Tips on how to prevent a Halloween Fire
A fire can start when candles are too close to decorations or when long trailing costumes touch any lit candles. To make sure you have a spooky and safe Halloween, follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
• When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
• Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
• Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
• If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
How do you know if your bathroom was damaged by water?
Consider some of these tips for possible areas of water damage in your bathroom and act quickly if you find them:
If you know your home was built with a wooden floor system, the sub floor is most likely made of plywood. If the plywood is subjected to moisture, the subfloor will rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy in places. Your toilet may also feel unstable when you sit down. This could lead to your entire floor collapsing if left unattended.
Trust Your Nose
If you still smell something musty or damp after a thorough cleaning, it is probably due to moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Although many older homes have this smell, rooms with actual damage have a more prominent smell. Sometimes you might not be able to see it but be sure to trust your nose and call to find the affected area.
This is another clear sign that may point to an extensive problem. When drywall absorbs water, it begins to swell and becomes soft. Over time, the damaged area starts to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If you run your hand across the wall and it feels uneven or looks crooked when you look at it.
Mold is built from the inside out so that by the time you can see it, no matter how much you scrub, the problem will not go away. You will need the help of our specialists to return your home to a safe place for the whole family.
Inspect and Repair your Bathroom Water Damage to prevent dangerous mold from forming and causing deterioration in your bathroom to occur, call SERVPRO of Atascadero experts to inspect and repair your bathroom water damage.
How to prevent mold in the workplace
There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.
- Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
- Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
- Check the building construction and design.
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
- During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
- Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
- Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.
Always let your employees know that you’re doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they’re less likely to file claims.
If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give us a call to SERVPRO of Atascadero. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the serious health issues that your workers can contract in a moldy environment.
Why you should not clean up a blood spill on your own.
Accidents and crimes happen every day. Some of these incidents result in blood spills. While it may seem like the right thing to do at the time, victims of violent crimes and accidents should never attempt to clean up areas with blood for several important reasons:
PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
Going through a bloody accident or violent is a traumatic experience that can haunt you for years especially if its someone you know. Maintaining your emotional and psychological health is important so no further damage is created is critical in traumatic situations. Family members should protect each other during this critical recovery time which means that cleaning up blood yourself will not help heal the people involved. In fact, after a violent experience a person can develop Critical Incident Stress disorder, also known as CIS. OSHA published a CIS Guide about this disorder; it is one of the most important reasons not to clean up blood spills yourself. It’s critical in situations like this to contact a professional team, such as SERVPRO, who will work fast and treat your family with sensitivity and respect during a traumatic experience.
Blood borne pathogens can pose immediate dangers to untrained persons attempting to clean up blood. The Center for Disease Control lists the most concerning blood borne diseases: HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are three of the most common and dangerous. C-Diff and MRSA are also deadly bacteria that are easily transmitted through blood. These pathogens should be considered as deadly and dangerous from either accidents or crimes blood spills which require professional biohazard cleaning services.
SERVPRO can help with any type of blood cleanup including suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, decomposition cleanup, and industrial accident scenes.
When faced with tragedy, do the right thing: protect your family and loved ones and call in professionals. We are here to help and will make it a priority to assist you in a prompt and timely manner.
What to do when you have water damage in your property
To determine whether you can clean the area up on your own or if you need to call in an expert, you’re going to have to evaluate your situation and consider a few different factors.
A minor to moderate amount of water in your home should be manageable on your own, if you have the proper tools to deal with it. However, if the flooding is significant or is continuing to rise despite efforts to curb it, do not try to handle it on your own.
We don't suggest for you to consider in repairing a water damage especially if its a big repair. Leave this one to the professionals and follow instructions from local disaster relief authorities.
Before you decide to clean up water damage on your own, you first need to figure out where the water is coming from.
There are three different types of water that can cause a problem in your home. The type of water will guide you on whether you can do the cleanup yourself or if you need to bring in a professional.
The first type is clean water. Clean water might come from rain or leaky pipes and doesn’t have harmful bacteria growing in it.
The second type is called gray water. This is water that comes from sources like your dishwasher or washing machine and may be slightly contaminated. This type of water can also be safe to clean up yourself, if you take proper precautions and use appropriate safety gear.
The last type is black water. Black water can come from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water. Do not try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can harbor all kinds of highly infectious organisms and other health hazards.
If you’re unsure about the type of water you’re dealing with, play it safe and call in a professional.
No matter how much we want to fix and repair a water damage thinking that we know what we are doing is going to fix it. It might end up making the situation even worse. Hiring a professional may be a better way to go since they know how to handle water damages no matter how big or small the damage may be. Here at SERVPRO in Atascadero we have technicians on hand to go handle any kind of water damage no matter what time of day it is.
Now Is The Time To Check For Water Damage Reports SERVPRO, The Atascadero Water Damage Company
A picture showing dripping water causing water damage that Atascadero SERVPRO can repair.
Even though the weather is great and the sun is shining, rain just around the corner. “Now is the time to check for water damage,” said Atascadero water damage company owner, Joseph Powers of SERVPRO.
Not all water damage is as obvious as flooded crawl spaces or pools of water collecting against building foundations. Storms can cause structural damage that result in everything from small leaks to flooding. While both types of damage need attention, it is often the small, undetected leaks that cause the most damage in the long run.
High winds and heavy storm rain can loosen portions of a roof and building siding allowing water to seep in. Over time, especially during repeated storms, the water soaks into the framing, foundation, adjoining walls and flooring leading to severe damage and mold. After the storms have passed for the season, the regional temperature changes from triple-digit summer days that drop to mid 50s at night contribute to cracking and weathering wood, especially after a winter of heavy rain.
“When you are repairing storm damage to your home or business, don’t forget to check for loose shingles or damaged tiles on the roof,” said Powers. “Check for loose siding, look under the building and overhead crawl spaces and check for signs of leaks.”
Hazardous conditions can continue long after a storm has passed. Rivers, lakes and ponds can continue to flood as storm water flows downstream and mudslides are always a possibility as long as the ground is wet and surface water continues to soak into the ground. Trees can continue to fall or break after storms.
There are four stages to reducing the chances of storm damage:
- Prepare for storms by inspecting and repairing before storm season arrives.
- Prepare in advance of an incoming storm by placing sandbags or other barriers to divert water and mud, using tarps and boards over areas that could be damaged or have been damaged but not repaired between storms, and trim tree branches that might fall.
- Inspecting for damage after a storm.
- Repairing, storm damage as soon as possible.
Additional safety measures include:
- Reporting damage to public streets and roads, power lines, sewer and public water lines, downed and damaged trees, and flooding in public areas to the appropriate agency as soon as it observed.
- Stay tuned to the National Weather Service (NWS) for regional storm, flood and high surf warnings.
- Check with local emergency services, public works, and farm bureaus for storm safety advisories and items like sandbags and potential road cautions or closures.
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies, up to five days of food and water for each person and pet, medications, personal hygiene items, blankets, batteries and flashlights, an extra cell phone charger, and important contact information.
- Have a home and business emergency evacuation plan that includes family pets and know where the nearest shelters are located.
SERVPRO provides a free Ready Plan mobile app that can help people create an Emergency Ready Profile for home or business. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance of an emergency and the Ready Plan helps families and employers prepare for emergencies.
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. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including the 2018 California wildfires.
Locally, on California’s Central Coast, SERVPRO of Atascadero is prepared to assist residents and businesses prevent and recover from water damage, fire damage, and other structural damage.
SERVPRO of Atascadero
Atascadero CA 93422
National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan.
No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Atascadero reminds Atascadero-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disasters impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.
In the same way that people make resolutions at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year, said Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of Atascadero. Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This months focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.
Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Powers. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.
Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Atascadero as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.
The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That's why it's important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time like National Preparedness Month to review and update your records at least once each year, said Powers. Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don't depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you'll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.
SERVPRO of Atascadero specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened." for both commercial and residential customers.
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. SERVPROs 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.
Paso Robles Fire Repair Company, Releases Tips For Preventing Barbecue Fires
Campfire burning. Campfires and BBQ's can be a potential fire damage hazard.
A great barbecue starts with a hot fire that creates the coals needed to grill the food to its delicious perfection. “But,” said Joe Powers, Paso Robles fire repair expert, “We want to keep the fire and hot coals inside the grill so nothing else catches on fire.”
Summer and fall brings family and friends together for good times over the barbecue. Great food and great company make great memories and the professionals from SERVPRO of Atascadero want to make sure those memories are not marred by an out-of-control fire.
People getting together for a good time hardly seems like something that can turn into a disaster, but these interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Association can make people much more aware of barbecue safety:
- May through August is the leading months for barbecue fires.
- From 2013 to 2017 an average 19,000 people per year showed up in emergency rooms due to injuries involving barbecue grills. Children under five years old accounted for an average 2,000 injuries per year.
- Gas grills were involved in an average of 8700 home fires per year. Charcoal and other solid-fuel grills were involved in 1100 home fires per year.
- Twenty-three percent of gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks in the equipment.
A few precautions and a watchful eye can help keep flames and hot coals in the barbecue and away from guests, pets, dry vegetation and other flammable surroundings. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire.
- Always check the tank and connections for gas grills before starting.
- Set up the grill in a clear area outside away from flammable materials, including dry grass, trees, umbrellas and covered patios.
- Allow plenty of room for people to move around, reducing accidental contact with the hot barbecue, or even tipping it over.
- Don’t allow children and pets to play too close.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. A fire extinguisher can be used with gas or charcoal/wood grills. A water hose can be used with charcoal or wood grills.
- Trim excess fat. Meat that is too fatty causes flames to flare and can cause serious injury. Keep a spray bottle handy to stop flare-ups.
- Never leave fire or hot coals unattended.
- Keep the grill clean, including the cooking surfaces and grill pans.
- Check the barbecue for rust spots or holes. Make sure it is well supported with no danger of being easily knocked over. Don’t use damaged equipment.
- Let the barbecue cool down completely before covering it.
- Dump the ashes into a metal bucket and hose them down until there are completely cool with no embers of smoke before disposing of them.
SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration caused by fire, mold, storms and other water damage. The company mission is to help families and communities avoid personal and property damage and in the event of damage, to make it "Like it never even happened.”
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Atascadero, CA 93422
SERVPRO of Atascadero water and mold damage restoration specialists release report: " How to prevent mold growth."
Not the fungi you want to meet
Atascadero, Ca. — SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage and mold specialists have released a report on six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred.
14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of poisonous and toxic molds.
All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.
Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:
Remove the water as quickly as possible
Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.
Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster
It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.
Dehumidify the affected room
Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment used to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.
Steam-clean the carpet
Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any mold spores that may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much less expensive than having to entirely re-carpet the house.
Sanitize walls and baseboards
Anything that has been touched by water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.
Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun
Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.
Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as Atascadero water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO Atascadero.
Water damage and mold remediation solutions
SERVPRO is the leading company in Atascadero Water Damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet your customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on at (805) 239-0466.
Types of SERVPRO technicians
The Atascadero water damage restoration specialists SERVPRO understand the advantage of using highly trained restoration specialists for water damage. SERVPRO of Atascadero and The Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration of damaged house and goods.
Types of restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage restoration:
- Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
Trained and certified Technicians use procedures to remedy with water damage from sewer backflows, broken pipes, clogged drains, and firefighting efforts. There can be a couple of types of remediation that has to be done after the water is removed from the structure, depending on the level of damage.
- Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
Carpets may need to be cleaned due to the water damage. This includes fabric identification, cleaning chemicals, and equipment. Proper cleaning techniques is needed for residential and commercial applications.
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)
Fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods assist covering fabrics so they don’t shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.
- Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)
Like a firefighter, a technician learns the different types of smoke and fire damage. With this knowledge, they can work with the water damage caused by the extinguishing.
- Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
After the water is removed, then there is a drying process that includes air blasting the affected areas and/or using extractions systems. Although it may seem dry, inspections of the affected area are needed for microbial issues.
- Odor Control Technician (OCT)
Odors and deodorization techniques may need to be addressed. Especially during the hot summer, odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources could need the attention.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
If mold and sewage remediation is needed, the health and safety of occupants and workers on your property has to be considered. When it comes time to sell your house, this is a major liability and if it is not disclosed, inspected, and remedied, this could be vulnerability to the transaction.
About SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Specialists
SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage restoration specialists will assist to how your home was before the disaster.