It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bowie to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. If you suspect mold, call us today at (301) 459-0444
Homeowners take great care in protecting their home. They make sure their doors are locked, windows are secured, have alarm systems installed and many have security cameras in place. However, homeowners often do not pay as much attention to intruders coming from within the house; the less obvious ones. Small leaks from a tub, toilet, washing machine or leaky faucet all seem easily taken care of with a few drying swipes but what many fail to realize is that a lot of moisture still remains undealt with.
It is the water they didn’t see that causes the most damage with any leak. The team of trained professionals here at SERVPRO of Bowie understand how disruptive water damage can be and we are here to help your family ensure the moisture is identified, regardless of where it hides. Our IICRC certified technicians can inspect your home for hidden moisture, perform water extraction and drying techniques, and apply necessary disinfectant and deodorization treatments to give you the peace of mind that your home is safe and back to its preloss condition.
Our team is here to fight the possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage that may affect the value of your home and the health of your loved ones. Tackling the issue early on can help prevent a bigger problem developing if left untreated. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened” and provide 24-hour emergency response.
Contact SERVPRO of Bowie for around the clock services, and we will try our best to give you some peace of mind with even the worst of home damage situations.
Calls us at: (301) 459-0444 or email at: SERVPRO5863@verizon.net
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that takes roughly 500 people every year. The deadly gas takes its victims the most during winter months. Spreading often due to the usage of gas furnaces, cars, charcoal grills, propane stoves and portable generators, Carbon Monoxide sends over ten thousand people to the emergency room every year according to WebMD
To prevent carbon monoxide in your homes or businesses, consider these options:If you are using a fireplace or plan on having some type of fire in an enclosed space, make sure you allow the smoke and other toxic fumes emitted by fire to be vented to the outside.Do not run vehicles inside confined spaces (ex. Garages).Do not try to heat your home or business using a stove.If you are using generators, grills or any other gas/oil burning machines, do not use them inside your homes or businesses. While outside, though, keep them away from windows.Have a Carbon Monoxide detector installed in your home/business
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer and can already be effecting your home or business before you even realize. Take these tips into consideration and be sure to do your research on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Polar Vortex Awareness
As winter sets in, the polar vortex is becoming a much stronger force to be reckoned with. The polar vortex is an immense low pressure and cold front that encompasses both of the Earth’s poles. Around this time of the year, the polar vortex may expand and generate cold air towards the southern areas of the earth. And though it’s a natural and normal occurrence of the earth, you should still be more aware of the colder temperatures this upcoming weekend, so here are a few tips on how to conquer this winter season.
- Check the Forecast at govor your favorite weather app, station, etc.: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you'll know when to expect cold weather.
- Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. Try to find a warm spot for your children while waiting for the school bus outside.
- Protect Your Pets, Livestock and other Property:If you have pets or farm animals, make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold. Take precautions to ensure your water pipes do not freeze. Know the temperature thresholds of your plants and crops.
- Fill up the tank:Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
- Dress for the outdoors even if you don't think you'll be out much.
- Update Your Winter Car Survival Kit: Make sure your car survival kit has the following:
- Jumper cables: flares or reflective triangle are great extras
- Flashlights: Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack some extras
- First Aid Kit:Also check your purse of bag for essential medications
- Baby, special needs gear:If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food
- Food:Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
- Water:Have at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
- Basic toolkit: Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- Pet supplies: Food and water
- Radio: Battery or hand cranked
- Cat litter or sand:For better tire traction
- Shovel:To dig out snow
- Ice scraper:Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
- Clothes: Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
- Warmers:Pack extra for body, hand, feet
- Blanketsor sleeping bags: If you get stranded in traffic on a lonely road, you'll be glad to have it.
- Charged Cell Phone: Keep a spare charger in your car as well
For more information, go to https://www.noaa.gov/
A Snowed-in Home Improvement weekend
Most would believe that the best time for home improvement projects is only during the warm seasons, but contrary to popular belief, there are many projects that work best during the winter! Even better, here are two projects for your home this season that cost less than $500!
One thing to tackle this winter is applying new paint to the interior of your home. Not only is this a fun indoor project, but it also adds value to your home by providing a blank slate to any potential buyers if you are planning to sell, or even for yourself! With a fresh coat of paint, your home can be rejuvenated and have new paint shimmer.
Technology has greatly influenced home appliances in recent years, especially when it comes to programmable thermostats. This winter home improvement project lets homeowners customize the heating and cooling of their home to fit their needs, automatically regulating the temperature in their home. With different programming options available, including the ability to control some thermostats remotely, this improvement project will not only enhance your quality of life but save you money in the process!
For more winter projects to do this year, check out this awesome article from Fortune Builders
How We Handle Mold
When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your Bowie home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Bowie can inspect, assess and mediate your property.
A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution. So be sure to get in contact with SERVPRO of Bowie if you suspect any threat of harmful mold in your home!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
One of the most annoying problems that come with winter weather is dealing with frozen pipes. If the temperature is cold enough, the water running through your system can freeze, expand, and break your pipes. Location plays a role in what causes the issue, including: pipes exposed to severe cold, water supply pipes in unheated places, or pipes that are placed on the exterior of your home.
One thing you can do to stop the problem before it starts is to take preventative steps. For example, when the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
If your pipes are already effected, there are also methods to thaw them. For example, apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
For more helpful tips and information, check out the American Red Cross below!
When To Replace Your Smoke Detectors
Your home smoke detectors and fire alarms are some of the most important features in your home especially concerning the safety of you and your family. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one should regularly test their smoke detectors at least once a month. Since your home's smoke alarms are electronic it only makes sense that the life of their batteries come to an end eventually. It is fairly common that when your smoke detectors battery run low you will hear a loud high-pitched beep to let you know its time for replacement. Along with reviewing your alarms manual, regular false-alarms, and frequent beeping are good indicators. Another major factor to consider is the type of smoke detector you have- battery powered or hard wired- depending on that, you will have to replace and fix them accordingly.
For more information check out the link below for more detailed steps on what to do when taking care of your home's fire alarms and smoke detectors!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you’re not too careful, a dangerous fire can come with your family meal. In fact, in 2016, Fire Departments responded to approximately 1600 home cooking fires during the Thanksgiving holiday. Leaving cooking items unattended for periods of time is the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths according to the National Fire Protection Association. So before you get ready to prepare for the big meal ahead, here a few tips to keep in mind for you and your family’s safety.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
For more info, go to https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety
Fall Home Tips
With Autumn coming in strong this year, it is only right that everyone does their best to prepare for the chilly season ahead. From clogged gutters to messy lawns there is always measures that can be taken to ensure a comfortable fall experience.
For starters, as temperatures decrease, it is now time to check your home heating system. It's in your best interest to schedule annual heating system check-ups. Additionally, it would be very beneficial to survey your homes vents and make sure none of them are blocked. Cleaning and replacing air filters would also be to your benefit.
Another tip for your home during the fall season would be to check for drafts. Make sure to go around your house to see if any of your windows or doors are letting a draft enter your home and do your best to close it up. Caulks or heavier drapes are a couple of helpful methods.
There is so many things one can do to make their home life easier during Autumn.
For more information, check out this link where additional tips can be found: https://weather.com/safety/news/fall-home-preparation-tips