Drying your home after a water loss, and why is important.
Mold will happen so quick if your home is not properly dried.
The top things 3 things to remember when dealing with a water loss are:
- Know what kind of water loss it was: Clean water (CAT 1) = Pipe or rain water.
Gray water (CAT 2) = Toilet water, Kitchen sink pipe.
Black Water (CAT 3) = Sewer water.
CAT 2 and 3 are the most harmful to your family. The water is contaminated and will cause problems.
- Make sure you investigate all the damage.
- Establish proper air flow, and keep windows closed when drying.
Mold can grow so quick if the moister is not addressed right away. SERVPRO can help with drying out your home we have equipment that will dry you home quickly. If your home is experiencing this problem SERVPRO can fit it.
How to get rid of odors after a fire
When a fire happens, you find that your property looks dark, stained and charred and likely will have a bad smell. The first thing your fire restoration company will do is to clean up all the damage and get your property looking as normal as possible.
The first steps to start with are:
- Removing and disposing of belonging that are too badly damaged and cannot be repaired.
- If you carpet and flooring were damaged from the water that was used to put out the fire, and you have carpet cleaned and dried the flooring, but the smell is still there. The best thing would to remove the flooring and carpet.
- Painting you walls with primer and odor resistance paint will help with removing the smoke odor.
The Cleaning up after a fire can be hard. SERVPRO can help you with making those choices as well as restoring your damages and getting rid of those terrible smells that come with a fire.
Tess the season for frozen pipes
Keep cabinets open to let the heat keep your pipes from freezing.
Nothing is worse than waking up to a broken frozen pipe, and the havoc it can cause. As a home owner
here are some helpful tips to remember to keep your home safe during this cold weather season.
- Open cabinets doors under sinks located to an outside wall.
- Leave hot and cold-water dripping in faucets,
- Put foam covers over outdoor spigots.
- Insulate water pipes with foam pipe insulation.
I never understood why my husband would open the cabinets until I experience a broken water pipe during the winter. I wish I knew about SERVPRO, and all the ways they can help with restoring your home after a water loss. SERVPRO makes it "Like it never even happened.”
Signs to watch for MOLD in your home
The top 6 warning signs of Mold in your home are:
- Smelling a musty smell “Mold Odor”.
- Seeing Mold growth “Black and Green splatters”.
- Water Problems
- Bubbling paint/ wall paper
- Water stains
- Damp materials like “drywall, flooring, cabinets, and ceiling tiles”
- Water Leaks that are not addressed right way. Growth can happen so fast.
- Home has flooded in the past.
- If the home was not properly dried and cleaned. Growth with start right away.
- If your home has a moister around window, and under cabinets were your water pipes are. Mold loves moister!
We here at SERVPRO of Benton County work with cleaning and removing mold on a daily bias. If you need help with a Mold problem, let us help you. “We make it like it never happened.”
How to prevent an Electrical Fire
Overloading an outlet
Knowing how to prevent an Electrical Fire is Important especially during this time of year when many of us have extra lights, and heaters plugged in….
Here are the top 5 things to remember when plugging things in.
- Hold a plug securely to pull it from the wall.
- Use multi-outlet extenders, power bars, and surge protectors sparingly.
- Use extension cords temporarily…
- Avoid running electrical cords beneath carpets.
- Keep electrical cords away from sources of heat and water.
A good thing to have in your home just in case of an Electrical Fire would be a fire extinguisher, because water can cause more problems. Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible area in case of emergency.
If you have electrical fire damage, we can Help you here at SERVPRO. We come out and assess the damage and then work to make it like it never happened.
Fires are out there: What can SERVPRO do for you and your business?
When a fire damages your business, it can be a really stressful, and scary time.
A business can be the very thing that supports your life and family, so when a fire occurs, things need to be fixed as soon as possible.
Some of the steps we use to mitigate fire damage is:
Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration
Usually fires have a pretty short timeline. We're first call responders. We get the fire alerts and then one of us will go out to the fire and just let the customers know that we're there to be of assistance. We stay out of the way of the professionals and will hang out and give the property owner any assistance we can. We can help them get the insurance process started by calling their agent for them while they take care of their family or simply just getting them food or water.
SERVPRO of Benton county specializes in fire restoration, so when you need help, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Burn season: what is it for?
Courtesy of the Albany-Democrat Herald
In the area where SERVPRO of Benton County is located, our community has set guidelines from out local fire department, one what times are legal to “burn” items on our property.
This includes brush burning and fire pit usage. In Oregon, and particularly the Pacific Northwest, we have a lot of trees and flammable growth, which if a burn is done, one little flicker of fire can create a whole wildfire, which damages homes and the landscape of our state.
According to the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality), burn days are March 1 - June 15 and October 1 - December 15.
To our local customers, please remember to be safe and follow the protocols of burn season, it will keep our beautiful state, beautiful.
We don’t just do restoration, but construction too!
Building in progress!
Behind SERVPRO of Benton County, we are backed by McGinnis Enterprises, the construction company.
Having a construction company behind our SERVPRO name allows us to do new construction and other projects beyond the restoration and mitigation that SERVPRO is known for.
An example of the work we do, is our new office, hand built by our franchise owners, Tim and Nick McGinnis.
Tim and Nick worked tirelessly on the building, from groundbreaking to what it is today. Now it serves as a very comfortable office, and a large warehouse, equipped to fix large quantities of contents, service vehicles, and store our machinery.
An example of the things SERVPRO of Benton county and McGinnis Enterprises is capable of is: Mitigation, Restoration, Clean up, Biohazard, HVAC cleaning, construction and carpentry.
Having a contractors license allows us to do so many things in addition to the restoration; which allows us to help people from the assessment of their damage, to walking in and having it “Like it never even happened.”
Storm: Paradise, or what once was
Helicopter drops water on fire, courtesy of FEMA
November 8th, thousands of people’s lives were affected by the nation's deadliest fire on record. Paradise, California was leveled in a life-altering way. Not only were many displaced, but lives have been lost.
In the devastation, few companies have been sent out to help fix the disaster. SERVPRO and other restoration companies have been joined by fire fighters, phone companies, military, and adjusters from insurance companies.
SERVPRO of Benton County has sent a crew down south to see what we can do to help, so far the crew has been very busy doing cleanup, and smoke damage assessment.
SERVPRO in general, when a disaster strikes, will put out a message to the other SERVPRO franchises, essentially asking for help. That’s when we pack our vans, and we go.
It’s not exactly known how long the crews will be in California, but we hope that everyone is okay, that everyone is safe, and that the victims of the Camp Fire know our thoughts are with them.
Biohazard: The precautions we take!
Axel Shattuck in his PPE!
In SERVPRO of Benton County’s line of work, we face a lot of jobs that pertain to biohazard, including exposure to blood or bodily fluids. We are here with the tools necessary to clean up situations that normally would not be safe for the average individual.
Our franchise is there to clean up after deaths, sickness, sewage, or accidents, so you don’t have to!
Part of the precautions that we take to keep our techs safe, is proper training, and continuing education; we are never done learning how to be even better at our jobs. This includes weekly meetings where we go over a particular subject, and trainings.
Another part to how we keep our techs safe is through proper PPE, also known as “Personal Protective Equipment”. One of our weekly meetings this month was on how we apply our PPE.
One of the important requirements for our techs is to have or acknowledge the need for a Hepatitis B vaccination.
For extreme biohazard risk, our techs (like Axel who is featured in the photo), will apply a suit, gloves, face mask, and then seal it with tape, to ensure full security from biohazard elements.
At SERVPRO of Benton County, we always ensure the safety of not just out customers, but our employees too!