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Water Damage may Lead to Mold Growth

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage may Lead to Mold Growth Mold Growth detector mold protimeter

Did You Know?

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water pipe, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health, and can also cause significant damage to your property. 

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:

  • Visible Mold
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Excessive humidity
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. Our technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. 

The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process:

  1. Call Your SERVPRO Professional Technician
  2. Inspection & Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold & Mold Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration/Rebuild

When Water Damage Strikes

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Strikes water damage cleanup

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your home or business. To help ensure a water damage is handled correctly complete the following steps:

Call SERVPRO

Inspection: SERVPRO Technicians will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. 

Emergency Service: Technicians will take steps to help protect your home of business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damages by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step.

Monitoring: To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently be communicated to you. 

Restoration Services: Are available upon request. We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted with you.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place. 
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water *this could cause electrical shock and/or damage to the vacuum.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Build An Emergency Kit

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. https://www.ready.gov/ suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit.

  • 3-day Supply of non-perishable food
  • Water-One gallon per person per day
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription Medication
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in weatherproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant supplies
  • Important documents in weatherproof container (insurance documents, bank records, IDs)

You can also keep a condensed Emergency Kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive kit go to ready.gov/

You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be Ready!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO  Eastern Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 22 years of experience in mold, water and fire cleanup. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY. Call SERVPRO to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Fire Damage Top Three DO's and Top Three Dont's

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

A basement fire caused this home in Rockland County to have major damage not only in the basement, but throughout the entire house. Follow these simple tips to help contain the damage. 

DO:

  1. Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linins on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

DON'T:

  1. Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO.
  2. Attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water withour first consulting an authorized repair service.
  3. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

Remember: CALL 1(800) 497-7179 SERVPRO Eastern Rockland County

Halt Winter Heating Fire Hazards

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Halt Winter Heating Fire Hazards Fire, Cleanup

Did you know? 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment., like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container a safe distance away from your home. 
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

If your property does suffer fire damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Carbon Monoxide: A silent Cold-Weather Killer

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment such as portable generators. There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes. Reduce CO fumes exposure in your home or workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside bedrooms. Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from openings to prevent fumes from entering the home/building. Visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov for more info on CO safety.

Fire Escape Planning For Commercial Properties

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Escape Planning For Commercial Properties Fire Escape Planning

Can You Do It in Under 2 Minutes?

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your com[any's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Is Your Property Ready for Winter?

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious damage. While you cannot control weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. 

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Obstructions can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the doors open allowing warm air inside. If you have outdoor faucets, turn off the water at the main valve.
  • Ask SERVPRO about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Worries of Winter Weather

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Winter weather and temperatures falling below freezing can bring about home water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice dams. These damages are costly to repair and in most instances can be prevented. 

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are not only those exposed to the cold weather, such as outdoor pipes, but also pipes in cold areas like basements, attics, garages and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your home if not properly and quickly fixed. 

According to The American Red Cross here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing:

  • Drain water completely from swimming pool, sprinkler system and outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near plumbing.
  • In extreme cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set at the same temperature day and night. The temperature should not be set below 55°

Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause major damage during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, (source Travelers.com) check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along ceiling of exterior walls in your home. These are indicators that ice dams have occurred and water has penetrated the roof membrane. Remove the ice dam quickly to prevent major water damage to your homes exterior and interior. Using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt can be used to alleviate the ice dam problem. 

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO has trained professional technicians ready to restore your property.