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Understanding Mold Growth in Commercial Property

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Growth in Commercial Property Understanding mold in your commercial property is key

Upon noticing the smell or sight of black mold in your Boston, MA, business, you probably wonder what caused it to appear. Despite so many different varieties, molds have a single process of growing and spreading. Knowledge of how and why these fungi infest businesses teaches how to prevent them from taking over yours.

Knowing the Water Where Mold Often Grows

Mold needs time, temperature, food, and moisture to thrive. A moisture problem is often the cause of mold growth. Water that gets into building materials, utilities or flooring comes from plenty of sources:

• Burst or leaking pipe
• Flooding from nearby overflowing bodies of water
• Humid weather
• Broken supply line
• Defective sprinkler systems
• Clogged gutter drainage systems
• Defective HVAC systems accumulating condensation

Once identified, any broken utility or component should be fixed by an appropriate professional. This prevents additional water damage and the mold that comes with it.

Preventing Spores From Finding Ideal Conditions

Microscopic spores float through the air looking for a suitable place to settle. Even if the spores are floating in the air of a room, no mold species will grow without a place to settle that has food and water. The parasitic nature of black mold and other organisms means that they can be stopped from being a problem by denying environments they desire.

Treating the Mold That Grows

Proactive water cleanup can prevent the need for mold cleanup. Fixing any existing water damage stops the airborne mold from ever finding a place to survive inside your property.

Contacting a professional water cleanup crew with mold expertise is advised to make sure any water is completely removed with the power of their industrial-grade tools. Additionally, experts can find mold and water hiding in unnoticeable locations that most people miss. This prevents mold from quickly recolonizing.

Getting a Hold on Mold

Black mold may seem daunting at first, but prevention can make it seem like a nonissue. Even if mold does take advantage of a water accident at your property, there are ways to remove it without much hassle.

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Is Flood Water Safe To Remove After a Pipe Breaks?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Flood Water Safe To Remove After a Pipe Breaks? Pipe Break causing a flood in this Boston home

When water floods your home, how do you know if it is safe to clean up on your own? This is the question thousands of homeowners ask themselves every year after waters spread their way across the floor of the property. To help answer the question, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification has categorized contaminated water levels into three degrees of danger.

Category One

When a water supply line breaks in the kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, the resulting liquid spreading across the floor is considered “clean” or “white.” Category one water is generally deemed harmless to humans and can frequently be cleaned up by the homeowner if caught before the water level gets to more than an inch or two. Other examples of white water can include an overflowing bathtub or a broken faucet.

Category Two

White water that sits for more than 24 hours can move into category two because it is then considered contaminated water. This type of liquid is often called “grey water” and is considered unsafe for humans or pets. Other ways white water can become contaminated include coming in contact with the following household items:

• Grease
• Food
• Bleach
• Cleaning supplies

Because category two liquid is unsafe, it should be handled by a specially trained water restoration team.

Category Three

Category three water is classified as grossly unsafe and extreme caution should be used when encountering the liquid. Often referred to as “black water,” this type of unclean water is often filled with fecal matter, dangerous chemicals, and toxic materials. Natural disasters, overflowing rivers, and broken sewers can flood your home with this unhealthy type of liquid. Because of the unique nature of the contaminants in black water, only trained professionals should remove this fluid from your home.

IICRC’s List

Flood waters can be frustrating to deal with, and the uncertainty of knowing what type of water you are standing in can be frightening. With the IICRC’s list, you can feel more secure in dealing with different types of contaminated water in Boston, MA.

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Your Guide to Bathroom Maintenance

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Guide to Bathroom Maintenance Regular Maintenance for your commercial bathroom will reduce damages.

Whether you are dealing with a clogged toilet or a leaky faucet in your commercial building in Boston, MA, chances are you wouldn't mind some help keeping your bathroom in top shape. These seemingly minor bathroom problems can lead to overflow issues, water damage and messy spaces. You can work with a commercial water restoration team after your bathroom creates a watery mess, or you can use these tips to avoid the problem.

Clogs

Employees and customers can throw the wrong thing down your toilets. When this happens, a blockage may create the perfect environment for toilet overflow. You can prevent this issue from happening by doing the following:

• Keep waste baskets in every stall.
• Offer a thin toilet paper.
• Request patrons throw paper towels and other non-toilet-friendly items in the trash through signage.

These simple steps may help you keep your toilets from getting blocked up.

Leaks

A clogged toilet is not the only bathroom issue you need to be concerned with. Faucet leaks could be another problem. You can switch to automatic faucets to reduce the risk of people simply leaving the water running. Scheduling regular inspections and having a plumber on hand can help you fix actual leaks.

Growths

Another common problem in public bathrooms is mold growth, grime buildup and other unsavory cleanliness issues. If the toilet backups include sewage, you need to make sure your cleaning crew uses the proper solutions to rid the bathroom of the accompanying germs. Controlling moisture can help you avoid mold growth. If you notice a musty smell, you should try to call in a knowledgeable cleanup crew as soon as possible or the mold could spread.

The bathroom in your commercial building, whether open to employees or customers, may need some maintenance to keep it in working order. Many commercial restrooms have reoccurring issues with a clogged toilet, leaking pipes and dirt buildup, but yours doesn't have to.

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Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible? Commercial Storm Damage

If your commercial property in Boston, MA has been damaged by a storm, you may want to know whether the cost of the damage is tax deductible. Unrecoverable losses caused by storms or natural disasters are usually deductible, as long as these damages are proven and will not be reimbursed by insurance. Here are three steps you can take to find out whether you can deduct the cost of storm damage from your tax bill.

1. Determine how much damage your insurance covers. If your business is insured, you can only deduct damage that exceeds your coverage or was not covered for other reasons. Owners of uninsured commercial property can deduct the total cost of storm damage. Consult IRS Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, to read the rules for claiming these deductions.

2. Check to see if a storm or disaster is a Presidential Declared Disaster. If you are dealing with storm damage in a region that has been federally recognized as a disaster area, special filing options may apply to your situation. Check the IRS's list of tax relief in disaster situations to see if your locality is listed and find out about any assistance that is available.

3. Distinguish between actual property loss and deductible property loss. Actual property loss is your total loss as the owner of a commercial property. Deductible property loss is based on the current value of your property and factors in all reductions. If you are unsure about reductions involved in a commercial property, you should contact an accountant.

If you have unrecoverable storm damage at your commercial property in Boston, MA, you should see if you can deduct any damage from your tax bill. Tax deductions cannot overlap with covered losses, but these deductions can help to offset the cost of professional damage restoration if your property is uninsured or underinsured.

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The Invisible Impact of Smoke Damage

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Invisible Impact of Smoke Damage Smoke Damage can be visible on your commercial building after a fire breaks out close to your business

No property owner wants to experience a commercial building fire. The fire can be devastating, not only because of the damage the fire does but from the odor and discoloration the smoke leaves behind. Furthermore, while the building is closed, you can lose a great deal of money. However, before you hire a professional service in Boston, MA, to begin smoke cleaning, it can be important to understand exactly how the smoke damage can impact your building, your clients, and you.

Invisible Assailants

Although smoke can often be seen during a fire, the damage causing the lingering smoke odor can often be a result of components that are not always visible. These can include:

• Invisible and toxic gasses can contaminate the air. These gases can include carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and phosgene. The gases can be a highly foul-smelling contribution to the smoke.


• Particles of carbon called soot can cover the floors and walls. The fragments can float long distances from the fire and be deposited in unusual areas such as the cracks of bricks or under the heads of nails.


• Vapors of poisonous smoke can look like mist. The gaseous droplets can be poisonous and can cover items in your building with contaminates.

Covert Particles

Signs of smoke are often evident after a fire. Black stains covering the walls and ceiling of some rooms, soot covered floors, and an unpalatable odor are often visible signs of pollution left behind by the fire. But the acrid smell that lingers for weeks after a fire is often caused by a cloud of invisible particles left over from the flames. That is why smoke cleaning can be a tedious and unpleasant job.

Timely Restoration

Removing the smoke damage that can be seen may be easily done by a fire restoration and smoke cleaning team. On the other hand, removing the often acrid and unpleasant odor left behind can be difficult even when using scientific means. Sadly, the longer the odor lingers, the more difficult it can become to remove it completely.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Mold

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Things You Need to Know About Mold Mold can grow and spread in your Boston home if moisture or water is present.

As a homeowner, you don't want to hear that there is black mold in your living space. The thought of mold growth may terrify you. It's true that this fungus can be a problem in Boston, MA, but the spores themselves really aren't that scary. If you talk to any residential mold professional, you'll learn a few important things about this growth.

1. It is everywhere. Mold already exists in your home. This doesn't mean you need to call in a remediation team right now, but it does mean that the spores naturally occur both indoors and outdoors. You can never have a mold-free house because the spores are always around.


2. It requires water. While the spores may be everywhere, mold cannot thrive in every location. Water is a key ingredient for mold survival. If you have been dealing with a moisture problem in your house, even just high humidity, you may be inviting colonies of mold.


3. It can travel easily. Part of the reason spores can be everywhere is because they travel through water, in the air and on humans and animals. You may introduce mold to your home without realizing that a few spores caught a ride on your shoes.


4. It may have a smell. Some molds, particularly black mold, are associated with a musty odor. This aroma may be what clues you in to your growth. However, this fungus can exist without a tell-tale smell.


5. It needs to be dealt with quickly. Because mold is everywhere and can spread easily, a mold cleanup crew should be called as soon as you suspect the growth is in your house. If not taken care of right away, it may spread to other rooms and the remediation process may grow.

Black mold is something that no one wants to find in their home, but sometimes it finds a way to show up. The more you know about mold the better prepared you will be to take care of the problem.

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5 Steps To Prepare Your Home for a Fire

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Steps To Prepare Your Home for a Fire House fire in Boston, MA

Most people take active measures to prevent house fires, but not many people have implemented fire preparation techniques. Yet, fire prep is just as important as fire prevention, and in fact may be more so when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones. If you have yet to implement fire safety procedures, it’s time to do so. Below are five things you can do to get started:

• Test your smoke alarms.
• Plan an evacuation route.
• Teach your children what to do in the event of a home fire.
• Devise a communication strategy.
• Practice.

Test Your Alarms

Though your smoke alarms should inform you when they’re low on batteries, it doesn’t hurt to check them periodically. Test them once a month, and to err on the side of caution, replace their batteries at least once a year.

Plan an Evacuation Route

This should be at the top of your fire preparation list. Identify all possible exits for each room in the home and make sure that each family member is aware of where those exits are. Designate a family meeting spot outside.

Teach Your Children

If you have young children, show them what the fire alarm sounds like and advise them on what to do if they hear one. Inform them of evacuation routes as well.

Plan a Way To Communicate

Put together an emergency contact list and make sure that all family members know who to contact if they cannot find one another. Have your young children memorize important phone numbers, beginning with 911.

Practice

The best way to ensure that all family members know what to do in the event of an emergency is to practice. Host a fire drill every couple of months and devise different scenarios. In doing so, you can increase the odds that everyone knows what to do and how to escape in a real emergency.

Your Boston, MA, fire remediation team or local fire department can review your fire preparation plan and provide additional tips for how to improve it. Don’t cut corners when it comes to fire safety and start planning today.

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Commercial Mold Remediation in 6 Steps

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Remediation in 6 Steps Commercial Mold Remediation in Boston

Commercial buildings that experience a water leak or other moisture issues may be at risk for developing black mold. It is a good idea to contact a certified company that can provide testing, cleanup, and restoration services. Here are six steps involved in most commercial mold remediation:

1. Resolve the underlying moisture problem. Mold will return unless you eliminate the presence of moisture within a structure. Contact a plumber or have a roofer fix leaks prior to mold cleanup.

2. Contain the affected area. You can perform simple containment strategies yourself, such as turning off the HVAC system. Experts may perform limited or full containment depending on the extent of the contamination.

3. Determine the type of mold and extent of growth. Mold specialists can identify black mold or other types of mold and help you determine whether you should evacuate employees.

4. Plan a remediation strategy. Commercial cleanup professionals should set up a schedule for remediation. This process may take some time, depending on the extent of the contamination.

5. Clean and thoroughly dry affected areas and items. Experts will thoroughly clean and dry areas affected by mold. Remediation may involve replacing building materials and contents.

6. Restore a commercial property. Once the property has been cleaned and dried, you can move cleaned or new items into the affected area and resume ordinary functions.

If black mold or any other type of mold is growing in your commercial property in Boston, MA, you should contact a commercial mold cleanup service as soon as possible. The sooner you eliminate the mold, the less likely it will be to spread. If you want to work with a single commercial damage restoration provider to make sure the mold is gone and get back to business as soon as possible, you should look for a company that also offers mold remediation services.

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The Dangers of Secondary Water Damage After a Flood

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers of Secondary Water Damage After a Flood Water Loss clean up in Boston MA

If your business experiences flooding, whether from a burst pipe, overflowing sewer or an extreme weather event, you may think only areas that are underwater will be damaged. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The flood water in your building can do a lot of primary damage, but the high humidity conditions inside your business caused by the evaporation of flood water can lead to serious secondary damage, such as the growth of black mold. Hiring a professional trained in water damage restoration in Boston, MA, can ensure that the water is extracted and your building thoroughly dried before more damage can be done.

Why Does Secondary Damage Occur?

When a building floods, the large amount of water begins to evaporate, creating high humidity conditions. This atmospheric moisture can saturate walls, cabinets and shelves and condense on metal surfaces. The longer these moist conditions persist, the more damage they can do.

What Are the Consequences of Secondary Damage?

Prolonged exposure to damp conditions can cause serious deterioration of many building materials:

• Drywall crumbles.
• Plaster can crack and crumble.
• Plywood and wood swells, warps and cracks.
• Metal begins to rust.
• Black mold grows on virtually any moist surface.

If flood water is not extracted in a timely fashion, these secondary effects can impact structural beams and concrete, weakening your building’s structure and threatening your place of business.

What Can You Do About It?

Don’t wait to take action. As soon as conditions are safe, contact an experienced water damage restoration professional in Boston, MA, to assess the situation and formulate a plan. The more quickly water is extracted from the premises, the lower restoration costs will be in the long run. Once pumps and vacuums have been employed to remove excess water, specialized industrial air movers and dehumidifiers will ensure there’s no lingering moisture to deteriorate materials or foster black mold growth.

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Best Tips for Getting Rid of Bad Smells After Flooding

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Best Tips for Getting Rid of Bad Smells After Flooding Special Drying System after Storm Water Damage

Flood water can leave your Boston, MA, home with a funky smell. Whether the flood introduced mold growth or caused a sewer backup, you don't want to let the bad smell linger in your home any longer than necessary. It can be hard to completely remove the odors on your own. After all, it could take some high-quality equipment to really rid your home of the aromas. When you want to do more than cover up a funky odor, you need to turn to water and storm damage remediation experts. Consider these tips as the professionals get to work:

• Find the Source: Bed smells usually have a source. When you find the source, such as sewage loss or mold growth, you can address the problem better.
• Get Rid of Water: Before you can really take care of the scent problem, you need to make sure the water issue is cleared up. Removing excess water from your home can also help you avoid further damage.
• Disinfect the Area: Using a powerful cleaner can help you kill the fungus or bacteria causing the smells. If you don't clean the area, you may only end up covering up the unwelcoming odors.
• Deodorize the Area: After a thorough cleaning, you can start the deodorization process. Your cleanup team may want to spray the area directly.
• Deodorize the Air: Because scents can waft throughout a home, you may also need to use a mixture to absorb the smells from the air. You may be able to use items you have on hand, such as cat litter, vinegar or baking soda, to freshen the air.

Flood water can cause a lot of issues in your home. After the waters have been cleaned up, you may notice a lingering aroma. This could be due to mold growth or dirty water. With a little bit of work and some help, you can get rid of the bad smells.

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