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Deep frying a turkey and fires

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

cooked turkey Cooked turkey on a platter

With Thanksgiving around the corner and spending time with our families, many like to deep fry their turkeys. Did you know that each year there are over 15 million dollars in loss due to fires caused by turkey deep fryers?

Some Tips:  

Always check your fire extinguisher and make sure it is up to date and full. Keep the fryer at least 10 feet from your home. 

Make sure the turkey is thawed and there are no ice crystals. 

Make use of the propane tank that is far from the fryer.  

Have your phone handy and charged in case of emergency. 

If you have a fire happen, 

Call 911  

Use extinguisher if possible.  

After the fire is off check your damages and call  SERVPRO of West Brevard and our professional teams will be available 24/7.   

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Your dryer can cause a home fire.

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

lint full dryer trap Outside dryer vent full of lint.

So, What Are the Signs That Your Vent Needs Cleaning?

As a homeowner in West Brevard, you're probably very diligent about fire safety. You may have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors on every floor, but have you checked your dryer vent lately? Many homes are damaged each year as the result of a lint fire. If the vent isn't cleaned out regularly, a dryer fire can result. 

  1. Clothes Are Taking Too Long To Dry

If your vent is blocked, your clothes can take up to two or three times as long to dry. You may find that the clothes you put in for a regular drying time are still a little damp when the cycle is over. This is happening because the blocked vent isn't allowing the moisture to be released to the outside.

  1. Hot Dryer and Clothes

A blocked vent can also cause excess heat. If your laundry feels unusually hot when you take it out, and the outside of the dryer feels very hot when you touch it, this could be the problem.

  1. Burning Smell

If you smell something burning inside the dryer, that's a sure sign of trouble. The drum casing, exhaust tube, and trap can get clogged, which makes it easy for a lint fire to start. If you're smelling smoke, turn off the dryer immediately and call a professional right away to inspect it.

  1. No Regular Inspections

Your dryer vent should be inspected at least once a year by a vent cleaning specialist. A do-it-yourself job is certainly an option, but hiring a professional can ensure that the job is done thoroughly. These technicians are well acquainted with all the various brands of dryers and have the proper equipment to efficiently clean out the vent.

A lint fire can be a dangerous situation and cause a great deal of damage. But you can easily prevent a fire from happening by looking out for the signs outlined above.

Water flooding in house.

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

flooded floor kitchen Flooded kitchen floor due to pipe breaking.

Water flooding in your house, business, or place of work can happen at any time. Most of the reasons for flooding are due to pipes breaking, backed up septic tanks, water heaters. When those times happen we dry up the areas and think everything is dry and fine. But what most people do not realize is that moisture can behind walls, cabinets, and rugs. 

Here are some facts: 

  • Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves, and other organic materials. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours.
  • It is not visible right after it happens meaning if you do not get a rapid response on the matter it will grow. 
  • Even if you dry the area it can be wet behind walls
  • Bleach does not stop the growth behind the walls. 

What To Do After Flooding

  • Turn off Electric to the affected area
  • Call SERVPRO of West Brevard
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

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Mold can grow even in the cleanest area.

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

mold behind a wall Mold growth behind wallpaper.

Did you know mold does not need to be visible to be growing? Even in some of the cleanest areas, it can be behind walls.

Most common places are bathrooms, closets, around the AC handler, kitchens, garages, even some exteriors.  

Here are some facts:

  • Mold can grow both indoors and outdoors
  • It can start with just moisture 
  • It can grow anywhere inside your area without you seeing it. 
  • Some of the most common areas for mold are around the AC handlers, water heaters, bathrooms, closets, and garage. 
  • Drying out the area after it has been flooded will not stop the mold from growing.
  • There are several types of molds 
  • Think you got mold growing in your home, business, or offices? Call our team of experts. 

Flooding and Why Time is important.

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

couch with flooded floor floods can happen to any of us.

Many of us have experienced a leaky pipe, storm damage, backed up toilet, overflowed tub, and even septic back up. When a flood happens we rush to dry up the floor and clean the area. But what most do know is the moisture can cause mold to start growing. Did you know that mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure?

Here are some important tips when floods happen. 

  • Take photos of the flooded area from the outside area
  • Shut off electric to the area flooded ( do not enter a flooded room with electric on ) 
  • Try to dry most of it if possible  
  • CALL our offices at 321-953-8600

SERVPRO of West Brevard will make it feel

" Like it never even happened." 

Cleaning the Office After Flooding

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Business carpet that is wet from a large flood Large commercial flood in Florida

Cleaning up the Office After Water Damage

If your commercial building experiences water damage, you should have a plan for salvaging as much of the contents of your building as you can. Dealing with a flooded company in Viera, FL, can be stressful, so ease your mind and find a water damage cleaning company you can trust.

Electronics

One important asset of many commercial office spaces are the electronics. If your space has experienced water damage, you may be tempted to wipe them off and turn them on to check on their status. However, it is very important that you do not turn on any electronics that have gotten wet. This task needs to be left to electronic technicians who know how to safely stop further corrosion and damage by dry cleaning the outside and working their way in. It is possible to salvage:

  • computers
  • television sets
  • printers
  • DVD players

Documents

Especially if your records are not backed up digitally, you may have tons of important documents you are concerned about protecting in your flooded company. If your file cabinets have been doused, it is possible to save the papers within. There are various methods, depending on the type of document and the extent of the damage: freezer drying, de-humidification, air drying, vacuum thermal drying and vacuum freeze drying.

Surfaces

When it comes to the hard surfaces of your office, like desks and wood floors, there are many ways to go about cleaning them in the event of a broken pipe or flood. There are sprays, wipes, foams, abrasive methods, immersive methods, dry methods or wet methods, dependent on item and situation. Soft surfaces like carpet and ceiling tiles need to be dried immediately in order to avoid mold.

A flooded company is a company that isn't making any money, so it is in your best interest to get it back on its feet as quickly as you can. The best way to do that is to call in a service that knows what they are doing when it comes to water damage remediation.

Worried About Flood Damage Affecting Your Building? Here’s What You Need to Know

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

White storm shutters on a red brick house Install storm shutters that are easy and quick to secure

What To Do When A Storm Is Headed Your Way?

Running a business in West Eau Gallie, FL, requires one to wear many hats, one of which is disaster prevention. When a storm is brewing on the horizon, what can you do to avoid or reduce flood damage from happening? Here’s a couple of tips to get you started:

Get to Know Your Local Area

Some locations are more susceptible to flooding than others, such as neighborhoods located in a valley, at the bottom of a slope or below sea level. This may seem self-explanatory and painfully obvious but you’d be surprised at how many business owners are unaware of how their location could impact their company in the event of a natural disaster. Find out if you are in a flood prone area and plan ahead.

Plan and Prepare with the Right Equipment

There are tons of modern equipment out there that are designed to minimize the impact of flood damage on your building. When in doubt, go with the tried and tested classic: the good ol’ sand bag. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of alternatives out there that are reusable and are easier to transport. However, be sure to do your research before you commit to a purchase. Install storm shutters that are easy and quick to secure and check your electrical equipment to ensure they will be out of reach of flood waters.

Check Your Surroundings

Perhaps the most important part of avoiding storm damage is to look outside your immediate perimeter for things that may encourage floods. This means looking at street drains and storm grates and making sure that they are free of leaves and other debris that inhibit the flow of water. This is easily overlooked in the rush of preparing for an incoming storm and can have a disastrous impact on your safety.

If the weather gets the best of you, there are flood remediation experts in your state that can get your business up and running in no time. Flood damage is no joke, but if you are well prepared you can easily reduce the impact that a storm can have on your business.

4 Important Things to Remember About Mold

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom sink with mold damage Bathroom sink mold damage in West Eau Gallie, FL

4 Important Things to Remember About Mold

There are many varieties of fungus that can grow in your West Eau Gallie, FL, home. One of these is black mold. While this is a common problem, many people do not know much about this fungus. Knowing more about it can help you to handle it better. The following questions and their answers may be useful to you.

  1. What is Mold?

Black mold is a fungus that spreads through the growth of spores. These can travel through the air as well as on your clothing and shoes. Because they are so small, you will not know that they are there until they form a larger growth or colony. They are present in most locations and can be found in a variety of environments.

  1. What Causes it To Grow?

While the exact cause can vary, the simple answer is moisture. When mold has enough moisture, it can spread very rapidly. Depending on the severity of the moisture problem, you can have a large growth in your home in only a few days. However, even small amounts of moisture can allow this fungus to spread.

  1. How Do You Get Rid of It?

If moisture causes mold to grow, then you might think that removing the water will be enough to solve the problem. However, mold will not go away on its own and will need to be removed. Attempting to do so on your own can cause mold spores to spread throughout your house, so it is better to get a mold remediation company to perform cleanup for you.

  1. Can You Prevent It?

Luckily, there are some methods you can use to prevent black mold from growing. Keep humidity levels in your house low, through the use of open windows, exhaust fans or dehumidifiers. Be sure to clean regularly and perform maintenance to check for and repair leaks.

The best thing to do if you find mold in your home is to have mold cleanup done as soon as possible. Do not ignore it, as it will only get worse. For the best results, this should be done by a professional.

Home Electrical Fires

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

burned electrical plug Melted plug caused by faulty wiring.

When a fire in a home happens we always blame it on a item we forgot to turn off. Did you know most of the time that is not the case. Here are some facts about home electrical fires.

Electrical fire facts
  • In 2014-2018, electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs, was involved in an estimated average of roughly 34,000 (10%) reported home structure fires per year. These incidents caused an average of 470 (18%) civilian deaths, 1,100 civilian injuries (10%), and $1.4 billion (19%) in direct property damage annually.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage, and third among the major fire causes in the number of home fires, fourth in home fire deaths, and tied for third in home fire injuries. 
  • Wiring and related equipment accounted for 7 percent of all home fires and nine percent of all home fire deaths.
  • Cords or plugs were involved in only one percent of home fires but seven percent of the deaths. Extension cords dominated the cord or plug category.

Source: NFPA's Applied Research Department
NFPA- Fire Prevention

If you had a home electrical fire call

SERVPRO of West Brevard.

Our professional teams can help you feel "Like it never even happened." 

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3 Things About Roof Damage Mitigation

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm in Florida caused damage to a roof Roof damage in Florida

3 Things You Should Know About Roof Damage Mitigation

After a storm in Tropic, FL, your house might have some damage that you need to take care of. In some cases, this will include roof damage. Before repairs can begin, however, the restoration company might need to do some mitigation. The following are a few things that you should know about this process.

  1. When Do You Need Mitigation?

If you have roof damage that could become worse over time, then mitigation should be done right away. It will likely be required if you have missing shingles, cracks or holes in your roof. After an inspection has been performed, mitigation is the next step. Particularly if the damage is severe, it is important to get it done quickly.

  1. Why Do You Need Mitigation?

The purpose of mitigation is to keep any damage to your home from getting worse. There are several things that could happen before repairs begin that could make the process even more complicated and time-consuming. Even small cracks can allow water to get inside the house, which can damage your belongings or the structure of the building. It can contribute to the growth of mold as well. Holes in the roof can allow further wind damage and can even let in small animals. Mitigation will help prevent this.

  1. What Happens During Mitigation?

During the mitigation process, the cleanup and restoration company will cover any cracks or holes in the roof to prevent water, wind or debris from creating more problems. This is often done with a tarp, but more severe cases might require the use of wooden boards. Mitigation can sometimes include cleanup and sanitization as well.

If mitigation is not performed on the roof damage to your house, it could make the restoration process more difficult. When damage worsens, it requires more time and money to repair. Because of this, you should always have mitigation done as soon as you can.