PREVENTING AN EXTERNAL BUSINESS FIRE
External fire damage prevention remains a top priority for many businesses. While it is important to focus on preventing fires from igniting within the facility, external preventative measures should be considered as well. Since nearly every state has laws prohibiting smoking in public places, smoking occurs outside, often around the business by shrubbery and mulch. These fires can slow-burn for hours due to smoldering tunnels under the surface that later break out into open flame. Be mindful of the following tips to prevent fires from starting outside your business.
- Keep the mulch at least 18 inches away from combustible building materials, such as wood and decks.
- Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances and in designated smoking at least 18 inches from the building and empty receptacles regularly.
- Keep mulch beds moist when possible.
If you need to create a controlled fire outside, remember the following:
- Don’t start open fires when the ground and surrounding vegetation are dry.
- Don’t burn when winds are stronger than a gentle breeze.
- Always have a strong water source ready in case a fire begins to get out of control.
- Stay with the fire at all times.
- When finished, rake through the ashes to ensure that all coals are cooled.
With these helpful tips, SERVPRO hopes your business remains free of fire damage. If you find yourself in an emergency, we're available to help reverse fire damage thoroughly and professionally.
Natural Disaster: Is Your Small Business Protected?
Natural Disasters damages normally create water damage, Storm damage, unprecedented mold, and/or accidental fires. We don't want any loss to occur to your business, but it is a topic that needs to be talked about. Unexpected property damage happens more often than we like.
During natural disasters, profits can be reduced as a result of lost sales and additional losses. Insurance does not cover all costs, and it is unable to replace customers who defect to a competition.
Here at SERVPRO, want to make sure that our community is prepared to face any obstacles.
Common Natural Disaster Damages
Wangari Maathai stated, “Mother Nature is very generous but very unforgiving“. Natural disasters have caused severe damages. Here are common natural damages that have impacted small businesses in your area
Flood + Storm Damage
Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain can remove roof tiles, break windows, and more. Depending on how severe the storm is, flood remediation might be needed, aka water remediation/mitigation services.
Water damage mitigation services commonly consist of drying, cleaning, and sanitizing contaminated areas and items. Following that, materials that have been damaged are repaired. This preserves the structural integrity of water-damaged floors, walls, and ceilings. Restoration work starts after the remediation process is completed and continues until your property is completely restored to its pre-flood condition.
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Electrical Fires May Help You Avoid One In Your Home
Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%). This is according to a National Fire Protection Association report that was done in 2019.
Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as in any equipment powered by electricity such as cooking, heating, office and entertainment equipment, washers and dryers, as well as electrical distribution or lighting equipment.
If you own an older home, it's important that you have your outlets and wiring checked. Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults, either through normal wear and tear or because the systems cannot accommodate the greater demands of modern appliances.
We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
Fire Research Information Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe
More than one-quarter of the reported fires occurred in home environments, according to the National Fire Protection Association. They have also researched specific causes.
Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating equipment, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.
Here are some tips to help avoid some of these causes:
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.
Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.
Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.
Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
Frayed wires can cause fires.
Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.
Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
We are ready to help when you have fire damage
Average Time for Fire Damage Repair
If your home has been damaged by fire, you may be wondering how long it would take to repair it. While small damage can be repaired in a few days, serious damage can take weeks or months to fix. However, no fire damage restoration can commence until the fire service has cleared the area. Depending on the jurisdiction, this process can take many days or weeks. Here's all you need to know about repairing fire damage.
First and foremost, the property must be secured. This includes enclosing the area with fencing and cleaning up any debris left behind. To prevent cross-contamination, you should also seal off roofs and tarp them. After the initial cleanup, you should hire an expert to help you.
Fire damage restoration typically entails rebuilding the home's structural parts as well as repairing or replacing destroyed items. Painting and drywall installation are examples of additional services. Some fire damage restoration businesses provide complete reconstruction services, while others merely perform certain repairs. If you have a lot of drywall damage, you might want to hire a business that specialises in removing and storing smoke and soot stains. Jenkins Restoration can help you restore your house or apartment to its original condition, regardless of the type of fire damage restoration you require.
SERVPRO Can help facing Mold damages
Mold removal in a house or apartment
Even without storm damage, a broken appliance, or a leak, mould damage can be an issue in a house.
The humid circumstances that are frequently prevalent in our town, whether or not there is severe weather, can promote the growth of this family of fungi within your home. Mold needs moisture and organic materials to flourish.
If you find mould development in your house, call SERVPRO for a professional assessment and effective remediation strategy to get rid of the musty smells and the damage these organisms can do to the building materials, furnishings, and personal items in your home.
As water is nearly always present and needs to be evacuated from surfaces and the air itself to prevent spores from blossoming into full-blown outbreaks, improperly ventilated bathrooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens can foster mould growth. Mold damage is frequently brought on by interior humidity levels that are over 60%. Many fungal strains can develop without standing water or saturated substrates. Often, the culprits are your air conditioners or dehumidifiers, which combine standing water concentrations and moist air in a double dose to create an ideal habitat for microbial feeding frenzy. Underperforming HVAC systems or merely transferring the contaminated air might have a substantial negative impact on the issue. Mold colonies that are continually recycled throughout your home cause contaminations to grow.
SERVPRO specialists may do a comprehensive inspection of your house or condo and systems to determine the causes when mould damage destroys your quality of life. To address the issue, a strategy that considers all probable causes is required. Based on their expertise, our team of professionals can address and eliminate the factors in your house that promote development. We are able to isolate, reduce, eradicate, and contain the mould development issues in your house using the most recent industry technologies and regulations created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can rely on us to be upfront about any work that may require a third party, typically before or after a mould inspection in areas with significant mould growths. If the mould has a firm grip inside the ductwork, our expert specialists can limit spore circulation by safely and effectively cleaning the system.
We will suggest a multi-tiered approach to your mould damage problems, utilising all of the techniques and resources at our disposal to lower the humidity levels and remove water sources to stop mould from proliferating once more.
Why SERVPRO in case of fire damages?
After a fire damages your home, Team SERVPRO works for you.
While asking family or friends for assistance may be less expensive, an untrained eye can result in extra damages that cause serious issues. In an effort to save you a few dollars, they may overlook or disregard issue areas, leading to exorbitant damages later on.
When dealing with fire damage on your Coconut Grove property, fully qualified specialists with access to industrial-grade equipment give you the greatest results. A reputable restoration business uses their years of knowledge to your advantage, replacing damaged materials, sanitising areas that may be repaired, and quickly and effectively restoring your property to good shape.
With the help of their skilled teams, SERVPRO professionals can rid your property of the smoke and ash that lingers long after the flames have died down but still damages your contents and structural elements. Professionals in restoration have the skills and resources to spot problem areas, control losses, and stop further damage.
The SERVPRO staff makes every effort to safeguard your property, restore power, and eliminate potential risks. Only the services you require that are appropriate for your circumstances are available thanks to the flexibility and adaptability of our offerings. We never charge you for services that are not necessary and make every effort to restore your property to its excellent pre-damage condition.
Using board-up procedures, SERVPRO seals openings like broken windows or open doors that could allow burglars to take advantage of your current situation. This protects exposed sections of your property from the elements. Additionally, we safeguard your house from corrosion by removing smoke stains from painted or plastic surfaces, furniture, fibreglass, and worktops.
Along with protecting window frames, faucets, door hardware, and lighting fixtures, we can also assist with protecting metal trim. A pre-cleaning chemical is applied to any surface at risk of future corrosion. This stops deterioration in its tracks and enables your restoration method to do its magic.
Regular Maintenance could save you money on the long run
Regular Maintainance to Save You Money
Over time, the expense of maintaining your residences might build up to a sizable sum. Any structural system or appliance can benefit from lower maintenance costs if problems are resolved quickly and potential difficulties are foreseen. As long as homeowners schedule routine maintenance, the majority of home systems, such the HVAC or plumbing, may be maintained for years without experiencing a serious problem. Here are the top three strategies for minimising maintenance costs and extending the life of each system in your house.
1) Attend to minor repairs.
When it comes to maintenance, it's a good idea to begin small. When problems that initially appear to be minor are addressed, it can assist to avoid more serious problems later on. In terms of components, labour, and incidentals, regular or preventative maintenance is typically less expensive than emergency repairs.
2) Carry out routine maintenance
Homeowners should plan routine inspections of the building's structural systems, appliances, and other components. Inspections could reveal problems that need maintenance. The cost of maintenance is typically lower when components are cleaned and the parts required to avoid future issues are purchased than when damaged parts are repaired and potential damage is repaired.
3) Complete The Task Correctly-
Installing, maintaining, and repairing household systems and appliances like the HVAC and plumbing should always be done by skilled professionals. Although it might cost a little more every task to maintain excellent management standards, there is a substantially lower chance of developing serious issues that turn out to be highly expensive. Professionals who are bonded and insured frequently offer warranties for their work.
The longer an issue persists, the more likely it is that it will worsen and cost more to maintain. Regular inspections, upkeep, preventative measures, and prompt repairs for a Manhattan home's structural systems and appliances can assist homeowners in avoiding expensive emergency remedies for significant issues that could result in significant damage.
Get ready to a Storm kit
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms may wreak havoc on your house or company. When tragedies like these hit, you must act quickly to prevent more damage to your property. SERVPRO is always willing to assist, and we'd like to offer some advice on how to put together a basic emergency kit in case the unexpected occurs.
One thing that 2021 has taught us is to always be prepared in a year full of surprises. Here are a few essentials to include in your Emergency Storm Kit.
The following items should be included in a basic emergency supplies kit:
-Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
-A battery-operated or hand-crank radio, as well as a NOAA weather radio - Weather Tone alarm on the radio
-Kit for first aid
-Extra batteries are available.
-A whistle (to signal for help)
-Mask to protect against dust (to help filter contaminated air)
-Duct tape and plastic sheeting (to shelter in place)
-Garbage bags, moist towelettes, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
-pliers or a wrench (to turn off utilities)
-Can opener (manual) (for food)
-Maps of the area
-Chargers and a backup battery are included with the phone.
Getting your business ready for a heavy storm!
How to Prepare Your Company for a Major Storm
At any time, a big rainfall can strike. When the building is packed of people, lightning and thunder may strike outside. Thunderstorms are very hazardous. Winds of 58 miles per hour or 1-inch hail are common in this type of storm. It can result in a range of problems, including:
Outages of electricity
Flooding in a flash
The lightning strikes.
As a result, it is critical to prepare your property prior to the arrival of severe weather. This will ensure the safety of your personnel and reduce the demand for storm cleanup services. Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for the heavy rain, lightning, and high winds that are expected.
Keep yourself up to date
An emergency alert system should be in place in your community. Make sure you have permission to use this system. You should also be aware of the meanings of the various notifications. When severe weather is expected in a certain area, a severe thunderstorm watch is issued. Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning means that radar or storm spotters have detected dangerous conditions in the area.
Protect Your Assets
Any important equipment you put outside your building can be blown away by the wind that often comes with a big downpour. Before the terrible weather approaches, make sure you bring these items inside.
Shrubs and tree limbs can also be blown to the ground or into windows by the wind. Trim the plants regularly and remove any damaged portions to keep them vigorous and healthy.
Your employees may be locked inside during the worst stages of the storm if severe weather strikes during office hours. As a result, you should keep an emergency kit on the premises. The kit should include materials that personnel can utilise if they are trapped inside the facility for several hours or days. A first-aid kit should also be readily available on site.
A heavy downpour can inflict significant wind and flood damage to your home. You can keep your staff safe and reduce the damage to your property by being proactive.
Water Damages and what to do?
What actually occurred?
The plastic water line behind the refrigerator frequently cracks, starting a sluggish trickle that accumulates water behind the refrigerator unseen. Excessive condensation buildup is another typical cause that has the same result. Numerous issues can arise in your house as a result of water damage from your refrigerator, especially given how long the issue may go unnoticed before it is discovered and how much damage has already been done to your floors and the surrounding surroundings. Mold can grow and your floors can deteriorate in the ideal conditions of moisture, heat, and darkness. These mould spores can be problematic in places like apartments or enclosed spaces, and a condition like this should not be disregarded. Since SERVPRO specialises in mould remediation, we will gladly get rid of the problem and stop any future aggravation for you.
Any visible water must first be cleaned up to prevent further damage and the possibility of mould growth. After doing this, check your refrigerator to see if there are any obvious leaks or places where excessive condensation may be accumulating. If feasible, it's critical to replace any damaged connections in order to immediately halt the leak. Examine the damage to the area under and around the refrigerator if you are able to. The majority of the time, damage to the floors will be obvious, but the underlying issues may be hidden beneath.