How to Prepare your Tenants for A Disaster
From the ceiling to the basement. Because the staff wasn't trained with how to deal with water damage, it flooded the entire building!
Disaster in commercial buildings can happen more often than we think, and whether we like it or not, being prepared for any kind of fire, water, or natural disaster has to be a number one priority at the workplace.
The very first step towards preparing your tenants for a disaster has to be education. Inform them about what they should do in case they’re in the work place at the moment of an emergency. Would they know how to respond to a floor? Would they know where to go during a fire?
Give them all the information they need to keep safe in any disaster situation, what they should and shouldn’t do. And once that’s done, make sure to supply the workplace with all the materials needed to survive these events, such as our Emergency Ready Plans.
Fire extinguishers, alarm buttons, proper signalization in case they have to exit the building quickly… Whatever they might need. In order to prevent further damages and to keep everyone involved safe, you must take the necessary steps! Call us today to schedule an Emergency Readiness Program Plan today - Free of charge!
How to Prevent Mold Growth at Home
Mold growing in moist, damp, hard to reach areas.
From white mold to black mold, having these kinds of problems are way more common than you think. Yes, dealing with all the bacteria and potential diseases these things bring can be hard, but there are ways to prevent them.
Mold grows in areas where there’s moisture or unwanted condensation . This means, wherever there’s a leak, a broken pipe, or a humid place in your house, it’s potential a great spot for mold growth.
Prevent mold growth by keeping all areas of your house properly ventilated and dry. Take a moment to do a quick inspection of your house and recognize the places that need to be checked immediately.
Make sure whatever unwanted wet area is dried immediately; same goes for ventilating any area of your house that could potentially hold moisture and grow black mold. Remember, mold grows in moist/humid places, which can be easily avoided by keeping everything dry and ventilated.
Check your floor tiles to make sure they’re fine, under your sink, repair all broken leaking pipes, keep your bedroom ventilated at all times and keep and eye for dark/humid places at home… Just by doing that, you can easily prevent mold growth. If you notice excessive moisture, or have any bad odors that you cant explain, give us a call to schedule a free inspection!
Should I handle Mold Myself?
Mold can be sneaky. Make sure if you find mold, that you determine its source too!
Nobody wants to deal with mold problems, but once you see mold in your house, you need to take care of it, immediately. Keep in mind, before you can do anything yourself, you should test the mold.
There are various kinds of molds, from white mold to black mold, they can bring any kind of bacterias and illnesses into your house, which is why you need to get it tested and see what you’re dealing with.
If the test shows the problem isn’t that bad (most of the cases aren’t), you can clean it up yourself. You should know, however, this is a long process that requires sealing up the whole area of your home, special gear, and deep cleaning.
Once all the cleaning is done, look for the original cause of the mold and repair it. Remember, most molds grow in humid, moist places, so keep an eye for any water leaks, broken pipes or places with unwanted condensation.
Last, but not least, test for mold again. Keep in mind bacterias could still be around, the same as mold dust, and the only way to really know the mold is gone is to get your house tested again. In order to keep your family safe and healthy, call in the professionals to handle all of your mold needs. We can provide free inspections, estimates, and work with your insurance providers to complete the work!
SERVPRO is the Team for you!
The growth was small, but without proper treatment, spread everywhere!
Mold can be harmless most of the times, however, there are cases in which people even dealing with white mold can become extremely hard, even dangerous. In which cases, you should call a professional to remove it.
All of our SERVPRO teams are qualified to test and remove any kind of mold (yes, even black mold), and make all kinds of reparations needed to make sure you don’t even have to deal with bacterial growth again.
Keep in mind, removing mold requires a lot of hard work, especially if the mold has already spread throughout larges surfaces of your house. You’ll need professional gear and equipment to remove it, so make sure a qualified SERVPRO technician is there to help!
Our team will remove the affected materials, clean it and make any other actions as needed. They’ll also go to the source of the problem (a water leak, a broken pipe...) and determine a fix immediately.
Hiring a professional to remove mold and take care of any old leaks causing the problem, is one of the best decisions you’ll ever made, especially when you realize just how harmful mold can be to your health. SERVPRO is prepared to respond 24/7 to any of your restoration needs!
Fires, How To Prevent them!
A beautiful home damaged by kitchen smoke damage!
First and foremost, fires can be extremely dangerous and scary if they are not dealt with promptly. In most cases, fires are caused by simple mistakes. Left the stove top on? Forgot the lasagna in the oven? Didn't burn out that candle? These are all, simply ways in which a fire can start.
For starters, when it comes to preventing kitchen fires, never leave your kitchen unattended when cooking. Keep stoves with hot oil in the back of the kitchen at all times, and never leave without turning them off. Same goes for when using the oven, never leave it alone.
When it comes to the rest of the house, follow these simple tips to prevent fires in your home:
- Do not leave any flammables near the kitchen. Nor sprays, oils, cleaning utensils. Absolutely nothing that can burn quickly.
- Keep an eye for old outlets extenders or old chargers. They can heat up and explode, causing an electrical failure at home, and even a huge fire.
- Never, ever, extinguish oil fire with water! This can cause a reaction and the fire would just spread, burning everything nearby.
- Pay attention to weird smokes or odd odors, these can tell you when something in your house is burning up and you can stop it before it turns to a whole house fire.
Fires will Burn without an Alarm!
A Fire Alarm on the ceiling of this long hallway!
Although preventing a fire should always be a priority, sometimes accidents happen and we still need to be prepared to run away from the fire, the ashes and the smoke. Lucky, preparing for such an event is easier than you think.
- Have Smoke alarms set. These alarms can detect fire pretty quickly and go off the second they sense smoke, potentially saving your life. Install them all around the house, not just near the kitchen.
- Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times to disperse smoke and put down the fire, especially near the kitchen area, since most accidents like these are kitchen fires.
- Make sure you have an escape route. During the fires, the ashes and smoke can be pretty deceiving, so make sure you know your way out.
- Learn how to stop, drop, and roll. This simple technique can not only stop your clothes from burning, but it can stop the fire overall and avoid a bad burn.
5.Learn how to move by crawling on the floor and avoiding all the smoke floating around. This particular one can potentially gain you more time and help you escape quickly.
Being prepared for a fire is all about planning ahead and controlling yourself in the situation. Fire and smoke can be terrifying, but being prepared and knowing what to do could save your life.
How to evacuate a Fire!
Home fires can happen in even the newest of homes!
Home fires, no matter what caused them, can be extremely scary. But keep calm, and learn what to do if a fire happens in your home. This is how to get everyone out safely and as soon as possible.
The very first thing you need to do is alert everyone, but make sure not to panic. If there’s a kitchen fire, or if an electrical failure caused a fire, alert everyone as soon as you see it or sense the smoke.
Once everyone is aware, follow the escape plan you had when you learned how to be prepared for a fire. It’s extremely important you know the best route out of the house and guide everyone out as quickly as possible.
While you’re heading out, remember not to go back or delay to look for material things, go to the door and get out. In case you can’t walk, or can’t see due to the smoke damage, crawl to the floor and move like that until you reach the door.
Again, if by any chances you’re caught on fire, remember to immediately stop, drop and roll to stop your clothes from burning and getting bad burn injuries on your body. Once you’re out, count everyone to make sure you are all safe.
Last, but not least, call 911 as soon as you have the chance. Don’t try to investigate the fire or go back in for personal belongings for any reason.
Water Damages are sometimes Unavoidable!
SERVPRO set up equipment to reduce the chance of bacterial growth after a water damage!
As much as we would like to avoid water leaks, broken pipes, rain coming down our roof or sudden and unexpected bursts of water, sometimes water damage is unavoidable. However, it’s not impossible to deal with.
Dealing with water damage will depend on where the damage was done. If we’re talking about our roofs leaking water through our ceilings, the best way to deal with it is by restoring the roof and waterproof it right away to avoid any future leaks.
When it comes to indoor places inside your home getting flooded, make sure to call in SERVPRO to get all the water out and properly dry it and ventilate the area. We do this to avoid moisture and any kind of humidity that could set in and create mold.
The same procedure applies for bathrooms and broken pipes or sinks. The most important thing to do is to get all the water out (and repair the leak immediately) and ventilate it right after.
Last, but not least, do not forget to also dry whatever got wet during the water damage. Furniture, clothes, books… These things can damage pretty quickly and even get mold too if you don’t take care of them as quickly as possible too. Ask SERVPRO about the different resources we have available to clean furniture, clothing, or even save damaged or wet documents!
Restoration Team? Choose SERVPRO
SERVPRO extracting water from tile floor that was recently installed!
Water damage can be a serious problem to anyone. Whether it comes from a leaking roof, an old pipe, or even sewage overflow, it’s not a nice thing to experience. This is why you should consider calling SERVPRO during a water damage you may encounter.
A restoration team is a team of professionals prepared to assist you during any kind of water damage. They don’t only have the knowledge to do so, but all the implements necessary to successfully get the water out of your home.
Restorations teams offer way more than just plumbing services. They assist you all the way from getting the water out, evaporate any remaining water, and avoiding any kind of humidification that could potentially happen.
In the case of a flood, they’ll run a quick evaluation of the situation before starting to act not only to get the water out but to stop the leaking. SERVPRO would also save as many of your belongings as possible, and restore the damage that was done.
They know how to deal with water, whether it be rain, pipe leaks or any other kind of water damage, they will restore the part of your home that was damaged by it. By the time SERVPRO is done, they will leave things better than it was before! While there are many restoration teams in the market, we'd hope you'd consider calling SERVPRO, the most trusted, professional company in the market!
You can Prevent some Water Damages!
As water traveled through the roof, it needed to be opened to fully dry the area. Just make sure this is handled by a professional, like SERVPRO!
Water can seriously damage your whole house in a matter of seconds. Sure, a little bit of water doesn’t seem like much, until a pipe leaks and you’ve got your whole house flooded with water! Now its time to call in SERVPRO. But before that, check this out!
Luckily for you, you can prevent water damage from happening in your home with just a few upgrades and little investment:
- Waterproof your roof. A leaking roof can mean a leaking ceiling, which can transform into ugly patches and even mold. To avoid this, simply waterproof your roof before the raining season begins.
- Check any old or leaking pipes. These are most likely to break and cause a huge flood, make sure to check them and change them or repair them as soon as you possibly can.
- Keep an eye out for humid spots. Dark spots on your walls or floors can mean there’s a pipe broken or a leak happening. If you spot any, make sure to call a restoration team or a plumbing service.
- Check your sewer system. A black water leak can easily happen too if you don’t take care of the pipes that create the sewer system of your home.
As you can see, preventing water damage can be done by taking proper care of your house every other month, and avoiding any kind of possible water leak.