MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - March 10, 2016) - Much of the South is experiencing record-breaking rainfall and flash flooding, leaving many home and business owners to deal with costly property damage. The professionals at ServiceMaster Restore share expert tips on what to do if you experience flooding or water damage, as well as how to recognize and avoid mold damage, a dangerous threat that can quickly grow in moist conditions.
"Safety is a huge concern with the amount of water we're seeing across the South," said Peter Duncanson, director, disaster restoration system development at ServiceMaster Restore. "The first few days are critical. Bacteria and mold can begin to grow in places you can't even see in the first 24-48 hours. It's important to follow the right steps to help prevent mold growth and limit other types of damage from exposure to water."
What to do if your home or business has sustained water damage:
Water damage warnings:
Even after wet items are removed, mold may remain hidden in drywall, carpeting and HVAC systems. "Removing mold requires cutting away damp drywall and sanding wood," said Duncanson. "Mold is nature's recycling agent; it eats things. The sooner a remediation expert can get to those things covered in mold, the less long-term damage."
ServiceMaster Restore professionals are trained, equipped and ready to restore homes and businesses affected by flooding. With a number of regionally based large-loss command and control centers, a disaster operations center to track severe weather and 1,800 franchises around the world, ServiceMaster Restore can mobilize franchises across the country to handle any size job.
For more information, visit ServiceMasterRestore.com or like the company on Facebook. For immediate assistance, call a live ServiceMaster Restore operator 24/7 at 1-800-RESPOND.
With approximately 1,800 franchised and licensed locations around the world, ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) serve customers through a global network of franchises available 24/7/365 to provide residential and commercial restoration services resulting from damage caused by water, fire or smoke. SRM is the large scale commercial catastrophic disaster restoration unit of ServiceMaster Restore. ServiceMaster Restore and SRM have operations and consulting experience on countless disasters, including clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon after September 11, 2001. ServiceMaster Restore is a business unit of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. More information can be found at www.servicemasterrestore.com andwww.servicemasterrecoverymanagement.com.
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned locations and franchise and license agreements. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). We serve residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company employees and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go towww.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster orfacebook.com/ServiceMaster.