Fire, Smoke and Soot
SERVPRO professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, soot damage and much more!
SERVPRO professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, soot damage and much more!
Every second counts during a fire. In a matter of moments a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.
1.) Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
2.) Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
3.) Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
4.) Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
5.) Plan for everyone in your home with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals.
6.) Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
Did you know that SERVPRO specializes in more than just fire and water restoration? We also provide residential services including carpet cleaning/deodorization, and upholstery cleaning. Call us today so your home can be a place to relax in.
Here at SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro, we base our work on a “restore” vs. “replace” mentality, meaning that we will work effortlessly to bring your house or place of work back to pre-loss condition.An example of a disaster that we often deal with concerns fire cleaning and repairs. In these types of disasters, we implement a seven-step process that our brave men and women follow in order to ensure the best possible cleaning outcome.Here at SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro, we base our work on a “restore” vs. “replace” mentality, meaning that we will work effortlessly to bring your house or place of work back to pre-loss condition.
Since fire damage is no laughing matter, you and your family should be weary about the many different smoke dangers that persist after a fire has ravaged through your home or place of business. Although you may not exactly be able to see ALL of the smoke damage, smoke has the ability to latch on to certain items and fabrics that may not be easily seen by the naked eye. This is when you should take all precautions and call SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro for our extensive smoke cleaning services. Your goods, electronic items, and even walls, if not properly taken care of, can corrode and even begin to danger you and your loved ones.
This time of year it is not uncommon for thermostats to be turned up to warming temperatures. Space heaters, heated blankets, and other household electronics are commonly used and more often than not, misused due to neglectful behavior. These items draw large a electric charge, making them a household hazard if they are not turned off and unplugged when not in use. Protect your home and family and be mindful of when these items are in use.
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AVOID BURSTING PIPES IN FRIGID TEMPS
SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro is a national sponsor for the American Red Cross “Ready Rating” Program. We are committed to helping others prepare for winter storms by helping to take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect property from damage and loss.
WINTER SAFETY: PROTECT YOUR HOME IN FRIGID TEMPS
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes.
Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.
Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem.
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes.
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
* Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
* Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
* Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
* Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action.
* Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
* Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
* When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
* Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
* If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
To Thaw Frozen Pipes:
* If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
* Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
* Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
* Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
* Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
* Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
* Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
* Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
This information provided by The American Red Cross.
Call the professionals when you have a question or need help with water damage and restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro, (513) 422-9200 or via email: SERVPRO5921@Gamil.com. We’re READY for whatever happens and make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: