture shows a school that sustained water damage from a sprinkler system in a classroom. Notice the fans that are warped. The ceiling tiles were holding water and before we removed them from the ceiling you could see them sagging from the weight of the water. We removed the ceiling tiles before they fell created an unsafe environment within the school. Once the tiles were removed we treated the cavity with an anti-microbial treatment and dried the structure itself with a handful of our fans as well as cleaned the ceiling properly. We completed this classroom to dry standards in three days and the school was very pleased with SERVPRO. They were able to adjust for the three days that we were in the building so that no class room time was interrupted.
Fire at ASPCA
One of the affected areas after the fire.
A vicious fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley ASPCA after a car had crashed into the building and caught fire. This was a devastating fire that a not only a precious human life was lost but the lives of some animals as well. This ASPCA location is one of the largest in the Delaware area had been recently renovated. Many cats and dogs were relocated during the restoration and rebuilding of the facility. Luckily, SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere was able to respond quickly and help bring the building back to life. We are proud to be a part of the Brandywine Valley ASPCA's rebuilding process and have made a point to get involved in their adoption events and make any donations we can.
Mold & Deodorization
When SERVPRO is inspecting a home or building for mold, there is a variety of key indicators we look for. Visible mold growth or the smell of mold or musty smells are the most apparent signs of mold SERVPRO looks for. In different situations, SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere technicians will check for dampness and mold growth on carpet pads, carpets, we conduct inspections throughout the flooring, walls, and sub-floors. Moisture in the air and temperature within the home/building are monitored and measured by our technicians in certain scenarios as well. If we have found that mold growth is present within the facility, our mitigation process of the mold growth is the next step in our process. If there is no mold growth detected but there is a musty odor in the room which caused for the question and inspection of mold, SERVPRO is able to proceed with their deodorization services instead.