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Get Help from SERVPRO for Mold Damage

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home can cause you to hit the panic button. Frequently homeowners try to manage at least preliminary control of the problem before reaching out for help. That impulse, unfortunately, can complicate the situation and even accelerate the spread of the microbial infestation. Strategies commonly believed to kill mold and prevent its return can have to precisely the opposite effect. Let our mold remediation experts take on the challenge.

Mold damage in your home needs a thorough inspection and evaluation to determine the source and plan for repair as part of our professional response to the problem. A slow leak, incompletely dried spill, or even higher than normal interior humidity can encourage mold growth. These conditions can lie hidden, but our technicians are adept in detecting a cause as well as certified to remediate the mold damage. 

Because moisture and mold growth are so closely linked DIY diluted bleach treatments often only lighten the staining while feeding the mold, the water in the bleach solution aiding in microbial growth without the bleach reaching deeply enough to kill the mold. Instead of topical treatments alone, SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold remediation protocol. 

We determine the extent of the mold damage and design the best containment strategy for your space. Heavy plastic sheeting augmented with air scrubber technology employing negative pressure to seal off the moldy space keeps the rest of your home free of moldy debris. The SERVPRO crew wears personal protective gear to prevent tracking contaminants through your home.  

We remove the mold from non-porous surfaces by scraping and brushing, collecting and bagging the debris for hazardous waste disposal. Porous materials infiltrated with mold hyphae (roots) receive a soda blasting treatment that loosens and removes the mold without damaging the infested materials. SERVPRO crews use HEPA filtered vacuums to remove the debris on the floors and surfaces. The air scrubber used for containment also clears airborne residue. To inhibit renewed mold growth, we sanitize the affected area with an EPA registered disinfectant. 

Give SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties the chance to remediate when you discover mold damage in your home. Call (270) 402-8170 to schedule the evaluation that leads to fast and effective professional mold abatement.

Flood Damage in your Home? Our Rapid Response Team is here to Help

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

The type of issues that households sustain during a natural flood or backed up sewer always require professional assessment and remediation. The water can often be hazardous to your health, even if it may appear clean. When water sits it can become increasingly toxic; it is, therefore, necessary to approach a professional service to help remove said water and dispose of any waste in line with state and federal regulations.

Homes with Flood Damage in Sacramento can rely on us to provide an urgent service. SERVPRO operates call-lines 24 hours a day and can send a rapid response unit to your location within four hours of notification of loss. A shorter time frame is essential due to the dangerous nature of flood water which can be toxic or steadily weaken structural components like ceilings, floors, and walls.

A SERVPRO technician can begin making your property safe immediately on arrival. Removing hazardous materials, electrics and checking for structural weaknesses should only be carried out by a qualified professional. Once the affected area is deemed safe to enter, your technician can begin to remove the water using submersible gas-powered pumps.

Some contents and structure in the home can be decontaminated and restored. Other parts may need replacement. SERVPRO employees operate on a restore over replace remit, however in cases where grey or black water are present items like carpets, subfloor mats and other porous materials need to be disposed of in designated waste removal sites. Your technician can pack these items up and take them away for proper disposal at the end of service.

Once the removal of contaminated materials is complete, we can pressure wash the affected area, apply sanitizers and remove harmful bacteria. Standing water migrates fast so we use moisture meters to discover where water may be residing and dry it. Rapid air movers and dehumidifiers are placed at the end of service to ensure no secondary flood damage like mold growth occur after we leave.

Our rapid response unit can help you in an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties at (270) 402-8170 to schedule the evaluation.

Overcoming Smoke Damage in Your Home

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke staining, odors, and residue can be among the hardest effects to overcome after a structure fire breaks out in your Sacramento residence. While many homeowners seek to clean up the mess on their own as much as possible, fires can cause too much widespread damage for untrained homeowners to restore.

Fire damage can present itself in many ways after the first responders have left your home. While you work to determine the severity of structural concerns as best and as safely as you can, many homeowners do not realize the full extent of the damages until trained professionals like our SERVPRO team arrive to perform our initial assessment of the scene. This estimation process and cataloging of damages can indicate the portions of the property most affected by the fire and where focused cleanup and smoke effects removal is necessary.

Smoke affects every home differently depending on the source of the combustion and the materials involved. Dry smoke comes from a hotter flame, which often leaves a powdery residue on surfaces and contents of the property. Wet smoke, comes from a smoldering heat that burns for much longer, and this can leave a thick residue that adheres to many surfaces and materials throughout your home and is challenging to remove. This invasive effect can infiltrate more areas of your property through the HVAC system, which also gets inspected and assessed when our professionals arrive.

Wet smoke is also known for leaving the areas with a noxious odor that requires our professional equipment to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to deep clean salvageable surfaces and contents affected by the staining residue of wet smoke, and utilize equipment like our hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers to handle indoor air quality purification and deodorization.

The effects from a fire can prove troublesome for a homeowner to overcome on their own. With our advanced training and industry-leading equipment, our SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties fire restoration specialists can help you to restore your home entirely after a fire. Give us a call today at (270) 402-8170.

What To Do When The Pipes Freeze & Burst

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

When you have realized that a pipe has burst in your home, follow these steps to minimize your damage and in the long run, save you money.

1.Stop The Water Flow

Turn off the water main as soon as you notice something is wrong. The potential water loss from busted pipes in your house can be as much as 106 gallons; that's two full baths an hour. Once water is off, make sure you drain the lines throughout the home.

2. Locate, Inspect, and Repair the Damage

Once the damage is inspected, you will determine if this is something that you can handle on your own or if you need to bring in a plumber.

3. Call The Professional Drying Company 

Once the repair is made and no further damage will be made, call the professional water restoration company. Areas that have been soaked in water are susceptible to mold, mildew, and can cause your family unwanted illness.

Remember, the longer you wait to make these repairs the more damage will be caused and in turn, you will pay higher cost for restorations and getting your home back to normal. 

Christmas Tree Fires

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

We wanted to post a quick re-cap on our blog so that our customers would be aware of the potential dangers involving a Christmas tree fire!

Step 1: When picking your tree, make sure it is fresh! If needles fall off when you touch it, it is best to find another tree. Look for the perfect tree with healthy green needles!

Step 2: When you place your tree, ensure that it is three feet away from any heat source (fireplace, heat vent, etc.) AND ensure that it is not blocking an exit.

Step 3: Check your lights. Make sure they are for indoor use and always turn them off before leaving your house or going to bed.

Step 4: Water your tree daily! 

Last but not least- Step 5: After Christmas is over and you're getting rid of your tree make sure to place the dried out tree outside of your home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. AND bring your outside lights in to prolong their life! 

Fire Prevention This Holiday Season

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure to water your Christmas tree daily to prevent it from drying out.

-Turn off Christmas lights when you leave your home or go the bed for the night.

-Inspect Christmas lights and the wires before putting them up and replace any that have frayed or damaged areas.

-NEVER leave a lit candle unattended.

-When using candles, make sure they are on a firm flat surface away from curtains and other flammable materials. This prevents them from tipping over.

-Keep candle flames away from children and pets, they can burn themselves or accidentally knock the candle over.

-Make sure deep fried turkeys are properly thawed before frying.

-Have the fireplace flue cleaned yearly.

Routine Fire Sprinkler Inspections are important to your building's health

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Of the many tasks assigned to a Maintenance Manager, making sure the building's sprinkler system is in proper working condition is on the top of the list.

Fire suppression during a building fire replies on the sprinkler system doing it's job of containing/eliminating the fire.

Different types of materials within the structure, along with the amount of time the materials were in contact with the fire, will affect the level of damage that a building incurs.

Once the fire is extinguished, knowing how to properly mitigate and repair the building with the various materials in it is important.

If you find yourself needing mitigation for your fire damage give SERVPRO a call today.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

5 Steps To Prepare Your Home for a Fire

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Most people take active measures to prevent house fires, but not many people have implemented fire preparation techniques. Yet, fire prep is just as important as fire prevention, and in fact may be more so when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones. If you have yet to implement fire safety procedures, it’s time to do so. Below are five things you can do to get started: 

• Test your smoke alarms. 
• Plan an evacuation route. 
• Teach your children what to do in the event of a home fire. 
• Devise a communication strategy. 
• Practice. 

Test Your Alarms

Though your smoke alarms should inform you when they’re low on batteries, it doesn’t hurt to check them periodically. Test them once a month, and to err on the side of caution, replace their batteries at least once a year. 

Plan an Evacuation Route

This should be at the top of your fire preparation list. Identify all possible exits for each room in the home and make sure that each family member is aware of where those exits are. Designate a family meeting spot outside. 

Teach Your Children 

If you have young children, show them what the fire alarm sounds like and advise them on what to do if they hear one. Inform them of evacuation routes as well. 

Plan a Way To Communicate

Put together an emergency contact list and make sure that all family members know who to contact if they cannot find one another. Have your young children memorize important phone numbers, beginning with 911. 

Practice

The best way to ensure that all family members know what to do in the event of an emergency is to practice. Host a fire drill every couple of months and devise different scenarios. In doing so, you can increase the odds that everyone knows what to do and how to escape in a real emergency. 

Your SERVPRO fire remediation team or local fire department can review your fire preparation plan and provide additional tips for how to improve it. Don’t cut corners when it comes to fire safety and start planning today. 

What You NEED to Know About Fire Damage

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial or residential fire damage causes tremendous problems to your business or home. Even if your fire is relatively small, there can be hidden consequences. That's where we come in. As tried, trusted and true fire restoration experts Marion, Adair & Russell Counties, we're here to help you get your home or business back in shape.  

Inspection

Before our professionals can begin repairs, we'll survey the property and assess damages. Our inspection is incredibly thorough, so we can provide you with plans for the best path forward. During this time, we'd be happy to answer any and all questions you may have about the fire cleanup process. 

Cleaning

Once we complete our inspection, we'll discuss proper procedures and a schedule. Our experts here at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties will prepare our equipment, close off the area, and make all necessary preparations for cleaning. We'll  take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged items.

Odor Treatment

One of most difficult parts of any fire cleanup job is properly removing the scent in the area. Burnt odors often linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a micoscopic level. We use advanced cleaning technology and products to permanently remove the prescence of all odors in the area. 

Final Steps

Once the burnt sections of the property are removed and the odors have been treated, we move on to the last step of addressing the fire damage. If there are any structural damages to the property, we'll either make the repairs ourselves or provide you with the appropriate contact information for other experts who can help. We take our time in addressing each and every detail, because lingering smoke and fire damage can result in future problems. 

If you have any questions or need help with fire or smoke damage, contact us 24/7 at (270) 402-8170

Tips for Creating a Fire Escape Plan

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

A fire usually happens without warning, so it is important that you are prepared and have a fire escape plan in place before you need it. Knowing how to create an emergency escape plan is the first step, because you want to ensure that the one that you design will be able to get you, your family and your pets out safely and quickly should a fire ever occur.

Fire Alarms

You should have fire alarms outside of all bedrooms and on all levels of the home. This ensures that everyone will be able to hear them sound if a fire happens. Every season, test them and change the batteries so that they are always fresh and working properly. 

Prepare and Practice Your Escape Plan

Everyone should play a role in the creation of an escape plan so that they know it. Write it down and put it in an area where people can see it daily, such as on your refrigerator. When you are creating and practicing your plan, give each family member two escape routes. You also want to have a meeting spot for everyone to go to that is safely away from your home.

Once you have a good fire escape plan, it is important that the whole family knows what to do. This means occasionally practicing it, just like the fire drills you used to do when you were in school. According to the American Red Cross, only 26 percent of American families have created a plan and practiced it. 

Now that you have this information, it is time to get your fire escape plan in place. Get the entire family together so that you can work on the plan together. It is also a good idea to practice your plan every now and then so that it remains fresh in everyone’s mind.