What you need to know about Air Duct Cleaning
Ducts are conduits or passages used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to deliver and remove air.
Air duct cleaning is inaccurate. In actuality, the entire HVAC system should be cleaned. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in recontamination of the entire system, therefore minimizing the benefits of cleaning.
Just as you wouldn’t clean only half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your HVAC system. NADCA recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components:
- air ducts
- drain pan
- air plenum
- blower motor and assembly
- heat exchanger
- air filter
- air cleaner
There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants.
Breaking Contaminants Loose
Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with the use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include: brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.
Collection of Contaminants
During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (a vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home.
HVAC system cleaning is not a complex process, but each job is unique. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the duct work in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, requires craftsmanship and professional skills.
There is a wide variety of equipment available to HVAC cleaning professionals. Both truck-mounted and portable vacuums can be used to stop the spread of contaminants and get the system cleaned to the NADCA Standard.
Antimicrobial chemicals include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers that can be applied to nonporous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only chemicals registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and if the need for such treatment has been deemed necessary.
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Why SERVPRO of Sunrise
When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back.
SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services.
For more than 12 years SERVPRO of Sunrise has helped different communities, property managers, realtors, lots of customers, insurance agents and adjusters in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation.
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.
Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on SERVPRO of Sunrise to respond quickly.
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Where is the main water shut-off valve?
Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Regardless of the source, SERVPRO of Sunrise can handle any size.
Do you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home? If you can’t answer that within five seconds, then you need to locate it and remember where in case there’s ever a serious leak. Otherwise, you could end up with a plumbing nightmare on your hands…
Where to Find the Main Water Shut-Off Valve
- The shut-off valve is almost always located near the perimeter of your home. There’s no need to check the central portions of the house.
- Forget the upstairs too, as shut-off valves are going to be located on the ground floor. For those with basements, it will usually be located here.
- Water lines usually run from the water main to the shut-off valve with no extra piping or detours. Therefore, if you know where you water main is, see where the shortest path to your home would be. The valve is more than likely located here.
- During the purchase of a house, an inspection report is supplied. The location of your main water shut-off valve is labeled in this report (hopefully you’re organized so you have easy access to this report).
- Do you know where the big panel is in your home (not the electrical panel)? This panel houses the shut-off valve since it’s illegal to cover it behind the wall.
Plumbing Fixture Shut-Off Valves
When a leak springs, it’s not always a slow drip. Sometimes the water will begin to rush out and start pooling on the floor of your home. Before you run to the main water shut-off valve, see if this fixture has its own personal shut-off valve.
- Toilet – On the wall your toilet sits against, there will be a small valve. It is usually located below the bowl and should be turned gently (clockwise) to stop the flow of water.
- Sink – Underneath the sink in the cabinet, there will be a small shut-off valve (similar to the toilet). During a pipe or faucet leak, turn the handle clockwise to suspend any water from leaking.
- Washing Machine – Behind every washing machine should be two valves (and sometimes a lever). Both of these valves should be turned clockwise (or the lever should be switched the other way) in order to cease water from flowing. If you don’t see these valves (or lever), you may have to pull out the washer from the wall a bit.
Knowing how to stop the flow of water coming into your home can help prevent extensive water damage if there’s ever a serious leak.
Have Water or Flood Damage?
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- Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
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- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment
Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season and throughout 2020, from the SERVPRO of Sunrise team.
Prepare to share the joy. There's just something about the holidays with family. It's the warmth and good cheer of a familiar song, a movie, a meal - a special experience the evokes the sights, sounds, and flavors of home.
Preparese para compartir la alegria. La Navidad en familia es algo especial incluye la calidez y el buen ánimo de una canción familiar. Incluye una película comida o experiencia especial que evoca imágenes, sonidos y sabores del hogar.
Even through the holidays SERVPRO of Sunrise is always here to help. We proudly serve the Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac and surrounding areas.
Water or Fire Damage call us 24/7 - (954)748-7887
To a joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes for happy holidays and a magnificent New Year.
SERVPRO of Sunrise
Our SERVPRO of Sunrise box truck at a Lauderhill, FL water damage.
When fire or water damages occur, Sunrise properties and business owners have a new ally ready to aid them in their recovery efforts. Owned by Gustavo Daza and Ana Milena Diazgranados, SERVPRO of Sunrise offers a full line of fire and water cleanup and restoration services to help home and business owners regain control of their lives faster following a loss.
In addition to fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration services, residential and commercial customers can take advantage of the SERVPRO of Sunrise wide variety of cleaning services: deodorization, biohazard cleaning, and air ducts cleaning. In the event of a fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Sunrise provides 24-hour emergency service. Under normal circumstances, a trained SERVPRO of Sunrise professional can be on-site in less than four hours to provide emergency mitigation services to help the property owner regain control of their life as soon as possible.
Your calls will be responded quickly and effectively by a trained, courteous and uniformed SERVPRO of Sunrise professional. Complete customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
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Halloween Fire Safety Tips
SERVPRO heroes dressed up with Halloween costumes wishing all a Happy Halloween.
Children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.
Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.
Top five Halloween fire safety tips
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
- When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
- Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
Have a safe & Fa-Boo-Lous Halloween!
from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise
Smoke Damage? Act Fast!
SERVPRO of Sunrise has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage in your residential or commercial property.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction! Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
· Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
· Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
· The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sunrise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
· Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
· Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
· Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. Restoration costs can increase and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended.
Don’t wait! Call us today if you have questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage.
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SERVPRO of Sunrise in Broward County provides 24 hour emergency service
Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, & furniture. Air Movers create airflow.
We Are Ready to Help!
SERVPRO of Sunrise is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Always Answer our Phones.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sunrise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
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Download your SERVPRO of Sunrise ERP App NOW!
When fire or water damage strikes you can be ruined or you can be READY!
SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.
SERVPRO provides a mobile application for instant contact during emergencies.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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The ERP program makes sense, it is flexible in its usage and benefits, and can even be synced to other business connections like your computers, tablets, and smartphones. In times of stress, this app will help alleviate pressure and panic and provide you with a fast means of contacting the first responders and SERVPRO of Sunrise to mitigate losses.
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Rosh Hashanah 2019: When It Begins, What You Need To Know
The birthday of the universe, the beginning of the Jewish new year, a ram's horn. It's Rosh Hashanah 2019. Happy 5780.
What is "Rosh Hashanah?"
The words actually mean "head of the year" and are used to mark the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah is a two day period that culminates with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
that period is referred to as "The Days of Awe" and is focused on repentance and atonement.
In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is considered the sixth day of "Creation," the day that Adam and Eve were made. Because of their creation, it is considered the day that the potential of the universe was first recognized. Thus, it's also considered the birthday of the universe.
When is it?
It begins at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends at sundown on October 1.
What? It begins and ends at sundown?
In Judaism, it's not only the holidays that start at sundown but every day. In the Book of Genesis, it says that "it was evening and it was morning." So, Jews consider that to mean that the evening comes first and then morning and that's how the days are marked. It's something that has also taken on the added meaning of, things may seem dark at first, but there will be light and it will get better.
How is it celebrated?
Several ways. Most notably, Jews will spend a lot of time in synagogue or temple praying, listening to the blowing of the shofar, and reflecting on the year gone by. Also, there is a traditional trip to a body of water where bread is thrown, symbolizing casting sins into the depths of the sea, as referenced in the Bible.
Shofar? Is that the rams horn that I've heard about?
Yes. The blowing of the shofar – or ram's horn – represents a call to atonement. It is symbolic of the passages in the Bible when Abraham is called to sacrifice his son, Isaac, At the last minute, God allows Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead.
Are there special foods?
As with most Jewish holidays, the answer is yes. In this case, the challah bread is round to represent the cycle of life. There is also a lot of honey: for dipping challah, dipping apples,all of which symbolizes hoping for a sweet new year.
Do people wish each other a happy new year?
Yes. The traditional greeting is "Shanah Tovah," which means "good year."
Is there anything else that I should know?
This upcoming year is 5780. This means that for the next few weeks, many American Jews will make the same joke: I can't believe that I'm writing 5779 on my checks."
Shanah Tovah! from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise.