If you Have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow safety tips below provided by the American Red Cross.
*Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal burning device inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
*To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use it in wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
*Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
* InstallCO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warnings.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Happy Valentines Day!
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SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! We hope that everyone gets to spend time with that significant other and show them how much you love and appreciate them.
We hope that your day is wonderful, but in the unlikely event that you may need our help, we will be available for you. Just call us at 210-670-9591 and we will be there for you.
Have a Happy Valentines Day!
Flooded highways and bridges
According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. Every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips:
*Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go the other way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
*If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
*Keep children out of the water.They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact the professionals at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 31, Issue 2
Flood damaged walls
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always the potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won't in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.00 worth in damages.
If flood damage impacts your life, call the team that is faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. Here to help 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 31, Issue 2
How to Identify Mold and Moisture Problems
Overhead view of Theatre with seats
Identifying a possible mold problem means being on the lookout for often invisible clues. Facility staff should be educated on awareness.
Employees may not give a second thought to a water stain on the ceiling or walls, but the impacts may reach further than just an unsightly spot. That damage means that moisture from condensation or a leak has already sparked a potential problem. Her is how to identify the warning signs.
* The first thing to do is look for areas of discoloration, staining, leaks, peeling paint, wallpaper, and areas of high moisture or humidity.
*If the areas smell musty or mildew-like, then that is a good indicator of the presence of mold growth
*Communicate with staff about persistent health symptoms or complaints about indoor air quality.
If you have any suspicion of the presence of mold or moisture, call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. Our trained professionals will advise you on what steps to take to ensure your safety and the buildings occupants safety.
Identifying potential problems may require the removal of building materials which can disturb and spread mold growth. Do not undertake this task without proper training.
Call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
What causes Medical Facility Mold?
Mold on wall
Many times, mold and moisture related issues in commercial buildings can be linked to building structure issues or facilities maintenance. Even when a building is in excellent condition, mold may still be found. It takes three things for mold to grow. First is the mold spores that are prevalent in the air. Second is a food source such as cellulose based building materials. Last and definitely not least is moisture. Without moisture, mold can not grow. Hospitals and health care facilities have numerous areas where mold can grow and thrive. One of the most common places for mold is in the HVAC system.Mold can build up in the system and spores can travel to other parts of the facility by way of air ducts.
Common Placesfor Growth:
*Inside walls, in between wallpaper, tile, or surface mols
*In ceilings and attics where there are possible leaks
*Underneath floors and floor materials
*Utility and Maintenance Rooms
*Around pipes and plumbing
*Improperly installed flashing or roofing materials.
*Areas being remodeled.
If you have any concerns about mold in your building, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.
Minimizing Fire Damage
House on fire
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.
Service Response Guidelines:
* 1- Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch professional will contact you to arrange service.
* 4- Within 4 hours of notification, a SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch professional will be on site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
* 8- Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you by a SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch professional.
If your home is impacted by fire, please call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Eliminate the risk of Carbon Monoxide
Glowing hot infrared heater
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 need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueling engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
* Make sure 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 tpm prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
Please call SERVPRO® at 210-670-9591 for any questions or for service.
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 31, Issue 1
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold Weather Killer
Car with exhaust coming from pipes
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 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.
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.
If you have any questions or are in need of our services, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591
Source: Restoration Newsline: Volume 31, Issue 1
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SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch provides many services for your home. The following are some of the services that we provide.
*Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
*Water Removal and Dehumidification
*Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
*Mold Mitigation and Remediation
*Contents Claim Inventory Service
*Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
*Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
*Odor Identification and Deodorization
*Reconstruction and remodeling
Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it.
You invest your time, energy and hard earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home.
When you need work done on your home, you should expect the very best service at a fair price.
The professionals at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services as well as top quality professional cleaning services for your entire home.
Call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591
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