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Mold Profile: Aspergillus

  Mold Profile: Aspergillus  As one of the four most common types of household mold, Aspergillus may take many forms. For most people, this type of mold is relatively harmless – unlike the allergenic mold known as Alternaria. However, for those who already have a weakened immune system, lung disease or respiratory condition, Aspergillus can pose serious health risks. Read … Continued


What to Do When Your Basement Floods

What to Do When Your Basement Floods A flooded basement hits like an oncoming train. Whether the problem stems from a broken pipe, failed sump pump or the result of a heavy downpour that found its way inside, a flooded basement needs to be dealt with immediately to prevent long-term damage. When dealing with basement … Continued


Difference Between Mold Cleanup and Household Mold Remediation

Household mold is an inevitable and natural part of our world. When outdoors, most molds are harmless and pose no threat to our everyday way of life. However, there are those pesky mold spores that invite themselves into your home and begin to grow and spread, causing mayhem. Anyone can use simple tips and tricks on how … Continued


Water Damage: Removal & Drying Process

Water removal is exactly that, removing or extracting excess water from your home or business.  ServiceMaster of Columbia has yellow trucks especially for water removal.  They have powerful pumps and truck mounted vacuums that remove the water quickly to help reduce the amount of damage. All of our technicians are local and we have a team … Continued


Water Damage: Categories & Classes

Home Water Damage

Water damage in your home or business is no joke.  When a loss is discovered, it is best to act fast.  Calling a business that specializes in water damage, water removal and remediation is key. When calling a professional service like ServiceMaster of Columbia, our staff will ask you a few questions to help us … Continued


Types of Mold in Homes

At ServiceMaster of Columbia, we know mold, and we’ve put together the essentials you need to know about the different types of mold found in homes. What is Mold? Molds produce irritating substances that may act as allergens in sensitive individuals. Some molds produce toxic substances. Houses with mold often have a musty smell. Mold can … Continued


Mold in your Home?

mold on drywall

Assessment of Mold Molds feed on cellulose and water, so growth can be hidden from plain view. Answer yes to any of these, an inspection from a hygienist should be done. Is the area more than 10 square feet? Is there a complaint of odors or illness? Can you see the mold? ServiceMaster of Columbia … Continued


Burst Pipes – Stop the Water; What Next

Burst pipe

A burst pipe in the water system is one of the most common plumbing problems both in the home and the public system. Several things can cause burst pipes, the main one been freezing conditions. We have complicated plumbing systems in our homes such as waste disposals, boilers and even garden features that pipe bursts … Continued


Water Shut Off Valve; Avoid a Disaster

water valve

Every year, water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs homeowners and insurance companies billions. Shutting off the main water supply to your home before leaving for an extended length of time can protect you against catastrophic water damage. ServiceMaster of Columbia recommends that everyone in your home … Continued


How to Prepare Your Home for a Snowstorm

Blue house with snow

With the end of the year comes several things: holidays, time spent with loved ones, gearing up for a new year and a dramatic change of weather. You’ve already prepared for the holidays, but are you ready for the next big snowstorm? Find out how to prepare for a snowstorm, so that you, your family … Continued