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Fire pit safety tips

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Covid-19

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

DIY and restoration

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

DIY projects can be fun. But sometimes the option to save a dollar & “do it yourself” can be a big mistake when it comes to water, fire & mold restoration, and you may dig yourself a deeper hole & cost yourself a lot of money in the long run. On television and social media, DIY projects look so easy. And they are, if you’re an expert. However, DIY projects can mean a loss of money and time. The worst is a trip to the hospital. For the most part, people are entirely unrealistic when it comes to all aspects of DIY. A major kitchen restoration job cannot be completed in a weekend or two. Water or fire restoration is not something that can be put off just for weekend work. It needs to be handled fast and correctly the first time. The longer water sits in your home the more damage is being done. That’s why it's always right to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro to handle your problem. Our technicians can arrive in less than 2 hours to assess the damage and start the drying process immediately.

SERVPRO Services

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Crime scene cleanup

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Commercial water damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

A sprinkler system in your office building helps reduce the severity of a fire while remaining cost-effective. However, your office building in Teaneck might suffer problems if a fitting, joint, or sprinkler head suffers damage. This can happen in different situations and circumstances. Excessive water does not always spill out from a sprinkler head itself.
 
When a situation develops involving faulty installation or corrosion of sprinkler systems, broken feed lines, or even vandalism in your building, commercial water damage company can help make things normal again. Even if the water seems minimal, when it covers a large area,  they can help get things dried out quickly. We have the equipment needed to perform large-scale operations when needed and can tailor our services to smaller jobs, as well.
 
Large areas that sustain intrusive water need help drying out. Evaporating water simply moves from one area to another. Several fans might dry an area, only to find that condensation and water accumulation occurs elsewhere in your building. SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro is to make it “Like it never even happened,” for you. When we arrive, we start setting up the desiccant machines, air scrubbers, air movers, and extraction equipment we need to get your property dry again efficiently.
 
With a rapid response, we can keep the risk of water and mold damage minimized by removing moisture before it can soak into materials. Extracting moisture that may already seeped into carpets, office dividers, furniture, and other furnishings happens quickly when we use air blowers and dehumidifiers. Desiccant machines also help immensely in removing water vapor from the air. Once we remove it, this moisture can no longer find its way back into your office's environment and cause problems.

Mold in your commercial business

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

So what is mold?

Mold is a fungus that reproduces tiny spores in an environment with a lot of moisture. Mold grows quickly when humidity levels in an area are above 40 percent! Microbial growth can grow in or on just about anywhere such as window seals, drywall, carpet, ceilings, furniture, and even animals. Mold spores are microscopic and can move through the air and have growth within 48 hours. Mold can also come in a variety of colors, like green, brown, black and even purple! Mold can also leave a strong stench or bad odor.

What do you do next?

Inspect your building. Check for any leaks or water damage in our around floors, roofs, ceilings, crawlspace, kitchens, bathrooms, water heater or supply rooms. If you have found the source- then contact your local plumber to address the problem. If left untreated, mold will return. Once the leak or problem has been repaired, then contact the professionals at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of is the trusted leader in Mold Remediation. We are no stranger to high humidity percentages. During the summer months, daily readings average around 89-92 percent. Even in February and March, daily readings average 85-86 percent. Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified for water restoration, fire restoration and mold remediation.

Flood damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

What Are Examples of Secondary Damage or Discovered Hazards?

Your commercial building might harbor hidden materials brought to light during flood damage. When structural components break, erode, or strip away protective coverings during the rush of water or attempts to restore the chaos, the process might need to come to a halt. If the following materials are discovered a change in the recovery plan is necessary:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead painted surfaces
  • A wide range of chemicals, stored or swept inside, now contaminating the flood water
  • Mold growth

How Can I Handle the Presence of Biohazards and Mold Discovered During the Flood Recovery Process?

When SERVPRO is your commercial flood damage recovery contractor, the unveiling of biohazards and mold triggers the inclusion of remediation phases for each challenge. Our team includes trained, licensed, and experienced managers and technicians who can jump in whenever needed to secure the scene and take care of the interruption. We commit to:

  • Containing the affected spaces and the hazardous substances
  • Collecting the harmful materials, residues, and contaminated fluids
  • Disposing of the mold and biohazardsas required under local regulations

Tips for a sewer damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Tips For Dealing With A Sewer Backup In Your Home

In the best scenario, the plumbing system in your home works flawlessly. The water you need to operate appliances and to use for drinking and cleaning comes to you through the pipes. When the water is used, it is then whisked away through another set of pipes and goes to a wastewater treatment plant or a septic system. As with everything made by man, though, things go wrong, and you may be confronted with a sewer cleanup. Cleaning contaminated water requires special care, knowledge, experience and equipment. The best course of action is to call a Water mitigation team to take care of the problem quickly and safely. Here are some tips for dealing with a sewer backup in your home.

Yes, This Is an Emergency

Sewage water could contain viruses, bacteria and microbes that pose a danger to human health. Therefore, the mess should be cleaned up by professionals with specialized equipment for sewer cleanup. Look for a company that meets the following criteria:

  • They are available 24/7
  • They can be quick to the scene
  • They have experience in treating raw sewage from a flooded toilet
  • They work in protective gear when dealing with contaminated water

Your job in this situation is to call in the professionals and to keep everyone in your home safe. That means keeping children away from the dirty water, and to make sure pets don't go near it as well.

Mold after a storm damage

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

If you have mold on the walls in your home then it's usually easy to remove. If the wall is non-porous then you can simply wipe the mold away using a wet cloth. You can also use a mold killing product if you like.

However, if the wall is porous, such as unpainted drywall, then you will usually need to cut away the wall where the mold is growing. This is because mold grows inside the material, instead of just on the surface, and so you can't remove it completely. 

Mold on Drywall Walls

Because drywall is a substance high in cellulose, it is one of the most common materials mold grows on in the home. As there is no practical way to completely remove mold from drywall, you will have to cut out and dispose of any drywall you discover which has mold growing on it.

Mold Growing Behind Walls

Mold commonly grows out of sight behind walls in the wall cavities. These spaces often contain pockets of humid, moist air. Mold can also grow hidden behind wallpaper. Wallpaper glue can hold organic debris, which can then become a food source for mold growth.

To find hidden mold behind walls you need to use invasive inspection methods and, optionally, mold testing. It's best to talk to a professional mold specialist in this case.