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Hoarding: A Serious Situation Part 2

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Heat Stroke

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

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
  • Hoarding: A Serious Situation Part 1

    7/15/2019 (Permalink)

    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.

    If you ever experience this situation, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help.

    Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 6

    Gerald R. Fords Birthday, 38th President of the United States

    7/14/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to make you aware that today is the birthday of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford.

    As president, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, which marked a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the collapse of South Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. In one of his most controversial acts, he granted a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford's presidency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In the Republican presidential primary campaign of 1976, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. He narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democraticchallenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.

    Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. His moderate views on various social issues increasingly put him at odds with conservative members of the party in the 1990s and early 2000s. After experiencing a series of health problems, he died at home on December 26, 2006.

    Source: wikipedia.org

    Finding an Odor Source Tip #4

    7/12/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers Odor Removal and Deodorization services. We have discussed several ways to find an odor source because that is the key to odor removal.

    One hidden place to look is possibly in a roof vent. Animals can sometimes get caught and die in the vent. That could very well be causing the odor.

    The odor could simply be a trash can overflowing with old food or a sack of potatoes with a couple of potatoes rotten in the bag.

    Once you do identify the source of the odor, you can plan to remove the odor. Removing the source is the first step and then you can move on to chemicals, sealers, ozone treatments, hydroxyl generators, or masking agents.

    If the task becomes too much for you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, 210-670-9591.

    Finding an Odor Source Tip #2 & 3

    7/10/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers Odor Removal and Deodorization Services. One of the first rules in odor removal is to find the source of the odor and remove it. In our previous discussion, we discussed following your nose. If that does not work, then we move on to examining the structure a little more closely.

    TIP #2

       If it is a moldy smell, see if you can find if there is a water intrusion in the home. It could be from a leaking water heater or dishwasher. These leaks sometimes go undetected.

    TIP #3

       Look in hidden areas. This includes wall cavities, chimneys, and maybe under a shelf in a cluttered pantry closet. If you need deodorization services, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

    Good and Normal Mold

    7/8/2019 (Permalink)

    At the beginning of June, I posted a series of blogs that discussed mold remediation and the dangers of mycotoxins. In this blog, I would like to address the everyday occurrence of good and normal molds so that we can clarify that all molds are not bad.

    Good molds are molds that help make cheese, wines, and medicines. Most people really don't realize the products that would not be possible without good molds.

    Normal molds are airborne mold spores and surface mold growth. Airborne mold spores are just a naturally occurring phenomena that get into our homes through open doors, open windows, and even on our clothes. These molds are considered normal as long as they did not originate within the home. What makes normal mold normal is that it is growing on a non-porous surface that can not be a sustainable food source and it can be cleaned with normal housecleaning methods.

    I hope that this somewhat clarifies the differences in molds and gives you a better understanding of what to look for.

    For any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

    George W. Bush 43rd Presidents Birthday

    7/6/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish George W. Bush, our 43rd president a Happy Birthday!

    George Walker Bush was born on July 6, 1946, at Yale–New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, while his father was a student at Yale. He was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush (1924–2018) and his wife, Barbara Pierce (1925–2018). He was raised in Midland and HoustonTexas, with four siblings, JebNeilMarvin and Dorothy. Another younger sister, Robin, died from leukemia at the age of three in 1953. His grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut. His father was Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1981 to 1989 and the 41st U.S. president from 1989 to 1993. Bush has English and some German ancestry, along with more distant DutchWelshIrishFrench, and Scottish roots.[18]

    SERVPRO Of Alamo Ranch hopes that you find this information interesting. Call us at 210-670-9591 for any cleaning or restoration needs.

    Source: wikipedia.org

    Happy Independence Day!

    7/4/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wishes everyone a Happy 4th of July! Please have fun and be careful as you celebrate our independence. The following is a little history of this great holiday.

    The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

    Hopefully you won't need our services, but if you do, call us at 210-670-9591 SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch. Faster to any size disaster.

    Source: history.com

    Pre Vacation Checklist

    7/3/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to share a Pre Vacation Checklist with all of our friends.

    Suspend mail and newspaper services

    Arrange for lawn care services while you are gone

    Install exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars

    * Wait to post vacation pictures on social media until you have returned home

    Check the batteries in home security devices, including motion detectors, cameras, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace if necessary

    Shut off the main water supply. If you would like to leave the water on for an automated sprinkler system then at least turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, washing machine, and to each toilet

    Switch your water heater to vacation mode or turn it off completely

    Set your thermostat to either 4 degrees above or below your normal temperature. For summer months, set the thermostat in the upper 70's. For winter months, set the thermostat in the upper 50's

    Prevent a power surge by unplugging your electronics or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector.

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that this was helpful and if you ever need us please call us at 210-670-9591.

    We are always here to help!