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Tips on Preventing Mold

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

Use these tips to avoid mold infestation.

Using Proper Ventilation to Prevent Mold

When cooking a meal, make sure you have proper ventilation to avoid mold from the moisture. Using dehumidifiers and AC is key in having proper ventilation. Things such as washing dishes, running the dish washer, or showering are all things in need of proper ventilation to avoid mold.

Using Mold Resistant Products

Mold resistant drywall can be paperless. Instead, the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass which makes the surface of the drywall very water-resistant. 

Keep an Eye on the Indoor Humidity

Try to maintain a balance of indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. Any local hardware store will be able to provide you with one to purchase. If you notice condensation on windows, pipes and walls, that may be a sign that there is excessive humidity. Make sure to dry the surface immediately and address whatever is causing the humidity.

How Can A Fire Be Prevented

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

These tips can save your life and help prevent a fire from occurring.

There are 19 ways that a fire can be prevented.

Sure there are the basics to prevent a fire like using a smoke alarm, not leaving the stove on, blowing out candles when they’re unattended, and keeping a fire extinguisher handy. Notice what Cooperators CA says about preventing a fire;

  • Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional, including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
  • Remove lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap make your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you’re out of the house or when you’re asleep.
  • Keep firewood, piles of leaves and garbage away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
  • Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
  • Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.

In addition to these common fires, potting soil fires can also occur. How? Potting soil has a large volume of what’s called, “Peat Moss”. And when peat moss gets too dry, then it can become very flammable. Having other ingredients in your potting soil such as wood shavings, bark, etc can add to the risk of a potting soil fire. How to prevent this? Cooperators CA states;

  • Water potted plants regularly. Make sure the soil around your potted plants stays moist. Soil in pots dries out faster than soil in garden beds.
  • Keep ashtrays handy. Regular garden soil may extinguish a cigarette, but that’s not true for potting soil. Make sure smokers have a safe place to dispose of their butts, indoors and outdoors.
  • Use clay pots where possible. If a fire breaks out, a clay pot will keep it contained better than other types of pots.
  • Keep potting soil away from combustible materials. For example, firewood, stacks of old newspapers, aerosols, paint solvents, gasoline and cleaning products.
  • Dispose of unused potting soil carefully. Unused soil can dry out quickly and become a fire hazard. If you have any left over, spread it on your garden beds.

In our everyday life, we light fires such as candles, on our stove, etc. However, there’s important safety tips to remember when doing so.

  1. Do not use gasoline
  2. Keep your chimney cleaned at least twice a year.
  3. Have a Class A fire extinguisher on hand.
  4. Teach your kids to stay away from hot stoves.
  5. Let ashes cool before discarding them.
  6. Keep your wood safety stored away from any wood-burning appliance.

How a Flood Affects a Business

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let a flood ruin your commercial business! SERVPRO of Walnut is here to help.

Floods unfortunately come with great consequences. The extent to them depends on the location, duration, speed and also depth. Floods have a great impact on the community, families, homes, and business. So how does a flood affect a business.

Not only can a flood shut down a business, but it can cause significant financial stress. There’s no way to prevent a flood and no way to prevent a flood from affecting your business if you are within a certain flooding distance in your area. Be sure to check online to figure out is your business is in a safe-zone or in a danger zone. If inside the flooding danger zone, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and your customer’s safety in case a flood was to hit your business.

Operating Your Business When Mold is Being Removed

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Know how to operate your commercial business with these helpful tips.

Discovering mold in your business adds stress. It’s important to remember that regardless of your business, mold needs to be removed immediately. If gone unnoticed, mold can have serious health effects on you, your customers or employees. Having mold remediation done to your business could force your business to close for a few days or until the mold is cleared. This can be especially damaging to smaller businesses. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Walnut offers the effective methods to remove mold without disturbing your business so that you can remain open.

We can discreetly get testing and have inspections done quickly. Once that is done, then we begin to clean and remove the mold. We use effective techniques such as use of containment to make sure the mold doesn’t spread further than it has and to have more control over the process. We can provide a safe and secure place for your business and customers.

Depending on the level of mold, SERVPRO of Walnut will safely handle the mold growth as quickly as possible. If you have a mold issue, don’t let it go un-helped. Call us right away and we will remove it to the most effective and time efficient way possible.

What Creates a Tornado?

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared and know the power of a tornado with this information!

First, what defines a tornado?

Weather WizKids defines it as, “a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.” The worst tornadoes have a speed around 300mph. That’s almost as fast as an airplane in fight! Tornadoes are extremely powerful. The same website reports that, “They can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards. They can also drive straw into trees. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide to 50 miles long. In an average year, 1000 tornadoes are reported nationwide.”

It’s important not to underestimate the power of a tornado. In case you were to be threatened by one in your area, hideaway into local or nearby shelter.

The majority of tornadoes form after a thunderstorm. In order for a tornado to form, you need humid, warm air to mix with dry, cold air.

So how exactly do they form?

Notice what Wiz Kids has to say about this topic; “A change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed with increasing height creates an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere. Rising air within the updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical. An area of rotation, 2-6 miles wide, now extends through much of the storm. Most strong and violent tornadoes form within this area of strong rotation.”

What do tornadoes look like?

Aside from having a slender-funnel shape to them, they also appear to look Smokey with multiple vortices in them. Some in fact may look almost invisible.

How You Can Tell if a Storm is Coming Your Way

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Ready for a storm? You will be when you read our helpful tips here!
  1. By watching the clouds. It’s important to remember that every dark cloud is going to look the same. You can tell a potential severe storm is coming when the clouds look very dark with a dark green hue to them. They will be very large and stay low to the ground. Keep an eye out for any rotation in the clouds.
  2. Keeping close eye on the temperature. Storms and tornado's form when warm, humid air at low levels mixes with dry cold air from a higher elevation. The wind is what causes the conditions to slam together. If by chance you happen to be outside, pay close attention to the temp. If in fact the temp drops from a warm/hot to a cooler temperature, then that’s how you know a storm is on the rise.
  3. Monitoring the wind changes. If it starts to get very windy, that could pose a potential storm. After or during a thunderstorm, if there is an odd calm, it could potentially be a sign of dangerous weather heading your way.
  4. Monitoring Rain Changes. When heavy rain or even hail pours down after a calm or intense wind shift change, this could be a sign that a tornado is approaching.
  5. Look at your Barometer. If by any chance you own a barometer, make sure you check it every few hours or so. Seeing an increased drop in pressure means a storm is coming.
  6. Using your sense of hearing. During a storm, try to focus your hearing on the storm, eliminating any unnecessary sounds. If your ears catch an intense roar-like sound, make sure to go to safety. This is a sign that a tornado has spawned.
  7. Reading up on local articles. Notice what Madison Mutual has to say on knowing the difference between “Watch and Warning”.

"Know the Difference Between Watch and Warning – Many people get tornado watches and warnings mixed up. A watch simply means that tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A warning, on the other hand, means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated on the radar. If you find yourself in an area that is under a tornado warning, you need to seek shelter right away."

Is a Storm Coming?

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walnut is here to help you restore damage.

If one is, you should always be prepared. Although violent storms can strike anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lighting and even hail.

Authorities issue a storm 'watch' when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm is imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon. 

  • Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
  • Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
  • Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in." Use cell or cordless phones instead.
  • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle (not the rubber ties) can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces. 
  • Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
  • If you are outside when a storm hits, quickly seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas and steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water. 

After A Storm

  • Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes.

The Do's and Don’ts after a Flooding occurs

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Save yourself some time with these helpful tips after a flood.

In the Occurrence of a Flood:

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

The Don'ts:

  1. Do not leave wet fabrics in place, Hang furs and leather goods.
  2. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  3. Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water.
  4. Do not use the television or other household appliances.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

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Is Your Business Affected by Water Damage?

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help your property after water damage!

Water damage can attack your commercial property without notice. Moreover, the impact of water damage can be dangerous and devastating. On top of that, business owners who experience water damage are faced with the task of arranging water removal and cleanup procedures while simultaneously expediting the process of getting their company up and running again. With all of these pressures, many business owners may find themselves growing concerned in the face of commercial water damage. However, knowing how to prevent water damage and restore your property and business items that have been affected, makes good business sense. Here is some following information that may help better prepare your business if water damage may occur.

Commercial Water damage can transpire at any moment, and it can result from a wide range of factors. This may include:

  • Natural Disasters-Rain or flood storms
  • Leaking Roofs-Poorly sealed window or door casings
  • Frozen Pipes-Ice dams
  • Flooding-Usually requires a specific insurance policy.
  • Sewage Backups-From main or interior plumbing problem.

From clear potable water from a tap to backup sewage contaminated water, the source must be identified, stopped. Then safe water extraction.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention and Mitigation Strategies:First, know the location of the main water shut off valve. Also, make sure that you have an emergency evacuation plan in place, personal safety first. This emergency plan should include clear instructions regarding what steps should be taken if a water damage incident take place. 

The Importance of Hiring Professional Services:Although you may feel inclined to handle the water extraction and cleanup processes on your own, a professional effort will shorten your down time, salvage more capital investments, and protect your customers and clients interests and needs. In fact, most business owners lack the advanced knowledge and specialized equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the water damage remediation process. Skilled professionals from SERVPRO will be able to provide you with detail-oriented, comprehensive services that get your property restored in the least amount of time.

If you’re commercial property is affected by water damage call SERVPRO of Walnut (909) 598-8400, so your business can be assisted right away.

The 4 Stages of a Fire

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

It’s important to keep in mind these points in order to keep you safe.

Incipient- This is the first stage of a fire. It begins when oxygen, heat, and a fuel source mix to create and form a chemical reactions which then results in what is known as a fire. Another term for this stage is the “Ignition” stage. It starts off as a very small fire and then grows to increase the stages. Identifying a fire at this stage is your best chance to escape or suppress it.

Growth- This stage is where the oxygen in the air is fueling the fire. This is the shortest of all 4 stages and potentially can be extremely dangerous. If during this stage you haven’t already make your way to escape.

Fully Developed- This is where the stages reach their peak. All combustible materials are now ignited and the fire is fully developed. This stage in fact is considered the hottest stage and the most dangerous for anyone who is still trapped inside the fire.

Decay- At this point, the fire has now turned to its “decay” stage. This is considered the longest stage but shows a significant drop in oxygen or fuel, which puts an end to the fire. Without oxygen, the fire cannot live and grow. There are two dangers to keep in mind during this stage, however. If there are non-flaming combustibles, a new fire can potentially start if they’re not fully extinguished. Second, there is a possibility of when oxygen is re-introduced to the space in which the fire existed.