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Why is Mold Growing in My House?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Mold_7-2014Mold can be one of your toughest adversaries during home ownership. Keeping mold spores from entering your home can be a challenge, as mold finds its way indoors through ventilation shafts, roof leaks, pipes, open doors and windows, and A/C units. Mold also posses a health risk to your family, as many people suffer from mold sensitivity and allergens. To prevent invasive mold spores from growing in your home, you will need to  eliminate these indoor conditions that can cause mold thrive.


Poor Ventilation: A poorly ventilated home can create the perfect conditions for mold growth. Pockets of moist air lingering in your attic or basement form the necessary environment for mold to grow and thrive. Improve your indoor air quality by updating your home’s ventilation system, which should remove any damp and stagnant air. Adding insulation to your attic will prevent cold air from creating condensation in your home during the winter months. In addition to mitigating mold growth, a properly ventilated home will help remove allergens and pollen from your living space.


Moisture: In order for mold to grow, mold spores need a damp, moist environment. Humidity or pipe leaks are the main culprits in creating this dangerous climate. Any leaks or rotting wood should be examined and repaired before moisture buildup becomes a problem. To remove excessive moisture from the air in your home, consider purchasing a dehumidifier or using only A/C during the summer months.


Wood and Drywall: Mold acts as a natural decayer and breaks down organic matter, which unfortunately includes wood, drywall, and cotton. These elements provide food for growing mold spores in your home. It also makes it harder to identify a mold problem before its too late, as mold can grow inside your home’s walls and foundation. If you suspect mold growth, call a specialist right away and have your home’s structure inspected.


The Dark: While old can grow in both light and dark areas, you’re most likely to find the perfect conditions for mold growth in a darker, moist place in your home. Prevent mold from growing under your nose by making an effort to inspect these places often. If you find a trouble area in your home, you may need to contact a remediation service to help you remove any problem areas.

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Everyday Hero’s

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

At ServiceMaster by Ayotte we take the ordinary and make it extraordinary; we take the disaster and restore it – We are everyday Hero’s.  We don’t fight fires or save lives but at ServiceMaster by Ayotte we draw our inspiration from those that do.

When customers call, we respond immediately day or night.

  • We arrive on site prepared with the proper equipment, supplies, training and experience
  • Every aspect of our service from our response to our appearance instills confidence in our capabilities
  • We dont jsut remove dirt, water, smoke and odor, we remove uncertainty and concern by the way we communicate and the way we serve

At ServiceMaster by Ayotte we are proud to clean and restore property and peace of mind.  These actions may not save lives, but they are heroic to our customers.

everyday heros

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Employee Resource Page Added

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

we have added a new page to our website – check it out:


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Spring Brings Annual Ayotte Adventure

Monday, March 12th, 2012

March is here and with the record setting warm weather, we are all more than ready for winter to be gone for good and spring to be ever-present! At ServiceMaster by Ayotte we couldn’t agree more! This year we are so excited to celebrate spring, our team has put together a Spring Incentive package so we can welcome spring (and summer) with our top referral partners. Hold on to your seats because this is not just a one-time deal either! We are excited to announce our First Annual Ayotte Adventure that will continue on for what I hope will be many years to come (is forever too long?).

So what’s the catch? There is none. It is simple – we value you and your business. It is our job to take care of your customers, who too, are our customers. We want to make your job easier and ultimately, we want to ease the pain to a client who suffers a disaster of any nature – big or small. We (both ServiceMaster by Ayotte and DCI) are standing by 24/7 to help you out. The catch I guess is this – you need to utilize our on line ‘Assign a Claim’ form via our website ( or thru our soon-to-come QR Code. That is it! A customer of yours needs help (water or fire mitigation, restoration repairs, mold, trauma or specialty cleaning, or even just a ladder assist or inspection) – you electronically ‘Assign’ the work request to us. Just log on to or and click on the ‘Assign a Claim’ tab in the upper right hand corner and you are done. We guarantee a response within 1 hour! Of course you can always call us direct at 877.945.0993, reference the ‘Assign a Claim’ and we will enter it in for you.

We appreciate the trust you are putting in us to help you and your clients!

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When is the last time you went a day, an hour, perhaps even a sentence without using one acronym?  Especially now with the amount of texting that people do these days, actual words are going more and more by wayside.  In light of this, I do think it’s timely that we do a little acronym review.

Long before texting, and maybe shortly after the popularity of asking that tasks be completed “ASAP,” ServiceMaster Clean developed “QRV”.  In case the text messages that you share include more “lol’s” and “brb’s” than “QRV’s”, we’ll get you up to speed.

QRV is an “ASAP” program of sorts to provide renters, homeowners, and business owners with both quality and rapid response in time of water, smoke, fire, flood, tornado, and vandalism.   QRV stands for Quality Restoration Vendor.

The following guidelines have to be upheld by a ServiceMaster Clean franchise to be designated a Quality Restoration Vendor, or QRV:

  • Phone lines are answered LIVE 24/7/365.
  • The ability to provide other services such as mold remediation, emergency board-up, debris removal, content inventory & pack-out services, content restoration services including garments, electronics, furniture, and art, HVAC/duct cleaning, competency to properly dry large water losses, and document drying.
  • Utilize Master Moments on each emergency claim.  Master Moments is an opportunity for the ServiceMaster Clean representative to educate individuals suffering a loss about ServiceMaster Clean, the process and expectations that will be adhered to during the restoration process, and assist in capturing all pertinent claim information in one central location for future reference.
  • Keep a series of current certifications earned by attending classes administered by the Clean Trust, the organization that sets all standards for the restoration industry.
  • Own, maintain, and properly operate proper restoration equipment as requested by ServiceMaster Clean within the QRV guidelines.
  • Uphold the highest level of ethics and customer service, including following our four corporate objectives: Honor God in all we do, Excel with Customers, Help People Develop, and Grow Profitably.

Should you see QRV included in a future text message you will know exactly what it stands for.  If someone you knows experiences a disaster, help get them QRV, ASAP!

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Did You Know…

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Today, ServiceMaster is a trusted industry leader, serving more than 10.5 million customers with locations in the United States, Canada and 15 countries around the world. We operate several well-known and respected brands with a network of more than 5,000 company-owned locations and franchise licenses.  Not only do we have a wide reaching wing-span, we also have a buffet of services to offer.

ServiceMaster Clean is known for the obvious – cleaning.  To name a few, our services include:

Carpet Cleaning – Your carpet is often the first impression you make when someone walks in your home or business. Make sure you look your best and maximize your carpet investment with ServiceMaster Clean® carpet cleaning.

Daytime Cleaning - With daytime cleaning, you’ll cut costs, conserve our planet’s resources and increase building security. All while enjoying the extraordinary service you’ve come to expect from ServiceMaster Clean.  You can also benefit from lower energy costs, heightened security, exceptional service, flexible scheduling and a service much friendlier to the environment.

Fire & Smoke Recovery – Our fire and smoke recovery process includes, emergency pre-cleaning, content cleaning, content packout, wall and ceiling cleaning, deodorization and full restoration repair.

Green Cleaning – In our commitment to doing business the right way and turning ordinary tasks into extraordinary service, ServiceMaster Clean® makes it easy to switch to environmentally conscious, green cleaning options. Green cleaning isn’t just associated with corporate responsibility and environmental protection. It’s linked to healthier buildings as well as reduced sick day absences.

Hard Surface Floors – Beautiful hard-surface floors can be one of the most impressive features of your facility. When regularly and correctly maintained, they can do more than create good impressions on your employees and guests. Attractive, well-maintained floors can help enhance your professional image, while providing a clean, safe working environment.

Odor Mitigation – At ServiceMaster Clean, we know that odors stemming from fire and smoke damage, water damage,and biological concerns can greatly disrupt yourpolicyholders’ lives. Removal of severe odors requires a variety of professional products, systems and specialty equipment. Often multiple treatments are necessary during the restoration process. We have the capabilities to remove a wide range of odors like protein, trauma and sewage based odors, as well as fire, smoke and water odors.The odor removal process includes:

Step 1: Identify odor source

Step 2: Select deodorization process

Step 3: Proper cleaning of affected areas to remove the odor residue

Step 4: Final odor removal process

Packout Service – Some restoration projects require that your contents and furnishings be inventoried, packed and safely transported to our climate-controlled warehouse for cleaning, restoration, deodorization, re-packing and storage until the structural restoration is complete. Our automated inventory control system (MSM) tracks the status of your belongings from move out to move back.

Trauma Services – In the aftermath of a traumatic event, two things matter most: response time and level of experience. It takes a high level of dedication and professionalism to handle the rigors of violent crime and accident scenes on a daily basis. That’s why ServiceMaster Clean offers specialized, trauma cleanup services—to provide a partner you can trust with restoration when it’s needed most.

Water Mitigation – Pipe bursts, leaking water heaters and other plumbing mishaps can occur when least expected. Our experts understand that experiencing water damage can be difficult.  That is why as the leader in our industry, we are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

If all of this is not enough, keep in mind that ServiceMaster Clean leads the service industry in customer satisfaction and value. That’s because we’re dedicated to doing business the right way, consistently delivering on ordinary tasks and exceeding your service expectations. It’s a commitment that is reflected in our ongoing development of advanced materials, methods, training and quality assurance programs. As a result, no other vendor can offer the caliber of extraordinary service we maintain.

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Monday, October 18th, 2010

With the recent flooding in the area we have received quite a few calls about mold, and how to remove it by yourself. As always we tell our customers that these tips and procedures depend on the type of mold. And if you want to be sure that the mold is taken care of properly you must always hire a professional. ServiceMaster by Ayotte is trained in Mold Remediation, call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment/estimate.

To remove mold, first start with a vaccuum and remove any dry material. Preferrably a vaccuum with a HEPA filter.

Mold can be removed from hard surfaces such as hard plastic, glass, metal and counter tops by scrubbing with a non-ammonia soap or detergent. (Do not mix ammonia and bleach; the fumes are toxic.)

It is difficult to completely remove mold from porous surfaces such as paper, Sheetrock (drywall) and carpet padding, so these materials should be removed and discarded. 

Scrubbing may not completely remove mold growth on structural wood, such as wall studs, so it may need to be removed by sanding.

Wear personal protective gear and isolate the work area from the rest of the home. 

 After the mold is removed, disinfect the area using a bleach and water solution or another disinfectant.

The amount of bleach recommended per gallon of water varies considerably. A clean surface requires less bleach than a dirty surface. A solution of 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water should be adequate for clean surfaces. 

The surface must remain wet for about 15 minutes to allow the solution to disinfect. Concentrations as high as 1½ cups of bleach per gallon of water are recommended for wood and concrete surfaces that could not be thoroughly cleaned.

Provide adequate ventilation during disinfecting and wear rubber gloves.

Finally, rinse the entire area with clean water, and then rapidly dry the surfaces.

Use fans and dehumidifiers or natural ventilation that exchanges inside air with outside air.

As always, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster by Ayotte with any questions. 877-945-0993

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