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Indoor Air Quality in your Missoula Home or Business
SERVPRO of Missoula can help with your indoor air quality issues! Musty odors? Damp crawlspace or basement? Call us today at 406-327-9500!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips and statistics to help educate people on the health risks associated with repeated exposure to mold infested environments;
“Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.”
Heed the following tips from the CDC and see https://www.cdc.gov/mold/ for more information:
- Controlling humidity levels;
- Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.
If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.
Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.
If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
- Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
- Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
- If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. You can get it by going to the EPA web site at https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.
If you suspect an air quality issue in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500 to see what we can do for you. We are standing by with trained technicians and state of the art filtration and cleaning equipment to help you from the simplest duct cleaning to full scale mold remediation.
Simple Steps for an Insurance Home Inventory
You might have already taken stock of the big things, but in an emergency, could you do a mental household inventory list and name all your valuables? That's why it's important to do a home inventory. For peace of mind, and for insurance purposes, a home inventory is just a smart move. It can help you decide how much and what type of homeowners' insurance to buy and help speed up the claims process. It may sound like a daunting task, but it is one that will be worth the time should you ever need it. Where do you start?
- Starting a Household Inventory –Get organized, have a method to the madness
You'll want to document things like the insides of your tool boxes and closets and it will be easier to do when they are tidied up. Map out your course by move through your household methodically, this will decrease your chances of missing important items. Don’t forget to include your attic, garage and sheds.
- Making a Home Inventory List- Document Everything
Photography is your friend; go from room to room, taking pictures or even a video to help you as you go. Make special note of your most valuable items (jewelry, antiques, electronics) and where you keep them. It's also helpful to keep receipts and to note the serial numbers for items that have them.
There are also many apps available to help you do this. Your insurance may have offer and app or a free tool to help collect the information you will need.
The type of items you’ll want to include on your household inventory list would be:
Furnishings, Appliances, Electronics, Lawn and Garden, Antiques and Collectibles.
Details to include about the items on your household inventory list:
- Provide a general description of the inventory item
- List the quantity of those items
- Note the date each item was purchased
- Specify how much you paid for each item on your inventory list
- Store It Somewhere Safe
Resist the urge to keep your inventory list at home. Some safer alternatives would be to print a copy and keep it in a safety deposit box, or on the Cloud. Whatever you do, don't put your home address on your inventory list (in-case it falls into the wrong hands), and don’t keep your only record of your possessions on your property.
- Maintaining Your Home Inventory List- Update it Frequently
Whenever you make a big purchase, or even just every couple of years, reevaluate. This is also a good excuse to de-clutter as you go. Remember, an out-of-date home inventory could hold up the claims process at a time when that's the last thing you need.
Clean Homes Sell Faster
A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. SERVPRO can help get your home ready to sell.
It is a fact that a clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.
Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for the following very important reasons:
- Increased market value
- Shortened list to sale conversion times
- Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales
SERVPRO of Missoula offers a variety of services that can help revive your Western Montana home to top show condition and ready to sell:
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Our technicians have the training, equipment and products to help identify the source of and eliminate offensive odors. We have odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty home "Like it never even happened." Call us at 406-327-9500.
Did You Know SERVPRO Offers Building & Reconstruction Services?
SERVPRO can simplify the entire process for you, from initial damage mitigation to rebuild.
The immediate concern whenever a Western Montana home or business is damaged by fire, water or a storm should be to secure temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the property, then remove the water and debris.
Not only can SERVPRO of Missoula help stop the damage caused by fire, water or a storm, did you know we can provide building and reconstruction services as well? Let us help simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and also rebuilding the affected areas.
We can provide continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services listed below, that will bring a property back to full functionality.
Carpet Repair and Installation
Fine Art Restoration
General Contracting Hardwood Floor Repair
Temporary Warehouse Space
Having one qualified cleanup & restoration company like SERVPRO of Missoula, for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low. With our expertise, trained professionals and specialized equipment, we’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.”
The Benefits of Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
Keeping ducts free of dust and debris may help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home.
HVAC systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. The air inside your Western Montana home is full of tiny particles like dust, pollen and pet dander. When your furnace or air conditioner draws air, it also pulls in airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up inside the ducts, reducing air flow and re-circulating throughout your living space.
Like furnaces and air conditioners, air ducts require proper cleaning and maintenance to perform at their best. Keeping ducts free of dust and debris can also help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home. More frequent duct cleaning is recommended if you have indoor pets, or are sensitive to indoor air quality. You should also have your ducts cleaned if you have recently renovated your home, as this will increase the amount of dust in your forced air system.
Air duct cleaning clears debris from your HVAC air ducts, registers, grilles, and other components of a HVAC system and provides these benefits for you and your home:
Creates a Cleaner Living Environment
Reduces Allergens and Irritants
Helps Everyone Breathe Easier
Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors
Improves Air Flow Efficiency
Duct cleaning is not an easy job. Doing it right takes specialized equipment in the hands of skilled professionals like ours at SERVPRO of Missoula. Call us today at 406-327-9500, for more information.
When disaster strikes you can be ruined or you can be READY!
According to the latest research, an estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.
SERVPRO of Missoula can work with your business to develop an Emergency READY Profile to minimize your interruption by providing you with an immediate plan of action. Your profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It’s designed to be a quick reference of important building and contact information.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:
- Provides a no cost assessment of your facility. No need to allocate funds, giving you great value at no cost.
- Gives you a concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It only takes a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- You have a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO of Missoula Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
- Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
The Emergency READY Profile is a tool for property managers and owners in Western Montana. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens”. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it and SERVPRO of Missoula can help. Call us at 406-327-9500 today.