Why is mold such a problem? For one, it can develop in any moist environment where the temperature is right and the mold has something to “eat.” Mankato is like many other communities in Minnesota in that the combination of rain, drainage water, condensation, and warm weather is very common, at least for part of the year. Mold remediation—mold removal and mold damage restoration—is one of the major services offered by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.
But there’s another reason why mold is such a concern. Medical experts have left no doubt about the health risks associated with mold infestations in homes and businesses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention points out that many people have sensitivities to mold; some would be considered allergies, while other people simply have a predisposition to mold spore irritation. They may develop congestion or coughing as soon as they enter the building, symptoms that could worsen as exposure continues. The more serious concerns are the dangers for people with diagnosed allergies, respiratory problems, or asthma. Even worse is the exposure risk to people with lung diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). These people can actually develop mold infections in their lungs.
The Institute of Medicine, which offers expert analysis of medical conditions and practices in the United States, bears out the risk in its reports. In fact, the data and concern was so great nationally, that the IOM experts wrote a book on the health dangers stemming from damp spaces. That’s two national health organizations sounding the warning on mold infestations. The Environmental Protection Agency also weighs in on the issue of mold contamination and offers tips for mold prevention, warning about mold spore dangers in the air of homes and businesses.
Clearly, you don’t want mold and mildew in your home in Mankato. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will find it (especially in places where it can’t be seen), remove it, repair the damage that it’s done, and offer suggestions on how to prevent it from growing again. ServiceMaster is your best choice for mold remediation in Mankato and surrounding communities.
Residential fires aren’t something that happens occasionally in Minnesota; they’re an everyday occurrence. Most are preventable in one way or another, either through checks and inspections, the installation of warning devices, the use of sprinkler systems, or responsible training. Waseca is not immune to the risks of fire and smoke disasters. When fire does strike in Waseca, residents should know that their best option for fire damage repair and restoration is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.
The Minnesota state fire marshal reports that residential fires are the most deadly in the state. People feel safest in their homes, but that can also give them a false sense of security. The fire marshal says that 76% of all structural fires are residential fires and 97% of all fire deaths occur in residential structures. The top cause of home fires (making up nearly 50%) is cooking. People or pets knock things onto open burners. Grease spills catch fire, causing curtains to flare up and spread flames to the rest of a kitchen.
The Minnesota Public Safety Department offers these tips to prevent residential fires:
- Keep your stovetop clean and free of grease.
- Don’t leave the room when cooking.
- Keep flammable cleaning solutions and any flammable items away from heat sources.
- Don’t use a stovetop to heat a room.
- Keep a proper fire extinguisher charged and on hand in the kitchen.
- Never use water on a grease fire. Put it out by covering the pan with a lid.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order and there’s one in each room.
- Plan an escape route from your kitchen before anything happens.
- Avoid using candles or any other open flame.
If you do experience a fire disaster, remember that ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca offers professional fire damage restoration, a service that would clean the entire structure and all the contents and restore the furnishings. We’ll also repair any smoke damage and perform complete deodorization, odor control, and ozone treatment. We’ll respond quickly after the fire is out to close any openings with tarps or board–up holes in your walls, window openings, or roof. We are your best option for fire damage services in Waseca, Illinois and the surrounding communities.
It was only two years ago that seven inches of rain fell in a very short time in the Mankato area, causing serious problems with water in people’s homes. Many recall the stories of mud and sludge in basements and the first levels of houses and the days that it took to recover. Statewide television reported on the impact and how suddenly the crisis arose. Even if your neighborhood wasn’t affected, it’s likely you recall the news stories or know someone from your work, school, or church whose home was damaged. Water damage restoration is our business at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, and we helped many residents then and we stand ready to help with water disaster cleanup and repair today.
It was late June 17th and early on the 18th of 2014 when the water hit Mankato. The rain was so heavy – most of it in just two hours – that sewers could not handle the volume and water was forced back through residential sewers, sending water and sewage into people’s basements. People reported waking up at 2:30 in the morning to find water knee-deep in their home. Carpets were ruined, along with belongings stored in basements and furnishings on lower levels. Wallboard had to be removed and replaced after rooms were dried out, and special precautions had to be taken in many homes to prevent mold from developing. Standing water or wet materials can be a breeding ground for mold, making the disaster aftermath even more costly.
Sewage in your home is a health risk, a potential contaminant to water supplies, and a source of terrible odors that can permeate materials in the home and linger for weeks or more. All of these circumstances are reason enough to be aware of weather forecasts in the summer months and ensure you’ve taken precautions to limit water damage. That may include sloping lawns away from foundations, checking for foundation cracks or loose pipe connections, and installing a sump pump.
ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will do the sewage cleanup for you. We will handle water removal, dry out your basement and home, remove and pack out damaged materials, and perform water damage repairs. Whether the cause is heavy rain, an outright flood, or broken plumbing, we will thoroughly and efficiently complete the entire water damage restoration process for your home or business. Mankato can count on us for water damage repair and mold remediation.