Fire and water damage can often result in some serious mold issues if not taken care of right away. Mold can quickly grow and spread, causing permanent property damage and even health problems.
The faster you take action, the better chance there is to resolve the issue and restore your property. In the unfortunate event of mold damage, make sure to remember these few points to help keep your property from serious damage:* Identify and eliminate the water source;* Completely dry the affected areas; * Keep the mold from spreading to non-contaminated areas; * Kill the mold using specialized equipment and cleaning products;* Remove the dead mold; and,* Protect the clean area against future mold infestations.
Prolonged exposure to mold can result in harmful physical side effects. It's important to rely on qualified mold remediation teams to treat any mold on your property.
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What is the most dangerous type of mold?
Toxic black mold is the most dangerous and rare type of mold. Black mold has a distinct greenish-black color and can produce harmful toxins that can severely affect health and even cause death.
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There are about 35 species of scorpions in Arizona, but only five or six in the Phoenix area. While all scorpions are venomous only one species should really concern us....the bark scorpion.
The bark scorpion is skinny and yellowish in color, and its sting can cause intense pain, numbness and sometimes death. Here's how to tell if your scorpions are bark scorpions: Only bark scorpions climb vertical surfaces. If your scorpions confine themselves to scurrying along the floor, you're probably okay. If you're finding them on the walls or in your drapes or climbing up the side of your house (or your leg), you've got a problem.
As the weather gets warmer, the scorpions will come out. Here on some tips on keeping them away:
Switch your outdoor lights from white bulbs to yellow. Yellow light doesn't attract bugs the way white light does.
Check your weather-stripping. If you can slide a business card under your weather-stripping, there's enough room for a scorpion to wiggle through.
Caulk spaces where electrical, phone or waterlines enter your house. Ditto in the kitchen and bathrooms where pipes come out of the wall.
Clear away woodpiles or any other stuff you might have stacked up near your house.
Don't leave wet towels on the ground around a pool or spa.
The redwood bark some folks use as mulch looks nice on flowerbeds, but it's a scorpion magnet. If you're digging around it, wear gloves and keep your eyes open.
Our Hotshot of the Month
This month we are proud to spotlight Michael Benner, our Business Development Manager. Mike has held this position with our company for 2 1/2 years. He received his Bachelors in Music Theory, minor in piano, and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati . Mike is also IICRC Certified in Water Damage and Fire & Smoke Restoration. Before joining the SM team, Mike worked as a Manager and Marketing Manager in fabric and garment restoration for 9 years.
Mike grew up in Greenfield Ohio and moved to Cincinnati where he worked part time in a record-ing studio and conducted a chorus for several years. Later he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and finally to Arizona in September, 2009.
Mike has two sons living in Nashville, Tennessee: Justin is drummer for a Christian rock group; Courtney is songwriter and owns his own landscaping business. Mike is excited to become a grandfather for the first time this year!
In his spare time, Mike enjoys Tai Chi, playing darts, enjoying wine with friends, and exploring Arizona.
Thanks for being such an important part of the team, Mike!
Eyes on the Ballgame
Keeping Up with the Diamondbacks
We love baseball and were excited to be at the season opener this month when the Arizona Diamondbacks took on the San Francisco Giants.
The great news is that the Diamondbacks beat the Giants in a strong sweep! We look forward to keeping the streak going as meet the San Diego Padres and the the Colorado Rockies. We'll keep you posted with pictures of some of our team and amazing customers enjoying our favorite past time, baseball!