Once bread mold sets in, it spreads quickly and often consumes the whole loaf in a matter of days.
How does mold begin to grow on food?
What turns those leftovers in the back of your fridge from tasty next-day work lunch into a creepy science project? Mold!
Mold is a microscopic fungus - a plant - that is commonly found everywhere on earth... and that includes right here in Glenview We are surrounded by mold spores as they travel through the air looking for a home.
Home, Sweet (Bread), Home
Bread is a very inviting host for traveling mold spore. White bread is made of simple carbohydrates that turn to sugar, which is a very efficient food source for mold. Once a colony gets established, bread mold grows quickly. The best environment for mold growth is cool, damp, and dark, with poor air circulation -- in other words, your refrigerator!
As with other plants, mold has a limited range of circumstances in which it can survive. If temperatures are too cold, such as in the freezer, growth stops. Warm conditions, such as baking in an oven, have the same effect: mold growth stops. But the humid, dark, and still interior of a refrigerator is the perfect place for mold. The best way to prevent mold growth is to eat food while it is still fresh before fridge mold begins to grow.
Mold is not always bad. Did you know that it's actually saved lives? How, you ask? Well, everyone has heard about or used penicillin. Did you know that penicillin was first cultured from mold?
Sometimes, mold growth on food is actually needed or desired. Some soft cheeses, such as blue cheese or Roquefort, rely on mold for their distinctive flavor and appearance.
Mold is Everywhere
The next time you open a bag and find that bread mold has set in, remember that mold is everywhere in the air around us. The only way to prevent mold on food is to buy smaller amounts of food more frequently so they can be eaten before mold growth starts. Failing that, you can freeze leftovers instead of refrigerating them.
In the even that you have a more serious mold problem in your home, such as mold growth on drywall or flooring after a flood, then that situation warrants calling in a professional mold remediation service such as SERVPRO® of Glenview. We are Here to Help!® 847-832-9300
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Home or business, protect your pipes from freezing!
You can protect your home or business from winter weather by taking these actions suggested by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Their winter weather guidance can be found on their site, www.DisasterSafety.org.
Protect Homes or Businesses from Winter Weather: Preventing Frozen Pipes
1. Insulate and seal attic penetrations, such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks and electric/mechanical chases; insulate and seal wall cavities as well.
2. insulate pipes most vulnerable to freezing (in attic or in basement) by using pipe insulation.
3. Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to your home.
4. Set reasonable temperatures - keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature, even if you'll be away from home.
5. Install a temperature monitoring system that provides notifications if the building's temperature dips below a pre-determined number.
6. Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve; use wireless sensors near water sources.
7. Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms.
8. Let all faucets drip during extreme cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, drips will relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet.
9. Keep bathroom and kitchen sink cabinet doors open during cold spells to let warm air circulate around the pipes below the sink.
Preventing Ice Dams
Don't wait til it's too late to prevent ice dams - but if you get water damage, be sure to call on SERVPRO® of Glenview!
Winter weather can wreak havoc on a home. For instance, snow or ice-covered walkways and driveways can become a hazard for people if they are not cleared right away. For the safety of your family, pets, and vehicles, we're sure you clear the snow from all areas and perhaps put down salt to melt the ice.
Just as you clear snow and ice from the walking paths around your home in the winter, homeowners need to remember to look up and check your roof as well!
Not only can the weight of accumulated snow or ice on your roof become a hazard when not cleared, but it can lead to the buildup of ice dams. Why is that a bad thing? Ice dams can cause water to leak into your home, potentially causing damage to everything from the exterior walls and roof to the interior walls, ceilings, and even structural components like joists or studs. Water leaking into your home could also damage your personal belongings. Additionally, water damage left unresolved could lead to mold, which is something no homeowner wants to deal with.
Read below for tips on preventing ice dams. If you missed our post on preventing roof damage, you can read it here: http://bit.ly/SPGV20200121
Protect Homes from Winter Weather: Preventing Ice Dams
1. Keep roof drainage systems clear! This means keeping all drains, gutters, and downspouts free of debris and vegetation that may restrict proper flow.
2. Consider heat sources - remove or relocate heat sources that are installed in open attic areas directly under the roof.
3. Insulate light fixtures in the ceiling below an unheated attic space.
4. Insulate attic penetrations: if you have penetrations into the attic, such as vents, seal and insulate them so that daylight cannot be seen and airflow is minimal.
5. Install heating cables on eaves, gutters, and downspouts or around roof drains on flat roofs. This will not remove an existing ice dam, but will create effective channels that allow water to drain off safely.
Protect Homes from Winter Weather: Preventing Roof Damage
How much snow on your roof is too much?
They say "knowledge is power." This is so true when it comes to homeownership!
Don't wait until winter weather has hit your hometown in full force to begin arming yourself with knowledge! Knowing what to do, what not to do, and when to do it are key pieces of information to have in any situation. With winter weather either already here and more snow and ice on the way, here are some tips for homeowners. Know what it takes to prevent roof damage from snow and ice.
1. Evaluate your risk! Melting snow tends to more quickly run off steep sloped roofs with slopes greater than 3" of slope in 12" of horizontal distance (3/12 pitch or greater), particularly the steeper ones that are typically found on houses in northern climates. Ice and snow tend to more readily accumulate on low slope and flat roofs over porches or parts of a home that are next to a taller section of the house, expecially during high winds.
2. Estimate how much weight your roof can support! Unless the roof structure is damaged or decayed, most residential roofs regardless of the location of the house should be able to support 20 pounds per square foot of snow before they become stressed. If you live in an area known for lots of snow, we recommend checking with your building department to find out of higher loads were used at the time your home was built, to see if your roof may be able to resister a greater depth of snow.
3. Estimate how much the snow on your roof weighs! Here are some general snow weight guidelines:
- Fresh snow: 10"-12: of new snow is equal to 1" of water, or about 5 pounds per square foot of roof space; so you could potentially have up to 4 feet of fresh snow before the roof will become stressed.
- Packed snow: 3"-5" of old snow is equal to 1" of water (5 lb/sq.ft. of roof space), so anything more than 2 feet of old snow could be too much for your roof to handle.
- Ice: 1" of ice equals 1 foot of fresh snow, or 1" of ice is equal to 1" of water, or about 5 pounds per square foot of roof space.
- Total accumulated weight: 2 feet of old snow and 2 feet of new snow could weigh as much as 60 pounds per square foot of roof space, which is triple the typical snow load capacity of most roofs!
4. Remove the snow from your roof! If the loads you estimate based on the thickness of various types of snow and ice exceed 20-25 pounds per square foot, you should consider removing snow from your roof. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, hire a snow removal contractor who can safely remove the snow and ice.
These tips come courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
If your home suffers damage from snow or ice on the roof which leads to water damage inside the structure, call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to come clean up the wet mess. 847-832-9300
Happy New Year!
From our SERVPRO® family to yours, Happy New Year!
SERVPRO® of Glenview would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
Here's looking forward to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020!
From our home to yours, SERVPRO® of Glenview wishes a very Merry Christmas to all our family, friends, customers, and vendors!
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Warmest wishes from SERVPRO® of Glenview for a Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!
Holiday Decorations and Fire Safety
"Put the Winter Freeze on Holiday Fires", presented by the US Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Be fire smart this December by taking precautions as you decorate your home for the holidays!
Residential fire damage in the winter months most commonly occurs because fire safety was ignored - either with holiday decorations throughout the home, or with cooking in the kitchen.
We've recently blogged about "Fire Safety During the Holidays" because Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve rank as the top three peak days when firefighters respond to home cooking fires. To read more about home cooking fire safety, read this blog post: http://bit.ly/191125blog
In this post, we'd like to remind folks how to be fire smart when decking out your home for the holidays. Be aware of any fire dangers that may be present during this time, specifically looking at your Christmas tree, your holiday decorations, and your home.
Your Christmas tree should bring joy and happiness to your home during the holidays; it should not be the cause of disaster or fire. These guidelines apply if you have an artificial tree, but additional precautions must be taken if you have a live tree.
- Never let your live tree dry out! Always keep it watered!
- Make sure your tree is at least 3ft away from any heat source
- Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit
- NEVER use or light candles on your tree!
- Inspect the lights you use to decorate your tree. 1 in every 4 home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
- Lastly, dispose of your live tree as soon as it begins to dry out
Holiday decorations come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are used both indoors and outside. Be smart about choosing your holiday decorations, as well as where you place them.
- Choose flame-resistant or flame-retardant decorations whenever possible
- Use only UL approved, outdoor-rated lights when decorating the outdoors
- Use appropriate means of hanging your lights; for instance, use plastic clips, not metal nails
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors which are opened and closed frequently
- Be sure you don't overload your electrical circuit or connect too many strings of lights
- Replace damaged, worn, or old strings of lights and decorations. If possible, replace them with LED strings, as these pose less of a fire hazard.
Take a look around your home as you prepare to entertain guests during the holidays. There may be fire hazards you overlook simply because you live there and don't "see" them. More than half of home decoration fires in December are started by candles, so pay close attention to candles in your home!
- Keep candles and melted wax warmers out of reach of small children and pets.
- When candles are lit, ensure they are not near any flammable objects, such as decorations, curtains, or greeting cards.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside; provide deep ashtrays with a bit of water so butts can be extinguished before guests return indoors.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. Keep a watchful eye in case someone lays an oven mitt or dishtowel near the stove where it may catch fire.
- Test your smoke alarms before guests arrive and have a fire extinguisher accessible to the kitchen (and fireplace, if you will be using one).
- Blow out all candles and turn off all lights and decorations, both indoor and outdoor, before you go to bed.
The National Fire Prevention Association works to educate the public about potential fire risks during the holidays, offering tip sheets, videos, and other resources. Learn more by visiting their website: http://bit.ly/2DXIx5Q
If the unthinkable should happen and you have a fire in your home during the holidays, know that you can call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to help clean up the fire and smoke damage. We are available 24/7/365 - call us at 847-832-9300.
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Today, we count our blessings.
On this day of thanks, the team at SERVPRO® of Glenview would like to wish our customers, clients, community members, and vendors a very Happy Thanksgiving!
As we take a moment to contemplate all we are thankful for, we count our blessings.
SERVPRO® of Glenview has been operating under new owner, Jeff Thompson, since October 2017. We are thankful for the loyal members of our team: Production Manager, Saul Perez; Office Manager, Suzie Koivun; and Production Technician, Tony Hernandez. We are each blessed with a wonderful family and we are grateful that they understand that at times our jobs with SERVPRO® call us away from our time with them.
We are thankful for continued growth in the Glenview/Northbrook communities. We are grateful for the dedicated service of our local first responders, fire fighters, police, and emergency personnel.
We are pleased to work with the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, with whom we have the opportunity to support the town throughout the year during many local events.
We are grateful for our customers who call on us, depend on us, and trust us to provide them with cleanup and restoration services following fire, smoke, or water damage at their home or residence. We know the situation is stressful and aggravating and we appreciate that our customers count on us to get the job done.
Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Glenview for your Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration™ needs. We are always Here to Help.®
Call our office at 847-832-9300 if you should need our services at your home or business.
Fire Safety During the Holidays
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Practice fire safety
Did you know Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires?
Over the five years between 2013 and 2017, US Fire Departments responded to an estimated average of 173,200 home structure fires each year started by cooking activities, which averages about 470 home cooking fires per day.
However, on Thanksgiving Day, fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 fires caused by home cooking activities!
Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed closely by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
Each year, fires cause an average of 550 civilian deaths, 5,020 reported civilian fire injuries, and over $1.2 Billion in direct property damage. Ranges or cooktops were involved in 62% of reported home cooking fires, in 89% of cooking fire deaths, and ini 79% of cooking fire injuries.
In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is no different during the holidays. Young and old alike, family members gather in or near the kitchen during holiday meal preparations. As the activity and number of people increase in your home, especially in your kitchen, it is important to practice fire safety at all times.
Check out this NFPA page which provides not only the Top 10 Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Day, but also has great reminders for Cooking Safety (available to read online or to download and print).
If the unthinkable should happen and you have a cooking fire in your home, know that you can call on SERVPRO® of Glenview to help clean up the fire and smoke damage. We are available 24/7/365 - call our office at 847-832-9300.
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