Doing DIY Water Damage Checks
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Taking the time to do regular inspections and maintenance on your home is so important to its overall health, and checking for water damage is no different. Not only can water damage lead to problems you can see, but it can also cause structural issues that can remain quite hidden, causing extreme amounts of damage.
Doing your own water damage checks is an easy way to watch out for typical warning signs so you know when to bring in the professionals. Catching water damage early will help you to not only reduce the overall damage it can cause to your home, but can also reduce your insurance claim to save you money on your premium.
Doing Your Own Household Water Damage Checks
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Many things are hidden behind a house’s drywall, including wiring, venting and framing—but water damage can be hidden by this, too. You will often notice signs of water damage on drywall if you look carefully, such as spotting or peeling of the paint, which should be addressed right away to avoid any issues.
Don’t forget to look down. Water will slowly work its way down over time, especially if it is the result of a leaking pipe in the wall. In this instance, it can slowly be absorbed by the subfloor of the home, causing floors that become warped, uneven or buckled. If you notice any of these issues in your own floor, it might be a sign that you have water damage lurking underfoot.
Inspect your roof. It is never a bad idea to check up on your roof’s status, as it is your single biggest defense in keeping water damage out. Going outside with binoculars can help you spot loose shingles, warped flashing or other signs that you have damage that should be repaired to protect the integrity of your roof.
Pay close attention to the basement. Your basement does not have to be musty or damp—in fact, it should not be. If you notice water on your foundational walls, signs of puddling or a musty odor, these are all signs that you should have your basement treated for moisture to avoid harmful mold and mildew growth in the space.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.
How Can I Gain Peace of Mind About Fire Safety? | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
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Experiencing a house fire is something many of us likely worry about regularly, but are you sure you are doing what you are able to ensure one does not occur? It can take less than a minute for a fire to spread, which is why we always recommend being prepared and practicing prevention as much as possible.
Fortunately, it is not difficult to implement fire safety methods in your home throughout your daily actions so you can be certain you are being as safe as possible. Here are some of our top tips for significantly reducing your overall risk levels from a fire.
Lowering Your House Fire Risk Levels
Check your smoke detectors. Having the right number of smoke detectors and making sure they work is so important for ensuring you are alerted right away if a fire starts. You should check your detectors every month to make sure they are operational, and ensure they are installed throughout the home so they can be heard from any spot in the house.
Create a fire escape plan. If your smoke detectors sound, knowing what to do is so important for personal safety. Practice an evacuation plan with your entire family that takes two minutes or less to complete so everyone can get out safely. Regularly doing drills will keep it fresh in everyone’s minds in the event of a real emergency.
Limit your fire risks. As you go about your day, there are many ways you can reduce your fire risk through good habits surrounding fire risks. Small things such as clearing out the lint trap in your dryer with every load, being careful when cooking and avoiding improper storage of flammable materials can go a long way in reducing your overall risk.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Any time an open flame is present, a fire extinguisher should be, too. Make sure your fire extinguisher is operational and that you are aware of how to use it before you cook, grill or do anything else that might present an additional layer of risk.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Prepare for Every Severe Storm | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
SERVPRO of Sunrise is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if your home has any storm damage.
Though many storms occur every day without causing any damage at all, it only takes one to move through an area and cause significant issues for your home. Preparing for every storm is so important, as they all have the capability of causing damage and it is impossible to know which one will.
Taking a proactive approach to protecting your household from storm damage can help you gain the peace of mind to know that you have done everything you can to increase your safety and keep your family safe.
Take a Proactive Approach to Protect Your Household From Storm Damage
Prepare your home as much as possible. The majority of damages that we see after a storm have to do with high winds carrying projectiles into homes. For this reason, some of our top advice is to trim back any overhanging trees and secure any loose furniture around the exterior. To increase your comfort in the aftermath, many homeowners pursue a generator for the home so you can still use electricity until power is restored.
Create a family communications plan. If it is rare that your family is all home at the same time, creating a plan for checking in if severe weather occurs is so important for everyone’s peace of mind. Every family member should know when and how to check in, as well as how to determine when they should stay home or if they should stay where they are until the storm passes to be safe.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. An emergency kit is a great place to start your planning as they are so important to make sure you are never without an essential item during severe weather. Nonperishable foods, water, first aid supplies and light sources should all have a place in your kit, as well as anything your family may need for up to 72 hours. Do not forget food and water for pets, too!
Consider getting a weather radio. While cell phones have become ingrained in our daily lives, when it comes to severe weather scenarios, having an “old school” weather radio is still advised. Many times, severe storms can make cell networks unreliable, meaning you may run the risk of missing pertinent emergency alerts. Keeping a weather radio in your emergency kit can prevent this just in case.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.
Sunrise, FL Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Broward Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. 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.
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Understanding the Elements of a Good Storm Restoration Provider | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Sunrise to set up an appointment.
Severe weather happens so regularly that it is not an odd occurrence, but in most incidents, people do not sustain damage to their property. More and more storms are known to cause damage in recent years, however, which is why we always advise people put a storm recovery plan in place long before they think they need to.
One of the most important decisions you will make throughout your storm recovery process is who you will work with to have your home or business restored. Finding the right company to handle your damages can make a huge difference in the overall stressfulness and quality of your recovery, so choosing wisely is advised.Choose Your Storm Restoration Company Wisely
What do past customers have to say? Because of all the homes and businesses that are impacted by a damaging storm, many people will want restoration quickly and may not do their research to make sure a company is legitimate. Avoid getting scammed by looking into your chosen company’s background—make sure they have good reviews from people in your community and that they are respected as restoration providers, as well.
What do they do during periods of increased demand? Because there will generally be so many damages in such a short amount of time after a storm, many companies can get overwhelmed with restoration requests. To prevent this, we have our SERVPRO® partners all over the nation who we can rely on for backup, ensuring we can provide the highest quality of restoration regardless of the size of the impacted area.
They are there for you whenever you need. Having storm damage to your home or business is never convenient, but because damage often happens at night or on weekends, you will want to make sure you work with a company that is always there for you. With our 24-hour emergency line, you can call us whenever you need in order to get a quick response. No matter the hour, you can count on us to be here.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
Teaching Your Employees How to Perform a Fire Evacuation
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For those who own their own business, being aware of your potential risk is key—both from market shifts as well as unpredictable emergency situations. Commercial fires can be devastating for businesses, and tend to hit hardest for the ones that had no preparations in place.
Preparing for a fire at your business is something that involves many aspects, but our recommendation is always to start with safety first. Making sure you and your staff are able to quickly and calmly leave the building when the fire alarm sounds is key, which is why we recommend starting with fire drills.
Starting Fire Safety With Workplace Evacuation Drills
Consult with your local fire officials. Researching your fire safety options online is a great way to gather information, but be sure to make use of your local resources as well. You can often work with your local fire department for them to visit and provide advice regarding what your options for fire safety improvements and evacuation routes are.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once your evacuation routes have been determined, you should mark them clearly within the building and alert staff that a drill is forthcoming. By better preparing everyone in the building, you can be certain that the drill will go more smoothly.
Have fire drills frequently. Though taking time out of your day for a fire drill is not ideal, generally doing them once every few months is sufficient enough for everyone’s safety. Keep them on the schedule regularly enough so that everyone can remember the protocols, but not so often that they become mundane.
Run different fire scenarios. Fires can be extremely unpredictable, so it is wise to add some variance into your drills to better prepare for all possible scenarios. Fires can occur in many spots, so experiment with blocking off certain evacuation routes to reflect this and get your staff accustomed to using every possible exit point instead of just the one closest to them.
If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.
Odor Removal Options
Odor removal is a critical part of almost any restoration job. There are a variety of options available from masking agents to foggers to ozone and hydroxyl generators, and so on. Today, there is a rather big inner-industry debate being waged over the benefits and dangers of those latter two options. There is a clear advantage to using machines to eliminate odors from spaces and items rather than simply trying to mask them.
This time around, odor removal experts are taking the stand to talk odor removal science to help you make an educated decision about which technology is right for your company.
Meet the Experts
What is the basic science behind your technology?
DH: Ozone is created when oxygen molecules (O2) are ‘sliced’ in half; the single oxygen atoms (O1) bond with ambient O2 molecules, creating ozone (O3 molecules). Ozone generators also produce ozone using these two principles- UV light and Corona Discharge.
RM: Manmade ozone is produced by two separate processes. One is with UVC ultraviolet light in the 185-nanometer wavelength. The second process is called corona discharge, which produces higher concentrations of ozone than UVC, for faster deodorization. Titan produces hydroxyls by subjecting humidity in the air to UVA light in the 365 to 385 nanometer wavelengths in the presence of a catalyst, usually titanium dioxide. This photocatalyst process splits an H off of H2O leaving OH – hydroxyl and an H.
TM: The Odorox technology was patented because it is the only process able to produce hydroxyl radicals that exit the chamber of the machine to eliminate odors not just in the air, but more importantly, odors that have been adsorbed by contents and structures. This is done by using multiple high energy ultraviolet lights inside the chamber of the hydroxyl machines. It converts water naturally found in the air to hydroxyl radicals, as well as oxy and peroxy- radicals that exit the machine. The hydroxyl radicals that exit the machine are able to eliminate odors, not mask or otherwise cover them up, by disassembling all of the odor molecules including those found deep inside porous materials.
How effective is your respective technology at removing the most common odors restorers see – like smoke, mold, biohazard waste, etc?
DH: The way ozone permanently neutralizes odors is by oxidation. The third oxygen atom in the molecule is loosely bonded to the stable O2 molecule, detaching itself from the O2 when it comes into contact with a receptive odor molecule. This permanently alters the molecular structure of the odor molecule, rendering it odorless. It doesn’t simply cover/mask odors with another odor, it basically removes the odor from existence.
RM: Ozone is faster than hydroxyl at removing odors but must only be used in un-occupied areas. Ozone is great at removing any organic gaseous compound once the source has been removed. Ozone is great for use on mold, mildew, smoke, VOCs, bacteria, virus, etc… Titan hydroxyl generators are not for use as surface microbial kill. They are for airborne microbial kills only, but are great for area and content deodorization.
TM: Hydroxyls are the second strongest oxidant in the world behind atomic fluorine. They are one million times more reactive than ozone, which means they break down a much broader range of odors and pathogens compared to ozone. We have yet to find an odor that Odorox cannot break apart. However, the most difficult project is typically pet urine. This is not because the ammonia is hard to break apart - it’s easy. It’s because the pets were probably there for years and the urine has soaked deep into the flooring which makes it difficult for contractors to fully remove the source. It’s important to remember that disaster-related projects are different and there are always variables to consider when assessing a project. Proper training always helps.
To know when the job is done, turn off the machines and go smell porous materials where you know the odor was present - drywall, cabinets, couches, clothes, etc. If the odor is gone, the job is done. If the odor is still there, run the machines longer or move them around.
There you have it. Both sides of the argument, and evidence proving both hydroxyl and ozone work to remove odors during restoration and remediation work.
The Ozone vs. Hydroxyl Debate
Extracted from Restoration & Remediation Magazine
Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO of Sunrise residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.
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Summer IS UPON US, AND THAT means another hurricane season has begun. SERVPRO of Sunrise handles any type of disaster like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, blizzards or wildfires.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals want to spread the same message no matter which corner of the country you call home: Be prepared! It is never easy to be ready for the unpredictable, but now is the time to ensure you are prepared for a natural disaster situation.
Whether you live in the gulf coast, the west coast or anywhere in between, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. They can provide preparedness resources to help you protect your home, business and loved ones. Just give us a call, and leave the restoration to SERVPRO.
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Standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover losses due to floods. Flood insurance is available to any owner of insurable property (a building or its contents). Renters also may insure their personal property against flood loss. The average annual premium for flood insurance is $420. The actual cost will vary depending upon the amount of coverage and the degree of the flood hazard. Residents can purchase policies up to $250,000 for their homes and $100,00 for contents. Nonresidential structures can be protected up to $500,000 for the structure and $500,000 for contents. We urge people who live or own property in flood hazard areas to purchase flood insurance to protect themselves from losses due to flooding. There is a 30 day waiting period before NFIP coverage takes effect. Please note that flood insurance is required for properties with a federally backed mortgage. This insurance is especially poignant since there is a 26% chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30 year mortgage.
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Make Sure You Are Prepared for a Storm Anywhere | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Sunrise is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.
If you are out enjoying a pleasant summer day, you may not be considering having any worries about the weather—but because thunderstorms thrive in warm, humid environments, an ideal summer day can create the perfect recipe for danger.
It is important to know how to seek shelter anywhere, so that way if a storm catches you off-guard, you are always prepared.
How to Seek Shelter if a Storm Catches You Off-Guard
Know your options for shelter. Being somewhere secure, such as your house or your office, when a storm is incoming is the best case scenario, as you can just wait it out in the safest part of the building. If you find yourself out and about when a storm draws near, however, it is important to know how to shelter in your car if it becomes necessary to do so.
Practice electrical safety. Claps of thunder are caused by lightning strikes, so any thunderstorm has the potential to cause lightning damage. If you are sheltering in a building, unplugging your electronics can help prevent damage from a power surge in case lightning strikes the building. Surge protectors are also a smart thing to invest in, both for your home and your office, in case you are not around when a storm starts.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. Though sheltering from a storm in a concrete structure may feel like the most secure option, make sure to avoid directly coming into contact with the concrete. The metal inside concrete buildings can attract lightning and distribute it through the walls and floor, causing a shock to anyone who is in contact with it.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When the skies clear once again, you may think you are all set to resume your outdoor activities, but it is important to wait an adequate amount of time before you do so. Experts recommend waiting at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder to head back outside, because lightning can travel extreme distances from its origin storm cloud.
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