Mold Prevention Month

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:

  • venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
  • using air conditioners and de-humidifier
  • increasing ventilation
  • and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours     to prevent mold growth.

7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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Don’t Forget to Register!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to register for the upcoming continuing education class.  Below you will find the information on what the classes being offered are about and how to register.

ServiceMaster Restoration Services is offering
Continuing Education on Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Workers Compensation in the 21st Century #70351      9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This course will discuss the history and development of Workers Compensation Insurance. We will define who are employers and employees according to Insurance Wisconsin Statue and will include a review of the statutory requirements of employer’s in terms of protecting their employees from work related injuries or diseases. The Workers Compensation Insurance application and policy will be reviewed, including many of the major endorsements. We will also discuss how premiums are determined and how they may be modified based on individual losses. (3 Credits)

Cyberspace Liability #70362                                              12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The liability issues that Cyberspace creates will be identified and discussed. We will review the history of civil liability in America, negligence, and how it is the key element of our civil liability system. The development of liability insurance to protect families and businesses from third party litigation and the changes in our legal environment in America in the 21st Century will be examined. Why current liability policies do not adequately protect insured’s from the new Cyberspace liability issues will be discussed. We will review the electronic revolution called the Internet in terms of how it effect’s our legal system. The development of new liability insurance policies to meet Cyberspace liability will be reviewed and discussed. (3 Credits)

The classes will be held at 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI
Tuition for each class is $10.00 or $20.00 for the day with lunch provided.

To register, please email Name, Agency, License #, Phone # and the Address for certificate to be mailed, to jim@smrestores.com or call (920) 233-6699.

Please mail in payment to 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901,
if registering by phone a credit card may be used for payment.

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Upcoming Continuing Education Classes

Don’t “Fall” behind on your classes!
ServiceMaster Restoration Services is offering
Continuing Education on Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Workers Compensation in the 21st Century #70351      9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This course will discuss the history and development of Workers Compensation Insurance. We will define who are employers and employees according to Insurance Wisconsin Statue and will include a review of the statutory requirements of employer’s in terms of protecting their employees from work related injuries or diseases. The Workers Compensation Insurance application and policy will be reviewed, including many of the major endorsements. We will also discuss how premiums are determined and how they may be modified based on individual losses. (3 Credits)

 

Cyberspace Liability #70362                                              12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The liability issues that Cyberspace creates will be identified and discussed. We will review the history of civil liability in America, negligence, and how it is the key element of our civil liability system. The development of liability insurance to protect families and businesses from third party litigation and the changes in our legal environment in America in the 21st Century will be examined. Why current liability policies do not adequately protect insured’s from the new Cyberspace liability issues will be discussed. We will review the electronic revolution called the Internet in terms of how it effect’s our legal system. The development of new liability insurance policies to meet Cyberspace liability will be reviewed and discussed. (3 Credits)

 

The classes will be held at 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI
Tuition for each class is $10.00 or $20.00 for the day with lunch provided.

To register, please email Name, Agency, License #, Phone # and the Address for certificate to be mailed, to jim@smrestores.com or call (920) 233-6699.

Please mail in payment to 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901,
if registering by phone a credit card may be used for payment.

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Mold Remediation – We know how to stop a growing problem

Mold is more than a smelly nuisance. For homeowners it can discolor and damage their home and present a serious health concern, thus demanding a swift response. To get things back to normal fast for your policyholder, you need the speed, efficiency, and expertise of residential restoration experts who understand the importance of not only removing mold, but also the proper procedure for performing the service.

ServiceMaster Restoration Services knows how to identify and eliminate the source of what has caused the mold, and implement the proper processes in order to eliminate mold growth. We can clear the contamination while Restoring Peace of Mind.

The ServiceMaster Restore action steps for responding to mold contamination.

  • Observe and assess
  • Report observations to insurance company
  • Establish extent and isolate/contain containment area
  • Determine appropriate mitigation procedures (i.e. environmental testing, establishing types present and baseline levels, preparing a written remediation plan).
  • Remove mold and protect areas from spore spread.

Mold defense varies with each occurrence. Our goal is to work with insurance companies to establish the proper procedures to handle every mold situation.

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Fourth of July Fires by the Numbers

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.  Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014

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Our business is getting you back in business

The reason why the ServiceMaster Restoration Services team can provide commercial clients with comprehensive disaster restoration service is that with nearly 30 years of experience serving, ServiceMaster has developed advanced technologies with state-of-the-art products, equipment and methods to get you back in business as quickly as possible.

When your business is damaged or devastated by a disaster, you want a company you can trust to help minimize interruption. A company that has a quick fire response time is able to put your business back in business, while restoring peace of mind.

Whether it’s a fire, hurricane, flood or water damage, tornado, or earthquake, your restoration plan will be tailored to get you back to work ASAP.

If and when you experience a disaster, call us at (920) 233-6699, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information about our disaster restoration services visit us as www.smrestores.com.

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ServiceMaster Restoration Services selected as a Commercial Response Center

ServiceMaster Restoration Services has recently been selected as a Commercial Response Center (CRC) by ServiceMaster’s corporate division. We submitted our application to show our commitment and dedication to serving our local commercial businesses.

As a CRC provider we play a crucial role in ServiceMaster’s ongoing strategy to grow our Commercial Disaster Restoration offerings while adding value to our commercial customers.  Our commitment to the CRC standards differentiates us in this market and positions ServiceMaster as a leader in Commercial Disaster Restoration.

We sincerely hope that when you think Commercial Disaster Restoration, you think ServiceMaster Restoration Services. We greatly appreciate your business and thank you for your continued partnership!

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Cleaning After a Disaster

When your clients experience a hurricane, fire or other disaster, they can protect themselves and their families by following these tips:

  • Stay away from damaged buildings or structures that have not been examined and certified by an inspector.
  • Wear hard hats, goggles, heavy work gloves and watertight boots with steel toes and insoles.
  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected.

Source: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.asp

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Restoration 101

Remember the saying “Time is of the essence”? That is certainly true of water damage in your clients’ homes. When your clients face a water emergency, let them know that immediate response is the key to preventing unnecessary damage.  From carpet delamination and mold contamination to hardwood floor crowning and damaged furnishings, the results of waiting too long to begin water mitigation can be costly.

With our quick response, not only can damage be minimized, but it is also possible to improve loss ratios and customer retention.

While SERVICEMASTER RESTORATION SERVICES will respond quickly to your customer’s water loss, your clients may ask about how mitigation works. Here are some basics on the process to arm you with the information you need.

  • Mitigation can be performed on carpet, wood floors, and sometimes on furnishings, walls, ceiling and other structural materials.
  • Carpet mitigation involves removing contents from affected rooms, removing all surface water from the carpet and checking crawl spaces for standing water.  The decision on whether the carpet must be removed or can be salvaged will be determined by assessing which of the three water categories caused the damage: clean water, gray water or black water.
  • Options for drying wood floors include tenting the floor, which takes 7-14 days, or using a negative air pressure system that requires as little as 3-5 days. One of our restoration specialists will evaluate the damage and select the technique that is most appropriate for the job.
  • All drying requires air movement and dehumidification. The basic concept of dehumidification can be understood by thinking of the air as a sponge and the dehumidifier as a wringer. Just like a dry sponge can absorb more water than a wet one, dry air can absorb more moisture than humid air. ServiceMaster Restore uses a combination of high velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and replace it with less humid air.
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Don’t forget to sign up! – Continuing Education Classes

Don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming Continuing Education Session.  The information is as follows below. Hope we see you there!


ServiceMaster Restoration Services is offering Continuing Education on Tuesday, April 9th  2014

Ethics and the Insurance Agent #(69812) (3) Credits               9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This course will cover the definition of ethics, business ethics and the relationship between ethics and the law. How ethics fits into business decisions and certain conflicts of interest. Case studies that require answering difficult ethical questions are used to cover different situations that an agent may be put in during the course of day to day business.

Commercial Auto & Cargo Insurance #(TBD*) (3) Credits      12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Professional Liability Insurance helps protect professional advice and service-providing individuals and companies from liability claims. We will discuss why you must distinguish between the traditional negligence claims and professional liability claims. The coverage reviews will focus on how Professional Liability Insurance policies defend negligent claims made by a client for alleged failure to perform under the terms of the contract. We will take a close look at a number of Professional Liability Policies, with special emphasis on the Insurance Agents Errors and Omissions policy.

*this is a new class and the course number has yet to be assigned

Instructor for these classes will be Jim Lane

The classes will be held at 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI

Tuition for each class is $10.00 or $20.00 for the day with lunch provided.

To register, please email Name, Agency, Licence #, Phone #, Email Address and the Address for certificate to be mailed, to reed@smrestores.com or call (920) 233-6699.

Please mail in payment to 220 East Fernau Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901, if registering by phone a credit card may be used for payment.

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