Archived Blog Posts
Duct Work Cleaning NYC
Is the ductwork in your building clean and ready for the winter months? As forced hot air systems are turned on all over the city for the cold winter months we are reminded that it is important to make sure the ductwork that supplies that warm air is clean. Clean ductwork makes for a healthier environment inside your home, office or business. Clean ductwork also makes your heating system more efficient and reduces your fuel costs. There are some factors that make cleaning your ductwork a necessity, one such factor is if you have recently had flooding, water damage or mold within your building. Mold in ductwork can lead to health issues for anyone within your building and regularly having your ducts cleaned is the easiest way to avoid this type of disaster. For a free evaluation and price quote call our office, (718) 440-6994.
We are here when you need us.
Recently we were called upon by a local school for an emergency cleaning. This wasn't our typical emergency, such as a flood, fire or storm damage, but instead was a job that needed to be completed quickly due to the start of the school year!
When preparing to open for the 2018-2019 school year many teachers and faculty complained about a musky odor in the building. We were called in to test the quality of the air in the building and were able to detect impurities in the air, and with only 3 days to go until the start of school.
Due to the expedited time schedule, we brought in dozens of techs and a management team that would teach and lead our techs to ensure the school was safe and ready for students on the first day.
Storm Damage Repair & Dry Out
Heavy rains from Hurricane Florence and other weather systems have soaked the east coast of the United States over the last couple of weeks. Our team of Disaster Restoration techs have been working around the clock restoring and drying out homes and businesses up and down the eastern seaboard, but we're not done yet! In fact, we have only just begun what we consider to be one of our busiest times of the year. There are of course major events, like hurricanes, that when they occur require several teams of restoration experts to band together. And there is also the change of seasons that will bring with it the cold weather that will inevitably cause pipes to burst, ice dam and snowmelt flooding. We recommend to all of our neighbors to take this time of year to prepare for the winter and other potential weather-related events that could cause damage to your property. Being prepared is the first step to a successful restoration.
Warehouse Fire Repair
Recently we needed to pull resources from our multiple franchise locations to a fire & water restoration at a food distribution center. The partially damaged building needed to be restored quickly to prevent contamination and mold growth in areas of the warehouse that were not directly affected by the fire. In disaster restoration time is always crucial and we train our techs to work quickly and efficiently to ensure the environment is returned to normal ASAP! In this particular case, we knew there were hundreds of thousands of dollars in perishable products that were at risk to be damaged so we arrived on scene within hours and had equipment and techs on site shortly thereafter. We were able to clean and restore the facilities within 48 hours in time to re-open only 3 days after the fire damage occurred.
Cleaning Crew Long Island City
If you have property in need of a thorough cleaning SERVPRO of Long Island City should be your only call. Recently we were brought in to clean a mixed commercial and residential building in Long Island City. This particular clean-up required our techs wear respirators and cover-alls to protect themselves while cleaning mold which had started to become a problem in several areas of the building. Once the mold is removed we begin the process of deep cleaning including carpets and upholstery where SERVPRO techs excel in provided unmatched services. Because we are trained in disaster and extreme situation clean-up our techs excel in any restoration situation. Our access to SERVPRO training, techniques and cleaning products make us second to none in the industry, call our office to schedule our clean-up today.
2018 Report: Above Average Rainfall Throughout the Northeast
It seems like it is raining every other day here in the northeast lately, so over here in our SERVPRO® of Long Island City office, we decided to figure out just how much more rain has fallen in 2018. Using tools available on the National Weather Service website we were able to generate this map showing rainfall accumulation for the year and comparing it to the average amount of rain for this time of year. As you can see rainfall along the coastal regions of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York are 4"-12" above average! This will be something to keep an eye on going into what many believe will be a busy hurricane season this year. If your home or business is near any of our located near a resevour, river, lake or pond keep our number on hand, we will continue to monitor the weather!
6th Annual PTA Spring Gala & Silent Auction for Long Island City Public Schools
SERVPRO of Long Island City was honored to offer a sponsorship to the 6th Annual PTA Spring Gala & Silent Auction for Long Island City public schools. We were happy to attend the festivities and had a great time getting to know the school board members, teachers, and other corporate sponsors who sent representatives to attend the event. As a locally owned and operated franchise we feel it is important to get involved with our community and to get to know local business owners. Many are surprized to learn that we offer services like carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and general cleaning services, in addition to our disaster restoration service for which we are well known. This event offered us the unique opportunity to give directly to our communities most important organization, our public schools. We would like to extend our gratitude to all who worked so hard to bringing such an amazing event together to benefit local children and teachers.
Proudly Serving the Community of Long Island City
SERVPRO® is often recognized as a nation-wide leader in disaster restoration services but, it is important to note that SERVPRO® of Long Island City and all SERVPRO® locations are locally owned and operated. As a local business, we enjoy getting involved in our community; getting to know each other, engaging in community events, and of course, working with other business owners in our area when needed. We know that working locally means our reputation is always on the line and for each and every job it is of the utmost importance for our team to maintain our great reputation, especially with our neighbors!
In addition to our restoration services, we can also provide our neighbors cleaning services. We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning and ductwork cleaning, contact our office today!
Water Extraction Reduces Overall Costs
As an insurance agent, adjuster or property manager you may wonder why SERVPRO extracts water from soaked rugs and carpets that will most likely end up being thrown away anyway! There are a few reasons for this; first, the weight of a wet carpet or rug requires more manpower to remove and move, so extracting water reduces the weight of the carpets to be removed significantly. This not only makes the material easier to lift and requires fewer technicians but it is safer for our technicians to handle, reducing on-site injuries. Also, by removing the weight of the water we reduce the amount of total weight of the waste removed, helping to keep waste removal fees down. Finally, by extracting and removing the water from wet carpets and rugs we are removing the water from the property entirely! The importance of this cannot be understated because removing water from the property quickly is the first step in preventing further structural damage and mold growth. Dragging wet rugs and carpets from a property without extraction can leave water behind and exasperate an already dire situation.
Winter Water Damage
In the wintertime, we tend to forget about mold becoming an issue in the home. For the most part, we associate mold with humid summer days creating the perfect environment for mold growth in dark, damp spaces… but this is not always the case. For example, mold growth can strike quickly after a flood or fire even in the winter. We recently encountered a home in which the pipes had burst on the third floor of the dwelling. With no one home, the water soaked the home for 2 days before the leak was discovered. Our crew began working in the home within 72 hours of the disaster and within that time mold growth could be seen on wet surfaces throughout the house. If not properly treated mold can quickly make its way into difficult to find places like vents and ducts where it may cause health issues to those in the home if not removed.
Revitalizing Old Buildings? You Might Find Mold.
Finding mold in your home or commercial property is a precarious situation. Sometimes it may be a localized outbreak that can be easily cleaned away, other times what appears to be a small patch of mold is an indication of a much bigger issue that could be hazardous to the health of those living in the home. SERVPRO of Long Island City’s mold remediation is second to none and will evaluate and remediate mold outbreaks.
As many areas in the US see continued growth many old, unoccupied commercial buildings are now opening their doors again. If you encounter mold in your new commercial property SERVPRO of Long Island City can help. Call our office today and we can send an experienced technician to review your mold issue.
5th Annual Government & Business Matchmaker
This annual event allows local businesses to meet one-on-one with different government agencies to introduce themselves and the services their companies provide. As a Disaster Management Company we can provide government agencies with the area's fastest response time to flood, fire and other emergency events and provide the equipment and manpower needed to clean and restore any disaster. Our team has over 10 years experience in disaster management and have provided our services for major flooding events across the country. We have trained extensively for several types of disaster response techniques and continue to educate our managers and our crew in the latest strategies and technologies available to best mitigate disaster. Our crew managers and team members have worked on local government sanctioned jobs in Rhode Island & Connecticut and look forward to serving the communities of New York City.
Restoring a home or place of business after a small fire is always a difficult task. Even a small cooking fire can cause damage and immerse the surrounding areas with soot and a smell that will linger permanently if not treated correctly. SERVPRO® of Washington County is the area's most experienced disaster recovery team. We have decades of combined experience amongst our ranks and we extensively train each and every new crew member to utilize proven techniques and to optimally manage all drying equipment. Since we are a SERVPRO® Franchise we have access to new technology, equipment, and methods that are backed and tested by the nation's most reliable disaster relief franchise. Hopefully, you will never need our services, but if your home or commercial properties ever experience a fire we will be there when you call.
Residential fires are some of the most difficult situations we encounter. Not because our crew is unprepared for the event, but because the personal loss of a home and possessions is extremely painful for the owners and can lead to a highly scrutinized job site. Our crew is prepared for this and sympathizes with the anguish each and every homeowner feels after a disaster has impeded their life. We are trained to move quickly understanding that every moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery increases the chance of a successful mitigation exponentially. We carefully attempt to salvage any items that can be restored and store them in our warehouse to be cleaned and dried. After the structure has been reviewed we then begin the cleaning process, being careful to protect any undamaged areas of the home before we start. Once clean we can begin drying and assessing the damage totality, our trained crew includes carpenters and other subcontractors that can help to expedite the recovery process and get you back in your home faster.
SERVPRO of Long Island City is Hiring
As a valued SERVPRO® employee, you’ll be part of a stable, growing company offering state-of-the- art customer service and products throughout the United States. You will receive a competitive pay rate, with great opportunity and the ability to work with a talented and supportive team that is growing 10 years strong!
We are adding motivated people to our team in several capacities. We are seeking someone who has community relationships in Long Island City, NY with excellent communication skills, and who is a focused and driven. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you will thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership.
Read over the responsibilities, minimum requirements and then apply online today!
Some of the Responsibilities
• Provide excellent customer service.
• Compile and maintain online internal database of customer contact.
• Participate in networking events and be a local face for our franchise.
• Conduct presentations to professionals in our industry.
• Complete documentation, as appropriate.
• Assist other departments as needed.
• Take the initiative on other tasks as assigned and as needed.
• Achieve sales volume goals.
• Maintain existing accounts and source new ones.
• Be Dymanic
• Social media postings
• Engage with Co workers and Clients
• Focusing on Property mangers relationships
• Daily reporting and use CRM
• Clean driving record.
• Minimum 2 years outside Sales, Marketing or Customer Service Rep experience. Outside sales experience a plus. Insurance, real estate, or risk management background a plus.
• Experience with Professional Sales or Marketing Associations a plus.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proper pronunciation, grammar, and a consistently courteous and professional tone of voice at all times.
• Possess polite, confident and excellent customer service skills, including listening and questioning skills.
• Ability to handle both rejection and success.
• Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
• Very self-motivated and goal-oriented.
• Ability to multi-task.
• Experience with database management and CRM tools.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel).
• Bachelors degree preferred.
• Current involvement in one or more community organizations.
• Work under minimal supervision.
• Credit Check
• Motor vehicle check
Primary Role: Promote and sell franchise services in our Long Island City, NY territory, which results in meeting or exceeding assigned sales goals. Grow and develop customer base by utilizing a systematic process to identify new prospects and to routinely contact and follow-up with customers. Conduct repetitive contact calls to build relationships and educate the customer on why SERVPRO® is the best cleaning, restoration, & construction company.
- Commission schedule (paid 1st of month on collected sales)
- Commission of Direct Sales
- Estimated sales per year: 1,000,000.00
- 3% commission, minus subcontract.(i.e. dumpsters, tradesmen, contract labor.)
- Health Benefits
- Employer will contribute 100.00 per month toward selected company plan.
- We currently do not offer dental.
- Effective after 60 days of employment. (Plan policy)
- Must following expense policies.
- IPad and iPhone will be provided.
- Must follow SERVPRO Corporate Policy.
- 401k contributions, per plan policies. (180 days before eligible, Plan Policy)
- Performance review in 60 days.
Retail Store Flood
Reaction-time cannot be underestimated when disaster strikes a retail establishment. At SERVPRO of Long Island City we strive to react and be onsite within the hour for most disasters. Recently we responded to a call from a retail store where flooding had occurred. Our team arrived on-site and immediately removed & stored all retail goods from the affected area saving the owners thousands in lost merchandise. Next the team began to contain the water damage to the already affected areas of the store to prevent further damage. Using the drying equipment at our disposal the crew was able to begin mitigation processes within 30 minutes of arrival. Once further damage was contained our repair crew began to take preventative measures to safeguard the structure from further flooding knowing another rain storm was due the following day. Once drying was complete our contracting team took over and began the repairs needed to fix the damage from the flood and to repair the building to prevent a future flood.
Hotel Lobby Flood
When disaster strikes a business or commercial property SERVPRO of Long Island City has scored high ranks with our clients, we understand the importance of ensuring a business or commercial is in operation as soon as possible. In many cases we are able to isolate the area where the disaster has struck and the business can remain in operation. Recently we were called to a disaster at a hotel where water from persistent rains flooded the lobby. Upon arrival our first goal was to clean and restore as much of the lobby as possible. We knew that by doing so we could allow the hotel to operate and service their customers as we continued to mitigate and dry the public areas of the business. Our team built temporary barriers to block the view of the equipment and the crew as the mitigation work was underway, 24/7 until the lobby was 100% recovered.
Serving Long Island City
Some of the most rewarding work we do is directly in our community. When we are called to a disaster in Long Island City we know that our every-step is on display to individuals we may end up seeing around the community many times over afterward and we must step-up our performance. A few years ago our sister franchise had been called to a summer home in Rhode Island on Atlantic Ave which had flooded after a winter storm. We were on the scene within the hour and began the process of mitigating and repairing the home. Little did we know the owner of the home was also a business owner in Queens, NY and his boatyard also suffered damage after the storm. Thanks to our Rhode Island crew and their professional approach in the beach home we were called into work on and mitigate the water damaged suffered in the warehouse and office building of the yard in Queens.
Flooded House, Now What!
All too often homeowners wait too long before contacting a water damage mitigation expert in the event of a flood. A good example is when an appliance (like the dishwasher or washing machine) breaks and leaks throughout the house. If you are lucky you realize the leak right away and are able to fix the problem before any real damage is done. But many times a small leak goes undetected for weeks until the leak expands and parts of the home begin to show water damage.
In one particular example, a two-story single family home was set up with the washer and dryer on the second floor. The homeowners left the machine running before leaving for the day and returned home to find the supply hose had become detached from the washing machine and was draining onto the carpets and throughout the house.
They attempted to dry the mess themselves and waited 5 days before contacting SERVPRO of Long Island City, multiplying the problem and damage to their home.
Hurricane Report: 2017
Needless to say, it has been a busy hurricane season in the United States. SERVPRO of Long Island City has been busy serving the affected communities while also leaving an experienced crew behind ready to serve New York in case emergency restoration services have been needed.
During the last few months, we have provided equipment, manpower, and management in the hurricane-affected areas of Texas, Florida, Louisana, Mississippi & Alabama. It has been difficult work and hard to witness the damage first hand but it has also been uplifting to see the resolve of the people who want to get back to normal and have pitched in to help their community.
SERVPRO of Long Island City would like send our continued prayers and support to these effect areas. We are here to help!
Back to School Is Here, Schools Need ERPs Too!
AT SERVPRO® of Long Island City we believe learning shouldn’t be paused or canceled, even in the face of disaster. Disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small school or a campus of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that normal operations can continue while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students; ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so.
An Emergency Ready Profile Can Save You Thousands.
By profiling your school, library, daycare or event facility with SERVPRO of Long Island City Counties you allow us to document and understand how to approach any disaster with the intent of mitigating further damage immediately upon our arrival on the scene.
Setting up your Emergency Ready Profile is easy, simply call (718)440-6994 and we will schedule a convenient date and time for a SERVPRO Project Manager to review, document, tag, and photograph your facilities as part of your new Emergency Ready Program Profile.
Healthcare Facility Disaster Restoration
Our team of disaster restoration professionals is well trained in adhering to the highest sanitation standards, especially when working in 'clean spaces' such as hospitals, doctors offices, rehab facilities, etc.. Our team knows time is crucial for both your operations and your patients and we strive to work around the clock to complete the task at hand as quickly as possible.Each crew member undergoes specialized training to work in operating rooms and other restricted areas and knows how to handle regulated medical waste according to HIPPA regulations. We also adhere to a strict policy that every medical facility disaster is prepared for environmental and infection control, and teams establish containment areas, monitor progress and make sure that all necessary health certifications are obtained prior to completing any job. Our number one priority is to quickly and safely take full responsibility of your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority: the patients. Our experience in the healthcare industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following:
- Assisted Living Centers
- Outpatient Surgical Centers
- Hospice Facilities
- Rehab Facilities
- Medical Office Buildings
Celebrate Summer Safety
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe all summer long.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
Your local SERVPRO® of Long Island City wishes you a safe and happy summer!
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Choosing the right carpet cleaning company has never been easier. SERVPRO of Long Island City's professional cleaning crew is available for carpet cleaning work of any size. Our experience and powerful cleaning equipment can handle large commercial and residential cleaning jobs such as hotels, lobbies, and common hallways. Or small jobs such as residential homes and small business retail locations. As the country's leader in disaster restoration SERVPRO employees have become accustomed to clean-up work that appears to be beyond repair. Yet time and time again their training and determination prove otherwise thus earning a reliable reputation for disaster clean-up. Carpet cleaning, although smaller in scale visually, is not much different than a full on disaster. It requires the technician carefully evaluates the situation and determines the course of action to produce the best results.
Hurricane Season 2017: What to Expect.
As we begin the summer months it is important to note the start of the 2017 hurricane season is also underway. Meteorologist and scientist around the world believe this year we could see an increased number of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes due to a weak to non-existent El Nino effect. SERVPRO of Long Island City offers experienced leadership and crew members when it comes to hurricane damage and flooding mitigation.
Experienced team members play a crucial role in reducing the damage caused by weather, especially in densely populated neighborhoods. SERVPRO of Long Island City managers and crew members have participated in mitigating floods across the country including floods caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2014.
Please take a minute to note this phone number, 718-440-6994, our office is available 24-7 and ready to send a prepared crew to your emergency situation in a moment's notice. We offer several mitigation services that can drastically reduce the overall damage caused by weather.
2017 Mold Report & Preparation
Nationwide 2017 has been a unique year for weather. Across the country cities and towns have been stressed by the weather extremes from snowfall accumulating in 48 of 50 states to almost non-stop rain storms and flooding throughout the spring in some areas. The next battle will be the warm summer months and mold will be a new challenge as a result of the spring weather. SERVPRO technicians everywhere are getting prepared for what they believe will be an above average year for mold contamination in homes and commercial properties everywhere.
In New York City conditions could be perfect for mold growth in many lower level and basement apartment and commercial buildings. These areas tend to get little light and remain damp even when the temperature rises creating the perfect environment for mold to thrive.
If you believe your home, office or commercial building could be experiencing mold issues call us today! (718) 440-6994
Duct Cleaning NYC
Time for spring cleaning?
Springtime cleaning in the Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan usually means the typical top-to-bottom refreshing of a home or place of business that is needed after a long winter. Often times home and business owners tend to take on these tasks in-house, spending hours cleaning and refreshing. While this is one important step for a typical spring cleaning SERVPRO Professionals know there is so much more to true “spring cleaning”.
One of the first task to evaluating a commercial or residential space is to identify the type of heating source used throughout the winter; homes or businesses using duct work to provide heat should begin by cleaning ducts ensuring the dust a debris collected after a full season heating is removed. SERVPRO of Long Island City is the company to call for duct cleaning in NYC; so even if you prefer to do the bulk of spring cleaning in your home or place of business we can help to clean your duct work to ensure clean air when it is time to turn on the air conditioning.
For most residential and commercial spaces in NYC duct work cleaning is imperative as the larger buildings will accumulate more dust and debris and, in turn the accumulation reduces airflow and air purity for the entire property and all residents. SERVPRO of Long Island City is experienced large property duct work cleaning and can offer you a no obligation cost evaluation of your property. Clean ducts can not only help to provide cleaner air into your facility but drastically reduces cooling and heating cost and can prevent the likelihood of fire do to a heating system malfunction.
Contact a SERVPRO professional from SERVPRO of Long Island City today. We specialize in spring cleaning of any size from duct and carpet cleaning, to hoarder clean-outs and disaster restoration we are a team you can trust!
Fire Pit Safety Tips
Fire pits are a great way to accessorize your yard and they are perfect for gatherings! When you use your fire pit, make sure you are keeping you and your property safe by following these safety tips!
Make sure you keep your fire pit AT LEAST 10 feet away from any structures. This may help prevent sparks from hitting your home and excessive smoke from entering your or your neighbor’s home.
Do NOT put your fire pit under tree branches or on a covered deck. Make sure your fire pit is in a location where the flames and sparks will not hit any objects.
Under the Pit
If your fire pit is not built into the ground, make sure you have stone, brick, gravel, or concrete under the pit. This will help prevent the area below the pit from burning. You should NEVER place your pit over dry grass or over a wooden deck. This is because the heat from the base of it pit may spark a fire to the ground below it.
Do not use your fire pit if it is windy. The wind may push sparks from the fire to an area that is flammable.
When you are using your fire pit, you should notice the direction the breeze is blowing. You should move any object out of the way of where the breeze is blowing to help prevent a fire from occurring.
Lighting the Pit
When lighting your fire pit, use a commercial fire starter pack. Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline to light the pit or to relight fires. You should always keep water nearby just in case the fire inside of the pit spreads.
Before you use your fire pit, you should check your town’s laws on fire pits. Some towns require a permit and an inspection. If the unfortunate happens, call the experts at SERVPRO. We will restore your property and make it look “Like it never even happened.”
Should you Clean your Air Ducts?
It’s that time of year where everyone wonders if they should get their air ducts cleaned. Dirty air ducts usually spread dust, dirt, and mold around your property. This can lead to poor indoor air quality.
While it is normal to have some dust and pollen in your air ducts, you might want to consider getting your ducts cleaned if the following is true:
1. There is mold growing inside of the air ducts
It is not always easy to see if mold is present. If your service provider says that mold is growing, ask him to show you where it is. If you do have mold in your air ducts, please note that it is impossible to completely get rid of mold.
2. Your ducts are infested with vermin
Do you have unwanted guests living in your air ducts? If so, you should call an expert to get them out as quickly as possible in order to prevent the problem from getting worse.
3. Your ducts are clogged with debris and dust
If your air ducts are clogged, you should call a professional to clean out your ducts. A clog can contribute to poor air quality.
If you have experienced any of the above issues, make sure you find out what caused the issue because it is likely that it will happen again.
If you believe your ventilation system falls into one of these three categories, call SERVPRO! The experts at SERVPRO will inspect your ductwork and HVAC system, give recommendations about the best way to address poor air quality, and fix your problem.
How to Prevent Mold
Mold can grow everywhere, from your carpet to your window seals, and even inside of your walls! Sometimes it is easy to detect mold, and other times it’s more difficult. While it is impossible to completely eliminate mold, here are some tips on how to prevent mold from growing.
Dry Wet Areas
Mold needs moisture to grow. You can help prevent mold from growing by wiping away condensation and by not leaving wet items around. Always make sure you wipe down the bathroom after you shower and hang wet towels in a room with good air circulation to dry.
Poor ventilation allows water to stay in the area and may help mold grow. If you are doing an activity that produces a lot of moisture, like cooking, make sure you are using the exhaust fan. You can always open up a window in addition to using an exhaust fan.
The EPA recommends indoor air humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent. You can keep an eye on humidity levels in your home with a moisture meter which can be picked up at your local hardware store.
If your home has high humidity levels, you may want to get a dehumidifier. This will help keep humidity levels down.
Direct Moisture Away from your Home
If your property constantly is flooded, you may want to develop a way to prevent water from getting inside of your home. This will help prevent water damage and it may help prevent mold from growing inside of your home. This can be done in a few ways.
- Create a barrier
- Dig a trench
- Build a dry well
If you suspect that you have mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO. The experts at SERVPRO will inspect and assess your property with our specialized training and equipment. We will make your property look “Like it never even happened”.
Types of Fire Damage
According to the NFPA, the number of fires your household can expect in an average lifetime is five. Any fire regardless of size will cause damage to your property. Fire damage is classified into six different classes and the type of fire damage can be classified in two ways.
Six Types of Fire Damage
Fires are classified into six different classes. These classes are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class F.
- Class A: Involves flammable solids, plastics, paper, rubber, cloth, and wood
- Class B: Damage is caused by flammable solids that became liquids and by liquids. Examples of these types of substance are gasoline, petrol, oil, plastics and, paints. Cooking oils and fats are excluded from this class
- Class C: Involves flammable gasses such as hydrogen, natural gas, butane, and propane
- Class D: Damage is caused by combustible gasses such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium
- Class E: This class is a combination of Class A and Class B but, it involves electrical elements
- Class F: Damage is caused by cooking oils and fats. Cooking oils and fats are in their own class because the fire is usually hotter and more damage is caused.
Fire extinguishers are not a one size fits all. Make sure you read the label on your fire extinguisher to see what types of fires it can put out. Some fire extinguishers are water based which would not be safe to use on a Class E fire. Also, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher to make sure it is still good to use in case of an emergency.
Types of Fire Damage
Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage. These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.
- Primary Damage: Damage is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure
- Secondary Damage: Damage is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out
Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure. This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.
If you experience a fire in your home, the first step you should take is to call the fire department. Your second step should be to reach out to your insurance agent. Your final step should be calling SERVPRO. All SERVPRO franchises are available 24/7 with highly trained restoration technicians. SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage and will get your property looking “Like it never even happened”.
5 Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring has officially sprung and that means it is time for spring cleaning! If you think the only way to clean your home is with harsh chemicals, think again! You can clean almost every surface in your home with distilled white vinegar. Get every room in your home looking clean and smelling fresh by following these spring cleaning tips.
Over the course of the winter, your carpet may have developed an odor and it may have sand, salt, and dirt trapped inside of it. Help eliminate the odor and remove anything trapped inside of the carpet by mixing essential oils and distilled white vinegar. Before applying this mixture, test it out on a small area of your carpet because some fabrics are sensitive and it may cause damage.
Over time, windows get dirty or develop smudges. You can make your windows look crystal clear by mixing one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Simply spray the solution on the window and wipe away to clean.
Follow these three steps to make your windows truly shine.
- Clean from the top down.
- Do NOT clean your windows in direct sunlight. This will cause streaking.
- Avoid damage to your window frames by drying immediately.
Dust mites and odors are inevitable when it comes to mattresses. You can help eliminate them by doing the following steps.
- Remove all sheets and blankets from the bed.
- Spray mattress with distilled white vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the white vinegar and let it bubble.
- Place a towel over mattress for 1-2 hours or until dry.
- Vacuum up any residue from the baking soda.
You probably want to avoid using harsh chemicals where you store your food. Follow these steps to get your refrigerator looking like new!
- Remove all contents from the refrigerator.
- Wash shelves and the sides of the refrigerator with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar.
- Dry all areas of the refrigerator
- Wipe down jars before putting them back in the refrigerator.
Over the course of time, your tub can build up with grime and soap residue. You can eliminate the buildup with ease by doing the following.
- Fill a spray bottle with one part hot water and one part distilled white vinegar
- Spray mixture in the tub and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Wipe clean with a sponge or a towel
- Rise tub with water and wipe again
These cleaning tips should make your home look and smell great. Remember, you can always call SERVPRO to do your spring cleaning for you. SERVPRO offers “green” cleaning products and we are available 24/7!