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Tips on Self Cleaning Ovens

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

stainless steel oven with stuffed bell peppers inside Always follow proper safety precautions when using a self-cleaning oven.

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 You Should Do to Prevent a Cooking Fire and Burns

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

fireman putting out burning apartment building Prevent cooking fires before they start with these steps

At SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch we believe that prevention is the best way to avoid disaster. The following tips are ways to prevent cooking fires and burns.

* Keep your stove clean. The hood, cabinets, and all surfaces above and near the stove should also be clean and free from grease buildup. That goes for inside the oven too.(When hot enough, grease buildup will melt and burn.)

* Move combustibles away from the stove. No towels, mitts,plastic bags and bottles, or any combustible storage or trash should be near the range.

* If cooking with grease oil, never ever leave cooking unattended. If you see smoke coming off the oil or grease, it can ignite. It does not need a flame to catch fire. Once hot enough, grease and oil will catch fire.

* Don't have loose or draping sleeves on clothes. These can ignite over an open flame.

* Don't let kids run around, play or ever be unattended around the stove. Don't ever assume they know better just because you told them.

* Make sure you have working smoke alarms. To prevent nuisance alarms, keep the smoke alarms at least ten feet away from the stove. Even when positioned correctly, the darn thing mat still go off, usually if you burn some  food. It's supposed to... you're burning something.

Stay Safe!

Faster to Any Size Disaster

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

the entire crew of servpro alamo ranch standing outside in front of a SERVPRO truck Call us today at (210) 670-9591 for immediate service!

When you've experienced a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company that can restore your property quickly and efficiently. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Whether your home has suffered a small kitchen fire or your office is underwater following a flood, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is equipped and "Ready for whatever happens." No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Our technicians are highly trained and are certified by the IICRC (Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certification). All of our technicians are certified Mold Remediation Workers by the State of Texas and we have a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is also a licensed Mold Remediation Company as well as an IICRC certified firm. 

When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Heat Stroke

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon characters pouring water on their heads or drinking. With temperatures rising, make sure you take the proper precautions to avoid heat stroke.

With temperatures rising, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of heat stroke.

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nauseaseizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Be careful in this summer heat.

Source: webmd

Shopping For a Weather Radio

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features.

Reviewable alerts( you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear). 

Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).

Ease of Programming

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If you have any questions or are ever in need of our services, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7

Preventing Cooking Fires

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

clean stove top Here is a good example of a safe stovetop.

At SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch we believe that prevention is the best way to avoid disaster. The following tips are ways to prevent cooking fires and burns.

* Keep your stove clean. The hood, cabinets, and all surfaces above and near the stove should also be clean and free from grease buildup. That goes for inside the oven too.(When hot enough, grease buildup will melt and burn.)

* Move combustibles away from the stove. No towels, mitts,plastic bags and bottles, or any combustible storage or trash should be near the range.

* If cooking with grease oil, never ever leave cooking unattended. If you see smoke coming off the oil or grease, it can ignite. It does not need a flame to catch fire. Once hot enough, grease and oil will catch fire.

* Don't have loose or draping sleeves on clothes. These can ignite over an open flame.

* Don't let kids run around, play or ever be unattended around the stove. Don't ever assume they know better just because you told them.

* Make sure you have working smoke alarms. To prevent nuisance alarms, keep the smoke alarms at least ten feet away from the stove. Even when positioned correctly, the darn thing mat still go off, usually if you burn some  food. It's supposed to... you're burning something.

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Stay Safe!

About Ultrasonics: Cleaning With Sound

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has recently started using new technology in cleaning.

It is called ultrasonic and uses sound. Sound is a power thing; It allows people to do everything from sharing information to singing songs. It is the science of sound that measures and controls sound waves. Ultrasonics is simply the application of sound waves to the cleaning process. 

Our system is from Morantz Ultrasonics. Morantz Ultrasonics Cleaning Systems use the unique properties of sound waves to make cleaning with sound possible.

Morantz Ultrasonics controls the sound and focuses it on dirty and contaminated areas of an object in order to clean it.

It is the unique precision, and of course the power, of Morantz Ultrasonic systems that makes Ultrasonic Cleaning the fastest, most effective, most efficient and effortless cleaning method available.

For all of your cleaning needs call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: Morantz Ultrasonics

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer vent with lint Lint buildup like this happens slowly, but it's important to take care of it before it's too late.

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury and death.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home or business, have SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch clean your dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a birds nest or other potential obstacles. The outdoor flap should be checked to make sure that it has an operating flap and is not open so as not to let in birds or vermin.

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 4 

Hoarding: A Serious Situation

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Employee wearing biohazard PPE Depending on the severity of the hoarding situation, Technicians wear protective equipment like this for safety.

According to The Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items, regardless of actual value, occurs." Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things other would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail, or packaging.

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats, and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch encounters hoarding situations several different ways. Often we are called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when we arrive on site. Web will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored so that the work can begin on the fire or water loss.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch also encounters hoarding jobs through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations. If you encounter a hording situation and are looking to make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 6

SERVPRO Cleans That?! - Mercury Spills

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

liquid mercury droplets on white unless it is contained, Mercury is volatile and dangerous to handle.

Mercury, a highly volatile and dangerous neurotoxin, is used commonly in homes, usually in high-pressure sodium lamps, thermostats and spent batteries. While usually contained very well, the dangers of mercury not only lie in its liquid form, but, since it vaporizes so readily, also poses dangers as an aerosol. It’s important to get any spilled mercury taken care of immediately, but even more important to do it safely. At SERVPRO, we have the equipment and experience to clean up these dangerous spills. Here’s how a SERVPRO technician would go about cleaning a Mercury spill.

  1. First, the Technician will make sure they are wearing the proper safety equipment. They will be wearing a mercury-type respirator, as well as gloves to ensure none of the liquid touches their skin or gets inhaled.
  2. After that, they will us a mercury-sensing gauge to determine concentration of contamination.
  3. The technician will then apply a magnetic amalgamation powder, which will prevent the mercury from aerosolizing, and cause it to clump into a semisolid paste.
  4. They will then use magnets to pick up the mercury residue and place it in a secure storage container, making sure none is left behind.
  5. A wax-like sealant will be sprayed/painted over the affected area, just in case microscopic remnants of the mercury remain.
  6. Finally, the Technician will collect any tools, gloves, boots, etc. and place them into separate storage containers for decontamination before they are worn again.

As you can see, dealing with dangerous elements like mercury is not something to be taken lightly. Here at SERVPRO, we’re committed to keeping both you and our technicians safe. Mercury spills may be tough to deal with, but we have the equipment, and more importantly the expertise, to make it "Like it never even happened."