Would Your Business Be Prepared in the Event of Water/Mold/Fire Damage?
What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness plan that could save your business thousands.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.
The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more. Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Call us today - we would love to help you set up a preparedness plan!
Air Conditioner Causes Water Damage to Ceiling
A homeowner in Minneapolis noticed round, yellowish, water spots had appeared on the ceiling of his master bedroom. Realizing that the cause of the water damage was likely the air conditioner located in the attic above the room, he climbed up to take a look. Sure enough, that was the culprit of the damage. He called out an HVAC repair company to fix the problem with the air conditioner, and then he called us at SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield, to mitigate the water damage done to the floor of the attic and the ceiling of the bedroom. Our technicians removed all affected drywall, and set up several of our air movers to dry out the wet areas. After a few days of drying and daily moisture checks, the moisture levels were low and back to normal, so our crew pulled the equipment and packed up. The floor of the attic and ceiling of the bedroom were repaired, and it was like this water disaster never even happened!
Fire Prevention week October 9-15, 2022
Fire Prevention week October 9-15, 2022, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape”
Home fire escape planning and practicing
It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.
Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!
Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.
Source: NFPA Online 2022
4 Ways to Check for Hidden Water Leaks
Four Ways to Check for Hidden Water Leaks
Think you may have a water leak somewhere in your home? Here are some good ways to tell when the leak is not obvious.
- Pay Attention to Increased Water Bills
Monitor your water bill for sudden unexplained increases.
- Check Your Water Meter
Pick a few hours when you can go without using the water In your home. Record your water meter before and after. Was there an increase?
- Toilet Leaks
Put a drop of food coloring in your toilet’s tank. If within 15 minutes or less, the toilet bowl reveals that color, you may have a leak. Make sure to flush the toilet multiple times after performing this test so your bowl does not get stained.
- Look for Mold
Where there is mold, there is moisture. Something is feeding that moisture. It’s possible there is a leak somewhere.
Are you in need of water damage restoration? Come to the certified technicians at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield. We will work with your insurance every step of the way. Give us a call to get started!
Smoke Damage in the Kitchen from a Kitchen Fire in Richfield
Cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the home; specifically, fires that originate from the stove. Even when the fire is caught early, the smoke damage that it causes can be devastating to a home. Even burning food in the oven can cause considerable smoke damage. The smoke odor gets trapped in the curtains, sofas, on the walls, and other places in the home. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is IICR Certified to clean, deodorize, and sanitize upholstery, furniture, and carpeting. In addition, SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield has a tried and true process of eliminating the strong odor of smoke from the air using deodorizers and ionizing machines.
To learn more about smoke damage remediation from SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield, please click here.
Please call us today to get the process started: (952) 854-2000
What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?
What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?
After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected. SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.
If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.
Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield is here to help. Faster to Any Disaster
Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink
Can I pour grease down the sink?
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.
Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.
Cigarette Smoke Smell in Your Home
Do you have a cigarette smoke smell in your new home left from previous owners?
It's obvious to a non-smoker when a home smells like cigarettes. The smell of tobacco and/or cigarette smoke and tar is stubborn because it "sticks" to all surfaces in your home as it spreads through the air. So, how do you get rid of the cigarette odor? The short answer is that it's very difficult. ALL surfaces in the home need to be scrubbed and deodorized, including the: flooring, walls, furniture, appliances, window coverings, decorations, and clothing. Even the air in the home needs to be deodorized during the process. It's not an easy task, but the experts at SERVPRO® of Bloomington / Richfield have done it many times and are more than willing to help you. Give us a call today and start breathing fresh smelling air!
3 Myths About Fire Restoration
Myth 1: Fire does the most damage
While the initial incineration from the fire can level homes and businesses in a matter of minutes, it is the aftershock of the smoke damage that in fact can be the most damaging. The aftershock of the residual water damage, soot, and smoke can continue to destroy structures and everything within them for days, weeks and months after the fire.
Myth 2: Just “air it out”
Once the initial fire event is over, the most frequent reaction for homeowners and business owners alike is to open all windows, doors and start the fans. Unfortunately, these initial reactions can often make matters worse as waterlogged furniture, flooring, and more can foster mold growth for years to come even if the surfaces do not seem wet anymore.
Myth 3: Everything must go
SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield knows how important your possessions are. We try our absolute best to salvage what can be salvaged. Adopting a “restore first” mentality is crucial to help lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This process relies upon specialized training and industrial equipment to restore your property and possessions back to pre-fire condition, something in which SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield specializes.
SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is available 24/7 and works easily with your insurance. Give us a call today.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Workplace
The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.
The main requirements for outdoor mold growth are moisture and shade. Mold does not like the sun and/or ultra violet rays. The main requirement for inside mold growth is simply moisture and it can occur in ceilings, attics, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpeting, bathrooms, and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill. Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature. Mold growth can begin in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture.
What you can do as a business owner to prevent mold growth from forming in your place of business:
- Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
- Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
- Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
- Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
If your business has experienced water damage or mold growth, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield today!