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Kitchen Fire Safety Basics

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Home is where the heart is, and they say the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is rightly so, the magic of home-cooked meals and family bonding through cooking together; it doesn’t get much heartier than that. While the kitchen is a great place for family, fun, and food, there are also many hidden dangers lying all around. In fact, the great majority of house fires start in the kitchen. 

Learning the basics of cooking and preparing food safely in the kitchen is a must for the safety of you, your home, and your family. 

Never Leave a Heat Source Unattended

This one is a no-brainer. Leaving the stove or oven unattended for even a second can leave room open for a fire disaster to break out in your home. Be mindful of your attention span when cooking. If you are under the influence or feeling sleepy, it’s probably not a good idea to be operating cooking equipment. 

Be Alert


Always be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to control any fires or stray sparks that may flare-up. Do not let children or pets near the cooking area to prevent any distractions or further hazards. 

Be Tidy

Put any food scraps in the garbage or away from the cooking surface. This will prevent potential fire hazards. Pay attention to grease spills or flammable materials. 

Use a Timer

Your internal clock may be accurate, but don’t leave anything up to chance. Fire’s wait for no man! 

Dress to Cook

Leave the loose, baggy clothing in the closet. Make sure nothing is dangling from your arms that could end up catching a flame. 

And there you have it! A crash course on kitchen safety from your #1 restoration service, SERVPRO. 

Managing Humidity in Your Basement

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Managing humidity in your basement is very important. Humidity can cause mold to grow which is damaging to your basement and the air within your home. 

What causes basement humidity?

Some factors that make the basement area of a home generally the most humid are because it’s underground, surrounded by concrete, and basements generally have very few windows. All of these things combine to cause more moisture to be trapped in the basement. 

How to Detect High Moisture. 

It can be difficult to tell if your basement traps moisture. Some key signs to look for include:

Mold: There may be mold growing in your basement in cracks, walls, corners, etc. 

Damp walls/Condensation: The walls could feel wet from the high humidity levels and surfaces could even be collecting condensation.

Musty Odor: If the basement has a musty odor it can be an indication of high moisture. Especially if clothes that have been in the basement have this odor because it’s likely they haven’t had a chance to dry sitting in such a humid room.

How to Manage Humidity?

There are ways to avoid high amounts of moisture in your basement. Some of these ways include:

Open Windows: Opening the windows in your basement helps circulate the air within the room. It will reduce humidity and can even create a better feel when you’re in the basement. 

Clean: Too many items in your basement creates a cluttered environment. This gives mold and mildew a chance to grow in these hidden, cluttered areas.

Get a Dehumidifier: Having a dehumidifier in your basement creates a way to absorb moisture. This can protect belongings in your basement from being damaged, and prevent any mold from growing.

Keep your basement protected from high humidity. Here at SERVPRO, we are here to help you protect yourself and your home from unsafe conditions. Contact us today at 1-800-SERVPRO for more information on what we can do for you!

What to Do If Your Home Floods

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

What to Do If Your Home Floods

You’ve been hit by severe weather and excessive rains, and your home is flooding. What do you do first?

If you experience flooding in your home, you need to act quickly. Mold can begin growing within 24 hours, depending on the environment. Remember that mold grows best in warm, damp environments. 

First, take pictures of the water damage from a safe place. You don’t want to stand in water that could be electrically charged, or contains bacteria or sharp objects. The pictures will help when insurance gets involved. 

Aside from documenting with pictures, your first move is dependent upon the height of the water. If the water in your home is below electrical outlets, then you can focus on salvaging appliances, decor, and furniture. Remove rugs and other absorbent materials, and place them in a well-ventilated spot where they can begin to dry. 

Wooden furniture can be hoisted above the water using bricks. If the water level is low enough, you can even cover the legs of furniture with a waterproof material like aluminum foil to protect the wood from soaking up moisture and warping. 

If the water has risen above electrical outlets, then first, shut off your electricity and gas. Next, call your electrician. If your home has flooded from severe weather, then chances are good that many other homeowners are experiencing the same thing. Call the electrician quickly to beat the rush. 

After you’ve called an electrician, reach out to your insurance company to begin the claims process. The sooner you get this process started, the faster you will be reimbursed for the water damage repair costs. 

3 Most Common Causes of House Fires in America

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. You hear the piercing chirp of the smoke alarm. You smell burning and then smoke. And you realize your home is on fire. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to prevent becoming the victim of the three most common causes of American house fires.

The most common cause of house fires is unattended cooking. Whether you’re baking, grilling, broiling, or boiling, never leave your cook station unattended. We’re all human, and, therefore, forgetful. We walk away from the stove to do one thing, and then we get a text, and 20 minutes later we smell burning. It’s a terrible feeling! 

When cooking, never leave the stove or grill unattended. If you absolutely must step away, set an alarm on the stove. That way, if you forget, the stove alarm will remind you. Also, be prepared, and have a fire extinguisher on hand. Every floor of your home should have a working fire extinguisher. Pay attention to the “service by” date, and have your extinguisher serviced regularly.  

The second most common cause of house fires is due to improper use of heating equipment like space heaters. When using a space heater, make sure it is set away from any flammable material like clothes, bedding, curtains, furniture, and carpet. And remember, space heaters should only be used to heat small areas of your home, not the entire home. So use them accordingly, and do not leave them on when you leave home.  

The third most common cause is scary because it’s so difficult to detect: faulty wiring. Behind your walls, you could have old wiring that could cause sparks and lead to fires. But there are some signs you can look out for. If you notice that when you use other appliances your lights flicker? Do you often experience blown fuses? Do you smell burning or melting plastic around your outlets? Any of these signs could mean you have faulty wiring. If you suspect your home may have faulty wiring, contact your trusted electrician to investigate. 

Mold Cleaning Services

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in your home or business is a very serious problem that typically needs to be dealt with right away. If a source of water is present, such as after storm damage or a flood, the chances are that the resulting mold will ultimately make the damage worse. On top of this, mold can also produce allergens and irritants that present a health hazard.

SERVPRO uses a 7-step mold remediation process: 

  1. Contact SERVPRO
  2. Inspection and damage assessment
  3. Mold containment
  4. Air filtration
  5. Removal of mold and infested materials 
  6. Cleaning contents and belongings
  7. Restoration

Because every mold infestation is different, each individual scenario typically requires a unique variation on these seven steps. Rest assured that while these seven steps serve as a baseline approach to mold remediation, our professional team at SERVPRO will always work with you to develop a unique solution. 

In addition to cleaning up the mold in your home or business, it’s also important to take care of the source of the mold. For example, most mold infestations are a result of water damage from an event such as a storm or flood. Of course, once your mold remediation has been completed, SERVPRO is happy to help you with these issues, as well.

The Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Some people have concerns about hiring a commercial cleaning company. But most of those concerns are based on false information. In this post, we’ll look at some of those base-less concerns and some of the many benefits of hiring a professional cleaning company.

Concern #1: Cleaning companies are impersonal

Some people think hiring an independent cleaner is better because you know them or are more likely to get to know them. They feel that cleaning companies are big, faceless entities, and are, therefore, harder to trust. 

This really isn’t the case. Employees of professional cleaning companies are just as friendly as independent cleaners. And while having one cleaner you can call your own sounds nice at first, it can actually cause issues. For example, what if your cleaner wants to take a vacation or becomes ill. Your facility doesn’t get cleaned. With a cleaning company, if your normal cleaner isn’t available for whatever reason, the company will send another cleaner to make sure you get the services you’re paying for. 

Concern #2: Independent cleaners do a better job than companies

These days, we’ve become distrustful of bigger organizations like companies and governments. While this distrust is sometimes earned, it’s not always warranted. For example, you may think that an independent cleaner will do a better job than an employee of a cleaning company. But that independent cleaner is just as likely to slack off and cut corners. In fact, they may be more likely to cut corners because they don’t have to answer to a boss. An employee, on the other hand, must meet their company’s standards in order to keep their job. There’s also the question of supplies. A cleaning company has a steady stream of cleaning equipment and supplies. An independent cleaner may not be able to afford such equipment

Concern #3: Handling issues with quality of work 

Many people assume that when they hire an independent cleaner, the quality of work will be better than that of a cleaning company. This is often untrue and puts the person employing the cleaner in an awkward position. If the independent cleaner isn’t doing quality work, then it’s up to the employer to speak to that cleaner. These conversations can be uncomfortable and can lead to resentment. However, if you’re working with a cleaning company, and you’re unhappy with the outcome, most cleaning companies have channels in place where you can express your concerns. Fixing the issue then falls on the employee’s supervisor. Also, if you are unhappy with your service, most companies have money back guarantees. 

When you work with SERVPRO, you’re actually working with a franchise of a larger company. And the franchises are each unique and want to build relationships with the people they serve in their community. Reach out to your local SERVPRO family for any questions about our professional cleaning services. 

We look forward to speaking with you!

Should You Get Flood Insurance?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

These days, we have insurance for everything under the sun: car insurance, phone insurance, health insurance, pet insurance - the list could go on and on. If you own a home or business, you will have homeowners or commercial insurance. While having these securities may help you to sleep easy at night knowing that you are covered (in the case of a disaster) - it is important to consider: “Am I completely covered?”.

One common misconception or misunderstanding is when people think that their home or business is covered if a flood should happen. However, while regular insurance will help to pay for damages from water accidents, they will NOT cover flood damage. Because of this, many people opt to invest in flood insurance. However, there are still some that may look at flood insurance as “just another expense” or “surely my homeowners insurance will cover everything I need”. 

If that is your train of thought, you may want to think again. While homeowners insurance will cover damage that is sudden or accidental, it absolutely will NOT cover flood damage. Even if you do not live in a high risk area or flood plain, weather still happens. With the right combination of rainy days and sunless skies, or a bad winter storm, flooding does happen. Additionally, according to NDRC (the Natural Resource Defense Council, Inc.), if your home is flooded and it is valued at less than $250,000, it is very likely that there will be more damage than your home is even worth. 

If you are still unsure of whether or not flood insurance is an investment you want to make, ask for some more information from your insurance representative. Most insurance companies will offer it, but if not, they will be able to recommend another company.

Mitigation Restoration

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Often mistakenly used as substitute words, there is an important difference between water damage mitigation and its cousin water damage restoration.

Put simply, mitigation comes first, followed by restoration. 

Mitigation stops the initial problem and prevents more damage from taking place – first aid for your home. This could include stopping the leak, pumping out water, drying carpets and removing sodden drywall to prevent mold and damp setting in.

Restoration starts when mitigation is complete and seeks to return your property to the condition it was before the water damage took place. This is the medical treatment after the first aid for your home.

At SERVPRO, we are experts in handling both parts of the water damage problem. We can advise on when to repair and when to replace. We use the latest technology to assess how far water has penetrated into walls and floors and advise on avoiding mold which can have serious health implications. We are trained to handle flooding that may be unhealthy or dangerous to handle yourself, especially if it involves sewer water.

Is SERVPRO Just For Disasters?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that SERVPRO is faster to any-sized disaster-- it’s our slogan for a reason! But did you know we can help you with more than just disasters? 

When you think of home restoration, you probably think of emergencies, such as fire damage, water damage, or storm damage. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on being experts in restoration after disasters like these, but we can also clean up the more minor issues in your home or commercial space. 

SERVPRO professionals are also experts in mold remediation. Mold can often be an after-effect of other types of property damage, such as water damage from flooding. However, while mold is not as serious of an issue compared to that, it’s still important to get it cleaned up-- otherwise, it could begin producing health effects in some individuals. 

At SERVPRO, we also offer commercial cleaning services. This means that we’ll come to your business for everyday professional cleaning and perform preventative maintenance to keep your commercial property looking and operating at its best. With these services, we hope you won’t need us to come back to clean up a disaster! 

Next time you notice mold or just think your building could use a good cleaning, keep us in mind! We’ve got you covered for more than just disasters.

Is SERVPRO Just For Disasters?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone knows that SERVPRO is faster to any-sized disaster-- it’s our slogan for a reason! But did you know we can help you with more than just disasters? 

When you think of home restoration, you probably think of emergencies, such as fire damage, water damage, or storm damage. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on being experts in restoration after disasters like these, but we can also clean up the more minor issues in your home or commercial space. 

SERVPRO professionals are also experts in mold remediation. Mold can often be an after-effect of other types of property damage, such as water damage from flooding. Mold can cause health effects. 

At SERVPRO, we also offer commercial cleaning services. This means that we’ll come to your business for everyday professional cleaning and perform preventative maintenance to keep your commercial property looking and operating at its best. With these services, we hope you won’t need us to come back to clean up a disaster! 

Next time you notice mold or just think your building could use a good cleaning, keep us in mind! We’ve got you covered for more than just disasters.