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Isolate Mold and Prevent Its Spread

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic covers, mold containment concept Mold containment is an essential part of correcting any mold contamination in Coconut, FL, homes

Mold Containment In a Home

Preventing mold from traveling all over your home during a mold remediation process is a key component of the job. It's important that spores are properly contained, so they don't travel to the corners of other rooms and create a much bigger problem. There are several possible routes for the prevention of further mold contamination:

  • Technicians may isolate the workspace by taping up plastic.
  • Negative air chambers physically isolate mold-contaminated spaces from the rest of the home.
  • Negative air pressure limits the spores' ability to travel.
  • The heating and cooling systems must be shut down and fans turned off.

Once these containment steps are in effect, residential mold remediation experts may also run specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic spores and prevent them from moving into the home.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment is another important element of preventing the spread of mold. Microscopic spores often hitch a ride on clothing, shoes, and pets. They can easily move from one part of the home to another when a child runs into the contaminated area or when a repair person neglects to use PPE. The appropriate protective gear includes full-body suits, respirators with HEPA filters, and gloves. Professionals should remove this equipment before moving from an infected area. As much as possible, keep your pets, children, and family members away from the mold.

Careful Removal of Materials
Of course, safely carrying mold-infested materials out of the home is a factor in preventing mold contamination from spreading. Proper removal techniques for each situation depend on the amount of mold, what types of surfaces are affected, and how far technicians must travel with the contaminated materials.
Mold containment is an essential part of correcting any mold contamination in Coconut, FL, homes. Technicians with the correct training, education, and equipment can effectively remove existing mold, clean up the area with powerful air scrubbers, and help prevent future mold growth.

How To File an Insurance Claim After a Fire

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial fire damage in Estero, FL

Six Steps To Guide You Through the Claim Process

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire that damaged your business in Estero, FL, can be overwhelming. One of the first things to do is file a fire claim with your insurance company. Here are six steps to guide you through the claim process:

Talk to your insurance company as soon as you can. You’re not limited to calling your agent on the phone. Many insurance companies let customers submit claims through their website or mobile app. Have your policy number and the address where the fire happened.
Document any losses. Make a list of anything with fire damage. Take the inventory as soon as you can so you remember everything to include in your fire claim. Gather records regarding income, inventory, contracts, and taxes so you can work with your insurer to calculate any lost income accurately.
Secure the building and make any short-term fixes. If it’s safe to go back to your building, you can take proactive measures such as boarding up holes in windows and roofs. Insurance companies call this “mitigating damage.”
Keep records of what you spend while you’re repairing your business. Track expenses such as using a fire restoration company, renting office space, and hiring contractors. Include vehicle rentals if any of your vans or trucks were damaged in the fire.
Ask your insurance company if you can get rid of debris. Don’t clear anything in your building until a claims adjuster has come to document the fire damage. If you need to get rid of something, let your insurance company know and take photos of the damage before you throw anything away.
Monitor the progress of your claim. Stay organized and keep track of your claim number, adjuster contact information, and receipts. Follow up with your insurer to see how your claim is progressing.

Getting back to business after a fire is stressful, but working with your insurance company on your fire claim can take some of the worries out of the process.

Professional Storm Remediation: The Best Choice for Your Clients’ Document Restoration

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Wet documents Documents damaged by water

Weather studies show that extreme precipitation events are trending upward in the United States, as are insurance claims for storm cleanup and restoration. If you are in a position to help Bonita Springs, FL, business owners to recover from damaging severe weather, you can help by matching your clients with quality professional remediation services. Your involvement helps business owners trust that delicate procedures, such as document restoration, will be safe and secure. Learn more about the complexity of stormwater cleanup and the importance of using professional document handlers.

Choosing Expert Storm Damage Services

Floodwater is considered to be highly contaminated. When severe weather causes floodwater to enter a building, it’s important to enlist a water remediation group to manage the cleanup and restoration. Here’s why:

Floodwater can contain toxic chemicals, dangerous objects, and sewage, each of which requires specific safety protocols.
Trained experts have access to specialized drying methods and security provisions for document restoration.
Specialists are trained to identify toxicities that would likely be missed by an untrained eye.
Professional remediation crews have the skills and equipment to work safely and quickly to keep mold and other secondary damage from forming.

When your clients are in the throes of disaster recovery, you can help coordinate the cleanup. Your involvement can reduce your clients' anxiety about the process.

Supporting Your Clients
Your clients' businesses hold both financial and functional value. It can take time for them to trust cleanup crews with sensitive matters such as document restoration. You can help keep costs down by recommending a preferred local remediator such as SERVPRO that is generally able to complete the document services without third-party vendors.
When disaster strikes, your clients will appreciate your help finding a specialist to quickly and securely perform the document drying and repair. With your coordination and expertise, the building owners and staff can adapt to the disruptions that are inherent to disaster remediation. By becoming part of the disaster response team, you can aid your clients in feeling more confident that their lives and their work environment will return to normal.

The Benefits of Flushing a Water Heater

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Plumber repairing an hot-water heater A water heater is an essential appliance in a home

A water heater is an essential appliance in a home, bringing hot water for bathing, washing hands and cleaning clothes and dishes. A good heater will last for years, and a bit of simple maintenance can extend the lifespan of your heater. By flushing out your heater every year or so, you can prevent expensive repairs. You can also decrease the likelihood of the appliance failing before its time. When this happens, water often gushes out of the bottom of the heater and soaks everything in the vicinity, resulting in a mess and damage to flooring and belongings.

The Steps for a Water Heater Flush

To perform this task, you will need three things: a garden hose, a screwdriver and a drainage area. If you have a gas water heater, turn off the gas line so the pilot light is extinguished. With an electric model, turn off the power to the appliance. Proceed with the following steps:

  • Connect one end of the hose to the drainage valve on the heater, and run the other end to a drainage area.
  • Allow the tank to drain through the hose, flushing out the accumulated sediment.
  • Close the valves, and resupply with water.
  • Turn the power or gas line back on.

You might need to run water through the tank a couple of times to achieve a better cleaning. The goal is to remove sediment, which can wear away the bottom of your heater.

The Steps for Stopping Water Damage
Preventing water damage in your home in Estero, FL, saves you money and trouble. Whether water damage comes from a failed water heater or some other source, a professional water remediation team can handle the problem. Technicians will get to your home fast and complete an inspection and assessment, followed by a plan to remove water and mitigate damage. They can dry out moist areas with fans, and return your home to the way it was before a water problem.

What Are the 3 Types of Smoke Alarms — and Which Do You Need?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Ionization smoke detector The ionization type is the most common and can be considered the “default” type

Buying a smoke alarm doesn’t have to be complicated. At its simplest, for the average house you can usually get with just five basic smoke detectors, placing one inside each bedroom and one on each level.
If you do nothing else, you’ve still dramatically increased your family’s chances of surviving a fire. However, with just a little more thought and time, you can almost eliminate the risk of serious injury or death from a fire.

What’s the Difference Between One Smoke Alarm and Another?

The three basic types of detectors are

  1. Ionization alarm
  2. Photoelectric alarm
  3. Air sampling alarm

The ionization type is the most common and can be considered the “default” type. It uses a tiny piece of a radioactive element that creates an electric current deep inside the unit. If smoke enters, it cuts off the current and activates the alarm. This type is best at detecting the smallest smoke particles.
The photoelectric type has a strobe light inside. When smoke enters the unit, it refracts the light, setting off the alarm. Photoelectric smoke detectors are better at detecting large particles and smoldering fires.
An air sampling detector circulates room air through the unit. Its principle is basically the same as an ionization alarm, but it’s more sensitive and designed for areas needing extremely precise detection.

Which Type Is Best for a Home?
Most experts recommend using both ionizing and photoelectric alarms for the average house. For instance, use ionizing alarms inside the bedrooms and have at least one on each level. Then put a photoelectric alarm outside the bedrooms in each sleeping area. These alarms are also perfect for kitchens, since they tend to have fewer false alarms and will pick up larger particles but not a small amount of smoke from cooking. There are also dual smoke alarms with both ionization and photoelectric elements for ideal fire safety, and some alarms have a built-in carbon monoxide detector as well.
Smoke alarms can help prevent most disasters, but not all. If you do have smoke damage in Coconut, FL, you’ll need a licensed fire restoration company to clean up the oily residue.

What Should You Do if You Smell Natural Gas in Your Home?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Natural gas is statistically a very safe form of energy delivery. Incidents are rare, although about every decade there is usually a relatively spectacular gas explosion in the news. However, anywhere there is flammable gas, there is some potential for a leak, and knowing what to do in Bonita Springs, FL can easily save your life and prevent a gas fire.
Where Is the Gas Meter?
There are three common places to find a residential gas meter:

Immediately around the perimeter of the home
Near the street for homes well off the road
Inside the building is also common for multi-family buildings

The meter is often on a gray container about the size of a typical desktop computer. If you can’t find your meter, call the gas company; they will usually help a resident find it. The shutoff valve is most typically right on or very near the meter. A set of channel lock or vice grip pliers will often suffice to turn off the gas. How Can You Recognize the Smell of Natural Gas?
Natural gas is odorless in nature. However, the gas company adds a harmless chemical to it that has a sulfurous smell, like a rotten egg. If you stand close to a meter on a sunny day, you may eventually get a slight whiff of it, which, if brief, isn’t a problem. If you are inside and can smell it, that is a problem – an immediate one.
What If You Smell It?
When you do smell it inside, unless you see a very quick and simple solution (such as a gas stove burner that is on with no flame), you need to get outside with haste. Don’t turn on or off any lights – it can cause a tiny spark. If you have time, open windows and doors, especially on your way out. Call 911 as soon as you are safe.
Quick thinking can save you from a serious gas fire in Bonita Springs, FL. If you’ve had a fire due to natural gas, contact an experienced fire damage restoration company to clean up the damage and return your home to normal.

How to Handle a Smoke Detector That Won't Stop Chirping

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

replace smoke detector battery Keep your home safe, replace your smoke detector batteries often.

A fire alarm can save your life in the event of a fire, but that does not mean it is foolproof. If the device has a problem, the result is an irritating chirping sound that goes on until you do something about it. This high-pitch noise goes off in equal intervals and is characteristic of smoke detectors that use the electricity and battery combo.

Common causes of fire alarm failure in Bonita Springs, FL include:

Wrong settings
Dead batteries
Dirty smoke detectors

Reset the Smoke Detector

Sometimes, smoke detectors can make chirping sounds for seemingly no reason at all. If you recently changed the batteries and cleaned the device, you might be looking at a settings problem. First, switch off the power at the circuit breaker, then release the detector from its bracket and disconnect it from the system. Remove the batteries and hold the test button for 15 – 20 seconds. After that, reassemble and test if the issue is resolved.

Replace Batteries

Replacing the battery in a detector will most likely fix the chirping sound and avoid fire damage. Use the removal procedure mentioned above to retrieve the sensor and be sure to check the terminals carefully. While you are here, scrape off any corrosion or dirt that might be blocking the terminals. Then reinstall the device back to its bracket and enjoy full-time protection from fire and smoke damage.

Clean the Smoke Detector

A blocked smoke detector can produce a chirping sound as a sign of protest. This blockage could also be the reason why your device might fail to raise the alarm if a fire breaks out. Consider cleaning it with a blower to remove any debris that might be in its vents.

That said, it is worth noting that a fire alarm is a lifesaver and should be in every bedroom and common area in your home. However, these devices can be of no use if they are not in working condition. The idea is to create a regular maintenance schedule to make sure every detector works as intended.

Spring Has Sprung! Here’s How to Prepare a Business to Avoid Flooding From the Annual Thaw

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

The pipelines in the insulation and pressure gauges flow and return pipes in the boiler room of a private house household Keeping plumbing insulated until the last deep freeze has passed.

How To Prevent Flood Damage In Your Business

Spring is a pretty amazing time in Coconut, FL. Sometimes, winter can feel like it lasts forever, so the welcome sound of robins singing, and a sweet breath of mild air seem to energize the region.
However, it also comes with the annual spring thaw and associated risk of flooding. Snow and ice start melting – and even worse, the snow absorbs a lot of the meltwater and rain, so when the first heavy rain and warmer weather hits, a spring flood is expected. There are a few things a business can do to help prevent flood damage, including

  • Keeping plumbing insulated until the last deep freeze has passed.
  • Keep snow and ice away from the building.
  • Check the roof for ice dams between thaws.

The Plumbing Isn’t Safe Until the Last Deep Freeze Is Over
A frozen pipe can happen anytime the temperature falls below 20 degrees. Keep spigots covered and pipes wrapped until you’re sure it won’t get close to that temperature.

Snow Is Like a Sponge
The snow that piles up from sliding off roofs will collect all that meltwater and rain. Keep the area around your business clear of ice and snow and your chance of experiencing flooding are greatly lessened.

Ice Dams in Gutters Are Common
The temperature in Coconut, FL, naturally fluctuates above and below freezing. This cycle, along with heat escaping from incompletely insulated roofs, creates areas of ice where water naturally accumulates. That’s a serious problem, because not only will these ice dams prevent normal water drainage, they expand and contract with the temperature change, creating gaps in between shingles and the vents and pipes above the roof. This allows water to seep into sensitive areas, often going unnoticed for long periods. The water damage can be very extensive in these cases.
Anything you can do to prevent flooding will save you money in the long run. However, once you’ve experienced water damage to your business, it’s best to let a professional restoration company inspect the affected areas. They can fix the cause of the problem and repair all the damages with a single phone call from you.

Steps for Commercial Mold Remediation

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

a pest control contractor or exterminator with a blonde female customer at a mold destroyed wall and explain her the problem Once you notice any signs of mold, it’s time to call a professional

How Long Mold Remediation Takes?

Owning and managing a successful business takes a lot of work. You’re in charge of managing people, finances, products, and services; thus, it’s not surprising that disaster planning isn’t at the top of your list. Unfortunately, disasters can strike at any time and black mold is certainly one of those disasters you never plan on happening. Here is a timeline to help you understand how long mold remediation typically takes.

1. Professional Inspection
Once you notice any signs of mold, it’s time to call a professional. Due to the fast-moving nature of mold, mold removal is not something you should attempt on your own. A trained mold remediation specialist will come to your Bonita Springs, FL, business, and conduct a thorough inspection and assessment. Mold thrives on moisture and the source of water needs to be located.
2. Containment
Once all the sources of mold have been found, it’s critical to contain them from spreading. This is the next step in the mold removal process. A professional will use special procedures and techniques to keep the mold from spreading.
3. Air Filtration
Mold spores are microscopic and not visible to the human eye. A professional mold remediation company will use special air filters to capture the spores and clean the air.
4. Mold Remediation
Depending on where the mold has grown, various steps will be taken to remove it. Professional treatments will be used and some materials, such as drywall, may need to be removed.
5. Cleaning Belongings
If you have any mold-infested belongings, professionals will use equipment to clean them. Furniture, home décor, and curtains are some examples of items that can be cleaned. Some items, like carpet, will likely need to be replaced.
6. Restoration
While the typical mold removal takes anywhere from three to seven days, it’s important to be patient while professionals work to restore your business safely. Mold can easily return and the steps for mold remediation need to be followed exactly.
Mold growth is a situation that needs to be taken seriously. Contact professionals to help your company manage any type of mold situation.

3 Things To Know About Mitigating Roof Damage

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Blue tarp on roof. Roof tarp service Protect your roof before a storm arrives in Estero, FL

Take Mitigations Steps Beforehand

When you hear about a storm approaching your Estero, FL, home, you may be wondering how you can prevent roof damage. There are a few things you can do to achieve this. Here are three of the most common.

1. Inspect the Roof Regularly

It’s a good idea to inspect your roof regularly to ensure that any needed repairs can be done well before you face storm weather. Look for areas of wind damage, loose shingles, cracks, loose gutters, or other things that could cause potential problems during a storm. If you don’t have time to fix these things before the storm arrives, it’s recommended to cover over the space to protect it.

2. Protect Damaged Areas

If you have existing roof damage or other areas of concern it’s best to protect this places before the storm arrives. You can do so by securing tarps or boards over the spot to add an extra layer between the roof and any inclement weather.

3. Make Repairs Quickly

It’s in your best interest to make any needed repairs as quickly as possible, as doing so can help mitigate the likelihood of further damage leading to large scale roof repair needs. In many cases, a local storm damage restoration service can help with these repairs. Restoration professionals are trained to spot the different types of damage that may have occurred and follow the appropriate repair steps, meaning soon your roof can look “Like it never even happened.”

Taking mitigation steps beforehand can help you prevent roof damage to your home. Consider inspecting the roof regularly so that you can catch any repair needs before large sale problems arise. Protect any damaged area you do find to prevent further problems, and contact a restoration service as soon as you can to make repairs quickly. These things can help keep your roof in top shape and protect it in the event a storm should occur.