SERVPRO of Downey's Quest for the Holy Bourbon
Baudoinia growing on a whiskey barrel house.
If there's anything you should know about the South, it's that they pride themselves on their hospitality. And they certainly deliver on that. Visiting Tennessee (SERVPRO homeland) and Kentucky (Bourbon homeland) was a great adventure.
We tackled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visiting 13 distilleries, getting a booklet stamped at each.
On our quest we learned about Baudoinia.
What is Baudoinia?
Baudoinia is a phenomenon that takes place where ever whiskey is being made. It's a black fungus that occurs on buildings, signs, trees, and other things that might be in the area. Despite its appearance it's totally safe.
Airborne Ethanol + Moisture = Baudoinia.
Fun Fact: Authorities used to track down illegal Moonshine distillers by looking for black trees, a sign of Baudoinia.
Eliminate Excessive Dust
Dust are fine particles of matter, ranging from dirt, hair, pollen, and fibers.
Dust seems to be everywhere, always. At home and work, especially in the most complicated places.
Do you feel no matter how hard you clean, dust still keeps coming back? Here might be the reasons.
1) HVAC Filters
Your HVAC system is the prime suspect to sending dust about your home or business. Do you know the last time your ducts were cleaned? Ducts collect dust, debris, & fungus. This mess can end up wearing out your HVAC filters, which could potentially cause sickness.
Buy the proper HVAC filters with a High Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. The EPA recommends changing those filters every 2 months along with a regular duct cleaning service every 3-5yrs depending on use.
2) Leaking Ducts
Speaking of ducts...yours might be leaking. Leaking ducts are guaranteed to scatter dust. This can also effect your utility efficiency.
Hire a professional duct sealer to seal your ducts and prevent dust from escaping.
Dust doesn't have to take over your home or business. At SERVPRO®, we offer such services mentioned above. From water to fire even dust, we're here to help. (562) 392-3007
Home Fire Sprinkler Day
The great majority of fire deaths in America happen in a home. What's the solution to this nationwide problem?
NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition-Canada are initiating Home Fire Sprinkler Day.
The goal is to have safety advocates host at least one sprinkler-related event in all 50 states and in some Canadian provinces and territories.
These events will focus on the benefits of having home fire sprinkler systems. The results are amazing to see what sprinklers can do for you and how they work to save lives.
Taking action is easy. Join the conversation online by following the hashtag or attend one of these events nearest to you. Visit the NFPA's website for more info on #HomeFireSprinklerDay
Building Safety Month
Disasters are overwhelming....
We can't, however, stop them from happening. But we can prepare for them. Making sure your family is prepared before a disaster is crucial.
Have a Family Disaster PlanMake sure everyone has enough food and water. Have any important documents easily accessible. Review your evacuation route and meet up points with your family.
Review the plan when necessary to update any changes.
Building safetyCodes are put in place to make sure you're getting the upmost protection for your home or business. When those codes are followed and exceeded, you can be sure your home or business is ready to withstand any disaster.
To learn more about National Building Safety Month visit: https://www.iccsafe.org/about-icc/building-safety-month/2018-building-safety-month/
How to Clean Condenser Coils
Any sort of coiled equipment collects dust. Don't believe us? Go look under your refrigerator. All those coils that are used to keep your food cold collect dust. Some are good about regularly cleaning them, others...not so much. I'm sure the last thing we're all thinking is, "I need to clean the coils under my fridge!"
Fridges, A/C units, and heaters are all notorious for dust. The danger? Too much dust can cause your machine to overheat, and not function as effectively as it should.
How to Clean the Coils
- Have a vacuum handy, specifically one with an extension hose. Use the hose to suck up any dust the coils are collecting.
- You may not have a vacuum that fits where the coils are placed. Use a feather duster wand or hairdryer to get the dust. Simultaneously have the vacuum right there to collect any lose dust that might be floating around.
- If you want to do a more extensive cleaning, make the piece of equipment you're working with lighter. That may mean emptying out your fridge, unfasten an A/C unit, and tilt the machine for easy access.
Once you're done, your coils will be nice and clean and ready to work at full capacity.
Mold Remediation & Restoration Process
Our specialty here at SERVPRO is a little R&R... Remediation and Restoration.
How does mold play into situation?
Mold is most likely to grow where there is moisture and humidity. That means, after you've suffered a water damage the chance of mold growth is highly likely.
How is mold remediated?
First step is clear out any traces of the water damage if one occurred. Next, a containment will be set up so mold growth is contained. After that, a cleansing of the air must take place. Various air units will be placed to filter the air and mold spores that might be present throughout. Lastly all mold affected materials will be removed.
Don't let the media scare you. The mold removal process is easy. Call SERVPRO of Downey with any questions: (562) 392-3007
A Moldy Situation
What is Mold?
Mold is classified as an organism, yet it is neither a plant nor animal.
When you think of mold you probably think of that green fuzzy stuff you find on your bread when it's been in the pantry too long. Or maybe you think of the black dots you find in your shower or around your kitchen sink.
It's true, mold comes in various forms and different colors.
What Does it Matter?
Something you may or may not remember from science class is that mold travels through the air. Yes it's everywhere, but you can't see them. It's only when they attach themselves to other organic material that they become visible.
You may wonder..."Is there mold in my house or business?"
The answer is yes, since mold spores are airborne. Don't worry though, call SERVPRO of Downey when you can see it.
Standing Roof Water
Is standing water on a roof a real problem?? You might think... it'll evaporate and go away.
Water weighs over 8lbs per gallon. Imagine two or three inches of water on the roof…. That extra weight causes a real strain on the roof. This can lead to a collapse that will be very costly or worst yet injury or death.
This is a major problem with simple solution: Inspect the roof and clean off the debris. It’s just that easy…. Taking the time to do that now, will save you heartache and money in the future.
These are easy steps to implement : (1) Inspection (2) Remove debris and clear drains and downspouts . Follow this advice and keep the roof over your head and your hard earned money in your pocket.
You May Need a H.A.T.
Over the weekend, you get a water leak. By the time you get to work on Monday all the water is gone and the walls and carpets look and feel dry to the touch.
So, there’s nothing to be concerned about…. The walls and carpet are a little damp, but they’ll dry out in a few days right? How can you be sure that everything is really dry?
SERVPRO of Downey along with Science can answer that question. In order to properly dry out an area, you need a H.A.T (Humidity…. Air… Temperature). By using a simple formula, you can be certain of the drying process.
SERVPRO of Downey, uses the most modern equipment. Everything from Moisture Meters to Thermal Imaging Cameras. This type of technology and our expertise gives the assurance that what feels dry is really dry.
Focus, Focus, Focus
There are distinct advantages to being the Best in your Field. It’s good to have the respect of your peers and the resources to grow the company. As the man once said,“ It’s good to be the King."
One big disadvantage to being #1 is the loss of FOCUS. By definition, focus is “having something as the center of interest or activity." When a person, company, or organization losses focus, everything suffers.
The loss of focus can cause you to forget what the objective is. Some will begin to squander time, assets, and energies. They lose direction, go off course, and eventually all forward progress stops.
Think about how that effects you as an organization. To have dealings with a vendor or supplier who’s not focused on your needs is a little insulting. Basically, what they're saying is, “I’ll take your money, but you don’t matter."
In the remediation industry this happens all to often. Companies are called in an emergency, at that time you’re the priority. But, if a bigger job comes along you may have a hard time getting calls returned...That's not nice .
A 2nd definition of focus is, “pay particular attention to something or someone." This is how we, SERVPRO® of Downey, operate. We focus on you until the job is completed. Your needs will be our center of interest.
Being the type company of that pays attention to details is what's made us the best in our field. Our objective is not to waste your time, assets, or energies. When a Water, Fire, or Mold Emergency happens, call us. We'll be ready.