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Mold Cleanup is Possible with SERVPRO's Esporta System

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup is Possible with SERVPRO's Esporta System The Esporta System

What would you say if we stated that a significant amount of the items that you thought lost during a fire, smoke, water, or storm disaster situation were fully restorable to a quality pre-damage condition? What if you could give your child back their precious stuffed animal that unfortunately got left behind? Or restore your grandmother's porcelain dolls to near perfection? How about moldy clothing stuck in the corner of your closet?
 
Take this opportunity to contact our offices in Bourbonnais for mold remediation to your soft fabrics and put the Esporta Wash System to the test. Take a few minutes to get the information you need to know about the quality of the wash system and see what it can do for you to recover the items you thought lost forever. There is finally a service available to you to assist with restoring your family heirlooms and personal items that you cherish. 
 
SERVPRO technicians have been through the training and go the extra mile to put Esporta's unique patented technology to work for you. Setting a new standard in the restoration of textiles and other soft contents; the Esporta Wash System is far more efficient than any traditional laundry services, and it shows in the results that you get from the process. 
 
By using this system, SERVPRO provides you with an industrial strength cleaning method that removes 99.9997% of all harmful bacteria, mold or fungus found in your hard and soft goods. Things such as plastic, leather, camping gear, foam, rubber, and reflective tape are finally restorable. 
 
Our expertly trained SERVPRO technicians have used the wash system to clean, disinfect and restore items such as; hockey and football equipment, personal protective equipment such as a Firefighters Bunker Gear or a SWAT Teams protective gear and is even useful for Military Protective clothing and regular household and business related items. Now hidden mold growths on expensive drapes can have an excellent chance of being restored.
 
The restoration process is simple, it removes soil, suspends the soils and discharges any contaminants from the machine through a drain. A more detailed explanation is that it uses hydraulic action to remove any organic or inorganic materials found on fabrics by holding the articles in place and forcing water and detergents through them. These washing cycles also destroy mold spores or any organisms embedded in the soft materials. Esporta's four-stage detergent process produces results that affect the color, wear, strength and brightness retention of your items. 
 
Give the Esporta Wash System a try today by contacting our professional staff at SERVPRO of Kankakee County. For mold remediation to your property or your home's structure, we have the solutions. We're available to you 24/7 and eagerly await your call. (815) 935-0077

Mold in your Bourbonnais basement

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Kankakee County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (815) 935-0077

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

Emergency Contact - (815) 935-0077

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Mold Testing, we can handle that

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing, we can handle that We have your Mold Solutions

Mold Testing

When to have an indoor air quality test done, and how the test is done. The word mold is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. The only time it becomes a problem is when there is too much of it. Too much mold can cause health problems or damage to your property. Not every home needs testing and not all testing is the same.

What sort of things should you be on the look for to decide if you need any mold testing.

Any general concerns about the house where something just does not seem right and you cannot put your finger on it.

When a home has been empty with no occupants for an extended period of time

Past water damage that was not cleaned up by a professional or you suspect was not done properly

No home inspections have been done in a while you see or suspect there is mold somewhere

A musty smell that is notice upon entering the home

Anyone in the home that has repertory problems

Mold Remediation was done and you want to ensure it was effective.

Visually seeing anything that looks like mold

If mold removal or clean up was done

When a 3rd party is effecting repairs and you need to make sure they are done correctly

There are 3 main options for testing

Surface Testing

This is done to look for evidence of actual current or past mold growth. The tester will use either a swab or a tape lift to obtain their sample. These tests can tell if the growth is from actual water damage and intrusion or if it is excessively humid in the home. Dark and discolored growth is not always microbial and would mean it is not from a water damage situation. When you see visual growth it is always important to get a sample of it as well as an air quality sample to ensure spores have not been released into the air.

Indoor air quality testing

This is done by taking numerous samples from within the inside of the home as well as a base line sample of the air quality on the outside of the home. These samples will be able to tell if you have hidden moisture leaks.

Indoor Air Quality with Comprehensive moisture evaluation.

This testing is done to provide a full scope picture of what is really going on in the home. It is able to locate sources of moisture that overtime could damage the property or become a health concern. Mold and moisture damage can drastically affect the value of a home over time. So it is important to stay on top of things and help prevent any major damage. Identifying the damage early can save you in the long run.

Remember when you have any doubts or questions about mold in your home talk to a professional get your results and get it right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County for all of your mold testing and mold inspection needs.

Schools are no place for mold

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kankakee County's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Can my home have a Mold Problem in Bourbonnais, IL?

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smellmold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. For more information about "black mold" please visit the link below.

http://www.SERVPROkankakeecounty.com/mold-remediation

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem.

While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others.

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Kankakee County at (815) 935-0077

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

Keep mold out of your Gilman home

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a serious problem. For some Illinois homeowners, it can cause problems for the foundation of their home and even trigger health issues. At SERVPRO of Kankakee County, we know how dangerous it is. Many of our clients want to know how to prevent mold from coming into their home and prevent it from coming back. Many homeowners are delighted to learn there are easy steps they can take that will help with mold remediation. Such steps can help make sure the mold stays away from all areas of your home.

Moisture and Humidity

This problem is frequently caused by too much moisture and humidity in the home. Water encourages the growth of spores. If the initial treatment did not stop the problem, it's a good idea to think about where water in the home originates. We do our best to examine each area to make sure there is no problem with water. However, sometimes things can be missed. Water may be coming from other areas of the home as a result of a new problem. In that case, steps need to be taken to remove the moisture again.

Ventilation

Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. New mold remediation efforts may focus on bringing cleaner air into the home. It's a good idea to think about air circulation. If the air is stagnant, the problem can recur. Items like a ventilation system in each bathroom can help. Ventilation systems help remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home. They're easy to install and can be turned on after a quick shower to remove the moisture in the air.

Periodic Cleaning

In addition to a ventilation system and a complete inspection of the property, it also helps to clean as often as possible. Cleaning helps with mold remediation efforts by keeping humidity and moisture at bay. Spills should be mopped up quickly. Vinegar is an effective cleaning agent that kills most mold species instantly. Distilled vinegar can be poured into a spray bottle and used to clean the walls each month. This will help kill any new spore growths. Wipe it down after cleaning to keep moisture out of your home.

Mold in your home in Gilman. What is it?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green.  Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.

Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.

It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If your home has mold, SERVPRO of Kankakee County are the Mold Pros you need to remediate the problem.

Mold Cleanup in Manteno is Possible with SERVPRO's Esporta System

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Cleanup is Possible with SERVPRO's Esporta System

What would you say if we stated that a significant amount of the items that you thought lost during a fire, smoke, water, or storm disaster situation were fully restorable to a quality pre-damage condition? What if you could give your child back their precious stuffed animal that unfortunately got left behind? Or restore your grandmother's porcelain dolls to near perfection? How about moldy clothing stuck in the corner of your closet?
 
Take this opportunity to contact our offices in mold remediation to your soft fabrics and put the Esporta Wash System to the test. Take a few minutes to get the information you need to know about the quality of the wash system and see what it can do for you to recover the items you thought lost forever. There is finally a service available to you to assist with restoring your family heirlooms and personal items that you cherish. 
 
SERVPRO technicians have been through the training and go the extra mile to put Esporta's unique patented technology to work for you. Setting a new standard in the restoration of textiles and other soft contents; the Esporta Wash System is far more efficient than any traditional laundry services, and it shows in the results that you get from the process. 
 
By using this system, SERVPRO provides you with an industrial strength cleaning method that removes 99.9997% of all harmful bacteria, mold or fungus found in your hard and soft goods. Things such as plastic, leather, camping gear, foam, rubber, and reflective tape are finally restorable. 
 
Our expertly trained SERVPRO technicians have used the wash system to clean, disinfect and restore items such as; hockey and football equipment, personal protective equipment such as a Firefighters Bunker Gear or a SWAT Teams protective gear and is even useful for Military Protective clothing and regular household and business related items. Now hidden mold growths on expensive drapes can have an excellent chance of being restored.
 
The restoration process is simple, it removes soil, suspends the soils and discharges any contaminants from the machine through a drain. A more detailed explanation is that it uses hydraulic action to remove any organic or inorganic materials found on fabrics by holding the articles in place and forcing water and detergents through them. These washing cycles also destroy mold spores or any organisms embedded in the soft materials. Esporta's four-stage detergent process produces results that affect the color, wear, strength and brightness retention of your items. 
 
Give the Esporta Wash System a try today by contacting our professional staff at SERVPRO of Kankakee County. For mold remediation to your property or your home's structure, we have the solutions. We're available to you 24/7 and eagerly await your call. (815) 935-0077

Mold in your basement

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (815) 935-0077

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

Emergency Contact - (815) 935-0077

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Mold in Bathroom

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

This bathroom in Momence overflowed, causing some mold to form. SERVPRO of Kankakee County was able to come in quickly and clean up the mess, leaving it "Like it never even happened."

Mold in Schools can be a problem

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Schools can be a problem Equipment set during school mold remediation project

SERVPRO of Kankakee County's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Mold in your Bradley Bourbonnais IL home

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in your Bradley Bourbonnais IL home Water damaged home in Manteno IL with suspect mold growth

There are many different kinds of residential water damage. It can be caused by extreme weather, like heavy rainfall and severe storms. Alternatively, a home can be flooded by a burst pipe or a broken down appliance. These incidents are usually quite dramatic and stressful.

They occur unexpectedly and cause immediate devastation. However, they are not the only ways in which water damage can wreak havoc on a home. Often, the signs are much more subtle, and the damage is being done beneath the surface. This might be the situation if, for example, a gutter cracks and starts to spill water around the foundation. If left untreated, it is likely to seep into the ground and begin leaking into the basement. In a home which doesn’t utilize the space, this kind of problem can go unidentified for some time.

With the guidance of a water damage restoration company, you can learn how to spot the subtle signs of water damage early, so that repairs can be arranged right away.

Rising Water Bills
This is a clear indication of a hidden leak, somewhere in your home. If your water bill is consistently increasing, but your consumption has not gone up, there must be water escaping from a cracked pipe or a burst main.

Peeling Wallpaper
One of the things that the technicians look out for is problems with the décor, particularly the wallpaper. If there is moisture behind the walls, this can cause it to bubble, peel, and warp. If you notice this, run your hands gently over the surface and see if it feels colder or damper than usual.

Cold Rooms
A change in temperature can be indicative of hidden water damage. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but it might be possible if there is no other explanation. For instance, if a particular room always feels cold, where it did not before, there could be moisture affecting the drywall and wooden components behind it.

Wet Sensation
Often, homes with a wet atmosphere feel different to dry properties. It is a tricky feeling to describe, but you are likely to notice it at night when you’re trying to sleep. The air will feel heavy, close, and humid. You could have trouble sleeping as a result. Contacting the experts is the best option. They can carry out inspections and use high powered fans and dryers to eliminate the damp for good.

Even if you’re not 100% sure, it is best to get suspected water damage checked out by the professionals. They can determine, without a doubt, whether there is a problem that needs to be remediated. SERVPRO of Kankakee County has the moisture meters and tools to discover where your moisture problem is coming from.

Can my home have a Mold Problem in Kankakee IL?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can my home have a Mold Problem in Kankakee IL? Mold found in a Kankakee home's crawlspace

    Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

     Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. For more information about "black mold" please visit the link below.

http://www.SERVPROkankakeecounty.com/mold-remediation

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem. 

     While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

     If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Kankakee County at (815) 935-0077

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

Mold in Bradley Bourbonnais IL What is it?

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Bradley Bourbonnais IL What is it? Mold growth on bathroom wall in a For Sale home in Bourbonnais IL

Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green.  Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.

Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.

It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If your home has mold, SERVPRO of Kankakee County are the Mold Pros you need to remediate the problem.

Air Scrubbers and how can they help with Allergies

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Scrubbers and how can they help with Allergies Air Scrubber set in a home following a Mold Remediation project

Many people ask: "What is an air scrubber?"

We're happy to answer because we think they are wonderful machines. They are simple, and they do their jobs very well.

An air scrubber is more appropriately referred to by professionals as an "air filtration device," or AFD. Simply put, it filters airborne particles out of the air, giving you cleaner air to breathe. The machines are used on many types of jobs, primarily mold remediation projects and water jobs where the use of fans can stir up dust and send particulate in the air.

"Scrubber" is a bit of a misnomer -- the machines don't really "scrub" anything. More appropriately, they trap airborne particulate in their filters, allowing filtered air to pass through the machine and re-enter the breathing environment. It's really the same concept as a water filter under your kitchen sink. A water filter removes unwanted particulate from your drinking water. An AFD does the same thing to the air we breathe.

The critical component of an air filtration device is a HEPA filter. The machine draws in air though the back side, pulls it through the HEPA filter, and the HEPA filter traps airborne particulate and returns to the breathing and varmints filtered air.

Do they work? Or are they just another way for contractors to run up a bill on a mold job or water job?  AFDs absolutely work.  A simple demonstration will prove it.  All we would need to do is take two readings from a laser particle counter, which is a hand-held device that measures the number of particles per volume of air. We could take one measurement on the "dirty" side of the AFD (e.g. the side of the AFD in which the air is entering) to measure the number of particles in the general environment; then we could take another measurement at the "clean" side (e.g. the side where the newly filtered air is coming out of the machine). The measurements will show drastic differences in particle counts.  The particle counts could be in the tens of thousands on the dirty side, and in the single digits on the clean side.  Seeing this demonstration is believing that AFDs absolutely remove airborne particulate from the air you breathe.

As mentioned above, AFDs are used most frequently on mold remediation projects. The reason is simple -- we want to remove airborne mold spores from the air you are consuming.  AFDs have many other uses as well.  For example, they can be used on deodorization projects.  Particulate in your air can produce odors. Trapping them with the HEPA-filtered AFD will remove them from the breathing environment and thereby remove the odor-producing elements from your environment.

Yes, AFDs can be expensive to employ. This is because HEPA filters are costly. HEPA filters are made of a refined product with tiny holes that are too small for particulate to pass through. These filters are "consumables," meaning they are used and discarded. Unfortunately they cannot be recycled.  This is the key cost driver to consider when using AFDs.  On some occasions multiple HEPA filters may need to be used for each machine. More commonly, the HEPA filters can be used on a job without having to be changed out. 

If you, or a loved one, or business associate has breathing or respiratory problems, give us a call at (815) 935-0077 and let us swing by and drop off an AFD -- cleaning your air (or more accurately stated, "removing particulate from your air") could go a long way to improving the way you feel!

Esporta Wash System Helps to Remediate Mold Infestations In Bourbonnais

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Esporta Wash System Helps to Remediate Mold Infestations In Bourbonnais Bourbonnais Moldy Leather Bag Gets the Esporta Service

Mold Cleanup is Possible with SERVPRO's Esporta System

What would you say if we stated that a significant amount of the items that you thought lost during a fire, smoke, water, or storm disaster situation were fully restorable to a quality pre-damage condition? What if you could give your child back their precious stuffed animal that unfortunately got left behind? Or restore your grandmother's porcelain dolls to near perfection? How about moldy clothing stuck in the corner of your closet?
 
Take this opportunity to contact our offices in Bourbonnais for mold remediation to your soft fabrics and put the Esporta Wash System to the test. Take a few minutes to get the information you need to know about the quality of the wash system and see what it can do for you to recover the items you thought lost forever. There is finally a service available to you to assist with restoring your family heirlooms and personal items that you cherish.
 
SERVPRO technicians have been through the training and go the extra mile to put Esporta's unique patented technology to work for you. Setting a new standard in the restoration of textiles and other soft contents; the Esporta Wash System is far more efficient than any traditional laundry services, and it shows in the results that you get from the process.
 
By using this system, SERVPRO provides you with an industrial strength cleaning method that removes 99.9997% of all harmful bacteria, mold or fungus found in your hard and soft goods. Things such as plastic, leather, camping gear, foam, rubber, and reflective tape are finally restorable.
 
Our expertly trained SERVPRO technicians have used the wash system to clean, disinfect and restore items such as; hockey and football equipment, personal protective equipment such as a Firefighters Bunker Gear or a SWAT Teams protective gear and is even useful for Military Protective clothing and regular household and business related items. Now hidden mold growths on expensive drapes can have an excellent chance of being restored.
 
The restoration process is simple, it removes soil, suspends the soils and discharges any contaminants from the machine through a drain. A more detailed explanation is that it uses hydraulic action to remove any organic or inorganic materials found on fabrics by holding the articles in place and forcing water and detergents through them. These washing cycles also destroy mold spores or any organisms embedded in the soft materials. Esporta's four-stage detergent process produces results that affect the color, wear, strength and brightness retention of your items.
 
Give the Esporta Wash System a try today by contacting our professional staff at SERVPRO of Kankakee County. For mold remediation to your property or your home's structure, we have the solutions. We're available to you 24/7 and eagerly await your call. (815) 935-0077