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Frozen Pipes

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes freeze when the water inside is cold enough to solidify. In extremely cold weather, pipes can freeze in a matter of minutes.  If water is flowing through the pipe it requires a lot more work to make it freeze and is not very common.  In a home a pipe is likely to freeze if it is near outer walls, low to the ground, gaps in insulation or where air flow from the outside is possible.  

Usually  only a small section of the pipe freezes.  Water expands as it freezes; the expansion starts by increasing in length along the pipe.  If the pipe has bends in it, the ice that forms is less likely to expand away from the cold.  A section of water can become trapped and the pressure in that section increases, once the pressure is too high the pipe will burst.  

A few tips to Prevent pipes from freezing:Leave tap open/dripping on pipes that freezing could occur.  Leave the space around the pipes as open as possible.  Ensure your heat is on I all areas of you home.  Insulate all areas of your home well. If the temperatures decrease a additional heater may be needed.    

Frozen Pipes

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes freeze when the water inside is cold enough to solidify. In extremely cold weather, pipes can freeze in a matter of minutes.  If water is flowing through the pipe it requires a lot more work to make it freeze and is not very common.  In a home a pipe is likely to freeze if it is near outer walls, low to the ground, gaps in insulation or where air flow from the outside is possible.  

Usually  only a small section of the pipe freezes.  Water expands as it freezes; the expansion starts by increasing in length along the pipe.  If the pipe has bends in it, the ice that forms is less likely to expand away from the cold.  A section of water can become trapped and the pressure in that section increases, once the pressure is too high the pipe will burst.  

A few tips to Prevent pipes from freezing:Leave tap open/dripping on pipes that freezing could occur.  Leave the space around the pipes as open as possible.  Ensure your heat is on I all areas of you home.  Insulate all areas of your home well. If the temperatures decrease a additional heater may be needed.    

Christmas Tree Fires

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most common times for house fires.  In 12 seconds a small spark can ignite a dry Christmas tree.  Once the Christmas tree is on fire the flames can engulf a room in under 30 seconds. 

Some tips to keep your wonderful time of the year emergency free: Make sure your tree is at least three feet from any heat source. Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.  Fresh, watered trees are much less likely to catch fire.  Water your tree daily.   If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.”

Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

Make sure that you have Fire/ smoke detectors and the have been properly installed and tested.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season from your SERVPRO Team.

Faster to any Disaster

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

From a burst pipe in a office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. 

SERVPRO professionals know there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and revenue of the property owner.  SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response guideline.  Within one hour from the notice of loss a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange for service.  With in four hours of loss notification SERVPRO will be on site to start mitigation and within eight business hours of an on-site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate party.   

Our team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.  SERVPRO Professionals will work diligently to restore your property and its contents to pre loss condition helping you become the hero in an emergency situation. 

Mold Prevention Tips

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

In order for mold to grow and thrive, there must be excess moisture, food, the right temperature and lack of ventilation. 

The most important step that any property owner can take is to identify any humidity, moisture or water problems before they create bigger more costly issues. Look for any water or moisture present in your home.  Be sure to pay special attention to your plumbing in basements and crawl spaces where a water leak wouldn't be as noticeable.  Recognize musty or moldy odors, which indicate mold growth.  Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see.   As soon as you become aware of a different smell this is perfect time to start investigating a little bit further.  Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is used on a regular basis.  The use of exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with a bleach based product will help keep problems away.  Inspect your HVAC systems and air conditioners as well as this is a common location where mold is present.  Regular inspection and maintenance can identify moisture problems or drain clogs before they get worse.  

If moisture or mold  is spotted contact a SERVPRO professional to come out and take a look. We will be able to provide you with an estimate for what it will take to clean the affected areas.

How does water damage carpet?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

One goal of water damage restoration is to preserve and protect the structure.  One concern is water saturated carpet and pad.  Delamination is the most frequent type of damage to carpets when exposed to water.  Delamination is a mode of failure for composite materials and steel. In laminated materials, repeated cyclic stresses, impact, and so on can cause layers to separate, forming a mica-like structure of separate layers, with significant loss of mechanical toughness.  Delamination is caused when the latex adhesive holding the primary backing to the secondary backing is damaged.  Good carpets have higher quality of latex and may suffer less damage even after hours of exposure.  While at your home our SERVPRO service professionals will inspect the flooring to ensure proper mitigation can take place. 

Water damage to glued down carpeting often causes bubbling due to loss of adhesive.  If it is a small area that has bubbled, the carpet might be restored.  Otherwise, the carpet may need to be replaced.  Again SERVPRO service professionals will be able to determine the status of the flooring.

Mildew usually refers to molds that grow in wet buildings.  Natural fiber carpets are especially prone to mildew odor damage.  Saturated carpets should be dried properly and treated with a mildew deodorizer.

By responding quickly and drying  the carpet thoroughly, SERVPRO professionals can help mitigate these secondary damages following any water loss.

What SERVPRO Professionals can do for you

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration-    Clean both structure and contents in your home or business to the state it was in prior to the loss happening. Take and provide inventory of damaged personal items.  

Water Damage Mitigation- Identify where the water source is and where it has traveled.  Once determined a plan of action will be set up to fully mitigate the damages.  We will determine the proper amount of drying equipment to set to control the temperature and humidity in the affected areas.  Ultimately this will keep any further damage at a minimum.

Crime Scene, Bio hazard and Vandalism Cleanup- Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to safely and effectively clean bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

Mold Mitigation and Remediation-  Work to control and remove mold contaminates while protecting the health and safety of those living in the home or occupying the building. 

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning-  We will use the latest IICRC training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpets pile and backings.  Cleaners used are safe to be used in any home or business.

Stain Removal- Inspecting and reviewing the best option for cleaning the area that has been soiled.

Odor Identification and Deodorization-  Find the source of the odor and determine the best way to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home.  

Emergency Ready Program

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Approximately 50% of the businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether is is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. It outlines who the proper contacts are for the specific type of loss.  Also shows photos and a detailed description as to where the different turns off are in the building. 

Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.

By working with SERVPRO to help develop your personalized Emergency Ready Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property and business cleaned up and back in working order.  

Post Construction Cleaning

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps ensure your finished projects always look amazing.  

Post construction cleaning- When the drywall has been hung and the flooring has been prepared for carpet, tile or hardwood it is time to clean up the debris so the final touches can be done.  Our SERVPRO professionals can provide debris removal services so the remaining finishes can be completed.

Dehumidification and Drying - During the construction phase, buildings can trap moisture.  Excessive moisture could result in mold growth.  If you think there is moisture in one of your projects, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning- You want the facility to look its best when the doors open again.  We can provide final cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.  

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines, the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility.  At the end of the day you are the one responsible for getting the work done and the doors open on time.  You can depend on your local SERVPRO professionals to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.  

Types of Mold in Households

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Different types of mold that you might find in your home:

1. Acremonium: toxigenic mold.

What does it look like?

Starts as moist, then turns into a powdery substance that is pink, orange, gray, or white.

Where does it commonly grow?

Window sealants, humidifiers, drain pans, and cooling coils.

2. Alternaria: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Dark green and/or brown hairs, soft and textured.

Where does it commonly grow?

Showers, bathtubs, below leaking sinks, anywhere with dampness

3. Aspergillus: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Comes in many colors, when given the chance to grow it is thick.

Where does it commonly grow?

Anywhere with dampness and something for it to feed on.

4. Aureobasidium: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Ranges in colors from pink, brown, and black.

Where does it commonly grow?

Typically found behind wallpaper, painted surfaces, and wooden surfaces.