Safety of the Fireplaces
One of the best things on a cold night is a hot fire and a good book. With a few tips, you can have a safe and cozy night at home.
- Only burn dry, cured wood. That means wood that has dried for 8-12 months. Green wood can cause soot build up in your chimney.
- Don't burn treated or construction wood. It can be chemically treated and produce dangerous fumes when burned.
- Never leave a fire unattended, especially around children.
- Place a nonflammable rug in front of your fireplace to absorb any sparks that could damage your carpet.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
- Use your fireplace doors.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
- Build your fire slowly.
- Get your chimney cleaned twice a year and inspected once a year.
- Call SERVPRO Of Medina County for any Emergency clean ups. at 1-800-933-7179
Heavy Rains and Sewage Backups.
During a storm or heavy rains, drains and sewers can backup. This can cause severe damage to commercial property if not taken care of immediately. Dealing with contaminated water in Medina, Ohio is frustrating and can be dangerous. Sewer backups threaten your property as well as your employees and customers as it carries a risk for disease.
Excessive rain causes water to back up from municipal sanitary sewer systems. If water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, it is not rain water; you likely have a sanitary issue.
A backwater check valve is one preventative solution to this issue. It is a self-operating valve that only allows water to flow in one direction. It does need to be cleaned every six months to a year. If well maintained, it will help prevent water from flowing in the opposite direction and causing sewer backup.
Contaminated Water Types
Category 1: “Clean water” – This type of water comes from a clean source. Broken water lines or faucet leaks are sources of clean water. Category one water can quickly degrade to a category two if left untreated. Many factors influence the degradation process: contact with contaminants, time, temperature and environment.
Category 2: “Gray Water” – This type of water is contaminated. If ingested it could cause stomach discomfort or illness. Some sources of category two water include an overflowing toilet containing some urine (no feces), an overflowing washing machine or a leaking dishwasher. Gray water may contain bacteria or viruses and can degrade to category three water if left untreated.
Category 3: “Black water” – This type of water is unsanitary to the point of causing serious illness. Any contact with this water should be avoided. It could contain sewage, microbes and harsh chemicals. Black water is caused by flooding from rivers and streams, an overflowing toilet containing fecal matter or water from beyond the toilet trap. If standing water starts to support microbial growth it is considered category three. Sewer backup is category three water.
The good news is that there are experts in sewage cleanup. These experts have the special training and equipment to safely deal such a disaster. If in question always call SERVPRO of Medina at 1-800-933-7179
24/7 Response ALWAYS!
A water damage can occur at any time of the year, whether it be a leaky or burst pipe, toilet overflow, a broken water supply line, flood or wind driven rain, knowing who to call when a water damage occurs in your home or business can be key to timely mitigation damage to your property. Our staff is ready for whatever happens 24/7, 365 days a year. YES… we will respond to the 2am water damage emergency. With our trained professionals and state of the art equipment we are able to effectively dry out the structure of your home or commercial space.
Damage can happen due to a burst pipe that occurred during some freezing cold temperatures that had occurred overnight. Our crews will responded quickly, minimizing the damage within the home or building .
Success in business requires training, discipline and dedicated work. When in a panic! Call SERVPRO Of Medina. 1-800-933-7179 24/7
Make Your Home Fire Safe
Protecting your family in your home is important and fire is something nobody wants to think about. Unfortunately, fires can and do happen. The best way to prevent a house fire is to take some precautionary steps and fireproof your home.
5 Quick Steps to Fire Safety
- Remove Clutter - Clutter can cause fires, make fires worse and even stop you from getting out of your home during a fire. Get rid of it or at least reduce it.
- Check Your Smoke Alarms Often - Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months.
- Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home - A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If you have a multiple story home it's a good idea to have one easily accessible on each level.
- Never Leave Candles Unattended - Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Never leave your candles unattended.
- Check Your Wires - Check your electric wires often to make sure they are not rips or shorts. Also make sure your wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure. A fire safe home will help you and your family feel safer and sleep better at night. Take the time to do it right.
If a fire does happen, first call the fire department. Once the blaze has been put out you can contact the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Medina to service your home and repair and restore after a fire damage. Call 1-800-933-7179 24/7
PREVENT FIRES AND BE SAFE
We are approaching the season of the year when families gather, and long-separated cousins enjoy hours of play as adults converse and catch up. As we retreat into our cozy homes and get a roaring fire going on the hearth, a dose of caution is wise. It takes only a brief period of inattention for a cheery fire to turn into a destructive force. We know this well because our technicians train to turn precisely this type of tragedy around fast.
Nearly 50,000 fires a year involve one or a group of individuals playing with fire. Families are not immune to this preventable cause of of fire damages. Most of the blazes involve children finding fire starters such as matches and lighters. More than 7000 home fires annually have been reported due to children experimenting with fire. Nearly 40 percent of these fires start in the bedroom, likely as the child or children play with a box of matches or a lighter in secret. About 43 percent of the fires were set by children under the age of 6.
SERVPRO of Medina County urges our community to be aware of the risk of fire held in little hands. We are skilled and experienced in cleaning surfaces and restoring structures after a fire. Fire damage remediation is a core service for our company, but no one wants to live through the terror and potential for serious harm or even death that a home fire brings.
Keep matches and lighters locked up or in an inaccessible place at all times, but be vigilant when you invite guests over as they may bring their own firestarters and negligently leave them within reach of the children also attending the event. Your choice to burn candles or have a fire going in the fireplace requires that you also make sure all safety precautions are taken. A log that rolls out if a curious tyke knocks it with a poker and an upended candle are genuine fire risks as well.
If a fire does break out, get your friends and loved ones out of the home as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished and the authorities permit, crews can arrive with fully equipped vehicles to assess the damage and begin putting your life back together again.
Solutions to Fire Damages
There are some things you should understand before attempting to combat secondary damages produced by a fire including how to protect yourself, your family, or anyone else that might enter your home while restoration is underway.
Always think safety first when dealing with fire damage in your Medina County area home. Even though the fire may be out, dust, soot, and airborne particles can wreak havoc on your breathing. Anyone entering your home should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, boots, and eye wear.
Before entering your home, understand that hazards may exist that pose severe risks to you and your family. You must be aware of what might occur, in every situation, to help keep everyone safe. If you have even the tiniest doubt, it could cause someone their life. Never take any chances, get a fully licensed professional, like those offered at SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY , to take risks for you.
An expertly trained restoration technician wears the safety equipment and takes any necessary precautions to avoid hazards of different types. SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY technicians understand how to prevent contact with a variety of substances that might cause harm. They also know when and when not to ventilate an area. We have access to a range of industrial-grade equipment that allows us to remove water used to extinguish a fire.
All of the burned debris and materials cause odors that should be withdrawn and disposed of in a certain way. The contents of your home that are restorable require special handling to prevent additional damage. Your SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY team uses a restore versus replace mentality when considering alternatives during your restoration. We do everything we can to prevent losses and restore your home; this means that you can count on us to treat each item accordingly and give you the results you deserve.
Tis The Season For Fire Prevention
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 1,345,500 fires were reported in 2015, up 3.4% from the previous year. Those fires led to 3,280 civilian fire deaths and 15,700 injuries and causing $14.3 billion in property damage. A fire department is responding to a fire every 23 seconds. Keep those statistics in mind as we move into the colder part of the year. Staying warm during the winter months means more people are turning up furnaces, space heaters and firing up those wood stoves. Keep the following tips in mind for keeping your family safe and warm this winter:
-Avoid using extension cords to power any unattended heating source. Voltage drops through undersized extension cords can cause a dangerous fire hazard. Always use UL approved, gauge appropriate cords and make sure space heaters are not left unattended.
-Always keep at least a three foot perimeter around any heating source clear of any combustible material. Make sure doors / fireplace screens are in place and functioning properly to keep sparks and burning material where it belongs. Make sure to have chimney flues inspected and cleaned annually. Avoid leaving candles or any open flame unattended, even for a short period of time.
-Test all smoke and CO alarms monthly to make sure they are working properly. It’s also a good idea to develop and practice an evacuation plan in case the unexpected does happen. Having multiple escape routes and a designated meeting place in the event of a fire will help you and your family stay safe.
As always, if the unexpected does happen you can always count on SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY to respond to any fire or smoke damage. We have the knowledge, experience and top of the line equipment to help make any fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY at 1-800-933-7179
3 Types of Contaminated Water
Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
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How to Handle a Unexpected Water Damage in your Home or Business.
Unexpected water in your home or water in your business can cause a lot of problematic flood damage. It can ruin your possessions and the building you store them in. If you act quickly, you can mitigate water damage and your restoration efforts can be successful.
Don’t treat flood damage lightly. Even if the water in your home is only a half an inch deep, it can be a breeding ground for unwanted mold. The growth of mold from water in your house can ruin walls, carpets, and flooring. Water damage can also cause mold that leads to poor air quality and respiratory illness like asthma. The key to keeping your house safe and mold-free is to mitigation water in your home or water in your business very quickly. Before doing any water cleanup or drying, call your insurance company and let them know what you plan to do about the flood damage. After speaking with your insurance, use these tips for mitigation and prevention any further water damage.
Remove and unplug any electronics in the vicinity of the water in your home. The quicker you do this, the more likely you can save them from being destroyed and get the water cleanup process started. If the water has risen past the level of electrical outlets, turn off power to the area of the building. Pull up carpets and underpadding that have flood damage. You can potential save carpets if you start the water cleanup, drying, and disinfectant process immediately. You probably won't be able to save the underpadding because of they act like a sponge and absorb large amounts of water.
Getting rid of the water quickly is important to mitigating the water damage. If you can't use a wet-vac because of a power issue, the old fashioned way works just fine. Grab some old towels and bucket to sop up as much water as your can. You can pour the water down the drain or out outside onto permeable surfaces. If the situation is more than you and your wet-vac can handle, consider renting a sump pump from a hardware store. The most important thing you can for water damage mitigation is to get rid of the water in your business fast and star the drying and restoration process.
Dry the area
Once the water is out of the way, it's helpful to utilize a dehumidifier and fans for drying. Open up all the windows and get the area dry as soon as possible. If drywall has been affected, you’ll need to cut away the areas that were damaged by the water to prevent mold. Take out the baseboards if they are not real wood, as they are probably not salvageable. If it was real wood, you might get lucky and be able to save them.
After the water damaged area has dried out, you’ll want to use a strong disinfectant for restoration to rid the area of any bacteria that and contribute to mold growth. Make sure to include walls and furniture.
Dispose of damaged items
Rather than throwing everything into the dumpster, consider organizing the damaged goods into piles of recyclables and non-recyclables. This way, you can help alleviate pressure on landfills and do a little good for the environment. Contact your local waste management authorities to find out how to properly dispose of electronics, furniture, and drywall. Many materials can’t be thrown into the general trash for safety and environmental reasons, so find out the correct place to dispose of the water damaged items.
It’s a nightmare to have to deal with water in the home or water in at your business, but by taking quick action, you can start the mitigation process and get the restoration done fast. Whether it's a broken pipe or a natural flood water, you can minimize the damage by acting quickly. Don’t forget to let your insurance company know what happened so they can give you the go-ahead for taking action.
IICRC Certified FRANCHISE
SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace