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by: Teresa Royer

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Metrowest, MA – Restoration Services to Avoid Health Risks of Mold in Workplaces

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Are you aware of the health effects of mold damage in the workplace? Let’s find out.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a residential property or a commercial one, if there is moisture, dampness and an organic food source, mold will grow. The only difference is that in a workplace, the number of people is high, and so is the likelihood of people becoming sick. In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at the health risks of mold damage in the workplace as well as ways to prevent mold growth in these spaces.

Let’s begin.Woman blow blowing nose

Asthma

One of the most common health effects of mold damage in the workplace is asthma. This respiratory disease affects your airways. Moreover, you tend to have an inflammatory response, every time you are exposed to something irritating or sensitizing. People who suffer from asthma often suffer from wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, as well as shortness of breath.

Allergies

People exposed to mold also suffer from allergies. Some common symptoms of allergy include sneezing, an irritated nose, mouth and throat irritation, stuffy and runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes. If a person is already allergic, exposure to mold can open them up to asthma, and they suffer from things like sneezing, coughing and wheeziness.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Another health effect of mold exposure is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. This health condition isn’t uncommon among people who have developed an immune system sensitization to inhaling organic dust. Some people tend to mistake it for pneumonia. The only problem is that HP cannot be treated with everyday antibiotics. If you are exposed to mold for a long time, without even realizing it, the effects could get worse, and the damage will have worsened, before you even know it.

The primary source of mold growth is none other than moisture. If you are the person in charge, and you suspect mold to be the sole perpetrator behind the health issues in your workplace, here are a few things that you need to do.

  • Make sure your building is checked regularly for dampness.
  • Keep the HVAC system in top condition to prevent indoor humidity.
  • Take prompt actionif multiple employees report similar health concerns.
  • Come up with special procedures to record and respond to complaints regarding indoor air quality.
  • Devise aresponse plan and also take remedial action.
  • Always follow up to make sure the steps you took were successful or not.
  • Encourage your employees who are suffering from adverse health conditions to see a doctoras soon as possible.
  • If anyof your employees has been diagnosed with a respiratory health issue, it is better to provide them a sick leave until they recover.

By now, you must have understood the health effects of mold damage in the workplace as well as the things you must do to prevent mold damage in the workplace and keep your employees safe.

To get rid of mold in your workplace, visit our website today.

Metrowest, MA – Detect Water Damage with a Professional Restoration Company

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Are you aware of the causes of commercial water damage? Read this article to find out.

You may not realize this, but commercial water damage is far more complex than residential water damage. To get rid of commercial water damage, you need a far more intensive approach. Some of the most important factors to consider when dealing with commercial water damage include the size of the building, the number of occupants and the extent of damage. Other than that, there is also a time constraint that cannot be ignored. Some commercial water damage problems are hard to deal with, while some of them can be solved If the cause of the problem is detected in the earlier stages.

In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at some of the causes of commercial water damage so that you can detect it easily.

Let’s begin.Pipe

Damaged Windows

In some offices, the windows are either broken or improperly sealed. Damaged windows allow water and moisture to enter, which results in water damage and mold growth. Both water damage and mold growth are detrimental to surfaces and materials such as drywall, wooden doors, cabinets, carpeted ad wooden floors. If the windows are broken or improperly sealed, make sure they are repaired promptly. Also, make it a habit to have your windows caulked every now and then.

Faulty Pipes

Another common reason behind commercial water damage is broken or damaged plumbing. There are several reasons why a pipe gets damaged. Sometimes, it is due to a change in pressure, while sometimes, the temperature fluctuations on the outside cause them to burst and leak. Loose tiles, water marks, and pungent and musty odor are all signs of damaged plumbing, so take heed.

Leaky Roofs

Another cause of commercial water damage is a leaky roof. Oftentimes, we tend to skimp on roof cleaning, which allows water to accumulate, thus weakening the roof materials. A time comes when the roof starts to leak, thus allowing water to enter and pool on your office floors. The pooling water causes flooding, which results in mold damage and also attracts insects and pests, which are detrimental to human health and also blemish the look of your interior space. Hence, make sure roofs are checked every few months.

HVAC Issues

The HVAC system uses a number of different ducts to provide heating and cooling throughout your office. With time, these ducts tend to weaken and get damaged, which results in leakage. To prevent water damage, you need to invest in regular HVAC cleaning. Also, the excess water from the reservoirs needs to be removed in order to prevent water damage as well as mold and mildew growth.

These were some of the causes of water damage. To detect water damage, check your pipes, windows, roofs and HVAC system. If you can’t detect water damage yourself, call a professional service.

For the finest water damage restoration services in Metrowest, MA, feel free to visit our website today and get in touch with our professionals.

Natick, MA – Tips for cleaning shattered glass after a wind storm or hurricane

It Happens

We’ve all been there. Whether it be a glass, plates, or even a decoration your friend wanted to show off, we’ve all dropped something that shattered into pieces on the floor. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about (except maybe the one your friend showed you), the only thing you should be worried about is the broken glass on the hard floor. Broken glass, when stepped on, can cause cuts which can cause infections and health problems if left untreated. 

 

Tips and Tricks to Cleaning Glass

 

Close Off the Area.

The first thing you should do when glass breaks is warn others in or around the area and close off the area. You do not want traffic in the area because people can accidentally step on the glass and get hurt or accidentally carry tiny pieces of glass from the area to different parts of the house. 

Wear Shoes.

Shoes not only make walking comfortable, they also are a layer of protection for your feet. The last thing you want to happen while cleaning glass is accidentally stepping on a glass shard. Unlike a lego piece that feels like it broke skin due when stepped on, glass shards, when stepped on, not only can break skin, but they can also wedge themselves deep into your feet like a sliver. 

Broom and Dustpan.

The broom and dustpan are your best friends when cleaning broken glass. With the broom, you are able to sweep glass of all sizes into a pile and use the dustpan to safely move it to the trash. I suggest going over the area multiple times just in case. 

Vacuum.

After sweeping, what should be left is little glass pieces that you could not get with your broom or that you have missed. Since the pieces are not big, they should not damage your vacuum.

Moist Cloth.

Finally, going over the area with a moist cloth multiple times (with different cloths) is a good way to make sure the area is safe for people to walk through. The water helps catch tiny pieces of glass that the broom and dustpan could not get. 

 

When to Get Professionals Involved

It is up to your discretion whether or not to get professionals involved when broken glass is involved. However, if something bigger like a window breaks, going with local professionals is the best way to go. STOP Metrowest is trained to clean glass from all surfaces, and we can also cover the broken window  until services are able to come and replace your window.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide rapid mold assessment and remediation in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Westborough MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

 

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BIO: Teresa and Mark commit to providing a positive experience for home and business owners in the Boston Metrowest communities during critical and unfortunate property damage events. They are dedicated to excellence in customer experience, quality and safety, and efficient processes. Caring for people in vulnerable and critical situations while focusing on customer and employee safety are both inherent qualities at Service Team of Professionals – Metrowest. Teresa, a US Air Force veteran, has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with a passion for helping others and upholding best practices in safety, quality, and infection prevention and control. Some of her most meaningful roles include caring for people with mental illness, serving as a forensic nurse death investigator with the medical examiner’s office, and overseeing operations as a healthcare leader. Mark has owned and operated a successful property investment business for over 10 years involving restoring homes for rent or sale. He has also worked in renowned worldwide service industries and has been recognized for leadership, safety, efficiency, and customer service.

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BIO: Teresa and Mark commit to providing a positive experience for home and business owners in the Boston Metrowest communities during critical and unfortunate property damage events. They are dedicated to excellence in customer experience, quality and safety, and efficient processes. Caring for people in vulnerable and critical situations while focusing on customer and employee safety are both inherent qualities at Service Team of Professionals – Metrowest. Teresa, a US Air Force veteran, has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with a passion for helping others and upholding best practices in safety, quality, and infection prevention and control. Some of her most meaningful roles include caring for people with mental illness, serving as a forensic nurse death investigator with the medical examiner’s office, and overseeing operations as a healthcare leader. Mark has owned and operated a successful property investment business for over 10 years involving restoring homes for rent or sale. He has also worked in renowned worldwide service industries and has been recognized for leadership, safety, efficiency, and customer service.