Disaster Restoration Info from Complete DKI

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Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by completedki

 

Mold vs. mildew, are they really different?  Often people think that the two words are easily interchangeable and mean the same thing. Wrong, mold and mildew are distinctly different. While they do come from the same family of fungi, they come from a different species and genus within the family.

What is then? Mold is nature’s primary resource for decomposition. Mold feeds on dead, organic matter that is saprophytic (absorbing or growing on dead matter). Mold helps nature with the process of decay. How? Mold grows on fallen trees, leaves, dead animals and much more. In fact, without mold our world would be overcome with piles and piles of dead stuff.

Sounds like mold is a good thing right? It is, but the only acceptation is when mold grows inside. Then there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Mold can’t tell the difference between a dead tree that has fallen in the woods from a damp spot in your home. Mold is a spore former and spores float around inside and outside. Once the mold finds a moisture ridden place along with some darkness, it grows and reproduces extremely fast.

Well, what is mildew? Mildew is also a member of the fungi family, but it comes from a different genus. Mildew is a parasite, which means it feeds off of living plants. This is the key factor to decide on whether you have a mold or mildew problem. Most buildings do not have a mildew problem unless they have a lot of plants and vegetation in the building. In that case, most buildings do not, so mildew rarely plays a part in indoor contamination.

For general information on Mold see the CDC’s website here.

For information on safety and health related to mold, see OSHA’s website here.

All in all, the presence of mold or mildew within your home or business is a problem and it needs to be addressed promptly. If you have discovered you have a mold or mildew problem, give Complete DKI a call 24/7 at 850.225.5354 or 251.225.5354. .

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Posted on May 20th, 2015 by completedki

 

Anybody know what’s right around the corner? That’s right, you said it…. Hurricane Season! Hurricane season is just 11 days away! Starting June 1 to November 30 of the 2015 year, every American living on the coast will be on the lookout for a hurricane to be making landfall. Did you know that is has been almost a decade since Florida has had a major hurricane make landfall? Being prepared is extremely important, not only for your safety, but for your families as well.

First off, what exactly is a hurricane? A hurricane is defined as a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic that has wind speeds greater than 72 mph. Being prepared for a hurricane is not only safer, but it will be much more convenient when and if the time comes to get prepared. Just think, you’ll be fighting the crowds in Wal-Mart to get nonperishable food, water, gas, flashlights, batteries, the list of things you need goes on and on. Even beginning to think about what to do to get prepared can be a bit overwhelming. Check out the American Red Cross website here to learn how to prepare, respond, and recover in case of a hurricane.

Now is the perfect time to get prepared for a hurricane! Why? National Hurricane Preparedness Week is next week (May 24-May 30)! A hurricane should not be taken lightly, as the results can be detrimental. It can happen to you. The hurricane forecast for 2015 seems to be a bit average. Take a look at the forecast courtesy of The Weather Channel here.

What happens if your home is affected by a hurricane? Who do you call? Call Complete DKI! Complete DKI offers storm cleanup services in Pensacola. Don’t leave the burden of cleaning up the mess confined to yourself; call Complete DKI 24/7 even after a hurricane! That’s right! Complete DKI can assist you in several areas of storm cleanup services in Pensacola such as:

• Partially uprooted trees

• Branches, limbs, and leaning trees on vehicles or roof

• Split branches hanging by a thread

• Broken limbs hung up in other limbs

• Uprooted trees against another tree

• Uprooted trees on the road

• Tree debris

Call Complete DKI in Pensacola at 850.225.5354 (850.CALL.DKI).

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Posted on May 12th, 2015 by completedki

 

When there is a hurricane, tornado, or any other type of natural disaster in the midst of our local weather forecast. Most likely, the last thing on your mind is thinking about scrambling to get your family prepared as well as getting your pets prepared. Don’t wait until the “calm before the storm” is right on your heels, prepare your pets now. You and your fur babies will be glad you did. Being prepared before a disaster can be accomplished by following these simple steps.

 

  • Make a plan before disaster strikes

 

Making a plan before disaster strikes is crucial to your safety, as well as your pet’s safety. If a disaster strikes unannounced, you could be anywhere. You could be home, you could be running errands, you may have to evacuate or you may be stuck where you are. What’s a pet parent to do if they can’t make it home? Easy! Ask your neighbors ahead of time if they would take care of your pet in case of emergency and offer the same to them if they have pets. Also, have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure you are aware of any pet friendly shelters in the area as well as pet friendly hotels that you may evacuate too.

TIP 1: All La Quinta Hotels are pet friendly. See their policy here.

TIP 2: Most Marriot Hotels are pet friendly. You can see their policy here.

 

  • Always keep some form of ID on your pets

 

ALWAYS, no matter where you are keep some sort of identification on your pet. They should always have an identification tag on your pet. Even better, have your pet microchipped. The chances of your pet making it back to you after a disaster if they were to end up getting lost are increased drastically due to ID tags and microchips.

TIP: If your pet is microchipped, keep their tag number stored in your phone so that you always have it on hand in case of emergency.

 

  • Keep a pet emergency kit in your car

 

Just like you prepare an emergency kit for each member of your household in case of emergency, you should also have one prepared for your pets. You should stock up on your pets food, medications, litter, include bowls, and enough water to cover your pet’s needs as well as your own. It is also a good idea to have a pet first aid kit as well. Your pets don’t really have 9 lives, so make sure you have the correct means to keep their wounds clean just in case they do get hurt.

TIP: The American Red Cross has a “Pet First Aid” app for any iPhone or Android device. Click here to find out more information!

 

  • Keep your pets records in one place

 

In case of emergency the last thing you want is to be running around trying to scrounge up all of your pet’s proper paperwork. Choose a fire and flood safe place to keep all records so that you may be able to get what you need quickly. It should include, updated records of vaccinations, health issues and microchip information. It is also a good idea to keep up to date pictures in case your pet becomes lost you will have all means to make a “lost pet” poster.

 

  • Crate, Crate, Crate!

 

In scary situations, your pet is at the most risk to run away. Their first instinct is to run away and hide. This is the last thing you want your pet doing. That is why it is best to either have your pets crate trained so that you may secure them in case of an emergency or to have them on a lead of some sort. (In my opinion, a harness attached to a lead is almost always better than a collar attached to a lead. My dog will pull out of a collar in the blink of an eye, which is why she always has a harness on when we go “bye-bye”)

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Lastly, always keep a pet emergency sticker in the front window of your home. Where in the world do you get one of those? At Complete DKI of course! Complete DKI has custom made Emergency pet stickers for your home! They notify emergency responders of how many pets (cat, dog or other), children, and adults are in the home. Stop by either our Mobile or Pensacola office to get your FREE pet sticker today!

Pensacola: 511 Wynnehurst St. Pensacola, FL 32503

Mobile: 3350 Hall Mill Rd. Mobile, AL 36606

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by completedki

All too often, Pensacola residents hear about fire damage in Pensacola on the news. A house fire can be one of the most devastating  things that can ever happen to a homeowner in their whole lifetime. Did you know that fire damage in Pensacola is one of the most popular reasons for emergency responders being called out? Fire damage in Pensacola can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. So what do you do if you suffer from a fire damage in Pensacola?

Call Complete DKI! Complete DKI is a 24 hour emergency contractor with crews on call afterhours in order to promptly respond to your emergency. Our team prides itself on mobilizing and arriving to the emergency scene within an hour of your call to us. Here at Complete DKI, we know that fire damage in Pensacola can be stressful and we do everything to make your path back to normalcy a smooth one. We offer assistance to those who may have suffered from a fire accident due to vandalism, arson, cooking fires, electrical issues, lightening and so much more!

Many times, people think “Oh that’ll never happen to me!” and just when they do think so, it does. As a homeowner we want you to be aware of the possibilities. Should you ever be in need of our emergency services, our team of skilled and professional technicians are just a phone call away. You can bet they will always be in uniform and clearly marked Complete DKI vehicles. Let’s face it, we all know that at 3 o’clock in the morning, you don’t want to be letting some scraggly old “Joe” coming in to your home!

If you are in need of emergency assistance due to fire damage in Pensacola, give Complete DKI a call at 850.225.5354.