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What is Mulch Fungus and How Do I Get Rid of It?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

White fungus growing in mulch Keep your mulch dry most of the time and you can avoid the unsightly problem of mulch fungus!

You bought a fresh layer of mulch this summer, pruned and watered your landscaping, and now you have found this gross, ugly white stuff growing in your mulch. As far as you know, your dog has not thrown up in your mulch recently – so what is it?

It’s mulch fungus, or more colloquially known as “slime mold” or “dog vomit.” It is often lumpy, and brightly colored in appearance such as yellow, white, black, brown, orange, or even bright pink in certain cases. Unfortunately, it can strike just about anywhere you have spread mulch.

Mulch fungus grows best in damp conditions as bacteria starts to feed on the mulch. Once fungi can feed on bacteria, they grow, create spores, and eventually turn into visible patches.

Although mulch fungus is unsightly and unattractive, it is not a serious problem. Luckily, it poses little threat to your plants and landscaping since it feeds on bacteria and is usually limited to a small space.  

Even though it poses little threat, you should probably still get rid of it. It is safe to touch, but you will probably want to get a shovel to dig it out. It is important to dig out a few inches around the patch to eliminate the unseen spores. Otherwise, you will find yourself with another patch in a matter of a few days to a week. Make sure to dispose of the mold in a trash can or compost pile far away from any mulch. Spores can travel through the air and you may find unwanted mold in a new place.

Preventing mulch fungus can be tricky at times. If there is a lot of rain, there is no need to water your flower beds. Letting a sprinkler water your flower bed all day can create the perfect environment for mulch fungus. Instead, use a watering can or hose and try to water as close to the roots as possible. Rather than watering plants every day, give them a significant amount of water once or twice a week.  

If you find yourself with too much water in a place you don’t want it, or mold inside your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lawrence County. We are trained water and fire restoration experts and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call us today for more information! (724) 498 4747

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The Serious Business of Fun: Amusement Park Ride Safety

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Amusement Park The chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site amusement park ride is 1 in 18 million.

Amusement parks and carnival rides are one of children’s favorite summertime activities. The thrill, the adrenaline, the copious amounts of sugar available to them – it is any kid’s dream.

Although amusement park rides are one of the safest ways to experience the thrill; some precautions should still be taken to ensure the safety of you and your children.

Fixed amusements parks or parks where the rides do not mean move from town to town throughout the summer such as Disney or Cedar Point are quite safe. The chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site amusement park ride is 1 in 18 million. The rides are thoroughly inspected and checked before passengers can ride.

Data on carnival rides or rides that are packed up and travel from town to town is harder to collect and verify.

Be sure to talk to your children about safety precautions both on the rides and in the park before taking them into the park for the day. Simple precautions are key.

  • Speak Up: Talk to your children about park employees exhibiting unsafe behaviors such as being distracted on their phone or if the safety harness is not fastened properly on them.
  • Follow the Rules: No amusement park is cheap, and kids want to ride everything they can. Do not try to persuade ride operators to let your child ride because they are “so close” to the height restriction. Boarding a ride without meeting the height restrictions can pose a serious safety threat.
  • Stay connected: Have a plan on what your child should do if they become separated from you throughout the day. Write your cell phone number on their arm, take a group picture before the day begins, and point out park employees in their uniform. Oftentimes, children do not know their parents’ cell phone number, or parents forget what their child was wearing that day.
  • Dress Appropriately: Do not wear baggy or unfit clothing or shoes. Shoes such as flip flops can get caught on something and cause injury. Pull back long hair and do not wear large pieces of jewelry.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is dedicated to serving and keeping the members of our community safe. Our employees live and work in Lawrence County and support the area businesses.

It is our job to provide emergency services for our friends and families in Lawrence County. If you need restoration or cleaning services, we are nearby and ready to help. We want to do our part to keep the community safe, clean, and thriving.

Call us today at (724) 498 4747  or send us a message via Facebook

How to Celebrate Earth Day from Home

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

earth day 50th anniversary graphic in 2020 This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the celebration of Earth Day, our beautiful planet we all call home!

We may be stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic this year but we can still find ways to celebrate the planet on April 22, 2020. Here are some things you can do: 

  1. You can plant a small garden or add more green to your space. Plant some flowers near your window or even a small herb garden of vegetables like basil or parsley. 
  1. Take a walk around a park or neighborhood and take photos of plants near you while practicing social distancing. Then you can look up the plants you photographed and learn more about them.
  1. Refresh your recycling knowledge. Sometimes those bins can be confusing. What goes where? What is considered compost and what isn’t? Taking time to relearn recycling can help save our planet. 
  1. While stores aren’t open, you can shop online or in your grocery store for more sustainable products. This includes clothes made from recyclable materials or package free toiletries. 
  1. Watch a documentary about our Earth. Netflix has a documentary category with many nature, wildlife and conservation related content! It could be stress relieving and relaxing to be reminded of earth’s beauty during this time. 
  1. Time at home means more time to look up at the stars. Take some time to stargaze, especially now that air pollution is currently low. Earth Day also coincides with the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower. 
  1. Take a virtual field trip with your family. You can search for a video of a tour of any national park, botanical garden or even the Great Barrier Reef.

Why SERVPRO of Lawrence County

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

servpro logo with uniformed personnel in assorted scenarios with equipment When a customer calls SERVPRO we want them to we will come out and make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lawrence county is excited about the opportunity to serve the communities of Lawrence county. SERVPRO of Lawrence county is an independently owned and operated water and fire restoration company. Being a brand-new franchise, we are committed to the highest level of customer service. Along with a desire for customer service, we have the latest technology in the restoration industry. We also have trained technicians and crew chiefs.

SERVPRO of Lawrence county wants to build long lasting relationships with the business community including but not limited to insurance agencies, realtors, plumbers and property management companies. When a customer calls SERVPRO we want them to we will come out and make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

If you find yourself with water damage, storm damage, fire damage or mold, call SERVPRO of Lawrence county. You can reach us at (724) 498-4747

SERVPRO – A Series Of Success

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

servpro employee talking to female customer with storm in the background Our team is highly trained and deeply empathetic to whatever kind and size of disaster you may be going through and will act accordingly.

As disaster recovery company we know that most times when you call us, it is during a time of panic, shock, and immediate need. Our team is highly trained and deeply empathetic to whatever kind and size of disaster you may be going through and will act accordingly.

The restoration company that you choose to provide your mitigation services matter, because your property and your peace matter. At SERVPRO of Lawrence County we invest in the best equipment and technicians to provide you the best service at your time of need.

We are a full-service restoration company with years of industry proven techniques and experience in fire and water restoration, mold testing and removal services, and general cleaning altogether. Having a dynamic expertise helps us ensure that no matter what kind of disaster hits your home or business, we are ready!

A full list of our residential and commercial services can be found here. If you have any questions or would like to get a quote on your next cleanup, call us anytime – we are here to help!

What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

uniformed servpro employees unloading dehums off the back of servpro van We have years of experience with water cleanup and restoration and will ensure you are taken care of from first call to finish.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is your local one stop shop for all things cleaning and restoring. When you call our team of highly trained professionals after experiencing a water disaster – we will be there to help immediately! In fact, our entire team will follow our response guidelines to ensure that any damage that has occurred to your property will be, “Like it never even happened.”

Response Timeline:

  • Within one hour: within one hour of reaching out to us, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange your emergency damage mitigation services. You will know help is on the way!
  • Within four hours: a crew of our highly trained technicians will be on-site to start your mitigation service.
    • During this time, a trained and uniformed SERVPRO team member will walk you through the job process step by step, explaining what you can expect, the projected outcome and answer any questions or concerns you may have,
  • Pre-testing begins – starting with the source of damage and moving outwards, we will use our state-of-the-art equipment to pretest and determine the restorability of your property and contents
  • Within eight hours (of on-site arrival): a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated by a member of our sales team
  • Cleaning and Restoration: our technicians will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property using premier techniques to ensure your restoration is done correctly the first time
  • Final Walk through: once the job is complete, a final walk through will be conducted to ensure that you are satisfied, and your property is restored

We have years of experience with water cleanup and restoration and will ensure you are taken care of from first call to finish. Call us today if your property needs water restoration services or if you have any questions – we are always here to help! 

Water Damage Dos and Don’t’s

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

graphic with water damage do's and don'ts in text over top under SERVPRO logo If water damage from flooding, or pipe bursting threatens your home’s stability call us today! We are available 24/7 for emergency water restoration

Should a water damage event occur in your facility, here are some helpful tips you can use to limit to extent of damage until a SERVPRO Professional arrives:

DO:

  • Shut off the water source, if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood under furniture legs
  • Call a professional for help

DON’T:

  • Use regular vacuum to remove water
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet
  • Leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting
  • Try to mitigate the water yourself

When there are several feet of water in your home it can be a scary sight. What’s even more terrifying is knowing you cost yourself more money by calling the wrong team. If water damage from flooding, or pipe bursting threatens your home’s stability call us today! We are available 24/7 for emergency water restoration services and will help you get back to normal as soon as possible.

Call us at 724-498—4747.

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What We Do After A Fire – Fire Restoration Process

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

flames with servpro logo in the background We are available 24/7, 365 to make any fire damage your property incurs, “Like it never even happened.”

When you call our team of highly trained professionals after facing a fire in your Lawrence County home you can count us to help you get back to normal; as soon as possible. We will provide a solution to your property’s specific fire damage needs. There are three different areas we will address in detail during your fire restoration process: structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization.

  1. Structural Cleaning – after a fire or smoke damage, the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floor in your home or business will need a detailed cleaning. A member of our team will do a pretest to determine the extent of the damage and use specific equipment and cleaning product to remove the damage.
  2. Contents Cleaning – all restorable contents in your home or business will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Everything from rugs, furniture, drapes, upholstery, even life-sized teddy bears – will be CLEANED.
  3. Deodorization – smoke and soot leave an unmistakable smell. SERVPRO Professionals will provide specialized service to remove the offensive odors left behind the fire and smoke.

Figuring out what to do after a fire can be a daunting task. Who do you call? How will you get back to normal? Your local team of fire restoration specialists are here to help! We are available 24/7, 365 to make any fire damage your property incurs, “Like it never even happened.” 

Commercial Building Services

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

factory background with text "we can handle the big stuff" under SERVPRO logo Maintenance is always key, but disasters do happen to even to the healthiest buildings.

Staying up on preventive maintenance is an essential part of running a business efficiently and economically. It can become very expensive having to pay for emergency repairs and replacements. That’s not even counting the money you lose during unplanned downtime.

Devising a good commercial building maintenance program should include a checklist for each of the major building systems such as lighting, HVAC, and plumbing. To help you ensure that everything in your building is in good working order, here is a short facility maintenance checklist that you can use.

ROOFING

  • Check the roof at least twice a year, as well as, after any severe storm.
  • Remove debris in roof drains by flushing them with water
  • With metal roofs, look for signs of corrosion.
  • Make sure that gutters remain anchored.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE (EXTERIOR)

  • Inspect the condition of the paint and walls. Check for signs of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Power wash the grit and grime with water as needed.
  • Perform window cleaning at least 4 times a year, especially during seasonal changes.
  • Inspect the condition of sidewalks and parking areas and Power wash accordingly
  • Any fencing should be well-maintained and weather resistant.
  • Make sure that all pipes are insulated before winter starts. Any outdoor spigots and garden hoses should be disconnected during this time.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE (INTERIOR)

  • Check the condition of walls, floors, and ceilings. Look for signs of moisture or mold.
  • Flooring should be replaced every 15 to 30 years. Carpets every five years.
  • Look for signs of leaks.
  • Ensure that the faucets, toilets, and showers are functioning properly
  • Check for any potential electrical hazards such as frayed cords

HVAC

  • Always clean the air intake when necessary.
  • Check for excessive noise or vibration when the blower motors are running.
  • Check if condensate drain pans are draining properly.
  • Make sure that the motors and ductwork are clean.
  • Check the pumps. Lubricate the bearings at least once a year.
  • Inspect the condition of all electrical hardware as well as connections.
  • Make sure that the thermostat is calibrated correctly.

LIGHTING

  • Inspect all light fixtures at regular intervals. Replace any burned out bulbs.
  • Maintain lighting performance by dusting lamps and lens surfaces.
  • Re-aim adjustable lighting if needed.
  • Make sure all lighting is properly installed and functioning.

ELECTRICAL

  • Check if automatic and manual switches are operating properly.
  • Make sure GFCI outlets are functioning properly.
  • Make sure batteries in flashlights, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Make sure that all exhaust fans are clean and functioning properly.
  • Replace fuses as needed.

PLUMBING

  • Periodically test water heaters and boilers.
  • Check the function of sump and sewage ejection pumps.
  • Make sure adequate hot and cold running water are available in all sinks/tubs.
  • Make sure sink traps and building trap are clean to prevent slow drainage.

SAFETY

  • Check all first aid kits. Restock if necessary.
  • Make sure all safety signs and equipment labels are in good condition.
  • Make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
  • Test the fire alarm system.
  • Make sure fire escapes and stairs are free of obstructions.

Maintenance is always key, but disasters do happen to even to the healthiest buildings. SERVPRO of Lawrence County can provide emergency services for your commercial building should they be needed. Call us at 724-498-4747

Proper and PROFESSIONAL Water Damage Restoration

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

living room with several feet of water covering the furniture and walls If water damage threatens your Lawrence County home call your team of local water restoration technicians today at 724-498-4747

The key to a proper recovery from water damage lies in two very important aspects: time and technique. A successful water damage restoration process is both fast acting and through. Even small water damages have the potential to cause more serious structural and indoor quality issues over time; if they are not address appropriately.

The key to avoiding a costly future restoration job is to treat every water problem as a serious one. So, when the clogged toilet begins leaking, or the hose on the dishwasher breaks, or maybe even the washing machine overflowed… call a professional to help! Water mitigation is not a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project. It requires an understanding of water sources, types, professional equipment, and attentive monitoring.

So, if water damage threatens your Lawrence County home call your team of local water restoration technicians today at 724-498-4747! We are available 24/7, 365 to all your emergency water damage services.

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