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Learn How To Recover Quickly From A Fire Disaster

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Realistically, no one can ever be really prepared for a house fire or any form of disaster. It can literally start for various reasons, at anytime and anywhere - it’s truly one of the worst tragedies which can occur to anyone. While we hope you would never have to experience it, you have to prepare to get ready for it. Here are some tips on how you can hasten your restoration process after a fire disaster.

Contact Your Insurance Agent as Early as Possible

The first thing after the aftermath should be to call your insurance agent to inform them of the incident so they can communicate the details of your coverage. Ensure that certain policy inclusions are not overlooked like temporary accommodation assistances. You would have to also discuss the claims process and inform the agent of your intention to engage fire restoration services. Wait for approval from your insurance company before going ahead with any decision.

Ask for A Copy of The Fire Report

The fire report consists of the crucial details and information that are essential in your process of the insurance claim. Do request to make a copy of it, it wouldn’t be a problem since fire reports are public documents.

Start The Mitigation Process

After a fire, there are many damages to the property that may potentially pose a health or safety risk for you. While it’s essential to start the mitigation process early, you should let a fire damage mitigation professional handle it for you as it’s not something you can do by yourself.

Keep A Record of All The Damaged Items

A typical homeowner’s insurance will cover the costs of replacing your damaged items. Insurers usually request an inventory list of your damaged personal items due to the fire. As you do that, take photographs of your items for additional proof. Wherever possible, include any online statements, brief descriptions, prices, and dates of purchase.

If you lose important documents like your passport, driver’s license, deeds, titles, and birth certificates, replace them immediately. Some of them are needed in your claims process.

Clean Your Property And Move Undamaged Items

Start the first phase of cleaning which is removing the soot, dust, and smoke odor that remain trapped in the surfaces. Usually, the odors are quite stubborn and do require professionals with the necessary equipment to completely remove the odor from your home. Them, segregate your undamaged items from those severely damaged, to set them up for cleaning. Otherwise, you should dispose of those that have been soaked in water or too badly burnt.

Specialized Clean-up And Restoration Services at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District

If your home has suffered from fire damage, you’ll need an expert to guide you through this. At SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District, we are highly experienced, specialists in fire and water damage restoration for your home, with the necessary advanced training and equipment. We assure you and your family will be treated with respect and empathy while ensuring your home will be restored with care.



What You Need To Know About Leaking Dishwashers

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Both commercial and residential property owners may encounter leaking dishwashers at some point. Before the issue can be resolved by SERVPRO technicians, you’ll need to unplug it then deactivate its circuit breaker. Additionally, be sure your watered supply valve has been closed, which can usually be located beneath your kitchen sink. Below are some common reasons dishwashers leak.

The Connections Are Damaged or Loose

Dishwashers are made with hoses, valves, and connections that are vulnerable to becoming loose or damaged as time passes. If you notice that the valves or hoses have become cracked or defective, they will need to be replaced, and it is important to ensure the clamps are of the proper size and have the strength needed to keep each hose in position even under pressure.

Your Float Switch Is No Longer Working

The float assembly is an important dishwasher component that uses a float switch and floats for the regulation of internal liquid levels during rinse and washes cycles. Once the dishwasher has completed its cycles, its float is supposed to lift up with rising liquid. After researching a specific height, it must trigger a float switch to deactivate the water. However, should the switch become faulty, its water level may become too high, resulting in leakage and mold. The solution to this problem is replacing the faulty float switch, but doing it yourself can be challenging.

The Dishwasher’s Door is Leaking

If you notice liquid pooling right beneath the dishwasher’s door, this could be a sign that the door itself is the source of the leak. Its latch might be loose or bent, which is preventing it from functioning normally. A screwdriver can be used for tightening the latch and allowing the door to close completely. In extreme cases, it might become necessary to buy and then install a brand new latch unit. If the gasket is damaged, it will have to be replaced, but the replacement should be soaked in warm and soapy water first so that it has greater flexibility and is simpler to manipulate when installing.

You’re Using Incorrect Detergent

This is a common mistake made by those who are not familiar with dishwashers. Standard soap will foam up excessively and because many dishwashers can’t handle it, leaks are the inevitable result. The solution to this problem is to review the dish soap you’re currently using and make sure it is compatible with your dishwasher. If you aren’t sure, read the manual that came with the machine and if you’ve lost it you can probably find a digital version online at the manufacturer’s website.

Your Dishwasher’s Spray Arm Has Malfunctioned

The dishwasher’s spray arm will spin during rinse and wash cycles, spraying the water onto the contents inside. However, if the dishwasher is improperly loaded or overcrowded, the dishes and utensils might block its arm, which won’t be able to correctly rotate since it’s become damaged or dislodged resulting in leakage. If this is the case you’ll probably have to buy and install a brand new spray arm, which can be purchased online.

Top Tips To Keep High-Rise Office Buildings Clean

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

It was always important for high-rise office buildings to be clean and presentable. It makes a great first impression where prospective clients are concerned. It portrays a good company culture. It's far more conducive to high productivity. The list goes on. Today, however, more than ever, the cleanliness and sanitation of high-rise office buildings (and other commercial facilities) is of the utmost importance. COVID-19 changed everything.

Now, things can’t just be clean – they must be super clean. They must be sanitary. You cannot run the risk of infecting clients, staff, or any of their families. Your business may even have been closed for a while, as a result of the coronavirus. With business reopening's occurring more and more, new protocols must be put into place. There is a new normal in the world today – and it involves, in part, providing as healthy an environment as possible.

Thanks to all the foot traffic coming and going in high-rise office buildings each and every day, bigger challenges are presented.

With CDC protocols and basic common sense in mind, the following can be done to help keep your high-rise office building as clean and sanitary as possible. Later, we will recommend the best way to see to it that your commercial business location is sanitary, clean, and presentable on an ongoing basis with a professional commercial cleaning service.

Keep Your Employees Informed

Make sure your employees are as informed as possible about CDC regulations, what the office is doing to adhere to them, where sanitation stations are located, and more. If facemasks, shots, testing, etc. are required, make sure that every employee is aware.

Air Ducts Should Be Clean

Professional duct cleaners will see to it your ducts are clean and sanitized properly. This is going to be particularly effective when you increase your business’s ventilation (see below).

For Office Employees, Hand Sanitizer Should Be Provided

Most everywhere you look today, hand sanitizer is being provided. Stations are popping up everywhere, even at the gas pumps. Keeping these sanitation stations stocked is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, make sure any disinfectant spray or sanitizer you’re using adheres to CDC recommendations.

Ventilation Should Be Increased

When people talk, sing, cough, or sneeze, respiratory droplets are released. This is how the spread of the coronavirus occurs. To help keep your employees safe, within your high-rise, ventilation should be increased. Based on your unique conditions, an HVAC professional should be able to help you adjust.

What Can a Professional Cleaning Service Help With?

A professional cleaning service can help with the following additional steps taken to make sure your high-rise office building is clean and healthy as possible:

  • A cleaning schedule must be developed
  • High touch surfaces must be disinfected daily
  • Regular deep cleaning should be conducted
  • Preventative disinfection should be a focus
  • Keep upholstery and floor mats clean

Count on SERVPRO To Keep Your High-Rise Office Building Clean

Everyone likes to watch their budget, but when it comes to the sanitation of your high-rise office building, it's not the time to cut corners. Make sure only the most dependable, reputable company takes care of cleaning and sanitizing all areas of your office and common areas. You don't want to put your business (and your employees) or your clients (and their families) at unnecessary risk. You also want to put forth a good first impression when new clients visit. A clean office is a productive office.

Get every inch of your high-rise office building cleaned and sanitized appropriately! See to it that everything is spic-and-span – so it is as safe and presentable as possible – through the reliable services offered by SERVPRO. We use proven sanitation methods, high-tech tools, and specially trained individuals to handle any and every project. Do you have a business that needs sanitation and regular cleaning services? Call us today at 212 -564-6365. You can also fill out our online request form as an alternative.

Do You Have A House Fire Checklist?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

A house fire can cause so many different emotions that can get you asking questions about what you need to do next. Who do you call? Where to begin? When is it safe to re-enter your home? With a proper house fire checklist, you can execute the right procedures that can help you mitigate the damage and get back on your feet within a shorter period of time.

Things Not to Do After a House Fire

  • Do not enter your home until you have received permission from the local fire department that it is safe to do so.
  • Do not turn on water, gas, or electric utilities until it has been deemed safe to do so by a professional.
  • Do not move or start your vehicle if it has sustained any damage from the fire.
  • Do not try to clean any soot or smoke damage on your own. Leave it to professionals who are equipped with the right safety equipment and expertise.

Things to Do After a House Fire

  • Get permission from your local fire department before you re-enter your damaged property.
  • Get in touch with your friends and family to inform them of the disaster.
  • Attend to your frightened pets and provide them with the necessary support.
  • Call all utility providers (water, gas, electric) to inform them of the disaster.
  • Call your homeowners’ insurance company to submit a claim.
  • Call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District to discuss fire damage and restoration
  • Understand and acknowledge the different terms of the fire report issued by your local fire department and keep a copy. This report is important for insurance claim purposes.
  • Document all fire damage and jot down detailed notes along with photographs of the damage to your property.
  • Retrieve your valuables before leaving the property.
  • Contact your local police department to inform them that your home will be vacant for a temporary period. You also need to inform your children’s schools so their teachers will know that your children will not be attending school temporarily during this difficult time. You can also notify the post office to forward your mails or hold them temporarily.
  • Start the process of replacing important documents that have been lost in the fire such as passports, licenses, birth certificates, and others.
  • Take care of the emotional needs of every family member as a fire can inflict a tremendous amount of stress. If needed, schedule counseling sessions.
  • For property damaged by wildfires, you may be eligible for Fire Management Assistance. Contact your local authorities to find out more.
  • For disaster relief, there are several organizations that you can seek assistance from such as The Salvation Army or Red Cross depending on where you are located at.

A fire will also cause water damage as a result of firefighting efforts. Our cleaning and restoration specialists are highly-trained and fully-certified to offer efficient and reliable services. Reach out to our team today at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District to discuss the necessary services that you need to restore your fire damaged property.

Have You Heard Of Orange Mold?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

In the world in which we live, in nearly every room, mold spores are abundant, but microscopic. In any given room, at any given time, there can be a 500 to 700 spore count on average! Adverse side effects can be experienced if you're living with an abundance of mold colonies or mold spores. It's not uncommon to find mold at some level in a home. Most people are familiar with basic mold. However, orange mold colonies are one of the species that are less commonly known.

Let's take a look at some mold related issues that could potentially affect you, your family, and your home. We'll also look closely  at orange mold. Finally we'll tell you how to have mold removed and your property restored.

Orange Mold

Capable of growing in numerous places, one colorful mold colony is referred to as orange mold. Depending on where you find it, it's appearance can vary. Usually orange in color, the term orange mold,Fuligo Septica, is more likely to be yellow. Additionally, a grayish or pink color can be present with another mold known as Acremonium.

Where You Might Find Orange Mold

There are all sorts of places where you can find orange mold growing however, in your refrigerator/kitchen is a very common spot. Bread, diary products, and more commonly grow orange mold. It can spread to food in containers or on shelves, even if it's outside your fridge.

Mold can contaminate the water supply if your refrigerator serves water or makes it's own ice. To ensure your water is not contaminated, frequently check your refrigerator's water filter.  

Throw out and food that has been affected by orange mold immediately. It won't take long to spread through your home and the rest of your fridge.

Your attic is another place where orange mold can be found because damp wood is a good food source for it. Orange mold can readily grow and thrive in warm humid attics. 

Did You Find Orange Mold In Your Home Business?

If you discover orange mold or any other kind of mold in your home, don't hesitate to call in the professionals. You want your home, business, visitors, pets, and family members to be safe. The best way to do that is by having highly trained technicians remove the mold and refurbish the affected area.

Remember, before you start repairs, locate the source of the water damage that's causing the mold and have dealt with properly.

Need Orange Mold Remediation And Restoration? Contact the Pros at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

When you need mold remediation and restoration in your home or business, the smartest move to make is to contact the knowledgeable, experience professionals at SERVPRO. Our locally owned and operated company is a trusted leader in the industry of restoration and cleanup. One of the reasons is that we always use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment for our projects. Compared to others, We get faster to any size disaster!

Contact us today if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.    

Did You Find Mold On Popcorn Ceilings?

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Most mold strains are so minuscule that they can actually be airborne and can settle in all kinds of places. With the right conditions in the presence of moisture, they can germinate easily. Popcorn ceilings are popular due to their distinctive texture that is used to cover up any imperfections in the ceiling. But due to its surface, it is also typically extremely easy to attract mold spores to settle in them and grow into an active colony. Here are some tips for you if you find mold on popcorn ceilings in your home.

How Do I Prevent Mold on My Popcorn Ceiling?

Moisture is a crucial element in the germination of mold. To prevent their growth, you need to keep in mind to ventilate all around your home properly. Some ways can include using the kitchen’s range top vent whenever you are cooking or boiling water, or turning on the bathroom fan for about five to ten minutes after taking a shower. By reducing moisture in the air, it prevents the water vapor from rising and saturating into your popcorn ceiling during evaporation.

Strategic Use of Dehumidifiers

Additionally, underground bedrooms and basements can be vulnerable to the development of bold due to increased moisture, especially during summer when humidity and ambient temperatures are higher. You can counter this by simply placing a dehumidifier in those areas to reduce the level of moisture.

Make Necessary Repairs

Another way moisture can accumulate in your popcorn ceiling is due to a minor roof leak, a clogged gutter, or water leaking into the attic. With time, the accumulated water can saturate your ceiling texture, laying the foundations for increased mold germination.

If there’s damage or an issue, you should almost immediately think about repair solutions before a greater amount of water accumulates and causes a larger mold problem in your home, especially on your popcorn ceiling. Even for plumbing issues, a minor pipe leak in the bathroom upstairs can cause the growth of mold in the ceiling beneath it.

Can I Remove Mold from My Popcorn Ceiling?

If mold does appear on your ceilings, don’t give in to your temptations to paint over them to make them look good. It doesn’t remove the mold; it will also further exacerbate the problem. You can clean it yourself if it’s an early development of mold, by mixing water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda. Apply the solution onto the surface and let it sit for a few minutes, before brushing or sponging the affected area. Ventilate the area and let the surface dry thoroughly.

Easy And Fuss-free Clean-up And Restoration Services at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District

If you have a more significant mold problem, it’s best to let the professionals do it for you. Here at SERVPRO Manhattan, our expert, experienced technicians are well-trained and have the required equipment to provide the proper mold remediation and restoration on your popcorn wall. Before help arrives, review these mold damage tips to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do.



Is Your Hotel Maintaining Proper Sanitation Standards?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Throughout the planet, to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus, communities are working together. While more and more businesses reopen, more cautious steps than in the past are being taken. When will it be okay to travel and meet in groups again? Is it already? Particularly when it comes to events, hotel stays, etc., a new normal will obviously apply.

Regarding hotel sanitation, to create a safer environment for employees and guests, new sanitation and health plans are being unveiled. Various companies are including disinfecting and cleaning on a more frequent basis in public areas and rooms. What's more, personal protective equipment and additional safety training is being given to employees. It may be necessary, at each property, to appoint hygiene officers or managers and employ the use of new technologies (UV light, thermal cameras, etc.).

Another way of seeing to it that your hotel is completely sanitized, safe, and healthy for all parties concerned, is to leave all of the cleaning, inspecting, use of high-tech tools, and more, to a reputable, dependable cleaning and sanitizing service. Later, we'll tell you about the best commercial sanitation company for the job. In the meantime, let's take a look at what's being done to sanitize hotels against the spread of the coronavirus.

New Safety and Health Protocols

Businesses are caring for their guests and employees through the use of new safety and health protocols. Some of these are as follows:

  • Events and meetings – Set up should be reworked. Entry and exit flow should be organized. As much as possible, collaborate on menus and meals with as much creativity and variety as possible.
  • It is possible to change the channel on a television using a smart phone app (Sonifi). Guests will be encouraged to download it if desired.
  • Elevator rides – For each ride, passenger numbers will be limited. In all elevators, masks/face coverings are required.
  • The high traffic guest areas, meeting rooms, elevator landings, fitness centers, spas, front desks, and more, hand sanitizer stations have been added.
  • Prior to entering the hotel, vendors and employees will undergo temperature checks.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn by all employees and guests.

Events

For events and meetings, customer service initiative and cleanliness initiatives have been launched. Three key points are as follows:

  • Socially responsible, safe solutions – From room sets to meal service, hotels will offer creative physical distancing solutions.
  • Flexibility regarding book-to-billing – This includes contract terms, space options, and providing flexible pricing while working with customers. To meet the needs of customers, the program will feature responsive offers.
  • Protocols for cleanliness – New standards will be outlined and adhered to regarding disinfection and cleanliness protocols for meetings and events. This includes, in meeting spaces and public areas, sanitation stations. It also includes sealing sanitized/ready meeting rooms.

There are, of course, additional protocols being put in place depending on the hotel, the area in which the hotel exists, the CDC recommendations currently in place, and more. But if you want to make sure your hotel is as sanitized, clean, and healthy as it can be – and it is kept in that condition on a continuing basis – go with the best service money can buy.

Count on SERVPRO For Proper Hotel Sanitation

Everyone likes to save money, but when it comes to the sanitation of your hotel, this is no time to start cutting corners. Make sure only the most reputable, dependable company takes care of sanitizing all areas of your commercial business. You don't want to put your business (and your employees) or your customers (and their families) at unnecessary risk.

Get every inch of your hotel sanitized the right way! See to it that everything is spic-and-span and is as safe as possible, through the reliable services offered by SERVPRO. We use the latest and greatest sanitation methods, high-tech tools, and specially trained individuals to handle every project. Do you have a business that needs sanitation services? Call us today at 212 -564-6365. You can also fill out our online request form as an alternative.

Have You Heard of The SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Our team has extensive expertise in restoring damaged property. This is because each member is required to undergo training at our SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility. Here they can acquire the latest knowledge and skills along with IICRC certification.

What Does The Training Program Include?

Our educational program can be broken down into five parts, which consist of:

  • Employee Certification Training
  • IICRC Training
  • Electronic Learning
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • Continuing Education Classes

Employee Certification Training

This is a voluntary program that employees who desire additional knowledge can take at their own pace. Certification will be rewarded once a candidate has completed the course materials along with the examination. Its modules are:

  • Fire Restoration: This course teaches students the fundamentals of fire restoration and includes using 3D imaging to capture images and virtually tour sites, as well as how to select deodorizing products and the differences between oily and dry soot, and why it’s important.
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning: In this course, students will learn how to use microfiber cloths, oscillating fans, clothes steamers, and vacuums to clean carpeting and upholstery. They will also learn how to remove dirt and dust as well as the dos and don’ts of cleaning stains.
  • Crew Training: During this course, students will learn the importance of teamwork and how to communicate effectively with other crew members while following established safety procedures.
  • Water Restoration: This course will teach the differences between black, gray, and clean water, how to identify damage levels and leak sources, and how to remove mold. It also covers proper drying and disinfection techniques.

IICRC Training

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It establishes industry standards and certifications for restoration and cleaning projects. Members of our team are required to know IICRC standards as well as best practices for mold, water, and fire restoration, along with the best techniques for cleaning upholstery and carpets.

Electronic Learning

Also known as e-Learning, this allows our staff to acquire additional knowledge via online sources. It is also voluntary and made to be continuous and self-paced. Franchise employees will have access to support materials and video presentations which culminate in a test after the conclusion of every module. This ensures that office personnel, as well as technicians, are always up to date on the latest industry standards.  

Initial Franchise Training

This is a fifteen-day course that is hands-on and held within the SERVPRO training center. It is considered the foundation for our training program and encompasses a wide range of topics, namely restoration involving burn and water damage along with tips for eradicating mold and cleaning up carpets.

Continuing Education Classes

We believe that education is a lifelong process that doesn’t end just because you’ve earned a certification. Therefore, we provide both noncredit and credit courses for those that intend to become insurance adjusters or agents, as well as franchise staff and realtors. Aside from addressing damages caused by fire, water, and mold, it also demonstrates techniques for restorative drying and mitigation awareness. 

An Introduction to Carpet Bonnet Cleaning

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

If you’ve ever spent time in a hotel lobby, commercial building, etc., during late-night hours, you’ve likely seen a staff member or service operating a device that uses a spinning pad to polish and buff concrete, linoleum, or tile floors. These are used frequently in commercial establishments.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that the same cleaning process might work well for carpets. It is referred to as carpet bonnet cleaning and uses the same type of rotary machine, more or less, but concentrates on carpets rather than hard floors. Initially, the bonnet – made of propylene, rayon, or cotton - is attached to the rotary machine and soaked with shampoo. Over the carpet, they move the machine back and forth. The carpet is significantly cleaner once it has dried. In theory.

A Temporary Fix at Best

The thing about bonnet cleaning is that it's pretty much just a topical solution. You’re taking surface dirt and essentially scraping it off. If you know anything about stains, you know that to remove them, scrubbing is not usually the best method. Rather than removing the stain, further into the carpet, the stain ends up being ground down and in. That's pretty much what's going on with bonnet cleaning. You’re scrubbing your stains – that used to be on the surface – deeper down into your carpet. Who wants that?

Yes, it does dislodge and collect dirt from the surface to a point, but again, it's also pushing some of it deeper into the pile.

After bonnet cleaning, the carpet does dry fast (one of the more attractive points of bonnet cleaning), and it looks clean. But think about this… Anything that came off the carpet, but doesn't appear on the bonnet, actually just stayed in the carpeting. There is no extraction method with bonnet cleaning.

But Wait… There's More!

In case you're not convinced that bonnet cleaning isn't the best way to go about refreshing your carpet, here's some additional information.

You can't just walk into the bonnet cleaning process if you've never done it before. Here's why:

  • Friction burns could result from dry hard carpet scrubbing because not enough detergent was used.
  • You will need to vacuum up residue that stays behind after the carpet dries – because you'll notice swirl marks – if there’s too much shampoo or detergent.
  • Various carpet designs call for specific types of bonnets.
  • Mildew and mold can build up in bonnets if they are not regularly laundered after use.
  • Because this type of cleaning needs to be done so often, it offsets the savings you thought you would enjoy.
  • Lastly, you may well void the warranty on your carpet if you use bonnet cleaning. This is a policy for some carpet manufacturers.

So how do you feel about bonnet cleaning your carpet now? There is a better solution…

Need Thorough Carpet Bonnet Cleaning? Call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

Truth be told, bonnet cleaning is not the recommended cleaning method for carpeting! As suggested above, it is only superficial, among other things. When you need a thorough, deep down carpet cleaning, there’s no one like SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District  to get the job done. But we don’t stop at carpet!

SERVPRO is capable of odor removal, cleaning drapes and blinds, taking care of walls, floors, and ceilings, upholstery cleaning, biohazard cleanup, and HVAC/air duct cleaning. Does your place of business need any of these types of services? If so, we've got you covered.

Contact us today if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

Common Air Duct Contaminants

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Most residential and commercial property owners take their air ducts for granted. So long as cold and hot air is emitted when desired with no chemical or burning scent, most people are content. However, air duct contaminants can become a real problem and it must be addressed. 

Pests

Ductwork is the perfect conduit for warm air during winter and cool air during summer. This makes it an attractive nesting spot for many insects and rodents, some of which might spread pathogens and cause other damage. Unless you enjoy rats, mice or roaches suddenly showing up in your property, you’ll probably want to have your ductwork cleaned regularly. 

Dander, Dirt And Dust

These are the most frequent contaminants that you’ll find in typical ductwork. Textiles such as furniture and carpets often generate dust and dirt will gain entry through windows and doors that are opened. Dander is the result of hair and skin cells that are shed by both animals and people.

The good news is that the majority of dirt, dust, and dander are removed during standard vacuuming and cleaning. The bad news is that because they consist of particles that readily become airborne, your air ducts will suck them in. While HVAC systems have filters that are capable of capturing the particulates in varying quantities, there is still plenty that will end up in the ducts, accumulating as the months and years go by. 

Mold

Mold can be found in virtually every home, from studio apartments to penthouses and mansions. However, most forms are relatively harmless to humans and pets. They result from condensation within ducts which frequently occurs because of insufficient insulation. Once mold colonies form, they will contaminate the air of the interior each time the HVAC system is activated. There is also rare black and green mold that is considered a biohazard and if they appear in your home you’ll need to evacuate so the property can be professionally cleaned.

Allergens And Pollen

Both airborne allergens and pollens behave similarly to dirt, duster, and dander, appearing within air ducts. While some of it comes from outside the building, others will be generated from within. Either way, both will compromise the quality of your indoor air and can cause some serious effects on your health.

As you can see, there are at least five contaminants that can appear in your building’s ductwork. Commercial property owners, in particular, must be careful because businesses are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to create a safe working environment for employees. If your commercial building is found to have contaminants in the ductwork that is harming employees or customers, it can threaten your business and potentially lead to fines and litigation, not to mention a loss of reputation.

This is why regular cleaning of your ductwork is so important, but because the task can be tedious, it is best to hire a professional like SERVPRO that has the expertise, equipment, and credentials needed to get the job done right.