What's a better way to celebrate Fourth of July then by watching the fireworks? As beautiful and intriguing as they are, fireworks have the potential to cause a lot of serious damage to people and properties if not professionally handled.
Here are a few facts from the National Fire Protection Association:
- "Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage."
- "In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu."
For more information regarding firework safety, visit https://www.nfpa.org/
If you experience fire damage, call (914) 358-9000!
Who Will Put the Pieces Back?
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern for how to properly handle a fire damage. Their priority is helping you and your customers regain control. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals also understand business closures due to fire damage don't just affect the business owner; they affect the employees, their families and the community.
- Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area on every level of a home
- Check Smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once per year
- Plan an escape route and practice it at least twice a year
When a SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives on the scene following a fire, their first step is to calm the customer's fears. The second step is to pre-test the smoke to determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns is crucial
- Wet smoke - Plastics and rubber.
- Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood.
- Protein smoke- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs.
- Other- Tear gas, Fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.
Smoke and soot residue can damage carpet, upholstery and contents if not removed quickly and efficiently. In a fire-damage structure with soot on the walls and other surfaces, cleaning and restoration is less disruptive and more cost-efficient than replacement.
Dry Ice Blasting
What is Dry Ice Blasting?
Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets. (Co2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.
The Benefits to Dry Ice Blasting
- A Dry cleaning process - Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.
- No waste disposal - The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.
- Environmentally friendly - Dry Ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.
- No abrasion - Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.
- Improved production quality - Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime.
Dry Ice Blasting is a Three-Step Process
- Kinetic - When Dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.
- Thermal - The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79 degree C/110 Degree F) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.
- Sublimation - dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.
Grilling safety tips
Family cookout is always a pleasant way to kick-off the summer, but to keep your family and friends safe follow these general guidelines.
General grilling tips
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
Before you use your grill:
- Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
- Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
- Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
- Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
- If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
- If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.
When the grill is on:
- As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
- If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
When Winter Weather Strikes!
When Winter Weather Strikes..SERVPRO Strikes back! Here are some tips for your home when the winter storm comes in.
Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air circulate around pipe.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off.
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
A Frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition.
A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in a grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional will help make your puff back "Like it never even happened."
Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Homes and businesses can depend on their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are also trained and equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants.
Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional about starting a disaster Recovery Plan for your business.
Mold: Don't Let it Grow!
From the Ordinary - Fungi and mold naturally occurs in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked gods, and other food products including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. AN edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (penicillin chrysogenum).
Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
To the Unhealthy - Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
Take Precautions- SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold iis more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. IF your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold.
- Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
These Conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
Help is here - If you think you might have a mold problem, call 1-800-SERVPRO. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.
If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding droughts) is caused by floods and associated debris flows. Most communities in the United States can experience some kind of flooding. Over the 10-year period from 1988 to 1997, floods cost the Nation, on average, $3.7 billion annually. Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam, and flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.
Know the Difference Between Watches and Warning
A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. The NWS Storm Prediction Center issues such watches. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Each local forecast office usually covers a state or a portion of a state.
An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis.
Plan for a Flood
- Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Please see the "Family Disaster Plan" section for general family planning information. Develop flood- specific planning.
- Contact your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or planning and zoning department about your area's flood risk.
- Knowing the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and dams will let you know if forecasted flood levels will affect your home.
SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's trained technicians are available 24/7 to assist with your cleanup and restoration needs, call (914)358-9000!
Emergency Water Damage Process
Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”
ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!
FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
PRETESTING: A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.
CLEANING & RESTORATION:SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.
Fire Damage DO'S and DON'TS
SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 38 years of leadership. Our track record of results has earned us trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.
SERVPRO Franchise professionals are a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal Belongings.
What Can the Costumer do before there is any professionals around to help? SERVPRO has some tips for you.
Fire damage & Smoke DO'S
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape Double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
Fire damage & Smoke DON'TS
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated)
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Send garments to the dry Cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives.
Follow the DO's and DON'TS to reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford for any remediation help at (914)358-9000.
The Truth about Mold
The Truth about Mold
Mold Spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter home easily. Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, and organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit.
An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging growth of molds, dust mites and other organisms.
Control Moisture and Reduce Mold
- Correct any water leaks or standing water.
- Remove standing water under cooling coils or air air handling units.
- Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.
- Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.
Healthy Home Checklist
- Do you smoke in your home?
- Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
- Do you change your air filters once a month?
- When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?
- Is your gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?
- Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?
- Do your bathrooms have carpet?
Causes of Indoor air Pollution
- Asbestos building products when dislodged( No longer intact)
- Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander
- Carbon Monoxide
- Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood
- Lead (pre-1978 house paint)
- Nitrogen dioxide
- Particulates found in dust, pollen, cleaning sprays and poorly ventilated areas
- Tabaco smoke
- Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants