DYK: Behavior of Fire & Smoke
Fires can be caused by many things from candles, wood stoves, electrical malfunction, cooking/ grease fires, space heaters, and more.
Did you know there are different types of smoke & fire residue? Not only that, but smoke has unique behavior that impacts the way your property is affected by smoke.
There are two types of smoke: wet and dry. Depending on what is burning determines the type of smoke residue that is produced.
The various types of smoke/ residues are:
- Wet Smoke: Plastic and Rubber
- Dry Smoke: Paper and Wood
- Protein Fire Residue: Prodiced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Fuel Oil Soot: Furnace Puffback
- Other Types: Tear gas, finger print powder, and fire extinguisher dust.
Behavior of Smoke:
- Smoke migrates to cooler areas, and upper levels of structures
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems and seeps through holes that pipes go through
- The type of smoke can greatly impact the restoration process
No matter the type of fire loss or residue left, SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in understanding the behavior of smoke and cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services.
Stay Fire Free This Fall!
This Fall be aware and fire concious of everyday hazards, even of decorations!
Follow these tips to help ensure you stay safe and fire-free:
- Keep fall decorations like dried flowers & cornstalks away from any heat source and open flame.
- Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks an escape route.
- Teach Children to stay away from open flames. Be sre they know how to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches fire.
- Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery operated candle in a Jack-O-Lantern. If using a candle place it away from anything that can burn and out of the way doorsteps, walkways and yards.
Facts provided by nfpa.org
National Month of Preparedness
September is National Month of Preparedness. Each year this month communities, businesses and families are reminded of the best ways to stay prepared in the event a disaster or emergency happens. We can never plan on a disaster happening but we can plan for them.
As a business owner, making a plan of what to do before a disaster strikes, can greatly increase your chances of recovery. Knowing what to do and who to call, can assist in minimizing business interruption and even minimize damage in some cases.
Unfortunately the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season is fierce this year! While there are many types of disasters, hurricanes and/or flooding affects majority of US areas! Follow the link below on how to prepare & protect your business
As a business owner you have many priorities, if you don't know where to begin or would like assistance in making a plan for your business, SERVPRO can help at no cost to you. We will get you READY with our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile.
Did you know there are 3 types of Water?
When it comes to a water damage in your home or business, it is very important to determine what type of water you are dealing with before attempting cleanup yourself or starting services. If you are unsure, a SERVPRO trained professional can help determine what the cause of the water loss was.
The source of the water is what determines what "type" of water. The 3 types of water are Clean Water, Gray Water, and Black Water.
Clean Water: An example of a "Clean Water" water damage would be resulting from a broken pipe, back of toilet tank, or any unused water source.
Gray Water: An example of a "Gray Water" water damage is a washing machine overflow; or clean water that has set too long or gone unnoticed will become gray water, as contaminates and bacteria will start to grow.
Black Water: An example of "Black Water" water damage would be caused by a sewage backup or flood damage. This is considered highly contaminated water.
If you ever experience a water intrusion of any kind, it is always best to clean and dry the area as soon as possible to avoid further damage from occurring. Call in our SERVPRO Team for a free estimate of services.
Ozone Deodorization: How does it work?
The use of ozone can be a very effective way of removing odor from a property. SERVPRO may commonly use this method following fire damage cleaning, skunk odor to the property, mold or full property cleaning. SERVPRO will provide a free estimate of your situation and decide if Ozone will be the best and most appropriate method of odor removal.
When it comes to successful deodorization the first step is to clean/remove or fix what is causing the odor, for example the best chance of success would be to clean the fire damage first, fix a leaking pipe that is causing a musty odor, or remove the garbage from an area before starting the ozone process. It will be crucial to remove items emitting odor.
How it works: Basically, ozone removes odor by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells. Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule and is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – eliminating the smell. *Ozonesolutions.com
For more questions regarding our deodorization methods please feel free to call our office and we would be happy to help!
Mold Damaged Documents
If your home or business has important documents that are affected by Mold, we can HELP!
We use a specialized process called Gamma Irradiation. This is used for cleaning/ disinfection and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Colbalt 60) producing ionization(electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water: therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case then decontamination is always a must. In Living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause death to the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.
For additional information or questions on processes involving fire, water, or mold damaged documents please call our office, and we would be happy to further discuss and provide a free estimate for services.
Following a disaster, whether it’s after a fire, storm or other structural disaster, ensuring the safety of you and your family, or employees if the property is a business is priority #1. Once safety is insured, stabilization of the property is next. In many cases stabilization can mean boarding up damaged property. This is a burden that no one should ever have to go through- especially if it is your property that has been damaged.
Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.
Our team of SERVPRO professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping making it “Like it never even happened.”
Dryer Vents & Fire Prevention
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers casues 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 Million in property loss and even can cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your own home or business, SERVRPO can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter befroe and after each each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will openand is not restricted by snow, a birds nest or other potential obsticles.
If your home or business is ever affected by fire or smoke damage due to a dryer fire, call us in for a free estimate. Our trained professionals will work with you and your insurance to asses the damage and come up with a plan to get you back up and running as soon as possible.
*Featured Article from the April SERVPRO Restoration Newsline
Emergency Planning: Will your business be READY or RUINED?
When people think of “disasters” they think of Fire, Water, or Weather related events. Although there are many emergencies and disasters that can impact your business without any warning or notice, Fire and Water certainly can be culprits that can cause some serious property damage.
- The number one natural disaster in the United States is flooding. Flooding and Flash Flooding is a risk in every state. (According to floodsmart.gov)
- In 2015, there were over 1.3 Million Fires Reported (According to NFPA)
Since we can’t plan on disasters, we can plan for them. SERVPRO can help commercial businesses be prepared for these events in order to help in minimizing downtime, business interruption and the amount of damage that occurs. By knowing what to do, and who to call following a fire or water damage to your property, you are not only saving your property from further damage, but yourself from further aggravation and stress. Being prepared can lessen the stress of recovery. Starting an Emergency Ready Profile is easy. With just one meeting with one of our commercial representatives you’ll know what is needed to create the profile, and have a game plan started should anything happen. Our TEAM will work with business owners and property managers for free in order to put a plan in place. You’ll have one step in the right direction of being READY for whatever happens.
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Dangers of Flash Flooding
Flooding is the number #1 weather related cause of death, with majority of those deaths caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding is when there is a large amount of rain that comes down within minutes or hours. Other causes can be heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.
If flooding does occur in your area, please remember
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for current and forecasted conditions in your area.
- If flooding begins in your area, go to higher ground immediately.
- When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.
- When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Remember that it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock an adult off his feet.
- If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.
- Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
- These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
When it comes to water damage from flooding, safety is the number one priority. When you can insure the safety of your family and conditions have improved, that is when to call in the professionals and assess damage. Our SERVPRO Team is Ready for Whatever Happens.
If flooding does occur in your area, listen to and adhere to weather alerts and warnings and know your risk!
See the link below to learn about some of History’s worst and most extreme recorded Floods in the U.S. https://www.bustle.com/articles/85907-the-8-worst-floods-in-us-history-show-how-devastating-extreme-weather-can-be.