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Fire Detector Installation and Maintenance

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

An important way to prevent your home or business from a fire loss is by following proper protocol when it comes to installing and maintaining fire detectors.

  • The same fire detectors should never be used for longer than 10 years. If you have had the same detectors for longer than this, it is important to invest in new ones right away.
  • The size and layout of your home or business will determine how many detectors you need. However, as a guide, you should have at a minimum 1 detector per each level.
  • Your detectors should be installed in central locations. Ceiling detectors should be placed on a flat stretch of the ceiling and wall-placed devices must be less than 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Make sure to follow your device’s instructions very carefully when installing them (especially detectors that require hardwired power). If you are uncomfortable installing on your own, there are many professionals available to install them for you.
  • Test your alarms after installing by using the test button and perform power tests monthly.
  • Replace non-hardwired detectors’ batteries annually.
  • Lastly, thoroughly clean your detectors each year. This is important because dust and other pollutants can impede its performance.

SERVPRO Storm Response

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Saline County, we are ready for whatever happens, no matter the time, night or day. When it comes to fire & water damage, our professionals work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy and that we walk them through each step of the cleaning process.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

24/7 Emergency Service

When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a storm event or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help.

SERVPRO of Saline County Follows the Proper Steps for Mold Remediation

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

This wall was damaged by a busted pipe behind the cabinets. Our team safely removed all we materials and went to work.

Here at SERVPRO of Saline County we follow every step of proper mold remediation to ensure your safety as well as ours.  It is crucial to use qualified specialists who can safely handle and clean mold.  Listed below are the steps we follow when performing both Level 1 and Level 2 mold remediation:  

  • Isolate all contaminated areas.
  • Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials.
  • Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags.
  • Properly clean all non-porous materials and wood surfaces that have been contaminated.
  • Treat all affected materials with anti-microbial.
  • Visibility Test – all areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris
  • Cleaned materials should be professionally dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate.

So if you see signs of microbial growth, call us 501-776-2222

3 Types of Smoke

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

This is the result of smoke damage from a fire that happened in an adjacent room.

There are three different types of smoke that may affect your home or business due to a fire loss.  These two different types of smoke—wet and dry—will cause different types of soot residue after a fire.  This information is crucial for the remediation process.  Pretesting will determine which cleaning procedures need to be used to make your home or business “like it never even happened”. Below is more information about different types of smoke and residue:

Wet Smoke – Rubber and Plastic

  • Low heat. Includes a pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are 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

  • Basically invisible. Discolors, paints, and varnishes. Extremely pungent odor.

Our highly trained professionals are prepared to tackle all types of smoke.                

What Causes a Hurricane

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

There are two essential factors involved in the formation of a hurricane.  These factors are warm water and moist warm air.  Hurricanes start when warm air quickly rises from the ocean surface. 

While rising, it encounters cooler air that causes the water vapor to condense and form clouds and rain droplets.  Converging winds near the surface of the water push more warm air into the atmosphere causing a wind pattern to form. This “pattern” is commonly seen as a fast spiral that circles around a relatively calm center. Wind speeds increase as high-pressure air is drawn into the low-pressure center.  This is how hurricanes and the classic cyclone wind pattern are formed.  

Hurricanes can be destructive and extremely dangerous.  Be cautious and aware if a hurricane is near you and your home.  

Stages and Categories of Hurricanes

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

As a storm builds from a thunderstorm to a hurricane, it passes through 4 distinct stages:

  1. Tropical Disturbance: a mass of thunderstorms that have wind speeds of less than 23 mph.
  2. Tropical Depression: consistent wind speeds of 23-39 mph and a circulation of wind in the center of the thunderstorm mass is detected.
  3. Tropical Storm: forms when the maximum sustained winds have intensified to 39-73 mph. Storms are typically given a name at this stage and are characterized by problems caused from very heavy rainfall.
  4. Hurricane: finally forms when surface pressures continue to drop, and winds reach 74 mph. There is now a clear and definite rotation around a calm center, or eye.

Hurricanes have their own categories which are defined by the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:

Category 1: Winds 74 to 95 mph (Minor damage)

Category 2: Winds 96 to 110 mph (Extensive damage — Can uproot trees and break windows)

Category 3: Winds 111 to 129 mph (Devastating — Can break windows and doors)

Category 4: Winds 130 to 156 mph (Catastrophic damage — Can tear off roofs)

Category 5: Winds 157 mph or higher (Can level houses and destroy buildings)

Personal Protective Equipment

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Carla is "ready for any size disaster!"

SERVPRO of Saline County is a part of a storm team that contributes when a storm event happens in the United States.  In some events, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are damaged.  They could be damaged from flooding by the storms, which creates hazardous conditions for the homeowners as well as our employees. 

That’s why OSHA requires cleanup and restoration companies to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  This will reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacterial or chemicals.  Mold growth is also common in buildings following flooding. 

So, our employees are required to wear a respirator to protect their lungs.  The suits they wear are airtight and waterproof to protect them from the dangerous waters.  Goggles are also required to protect them from debris they might be removing from the buildings. 

Pack Out

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

A storage unit and dumpster was set during a mold remediation at this home.

SERVPRO of Saline County is here to help.  We know that disasters happen suddenly and always unexpectedly.  And sometimes your belongings can get in the way of rebuilding after a disaster.  So, while our crew is remediating you home from mold, cleaning after a fire, or removing wet materials caused from a water loss, we can take care of your belongings as well.  We will carefully package your things and remove them from the home.  We can store them in our warehouse or have a storage unit placed until you are ready for them.  Our highly trained technicians photograph and document every item that is removed.  If needed, we will clean the items as well.  Our crew will then return all items and place them back to their original location.  Because, our number one goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing water loss in your pool

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Exposure to intense heat, wind, and low humidity can all cause you to suffer water loss in your backyard or commercial swimming pool.  This can be very costly and disappointing when you are looking to cool off during the harsh summer months.  There are several ways you can combat evaporation of water from your pool. 

  • Use a Pool Cover: Pool covers are the best way to prevent water loss because they will reduce evaporation by 95%. Additionally, they will decrease chemical consumption and cleaning time.
  • Turn off Your Water Features: fountains, slides, and sprayers all leave much more water exposed to the air causing rapid evaporation. When these features are not being used, remember to turn them off.
  • Install Windbreakers: creating barriers to protect against wind (e.g. panels, fences, shrubs) will also protect your pool against excess evaporation.

Implementing these tips will save you money, energy, and water while still letting you enjoy the benefits of your pool!

Emergency Ready Program

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses do not recover following a disaster due to the lack of preparedness for a water or fire loss.  Creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile or “ERP” is the first step you can take to make sure your business makes a full recovery after a natural or man-made disaster.

What is an Emergency READY Profile?

An ERP is a start-up approach that provides SERVPRO with the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

What are the advantages of creating an ERP?

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document 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 SERVPRO of Saline County 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.

Call SERVPRO of Saline County to get started!