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How to Remove Mold From Attic Plywood | ServiceMaster

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Mold growth in the attic is a common occurrence. Homeowners rarely visit the attic, which allows the mold colonies to flourish undetected. Attic plywood, which is mainly utilized as flooring, can develop mold infestations. Here are ways to remove mold from attic plywood. Why does mold grow in the attic? Attics in the San Francisco, CA area are ideal places …

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Water Heater Flooded Basement | What to Do

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A malfunctioning or old water heater can easily leak and cause a basement flood in your home. Know how to respond to a flood in your basement when a water heater breaks or leaks. Drain the Water Heater Tank Just because the water heater is off, doesn’t mean the leaking will stop. There are still 40-50 gallons of water in …

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How to Clean Your Keurig of Mold and Bacteria

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Almost any drink dispensing device, whether it be a soda fountain, coffee machine, or water cooler, runs the risk of developing mold within its parts. That includes the Keurig or similar K-Cup coffee machine in your home or office. If the possibility of drinking coffee from a machine that has mold inside it is disturbing, there are some simple routines …

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Why Estate Cleaning Should Be Left to the Professionals

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Estate cleaning happens most often after the loss of a loved one. If you are the next of kin to them and/or are listed in their will, cleaning their property will most likely become your responsibility. Whether it’s been empty briefly or for a long time, having it cleaned out sooner rather than later is highly recommended, especially when trying …

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Helping Hoarders After the Holiday Season

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

People who suffer from a hoarding disorder are likely to experience greater stress once the holidays roll around and even after the merriest time of year ends. The reason is clear: The busiest gift-giving season leads to splurges on presents, gift wrap and ornaments.   Hoarding is a complex that urges sufferers to excessively accumulate goods that others would deem …

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The Consequences of Improper Crime Scene Cleaning

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Encountering the scene of a tragic accident, it can be an overwhelming and even traumatic experience. While it can be difficult to take action right away, doing so is crucial. The first step to take after finding a crime scene or gruesome accident is to call the authorities, report the incident, and they will arrive right away to investigate. Once …

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Are You or a Loved One on the Hoarding Spectrum?

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Hoarding involves compulsively finding and keeping objects that have no real use or value. Hoarders commonly keep items like trash, newspapers, animals, boxes, food, clothes, plastic and paper bags, electronics, and appliances. This condition can be much more serious than some clutter around the house and depending on how extreme a person’s condition is, it can affect their emotional and …

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Health Hazards Caused by Smoke Damage

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Finding smoke damage on your property from a recent fire is stressful. In most cases, homeowners are not financially prepared to take on the expenses of fire damage restoration, especially if they don’t have insurance to cover it. So many people decide to handle the cleanup work themselves. But just as you get to work, you notice that not only …

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What to Do During a Fire on Your Property

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

While fires are common, prevention is the first step towards avoiding these dangerous disasters. There are many steps that can be taken in order to prevent severe damage as well as steps you must take when you encounter a fire in your home. Taking action in as little as 30 seconds can mean the difference between a small portion of …

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Summer Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

While biohazard and trauma cleanup is a specialty service provided by ServiceMaster DRR, we would certainly want to avoid an accident or death in any situation. So, we want to educate our customers of the hidden dangers and unnecessary risks in the summer time while prioritizing safety to prevent these situations from occurring. As the end of summer is vastly …