Candle Related House Fires
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of candles in the house.\
Candles are pretty, but they are still open flames. December is the peak time of year for candle related house fires, says the National Fire Protection Association. Sure, they set a glowy holiday mood, but lit flames and Christmas decorations don't exactly mix. In one 5 year study, theNFPAfound that 52% of decoration-related fires were started by candles.
Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from surrounding objects. Trim wicks to a quarter of an inch before you light them and only let them burn for one hour for every inch of diameter, so the wax can melt evenly. So, if you have a three inch candle, it shouldn't burn for more than three hours.
Never leave lit candles in a room that's unattended. "The bathroom is particularly worrisome because people go in and out, and hand towels get moved around a lot.
Tips To Avoid Mold While You're On Vacation
Mold prevention is a year-round affair, and there are plenty of useful steps you can take to keep the black stuff away from your home. You practice good housekeeping and pay attention to critical maintenance to your plumbing, HVAC systems and other structures to avoid water damage. Mold growth doesn’t take a vacation, however, just because you do. With that in mind, you should adopt some useful procedures to sidestep this nasty, destructive fungus while you’re away from your home in San Antonio, Texas for your much-needed getaway.
Turn Your Water Off
Unexpected pipe leaks while you’re gone can prove to be disastrous. Mold prevention relies on you sidestepping the possibility of water damage, so cutting off your home’s water supply ensures that your plumbing isn’t to blame. The main water valve will either be in your basement, inside a closet in the front of your home, along an outside wall or behind a removable panel indoors.
Rethink Your HVAC Settings
The conventional wisdom is to shut off your AC if you’re away during the summer, but that may not be your best option to inhibit mold growth. Since warmth can encourage it to flourish, keep in mind that you can raise your temperature to cut back on energy usage, but don’t turn off your AC completely. For the best mold prevention, set your AC to around 78 degrees.
Keep an Eye on Your Humidity
Since excess moisture is a prime ingredient for mold propagation, you must keep your home’s humidity levels in check. Purchase a humidity monitor, and ensure that your readings stay between 35 and 55 percent. Moreover, start your monitoring well before you leave for your getaway. If levels rise to 60 percent or higher, it’s time to find the source of the extra moisture.
Following these steps should give you some peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget to keep your water damage restoration experts in San Antonio, Texas on speed dial. In addition to providing more mold prevention tips, they can perform cleanup and restoration should the unthinkable happen during your trip.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.
Christmas Lights! Don't Overdo It.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to be safe during the Holiday season.
As much as you may want to cover every inch of your house with twinkles, you may have to scale back depending on your outlets. Check the lights' packaging for the power output and never plug in more than what a power strip or outlet says it can handle. Also, never connect more than three strings of lights in one series.
Always look for the UL symbol when buying electrical items and pay attention to its color: Green means it's approved for indoor use, and red means it can be used indoors and outdoors. If you're using old lights, check the wires to make sure there are no signs of fraying or cracking. Even if you've followed all of these precautions, you should still unplug all indoor lights when you leave the house. Yes, even the ones on your tree in the bay window.
Source: Good Housekeeping Institute
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers financing!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has partnered with a company called GreenSky to offer several financing options to help our clients pay for deductibles and other needs that they may have.
GreenSky loans are unsecured loans with fixed interest rates. Unlike a revolving credit card, your monthly payment amount is always the same.
GreenSky can be used for all services provided by SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch in it's entirety or partial amounts. There is no prepayment penalty, so you, the customer are in control of when you will pay the loan off. Payments can be made online or by phone, or schedule automatic payments to be drafted from your bank account. The choice is yours.
Call us today at 210-670-9591 for more information or to submit an application
Christmas Decorating Safety Tips!
The staff at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch all agree that the holiday season is a magical time, but Christmas traditions, decor, and celebrations can lead to accidents or worse if you are not careful. Here's how to keep your family safe and healthy through to the New Year.
According to theNational Fire Protection Association(NFPA), tree fires aren't super common, but when they do happen, they are more likely to be serious.
Keep your tree at least three feet away from all heat sources ( like fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents). If you have a real tree, remember to keep it watered; the drier the tree, the more easily it could ignite. Your stand should have a water reservoir that can hold one quart of water per inch of the stem's diameter according to theGood Housekeeping Institute's technical and engineering director.
Make sure to choose a sturdy stand so that the tree will not tip over.
Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, or if we can be of any help, please contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591
What Are Flood Cuts?
Whether you’re dealing with flooding for the first time in San Antonio, Texas or you’re a veteran storm survivor, there’s always something new to learn. While reading about restoration options, the term “flood cut” may have peaked your interest. Here’s why professionals consider it an essential mitigation technique.
Damage Isn’t Always Obvious
Once a storm has passed and you survey the wreckage, it’s easy to see how high the water level reached. Before you start the demolition stage, though, it’s important to consider a subtle aspect of tear out projects. In the case of drywall, the flooding was likely wicked up well above the visible dirt line. That’s why the standard flood cut for discarding damaged walls is 12 inches above the high water mark.
Amplifying Your Circulation Area
Even after the waters have receded, you’ll need to work fast to get rid of excess indoor humidity. Those who don’t act decisively risk dealing with widespread contamination and greater repair costs. For this reason, your cleanup and restoration company will put an air movement plan into place. To decide how many fans are needed, where to place them and at what velocity they should be run, a professional will calculate an evaporation rate based on the following parameters:
Current ambient humidity
Wet material temperature
Air movement across moist surfaces
Water vapor pressure differential
Wet surface accessibility
By using flood cut to open walls well past the water line, you’ll be in a better position to prevent additional damage to structural members and utilities that were left vulnerable by the storm and its aftermath. It’s also part of the process of removing unpleasant odors from your building.
Take Back the Control
Although you may have done everything in your power to take the needed precautions, flooding makes it necessary to work incessantly to get your site back into shape. Extended cuts are key to doing a thorough job to make your facility look and smell like new again.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on flooding.
How to be storm smart and storm ready
How to BE Storm Smart & Storm Ready
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 land-falling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 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.
Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless
Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severs weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit
• Water (one gallon per person per day)
• Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
• Manual can opener
• Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust masks or bandanas
• Plastic sheering, garbage bags and duct tape
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Hygiene items
• Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank accounts information
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
Contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.
Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
We at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch are all in agreement that a fried turkey is a delicious way to cook a turkey. We would just like to caution everyone about the dangers involved when frying a turkey.
* Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
* An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
* Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
* Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
* The side of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.
Source: the U.S. Fire Administartion
Tips on Self Cleaning Ovens
They work by heating up way hotter than you would normally cook at. This burns away the grease buildup inside the oven. However...
* Read the instructions before using the self cleaning feature.
* If you rarely use or have never used the self cleaning feature and decide to finally try it when the oven is caked in burned-on food and grease, IT CAN CATCH FIRE inside.It will also most certainly create a lot of smoke.
* Ovens are made to completely lock the oven door shut when it is in self-cleaning mode. You can't open the door until it cools down. That's a safety feature.
* If you think there is a problem when it is in self cleaning mode, turn the oven and stove completely off. Call 911 and have everyone go outside to wait for the Fire Department.
What Should You Do If a Fire Occurs in the Oven?
* Don't open the door! An oven is made to contain heat.
* Turn off the oven and stove if you can do so safely.
* In most instances a fire in the oven will go out on its own. However, if there is any doubt or worry, get everyone to wait outside and call 911.
Don't take any chances!