What is Mold?
Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green. Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.
Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.
It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If your home has mold, call SERVPRO of Upper East Side at 917-924-2260.
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
September is here and hurricane season is picking up. It is important to refresh yourself on the steps needed in order to prepare yourself for a storm. When news breaks that a storm is on the rise, we traditionally have several days to prepare for it. It is important to track the storm day by day because it is possible for it to pick up speed or change directions. Once a hurricane has been announced it is crucial to gather food and water. It is important to get the supplies as quickly as possible. Stores will sell bottled water and perishables fast. After you have gone out and collected food and water, you must prepare your fridge and freezer. Eat all perishables first in anticipation of the power going out. Fill your fridge and freezer with bottled water and non-perishables. The fuller your freezer is, the more items there are to retain the cold. Put all the ice you have in your freezer into plastic bags and fill the spaces in your freezer with it. Lastly put all of your valuables into clear plastic bags and hang them high off the floor. This will insure the items will stay dry in case of flooding. Keep these few tips in mind and you will be well prepared for the next hurricane.