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Top Ten Things That Cause Home Fires

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fires

Every home faces the potential for an assortment of risks with the most dangerous being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many items and can decimate a house in minutes if it is not handles properly and quickly. While proper insurance can help your financial loss, it is better to understand and try to prevent the situations that lead to house fires. Most homes have many combustible items.

This list is meant to help you not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of having a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or another scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur.

  1. Your Grill

During the outdoor cooking season, grills left unattended on a wooden deck or next to the wall of a home can cause a fire. A heated grill next to a wooden fence can easily cause fire, and grills can also ignite the exterior walls of a home or garage if they are placed too close.

9.Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are everyone’s holiday favorite and a staple of the holiday season, but they come with risks. Especially when the trees begin to dry out.  A quick spark can set the whole tree on fire, so make sure to keep your tree’s water reservoir full and to unplug the tree when you are not at home.

  1. Faulty Wiring in Your Home

These fires erupt from overheating. To reduce this risk, make sure systems are installed properly with protective features.

  1. Kids Playing with Fire

Children are curious and sometimes get access to flammable objects which puts your property at risk. This includes matches, stove tops, candles and more. Make sure to keep lighters, candles, and matches away from the reach of small children.

  1. Candles

The lighters and matches utilized to light candles are just as dangerous as the candle themselves. Fires can start from unsupervised candles and children getting a hold of them.

  1. Electrical Equipment

These normally happen from short circuiting which causes sparks and ignites materials in your home. These are difficult to locate, because they are often hidden and a fire can begin burning before the homeowners know they have a problem

  1. Careless Smoking

Cigarette butts are a large perpetrator for house fires. They can be left unattended or dropped.

  1. Flammable liquids

Chemical fires occur from spontaneous combustion: a reaction of chemicals combining with oxygen producing enough heat to ignite. Be sure to store fuels and chemicals in proper containers that are protected from the heat.

  1. Heating Equipment

When in the presence of fabrics, space heaters and baseboard heaters can create a household fire. It’s recommended to never leave the house with any type of space heater running.

  1. Cooking Equipment

The most common of household fires come from cooking – this makes up almost half of all house fires. This can occur from grease and oil being overheated on the stove. For grease and oil to combust without needing direct flame contact, the open flames and ovens are left unattended and aren't attended until it is too late. Another source are portable cooking appliances such as toasters and electric griddles. These appliances must be cool to the touch before being stored away. Practice safety by making sure to clean pans to eliminate grease along with removing crumbs and scraps from toasters and electric griddles.

Contact SERVPRO of Bath if you need help after any type of household fire.

SERVPRO of Bath can handle commercial fires

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help with the restoration after a commercial fire

When your commercial property has been severely compromised by fire damage, you need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are out. On the contrary, even after the fire has been extinguished, a host of other problems can develop.

When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your workplace, your best bet is to contact a restoration service that has experience in dealing with them, SERVPRO of Bath. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other things like debris, smoke, and mold growth, can threaten and try to keep your doors closed. When you call SERVPRO of Bath, we immediately begin the cleanup process to help you get your business back open.

A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like us offers an all-in-one solution. We will send a team of trainer and knowledgeable professionals to begin the immediate inspection of the property. Next, we will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an estimate for our services. You are under no obligation until you agree to have our team begin the restoration work to your property.

Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO Bath will conduct a cleanup and restoration program. We safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or bacterial growth, and clean any stains or blemishes the fire may have caused. We are also able to remove stubborn odors that could still be lingering by utilizing ozone machines and foggers.

When it comes to cleaning up after a commercial fire, our service is to focus on any efforts to restore rather than replace property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, stock, and furnishings to expedite your opening. "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to dealing with the effects of a commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Bath.

Even the smallest amount of water can lead to mold growth

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A small leak in your Bath, NC home can lead to mold

You had a small water leak, no big deal, you cleaned it up yourself.  Everything looks dried out and the problem is solved.  But now, a little time later, you see mold.  If you see visible mold, your best move is to leave it alone and call professionals. When you disturb mold by trying to remove it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic and when you try to clean them, the mold can release tiny spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Call the professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO of Bath, we’re here to help with your mold mitigation.

What should you do?

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO Bath for mold remediation service immediately, we’re IICRC professionals.

What should you Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb any mold you find.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry or mitigate the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants onto the mold.

About the Mold Remediation Services at SERVPRO of Bath

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We are locally owned and operated.  Contact us for services when you first find mold in your home or business.

DIY after a fire is never a good idea, call the professionals at SERVPRO to help

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Bath help with your fire damage

Once your home Beaufort County, NC is affected by a fire, your main priority is getting your home cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to try and do the projects themselves. If this were your plan, you should reconsider. If the fire damage is of any significance, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of things you need to do yourself?

Standing water left behind after fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important consequences. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Unfortunately, fire damage also comes with water damage.

The smoke damage that results from a fire can quite dangerous. Actually, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unhandled, the smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke requires the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Bath have in their arsenal.

In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that can be saved. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and inventory your property. These inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.

If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring us to put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Washington, Bath and other surrounding areas. We are proud to be an active member of our community. Call us to help.

Leave mold remediation to the trained experts

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Removal of mold should be left to the experts at SERVPRO of Bath

Mold is a type of fungus that is made up of micro-organisms that help decompose dead organic material such as plants, leaves, and wood. These collections resemble hair-like bodies and are too small to be seen individually with the naked eye. If they are thriving in your home or business, mold remediation is a must. As seen on the surface of an object, mold will appear to be black, blue or green.

Mold occurs naturally in both outdoor and indoor environments. Outdoors, it is one of nature’s ways of helping to break down dead organic matter. However, mold growth indoors can cause health effects so removal and clean-up of the mold is needed. SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you call us at the first hint of a possible mold infestation.

Indoors, mold can be found growing on any damp surface. A professional mold remediation service is the safe and most effective approach. The professionals from SERVPRO of Bath understand industry procedures and have the appropriate equipment and training to do the job. Moisture meters, hydrometers, "air scrubbers," HEPA vacuums, and antifungal and antimicrobial products are all utilized by our team of professionals.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to know where to search for harmful, hidden molds and complete the mold remediation protocols. We can also advise you how best to protect your home in Beaufort County.

Locally Owned with National Resources Available to us

We live and work in Bath and the surrounding areas, we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. Call us today.

Eliminating moisture in your commercial property can prevent the development of mold

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath uses technologically advanced equipment to dry and prevent damage to your property

If you own commercial property in and around Washington and Bath, NC and it’s exposed to water damage, you need to get rid of the moisture quickly. Water damage can cause the development and spread of molds which were started by mold spores. The spores can occur naturally but they key is to not let standing water cultivate their growth. When you contract a water restoration company like SERVPRO of Bath, we’ll can make sure you won't have to contend with the aftereffects of water damage, such as mold.

When you call our Bath office, you’ll talk to our trained professionals and they will arrive at your place of business quickly. Before beginning water removal, our technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess your needs and put together a plan of action. We’ll start with powerful pumps and wet vacs to remove large quantities of water to help prevent any possible secondary water damage that could occur. Our water remediation specialists will use sanitizer to disinfect your property which is the key to preventing bacteria and mold from growing and spreading. After we removed any damaged flooring, insulation and/or drywall, the dehumidifiers and air-movers will be set up around your place of business to dry affected areas.

Water damage can be difficult to deal with but having the right professionals on your side who can take the right course of action will alleviate your stress and preserve your property’s structural integrity. It's important to call in a team of restoration professionals who handle remediation and restoration processes quickly and with skill. This ensures your result of water damage will be reduced. The team you can trust is SERVPRO of Bath. Our goal is to restore your property and structure to its preloss condition in the most efficient time

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is strategically located in eastern North Carolina to respond quickly to water damage quickly. Call us today.

After water damage from a storm, it’s time to dry out!

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

When you think of water damage, you think about the aftermath of a heavy rain storm or a severe storm such as a hurricane. Water damage from a failed plumbing issue occurs often, however water damage from a heavy rain or storm is typically more severe. Storm damage to even the most moderately sized home can run into thousands of dollars of damage. Furniture, carpets, and other high-end household items in your home only add to the cost of the damage when they are affected. 

When SERVPRO of Bath receives a call to a property with water damage from a storm, our professionally trained technicians are ready to quickly respond quickly and remove water from the home as quickly as possible. Immediately beginning the drying process of both personal and structural property is key. One of the pieces of drying equipment our team begins with is the set-up of dehumidifiers. They actually draw water from the air and other property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing the moisture and lowering the humidity levels in your home will create a drier environment which will allow evaporation to happen quicker and this will help save building materials like drywall and moldings.

As the dehumidifiers do their job, SERVPRO of Bath technicians will begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most carpets, that means using extraction wands to effectively remove water from both the carpets and the pads. For thicker carpets, we will also use a riding extractor. This is a large device and  someone typically rides on top and uses their weight to press down on the wet carpeting which allows the machine to remove more water. Most carpet pads are cheap and we usually advise replacing the padding rather than attempting to dry them, whether we replace the carpeting or not.

SERVPRO of Bath takes these types of actions first, to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in your home. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, give us a call today.

How to Prevent a Fire from Space Heaters

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A sure sign of possible fire hazards is when temperatures drop and the days get shorter. While we’re all tempted to use electric blankets and space heaters to stay toasty and warm – however it’s important to remember to use caution when you use these - specifically don’t plug them into extension cords, even multiple extension cords. Space heaters generate a lot of energy and their heating elements can reach up to 600 degrees, which is why they should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. When hooked up to an extension cord the outlet can overheat and potentially catch fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires are associated with the use of space heaters, causing 300 deaths every year

When buying and installing a small space heater, follow these guidelines:

  • Purchase newer model space heaters which will have all of the current safety features. Make sure the heater carries the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Choose a heater that is controlled by a thermostat because they avoid the energy waste of overheating a room.
  • Pick a proper size heater for the size of the room you are trying to heat. Most space heaters come with a general sizing table.
  • Put the space heater on a level surface away from heavy foot traffic, and be especially careful to keep children and pets away from the heater at all times.
  • And finally, plug directly into the wall outlet

As always during this time of need, make SERVPRO of Bath your first call if you need help and call your  local insurance agent to assess any damages. We will work for you to restore your property and your life to make it "Like it never even happened."

Things that can cause a commercial fire

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Every business faces the potential for an assortment of risks with the most dangerous of them being a business fire. An accidental fire can occur from many items and can easily decimate a business in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled.

While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it’s better to understand and work to prevent these situations that lead to commercial fires of any kind. Most businesses have many combustible items.

This list is meant to help business owners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of someone having a fire. Whether it’s a faulty equipment or any other scenario, business owners should be aware of these common causes of fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur.

Inadequate Wiring in The Business

These fires erupt from overheating.  To minimize this from occurring, make sure systems are installed properly with protective features.

Electrical Equipment

These fires normally erupt from short circuiting which, causes sparking to ignite materials in the business. These are difficult to locate, because they can be hidden in locations and a fire can build before anyone knows about the situation.

Flammable liquids

Chemical fires occur from spontaneous combustion: this is a reaction of chemicals combining with oxygen to produce enough heat to ignite. Be sure to store fuels and other chemicals in proper containers that are protected from heat.

Heating Equipment

When in the presence of fabrics or other combustibles, personal space heaters and baseboard heaters can create a commercial fire. It is recommended to never leave with a space heater running.

Contact SERVPRO of Bath if you have any questions of if we can help you after a commercial fire.

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place to make sure they are ready when disaster strikes. Although they don’t happen every day, you need to be prepared when they do.

The best way to be ready for a disaster is to make an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is full of essential items that you would need to survive for a minimum of 72 hours if disaster strikes. Some items you need to consider adding to your emergency kit include the following:

Water: Water is the key to survival! You will want to have 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days.

Food: Along with water, in order to survive you need food. When packing food be sure to pack non-perishable items in your kit, such as canned foods. You should have at least enough food for 3 days, but more is always better.

Can opener: As noted above, canned food is non-perishable – so packing a can opener may not be as random as it seems.

Flashlight & Batteries: When the powers goes out, you don’ have lights. Having a flashlight and extra batteries will help brighten up the dark nights.

Battery Powered or Hand Crank Radio: Having one of these on hand will help keep you informed and updated during a storm or disaster situation.

A First-Aid Kit : Having one of these will help you be prepared if someone gets injured. Common items such as band aids, Neosporin, and gauze could really come in handy.

Matches or a lighter: Packing matches or a lighter along with an emergency slow-burning candles can be a good alternative to a flashlight. Having a candle gives you an additional light source during a storm.

Whistle: This is meant to be a signal for help; three blasts from a whistle is an international distress signal. The best place to keep this is on your keychain or taped under a table in your home for quick easy access.

Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery: In today’s age of technology, we rely heavily on our cell phones to communicate with friends or our family. Having a backup battery reassures you that even if the power goes out, you can still use your phone to communicate.

All of these items are essential to your survival during a storm or disaster. Every household should have an emergency preparedness kit ready before we ever have to worry about a storm. Make sure these items are placed in an easy-to-carry container and are labeled. Place your kit in a convenient location, one that is easy to reach when you need it.

In addition to these items, it’s also important to think about where you live and what other items you may need, such as medications, infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, and pet food/water.

Don’t forget, it’s never too soon to buy emergency supplies and prepare for a disaster. Natural disasters can happen at any time and affect people all around the world. You should prepare your home just like you are preparing your emergency kit. At SERVPRO of Bath, we have over 40 years of experience repairing damage if you need us. When disaster strikes, your focus should be on safety. We’ll take care of the rest.