Looking Out For Loved Ones
Mold can grow just about everywhere, however with a keen eye and sense of smell one could probably identify mold upon coming into contact with it. Most of us know someone who is of limited mobility. A good amount of our mold remediation jobs are from homes occupied with someone who has limited mobility and have not been able to inspect around the home or in a basement or crawl space. The homeowner only knows something is wrong because a smell has presented itself. It is extremely important to check on the elderly and mobility impaired homeowners. Another thing to keep in mind is the elderly tend to keep the heat up in their homes a lot higher than a younger person which means if they were to have a slow water leak or something of that kind, it could potentially produce mold faster than average.
Irma Stands No Chance Against SERVPRO
Hurricane Irma was the strongest of its kind since Wilma in 2005. It was the first category five to strike the Leeward Islands on record and followed by Hurricane Maria only two weeks later. On September 6, Irma reached its peak intensity with 185 mph winds making it the second most intense tropical cyclone worldwide so far in 2017, behind only Hurricane Maria and the strongest worldwide in 2017 in terms of wind speed. During this time our Disaster Recovery Teams were headed down to the effected areas of Florida and still parts of Texas from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Our franchise team was down in Naples Fl. for over three weeks and helped many homeowners get back in their homes. SERVPRO provided generators, dehumidifiers, air movers and man power to the effected homes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who suffered because of the Hurricane and a very warm thank you to anyone who also helped others in the wake of this catastrophic event.
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fire and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. its important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
Be alert! if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use to the stove top.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains-away from the stovetop.
The Behavior of Smoke
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke--Wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.
SERVPRO is thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO to focus on saving your precious items.
SERVPRO knows smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Types of Smoke:
- Wet smoke (plastic and rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
- Dry smoke (paper and wood) Fast burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
- Fuel oil soot (furnace puff backs) while "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO can restore contents and structures quickly.
- Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.
Is Mold A Problem In Your Home?
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
Have a Mold Problem?
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
- Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
- A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Hurricane Season 2017
The great thing about SERVPRO is that just people yopu don't live in an area that doesn't always get affected by certain weather events, does not mean that your local SERVPRO franchise is not helping with the aftermath of such disasters.
Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.
Carbon Monoxide: Is Your Home or Business Safe?
You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, but a high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. it is estimated another 20,0000 visit the emergency room. and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups--including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems--being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide. All excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business.
It Takes Science to Dry!
Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process? having knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO Professionals are trained in the sciences of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly
- Speed up mother nature by using professional drying equipment.
Speeding Up Mother Nature
SERVPRO uses the term "Speeding up mother nature" a lot. What exactly does this mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will natural move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while your home or building is drying out. SERVPRO professionals have the tool and equipment to help mother nature along, including equipment to help help dry hardwood floors, touch to reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO also uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
When Disaster Strikes...
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO's disaster recovery team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. For example, here are some disaster events that SERVPRO has helped clean up:
- 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires: One of the largest in history of Tennessee, the Great Smokey Mountains wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres and about 2500 structures in November 2016. The 12 crews that were dispatched worked a total of 78 jobs, where they mitigated over $1 Million in damages.
- 2016 Hurricane Mathew: Following the East Coast from Florida up to North Carolina, this hurricane caused major flooding, primarily as rivers rose in Easter North Carolina. SERVPRO had 169 crews dispatched. These crews took on more than 1050 jobs and over $7.5 million in damages.