Asbestos in General
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to introduce you to the topic of asbestos. You are bombarded with commercials everyday about diseases and illnesses associated with asbestos everyday. Hopefully, we can clear up any misconceptions about asbestos and in the coming week discuss how we handle asbestos in the restoration business.
Asbestos is a general name that applies to several types of fibrous silicate minerals. Historically, asbestos is best known for its resistance to flame and its ability to be woven into cloth. Because of these properties, it was used to make fireproof stage curtains for theaters, as well as heat-resistant clothing for metal workers and firefighters. More modern applications of asbestos take advantage of its chemical resistance and the reinforcing properties of its fibers to produce asbestos-reinforced cement products including pipes, sheets, and shingles used in building construction. Asbestos is also used as insulation for rocket engines on the space shuttle and as a component in the electrolytic cells that make oxygen on submerged nuclear submarines. Much of the chlorine for bleach, cleansers, and disinfectants is produced using asbestos products.
Stay tuned to SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch for more on asbestos. Call us at 210-670-9591
Happy Boss's Day!
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The concept of National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father's birthday. Haroski's purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.
Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day. The event’s popularity is growing outside the United States and is now also observed in countries such as Australia, India, and South Africa.
Show your boss some appreciation today!
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Columbus Day History
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Columbus Day History!
In Christopher Columbus’s day, scholars knew that the world was round; the fact dated from the ancient Greeks. People assumed that a ship traveling west from Europe would sail clear through to Asia. However, many believed that such a westward journey was impossible. Columbus, an Italian, was convinced otherwise and persuaded King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to sponsor his exploration and search for riches.
On October 12, 1492, Columbus landed on a small island in the Bahamas, convinced that he had reached his destination of Asia. Although he was not the first European to discover the Americas (Vikings, among others, had visited before), his journey sparked enthusiasm for European exploration of the hemisphere.
For all your service needs, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help. Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
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Why the Emergency Ready Profile?
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile® can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
* A no-cost assessment of your facility
* A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
* A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
* Establishes SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
* Identification of the line of command for authorizing remediation work to begin.
* Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for you free ERP.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 9
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch continues to grow the list of services that we offer every day. We now offer reconstruction services in the event that your home sustains structural damage from fire or water. We can handle the whole job from start to finish. Along wit reconstruction, we also offer the following services.
* Fire, smoke and soot
* Water removal and dehumidification
* Mold Mitigation and Remediation
* Catastrophic Storm Response
* Move Outs and Contents Restoration
* Electronics and Equipment
* Document Drying
* Contents Claim inventory Service
* Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes, and Blinds
* Ceilings,Walls and Hard Floors
* Air Ducts and HVAC
* Biohazard and Crime Scene
As you can see, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers a wide variety of services. If you have a need and don't see it here, give us a call and we will discuss your service needs with you. We are always here to help. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Hurricane Season Through November
Hurricane season will continue through November. We have already encountered one of the largest hurricanes in history. Dorian became a Cat 5 hurricane and devastated the Bahamas. The death toll from this storm is still not known. Dorian skirted the edge of the East Coast and produced large amounts of rain and flooding.
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
* 10,000 severe thunderstorms
* 5,000 floods or flash floods
* 1,000 tornadoes
* 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to about 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damages. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
If you are ever affected by severe storms or flooding, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer Conclusion
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Tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.
* If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fuel engine or motor indoors, even if the garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
* Make nsure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
* Only use barbeque grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
* Use portable generators outdoors in well ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
I hope that you have gained some insight into the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. If you have any questions or are in need of our service, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 8
Carbon Monoxide: A silent Killer Continued
Wood Burning Stove
An excess of CO , leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.
* Have fuel burning appliances like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
* Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
* Make sure all fuel burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
If you have any questions or are in need of service, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. Stay tuned for the conclusion to Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer.
Source: Restoration Newsline, Volume 30, Issue 8
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer Introduction
You can't see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes.Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated that another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.
All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups- including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems-being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.
If you would like more information on the subject, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 or check out the next article about Carbon Monoxide.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 8
The Science of Drying in Action
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So you might ask, what exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When wet materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material, but only if the air is drier. The only problem is that nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also have state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
It's not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO® has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook ™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.
The bottom is that SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."
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Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 8