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Hoarding Conditions Inside of Homes Contributes to Water, Fire and Mold Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding Conditions Inside of Homes Contributes to Water, Fire and Mold Damage Hoarding can cause a home to be at risk of fire, water and mold damage.

Hoarding is a mental health disorder in which a person has a difficult time discarding possessions. 

A home affected by hoarding can be a physical danger as well as a health risk.  Hoarding creates conditions inside of a home that makes it vulnerable to water, fire and mold damage. 

Hoarders often do not have clear access throughout their homes and windows and doors might be blocked by piles of items. This creates a fire hazard as there might not be a safe way to exit the home in case of fire. Emergency personnel may have difficulty responding to a health call because hoarding has made the home inaccessible.  

Items that are stored and not used become a breeding ground for dust and dirt, which causes poor air quality in a home. Vents are often blocked in the homes of hoarders, reducing air circulation. Puddles, water damage and leaks go unnoticed and are left untreated. Combined with an endless food source from the boxes, fabric and paper that often accompanies hoarding, mold easily grows unnoticed in these homes. 

Unstable piles of household goods can cause tripping, slipping and head injuries from falling objects. Flammable items can easily catch fire if they are too close to a heating source or stove. Clutter, garbage, animal or human feces can also cause respiratory and other health problems.  

There is no simple solution to hoarding. Often the hoarder does not acknowledge a problem and it is only when there is an emergency that the problem is addressed. We approach the restoration of homes with hoarding with sensitivity and an understanding that the removal of items may be difficult for the homeowner. Our crew uses their training and equipment to remove debris, including biohazardous substances. We are able to clean contents to ensure that items being returned to the home are not contaminated. We may need to remove carpets and walls if they contain water or mold damage. We leave the home sanitized and deodorized.  

If you or a loved one feel that the contents of your home have gotten out of control and you are concerned about safety, call SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford at (203) 301-0500 for a clean up consultation.

Spring is the Perfect Time for an Air Duct Cleaning in your Milford Home

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring is the Perfect Time for an Air Duct Cleaning in your Milford Home Over the winter, a collection of dust, debris, droppings and other pollutants can collect in your ducts, affecting the air quality of your home.

During the winter, we all do our best to keep the windows and doors sealed shut and air tight in order to keep the cold air out. While this is a great way to keep our houses warm and the energy bills down, it also eliminates any fresh air from entering our homes. This lack of circulation can cause pollutants to accumulate in the air duct system of the building. By the end of a long winter such as this one, the air quality in your home or office space can be dramatically reduced. 

Materials, including volatile organic compounds, mold, dust, animal hair, rodent droppings, dander and mildew can build up in your ducts over the winter.  If you have had a wood stove or fireplace burning all winter, it has probably generated a lot of dust throughout your home.  

Mold can also grow inside of duct work in the winter and the organic matter (dust, animal droppings, hair etc.) that has accumulated inside of your ducts provides a perfect food for mold.  If there is any moisture, whether because you have run a humidifier in your home or there is condensation in your ducts, mold can easily thrive. Whereas most New Haven County duct cleaning professionals are not trained in mold remediation, the SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford team is certified by the IICRC for mold damage restoration. When we come to your home to clean your ducts, we will also inspect for any mold that might be present.  

There is not one uniform recommendation for the frequency of air duct cleanings, as there are many factors that go into how dirty a duct might get. Homes with animals, fireplaces or inadequate ventilation may require a duct cleaning more often than others.  If someone in the home suffers from allergies or sinus problems, they can benefit from more regular air duct cleanings. 

Not only does having your ducts cleaned improve the air quality in your home or business, it also corrects the functionality of your duct system by removing any partial blockages.  The crew at SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford will professionally clean the debris, dust and any other particles that have gathered out of your air ducts to ensure that the quality of the air you are breathing is free from impurities.

If you live in the New Haven area and are concerned about how your air ducts might be affecting the quality of the air in your home, give us a call at 203-301-0500 to schedule a cleaning.  

What is Ultrasonic Cleaning?

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning What is Ultrasonic Cleaning? Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine

ULTRASONIC CLEANING

What is ultrasonic Cleaning?!

Chances are, if you’ve ever had your jewelry or watches professionally cleaned, it was done in an ultrasonic cleaner! Ultrasonic cleaning is an efficient, effective, and detailed method to clean and disinfect a multitude of different items from kitchenware to electronics. As the name implies, these machines use ultrasonic sound waves passed through an aqueous solution consisting of water, a softener, and a mild detergent. This process, known as “cavitation”, is a result of the high frequency sound waves creating pressure in the solution making millions of tiny bubbles that form and implode agitating the surface of the objects being cleaned. Items are submerged and typically remain from 5 minutes up to 20 minutes depending of level of soiling. They are then removed and properly dried.

Why use ultrasonic cleaning?

This method of cleaning helps to ensure that every surface of the item, including difficult to clean areas, inaccessible areas, cracks, crevices, and areas that typically can’t be done manually are thoroughly cleaned. It also achieves better, faster results while substantially cutting down labor and eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.

What can ultrasonic cleaning be use on?

Ultrasonic cleaning has been used in a wide array of different industries, and with good reason! Almost any item can be successfully and safely cleaned using these processes. These can range from dishware, glasses, and golf clubs to medical equipment, circuit boards, and chandeliers. Most contents usually only require a quick bath, however, some more complex items like television and microwaves require some form of disassembly to assure not only every surface is in contact with the solution, but that once removed they can be properly dried and inspected. Ultrasonic cleaning can be used to removed all forms of soot, dust, rust, bacteria, mold, biological contamination and more! The only items that ultrasonic machines are not helpful with are items that any water has the potential to ruin, such as particle board or wood furniture which can absorb too much water and take too long to dry damaging finishes and integrity. They also aren’t the best choice for laundry, that’s best left to the washer and dryer!

Where can I have my contents Ultrasonic Cleaned?

Here at SERVPRO OF MILFORD – ORANGE – STRATFORD we’re proud to have our very own extra large ultrasonic cleaner! We utilize this machine to restore contents from water, fire, and general cleaning jobs where contents have been brought to our in house storage facility! Our machine is located in our contents cleaning wing of our facility and has the capacity to handle jobs of any size! We also have our very own drying chamber to assist in properly removing moisture from any contents we clean! During our open house we held this October, we held live demonstrations of our Ultrasonic Cleaner in action. Anyone who requested to have their personal belongings, keys, jewelry, etc cleaned, walked away very happy and impressed with this machines capabilities! Our ultrasonic cleaner is just one more step in making it "Like it never even happened."