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Cleanup of Minor Chemical Spills

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleanup of Minor Chemical Spills SERVPRO® of Panthersville have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Call us at (678) 515-8602.

Always work carefully and do not hurry when cleaning up minor chemical spills. Keep people away from the spilled chemicals. Do not leave unless someone is there to warn of the danger. If the antimicrobial agent was spilled on anyone, then give correct first aid according to the label instructions.

Use an absorbent material to soak up the spill. You can use soil, sawdust, cat litter, or diatomaceous earth. Shovel all contaminated materials into a leak-proof container for disposal. Dispose of it as you would do with excess antimicrobial agents in accordance with federal, state, and local codes. Do not hose down the area, because it will spread the chemical.

Some spills can be neutralized to stop the chemical action. Read the labeling information to make sure that you use the correct neutralizing chemical, or call the manufacturer or distributor of the antimicrobial for assistance.

Do not allow anyone to enter the affected area until the spill is all cleaned up.   

Steam Cleaners and High Pressure Washers

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Steam Cleaners and High Pressure Washers Do not hesitate to contact the trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 for your commercial cleaning needs.

These machines use the advantage of heat and the force of high-pressure water to effectively dislodge and remove dirt and particulate accumulations on hard surface areas. The proper antimicrobial or disinfecting agent is proportioned into the cleaning steam to effectively reduce the bacteria count on the surfaces.

Advantages:

  • Physical force of high pressure stream helps to remove contaminants so that the antimicrobial agent will be more effective.
  • Large surfaces and irregular objects may be more easily cleaned and disinfected.
  • The strength of the disinfectant solution may be easily varied by adjusting the individual machine’s injection rate.

Limitations:

  • These machine are normally bulky and not easily transported.
  • Auxiliary power source, such as gas, fuel oil, electricity, and so forth is necessary for machine operation.
  • Worker requires training to successfully operate these machines.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

The most common causes of electrical fires are as follows:

  • Faulty outlets and appliances—most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire.
  • Light fixtures—light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.
  • Extension cords—misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.
  • Space heaters—because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard, because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface. If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuse heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These are less likely to ignite flammable items, but they should still be kept away from them.
  • Wiring—outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves, and air conditioners. Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, which cause the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

The Process to Recover from a Fire Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Process to Recover from a Fire Damage Contact the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 when disaster strikes from fire.

The fire damage restoration process begins with the removal and disposal of items that are completely unsalvageable. Anything that has been thoroughly engulfed in smoke or in contaminated water or that has been burned to pieces will likely be removed and disposed. This might involve the full removal of furniture, curtains, carpet, or fittings.

Water will meanwhile be removed from the floor early on using pumps. After this, the surfaces underneath will be dried and also the air by using a dehumidifier.

Once water is removed and damaged items are removed, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Technicians can then begin cleaning the surfaces. This process involves removing the soot and the smoke from anything that they have touched, as well as getting rid of lasting odors. Cleaning will be performed using a variety of specialized tools and products including air-scrubbers. Our staff will also do professional carpet cleaning, which involves the use of a high-powered wet vacuum and detergent.

Once everything is cleaned, the affected area looks less like a fire has encountered the room, but more like the property has just been damaged. Thereafter, our Production staff begins to provide restoration services, such as repairing and reinstalling. If the carpet pads have absorbed contaminated water, then we may dispose them and install new ones for you. Likewise, if paint or wallpaper has come away from the walls then we reinstate them.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides full fire remediation services and so we can restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Treating Mold

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

More often, mold can be self-treated. Nevertheless, it takes more than just a simple wipe-down with a wet cloth. This might effectively remove some of the unsightly black marks, but it does nothing to clear away the spores. You will find that over a few days or weeks, the mold will grow back in the same place. You may have even exacerbated the issue by wetting the walls. This perceived stubbornness could be the reason why so many homeowners are terrified by the appearance of mold. They may think that because it grows back, then it is indicative of a deeper issue with the house. However, the likely issue is that the mold is just not being treated as aggressively as it should. A mix of detergent or bleach as home remedy must be used to eradicate the spores, and ventilation needs to be improved to prevent the issue from recurring. The ways you can treat and prevent mold growth include:

  • Using a fan to improve circulation
  • Replacing air filters
  • Keep walls and soft furnishings dry
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the house's humidity below 60%
  • Wipe away condensation from walls and windows
  • Insulate cold surfaces

If mold problem exists in a home that you intend to buy is significant, then you would be best advised to hire SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals to clean away the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends leaving cleanups to the professionals when the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet.

What should I do after a Hurricane?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What should I do after a Hurricane? Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 immediately!

Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property threatening hazards, such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. If you encounter a hurricane, ensure that you adhere to the following procedures after the storm:

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damages. Take pictures of the damages, both of the building and its contents for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it is uncontaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If you are in doubt, then throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

What should I do to Prepare for a Hurricane?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ensure that you know the difference between hurricane watch and hurricane warning as follows:

  • Hurricane Watch—hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed, and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
  • Hurricane Warning—hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane as follows: 

  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and lawn furniture.
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, then close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required, and make plans for your pets to be cared for during the hurricane.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, therefore, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains, and other conditions that impact the U.S.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Routine cleaning of the environment including floors, toilet, locker room, bathing facilities, and furniture is necessary to produce conditions that inhibit the development and possible spread of infections. The advantages and disadvantages of the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial are as follows:

Advantages:

  • The solutions are basically inexpensive, easy to use, and widely applied in food processing areas, locker rooms, toilet, and bath areas as well as garbage storage areas.
  • The product is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, it acts as a virucide and fungicide, and it inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Some formulations of this product are used as sanitizer-cleaner solutions for cleaning and disinfecting environmental areas in one step.
  • Formulations are made using this antimicrobial along with muriatic acid as a toilet bowl cleaner to remove iron and scale stains and sanitize simultaneously.

Disadvantages:

  • The solutions are deactivated through contact with soaps, anionic detergents, and heavy soil accumulations.
  • Antimicrobial activity is good against gram-positive organisms, but more limited against gram-negative organisms.

Tips to Prevent Water Pollution

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Prevent Water Pollution Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if your property is damaged by water pollution.

Protect the earth from home toxic waste

Many of the same chemicals that make household products effective are harmful when released into the environment. If misused or disposed of improperly, many commonly used products have the potential to become household hazardous waste.

Household hazardous waste includes paints, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Improper disposal of these types of products includes pouring them on the ground, down the drain, into a storm drain, or directly into a waterway.

Some of these items might be kept under the sink or in the garage for extended periods of time, and as their containers age, the risk of leakage increases. Once exposed to the environment, toxins could soak into the ground or be washed down a storm drain, which could lead to pollution in our lakes and streams.

Follow these tips to prevent water pollution:

  • Only buy the amount you need for a project.
  • Many liquid home products can be solidified using cat litter, saw dust, and other absorbent materials, and then placed in the trash.
  • Many local retailers and organizations offer recycling programs, and they will accept home products for disposal.
  • Consult the product label for disposal guidance.

Water Damage After Effects

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be deceptive. Reason being, water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage will cause odors. Greater damages surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split, and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

Besides simply removing excess water, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Production staff are IICRC-certified, and they have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including sub-structure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold, and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, then mold will occur.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination, and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.