How To Wash Moldy Clothes After Flooding In Peoria
Mold can ruin your clothes.
After the floodwaters recede and the cleanup process starts you and your family are left with many questions.
One of the first and biggest issues to tackle is your clothes. Since you obviously need clothes to participate in everyday life you are going to want to get you and your family's clothes clean as soon as possible.
Here are a few tips to help make sure that your soiled moldy clothes get back to their pre-flood gloriousness.
First, check if your machines need to be cleaned. If they do follow this procedure:
- Even if your washing machine was not flooded, avoid using it until you know that the water is safe enough to drink and that your sewer line works.
- Before you wash clothes in the machine, run it through one full cycle.
- Be sure to use hot water and a disinfectant or sanitizer, such as chlorine bleach.
- Of course, if the machines are broken call a technician to come to help you first!
Now comes the washing of the clothes part ...
*It is best to wash clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course, make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.
- When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles.
- Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold. The sun has a natural bleaching effect that can also help to fade mold stains.
- Washing clothes in a solution of all-fabric bleach and water can kill mold. Bleach can also fade away stains left on clothes by mold.
If you or someone you know has been affected by flood damage and need help with your home, call SERVPRO now!
What you need to know about mold in Peoria
Mold can grow quickly!
After the rivers have crested and once the flood waters have started to recede ... now the mold will start to grow!
The storm is over and gone, the rains and winds have subsided and the flooding rivers and waterways have stopped rising but just when you thought you finally had everything under control and you could start to go back to normal everyday life ... you find mold!
Mold can start to grow quickly in Peoria, as a matter of fact in as little as just 48 hours in dark wet areas in and around your homes and office structures.
Mold can grow at a rapid pace and could possibly get out of hand very quickly.
When you have had significant water damage like people often do after major flooding especially like the people in the Carolinas have had after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence and the flood that took place in the rivers afterward the last thing you want to worry about is mold.
Let the trained professionals of SERVPRO help you in this time of need!
When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Peoria
Buy it before you need it!
When should I buy flood insurance in Peoria? ... NOW!
That answer of now of course totally depends on if you live in a flood zone or not. If you do, you absolutely should already have a flood insurance policy in place. If you do not live in a flood zone but live in low lying areas or in close proximity to rivers or lakes that could flood, well then you too should look into a flood insurance policy.
The thing about a flood insurance policy and why it is so important to have one in place is because they normally take about 30 days to activate so if you are trying to buy one when a hurricane is announced to be heading your way chances are that policy will not be in effect in time to help you should that hurricane cause you flood damage because most hurricanes only give you a week or two notice.
So in short talk to an insurance agent ASAP if you even think you might need flood insurance.
If you have sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO we can help!
What to do if your Peoria home floods?
Be prepared because flooding happens fast!
For some on the west and east coasts, the hurricanes and tropical storms are just the beginning.
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding then you know that a major thunderstorm, tropical storm and or a hurricane can mean only the beginning of a long wet process.
We do not get much damage from those super storms this far inland but we do have catastrophic rain and flooding from our rivers from time to time.
All along the state of Illinois people live in waterfront areas whether it is the lakefront beach or one of the major rivers we have flowing through our beautiful midland area.
When there is a significant rainfall like ones experienced during Hurricane Florence your home may be at risk of major flooding from quick rising rivers and the grounds inability to drain the water fast enough.
If water damage does happen to you, know that SERVPRO is here to help as soon as it is safe to do so. We have been helping families put their lives back together after major storms for years now here in the Peoria area and we are not stopping now.
Educate yourself about the possible and projected flood areas to see if you are in harm's way!
We are here to help once the water recedes!
Sewage Backup Cleanup In Peoria
Sewage stinks, let SERVPRO handle it for you!
Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, stinky deposits!
These damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Professionals will remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. SERVPRO Professionals help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.
Please do not attempt to clean up sewage backups or harmful black water yourself, call in the professionals at SERVPRO!
The safest plan of action is to just let the qualified professionals at SERVPRO handle the clean up for you. Call us 24/7 if you need help (309) 637-7300.
What you need to know about LEAD PAINT in Peoria
Be careful when it comes to lead!
Does your home contain lead paint?
Older homes, older child care facilities, schools, and other buildings are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. Schools are preschools and kindergarten classrooms. They may be urban, suburban or rural.
Here are some quick facts about LEAD PAINT.
Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
Lead can affect children’s brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
Lead is also harmful to adults and the elderly.
Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you and your family.
In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
We here at SERVPRO know how to keep you and your loved ones safe during the Lead Paint Removal Process, call us now at (309) 637-7300.
Vandalism Cleanup in Peoria
Vandalism is bad, SERVPRO can help!
SERVPRO is recognized as a leader at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage.
SERVPRO of Peoria also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, eggings, spoiled and rotten foods, and human or animal waste.
Here are a few Vandalism Damage Tips:
- Hose off or wash egg or other residue damage from the building exterior as quickly as possible.
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.
For a few more tips and services we provide click here.
If you have experienced vandalism and need it cleaned as soon as possible, call SERVPRO at (309) 637-7300.
We'll make it look "Like it never even happened.®"
Foreclosed Home Cleanup in Peoria
Foreclosures can be nasty inside, call SERVPRO to clean!
You have bought that foreclosed home in Peoria only to discover there is mold, rot, and trash everywhere inside ... who do you call to help you clean up all that filth?
SERVPRO that is who you call! Not only are we experts at cleaning and eliminating mold and trash, we have experience helping out even the most seasoned of real estate home or building flippers.
We can help with a bunch of different tasks ranging from a simple patch and mud job to total construction of an unsafe dwelling.
Let SERVPRO (the company that has been helping investors and teams all along the Peoria area for years) give you the peace of mind that your investment in a foreclosed unit will be looking great and be structurally sound in no time!
Call SERVPRO the next time you buy that foreclosed property!
Why Do I Have Mold In My Peoria Home?
SERVPRO can find the excess moisture and stop mold!
You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!
Your best bet for not finding mold in your Peoria home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.
If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Especially here in the Illinois summers when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!
If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your home call SERVPRO today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again.
If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!
We can do it all, call us today! (309) 637-7300
Peoria Area Systems and Appliances Checklist
Do you know when to change your water heater?
System and appliance maintenance in Peoria can get very expensive, especially if you are not ready for it!
It would be amazing if once you bought a major appliance or system that would be the extent of the issue and they would last forever. We all know that is not the case. Just like the systems and appliances in your home have shelf lives so do the systems and appliances in your office building.
We found this amazing interactive infographic that will help guide you as to when you will need to start thinking about upgrading your items.
Use this interactive infographic to see when common house systems like your heating, cooling, plumbing or electrical wear out, or how long your appliances like your oven, dishwasher, washer, and dryer have before they need to be replaced. They’ve also included the average cost to replace each item.
Click Here For The Infographic.
Then call us to help you with the workload! (309) 637-7300