Chemical Fire at a Restaurant
A restaurant owner was quite surprised when he arrived at his place of business one morning.
When he arrived at his restaurant, he knew there was a problem due to the black soot on the outside wall of his restaurant. Immediately he thought there was a fire inside and called the fire department.
When they arrived and opened the doors there was no fire burning, however, there was considerable heat damage.
It appeared that cleaning rags with powerful chemicals placed in a laundry hamper had ignited at some point in the evening. As the fire tried to take hold it consumed all of the oxygen in the room and eventually is had burned itself out.
This did not stop it from smoldering, however, and the intense heat in the room caused everything plastic to eventually melt to a point of unrecognition.
The picture posted here is of the exit sign that hangs over the outer door.
SERVPRO was called to estimate cleaning and repairs.
Bowed Wood Floor
This SERVPRO loss occurred in an unoccupied home and was caused by lack of attention from a property manager
Due to forecasted freezing temperatures, the property manager was trying to do preventative maintenance by running water through the lines to prevent frozen pipes.
Unfortunately, he did not monitor the sink in which the water was flowing, and the basin overflowed causing water to run under the flooring.
The water ran long enough that eventually it caused the wood flooring to begin to bow and then mold started to grow on the subfloor.
It was also discovered that enough water had spilled out of the sink that the ceiling of the bedroom directly below had standing water above the drywall.
SERVPRO tip, always keep your eyes on running water, especially in the home!
Water Damaged Basements
The potential is there for mold infestation and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down.
Water in the crawl space under a home usually goes ignored until it goes away. A damp basement also goes ignored until puddles start to form in the low spots and stored property begins to absorb the excess water. Both attitudes can have long-term, adverse effects.
SERVPRO knows that a wet basement or crawl space is more than just an annoyance to a home. The potential is there for mold and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down to normal levels.
Our technicians can get into most crawl spaces and remove standing water using various types of sump pumps. In small spaces, they can push in lengths of hose to efficiently draw water out as well. Basements are drained of standing water in just a few hours using one of the portable pumps or pumping trucks in our equipment inventory.
With the water removed, one of our inspectors checks the air content using special moisture meters. If the humidity is too high, technicians deploy dehumidifiers to lower the moisture percentage in the air. These machines draw as much as 25 gallons of water from the air per day and clear out most basements in two or three days. After we remove the water from your basement and lower the moisture content, we highly recommend two additional services: encapsulate your crawl space and waterproof the cinder block foundation walls.
Encapsulation simply means installing a water vapor barrier. Our technicians use high-quality, polyethylene sheets that are reinforced with a polyester mesh to seal off the floors and walls from bleeding moisture into the crawl space. We secure the sheets in place using two-sided, foundation tape or a polyurethane caulk. Since most crawl spaces have a dirt floor, polyethylene sheets are a very efficient and low-cost method to prevent further moisture intrusion and reduces the risk of mold infestation as well.
Waterproofing the foundation walls serves the same purpose as encapsulation, but is more efficient for basement and areas larger than the normal sized crawl space. Technicians fill all cracks and holes with hydraulic cement to seal them and then apply a waterproof coating of masonry cement to the inside of the basement walls. This coating prevents further water intrusion in most cases. Additional protection is gained by digging around the outside of the foundation walls and applying a thick coating of liquid rubber. This inventory product is designed to waterproof foundations even in extreme situations and provides a dry basement in all but the absolute worst disasters.
SERVPRO of Fairfield County has decades of experience in Idaho when it comes to keeping your basement dry. We understand that it is essential to the overall support structure of your home and use every skill and equipment item in our inventory to provide a safe environment for you and your family. If you need our help, call today at (740) 756-7003
Storm Preparation Tips
There is a ton of talk right now with Hurricanes and September is also preparedness month. So our blogs will focus on things you can to do prepare for a hurricane or any type of large storm that can effect you (since we are in Ohio not a lot of hurricane threats).
Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather the following items and place them in your kit:
- Water: 1 gallon per person per day. Fill plastic containers, such as soft-drink bottles.
- Water purification kit or bleach (use eight drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.
- Essential medications
- First-aid book and kit that includes:
- 20 emergency bandages of various sizes
- One 5 x 9 sterile dressing
- One roll of self-adhering elastic bandage
- Four various-sized sterile gauze pads
- One roll of 3-inch cohesive bandage
- Waterless alcohol-based sanitizer and wipes
- Medical grade non-latex gloves
- Adhesive tape, 2-inch width
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Cold pack
- Small scissors
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- Non-prescription drugs (e.g., aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers)"
For more information visit: http://www.wral.com/food-and-supplies-checklist-for-storm-preparation/3283070/
Wet Documents from Storm Water
In large storms or any type of water flood in your home theres a few things you can do to protect important documents.
First and foremost use zip lock bags. They will protect documents from water. You can keep anything you deep important in these and just use them from the bags. This way you're prepared if an unexpected flood occurs.
If a storm is coming you can use your dishwasher for important documents. Your dishwater will not let water inside of it and because it is attached to cabinets it is less likely to be destroyed in events like tornadoes or hurricanes.
Some items to consider storing are:
- Driver's license, photo ID
- Emergency contact list or address book (even if contacts are stored in a smartphone)
- Insurance policies (health, home, auto)
- Vital documents (birth certificates, passports, wills)
- Bank account information (account numbers, passwords)
- Photocopies of credit and debit cards (front and back)
- Stock certificates, investment information
- Extra keys (home, safe deposit box, office and car)"
For more information visit:
SERVPRO of Fairfield County (740) 756-7003...Here to help!
The following was copied directly from: http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/
“Commercial carpet receives many times the traffic of typical residential carpet. That's why it's important to select (fiber, construction, pile design, color) and install commercial carpet that fits a building user's needs. However, once that carpet is properly selected and installed, its durability and lasting beauty is highly dependent on the ongoing maintenance and cleaning programs.
The first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills. Carpet serves as a "sink" or collection point for everything that is tracked in or settles out of the air. Qualities such as sound absorption, slip resistance and soil-trapping ability makes it the most desirable floor covering in many buildings. Ultimately, however, even the best maintained carpet must be thoroughly cleaned to empty the "sink."
This is where IICRC-certifed technicians come in. They have the equipment, training and experience not only to empty the "sink," but also to restore the color and beauty of commercial carpet, while improving overall indoor environmental quality in the building.”
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best
SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO of Fairfield County (740) 756-7003….here to help!
We service Lancaster, Pickerington, Carroll and surrounding communities.
Tips For Preventing Mold In Your Home
“Keep the house dry -- don't let water build up anywhere, ventilate damp rooms, wipe shower walls and doors after use.
Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow.
Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products.
Don't have too many indoor plants -- especially in the bedroom -- as mold can grow in plant soil.
Fix any leaks or seepage in the house, indoors and out.
Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.
Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.
Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates.
Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.
On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be lifted and washed, or install a vapor barrier over the concrete.”
For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.webmd.com/children/prevent-mold
Mold: What To Do
You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:
- Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
- Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
- A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Why Call Us For Your Business Damage?
Here at SERVPRO of Fairfield County, we can help if your business or commercial property floods. You may be wondering why you would need us. Sometimes the damage of water is not as simple and just cleaning up the water. Call us 24/7/365 at 740-756-7003.
Though the water seepage will stop once the source of water has been identified and plugged, the problem does not end there. It is essential to determine the appropriate water extraction method, which may range from the use of a wet-dry vac unit to more heavy duty equipment like submersible pumps. Once this has been completed, the process of drying and dehumidification should start. Often times, affected surfaces and areas look dry once the water has been extracted and removed, but there remains hidden water and moisture. This would call for the use of drying and dehumidifying equipment. As such, carpets, walls, and flooring require removal, drying, cleaning, and disinfecting.