So why test for mold?
Due to clear conflict of interest issues, over 30 states have made it illegal for cleaning and restoration companies to sample and complete mold clearance tests on their own work. Because Michigan has no mold laws, many Michigan restoration companies do sampling before and after cleaning. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac gets asked to sample homes and businesses on a regular basis and we always explain why it is probably a bad idea. Other than the possible conflict of interest issues, most of the time it does not make any sense to sample. Most mold evaluations can be done by using moisture meters, IR cameras, and visible inspections. If you see visible mold, spend your money on removing it. It really doesn't matter what type of mold you have, you need to address the water issue that caused the mold and then remove the mold.
So why test? If litigation is possible sometimes you may need proof that mold exists. A landlord may refuse to believe mold is present without testing. Remember, to be admissible in court, the samples should be taken by an independent third party. Samples taken by a cleaning company or someone who has an interest in the outcome usually will not be allowed as evidence. Another reason for sampling can occur if someone is getting sick and the doctor requires it to help with diagnosis or treatment. Sometimes proof is needed that the cleaning was successful and the home is safe to reoccupy. SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac has also done testing to rule out mold as a contributor to illness. Be assured that if testing is indicated we can help but you must be very careful who tests and why they test.
Any time human health is an issue we always recommend an independent third party complete the testing. If you believe you have a mold problem, call the experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872 for help and advice.
SERVPRO, the team of professionals you can count to help during a disaster.
During last winters deep freeze and subsequent power outages in Texas, nearly 400 SERVPRO’s traveled to help the local franchises. This quick action prevented literally millions of dollars in additional damages caused by mold and secondary damages. Even before the power was restored, SERVPRO's from all over the country (even a crew from Hawaii) arrived in Texas and started demolition of the wet materials and provided generators for power to restore heat and begin the drying process. Don’t wait for a national or state disaster to be declared, call SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872 and get a team of professionals headed for your home or business.
SERVPRO is your local and national restoration company for storms and disasters.
SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac is part of the national storm team and can respond anywhere we are needed. If the disaster is local, we can also request help from local SERVPRO’s across the state. During last summers micro-event which dropped the all-time state record for rain in a 24 hour period across Mason and Manistee counties, we had help from SERVPRO’s from Clare, Grand Rapids, Big Rapids and Muskegon. The allowed us to “paint the local counties Green” and get our customers lives and homes back within days. This is something no mom and pop restoration company can match. If you have a disaster, give SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac a call at 877-350-4872.
Large size commercial losses with SERVPRO
The size of commercial losses compared to residential homes is another large difference between these two types of losses. While a home may be 2,000 or 3,000 square foot, schools, hospitals, or factories may be 10 or 100 times that size. A big box store or food distribution center may be 250,000 square feet. At that level there often isn’t power to run enough drying equipment to quickly dry the loss. The experts at SERVPRO can bring semi-mounted generators and propane fired desiccant dryers that can quickly dry any sized building. These units are independent of the local power of the fuel grid and can operate 24/7 for as long as needed. Just call SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872 to get the crew that is faster to any size disaster.
Commercial losses are simpler with the help of SERVPRO
Another major difference in commercial and residential losses is the volume of MIP’s (Materially Interested Parties) that flock to the loss site. There can be multiple owners, tenants, and insurance companies involved in the loss. They will often call their own engineers, architects, building managers, and consultants and might even get third party estimators involved. Many times insurance companies will call in a third party loss specialist to attempt to control the total cost of both the disaster mitigation and reconstruction. These large loss commercial claims require specialized help that only SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac, your Fire & Water - Cleanup and Restoration professionals can provide. So call us at 877-350-4872 we are always here to help in making it "Like it never even happened."
Advantages of using SERVPRO storm team
There are many advantages of using SERVPRO "Storm" versus local contractors. Every day across the United States, SERVPRO’s are traveling for storm events. These may be localized micro storms which drop 12 inches or more of rain in a county sized area, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, or manmade events such as 911, chemical plant explosions, or other unnatural events. Whatever causes the event, it often overwhelms the local SERVPRO’s ability to quickly help all the affected customers. This is where the national storm teams step in to make it "Like it never even happened." If this happens to you, your first call should be to your local SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872. We are always here to help.
Keeping your commercial property secured during a loss
Security can be another issue with commercial losses. In a residential loss, often the home is still occupied but commercial losses typically close during the loss or at least limit daily access after hours. SERVPRO can provide fencing or guards to protect the property as well as video security. When your business is damaged and shut down, the last thing you need to worry about is security. The experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac will work with your property management team to make sure there are no gaps, and everyone is on the same page.
Often customers will still need access to elevators and loading docks. Deliveries can be expected 24/7 and many times unaffected portions of the building will continue to operate, even during the loss. It is not unusual for multiple users of the building to have different daily needs. You can’t assume the building will be empty just because they have had a disaster. Never take a chance with a non-local company when you can call the experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872.
Heating and ventilation in residential versus commercial buildings
Another big difference between residential and commercial buildings is heating and ventilation. Homes usually have a furnace and/or AC unit and transmit the heat and cooling with ducts. Commercial buildings often “dump” the conditioned air into areas above the ceilings and use ceiling grids and fans to cool or heat in each zone or room. This can create a problem when a small fire (smoke), or mold issue is spread throughout the building by the HVAC system. Commercial buildings often have sprinkler systems, computer rooms and networks as well as multiple zones controlling the heat and air conditioning.
Other areas of concern involve the placement of fresh air intakes for the outside air makeup systems. These are often placed on hot roofs which are off gassing chemicals, or near idling diesel trucks which can compromise the air quality being sucked into the building. Filters on the fresh air system are another issue that must be dealt with during a water, fire, or mold event. When dealing with a commercial loss you need to call the experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 850-350-4872 to help you figure it out.
Finding and drying commercial water damage
Many commercial buildings have steel skeletons instead of wooden studs. While mold on these studs isn’t a big problem, rust is. If they aren’t completely dried, they will rust and will be structurally compromised. Often the channels that hold the studs run the length of the building. These channels allow the water to travel to areas you would never expect, often far from the original loss. Using moisture meters to look for the water can be a challenge since the studs set off the conductivity meters we use just like wet materials. This may require the use of infrared cameras and other moisture detectors to determine what is wet. Call the commercial restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872 if you have a loss.
Differences in commercial and residential losses
This series of blogs will show the differences in commercial and residential losses. Often large commercial losses involve leaving western Michigan and even the state. Each state has different rules on licensing. For example, Michigan has no rules on mold remediation, but most states do. Similar rule differences apply to asbestos remediation, getting permits for demolition and reconstruction, and even getting work. In many states it is illegal to knock on a door and offer your services (even if water is squirting out of the house or the roof is gone). A solicitation license is required. These rules get more confusing as individual states temporarily waive licensing rules during disasters. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington, and Cadillac at 877-350-4872 to be sure the legal rules are being followed for crews working on your business.