Hazards of Water Damage
Hey SERVPRO of Burbank readers! We’ve been getting a lot of calls about water damages lately. We here at SERVPRO know that there can a lot of questions that come along with discovering a water damage in your home, especially when it comes to your health and potential health hazards when a loss is discovered. Our friends over at SERVPRO of Saginaw put together some great thoughts on the topic. Read on to gain insight on what hazards can occur as a result of a water damage and why it’s best to let the professionals handle the clean up.
The obvious result of water damage is structural---whether severe or cosmetic. And unfortunately, structural damage can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. The result of water damage can also cause the growth of toxic mold and mildew. If left untreated, this mold proliferation can be cause health effects. So let’s get to it.
Hazard #1: Mold Growth -
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should have your property dried and cleaned within 24-48 hours after the initial water onslaught. This practice will help decrease the likelihood of mold growth. Although you may be capable of starting the drying and cleaning processes, it is important to know that mold can grow in areas of the home that you can't see. Thus, simply cleaning and drying your carpet will not always be effective in preventing mold growth, especially if there is a large quantity of unwanted water. The mold can still grow in different areas of your home, including the carpet padding, underneath wallpaper, behind the drywall, along ceilings and baseboards, in voids and furniture.
As noted by the EPA, there are several health hazards that can result from exposure to mold. It is also important to note that the mold clean up process, performed by you, can lead to exposure to fungi. For this reason, professional water damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO will wear special protective gear and utilize state-of-the-art equipment for mold cleanup and the prevention of mold dispersion throughout your Saginaw home.
Hazard #2: Exposure to Sewage -
Exposure to raw sewage is dangerous because it contains parasites, viruses, and bacteria such as E. coli. The sewage can also contain pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and pesticides. The EPA has stated that contaminated water can lead to the contraction of illnesses such as tuberculosis, dysentery, hepatitis, tetanus, and cholera. Safely stay away from the hazard of sewage water--blackwater--and let the experts execute the cleanup and dry out.
So… Let The Professionals at SERVPRO of Burbank Assist You!
We are passionate about helping our customers make their water damage loss “Like it never even happened.” So no matter if it’s a leaky pipe underneath your bathroom sink or a busted water main that’s flooded your entire property, our team will get you taken care of so you can get back to a safe and HEALTHY state.
Fire Safe Habits
Developing Fire Safe Habits For Your Home is very important here in SoCal. SERVPRO of Burbank and the Red Cross have some tips on how to do so:
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
- Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
- Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
Info provided by redcross.org
Soot & Smoke
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
· Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
· Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
· The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Burbank will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
· Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
· Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
· Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (818) 842-1400
Prevent a Home Fire
How to prevent fires at home
Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, such as not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent fires at home.
- Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional, including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
- Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap makes your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in the vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you are out of the house or when you’re asleep.
- Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
- Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
- Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm. During winter months, avoid using heat lamps, solar lamps, trouble lights, heated watering bowls or other such heated devices, which could lead to a potential fire. Borrowed heat involves providing warmth from a heating system located in a separate building. If this isn’t possible, consider bringing your pets inside.
- Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.
info provided by https://www.cooperators.ca/en/Answer-Centre/how-can-i-be-safe-and-prepared/home/five-best-ways-to-prevent-fires-in-home.aspx
Why SERVPRO of Burbank?
Have you ever had a bad or unpleasant experience with a company? We can assure you that will not be the case with SERVPRO of Burbank. In times of disaster and crisis, it is crucially important to choose a company who will not only get the job done, but look after the client as well.
The SERVPRO team is always ready to make any disaster "Like it never even happened." With specialized training, our technicians are well prepared to handle water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, bio-hazard cleanup and much more. Along with the expertise, here at SERVPRO of Burbank you can expect professionalism along with kindness and courtesy.
SERVPRO of Burbank is not only an IICRC-WRT certified firm but each of our crew chiefs are certified and ready to go 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call us here at (818) 842-1400.
SERVPRO of Burbank is Held to the IICRC Standard
Here at SERVPRO of Burbank, all of our crew chiefs are certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians. Management staff are certified in Applied Structural Drying. We are a certified IICRC firm also. There is a standard for the industry and we follow it closely. We strive to be experts on the standard and SERVPRO stands out from our competition because of the amount of effort we put into training and development in field expertise.
What exactly is the IICRC?
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. It's main purpose is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.
When using SERVPRO of Burbank you can rest assured that we hold ourselves accountable to the IICRC standards. For more information on the IICRC visit the link below!
Cleaning Tips to Keep Germs Away
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops,
doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets,
and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s
guidance for commercial spaces as well.
The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevators and Escalators
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
SERVPRO of Burbank professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves
facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include
cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces,
cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup
process, and disposal of waste.
Bio Hazard Services in Response to Covid-19
SERVPRO® of Burbank professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of bio hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.
SERVPRO of Burbank is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to
perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain
of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
If you are in need of our Bio Hazard Cleanup services give us a call at 818-842-1400
An update from SERVPRO of Burbank
Dear Valued Customer,
Due to the urgent nature of our business SERVPRO will continue to serve our customers at this time to the best of our ability. While restoring your property is important to us our top priority is the health and safety of our customers and our staff. We are taking additional precautions on our end to limit exposure for both you and our technicians that require some changes in our usual business practices.
- The CDC encourages people to maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet. Technicians have been advised to avoid shaking hands (or making any physical contact) and we ask customers to stay clear of the work area as much as possible.
- Lock boxes can be provided for customers who would prefer to avoid contact or who can not be home to provide us access.
- Technicians will wear a clean pair of gloves at each job
- Equipment will be disinfected before and after each job
- Customers will be given the option of signing necessary paperwork via Doc-u-Sign, email or hard copy rather than utilizing a tablet or iPad
- Job site visits will be limited to essential services. While we typically monitor the drying equipment every day or two, we may allow longer periods between visits to avoid unnecessary contact. It is imperative that you keep the equipment running at all times and notify us of any issues.
- We are NOT currently asking our technicians to wear masks. The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick and notes that masks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers.
- While we typically like to update our customers in person on the job status we are encouraging telephone and email communication at this time to avoid unnecessary contact. Please advise our office staff on your preferred method of communication.
- We may experience issues with limited personnel and resources at this time so our focus will be on mitigation to stop potential further damages.
For additional information and best practices please visit:
We appreciate your patience and understanding in these matters. Feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. Thank You!
The SERVPRO Team
Work From Home Tips
With the worlds current state, most businesses have their employees working from home. Being in a confined space for a long amount of time can really dampen someones mood. We've put together some small tips to help boost your mood for your at home work days!
- Create a new Playlist. Music can always uplift the spirit.
- Visit some virtual museums. Museums all over the world are offering free virtual tours!
- Meditation. There are tons of free meditation apps out there!
- 90 day Peleton trial (they provide workouts that don't require the bike or tread)
Remember SERVPRO of Burbank is STILL open 24/7 for all your water, fire, mold and bio hazard needs. Give us a call today if you have any questions!