As the weather outside gets frightful and your cozy homes become warm and delightful, the holiday season’s aglow, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. According to climate.gov, on February 12, 2010, there was snow present in all 50 states, including Hawaii! Five years later in 2015, it almost happened again, when every state but Florida experienced snow. While it is generally unlikely for certain states to encounter snow, it is still important to know how to be prepared if winter weather strikes your home, business, or while traveling.
What happens if disaster does strike during the most wonderful time of the year? Easy - Call SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen, even if it’s the night before Christmas and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
The Emergency Ready Profile Advantage
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. The best way to plan for a disaster is with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.
Some advantages of the SERVPRO Ready Profile:
A no cost assessment of your facility.
A concise profile document and app that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
Establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
For more details about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, refer to the prior blog post titled Emergency Ready Plan-Are you ready?
Call us today to get started on your business's Emergency Ready Plan!
There are a variety of events that can cause water damage in your home. From a sump pump failure during a rain storm, a pipe break, appliance malfunction, to a toilet overflow. And that's just a few! We wanted to share some important tips and things to do and don't do in case of a water damage emergency. (These tips are for clean water situations only.)
*Shut off the water source if possibe and can be done safely
*Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
*Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
*Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
*Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
*Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
*Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
*Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
*Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting
Recipe for Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen-more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Most of these fires start because people aren't paying attention. While a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what's cooking, that is all it takes to start a fire.
Leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Review the cooking safety tips provided below to learn how to help prevent kitchen fires before they start.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as towels, drapes, and pot holders.
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid free zone" of three feet around the stove.
- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Don't open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department.
- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (wearing the oven mitt). Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire.
A Fire Plan
A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems. SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen help you restore it. With the industry approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind as well.
SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.
The Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction maybe to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen employees are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damage. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen will:
Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
Measure how much moisture is in what materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
* Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
* Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
* Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects.
* Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
*Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and the odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
* Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
What Is Black Mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called "black mold" or "toxic mold". Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution - stay out of the affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold.
How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualifies mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact our franchise immediately and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Removal vs. Remediation
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. Our franchise has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
Step 1: Contact SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen
Step 2: inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Step 3: Mold Containment
Step 4: Air Filtration
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Step 7: Restoration
November - when cooler temperatures arrive, and the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season. While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports "Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second cause of home fire deaths."
SERVPRO of Lockport/Lemont/Homer Glen wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, we can make it "Like it never even happened."