Post Fire Hazards: Electronics!
As you investigate the damage that a fire caused in your home or business, it is important to remember that fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard!
You SHOULD NOT attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces; if the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device.
Do not try and clean these items, either. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including: Television sets, DVD players, Computers, and more!
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician and returned to you if we deem the safe to use!
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's Corporate website:
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Mold Remediation: The Process!
Understanding The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our National Call Center. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
SERVPRO Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Step 3: Mold Containment
They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Storm Damage can be such a mess; Let SERVPRO handle it!
Damage, caused from storms and natural disasters, are unplanned and detrimental to your property, home, or business. Not only can it cost you money in the long run, but depending on the extent of the damage, you may be at risk from longterm issues as well.
When storm water seeps into your floors, walls, and anywhere the eye cannot see, you leave yourself vulnerable to mold infestations! So although you may get all of the floodwater up, it is possible for you to miss out on a few areas that could cost you more than the initial damage.
This is why you should call SERVPRO, as we have highly trained water damage specialists that deal with situations like this daily. There is nothing we haven’t seen or have already treated, and we are more than willing to tackle bigger losses if you are ever in need!
Call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your storm damage restoration needs!
Choose SERVPRO for Your Fire Loss!
Your local SERVPRO professionals are highly specialized in fire and water damage restoration and have even more experience in cleaning up your home or property quickly!
We understand that your fire loss has put your life on hold; why should we take our good ol’ time fixing up what you need done NOW? Our technicians will restore your home to pre-fire conditions fast, all while we remove pervasive smoke odors and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpets.
Our 24/7 emergency service is guaranteed to be faster to any size disaster, which cements our place as one of the trusted leaders in the restoration industry. We use this pedestal to continually provide exceptional service on a daily basis, in hopes of providing our great work to anyone in need of restoration services.
Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration
There have been too many homeowners that have descended down their basement steps to find a pool of murky water greeting them. This instance is an all-too-familiar one, as many Americans claim to have dealt with a flood in their basement at least once.
Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls. Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.
The water that goes unseen could wreck havoc in your foundation, causing further damage and could also welcome an infestation of mold. This is a scenario you should strive to avoid at all costs!
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. They have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Their water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.
SERVPRO Tackles Sewer Jobs!
Does your water loss involve a sewer backup? If so, you should treat this situation as an emergency! You may be vulnerable to viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illness if you have been exposed to sewage water and waste.
Call your local SERVPRO franchise to send out a trained professional to handle these crappy situations for you — we will get the job done quickly and will safely clean your property of all its contaminants and dirtiness.
And don’t worry if you’re toilet overflows or if a pipe bursts in the middle of night — we got your back! No matter the time, no matter the day, SERVPRO is always ready to assist you and to make your disasters look like they never even happened!
Think Your Loss is Too Big? Not for SERVPRO!
If one thing is for sure, we believe there is no job TOO BIG for SERVPRO to tackle! We want any and all work, but we want to make sure everything is done correctly the first time around; our skilled technicians will storm onto your property with the intent of leaving it like your disaster never even happened!
Our Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best of the best in restoration, all of which stem from SERVPRO franchises! Our elite, large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
What’s more? Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation services. This just coincides with our commitment to getting things done efficiently and to the customer’s standards!
For all your commercial cleaning needs, call your local SERVPRO franchise TODAY!
Here's Why Property Managers Can Relax:
Our first priority is to return damaged property to preloss conditions. This commitment does not waver, no matter what the extent of damage to any specific building or property.
Our property management restoration services are always ready to send aid when disaster strikes one of your properties; we know that your first priority, as the property owner, is the safety and well-being of your team and clients. This is why we send skilled professionals, experienced in maintaining the security and safety of a variety of facilities, to isolate the damage the moment we step on site.
We pride ourselves on our efficiency when we take on some daunting tasks; but we strive to do so with grace and with determination to leave each and every customer more satisfied than the next — we want to minimize the interruptions in your life!
A Closer Look at Black Mold
Black mold, often known as “toxic mold” and scientifically named, stachybotrys chartarum, presents many dangers for homeowners and those who are immersed in its environment. Black mold also has a very large stigma surrounding it, this is due in part by many sensational news reports that periodically condemn the mold for its harsh side effects.
While these reports may seem very alarming, and quite often confusing, it is important that you maintain a clear head in order to limit unnecessary exposure to black mold. For instance, any mold in your home should be treated with caution; stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
SERVPRO has many, easily readable articles that define the do’s and don’ts of dealing with mold, all of which is easily accessible through various portals on our page! However, for tips on what you should do until helps arrive, please refer to our Mold Damage Tips page to learn more!