Where Does Mold Grow?

Mold Remediation | DKIServices.comHave you been struggling with mold allergies? Some people who encounter mold experience a severe reaction that can result in eye irritation, nasal congestion, wheezing, fevers and lung problems. Understanding where you may encounter mold can help you avoid these places, prevent more mold from developing and know when to turn to a mold remediation specialist.

The following conditions make a hospitable environment for mold to grow:

  • Moisture – This can be a result of humid air or leaks.
  • Food – This can include things that have come in contact with food, such as paper products, ceiling tiles, wood products and dirt.
  • Temperature – Different molds grow more under different temperatures, but many fungi are poised for prime growth between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Poor Ventilation – When air is not circulated, humidity can create moisture.
  • Dark spaces – Mold often grows in areas where there is minimal lighting and a lot of moisture. Mold is less likely to grow in a place where the sun dries up all the moisture.

While your home may not have had noticeable mold when you moved in, it only takes 48 to 72 hours to grow. If you start to feel an allergic reaction to mold or notice spores developing in your house, turn to the mold remediation experts at DKI.

Fixing Your Home after a Major Storm

When water and wind combine forces to pummel your home, the aftermath of the storm can be brutal. Once you are certain that the family members or other residents of your home are safe, you can begin the process of storm damage restoration. The good news is: help is out there.

Storm Damage Restoration | DKIServices.comHere at DKI, we strive to be a resource for people wanting to return their homes to safe living conditions as quickly as possible. Trying to decide on your own what is salvageable, which repairs should be done first and how to address water damage can be difficult. Instead of trying to solve these problems alone, turn to the experts who are familiar with this type of situation. We have the people and tools to provide complete storm damage restoration. Our professionals are prepared for emergencies and will come to you within two hours to evaluate damage and put together a plan for restoring your home.

Every situation is different. Some homes need debris and damaged items to be disposed of, while others have water that needs to be removed. A DKI inspector can evaluate your home to see what damages need repairs and what will be the best plan of action. They’ll keep you informed along the way and even help you navigate insurance adjustors. Learn more about how DKI professionals can help restore your property at DKIServices.com.

The New & Improved Annual DKI Sales & Marketing Summit

Another year, another great DKI Sales & Marketing Summit! This time, with a new and improved agenda! Thank you to all our members who made this event a memorable and insightful experience. We are honored to have you all a part of our growing network!

Last week, DKI Headquarters held its 2017 Sales & Marketing Summit, welcoming some of the creative, driven professionals within our team from all over the country!

From California and Idaho to Texas, Florida, even Maine and places in between, all attendees arrived on Tuesday to prepare for two and a half challenging days of business strategy. Day one (Wednesday) kicked off with an opening speech from DKI’s CEO, providing the attendees some interesting background on the DKI Corporation, its values, and how our network has evolved over the last 40(plus) years.

Following the company overview, we dove head first into how to maintain our individual identities while upholding the solid reputation of the DKI Network, and continuing to provide a positive customer experience. This included understanding the differences between goal and task oriented individuals and how to effectively foster the strengths of each, identifying significant changes to improve your business and when to best make them, and utilizing DKI’s tools and resources to better your customer communication and response times. Days one and two were packed with roundtable discussions, group debates and guest speakers. In fact, there was so much content and impressive additional contributions from our DKI members that we almost ran out of time both days!

But, we certainly made sure to fuel ourselves with some of Chicago’s delicious food! Wednesday ended at Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza place, Lou Malnati’s, where it turned out, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs! But, even through piles of pizza before us, the conversation kept flowing and our members continued to network and strategize with one another.

Then, Thursday night, following another full day of innovative strategy and group discussions, we stuffed our faces with some delicious barbeque at Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Though Friday was the last day, it did not disappoint. We wrapped up our agenda, learning a new approach to advance our commercial business, and introduced a new marketing materials portal, exclusive to our DKI members. Following the sneak peek of the online portal, we opened the last hour up for Q&A.

Overall, the feedback and engagement from this event was a huge success! We are honored to work with such bright and creative minds who truly care about their line of work and its customers. Last week demonstrated the value of company-wide conferences and this new enhanced format. We are excited to schedule another Summit later this year to include even more of our members and learn what is working for them in their region and what can be shared amongst all DKI member companies. Stay tuned!

Protecting Your Office Space from Fires

Many people are aware of common ways fires are started, such as wiring problems, electrical equipment malfunctioning or lit cigarette butts. In your office, there may already be a plan in place to prevent these types of fires from breaking out. For example, preventative measures might include having a smoking section a safe distance away from the building or making sure IT checks machines regularly to make sure everything is running properly.

Fire Restoration Contractors | DKIServices.comIt’s never fun to have to make that call to fire restoration contractors and put your business on hold. A fire that could have been easily avoided by taking precautionary action is nothing short of inconvenient.

Maintain office security and minimize any damages by properly training your employees on what to do in the event of a fire. Keep extinguishers on hand to put out any fires in the way of employees safely evacuating. Also, put safety checks in place to ensure all office equipment is safely working.

By taking the time to properly train employees and check equipment, you can prevent many fires. If you do encounter a fire and have damages, give DKI a call. They’re equipped to quickly clean up and assess any damages.

Tuckey Restoration Earns Top Performer Award

(Carlisle, Penn., May 16, 2017) – Tuckey Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, proudly announced their recognition as a Contractor Connection Top Performer for 2016 based on their dedication to quality and excellence in service. Continue reading “Tuckey Restoration Earns Top Performer Award”


(North Charleston, S.C. May 15, 2017) – Network Property Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, has recently expanded its fleet of emergency response vehicles with the addition of two new Nissan NV200 vans. Continue reading “NETWORK PROPERTY RESTORATION EXPANDS EMERGENCY FLEET”

Alerting Homeowners of Potential Tree Risks

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities, including maintaining any yard areas. Your landscaping may provide you with a gorgeous view and lovely shade in the afternoon, but becomes a potential liability when trees either start to die or become damaged from a storm.

24 Hour Emergency Services | DKIServices.comDead or damaged trees can become an expensive problem if they are not either maintained or removed. Weakened branches can fall off and whole trees can tumble over in certain conditions. This puts your home, your car, and even your neighbor’s property at risk, depending on where the tree is located.

Time and weather can work together to weaken trees that once stood tall and strong. Strong winds, lightning, and hurricanes can all put a strain on trees which can slowly cause damage over time as well as impact a tree overnight.

Waking up to find a tree in your yard that is no longer upright, but suddenly leaning to the side often means it’s time to get help. With inclement weather and the forces of gravity, your property is at risk. In those scenarios, 24-hour emergency services can mean the difference between walking away with minimal damages or severe property damage that could take months to repair.

Turn to the licensed contractors at DKI to have hazardous trees evaluated and, if necessary, removed. The DKI professionals provide 24-hour emergency service, helping to protect your home around the clock, whenever disaster may strike.

GEHFM – What is it & Why Should You Encourage it?

May 5, 2017

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM). While having a reminder 31 days out of the year is better than just a single day, it is only a start to promoting a healthier lifestyle. But, if you are a business owner reading this, recognizing and encouraging GEHFM among your workforce will benefit the overall performance of your company.

It is recommended for adults to be physically active at least 30 minutes each day, but studies have shown that sometimes this just does not cut it when an employee dedicates the majority of their day to sitting – commuting to and from work, then working at a computer desk eight or more hours each day. Sitting for too long can have negative impacts on your physical and mental health. But, sometimes it is difficult to remember to move around when you’re stuck on a deadline.

Luckily, there are simple approaches to add activity to your work routine, without interrupting your work performance. In fact, by applying these, you will actually be more productive, happier and engaged at work. And, as we know, it takes individuals to form a functional team; without engagement from one, the team does not perform to their highest capacity, and overall productivity declines. So, see, business owners – Consider making health and fitness a priority in your entire workplace!

Here are some ideas to do so:

If you’re stuck on a deadline, and just “cannot leave your desk: Do some quick stretches. Push your chair back and lift and stretch your legs, stretch your arms, roll your head. Then, get up and jog in place or do knee kicks for 60 seconds.

If you’re stuck in meetings all day: Swap out the conference room pizza for some healthy sandwiches or salads. Take a five-minute break in the middle of your meeting to encourage everyone to stand up and do some yoga stretches or march in place.

On your lunch break: Grab a bite to eat, then take a walk around the office building. Bonus points, if you schedule a lunch break for all employees and walk to and from a lunch spot together.

While your computer reboots: Take advantage of that downtime, even for just one to two minutes, and take a walk around the office, or do some exercises right at your desk.

On your day(s) off: Some employers or business parks offer discounts for fitness classes, gym memberships, community activities, theme parks, etc. Check out if your business or facility offers anything that can help promote health and fitness near you that you may enjoy.

Remember, you may start promoting workplace health and fitness this month, but encourage your teams to apply this to their daily lifestyle at home and at work.

What Does Water Damage Restoration Involve?

After a broken pipe, leaking roof, or overflowing dishwasher floods parts of your home, it’s important to quickly take action. If you don’t address water emergencies immediately, the problem may worsen and possibly cause mold. Sometimes, professional help is necessary for a thorough clean-up following a major water disaster.

Here is what you can expect when you hire DKI to provide emergency water damage restoration:

  • Emergency Water Damage Restoration | DKIServices.comImmediate service: One of our water damage restoration experts will visit your home within two hours of your call.
  • Safety first: Your DKI expert will assess the property to ensure that any pressing safety concerns are under control.
  • Water damage mitigation: Your DKI expert will put together a plan to remove any remaining water that may be causing problems. This may involve pumping and extracting water with specialized equipment.
  • Structural drying plan: A key part of emergency water damage restoration involves determining how to dry the disaster area. This includes removing moisture from the floor, walls and other locations that are affected.
  • Mold prevention: Your DKI expert will inspect your home to makes sure that the affected areas are cleaned and dried properly so that mold will not grow following the event. Leaving an environment that is suitable for mold to develop will put the structure of your home as well as your health at risk.

Hiring a professional can help you quickly restore your home so that it is a safe and comfortable living space once again. Turn to DKI when you experience flooding and water damage. Together, they’ll help you clean up and keep your home from experiencing further damages.