The Science of Drying A Water Damage
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of Psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will:
• Inspect the property to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
• Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
• Set up professional drying equipment, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.
• Use monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
If you need help with a water damage call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today at 540-373-7000.
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Are You Prepared for Power Outages?
Are You Prepared for Power Outages?
Are you prepared for power outages, whether it is at your home or your place of business? Do you have a designated area that has a supply bin with items that are needed in case of a power outage? This is something every business and household should have in case of a power outage. Below is a guide that we have put together to help get you started on being more prepared should a power outage event strike your area.
Remember that a business and a home will have different needs. For example, a business should have either emergency backup lights or possibly something as simple as a flashlight at each employee’s desk or work area.
Depending on the time of year that the power outage happens it may require that you find a way to stay warm or a way to cool down. Emergency blankets are a helpful way to stay warm, and you can put on extra clothing.
If it is hot and you experience a power outage cover the windows to block the sun from coming in and go to the lowest level in the building. Wear the least amount of clothes as possible and stay as hydrated as you can but remember you may have a limited supply of water.
Here are some items that should be in your emergency power outage bin.
- Phone Number for The Power Company
- Flash Lights
- Emergency Candles
- Power Bank for cell phone (Make sure it stays Charged)
- First Aid Kit
- Snacks (Please keep in mind anyone that may have allergies or may be diabetic)
- Battery powered radio
- Hand sanitizer
- The name an address of the dedicated emergency shelter for your area
- Emergency Blankets
- Have an inventory check list on the top of the bin and make sure it stays current and nothing is expired
Please remind everyone to keep the refrigerator and freezer closed, to only open when necessary. Water must be conserved as much as possible.
Designate an employee to inventory the bin, make sure nothing has expired and that all supplies are there.
Tips For Storms and Flash Flooding
Tips For Rain
Tips for storms and flash flooding
Rain is in the forecast for the end of this week and most of next week. Here are some tips on being prepared for storms and flash flooding in our area:
- Always have an emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go with items like flashlights, first aid kit, whistle, non-perishable food, bottled water, battery powered radio, extra batteries etc.
- Make sure to have an emergency plan in place and make sure everyone is aware of that plan.
- Be sure to stay informed of the current weather, traffic, power outages etc. Visit http://www.fredericksburgalert.com/ to sign up for free for emergency alerts and notifications.
- In your home or business check the following before the heavy rain comes: Roof, Gutters, Doors, Windows, Sump Pump and Outdoor Equipment.
Flash floods can occur in a county or city, where runoff from buildings, parking lots and streets can overwhelm municipal storm water sewers. Please be on alert and be prepared for the upcoming weather! If you or someone you know has flooding in their home or business please call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000.
Pet Safety Tips During The Summer Months
Pet Safety Tips During the Summer Months!
For most of us that own pets, they are part of our family and when we think of our pets we treat them the same way we would treat family members. Sometimes people who own pets forget how dangerous the summer months can be for our furry family members and we need friendly reminders that they are not able to take care of themselves—our pets trust us to take care of them.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together a list of friendly reminders to help you give your pets a safe and happy summer.
~Make sure your pets are vaccinated for parasites and have flea and tick treatment.
~Do NOT shave your pets, you can trim your pets but shaving them leaves them susceptible to overheating and sunburn.
~Always walk your pets with caution when not walking them on grassy areas, concrete and asphalt gets very hot and can burn their paw pads very quickly.
~Make sure they always have access to cool, fresh water.
~NEVER Leave them in a car alone.
~Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if your pet suffers from heat exhaustion – Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly legs. DO NOT place your pet in ice cold water, instead move to a cool area, drape a cool wet towel over their head and get them to a vet as soon as possible.
~Never leave them around pools unattended and pets should always wear life jackets when swimming in lakes, ponds or any open body of water.
~During the summer months we use chemicals and products around our homes that are toxic to our pets. Please be careful when using insecticides, rodenticides, citronella candles, tiki torches products, insect coils, etc.
~ When having friend and family gatherings ask them not to share food with your pets and make sure hot charcoal is never emptied where your pet can step on it.
~Keep it cool inside for your pet to enjoy with you.
~Remember your pet can have a heat stroke when temperatures are high.
Commercial Water Damages
Water damages can occur in commercial buildings affecting the structure, content and daily operations of a business at any time. Commercial buildings vary from a free standing individual business, a one-story strip center, to a multi-level building that contains many suites and many different businesses.
There are many different components in a commercial building that can contribute to a water damage. A few are:
~Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems (Usually Rooftop)
If you are in a multi-level building your business could experience a water damage from water that originates from a unit on another floor, on the same floor, the roof, or other areas of the building.
It is important to understand the terms of your leasing agreement and know what you are responsible for repairing if your business were to experience a water damage. Go over your insurance policy with your agent, making sure you understand the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as knowing your deductible. Keep your insurance company contact information readily available outside of your business just in case your building has a damage that does not allow you to re-enter the building.
If you would like to have a no-cost mobile Emergency Response Plan done for your business, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000.
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.
- Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg
- Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
- Mold containment will be used if needed
- Specialized air filtration will be used
- We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
- Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
- Restoration of your home
Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg at (540) 373-7000 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with managing mold in a home or business.
Fire Burning Laws
The Virginia Department of Forestry website states the following on burning.
- No burning until after 4:00 p.m. February 15 through April 30 of each year, if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brush land or field containing dry grass or other flammable material.
- Fire shall not be left unattended if within 150 feet of woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass.
- No new fires set or fuel added after midnight.
- Law applies to campfires, warming fires, brush piles, leaves, household trash, stumps, fields of broom straw and brush or anything capable of spreading fire.
- The law provides for a penalty of up to $500, plus payment of court costs and fire suppression costs if the fire escapes.
- Please remember to check with the county that you will be burning in, individual counties can also have their own burning laws in addition to state regulations.
- Always, make safety your number one policy.
If you must burn…Follow these safety tips.
- Beware of power lines, trees and structures.
- Clear all flammable materials, such as dry leaves and dry grass, from around the fire.
- Have water and hand tools, such as a shovel and/or rake, available.
- Have communication available or have someone nearby who can call for help in case of an emergency.
- Burn when the humidity is high and the wind is calm.
- Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
- Please make sure all children are supervised and kept a safe distance from the fire.
- Always make safety your number one policy (Reminder per The Virginia Department of Forestry AND SERVPRO of Fredericksburg)
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
What role do smoke alarms play in your everyday life? Smoke alarms are in your home, the places where you shop, in children’s schools, in doctors’ offices, in work buildings, they are all around us and for good reason. Smoke alarms play a vital role in keeping us safer.
Smoke alarms come in different types and in residential and commercial ratings. Many residential smoke alarms are battery operated. If your smoke alarms have batteries, do you have a schedule to change them? Change the batteries consistently, mark it on your calendar as a reminder. If you would rather have a disposable smoke alarm, you can buy a smoke alarm that has a ten-year battery life and at the end of ten years you replace the entire smoke alarm--now that is convenience!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately two-thirds of U.S. household fire deaths result from fires in homes with:
• No smoke alarms
• Working smoke alarms with old or missing batteries
Whether it's a household setting or in a business, the selection and maintenance of an early warning system is critical to save lives and minimize property loss.
Are You Ready??
Are you ready for the New Year? This year, make a resolution to be READY! No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can prepare for it. SERVPRO® has an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) that will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017. Here are a few advantages for having an ERP for your commercial building:
• No cost
• A concise profile documenting critical information in an event of an emergency
• A guide to help you get back into your work space following a disaster
• Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
• It provides facility details such as water shut-off valves locations, breaker box locations and other priority details
• It provides priority contact information for your business.
Preparation is key to making it through a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes, be ready and call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today to establish your Emergency Ready Profile!
NOT EVERYTHING IS SAFE TO BURN IN YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOOD STOVE
Please remember not everything is safe to burn in your fireplace or wood stove. Sometimes items that you think would be safe to burn are not. Some items can cause serious health issues or safety issues if burned. For example, burning glossy paper such as wrapping paper or newspaper ads could possibly put toxins or carcinogens in the air that you breathe. Some items burn faster than others creating a high, intensely hot flame that could catch any built -up creosote in a chimney on fire. Below is a list of a few items you should never put in your fireplace or wood stove.
~Paper, Bows, Glossy Paper, Cardboard & Packaging
~Plastics, Pine Needles, Live Garland, Live Wreaths or Flowers
~Styrofoam Containers, Egg Cartons, Dryer Lint
~Painted, Varnished, Stained or Treated Wood
~Engineered Wood (Plywood, Particle Board, Pressed Board, OSB) Glue compounds are used in the layering of these woods.
~Green Wood – Wood that is not dry will produce a lot of smoke and creosote.
~Driftwood – Driftwood contains salt which is corrosive. When heated, corrosion is accelerated and toxic fumes are produced.
These are just some of the items you should never burn. Please follow all safety directions on your wood burning appliance.
Always have a fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector nearby and change the batteries on a schedule.