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Why Water Damage Needs Repairing within 48 Hours - Is it to Prevent Mold Formation?

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

You will hear constantly that when it comes to water damage, everything will need to be dried within 48 hours. The problem is, you may not know why this is and what the health risks are if this does not happen.

The main reason why the water damage needs to be dried within 48 hours is to prevent the growth of mold. Mold is extremely damaging to the health but will start to form quickly. Once it does form, you will find that it grows quickly. However, you will hardly notice that the mold is there until it is too late.

Mold like dark and warm places, which is usually in the carpet or in the corner of a room, behind something. You could even find that the severe damage has caused the growth of black mold in the drywall.

Mold causes a number of health problems linked to the lungs. The particles can be breathed in very easily and often makes asthma and allergies worse; it can also create some of the asthma and allergies. There are also a number of problems that are physically visible when severe damage has caused mold, such as eczema or blisters on the hands.

There are many different types of mold that can occur in your home and not all of them will be from damage caused by the water. Different types of water damage will also cause the different types of mold. Black flood water damage is usually linked to the growth of black mold, which is more toxic. This can make it extremely difficult to create a form of medication to help those that are struggling with mold problems.

While mold removal is possible, it is usually best to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This is done to ensure that the water damage is dried within the first 48 hours. You can also use a dehumidifier in your home to help to keep the area cool, since mold prefers warm and moist areas to grow.

If your water damage cannot be repaired and dried within 48 hours then you should look at replacing it instead; this will save you a lot of money in the long run. With some items, the only thing that you can do when mold appears is replace it anyway. This is especially the case when it comes to carpets and drywall water damage.


Now, you may realize that mold formation is fatal to your health and you need not to worry when there are experts for black mold removal, you can avail their services early to save you and yourself from any health issues.



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Don't Let Winter Weather Take a Toll on You | Part 1

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Let Winter Weather Take a Toll on You | Part 1 Soot damage to interior walls and carpet from Puff Back

The Puff Back Problem - Oil Burning Furnaces


The Problem


A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles gradually. The soot caused by the Puff Back can do significant damage to both building structure and contents.


Cost of Damage


Minimal to significant depending on the amount of soot released.


Prevention


Consider having your oil burner serviced before you suffer a puff back. If your home or business experiences a puff back, your SERVPRO of Dubuque has the tools, training and experience to help make it “Like it never even happened." Also, see our blog post about using ultrasonic cleaning on soot damaged contents.

Don't Let Winter Weather Take a Toll on You | Part 2

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

The Electrical Problem


Problem


Electrical failures are factors in 14 percent of home fires. During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as heating equipment.


Cost of Damage


Electrical failures are responsible for an estimated $868 million per year in property losses.


Prevention


Faulty wiring and faulty outlets cause most fires. Have your wiring inspected by a licensed electrician to fix these problems before they cause a home or business fire.  Not overloading your outlets is a step you can take to help prevent electrical failures.  The over-use of electrical splitters and power strips are a common cause of electrical failures which can result in a overload of a circuit or possibly a electrical fire.


More Information


The U.S. Fire Administration at www.usfa.dhs.gov.

Don't Let Winter Weather Take a Toll on You | Part 3

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

The Ice Dam Problem


The Problem


Ice Dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure’s interior areas.


Prevention


Keeping your attic well insulated is the first step, as an over-warm winter attic can set ice dams in motion.


Proper ventilation of an attic can also prevent heat from building up in the attic.


In the event that your home experiences an ice dam which results in water damage to the interior of your home or building, call SERVPRO of Dubuque right away.  Unresolved water damage can quickly become far more expensive problems if not addressed promptly.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Ultrasonic Cleaning Ultrasonic Machine

Interesting Information about Ultrasonic Cleaning from Morantz Ultrasonics.  SERVPRO of Dubuque utilizes this equipment.

About Contents Restoration

Restoring Smoke, Water and Mold damaged property is faster, easier and more effective with Ultrasonics than with any other process.

Contents Restoration is an important business. It not only helps to restore damaged property, it helps restore people’s lives and livelihoods. While property damage can take many forms, what’s important to the owners is that their lives are returned to normal, and that they get their property back, as fast as possible.

Of course, when property can be returned depends on the type and severity of the damage. Certainly not every item, such as those actually burnt or melted in fires, can be restored, but a great number of items that would have traditionally been determined to be unrecoverable can now be quickly restored and returned to the owner with Morantz Ultrasonics.

Benefits of Ultrasonics for Contents Restoration 

The benefits of restoring property with Ultrasonics are two-fold:

  1. For Insurance Companies:The cost of restoring an item versus reimbursing the owner for the item’s full value is dramatically diminished. Example: a $1500 television can typically be cleaned and returned to the owner within days. The cost of cleaning that $1500 television for the Insurance could be only $300 (or whatever the restoration company decides to charge for their service). This represents a significant savings.
  2. For Property Owners: They get their original property back quickly. Whereas traditional cleaning methods can take weeks and cause additional property damage, with Ultrasonics most items can be cleaned in as little as 30 seconds to 2 minutes). As a result, it’s no surprise that most people are happy simply getting their property back, especially if it means getting their lives back to normal as quickly as possible and even more so if the items have sentimental value.

Types of Contents Restoration

The damage that occurs to property during fires, floods, accidents and other disasters is often much more severe than it first appears. To be sure, fire itself is destructive and an item that is physically burned or melted cannot be restored. However, property that has been engulfed in smoke, covered in soot, stained or discolored by water or contaminated by chemicals or molds can usually be restored to functional (or even good-as-new) condition with Morantz Ultrasonics.

How Common Damage Occurs

Damage to property and personal possessions can occur in many different ways. While damage as described above is common, fires are particularly troublesome as they can often result in multiple forms of damage. For example:

  • During a Fire: Fires can produce vast amounts of smoke that leave soot deposits on property. Depending on what has burned and the temperature of the fire, the soot produced by the fire may not only be mixed with a variety of chemicals and toxins. Additionally, physical properties of the soot can range from a fine powder to a thick sludge. Furthermore, because the particulate matter that makes up soot (and the chemical residue) is microscopic, it can not only penetrate deep into tiny crevices on the surface of an item, but it can also “sink” deep into the item itself. This is especially true of electronics which can actually attract soot and dirt because they can generate magnetic fields or become charged with static electricity.
  • Immediately After a Fire: The water that was used to extinguish the flames can discolor the surfaces of many types of items. Additionally, water can cause severe physical damage since the materials from which many items are made can actually absorb surprising amounts of water.
  • Long After a Fire: Many types of materials and even the items themselves can retain significant levels of moisture. Moisture absorbed by an item that has not been properly dried, or that remains on or near the surface, may quickly become a breeding ground for molds and bacteria or other potentially hazardous residues (again, depending on what has burned).

Resolve to be Ready in 2017

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Urges Dubuque Home and Business Owners to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2017

Local cleanup and restoration specialist shares no-cost emergency planning tools that enable fast and effective disaster response and recovery

 While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, SERVPRO says the single most important resolution both business and home owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”

 “Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together,” says Todd Wiedenman. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”

 Wiedenman encourages all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com). 

 For homeowners:

  • FEMA resources include guidelines for a creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.
  • SERVPRO offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan app, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.

For business owners:

  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.
  • For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.

 “The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says Wiedenman. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”

 SERVPRO of Dubuque specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Dubuque, please contact us at (563) 584-2242 or marketing@SERVPROdubuque.com. For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

 About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Is your property winter ready?

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

 

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

 

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazer potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install matts or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals about completing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to strike back.

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves.  Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause and estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually.  Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.

 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or a portable space heater. Also, have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

 

  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home or other combustible items.

 

  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

 

  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

 

  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

 

  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

 

  • Test your smoke alarms monthly to ensure that they are working properly and that the batteries don’t need to be replaced. Also, smoke alarms, themselves, should be replaced every ten years.

 

  • 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

 

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact your local Dubuque SERVPRO Professionals to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

*Statistics and tips provided by the National Fire Prevention Association.

Commercial Property Focus

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Plan Ahead!!

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life.  This year, make a resolution to be READY.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it.  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017.

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve location and priority areas.  The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Dubuque as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years of Experience and a System more than 1,700 locations strong.  The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time investment, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.  By utilizing the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device, putting help at your fingertips.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time that your business is inactive and helps get you back into your building more quickly following a disaster.  Don’t wait until disaster strikes, resolve to be READY.  Contact our Sales and Marketing Manager, Bob Vohl, and make an appointment to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017.

Holiday Safety Tips

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

Lights, candles, trees and decorations are just a few of the fun and festive items that come to mind during the holiday season – however, if not used properly your holidays may go from merry to miserable. 

Although Christmas tree fires are not that common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious fires. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to greatly reduce the risk of a fire in your home or business.

‘Tis the season to make sure you are following proper safety tips.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from the Christmas tree.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

 

What happens if a disaster strikes your home or business during the holidays? Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle; give SERVPRO of Dubuque a call at 563-584-2242. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because we know that disasters cannot wait.

 

SERVPRO of Dubuque hopes your holidays are safe, merry, and bright!