What To Do After Commercial Water Damage
Damage due to a water loss.
Commercial water damage often involves larger spaces, pipes, or roofs, and it may be more costly to fix than damage in a residential structure. If your commercial property in Las Vegas, NV has sustained damage from broken pipes or a leaky roof, you should take steps to reduce the amount of excess water and contact a commercial restoration service that specializes in water cleanup.
Cleaning up after a leak can be a messy process, but there are several ways to limit the extent of the damage and the potential for secondary damage. Immediately after a leak occurs, you should:
• Use buckets, mops, or towels to prevent water from soaking into building materials, carpet, furniture, or other items.
• Contact a plumber or roofing company to handle the leak as soon as possible.
• Contact a cleanup and restoration service that’s certified to handle leaks and prevent secondary damage within 24 hours of the leak.
Once you have dealt with the broken pipe or any other source of excess water in your commercial property, you should contact a certified commercial restoration service to dry, clean, and restore the affected areas to their original conditions.
A water damage restoration company can provide several services, including:
• water mitigation by removing standing water from your commercial property
• Dehumidification and ventilation to control moisture and prevent secondary damage, such as mold growth
• Restoration of property damaged by storms, burst pipes, or roof leaks
If broken pipes or a leaky roof have caused damage in your commercial property in St Clair County you should contact a local or regional service that specializes in water damage cleanup and restoration. The sooner you fix a leak and address any damage that has resulted, the more affordably, effectively, and quickly you will be able to restore your property to a functional and safe condition.
3 Tips for Locating Unseen Mold
A musty smell could be the cause of mold growth
3 Tips for Locating Unseen Mold
When you have a mold smell in your St Clair County home or business there may be a problem. Unfortunately, odor alone is not always enough to locate the problem. If you haven’t found the source of the smell, here are a few things you may want to consider.
1. Look for Water Problems
In many cases, a persisting fungus smell can also indicate a moisture problem. This is because most mold growth occurs around areas of water damage. If you have a location in your company property that has sustained water damage this should be the first place you look for possible mold. Consider leaky appliances or bathroom areas, but also check around the foundation or areas of damage in the roof.
2. Call a Professional
It’s also highly recommended to contact a remediation service whenever you notice a mold smell. These professionals will have a good idea of where the source of the odor may be. In the event that mold spores are not visually identifiable, they should still be able to perform several tests in order to determine if mold is present on the company property.
3. Have a Test Done
If you can’t see the source of the mildew smell, the restoration professional can complete a series of tests to determine if and where mold may be. They may conduct an air test, take a residue sample, or even take a sample of material that mold may be growing on. Once the results have been determined the remediation service can let you know what the best course of action will be.
Locating a mold smell at your place of business can take a little time. Consider areas where water damage or other moisture problems have occurred around the business property. If the source of the odor remains unfound the professional remediation service can have some tests done to determine the location and mold type of anything located on the company property
Insurance Agents and the SERVPRO Claims Inventory System
SERVPRO can make your job easier when you access the claims inventory system
SERVPRO Can Make Your Job Easier
When disaster strikes in ST Clair County just about everyone in the community is involved in some way. If you're an insurance agent serving this community, you may have concerns about your own home and business place, as well as the responsibility to handle an insurance claim for each of your clients. SERVPRO can make your job easier when you access the claims inventory system.
Parts of the Claims Inventory System
There are three parts of the system that work together to help you pull up the information you need as quickly as possible:
- The Claims Information Center contains many relevant facts and figures including a history of claims and even answers to some of your most asked questions.
- The ReportER database is handled through corporate headquarters, so you can access relevant information from around the country.
- The Management Dashboard puts all of the access tools in a user-friendly platform, so you won't have to struggle to find the information you need.
Completing an insurance claim accurately can be a time-consuming task and may be overwhelming if you have your own properties to worry about. With the SERVPRO claims inventory system at your fingertips, you can enjoy many benefits.
How the Inventory System Helps Agents
What exactly does the inventory system have to offer? Insurance agents can use the system to look up facts according to claim type and within a specific geographic location (such as nationally or locally.) Agents can get more information about cause of loss information or run comparisons of job costs. The database also keeps track of response times, company performance compared to national averages, and individual file reviews.
Simplify the Claims Process and Move On
Working through an insurance claim for someone else who requires the services of property damage reconstruction professionals while your own home or commercial property has been affected by a disaster can be difficult. With a lot of facts and comparisons all in one place, you may find the claims process has been streamlined and simplified, letting you move on to other things.
Biohazard.. What is that?
Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO
Biohazard - a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms.
Blood, bodily fluids, and other biohazards can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. Even trace amounts so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye can pose serious health risks. Using the correct safety equipment to clean biohazards and the correct chemicals and procedures when a site in your home or business has been contaminated is the SERVPRO® of St Clair County way.
We have a team of professional crew members that can handle the situation quickly, respectfully, and correctly to leave the affected area without a trace of contamination.
SERVPRO® of St Clair County is always here to help during any disaster, whether it be water damage, fire damage, storm damage or biohazard.
Dealing with a crime, trauma or death is undoubtedly difficult, but you can depend on SERVPRO® of St Clair County for courtesy, empathy, and the quality biohazard cleanup and restoration services that you need. Safety-minded, SERVPRO® of St Clair County is ready to do our part in restoring your space and your peace of mind. If a traumatic event has occurred on your property and you require assistance with the cleanup, contact the professional biohazard cleaning service to discover more about our biohazard restoration services and secure our help.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of St Clair County, 205-525-0332]
Catch Appliance Leaks Before Water Damage Occurs
If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of St Clair County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.
All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early on, water damage can begin.
Because many appliances are not moved or inspected with frequency, this water damage can be harbored for ages before homeowners are made aware—this is why regular inspections are so important for prevention.
<h3these-appliances-for-leaks-often">Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often
Hot Water Heater
The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.
The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.
A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.
Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.
The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.
Avoiding Fire Hazards in the Kitchen
Cooking fires are rated as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries.
Has your kitchen been designated as a place for family and friends to gather and spend quality time together as, perhaps, a cozy comfort food meal is cooking? Well, the kitchen is also a space where many home fires occur.
Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries with the leading cause of these kitchen fires being unattended cooking.
State Farm paid out a whopping $130 million for homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires in just 2017 alone. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:
- North Carolina
- New York
<h4fire-safety-tips">Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
Staying in the kitchen while cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:
1. Are you wearing loose-fitting clothing or long sleeves? They could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.
2. Do you keep flammable items away from the stovetop? Make sure kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains aren’t too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable should be moved away from the stovetop.
3. Do you have a fire extinguisher readily accessible to the kitchen? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.
4. How are you disposing of your hot grease? Even if the grease is not on fire, it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to catch fire. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.
5. Have you created a fire escape plan for an emergency? No one wants something bad to happen, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry if an emergency were to occur. Review exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.
Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO of Clair County is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Uses Multiple Options for Drying Hardwood Floors
Water quickly damages hardwood floors. SERVPRO has the know how to restore your floors. Call us today!
Strategies to Remove Water in Wood Flooring Homes
With engineered or hardwood plank flooring in your Dallas residence, situations like water loss incidents could have a dire effect. Despite the severity of the loss situation, migrating water can get absorbed into the planks faster than many homeowners might believe. Because engineered wood typically gets comprised of thin materials pressed together, this material is especially susceptible to saturation and splitting.
When you need to consider water removal for your St Clair County home flooring, our SERVPRO team has multiple options for wood materials. The approach chosen depends on the saturation levels of the material, when water damage stays on the surface, when free moisture in the plank exists, and when the water has bonded with the molecular structure of the flooring. Once water becomes ‘bound’ in the wood plank floors, these physical deformities develop.
Air movers are often the first line of defense for almost every drying task that our professionals undertake. These tools are vital in removing a vapor barrier that exists during evaporative drying. These high-velocity machines displace the cool air trapped above the surface of wood plank flooring to allow the material to dry evenly and quickly.
Drying mats are one of the specialty pieces of equipment that our professionals have to address saturation in porous, hard materials like wood plank flooring. With a consistent, slow draw of the moisture trapped in the planks, we can regulate the water removal process and ensure that these materials do not get dried too quickly or too completely, both of which could damage the wood.
When there are no feasible solutions for removing trapped moisture in the flooring, and physical deformities have already developed, it is necessary to remove these portions. Our SERVPRO contractors can utilize controlled demolition techniques to only remove the areas overly damaged by the migrating water to protect subflooring materials.
These are a few of the strategies that our SERVPRO of St Clair County team can use to manage water loss situations in area homes. No matter how we can help, give our team a call at (205)-
Why Professional Restoration Services are Necessary After Fire Damage
It is tempting to remove debris after a fire, but you can unintentionally spread soot. SERVPRO knows how to remove debris and restore your home.
Reasons DIY Fire Damage Cleanup is a Bad Idea in St Clair County Homes
After fire damage occurs in a home, the number one priority of most homeowners is to get life back to normal as rapidly as possible. One of the biggest mistakes they make is cleaning up the smoke damage and removing charred items themselves. Both of these actions have the capacity to make the situation worse.
When homeowners work on a fire damage in their homes on their own, the outcome can be less favorable than they expected. Some cleaning products or incorrectly used methods can increase the loss and render items unrestorable.
Stop the Spread of Soot
Setting up containment is something that rarely gets done in DIY cleanups. SERVPRO technicians know soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see. If the fire loss area does get contained, it can spread throughout the home and require more cleanup to remove the soot and odors.
Improper Cleaning Makes it Worse
It is vital to test smoke residues on surfaces before cleaning. Because a fire can burn at different temperatures in a single room and various types of items get charred, an array of residues get left behind. While sheetrock and wood structural elements tend to leave behind a light, powdery residues called dry smoke, plastic, and rubber items produce wet smoke, which is thick and can prove challenging to remove from surfaces without the proper cleaning agents.
SERVPRO techs carefully test and use methods such as dry cleaning sponges to carefully lift away dry smoke. When wet cleaners come into contact with wet smoke, it drives the particles deeper into the surface, and this can mainly ruin painted walls and require further restoration efforts such as ceiling over painted walls to lock in the soot and odor and ready the wall for repainting.
SERVPRO of St Clair County when you need fast, complete fire damage cleanup and restoration service. The certified technicians have the tools and knowledge to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."
St Clair County Homes Benefit from Rapid Mold Remediation Done By SERVPRO
Moldy Walls in Your Bathroom? Fast--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation
How Mold Can Form in Your St Clair County Master Bathroom
When St Clair homeowners think of mold growing in their homes or their property, they visualize areas like their crawlspace or some similar dark and damp area. While these areas can become prone to this damage, they are not the only areas of your home that remain at risk for this debilitating growth. Bathrooms are often some of the locations where mold and mildew can commonly get discovered, and this can be from numerous sources.
While you might not think of mold damage as a reason to call out professionals to your St Clair County home, this organism can cause both structural concerns as well as prolonged health effects without the right intervention. Your master bathroom can have many sources of moisture damage from undried overflows from the bathtub, leaking connections for the sink or toilet, or even just poor ventilation that does not allow steam to leave the room as efficiently as it should.
Our SERVPRO professionals can inspect this area of your property upon arrival to determine where the moisture is most prevalent, and work to determine its root cause as we set up containment strategies to prevent the spread of the mold damage to other areas of your home. Our technicians have mositure detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras to help determine the precise locations of moisture pockets so that drying efforts can be as efficient as possible.
We can work to remove the mold that has affected organic materials throughout the bathroom area such as the vanity, cabinets, and fabrics. In some situations, drying and sanding materials can effectively remove newly forming mold growth, but in other situations, these cabinets and affected materials must get removed entirely to prevent the continued spread of this health-hazardous growth. We also treat the exposed wall cavities with an antimicrobial product to help limit future mold growth.
No matter what must occur to remediate and restore your master bathroom following mold growth, our SERVPRO of St Clair County remediation technicians can see it through every step. Let us remove the mold and restore the damage it has caused in your home by calling (205)-525-0332