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Safety Tips for Heating Your Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Hand adjusting the temperature on the wall thermostat Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangerous of using heaters in your home.

If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. However, this can cause problems as, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths. And half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangerous of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional installs your heating equipment. A novice installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could potentially cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. Thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home. 

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

Overview of the Flood Cleaning Process

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture meter checking progress of damaged walls and flooring from flooding. Moisture meter checking progress of damaged walls and flooring of your Celebration,FL home

Cleaning Requirements

When your home in Celebration, FL, floods, you may feel overwhelmed at the start of the recovery process. There is so much to do, and you may not know where to begin. In order for your home to be inhabitable, there are certain cleaning requirements that may need to be completed. The following steps can help you work through the tasks successfully.

  1. Contact Professionals

Your insurance company needs to know about the damage to your home as soon as possible. Document the problem before the flood clean begins so that you have proof to show your adjuster. To avoid secondary damage that may not be covered by insurance, you also may want to secure the help of flood mitigation experts as soon as possible.

  1. Eliminate Water

The first thing experts are typically going to do is dry out the flooded areas of your home. They remove excess water and as much moisture as possible from every surface.

  1. Remove Items

One of the important cleaning requirements is to take everything out of your home that has been affected by the flooding. Personal items as well as unsalvageable walls, carpet and insulation must generally be removed.

  1. Clean Surfaces

Because floodwater is highly contaminated, it is important to use EPA-approved flood disinfectant on the remaining surfaces in your home. The remediation technicians can clean and test the whole area to ensure that it is properly sanitized.

  1. Disinfect Items

Every item that you want to keep must usually be disinfected before it can return to your home. The specialists who clean your items have specific processes they follow to clean different types of items. Anything that cannot be cleaned must be thrown away or specially processed.

When your home floods, there is more that goes into the cleaning process than just getting rid of the water. By following cleaning requirements in a timely manner, you can get the damage repaired and get back into your home as quickly as possible.

How the Experts will Clean Up Your Office After a Fire

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage causing walls and insulation to be burned Fire damage in Reunion,FL

No matter how much you prepare, it’s not always possible to prevent accidents, mishaps, and disasters in the workplace. You don’t want to imagine a fire starting in your office in Reunion, FL, but if this happens, you need to rely on an experienced, skilled company to clean up so you can be up and running as quickly as possible. The best fire cleanup professionals will use proven, thorough methods to take care of smoke damage and the many other problems a fire can leave behind.

Your Responsibilities

Obviously, a fire in your St. Cloud, FL office building is a devastating event. You may face extensive damage and monetary losses. It’s important that you don’t delay and contact the appropriate people as soon as you notice a fire.

  • Call 911 and report the fire.
  • Call your insurance company and file a claim so a representative can assess the damage.
  • Call a competent cleanup and restoration company to help get your office back to working order as soon as possible.

The Inspection

The cleanup team will first conduct a walkthrough of your building to examine what areas the fire affected and how severe the damage was. The crew will make note of soot damage and other damages to the structure and to electronics, furniture, documents, and other items in your workplace.

Cleanup

Once the team has a plan, it will use high-tech equipment to conduct smoke cleaning on your sensitive items. The team will deem which areas of the office and which items it can salvage and which it must throw away.

Sanitize

Once the cleanup professionals have removed smoke damage, they will sanitize the affected areas, so it’s safe for you to return to work. They will also tear out and replace ruined area such as drywall and flooring, as appropriate.

Smoke damage from a fire can hamper your business. However, when you call the right professionals to clean up after this terrible incident, you can have peace of mind that you can be back at work in a timely manner.

Mold Development Due to a Roof Leak

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a tiled ceiling in an office Mold development due to a roof leak in Osceola County,FL

Has your business in Osceola County, FL experienced a leak in the roof? If so, mold can often grow as a result. Black mold in particular can cause extensive damage to a building and the cleanup process can be expensive and time-consuming. Understanding mold growth can help you restore your building.

What Causes Mold?

Some people may wonder why a roof leak can often result in mold growth. Factors that make mold more likely to grow can include, but are not limited to:

  • Damp environments
  • High levels of humidity
  • Areas that are exposed to sunlight

Does Mold Form Quickly?

Leaks from roofs can go unnoticed for long periods of time and may sometimes be dismissed as minor issues. However, with the factors mentioned above, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours. Though black mold sometimes grows more slowly than other types of mold, it still can occur in a matter of days. When mold is spotted, it is often wise to find the cause of the growth and keep water from the affected area.

Can You Prevent Mold?

Although mold tends to grow quickly, it is still possible to prevent mold from growing. There are several ways you can protect your business from mold growth. Keeping an area dry can help to prevent mold growth. If your business has a leaky roof, fixing the roof quickly can help to prevent the mold from spreading and damaging other areas of your business. If a leaky roof is noticed immediately, it is sometimes possible to prevent mold growth entirely.

Knowing what causes mold, how quickly it can form and how to prevent mold from growing and spreading can help you prepare your business for potential black mold growth due to a ceiling leak. If your business in Osceola County, FL has been damaged by mold, it can often be helpful to contact water and mold restoration professionals.

Disasters Can’t Keep Them Down

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Osceola County "Faster to any size disaster"

SERVPRO Provides the Best Disaster Remediation Service

When floods, fires, or catastrophic storms rage through Lake Marian Highlands, FL, your client’s businesses can suffer from the after effects of the disaster. Closing a business due to damage can make sales plummet as cleanup efforts are underway. That is why your clients need to find recovery experts that can complete the cleanup and recovery process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is a well-known water remediation service that has over 1,600 local franchises that are available 24/7 to help your clients get back into their businesses. The motto “Faster to Any Size Disaster” is one they hold true. Here are two reasons disaster can’t keep them down.

1. Local Franchise

Technicians from all 1,600 locally owned franchises across the country live and work in neighborhoods near their office. That means their efforts are there to support their communities, and so are their dollars. By helping to keep the area where they live safe, they not only build an honest reputation for hard work, but their neighbors get to know that they can be relied upon whether the disaster is a small one or of huge proportion – they will be “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

2. Fast Service

Experienced disaster repair and remediation service providers heed the emergency call 24 hours a day. They understand when dealing with a disaster, time is of the essence in preventing secondary damage from infiltrating the job site. When you get an insurance claim call and you suggest that your clients call SERVPRO technicians, it is probably because you know they will be there within minutes to remove the water, tear down the soaking plasterboard, and dry out the structure. Additionally, if the damage was from fire and there are holes in the building, the team can often repair them so no looters can enter the building.

You have a responsibility to your clients to make sure they get the best disaster remediation service available. That is why the “Faster to Any Size Disaster” team is there to help.

Restoring Documents After Water Damage

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

When a client's property suffers storm damage, it may be on more than just building. A document restoration service like that offered by a local SERVPRO in Osceola County, FL, can help your client get back on track. Documentation can include everything from account statements to invoicing, and the ability to salvage these can help save valuable time and money.

Services Offered

A professional restoration service can offer a number of ways to recover your client's documentation. These may include

  • Freeze drying
  • Cleaning
  • Gamma irradiation sterilization
  • Digitizing
  • Deodorizing

Depending on damage type, these processes can be utilized to restore a variety of damage documents, including X-rays and photographs.

Technology Used

The process of document restoration involves the use of modern technology. Gamma irradiation is used to sterilize the documents without causing further harm. The documentation can then be freeze-dried which is a process approved by the National Archives. Your client can trust that their paperwork will not only be in safe hands but can be restored. Taking advantage of additional services, such as digitization, may offer further benefit.

Additional Services

In addition to document drying, SERVPRO offers several other services your clients may be interested in. They can also offer digitization services. This is the process of converting documentation into an electronic form so it can be stored on a server safely out of harm's way.

With a document restoration service your clients may be able to salvage documentation that was damaged along with their other property. A restoration team can use the latest technology to help get these important pieces of paperwork in order. They may also be able to digitize the documentation allowing for it to be backed up on to server, to help prevent any further loss. If you have any questions about what the service can do for your clients, a restoration professional may be able to help.