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Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air pollution comes from a variety of sources. Virtually everything in the indoor environment releases particles and/or gases. Cleaning methods such as sweeping, dusting and vacuuming normally remove larger particles of debris, but often increase the airborne concentrations of smaller particles. Cigarette smoke, cooking residues, pet dander, gas and oil burning furnaces also increase particles and gases. Some of this matter is drawn into the conveyance system and in time, accumulate in ductwork.
Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?
The simple answer is it depends. Why would it depend? Air duct cleaning has not necessarily been proven to prevent any health related concerns, but according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) if “your ducts look dirty, they probably are dirty.”
Determining if your air ducts need to be cleaned is easier than one thinks. According to the EPA, you should consider having your ducts cleaned if there is visible mold growth on your ductwork, if the ductwork is contaminated with vermin or if the ducts are clogged with dust or debris particles. Most contaminates are caught in the filters within the system.
How Can Servpro help?
The cleaning systems that we have in our arsenal utilize a powerful push/pull air delivery system. A sophisticated vacuum specifically designed for air duct cleaning is connected to the main truck lines of your ductwork. This vacuum system draws the air, while compressed air, various brushes and a special auger which adapts to duct shape, travels through the ductwork, dislodging and pushing the debris toward the vacuum. The debris is collected in a container, utilizing a 3-stage HEPA Filtration system.
Servpro of Newtown and Southern Litchfield County also offer free duct cleaning estimates. We also recommend cleaning Air Duct Systems every 5-10 years depending on certain factors such as fire/smoke damage, smoking, allergies, etc.
Weathering Summer Storms
The spring season is known for the potential to see stormy weather across the United States, but that threat still exists through the summer months. In fact, the potential for sever weather actually increases in some areas. June 1st signals the beginning of hurrican season in the atlantic and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.
While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, you can take necessary steps to protect your home and business now to ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.
Hurricanes are one of nature’s most fierce and unpredictable forces. According to the National Weather Service, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico each year. Many remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coast line. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. Hurricanes can produce additional hazards including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. It is important to be prepared for all of these threats.
Know if you are located in an evacuation area. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on this knowledge; inventory your personal and business property.
Check your emergency supplies, replace batteries and stock necessary supplies.
During the season, monitor the tropics. If a storm threatens, heed advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can affect any region of the United States, though some area are more likely than others. “Peak” season run May through July, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, if conditions are favorable. Around 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States anually. Damage is usually caused by strong tornadic winds that can reach 300 mph. It is important to be prepared if a tornado watch or warning is issued for your area, and to know the difference.
- Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Reivew and discuss your emergency plan and check supplies. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps save lives.
- Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately to a storm cellar, basement, or interior room suchs as a closet, hallway or bathroom.
For more tips, please visit the National Weather Service’s website.
Controlling Mold in Your Environment
Mold- It is a four letter word that makes most people cringe. But contrary to popular belief, not all mold is dangerous; some mold is even quite useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environmen. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been identified. you can find fungi in our everyday lives in bread and baked products; the unique flavor of blue cheese is the result of mol. Though some types of mold can be useful, many other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present health concerns for some people.
The intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not controlled, mold spores can grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, like wood, drrywall, paper and insulation, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish. This can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
Servpro of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County handles water damages everyday and know prompt actions is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. Once the environment is dry, it is important the structure is properly cleaned.
When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.
IF you fear you have a mold problem, call Servpro of Newtown & Southern Litchfield County at 800-352-0019. A technician trained in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and clean the affected areas.
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless and colorless gas that is toxic to humans and animals. Because humans cannot detect CO with their senses, carbon monoxide can killyou before you are aware it is affecting you.
Unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends more than 15,000 people to the emergency room each year in America. Carbon monoxide can come from several sources including charcoal grills, motor vechicles, wood-burning fireplaces and generators.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips