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Dry Out After Water Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

inject-a-dry system placed on moist column Aside from knowing how much equipment to place and where our technicians are trained in other drying methods to be as efficient as possible.

Water damage happens due to several factors like flooding, high humidity, or water leaks. This damage can cause problems in your home, and it can compromise your loved one's safety. Molds and dirt yield in moist and damp areas. You may need a company that repairs water damage suppose your place is prone to floods. You should call these experts to dry out your home as soon as floods occur.

These damp conditions might worsen if you do not use the right tools and tactics to dry your home. The damages might be expensive and cause health effects. That is why hiring SERVPRO of Winter Park is the best solution.

Why Hire Water Damage Companies?

Hiring a water restoration company is the best way to deal with floods in your house SERVPRO of Winter Park has the right skills to handle these issues. It is challenging to dry the home because you might leave out important parts like the basement. Also, it is hard to clean your house after water damage, especially if it is significant. However, SERVPRO of Winter Park will handle that for you.

Why Should You Dry with Our Equipment?

It would help if you did not try any DIY techniques when you flood your house because it can worsen the situation. However, drying out is the essential step when restoring your water. Experts from SERVPRO of Winter Park work hard to make sure your home is clean and dry. We use top-notch equipment, so do not worry about your home's safety.

These experts will examine your place and look out for important factors like moisture and humidity.

Types of Water Damage

Below are the main types of water damage:

1. Damaged pipes

Damaged or broken pipes can cause significant damage, and you should replace them as soon you notice them. You might need SERVPRO of Winter Park to achieve this. Most damaged pipes are included in the insurance policies, but damages that happen from neglect are not included. Some warranties cater to bills caused by faulty water heaters.

2. Structural damage

Water damage might cause a structural issue at your place, and this makes the area inhospitable. This water seepage in the basement or on the floor might make the home structure week and later collapse.

3. Cleanups at the sewage

Cleanup happens when you back up toilets or sinks. Black or greywater seepage is the main result of sewage spills. Cleaning up your sewage is a nasty part of the restoration procedure, and it can cause health effects. It would be great to conduct this activity with the help of SERVPRO of Winter Park.

Causes of Water Damage

Several factors cause water damage, like damaged pipes, gutters, faulty roofs, among others. In addition, homes that lack proper aeration are more likely to get mold, especially in neglected places.

It is hard to prevent water destruction because some natural factors also cause it, like storms. But you can avoid extra damage by knowing its causes.

1. Leaky roofing system

Faulty roofs will let the water reach your home, causing massive damage. You might also see water deteriorate if you have old and damaged roofs. You might think that your old roof is okay until a heavy downpour occurs. In most cases, the harm occurs, and homeowners might not notice it for a long time.

2. A faulty pipe

Damaged pipes can destroy your home by a slow leak. Plumbing problems occur, but their intensity depends on the water amount. Broken pipes cause damage, especially if the hoses in the washing machines burst.

Damaged pipes also cause issues that develop, like when water starts dripping from damaged parts.

3. Condensation

This is one of the most common causes of water contamination in many homes, but most people overlook it. This condensation happens when there is a leak or when the pipes do not drain well. With time, the condensation goes through walls and floors, causing mold.

Risks of Water Damage

There are many dangers of water damage to homeowners, both financial and emotional. Here are some risks:

1. It destroys property

One of the most common effects of water damage to your house is jeopardizing your property's safety. It is hard to rebuild most of these items destroyed by this damage. Water damage might destroy your crucial documents, clothing, and electronics, among others. This damage might also destroy essential structures in your house.

2. It may cause health effects

Water damage has a long-lasting effect on your health. Mold multiplies in moist areas, and they can cause health effects. They also attract pests and lower the air quality. Therefore, this means you should repair any water damage when you notice it.

3. Increases pest infestation

Most pests and bugs love moist areas. Unaddressed water collections also bring these critters to your place and cause further damage. Pests like cockroaches and centipedes bring moisture to your home, so you should avoid this by repairing any damage.

How to Dry Water from Damage

You can do the following things to dry out water:

  • Knowing where the leak is and repairing it
  • Repairing damaged walls
  • Look out for mold
  • Seek help from an expert

Water damage is familiar to most of us, and it happens due to reasons like faulty pipes and a leaky roof. It would be great to repair these faults to make sure they do not escalate. In addition, repairing these faults will keep your loved ones free from danger.

Why SERVPRO: Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning surface with decon30 Our team uses CDC-approved products to sanitize and fight the COVID-19 virus.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is offering Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services. We have helped many businesses during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This type of cleaning can give business owners and their customers peace of mind. When businesses decide to be SERVPRO Cleaned Certified, they are showing the world that they care about deep cleaning services that will help to keep everyone safe.


CDC-Approved Cleaning

CDC-Approved cleaning is an investment in your business. We use CDC-approved disinfecting products and cleaning procedures. We will bring a higher standard of care to the cleaning process to help keep our comunities safe and your business running smoothly.


Safe

When you choose SERVPRO Certified Cleaning Services, you can be sure that your business will be as safe as possible. Our team of professionals has been trained in biohazard decontamination. We know how to clean business in the best and fastest way possible. When you cannot afford to take chances, our company is there to provide reliable services. We deliver results and peace of mind.


Custom Cleaning

Our expert cleaning technicians will give you a custom cleaning job. We want to make sure that all of your cleaning needs are met so that your business can be a safe place. We use state-of-the-art tools and only the best cleaning supplies available. We use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning supplies that are CDC-approved. We take cleaning seriously so that you can focus on other parts of running your business.


Security

When your business has been cleaned by us, you will have a Cleaned by SERVPRO shield placed on your front window for everyone to see. You will also receive digital emblems and different types of collateral. This will help your community know that your business has been cleaned by a company that is committed to providing high-quality cleaning services. We want to give you, your employees, your customers, and everyone in your community a feeling of security. When we clean your business, you can be confident that the job is done by professionals.

Equipment and Tools Used for Fire Restoration

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

close up of hand wiping away soot with a soot sponge A dry cleaning soot sponge is effective for removing soot from smoke-covered surfaces. It is used to soot from surfaces you do not want to get wet.

A fire is a disaster that can severely damage and even destroy property. There are many equipment and tools used in fire restoration, such as fire extinguishers, fire hoses, thermal imaging cameras, and more.

This article will discuss the most common of these tools - what they do, how they work to control or stop fires - so you know what to expect when you encounter them on your own property.

Tools Used For Fire Damage Restoration


HEPA Filtered Air Movers

A HEPA filtered air mover works by sucking contaminated air into one end of the machine, where a filter then catches any type of particulates such as dust or ash that would be present in either smoke or general debris from fire damage before they're expelled back out again through vents on the opposite side for immediate use with minimal risk of re-contamination. The filters inside these machines need to be cleaned or replaced every few months to keep them working at the highest efficiency level.


HEPA Filtered Vacuum Cleaners

A HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner is similar in function to a HEPA filtered air mover. Still, instead of sucking up contaminants with an intake on one side, it vacuums any debris and dust into its bag where all particulates are caught inside before being expelled out again on the other end for use without risking re-contamination from dirty filters or vents. These machines need regular maintenance like filter changes or cleanings as well.


Soot Sponges

Soot sponges are one of the most versatile tools used for fire restoration. They can be squeezed, twisted, and kneaded to let water seep into pores in a soot sponge where heat from an intense oil-based fire will dissolve it away or break these oils down while releasing particles that pose no risk to people when they touch them as well.


Debris Pads

Highly absorbent polyester debris pads help reduce the size of large debris by sucking up liquid and trapping any smaller particulates before they can spread out too far. These mats also need regular care, like removing dust and dirt off their outer surface between uses - especially if they'll be reused on site after being left outside for a while.


Buckets

Fire restoration often requires buckets - both small and large ones that can be used during firefighting operations and general cleanup afterward when the water has been used to put out the fire.

Tools Used for Putting Out Fires


Fire Hoses

A basic tool in any restoration effort is a fire hose for flooding an area with water and putting out fires. Often, it's just barely enough pressure to extinguish smaller flames. Still, they're more useful as a backup measure against larger blazes that need copious amounts of water or other types of liquids like foam-based suppressants. These hoses must be stored properly so they don't develop leaks or kinks over time which will cause them to lose their effectiveness when needed most because minor dents can become enlarged under continued use.


Foam Salt Dispenser

Often found in restaurants and food service facilities, this system uses salt mixed with soap which generates foam to suppress fires where there is a lot of grease or oil. This type of suppression can be used in any space with heavy metals like lead which would otherwise hamper the effectiveness of water-based firefighting methods.


Salt Water Sprinkler

This sprinkler system connects to your local municipal water supply. It injects saltwater into an area, suppressing flames by lowering their temperature and interfering with the chemical reactions that create them. They are effective for smaller spaces and larger ones because they work on liquid fuel sources, not just solid materials like wood or other organic substances susceptible to thermal oxidation (burning). The only downside is that it takes longer before the flame goes out, so this method isn't recommended when evacuation timeframes are tight.


Dry Chemical Sprinkler

This sprinkler system releases chemicals into the air that are heavier than air and will settle on surfaces with a high surface area to volume ratio. This makes them especially effective at fighting fires because they can reach up over 20 feet (about six meters). They also have a much broader spray pattern, which is why they're used for quick knockdown or point suppression when you want to get rid of the fire quickly before it spreads.

The downside here is that these systems only work well in small areas since as soon as the dry chemical gets wet from water pouring down onto it, its effectiveness disappears. It's also not safe if there are too many people inside an enclosed space like a room and needs to be evacuated.

The good news is that the dry chemical systems have a much better safety record than water-based fire extinguishers and can be used for large fires or small ones. They also work well on Class A, B, C, and D fires but not as well with E-type fuels like oil or gas because they need to come into contact with these types of materials to put them out.

All in all, though, there are many advantages to using this system over others when fighting a fire, so it's worth considering what equipment you want at your disposal if a disaster happens at home!

Going to a Shelter in the Event of a Hurricane

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane shelter worker inspecting spaced apart cots Hurricane shelters are taking the current pandemic into consideration when setting up in the event of a hurricane.

Going through an emergency situation, such as a hurricane, that requires you to evacuate your home can be very scary. Fortunately, proper preparation makes the process easier for everyone involved. While many steps in the replacement process may seem common knowledge, in the heat of the moment, there are things that can be forgotten. The following guide walks you through tips to use if you need to evacuate your home to go to a shelter during a hurricane.


Reduce the Risk of Catching COVID-19

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for potential relocation during a hurricane is to get the COVID-19 vaccine in advance. When you’re in a storm shelter, there are often many people in a confined space. This means the transmission of the virus will be much higher than if you were merely out and about doing your normal daily activities. The COVID-19 vaccine is taken in two separate doses and requires a brief window between the two doses, so getting started with the vaccine process as quickly as possible is essential.


Determine Where the Closest Shelter is Located

When evacuations occur, many people become frantic because there are so many things they need to do to prepare for their shelter stay. Taking the time to find out where your closest shelter is before any hurricanes arrive can take away some of the stress that comes during this hectic time. It’s a good idea to determine a safe route of travel in advance too. You want to be sure you don't have to travel through any roads that could potentially flood during a hurricane. This ensures you and your family can get to safety as quickly as possible.


Don’t Forget About Your Pets

Many shelters restrict pets from being able to stay on the premises for their safety and the safety of others on site. It’s important to make arrangements for your pets in advance so you have a safe place to take them if you do need to evacuate your home in the future. There are many kennels that house pets during emergency situations, but they often have limited capacity available. Making arrangements ahead of time betters your chances of being able to get them to a safe place during an emergency.

Talk to Your Family about a Potential Evacuation

The evacuation process can be scary for children so talking to them about what to expect before a hurricane hits can make the transition easier for them and for you. Explain the process that will take place and what they can expect at the shelter. Explain that there will be a lot of people in the facility and they need to stay with the family at all times. Explain how important it is to wash their hands frequently to prevent the transmission of any illness, including COVID-19. Explain that there will be very limited things for them to do to stay occupied so they need to determine what items they want to bring with them for entertainment.

Create a Checklist

It’s a good idea to create a checklist for the things that need to be brought to the shelter. A few things to consider bringing are:

  • Water: While emergency shelters often have water available, the quantity may be limited and it could take a few days for emergency supplies to arrive. Packing water for your family ensures everyone can stay hydrated during the stay.
  • Food: If anyone has dietary restrictions, bringing food with you ensures they get the specific foods they need. It’s a good idea to bring foods that are precooked and easily eaten without needing to be heated. It’s also a good idea to pack a few comfort foods, such as snacks, cookies, or fruit so everyone can feel as comfortable as possible.
  • Medications: When staying in the shelter, you won’t have access to a pharmacy and thus need to bring any medications your family needs with you. Be sure to bring ice packs and a cooler for any medications that need to be refrigerated and refrigeration may be limited.
  • Clothing: Clothing needs to be brought with you to the shelter as you may not be able to return to your home for a few days. It’s best to try to pack clothes in the most compact way possible as the amount of space designated for your family will be limited.
  • Sleeping Bags: The number of cots available to shelter attendees will be limited. Bringing sleeping bags with you to the shelter ensures everyone in your family has a warm place to rest.
  • Crucial Paperwork: Bring all important documentation with you when you evacuate. If something happens to your home during the hurricane, you can rest assured the important documents your family needs do not get damaged or destroyed.
  • Entertainment: Staying in a shelter can become boring over time. Bringing card games, books or other forms of entertainment can help keep boredom away. It’s important to not rely solely on electronic devices for entertainment. Access to electricity may be limited and make it difficult to charge devices when needed.


Local storm shelters in central Florida can be found in Orange County at Barnett Park Community Center, in Seminole County at Northland Church, in Volusia at Ocean Center, and in Osceola County, the listings are provided when an emergency occurs. If a hurricane does damage your home, SERVPRO is ready and willing to get your home back in order so your family can return to normal life as quickly as possible.

How Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Your Business

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

business door with sorry we're closed sign Unexpectedly having to shut down your business operations can have a serious effect on your business. Preparing for the unknown can be detrimental.

Downtime Protection for Your Business

Business interruption insurance can protect your business from the financial risks associated with unexpected events, such as natural disasters and fires.

As an owner of a small business, you might not have the funds to invest in this type of coverage on your own. One way to obtain protection for your business is through a group policy offered by various trade associations.

However, many employers find it difficult to keep up with rising premiums and increase deductibles due to their high-risk occupations.

If you're one of these people who feels stuck between making ends meet or providing for their family's future security, then consider investing in this type of coverage on your own instead!

Business Interruption Insurance: What Is It?

Business interruption insurance is commercial insurance that protects against losses sustained when a business is temporarily shut down because of an event such as fire, theft, or natural disaster.


Why Is Business Interruption Insurance Important?

Business interruption insurance not only covers your lost profits but also protects the value of future sales and ensures continued operation. This may help prevent financial problems from increasing in severity if you're unable to access other types of coverage, like life insurance, for example!


Benefits Of Buying The Coverage On Your Own:

  • You can control how much coverage you have with the amount you pay out-of-pocket
  • A company doesn't dictate what coverages are available or offer solutions tailored to your individual needs
  • You get coverage that's tailored to your needs
  • If you do need business interruption insurance, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Be sure that the insurance policy provides adequate coverage for lost profits and overhead expenses.
  • Get as many quotes as possible from various providers before deciding who best meets your individual needs. Doing this will help ensure you're not overpaying or buying more than you need!

How Does Business Interruption Insurance Work?

Business interruption insurance coverage works for business owners worried about the potential for an interruption with your company.

Businesses reliant on a fixed income from regular customers or sales, such as retail stores and restaurants, stand to lose significant amounts of money during these periods of uncertainty.


How Businesses Can Help Their Employees Using This Insurance Coverage

Employees who may have been counting on their days off to get caught up in other areas of work could be left scrambling when it comes time to go back out into the field.

In addition, if employees need to leave time because they've lost their job due to reduced business hours caused by an interruption, this can lead them down a tough road financially without adequate coverage benefits through government programs.

Not only does business interruption insurance provide coverage against lost income and wages, but it also covers lost revenue that you may have incurred as a result of the interruption.


Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

Businesses should be cautious about including enough coverage for their company to avoid negative financial impact from this type of situation or one like it in the future.

If your business relies on consistent customers, sales, work hours, or employees, then there are many ways that disruption could negatively affect your operations without appropriate insurance protection.

When considering how much coverage you need for these types of scenarios, remember what's at stake with an interruption: more than just money. You're taking away time-sensitive opportunities to get back into the field, potentially having to pay workers overtime (or provide unpaid leave) to cover the unfilled hours, and, of course, your company's long-term reputation.


Business Interruption Insurance
In post-disaster reconstruction...

Protecting against such an event is crucial because it could take months or even years before a business can be returned to normal levels - if ever.

It's common for insurance companies to offer commercial property coverage that will help recover from a disaster but not the damage caused by loss of sales during this period.

Business interruption insurance offers protection when business may have been disrupted due to the catastrophe (such as no electricity), preventing any potential losses incurred while the business is out of commission.


What Types of Coverage Are Included?

The types of coverage available to business owners include the following:

  • Coverage for the shrinking of business as a result of natural disasters or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Insurance to cover additional costs incurred while starting up in another location after disaster strikes (such as rent, utility bills, and telephone charges).
  • Insurance that will cover financial losses if disabled employees are unable to work during this time.
  • Protection against lawsuits filed by customers who may have been injured from the event or property damage caused by it.


Business interruption insurance is an important type of coverage to consider for your business because you can't control what happens outside your premises, but you can protect yourself with coverage like this.


Business Interruption Insurance: What Isn't Covered?

  • The business's most valuable assets, such as inventory and equipment.
  • Business expenses that would be incurred after the new location is opened. You will need separate insurance for those costs.


Is the Cost Worth It for Your Company's Future Security?

Business interruption insurance premiums generally range from $600 to $2400 per year. The cost is worth it for the company's future security to maintain liquidity and stability during a difficult time.

An interruption of business can happen suddenly without any warning whatsoever. Still, there are many ways that your company could prevent such a disruption from happening by purchasing this type of insurance policy in advance.

How Dehumidifiers Work and Their Importance in Restoration

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier placed in a bathroom A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air and helps prevent the creation of an environment for mold growth to thrive in.

What Is a Dehumidifier and What Does It Do?

A dehumidifier is an electrical machine used to extract excess humidity or foul smells from the air. It is also great for mold prevention. Moisture levels in a building come from several things. Improper room ventilation while cooking and drying laundry makes house walls sweat. A room filled with strange odors, humidity, and particles is agonizing for people suffering from asthma or allergies.


Relief from Water Damage and Mold

Busted pipes, leaky roofs, or flooding challenges attracts potentially dangerous mold. If mold spores come in contact with damp or wet spaces, it grows and can potentially become toxic.
Homeowners and Business owners must stay abreast of any water leakages or flooding on the inside of the structure. Renovations due to excess water damage and mold can be costly. A dehumidifier is the best choice if your goal is to put a stop to mold. Mold lurks in damp environments.

A dehumidifier draws in the moist, humid air through an evaporator coil then through a condenser coil. This procedure transforms the previous moist, damp air into warm air. Once the air is warmed, it is then released back into the room while at the same time lowering the humidity within the building.

A significant issue that can occur within a business or housing complex is mold growth. However, when discovered right away, the risk is reduced to minimal. The key to preventing mold is finding where the issue occurred and extracting excess water as soon as possible. Once you locate the leak source, use water removal instruments to dry up the excess water.

The Functions, Pros, and Cons: Dehumidifiers and an Air Exchangers

A dehumidifier is similar to an air conditioner. Air coolers are for circulating cool air into a specific area of a structure. Keep in mind that ideal air circulation calls for fans and windows. It is also good to know that different types of wood or materials react differently to water.

An air conditioner cools the air down but can make for a humid, moist environment. In contrast, a dehumidifier dries the air, making it warmer, plus decreasing the humidity. Conventional AC units remove the moisture by cooling the air.

The size of the unit is essential to ensure the room cools quickly and efficiently. For instance, using a tiny air unit to cool a large area is a waste of energy and will empty your wallet. Switching to an air inverter conditioning system is an energy-efficient alternative to conventional air exchangers.

Window-mounted air exchange units do not always vent adequately. Because air exchangers are typically either on the outside fully or partially, the air travels through a wall vent, then through the evaporator. Finally, in the condenser coil, the warm air shoots outside the structure. Obstructions in a wall-mounted air unit reduce airflow, and the air conditioner unit gets overheated.


Cleaning up the Mess

Some water cleanups and restorations may require pumps and professional drying systems to dry excess water from walls, carpets, and ceilings. Also, be aware that materials do not react the same when they come in contact with water. Warning, if you do not know how to extract excess water from a structure, please call a professional. It is imperative to use the right tools and protective equipment.

A professional will extract and mitigate (remove damaged materials) from the site. A professional uses precision moisture meters and thermal devices to pinpoint where the problem lies. It is crucial to keep in mind that water extractions can run you into thousands of dollars. Professionals require various types of tools for professional water damage restoration.

Air coolers maintain constant humidity levels, therefore preventing mold from forming. Air movers also blast out stuffy smells from a room. Lastly, wall or window-mounted air conditioners are easy to operate. The downside of running an AC unit around the clock, however, is enormous energy consumption.

Water extraction is necessary for massive floods such as busted pipes or natural disasters. However, for a do-it-yourself cleanup, a dehumidifier is an excellent device to get started. Even better, a dehumidifier teamed up with a commercial air mover (fan or air conditioner) works for restoring a severely damaged wet area.


Humidifiers and Air Coolers Working Together

Merging these devices is a quicker and more effective means of restoration. This method ensures that mold will not creep in at a later time. Joining an air mover with a dehumidifier reduces future damages to the structure. When it comes to decreasing moisture levels, air coolers alone cannot measure up to a dehumidifier.

An energy-efficient inverter air system can save about 70% on the next power bill. Note, however, that dehumidifiers use only a tenth of your electric power. Dehumidifiers come with built-in sensors that regulate the fan speed within the defrost system. Like other types of technology, machine technology is ever-changing.

Air conditioners alone eliminate about 18 gallons of water. Excess water causes potentially dangerous mold. Preventing mold is a primary reason people choose this duel system. Whether you choose a conventional, large, or compact dehumidifier depends on the size of the task.

An air conditioner teamed up with a dehumidifier is effective and removes moisture quicker. The main factors in getting efficient air are good circulation, dehumidification, and air purification. For specific spaces, portable AC modifiers have condenser evaporators that pull heat out of an area. These mobile units go where they are needed.

Avoiding Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Business

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

fire in building with fire extinguisher near exit Having fire extinguishers in convenient and designated areas of your business can be crucial in minimizes fire and smoke damage.

Smoke and fire alarms are necessary for any business that deals with or is near to a source of the fire. The smoke from a fire can easily be blown away by blowing air, making it harder to contain. A fire alarm system will alert you and your staff immediately, as well as notifying the proper authorities so that you can put off the fire and protect other people's lives.

Fire Safety

Avoiding smoke and fire damage in your business may seem simple enough, but fire safety is an important issue that must not be taken lightly. Your insurance will likely cover some of the costs associated with fire, but you'll still have to pay for the damages to your building. If you can avoid smoke and fire damage in your business, you can save yourself a bundle on your annual insurance premiums. Here are a few of the ways you can avoid damage caused by fires:

When Choosing a Business Location

When choosing a location for your business, you must consider the potential fire hazards your building may have. Many businesses are located near other businesses that have more potential fire hazards. For example, if you're planning to open a hair salon, make sure you avoid a building that's close to a beauty salon. This doesn't mean you can't set up shop somewhere else; it just means that you need to think about the fire hazards of your potential location carefully before you commit to it.

Make the Necessary Preparations

Make sure your building is smoke-free before you allow anyone inside. Any time you're entertaining company, you should keep a fire extinguisher on hand. It might seem easy to keep the extinguisher on a hidden shelf, but too often, small fires can go unnoticed because they're so small. In addition to keeping the extinguisher on hand, make sure any flammable items are out of reach of your guests. This includes anything flammable you might be storing near your business.

Active Fire Alarm System

Of course, the most important step you can take when it comes to avoiding smoke and fire damage in your business is to make sure you have your fire alarm system up and running. If you have an alarm for each room, you will know when the fire alarm is triggered, which means you can get out as soon as possible. If you're unsure which rooms your fire alarms should be placed in, you should consult with a professional fire safety expert. He or she will give you advice about the best place to put the fire alarms.

Avoiding smoke and fire damage in your business can be difficult. No matter how much money you spend on safety equipment, you might still end up with losses. The most effective way to avoid losses is to ensure that every room is equipped with a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher. You should also make sure that everyone knows where the fire exits are to leave the building in an emergency easily. A fire safety sign is another excellent way to minimize losses, as this will alert anyone in the building to evacuate in a hurry should there be a fire.

The Bottom Line

Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Avoiding fire and smoke is only half the battle. It would help if you also learned about fire prevention in your business to know what steps you should take should a fire break out. Many businesses overlook the most basic fire prevention practices, so many fires are caused because no one knows about them. Fire prevention training should be included in your regular training sessions for staff so that you can ensure that all of your employees know how to avoid any fire risks.

How Tropical Storms Can Cause Property Damage

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

damage to multiple homes from a tropical storm Although not as strong as a hurricane, tropical storms still have the potential to cause extensive property damage.

Many people across the country watch the news of tropical storms battering Florida. They wonder what the big deal is, because it's just a lot of rain and wind, right?

They've forgotten the damages from the rain and wind of a tornado or other severe storms in their area. Let's examine what property damages are possible from a tropical storm in central Florida.

Property Damages From Rain

Tropical storms deliver rather impressive but torrential rainfall. Rain of over six inches could cause destructive flooding. Flooding of inland properties both commercial and residential is the first big result of tropical storms.

Roof shingles and tiles are not only infiltrated but torn off. This causes ceiling damages in the rooms beneath. Windows could possibly leak with torrential rains. Foundations can be harmed and basements flooded.

Chimneys could take on water. The floor of the room in which the fireplace is located would flood. Gutters could fail under so much rain. This would mean water damages to the walls, resulting in mold and mildew.

Property Damages From High Winds

There's a reason central Florida cities get the evacuations done before the high winds of a tropical storm begin blowing. Persons caught outdoors are urged to get inside before the storm starts. Here's why:

  • Flying objects. Anything not tied down or brought inside morphs into a projectile hurled as if by angry gods. Fence rails, lawn furnishings, rakes, shovels, toys, and decorative stones could all crash through the walls of a house.
  • Parking barriers, anything in the bed of a truck, and road signs could pierce the walls of a commercial enterprise. It takes a lot for clean-up crews to gather the projectiles and for repairmen to repair the damages done by tropical storms playing catch with commercial and residential buildings.
  • Building materials. High winds snatch at things. We've seen fences picked up out of the ground by high winds. Roof tiles, ripped siding, even stone veneers can be snatched out of their resting places and tossed around in the wind.
  • Blown away. The higher a building is, the more delight tropical storm winds take in putting their shoulders into it. High buildings can topple. Homes and lower-built commercial buildings have been known to be moved off their foundations by capricious tropical storm winds.

Property Damages From Storm Surge

The record for a storm surge during a tropical storm was in Australia in 1899. The surge traveled 13 miles inland, wreaking havoc along its path. Storm surges can travel up to 30 miles inland.

The problem with storm surges is that it eats away at both the land and buildings on it. Erosion happens to both land and highways. It can undercut the foundations of buildings as well as cause rising waters from local rivers and lakes. As high winds drive deadly rushes of water inland, it's a wise idea to run.

Property Damages From Tornadoes

The fury of movement inside a tropical storm spawns tornadoes. Also furiously moving, tornadoes wreak just as much damage as tropical storm winds and rain. Tornadoes, however, are capricious in the extreme. There's no telling which way they'll turn, how much damage they'll feel like doing, or when they'll exit stage left.

Tornadoes have been known to stomp houses into the ground, pick up mobile homes and deposit them miles away, collapse commercial buildings, snatch up trees and toss them into someone's house or store, take cars out for a spin, and make boats completely disappear.

All this is bad news to those living on houseboats, beach houses, and cabins on the lake. These places aren't only located on coasts battered by tropical storms; they're located inland on lakes and rivers. While there are warning systems in place all over Florida to alert people to the approach of a tropical storm, not everyone wants to give up control of their property to winds and rain.

Final Thoughts

The death toll following these awful storms is worse than the property they damaged. We can replace a house or a store, buy another boat or car, but we can't replace those who died trying to protect their property.

There are companies like SERVPRO of Winter Park that clean up after such a storm. The property can be put back together in time. The most important thing is to preserve the lives of the people owning the property. Heed the warning calls, and then call on the pros to fix everything afterward.

Can Smoke Damaged Clothing Be Cleaned?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

men's dress shirts hanging from hangers in a closet Depending on the severity of the damage, there are a few tricks you can apply to remove smoke odor from clothes.

Can Smoke Damaged Clothing Be Cleaned?

Fire is among the biggest threats to an individual’s property. Its occurrence can damage prized possessions and reduce your house to ashes. In severe cases, victims may be forced to start from scratch. Having comprehensive homeowner’s insurance will not sort you out immediately. The process takes time, and you will need to figure out how to salvage some of your belongings. It will help you save costs while on temporary housing.
The smoke and soot during a fire event can damage your textile. It does not mean that everything will end up in the dumpster. You do not have to get rid of your favorite outfits since there are ways to salvage them. Here are critical tips for cleaning your clothing to rescue your wardrobe during such kind of trauma:

1. Sort out your clothes.  The initial thing to do is to sort out what can be repaired from what cannot. Clothes with burn holes will be challenging to salvage; therefore, you will have to do away with them. Once you have identified what can be salvaged, sort them out in terms of fabric and washing instructions. Ensure to keep an eye on clothing accessories like beadwork, buttons, or metal fittings. In case of any damages, replace them with new ones.

2. The following action to take is to consult your insurance provider as soon as you can. It is because the process usually takes a while before you can be fully compensated. Nonetheless, starting early gives you a better chance of receiving your partial payout early, which can help cover basics as you wait to repair your house or permanent replacement.

3. When it comes to cleaning the clothes, get rid of excessive soot from the clothing. Shake off the soot without beating the clothes. Avoid using a brush since its bristles may force the soot deeper into your clothing, making it harder to remove. Instead, use a narrow, high-suction tip vacuum cleaner to get rid of the soot.

4. Once done with the soot, you can start cleaning your clothes. Make sure your dry-clean clothes are handled with professional dry cleaners with experience in smoke-damaged clothing. When handling polyester or cotton, ensure to wash them several times in warm water without any bleaching agent. For the bleach-safe clothing, make sure that you wash them several times in heavy detergent to remove the smoke odor. It is advisable to hand-wash the fire-damaged clothing for the first few washes to avoid your new load of laundry acquiring the smoke odor.

5. If the smoke odor persists, after several washes with household deodorizers, you will need to seek an expert’s assistance. Look for a company that provides quality ozone treatment service to help remove the stubborn smoke odor.

6. Finally, it would be best to contact highly experienced fire-restoration experts like SERVPRO of Winter Park for further advice.  You can learn more tips on how to clean fire-damaged clothing and it can save you substantially. They have the appropriate training for restoring fire-damaged clothing and can guide you in doing the right thing.

Condensation on Your Walls and What it Means

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

paint bubbling and peeling from wall condensation Condensation and moisture on your wall can lead to paint damage, sheetrock damage, and in many cases, mold growth.

If there is condensation on your walls, you should do something about it. It may look harmless, but it is dangerous in the long run. Wet walls are a suitable habitat for mold and mildew, which can cause health effects. In addition to that, your walls may get too weak and collapse with time.

Signs of Wet Walls

There are various things you will spot if your walls are damp. For instance, you may encounter some damp, musty odor every time you walk into a room, and yet there is nothing damp in the room. There may also be dark marks on a wall, and the plaster looks discolored. Additionally, you may notice that your wallpaper or paint is peeling off.

Causes

The leading cause of wet walls is condensation. Other causes are leaks and drainage, and damp issues. Below is a breakdown of the causes and what to do about each of them.

Condensation

Condensation appears on your wall when excessive hot air in the house settles on the cold walls and cools, thus turning into water. Excessive air often results from cooking or the shower.

You can employ the following remedies for condensation:

Have An Exhaust System

Install an exhaust system in your kitchen and bathroom to suck out the steam instead of having it waft around the house. You can also ensure you close the door and keep the windows open while showering or cooking. Ensure you cover the pots and pans as the food cooks to prevent too much steam from escaping in the kitchen.

Have A Proper Ventilation System

You need to ensure that there is as much breathing space as possible in your house. This can be as simple as committing to open the windows as often as possible so that hot air goes outside instead of settling on the walls.

Invest In a Dehumidifier

This is a machine that sucks excess moisture out of an enclosed area. It will be a great addition to your home to aid in fighting condensation.

Keep Your House Warm

Try as much as possible to ensure your house is warm. This way, the walls won’t turn cold, and there will be no place for air to condense. Turn on your heating system at regular intervals and keep the fireplace burning if possible.

Hang Your Clothes Outside

When you do your laundry and put it to dry in the house, they release the moisture into the house, and it will inevitably land on the walls. Air it outside instead. If that is not possible, get a tumble dryer or place a humidifier close to the clothes to absorb the moisture. Note that if you choose to get a tumble dryer, you will need to install an external ventilator or get one that is self-condensing.

Leaks

Apart from condensation, leaks can also make your walls wet. These leaks can result from faulty pipes, either due to wear and tear or poor installation. The leaks can also be from the roof because of broken tiles. The water from these places slowly seeps into the wall. Gradually, you will start noticing the signs of dampness on the wall.

The best way to deal with this is to schedule an inspection to identify the source of the leak. Once you figure that out, contact a professional to fix the issue as soon as possible. It is advisable always to inspect your roof for leaks at least twice a year to avoid the risk of water damage. When you ignore leaks, they may cause damage that will cost you more than you would have spent on repair.

Rising and Penetrating Damp

Rising damp is where water seeps into a wall from the bottom. Penetrating damp, on the other hand, is where it seeps into a wall from any source. This can even be a result of a leak. For rising damp, the most effective solution is to fix your drainage system so that water does not come into contact with your walls. You also need to repair the damages brought about by the damp and work on your ventilation.

More Helpful Tips

To prevent condensation, you can also ensure your gutter and downspout system is in perfect condition. Apart from that, if you have lots of houseplants, consider taking a few of them outside. Plants also release moist air, and too much of it may exacerbate your condensation issue.

If the condensation on your walls has already caused molds to grow, get rid of the molds by using mold spray, wiping them down with a wet cloth, or one steeped in diluted bleach. Before you repaint or install new wallpaper, ensure you have completely gotten rid of the wetness on your wall.

Always engage a qualified professional to help you determine the extent of your problem and suggest the best course of action to take.

Conclusion

Because wet walls can result from many different things, be sure to establish the cause before choosing a remedy. Otherwise, you run the risk of fixing the wrong thing, and the problem will keep recurring. Note that it is always best to prevent something than to fix it. So even if you aren’t dealing with condensation yet, you can always put in measures to ensure it does not come up. For more information on condensation and how to deal with it contact SERVPRO of Winter Park.