Preventing water damage to your home
Don’t let it happen to you!!!
When was the last time you had your water heater inspected by a plumber? If you can’t remember the last time you did, it’s time! Particularly if it is a tank in the attic! These are costly losses!
Lead Paint Safety
During early 1978 EPA (Environment protection agency) required most industries to stop the use of lead paint because of the hazards it caused. And being that this paint had been used on surfaces built before 1978, we as a SERVPRO are required to test surfaces before that time period to clarify if the surface has lead in it. Here are some tips on what you can do to protect your family from lead in Pre-1978 property.
- Keep young kids from chewing any parts of the wall as it could be poisonous.
- Any pieces of paint or drywall that becomes detached to the wall, clean and remove it immediately.
- Remove any shoes before entering the property as it could bring in more lead.
- Wash children's toys, hands and bottles frequently
If you don't know if your property has lead paint, notify your landlord before deciding to chip paint or drywall. SERVPRO will assist in any water loss, if your property has water damage SERVPRO of Bear Creek is trained to deal with lead paint.
In the wake of a disaster, a multitude of stains and odors can be left behind and cause insult to injury. Here are some facts of stains and odors and what products SERVPRO uses to clean them.
On surfaces that have been painted or surfaces that are washable that were affected by smoke or fire, the general product we would use is called "Wall and all surface cleaner". This product has a pH of twelve to thirteen and is effective with general cleaning.
On stains caused from heavy grease the product we would use "Industrial cleaner". This product has a pH of twelve to fourteen and being that is has a fairly high pH we normally do not use it on things made up of aluminum, magnesium or enamel paint and we use this product while wearing gloves.
Fire extinguisher knowledge part one
In the case of a fire emergency, both knowing general facts and tips on fire extinguishers can help exponentially when putting out any kind of fire. This will be one of two blogs explaining the facts on extinguishers.
The different types of extinguishers.
In total there are eight different types of fire extinguishers, the first is water and foam based. This type focuses on taking the heat element out of a fire and should mainly used on a fire made from wood, paper or plastic.
The second type of extinguisher is carbon dioxide based that focuses on taking away the oxygen element of a fire, and should only be used on fires made from flammable liquids such as gas or oil, or fires from electrical equipment such as outlets or transformers.
The third is a dry chemical extinguisher. This type is the most common of extinguishers and focuses on interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire triangle. (The fire triangle is what makes up a fire; Heat, Fuel, and an oxidizing agent which is normally oxygen) This extinguisher should be mainly used on; material fires caused from wood or plastic, fire caused from a flammable liquid such as gas, and fires made from electrical equipment.
Facts on Hurricanes
With hurricane season coming soon, not only being prepared for the season but having general knowledge of hurricanes can help in your preparation. Here are a few facts on hurricanes.
Hurricanes usually form in highly tropical areas where a high amount of water evaporates into the air. The heated moist air is then twisted in the atmosphere and becomes a hurricane. Where the storm forms determines what kind of storm it is. For example, storms made in the Atlantic or northeast Pacific are called hurricanes while storms made in the northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons.
The strength of the storm is effected by where you are in relation to the storm and whether the storm is over a land mass. For example, the winds of the storm are normally faster around the eye of the storm. Once a hurricane reaches a large land mass (such as North America) the storm slowly becomes weaker.
If you have storm damage, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has professional technicians ready 24/7 to respond to any disaster.
Storm and Floods
With hurricane season here your safety is essential, here are some tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) on preparing for this hurricane season.
Before the flood
- Have qualified professionals elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
- Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
During the flood
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing on water.
- Do not walk through the moving water as you could be carried away.
After the flood
- Listen for news reports to learn if water supply is clean to drink.
- Avoid flood waters as it may contain harmful chemicals.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
If your home is affected by a hurricane or flood, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463 9800
Home water damage
When disaster strikes in your home, it is essential to be safe when dealing with damaged items in your household. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in the face of water damage.
The effects of water damage in someone’s home can both be controlled and worsened depending on the actions taken. Here are a few tips on how to safely control the situation before help arrives:
- Remove any undamaged items away from the contaminated area
- Prop up any upholstery items to avoid further damage
- Place aluminum foil or blocks of wood under wood furniture to prevent damage to personal items
- Stay out of rooms that have sagging and wet walls
Here are a few tips as well on what not to do in a water damage emergency:
- Attempt to remove water using personal vacuum or hepa-vac
- Refrain from leaving any paper items on wet surfaces such as books or magazines
- In the affected water area, do not use any electrical outlets or appliances
- Leave standing water alone for an extended period of time as it could cause mold to grow
If there are any questions, or if you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800.
With spring break just around the corner, it is imperative that you and your home stay safe should you have to vacate due to vacations and the like. Mother Nature can strike at any time and the professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek are ready to respond 24/7. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your home's safety.
Tips to prevent water damage;
- Turn off the water supply line
- Check for cracks in pipes
- Inspect the hot water heater for rust or a tear in the line
- Check for wet dry wall that is “hanging” or “dripping”
Tips on preventing mold from growing after water damage;
- Do not attempt to dry water with a vacuum cleaner or fan
- If mold has grown, do not attempt to remove the mold as it could lead to the growth of more mold and illness to you
- Mold can grow within 24 of water damage
The professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek will be ready for any call at any time of the day. Have any questions or have damage in your home, call us at (281) 463-9800
Tips to prevent water damage and mold
The damage of water can leave devastation in its wake creating what seems like an endless amount of damage. But if not handled correctly, mold damage that can be even more dangerous. Here are a few tips and pointers on how to protect your home from water damage and the growth of mold.
When using everyday appliances such as sinks, toilets and showers, it is important you as a homeowner understand the early signs of leaks or the growth of mold. If inspecting a shower or bathtub, look for soft spots or cracks that may indicate a leak or a growth in mold. When inspecting sinks, check the water supply or drain pipe for any signs disjointed pipes.
To further ensure the safety of your home, here are more short tips on safety with mold and water damage:
- Ensure you know where the water shutoff valve is
- Mold will start to grow within twenty-four hours of water damage
- If water heater is more than fifteen years old inspect it to make sure there is no rust damage or leaks coming from it
If your home has mold or water damage call us at (281) 463-9800
Fire damage services
No matter what season it may be, fire damage can always be a cause of damage to your home or property. If your home was effected by fire damage and soot, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has the equipment and professional technicians ready to respond to any situation. If your home has been damaged by fire or soot, here are a few tips on how to minimize the damage.
- Do not attempt to wash carpet or upholstery with shampoo as it could only smear or stain the soot.
- Do not try to clean clothes in a washer as it could set a smoke odor in them.
- Limit movement of items in your home to prevent the movement of soot around your home
- If you have aluminum foil or small wooden blocks, place them under furniture legs to prevent stains
If you have been effected by fire, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800