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Can Properties in Mississauga Experience Mould Damage? SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Remediation

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold infested shower stall and trim Why Let Mould Rule Your Mississauga Home? SERVPRO Has the Remedies--"Like it never even happened."

Risks of Mould and What SERVPRO Can Do for Mississauga Homes

Moist conditions can feel difficult to avoid in Mississauga homes and businesses, especially with the proximity to larger bodies of water and higher humidity levels throughout the year. Higher moisture content in the air can provide the right conditions for mould growth and development without the appropriate regulation of the humidity. The discovery of mold growth can be alarming, mainly when the problem has spread to multiple surfaces before you notice.

Our SERVPRO professionals have seen the effects of mold damage in Mississauga firsthand and have the appropriate training and equipment to handle these threats as they get found. Remediation practices can help to not only slow the spread and severity of these conditions but remove active colonization and better protect your structure and its occupants. Whether it is your family home or business like an office or restaurant, there are risks associated with direct and prolonged exposure to mold colonies.

Immediate Threats of Mould Development

Knowing what to expect from the development of mold colonies and the spread of the organism throughout your structure is beneficial to appreciate the need for remediation to begin right away. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that living with mold is neither hazardous nor uncommon, and consequently, do little to combat this spreading threat in their house. There are multiple hazards to active mold growth and colonization, all of which can have swift and direct effects on your property and its occupants.

Health Effects

There is no mistaking that direct exposure to mold colonization has gotten linked to detrimental health effects. A higher concentration of mould spores can be hazardous in itself. However, active colonies can also produce volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the organism feeding on organic matter and spreading to new surfaces. VOCs are toxic and vary in degrees of severity based on how concentrated exposure becomes.

Material Degradation

Colonies use materials as hosts for the organism and feed on the matter of these organic structural elements and contents of a residence to thrive. With every passing day where mould goes unchallenged in these hosting materials, surfaces like drywall, flooring, ceilings, and contents weaken and decay.

Experienced Technicians to Help

By the time that you realise that the organism has taken root in rooms of your home or office, remediation is a necessary step that must occur to protect what you still can in the structure. Our SERVPRO team can help by providing your Mississauga property qualified and accredited Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) endorsed and trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) These professionals continue to train and grow their knowledge of this industry niche to provide confident and efficient recovery options for customers. Many of these same technicians have base certifications in Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to provide even more effective long-term solutions for the property moving forward.

Mold Removal Vs. Mold Remediation

You might have noticed that there are plenty of restoration teams out there claiming that they can remove all the mould in your home or office. Removing all mold spores from any environment is impossible and damaging because, in most cases, the presence of spores is a benefit to the environments where they get found. It is when moist conditions exist, and the number of spores amplifies to unmanageable levels that it becomes a threat that can produce mold colonies. Removing all of the spores in a structure is likely impossible, and if it were feasible, it would be an unnecessary and exceptionally high expenditure.

Remediation, on the other hand, is a system that seeks to address the threats of active mould colonization and migration through the house. With varying approaches, we can remove colonies from their hosting materials to eliminate higher concentrations of mold spores and potential VOCs that can lead to health effects for those exposed.

Remediation to Remove Active Colonization

Not every Mississauga home experiences mould damages in the same way. Therefore, the approach for restoring these materials and areas varies as well. Remediation is a process full of countless decisions that can change by the day to ensure that the appropriate drying occurs, the right containment barriers are in place, and that progress is getting made on removing active colonies to get families back into their home as quickly as possible.

Abrasive Cleaning

Many susceptible surfaces can host mould organisms but do not instantly become too damaged to preserve. In many cases, media blasting can be a suitable solution to remove active colonization without damaging the substrate of the hosting material. Baking soda is a common choice in this approach, as this pressurized cleaning can also help to reduce musty odors that fungal organisms can produce.

Antimicrobial Agents

Treating surfaces lightly or potentially affected by spreading spores can eliminate developing colonies on the top layer before the organism can seat into the construction material. Antimicrobial products can remove most microorganisms present on the surface of structural faces or contents in the house.

Removing Affected Materials

In some ways, the only suitable solution for removing the present mould colonies penetrating porous materials in your home or business is to rely on our SERVPRO contractors. We have in-house residential and commercial contractors experienced in building trades to complete controlled demolition and discarding damaged materials to remediate colonization on overly compromised structural elements effectively.

Rebuilding After Mould Damage

These same contractors that performed controlled demolition in the mitigation stages of remediation for your Mississauga property can help with full-scale build back where it is necessary. A seamless transition between remediation and cleaning to reconstruction can save you time and money on the work your structure needs.

Mould damage is one of the few disasters that you might not instantly recognize, so when you do, the situation can feel overwhelming. Our experienced SERVPRO of North Mississauga AMRTs can arrive quickly with the tools and products to make a difference quickly. No matter what it takes to make mould damage, “Like it never even happened,” our professionals can help when you call (905) 238-7376.

Mississauga and Toronto Look to SERVPRO for Cleaning and Rebuilding Their Flood and Storm Damaged Properties

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Tech in Tyvek suit behind containment barrier cleaning Even for Contaminated Storm Damage Sites in Mississauga, SERVPRO Techs Get the Job Done!

Storm Threats and Flooding Year-Round for Mississauga Homes

Weather concerns are nothing new to Toronto and Mississauga residents, as we can often experience some of the worst winter conditions each year along with dominant torrential rainfall during warmer parts of the year. Responding to these emergencies can help to prevent the situations getting out of control, though with conditions like flooding, many homeowners and property management professionals get overwhelmed with the needs of their structure and wait to contact experienced technicians to help.

Our SERVPRO professionals have helped to recover storm damage to Mississauga properties numbering into the hundreds, each of which was different than the last. Readiness for the rough hand of nature can help us to reach structures quickly when every minute counts. We have hundreds of air movers and other evaporative drying tools to get damp conditions post-flooding under control to reduce the development of mould. We stay ready to respond in every season of the year for whatever threats your home or business faces.

Threats of the Winter Months

Here in Mississauga, we can average between 85 and 100 centimeters of snow every year, and in the recent 2019, this number almost doubled to 163 cm. This heavier precipitation during the winter months can strain roofs and structures to withstand the weight of lofty snowfalls. Also, ice jams on the creeks and streams, as well as ice dams on rooftops, can both produce flooding conditions for homes or businesses.

In addition to structural repairs needed to address damages of a collapsed or damaged roof, our SERVPRO team must often overcome widespread flooding in the structure once a substantial structural breach exists to allow direct water penetration and runoff to enter the residence.

Threats of the Spring/Summer Months

Because of its location, Mississauga can often find itself positioned in the path of fierce storm systems during the warmer months of the year. While nothing has been as outwardly deadly and destructive as Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s, which struck here in the greater Toronto area, forceful natural disasters have been a recurring threat to the area, such as Hurricane Sandy in recent years. The common thread with these systems is their destruction, each bringing their own demolishing concoction of hail, wind, and rain.

Large Loss Recovery Team

Storm threats offer a wide range of potential recovery solutions to be necessary for massive commercial properties and the larger homes here in the Mississauga area. As a large loss recovery team, our SERVPRO professionals have an extensive inventory of recovery and restoration tools available whenever they are necessary. We also have a considerable roster of qualified technicians representing nearly every niche of the industry to ensure that no property ever waits for the mitigation and restoration work that it needs. There is no job too big for our team to handle.

Emergency Response

There is no convenient time for your home to experience storm or flood damage, so our SERVPRO professionals stay ready to help whenever you need it. We have staffed emergency lines running 24/7 so that you can speak with a real person amid your disaster. We can gather the right information to get our technicians and contractors moving quickly with the appropriate tools, products, and technology. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that means working to reach damaged structures within hours of their initial contact with our emergency response line.

Extraction and Drying

Flooding is often an unfortunate result of storm damage and changing conditions outside amid torrential rainfall or substantial snowmelt. Mitigation is one of the fastest paths to recovering a residence experiencing flooding, and this hinges on our technicians arriving with and deploying the appropriate tools to remove standing water and begin drying procedures. Depending on the presence of solids and debris in the standing water, or even the threats of contamination that could exist with natural flooding, extraction and drying both might vary from one recovery task to the next. We have several extraction tools, including:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered trash pumps
  • Engine-driven, truck-mount pumps
  • Wet vacuums

We also have efficient drying tools to help begin restoring damp surfaces and contents once surface water gets removed, such as:

  • Axial and centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Negative pressure systems
  • Drying mats

Cleaning Up Your Property After Flooding

Contamination and bacterial threats can exist when natural flooding has occurred. Also, mud and debris can be everywhere the water reached, making it as essential to begin muck-out and debris removal as it is to start controlled demolition on directly impacted materials to reduce the spread and severity of contamination in the house getting restored. We have potent antimicrobials, antibacterials, biocides, and sterilizers to use in your Mississauga property as necessary.

Temporary Construction Solutions

Emergency services are a vital element to our fast response and commitment to mitigation practices of reducing property loss for our customers. With a team of in-house contractors, we can offer temporary construction solutions in storm-damaged residences, including:

  • Roof tarping
  • Board up services
  • Tree removal
  • Temporary fencing

Full-Scale Build Back Post-Restoration

These same building trade professionals that can oversee the temporary solutions that your home might need amid a storm damage crisis can be the same to reinstall and rebuild discarded materials in your Mississauga home. Our in-house SERVPRO contractors can have a direct hand in material removal during the mitigation and recovery stages of flood restoration to remove any contaminated or overly damaged structural element. With controlled demolition, we only remove the portions of materials that need it, making the reconstruction process more efficient and cost-effective.

You cannot predict when disasters can strike and the damage that they can do to your home or business. No matter how structurally compromised your property becomes, we have a team of contractors that can help with the construction solutions necessary to allow for effective mitigation and restoration of your flooded residence. You can reach our SERVPRO of North Mississauga rapid response team anytime you need us by contacting (905) 238-7376.

Why Our SERVPRO Team is the Choice for Mississauga Water Damage

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Green truck and trailer parked at house in snow Snow Melt Damage to Your Mississauga Home? No Worries, the SERVPRO Green Fleet Has Arrived

Mississauga, Water Losses, and Solutions?--Why SERVPRO, of Course!

Water loss incidents can often be one of the most typical service calls that our SERVPRO team receives for Mississauga homes and businesses. Understanding how quickly the situation can get out of control, we always strive to provide a fast and deliberate response no matter what time of the day or night these disasters take place. We have an experienced roster of technicians ready to utilize modern practices and advanced equipment and technologies to dry and restore damaged structures.

Water damage for Mississauga homes can vary considerably from one site to the next, from a pipe bursting after steep temperature drops to a leaking sink fixture that deteriorates kitchen cabinetry, what it takes to restore the disaster depends on the situation at hand. Before we can determine what personnel, equipment, and practices are necessary, the job hinges on the inspection and evaluation of our crew chief and project manager who scope the work to get done. This thorough assessment can help the customer, their home insurance provider, and our responding technicians know what is necessary to make water losses “Like it never even happened.”

Preparedness for Emergencies

Preparing for disasters before they happen is not guesswork, but a calculated response to the likelihood of water emergencies occurring as consistently as they continue to happen. So our SERVPRO professionals keep our inventory of recovery tools and advanced detection devices stocked year-round to address these emergencies as they happen. Having production vehicles ready to mobilize at the first sign of a disaster can shave hours off of response times and help to preserve and protect more of your damaged Mississauga property.

Staying prepared also involves maintaining the equipment that we use every day to restore and recover damaged homes and businesses. Our team cares for our inventory of tools and equipment through upkeep, cleaning, and repairs as necessary. Ineffective tools on a job site slow down production and prevent our team from accomplishing our goals efficiently.

Highly Qualified Technicians

Any restoration company can write up pamphlets or shoot commercials telling you that they are the best, but in the end, it comes down to more than talking. Our SERVPRO team does more than the bare minimum to produce qualified restoration technicians, and that starts with the training and coursework required for our professionals to obtain accreditation in their respective niches. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the industry standard for practices and technician education, which is why they are the chosen educator for our newly acquired talent and provide continued education coursework online and in-house to push our team always to be the best.

Extraction Tools

One of the first actions that our professionals must take when reaching a water loss incident is removing standing surface water from the scene. Pooling water can be a continual threat to exposed materials and contents. The standing water can also produce hazards like an electric shock or slip/fall concerns for those in the damaged area, so removing this surface water as quickly as possible is the priority for our responding professionals.

As part of our preparedness for water loss emergencies, our READY trailers stay stocked with our popular extractors, such as:

Depending on the severity of the situation, any of these extraction tools might get used on a restoration task. For substantial depths or widespread concerns, we also have truck-mounted extraction systems that roll out with our Green Fleet. These engine-driven water removal machines can continually pull water from the flooring of a home at 300 psi, allowing our SERVPRO team to move thousands of gallons from Mississauga properties within hours of arrival.

Drying Equipment

Removing the most pressing threats like standing water might be an obvious place to begin the mitigation process, but drying is less straightforward and simple. There are numerous tools used in the restoration of construction materials and contents after saturation has started. At the heart of the drying process, you find two main pieces of equipment:

 Air Movers

High-velocity air movers are the cornerstone machine of evaporative drying techniques used in water damage restoration. There are two main types of these machines, allowing our technicians to direct heated, dry air at either direct points on a surface or item (centrifugal units) or to impact the totality of a water-damaged room (axial units.)

Dehumidifiers

The use of air movers and other evaporative drying equipment increases the relative humidity and moisture content in the environment. Dehumidifiers like our desiccant and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) models can help to collect this moisture in the air to maximize drying.

While these two types of equipment are at the heart of drying processes in every Mississauga home or business, we also have other moisture removal tools and equipment to help in this process as well. A combination of these pieces of equipment can help to provide efficient and effective recovery of water-damaged properties. Beyond air movers and dehumidifiers, other drying equipment includes:

  • Drying mats
  • Positive pressure systems
  • Negative pressure systems

In-House Contractors

Many of the water loss incidents that impact area structures can be a destructive force, requiring more than extraction and drying to resolve. As a full-service restoration team, our SERVPRO response includes both mitigation technicians and a capable crew of licensed residential contractors. These building trades professionals can help with both controlled demolition and reinstalling discarded materials once this stage gets reached in the restoration process. By offering reconstruction along with restoration, we can save customers time and money on the recovery that their property needs by streamlining the process.

Water losses can be a debilitating situation for many of the homes and businesses in the area. With the time-sensitive nature of these disasters, it is critical to get help as quickly as possible. You can reach our SERVPRO of North Mississauga rapid response team anytime that you need us by calling (905) 238-7376. We have skilled technicians and an extensive inventory of recovery tools to help.

Mississauga Property Under Fire? Call in SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green service van parked in warehouse When the SERVPRO of North Mississauga Green Fleet Arrives at Your Fired-Damaged Home--You Can Relax and Leave It to Us!

Steps of Our Professional Fire Restoration in Mississauga Homes

Fire recovery can be a considerable challenge for even the most headstrong Mississauga homeowners. Most insurance companies want restoration and recovery done professionally; however, unlike small water loss situations where you might otherwise not involve your provider. Because there are multiple layers of effects and damages to overcome after a fire loss situation, reaching your home quickly and confidently is a priority for our responding SERVPRO team.

We can continue to say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for fire damage in Mississauga homes because we keep production vehicles stocked with the equipment and devices necessary to restore your home after these emergencies. From removing and drying surface water after extinguishment efforts to removing odors and contaminants, we have an extensive inventory of products, tools, equipment, and machines to help. By keeping nearly all of these machines loaded into Green Fleet vehicles and production trailers that can roll out with notifications of emergencies, we can reach homes and businesses faster to make a difference.

Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT)

We ensure that every member of our responding team helping in the restoration and recovery of your fire-damaged residence gets thoroughly qualified and continues their training in the fire restoration field. Beyond their accreditation as FSRTs through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), our SERVPRO professionals have continued their training and educational opportunities through hands-on experience building exercises, in-house coursework, and online classes to introduce our technicians to the latest trends and equipment in fire restoration.

Experienced technicians are only a fraction of the equation for successful fire restoration and recovery work. How these FSRTs respond in the field when it is your Mississauga home and belongings on the line is where it counts. Here are some of the procedures you can expect to see when our SERVPRO team gets to work on restoring your fire-damaged residence.

Fire Debris Removal

Among the first things that you can expect when our qualified restoration professionals first reach your property to begin emergency services, or mitigation practices is the removal of debris on the floors of the house. Throughout the damaged areas, structural degradation or burned contents heap on the floors and require removal and discarding. Cleaning up these piles and heaps of ash and material remnants can help out the property in multiple ways, even before establishing the full measure of how damaged the house has become.

Shoveling is a typical response to these rubbish piles, though dry and wet vacuuming can also get used depending on where these debris deposits exist. Removing these threats before other mitigation tasks can ultimately save time on restoration by:

•    Reducing the severity of harsh odors
•    Reducing the concentration of soot
•    Limiting the circulation of debris and particulates in the house

Indoor Air Quality Improvement and Odor Control

The environment that our SERVPRO professionals enter for restoration and recovery is one of the first indicators of the severity of the damage that our team must address. A high concentration of soot and smoke particles in the air can make it hazardous to be in the recovery areas without the appropriate personal protective equipment like respirators. Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and reducing lingering odors involves the use of sophisticated tools and devices.

Reducing airborne debris most often involves HEPA-filtration equipment like air scrubbers. These are the most commonly used environment cleaning tools because they offer a steady capture of soot, microbial threats, and other potential contaminants as small as 0.3 microns.

There are numerous tools for reducing odors in your Mississauga residence after fire extinguishment. Cleaning and other restorative practices can reduce the severity of smoke and burning odors, though neutralization of these scents often involves one or more of our most frequently used deodorizing systems:

•    Thermal/ULV foggers
•   Hydroxyl generators
•    Ozone machines/chambers

Controlled Demolition

Often the emergency services that our SERVPRO team provides Mississauga homes following fire losses involve real-time construction decisions, including the damage to individual structural elements like walls, flooring, and ceilings. With an in-house team of licensed contractors, we can help both residences and commercial properties to remove compromised materials and make full-scale restoration possible. By allowing our contractors to perform controlled demolition, we can only remove areas of the house that need it – saving time and money on reconstruction to come.

Cleaning Strategies

Cleaning surfaces and contents is not a straightforward process when following fire losses, as the inappropriate strategies can permanently stain and mar affected materials. Careful consideration must get made on the ideal approaches to remove soot and smoke residues from various surfaces. In some situations, agitative cleaning practices using steel wool or hard-bristled brushes might be best to loosen sediment and damage layers, and other times more intricate cleaning like emulsification through water-based chemical agents must occur to clear installed materials of these superficial damages.

Content Management

How your belongings get treated during the restoration of fire losses can help to determine the extent of loss that you experience. While walls can get rebuilt and materials replaced, many of the possessions that you have are sentimentally valuable – meaning that no monetary evaluation can get made to replace them at a later time. How responding technicians like our SERVPRO team address these concerns can better protect your property and what matters most.

We have in-house and off-site cleaning practices that can get chosen on an item-by-item basis. Severely damaged contents that can still get restored often become part of the pack-out process and taken to our nearby facility for cleaning and restoration solutions that are more intricate and involved than we can perform in the residence.

Fire losses can be one of the most destructive forces to a healthy life in your home or business, but our SERVPRO of North Mississauga team can help with efficient restoration solutions utilizing our premier training through the IICRC and our extensive inventory of recovery tools and products. No matter how severe a loss incident might initially appear, our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (905) 238-7376.

SERVPRO Rescues Stricken Water and Fired Damaged Homes in Mississauga with Premier Cleanup and Restoration Services

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon of flooded house, with animals everywhere Hey, Keep Your Mississauga Home and Pets Safe after Flooding, Fires, and Other Disasters with SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Help

Restoration Services for the Mississauga Winter and Spring to Combat Water, Mould, Storm or Fire Damage

The long winter months in the Toronto area bring with them high levels of humidity, typically above 60%, as well as rainfall and snow. With extreme weather conditions, there is a higher likelihood of home emergencies occurring. Burst or frozen pipes are a common malady that affects homeowners in this region. Also, high humidity and moisture levels can lead to microbial growth issues. These issues can become a massive problem during winter when your central heating system is likely to provide the ideal temperatures to promote uncontrolled microbial growth. Fortunately, Mississauga is also home to expert restoration services for the repair of mould, storm, water, or fire damage throughout the year.

Water
Throughout the colder months of the year, your home is at high risk of sustaining water damage here in Mississauga. Freezing water in cold temperatures, as well as the thawing during the day, causes water to expand or contract in a constant cycle. In an outdoor environment, this expansion with contraction is barely noticeable. However, in restricted space, this process can cause severe damage to both the infrastructure of your home and its fixtures and contents.

A typical result of extreme temperatures is the failure of pipes or appliances, which leads to a water issue. You may find that water effects different areas of your Mississauga home in different ways, which makes it tough to restore without professional assistance. Understanding the science of building materials is an essential part of the SERVPRO training program. It allows us to tailor a drying strategy for your unique property rather than a blanket restoration service- which could cause further harm to sensitive materials.

When water flows through a structure from an open point, such as a burst pipe, it can spread through the home. This spread can include floors, walls, or ceilings. Understanding the assembly of these areas is essential to active restoration. A floor, for example, is likely to contain porous materials such as drywall, solids like wood as well as metal fittings. Each of these materials responds differently to the presence of heat, moisture, or air movement. At SERVPRO, we perform a careful analysis of building materials to ensure our drying procedure is comprehensive and does not put the home at risk of secondary damage like mould growth.

Mould
Mould is a microbe, and like all living organisms, it requires temperature, food supply, and moisture to grow. The ideal conditions for microbial growth are humidity levels above 60%. With a decent food supply and warm temperatures- such as those found in a centrally heated property- microbial fungi can grow to a full-size colony in as little as seventy-two hours. Residents frequently find mould damage in Mississauga because the average humidity levels during the winter months are cohesive with the ideal humidity for mould growth.

Any loose moisture from condensation, thawing snow, or ice, as well as leaking pipes, can quickly dilapidate into a microbial growth issue. Our team here at SERVPRO includes applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) who can provide you with a comprehensive gameplan for getting rid of mould and making sure it does not come back. Since mould can only survive where there is a presence of moisture, our first step is to dry the affected area of your Mississauga home thoroughly. We may need to remove sections of drywall or another physical barrier to gain access to the source of moisture and dry it using air-movers or dehumidification equipment.

Once a SERVPRO mould remediation specialist is happy that the source of moisture is dry, we can begin to remove mould colonies using agitative equipment in combination with negative air pressure. Negative air pressure helps to ensure that mould spores do not spread to other parts of your Mississauga home during the removal phase. Our final step is to treat the affected area with disinfectant and biocide to prevent moulds from progressing through growth stages and returning after the restoration service is complete.

Fire
A property that has recent experience of a cooking fire or electrical fire can become odourous and unpleasant. Unfortunately, masking the scent using an air freshener is a shortcut that can lead to returning or persistent odour. Our team of fire damage restorers in Mississauga are experts at controlling and deodorising a property that has had a recent fire. Malodour comes from several places, which is why SERVPRO cleaning services incorporate several techniques to combat it.

The guiding principle behind odour removal is to spread deodorant in a similar way to how odour particles are spread. In the instance of a fire, odour causing particles from combusting materials are sent through a home in the form of smoke. These smoke deposits can push odour particles into small crevices, cavities, or soft furnishing, which can make removal through cleaning a challenge. SERVPRO restoration services seek to replicate this means of dispersing odour by using equipment with deodorant solvents.

Misting equipment is a lighter form of fogging equipment that is exceptionally useful to SERVPRO technicians. Misters vapourise solvents and dispense a light mist into an indoor environment. They are hand-held and easy to direct into smaller cavities or crevices in the home. The solvent dispersal includes chemical agents that bond with odour causing particles and therefore neutralize the presence of malodour in your Mississauga home.

Storm
Residents of Toronto need to prepare themselves for snowstorms and blizzards during the winter months of each year. These weather events can come on rapidly while causing serious inconvenience for homeowners as well as property damages. Often snowstorms can cause structural harm to a property in the form of sleet or hail, which can, in extreme cases, breakthrough windows and doors. As snow thaws, the likelihood of gutters or drainage systems becoming overworked increases the likelihood of storm damage to your Mississauga home.

When a storm strikes your property, your priority is to find a restoration service that can deal with large loss projects in an efficient and organised manner. SERVPRO emergency services combine hard skills such as the quality and efficiency of restoration with the ability to communicate effectively with residents, who may be under severe stress or facing a temporary relocation from the property. To ensure our services are coordinated, SERVPRO technicians use an iOS dry book to document, assist, and plan the myriad restoration services your Mississauga home needs to get back to a preloss condition.

Recording areas of damage digitally allows us to mobilise the equipment and workforce needed within just four hours of notification of loss. Responding within this time period significantly increases mitigation success and reduces permanent harm to your Mississauga home. During the execution of the restoration service, our technicians can update or record outcomes digitally, which can then be passed onto your insurer for a stress-free claim.

For all types of property damage, you can contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376. We are here to help, 24/7.

SERVPRO and the IICRC Join to Provide Premier Cleanup and Restoration Services for Our Mississauga Neighbors

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC Certification from 2012 Rely on the Trained and Equipped SERVPRO of North Mississauga Team to Mitigate Damages to Your Home's Structure and Contents

Benefits for Mississauga Residents of Using an IICRC-Certified Firm

When a Mississauga home disaster happens, such as fire damage, water loss, blizzard, biohazard, or the need for mould remediation occurs, using an IICRC certified firm is crucial for the best outcome.

For property owners needing cleanup and restoration services in Mississauga properties, hiring IICRC certified helps assists in minimizing loss. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training using the courses as taught through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This organization is the gold standard in the restoration industry and continually updates its coursework to incorporate the latest advances in technology, equipment, and methods.

Why SERVPRO?
Getting a house back to its preloss condition is the goal of our technicians. They take the time to inspect the structure and contents in the loss area for maximum potential restorability. This attention to detail enables them to save homeowners time and the cost of replacing items. We always strive to restore and not replace structural elements, fixtures, and belongings.

Safety First
A large part of the IICRC teaching involves keeping the worksite safe for both the SERVPRO techs as well as the property owners. The training consists of teaching the techs in real-life simulations on how to manage extreme situations such as flood damage, biohazard, or smoke residues. They learn the proper handling of equipment and advanced cleaning methods through hands-on education.

Continuing Education
As advances happen in the restoration services industry, SERVPRO technicians embrace these updates with additional education for using new equipment or cleaning methods. This recognition of the latest trends keeps them able to continue to reduce the loss for property owners and give them the best outcome possible, particularly in the case of water or mould damage.

Multiple Certifications
SERVPRO ensures each tech has a well-rounded education in the restoration services industry so they can tackle even the most substantial types of loss to both commercial and residential properties with confidence. Some of the frequently used certifications include


? Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT
? Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
? Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT)

For the best outcome, after a home disaster of any type, it is vital to engage an IICRC certified firm. Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga
at (905) 238-7376 for a fast response and restoration services that make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

Local Toronto Flood Damage Remediation Services!

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Rain Storm No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you. Call us at (905) 238-7376.

You Can Trust SERVPRO With Your Homes Flood Damage After an Incident Occurs

Every resident of Ontario understands that snowmelt is a part of the late winter, and they know it could cause flood damage to their Toronto home. For the last couple of years, it has been as if the sky just can’t seem to decide if it wants to snow or rain during February and March. As a consequence, snow melts, rivers rise, and sump pumps fail. Fortunately for you, if this sort of problem occurs in your home, help is nearby. 

Imagine a sudden and significant snowmelt causes flood damage to your Toronto home. The sump pump in your unfinished basement fails, and instead of rerouting the water outside of your home, it allows it to pool inside. Imagine waking up to find several centimeters of water at the bottom of your stairs. 

If you ever found yourself in this scenario, the best thing you could do is call a cleanup and restoration service, like SERVPRO, for help as quickly as possible. Water damage can cause even more problems inside your home if you allow it to sit. Mold spores only need 72 hours to feed off of excess moisture and turn into a colony. As water sits on concrete, it can cause white spots to form on the surface as it dries. Furthermore, should any water penetrate the wooden framing of your home, it can cause the wood to swell, split, and crack. Getting professional assistance as soon as possible can save your home from further expenses.  

Here at SERVPRO, we have built our entire business model around helping you when you need it. Even if you find flood damage in your home at 3 AM or 3 PM, it makes no difference to us. We always have trained technicians ready to service your home. When you make your initial call, SERVPRO can gather a team of talented flood damage restoration technicians and send them to your property immediately, along with advanced equipment designed to help them get the job done as soon as possible. 

Let's go back to the basement scenario. Our technicians can use wet/dry vacuums along with flood drying mats to remove the pooled water. Furthermore, dehumidifiers and heaters can help expel any excess moisture from the air. Here at SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to getting the job done right so that you can live, “Like it never even happened.” 

If your home needs flood damage remediation services, don’t wait. Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga by dialing the number, (905) 238-7376. We’re always ready to help.

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Do not let Commercial Flood Damage Affect your Mississauga Store

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" "Like it never even happened"

SERVPRO Teams Work to Get You Back to Business as Usual After a Flood Incident Occurs

Commercial Flood Damage Mississauga

In the winter, waterways can become jammed up with ice causing pressure points and, in some cases, flooding. These ice jams can affect your business with cold water intrusion into your local food store. The resulting losses of fresh produce can affect your revenues, but first of all, you need to get the building back into an excellent working condition. Our commercial clients recommend us for our pro-active attitude toward flood situations and our use of knowledgeable, local restoration professionals. 

Our services for commercial flood damage in Mississauga differ from residential restoration with larger equipment and communication a crucial requirement. We understand that small businesses depend upon providing reliable service to the community. During an inspection, SERVPRO technicians can give you a clear outline of the timeframe as well as the equipment that we intend to use to perform the restoration keeping you in the loop and allowing you to relay knowledge clearly to your customers. 

While no two commercial clients are the same, we develop our strategy by prioritizing emergency tasks. Assessing the condition of water intrusion in your store is essential to knowing which pumping equipment we should use based on lift and volume. If it is solid-waste, we may need to use industrial self-priming pumps that are powered by gas and capable of removing larger bodies of waste. SERVPRO technicians remove standing water quickly and responsibly to ensure that your business makes a full recovery immediately after flooding. 

Usually, our technicians conduct a thorough inspection of your business after the removal of standing water. We can sort through stock as well as other items to decide which may be salvageable, which need disposal and which may need specialist repairs such as electric tills or tablets. You can let our technicians know of any special requirements you may have for specific equipment at this point to speed up the evaluation. SERVPRO works closely with many trusted third-parties to take a flooded building from a loss site to a preloss condition.

If your business falls victim to ice jams this winter, contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376.

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How Do I Get Rid of Water Damage in my Mississauga Home? Just Call SERVPRO!

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

warehouse stocked with drying equipment Our SERVPRO Equipment in Our Warehouse and Highly Trained Technicians Mitigate Your Water Loss in Mississauga

How We Prepare for Mississauga House Water Losses 

Water losses are among the most common call-out that our professionals respond to for Mississauga homes, making it vital that our entire team stays prepared for these scenarios and how best to restore them. Our preparedness for these disasters is trifold, encompassing the extensive training that our technicians receive, the premier equipment used to recover damaged homes, and our availability when the disaster strikes.

Rapid Response

With standing water threats in your home, water removal for Mississauga properties is a vital first step towards getting things back to preloss condition. By stocking trailers and service vehicles at our warehouse with hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and cleaning products, we can stay prepared for nearly all water loss scenarios 24/7.

The first notice of loss (FNOL) is the point where our customers inform our team of an emergency. This initial information gets technicians moving and preparing for a departure. At the same time, our administration responds to this call to collect more vital information about the disaster and what damage already exists. The better prepared our professionals are when we arrive at your address, the quicker we can establish drying zones, and prevent further migration of water damages to unaffected portions of the property.

When our professionals arrive at the house, we can determine what tools are best for the water removal needs based on the extent of present damage.

Equipment

Water removal is only part of the obstacles that our SERVPRO professionals face when restoring water losses to your home. Saturation and moisture in structural cavities, underneath the surface layers of materials, and in the environment must all get addressed as well. In this sense, water removal is one of the most considerable obstacles, as it means more than extracting standing water from the floors of your home. 

There are many different types of tools that can help with facets of water removal, including extraction, evaporative drying, and construction solutions when direct restorative actions might be ineffective. 

Extraction Tools

Choosing the right extraction machine starts with determining the severity of the standing water in your home. The choice for several feet of standing water, like a truck-mount extractor or a gas-powered trash pump, might differ from a wet vacuum or electric submersible pump used with lesser volumes. 

Air Movers

Evaporative drying is a stable solution for managing water removal from materials and the environment. Centrifugal air movers are powerful machines that can direct a concentrated blast of heated air at a specific point or portion of a material to expedite surface drying. Axial air movers can also be useful for drying larger rooms and areas without a specific point of focus.

Dehumidifiers

Once air movers have started water removal through evaporation, dehumidifiers play a role in collecting moisture in the environment and exhausting it outside of the structure. Depending on the conditions of the loss incident, including the temperature and location of moisture, water removal with dehumidifiers can either happen with our desiccant or refrigerant models.

Specialty Drying Tools

Weighted extractors can help with water removal from carpeted flooring, while other tools like drying mats can pull excessive moisture from wood planks. While every water loss scenario does not require the use of some of the specialty drying tools that our SERVPRO professionals have, we stay prepared for these water removal scenarios by stocking positive pressure systems, drying mats, weighted extractors, and negative pressure systems.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning up after water removal is another vital element to making a water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Our professionals have an extensive assortment of potent cleaning agents and products that can help to remove residues, clear sediment, prevent staining in fabrics and flooring, and even address unsavory odors that might linger behind after a disaster. The application of these products can be instrumental in finalizing the efforts of water removal in your house.

Training

We strive to provide our customers with more than just a fast response when they need it the most. Arriving quickly is not nearly as important as knowing what to do when you get there. Each of our water restoration technicians (WRT) has extensive training and accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to understand how best to serve a home in need of water removal services.

In addition to the rudimentary information necessary to provide skilled WRTs for water removal and recovery in your house, many of these same technicians have extended their knowledge in this niche of the industry with additional endorsements for Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT.) These additional certifications can offer practical solutions for water removal in structural elements, cavities, and inaccessible areas to make recovery more efficient. Remediation technicians can reduce the potential spread and development of mold colonies through the application of inhibitors and antimicrobial solutions to exposed framing and construction materials in the drying zones.

Experience also plays a significant role in water removal, cleaning, and even reconstruction that we can offer homeowners. Because substantial loss incidents can deteriorate drywall and other construction materials, water restoration for Mississauga homes often hinges on controlled demolition strategies. These efforts bolster the efficiency of drying and open up inaccessible areas for more focused water removal with light wands and wet vacuums. We have a full division of in-house contractors to oversee this controlled demolition and reconstruction once mitigation and restoration efforts have completed to dry and restore salvageable contents and structural elements.

Water loss incidents offer a finite timeline to protect and restore exposed materials and contents. Often, areas of your home where water removal or drying efforts have not started within 48 hours can experience irreparable damage and losses. Our SERVPRO of North Mississauga team of water restoration professionals can respond quickly to these emergencies with the premier equipment and experience to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that begins when you first call our emergency response team at (905) 238-7376.

Call Our Experts In Mississauga After A Flood

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Our commercial grade backup generators in a warehouse waiting to be used We have commercial grade backup generators in case of a power outage due to storm damage in your home.

Help for Mississauga Flood Damage Due to Snow Thaw

If you are new to homeownership in Mississauga, the intensity of flooding during the snow thaw might be surprising. Other areas of the continent are in the news for the water incursions associated with events like tornadoes and hurricanes in the summer and fall, but our more northerly climate requires us to prepare for unwanted water while the snow cover is still significant.

Conditions Conspire to Create a Crisis

The risk of floods in Mississauga from snow thaw is highest during the winter and spring. The ground is coated with snow, but the air temperature can rise above freezing, and rapid melting can become a problem. Spring rains can make this situation worse as the snowmelt and rain run across the frozen ground, dumping into the stormwater drainage system all at once. The overload on the drains can cause sewage to back up. Besides, drains blocked with snow can force water to take another route, perhaps into your basement.

Challenges Transcend Water Damage

When faced with flood damage from both overland drainage and sewage backup, the situation can become dire. Response speed is critical because the water teems with hazardous substances. Snowmelt brings the chemicals from roadways, landscaping, and industrial waste, both suspended in water and as mud and silt, into your home. Sewage threatens health with human blood and fecal-borne pathogens. SERVPRO’s professionally trained, equipped, and experienced workforce is your buffer and solution to these crises.

Hard Work Plus Science

Although SERVPRO employees are highly skilled in innovative techniques, and the use of efficient professional equipment, flood mitigation and remediation jobs often begins with shovels. Before our pumps and extractors can remove the contaminated water, the solid debris must be reduced significantly. Once the process is streamlined, we ensure mud, debris, and Category 3 water are all safely contained for lawful disposal following local rules for hazardous waste.

Detecting, Disinfecting, and Drying

Although speed is essential, SERVPRO knows that we cannot become so focused on “fast” that we forget thoroughness. Any moisture that remains in the affected space continues to destroy porous building materials and expose your home to the probability of mold damage. Using sensitive detection devices, we chase down any lingering moisture, including in recesses and building cavities. We use a range of strategies, including employing portable extractors, drilling holes in mortar joints, and making flood cuts to release water and open areas for drying. Crew members apply effective antimicrobial treatments to cleaned surfaces, and then roll in the air movers and appropriately matched dehumidifiers to dry out the spaces.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga offers a complete menu of flood recovery services when a welcome thaw becomes a contaminated torrent into your home. Call us round the clock every day of the year at (905) 238-7376. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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