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Common Causes of Household Fires

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO restore your home to pre-fire condition.

A house can easily catch fire from the misuse of appliances to smoking in bedrooms. You can take measures to avoid a fire in your home and ensure the safety of your family. Below are some of the most common causes of household fires, and some tips to take precautions.

Cooking Equipment

Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

Heating

Keep portable heaters at least 5’ away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even you. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

Smoking in bedrooms

Bedrooms are best to be kept off-limits for smoking. A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay alit for a few hours. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture. Did you know that fires started in the bedroom or lounge, make up 73% of all house fire fatalities?

Electrical Equipment 

An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity. A power point extension cord can also be a fire hazard if not used appropriately. Double-check the appliances and power points in your home.

Candles

Candles look and smell pretty, but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room. Did you know that in Perth last year 34 house fires started as a result of candles?

Curious Children

Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children, to avoid any curiosity turned disaster. Install a smoke alarm in your child’s room and practice a home escape plan with your children and family in case there was a fire. Inform your kids about the importance of knowing their address and if they needed to, call 911.

Faulty Wiring

Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you’ve bad wiring are: 1) Lights dim if you use another appliance; 2) For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another; 3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently. Have a licensed electrician come and inspect your house, or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

Barbecues 

Barbecues are great for an outdoor meal, but should always be used away from the home, tablecloths or any plants and tree branches. Keep BBQs regularly maintained and cleaned with soapy water and clean any removable parts. Check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.

Flammable Liquids

If you have any flammable liquids in the home or garage such as petrol, kerosene or ethylated spirits, keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.

Lighting

Lampshades and light fittings can build up the heat if they are very close to light globes. Check around the house to make sure. Lamp bases can become a hazard if they can be knocked over easily, and so should be removed if they are. Check that downlights is insulated from wood paneling or ceiling timbers.

The above tips are a good guide to avoiding a fire in your home. If you do have a fire and need assistance with the cleanup, please call SERVPRO of Bath!

Mold Prevention Tips

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

This ceiling has been affected by mold.

Mold is a common household problem, developing in warm, damp environments. Mold can be colored green, purple, white, and orange. While mold plays an important role outside in the environment, breaking down dead plants, mold is unwelcome in homes.

Showers and bathrooms are a common location for mold to grow, but mold can grow anywhere in a home. Mold can come inside a home from an outside growth through inadequately sealed windows or doors. Mold spores cannot be eliminated, but they will not grow if the environment is dry and well ventilated. Mold growth can be prevented by ensuring if water damage occurs, clean up occurs quickly. Using air conditioners during humid seasons and exhaust fans in the kitchen can help prevent mold from growing.

Other areas to monitor moisture to prevent mold growth: exterior walls and surfaces in need of insulation where condensation can build, air conditioner drip pans, check for leaks around the refrigerator, ensure crawl spaces are well ventilated and check for leaks around a tub.

These are a few simple tips for making sure mold is not growing in your home. If you do discover mold growth, SERVPRO of Bath provides mold remediation services for all types of residential and commercial properties. Are you worried there might be too much mold in your home? Contact us today for our new mold testing!

SERVPRO of Bath Handles the Entire Remediation Process

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage ruin your home, call SERVPRO of Bath for your entire remediation process.

Water damage can come from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Ultimately, many different objects, surfaces, and materials in a home can suffer water damage from the same event, and many homeowners question how a company such as SERVPRO of Bath handles a comprehensive water damage cleanup job. In this blog post, you'll learn about some of the techniques our technicians use to control and repair water damage in local residences.

Identifying the Source and Water Type

Before any restoration, the water damage must be correctly defined by water type and we must find the source. Did it come from a storm, flood, or even a pipe burst? There are several different types of water which will affect the safety and cleanup protocols we use. The water categories are either clean, gray, or black. If necessary, our team of specialists will work to stop the water flow as efficiently as possible, to avert further damage to your home.

Surveying Damage and Mold

After we understand what type of damage we’re dealing with, our technicians will search the home to find any objects that have been affected and what needs to be done. We do this two different ways, visually and with moisture detection equipment. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation.

Furniture and Water Removal

The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out any additional water. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump.

Drying and Odor Treatments

At this point in the remediation process, we bring out additional heavy-duty machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area(s).  We do this to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs, and to remove any bad odors.  

Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning

In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so we do not incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is completed, we clean up and sanitize all of the walls and objects, and bring back any furniture that had to be taken out during this process.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive water damage cleanup company, call SERVPRO of Bath today! Don’t wait! The earlier water damage is contained, the less damage that occurs.

Top 6 Fire Damage Restoration Tips

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

We’re not going to kid you.  Fire damage restoration is tough work.  People call SERVPRO of Bath frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire. Most people can put these six tips into practice.  But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill.  Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

Here are six of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration:

Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire, you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint.  If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach.  Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean.  Often, you’ll want to repaint it, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.  Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.  Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.  Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example:  Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.)  Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants.  Change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great.  They save many lives and many homes.  But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire.  SERVPRO of Bath highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew.  Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems.  It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew.  And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.  The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

Replace Carpets.  Clean and Dry Your Floors.

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire.  In almost every case, SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them.  Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood.  You must address this.   If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it.  But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire.  Make sure you don’t smear greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes in the wash.  Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners if any have experience with post-fire laundry.

Scrub, Soak, and Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food.  Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety.  When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help is Here

Call SERVPRO of Bath @ 252-923-0213

Top 6 Fire Restoration Tips

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

We’re not going to kid you.  Fire damage restoration is tough work.  People call SERVPRO of Bath frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire. Most people can put these six tips into practice.  But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill.  Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

Here are six of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration:

Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire, you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint.  If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach.  Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean.  Often, you’ll want to repaint it, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.  Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.  Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.  Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example:  Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.)  Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants.  Change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great.  They save many lives and many homes.  But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire.  SERVPRO of Bath highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew.  Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems.  It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew.  And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.  The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

Replace Carpets.  Clean and Dry Your Floors.

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire.  In almost every case, SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them.  Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood.  You must address this.   If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it.  But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire.  Make sure you don’t smear greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes in the wash.  Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners if any have experience with post-fire laundry.

Scrub, Soak, and Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food.  Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety.  When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help is Here

Call SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids @ 252-537-3473

Do You Know These Cleanup, Restoration, & Safety Questions?

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Take the quiz to learn more about cleanup, restoration, & safety issues in your home or business.

Get smarter on preventing damage to your home or business. Take the Cleanup, Restoration, & Safety quiz.

Are you prepared for damage to your home or business? Do you know the early warning signs and indicators of future property damage? Try answering the questions below to see how much you know about cleanup, restoration, and safety! If you get some wrong you might want to learn more about that question’s topic. Here’s hoping you get an A+ on these questions!

Check your answers at the end! For more information explore the links we’ve provided. Some of them lead you to blog posts at our sister/brother franchises, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield and SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. You can also read our other SERVPRO of Bath blog posts to get more details. Good luck with the questions!

If you need help with any of these questions call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213.

  1. According to the latest research, what percentage of businesses may never recover if they experience a natural disaster?
  2. If you have a toilet, washing machine, or other appliance overflow and the experts say you have gray water on your floor, what does that mean?
  3. Are there smokers in your house? To help prevent home fires, what type of ashtrays should you use and when should you put cigarette and cigar butts in the trash?
  4. Be sure any wood-burning stove you buy is made of sturdy, suitable material, such as cast iron or steel. And look for what label?
  5. Emergency preparation experts recommend you keep a set of pictures of your commercial building in safe and easy to access place. Why?
  6. To protect your home or business’s foundation from cracking due to water damage, the downspouts from your roof should lead water how far away from the foundation?
  7. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, how often should your home’s roof be inspected?
  8. What’s the most common danger from a home heating oil furnace?
  9. Which of these descriptions does NOT mean your commercial property may be at higher risk for water damage: 20+ years old, High-rise with multiple tenants or units, or uses older construction materials?
  10. Which is likely to be more dangerous – a solid chemical spill or a liquid chemical spill?

Answers:

  1. 50%
  2. Gray water is contaminated water that can cause discomfort or illness and quickly degrade into black water if not treated.
  3. Use deep, sturdy ashtrays. Don’t put butts in the trash until they’re cold.
  4. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
  5. If a storm strikes the pictures can serve as “before” pictures. Take a set after the storm to show the full extent of the storm damage.
  6. At least 10 feet.
  7. Twice a year.
  8. Carbon monoxide.
  9. Uses older construction materials.
  10. Liquid.

Looking to learn more about cleanup, restoration, & Safety? Call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213.

Fire Damage? Lower Your Fire Clean-Up Costs!

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is terrible as it is. Let’s not make things worse by spending more money than necessary to restore your fire damaged home. Many times, you can save money and keep property damage to a minimum through something called emergency mitigation services.

Saving Fire Damaged Possessions

Fire damaged property that may look like it needs to be replaced may actually be recoverable.  A fire restoration company can save many an heirloom-  But act quickly.  Prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home – furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings – can absorb smoke.  If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months.

Time Can Cost You Many Possessions

The more time between the fire and restoration, the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore.  Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Restored to Pre-Loss Condition

SERVPRO of Bath cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition.  So, don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it must be replaced.  Save your property and save money.  Now that’s a win-win!

Call SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids at 252-537-3473 to discuss.  We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and money for the owners of fire damaged homes. 

How to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Essentials for your emergency preparedness kit.

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

The best way to be ready for a disaster is to make an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is full of essential items that are needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Some important items to consider adding to your kit include the following:

Water

Hydration is key to survival! Ideally, you want 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days.

Food

Along with water, you need food to survive! When packing your food be sure to pack non-perishable items in your kit. You should have at least enough food for 3 days, but more is ideal.

Can opener

Packing a can opener might seem random, but with all of the non-perishables you’re packing, you’ll be happy you packed one!

Flashlight & Batteries

If the powers out, the lights are out. Having a flashlight and extra batteries will help brighten up those dark nights.

Hand Crank Radio or Battery Powered Radio

Having one of these on deck will help keep you informed and updated during the disaster.

First-Aid Kit

Having this in your kit will help you be prepared if someone gets injured. Items such as Neosporin, ban-aids, and gauze will be incredibly helpful.

Whistle

This is intended to be a signal for help; 3 blasts from a whistle is an international distress signal. The best place to keep it is on your keychain or taped under a table in your home for easy access.

Matches

Packing matches and emergency slow-burning candles are a great alternative to flashlights. Having a candle burning gives you an additional light source during the disaster.

Dust Mask

Whether you’re dealing with smoke, pollution, or viruses, having a dust mask on hand and decrease your risk of inhaling contaminated air.

Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery

In this day and age, we heavily rely on our cell phones to communicate with our family and friends. Having a backup battery reassures you that even if the power goes out, you can still use your phone. 

All of these items are essential to your survival during a disaster. Every household should have their emergency preparedness kit ready to go. Make sure that these items are placed in easy-to-carry containers and are labeled, so they are easily identified. Place your kit in a convenient and easy to reach location in your home.

In addition to these items, it’s also important to think about the area in which you live and other items specifically for your needs. For example: prescription medications, infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, and pet food/water.

Remember, it’s never too early to buy emergency supplies and prepare for disaster. Natural disasters can happen at any time and affect people all around the world. With this in mind, you should prepare your home just like you are preparing your emergency kit. Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we have unlimited licensed builders with over 40 years of experience repairing damage to buildings just like yours. When disaster strikes, your focus should be on safety. We’ll take care of the repair.

Top 6 Fire Damage Restoration Tips

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

We’re not going to kid you.  Fire damage restoration is tough work.  People call SERVPRO of Bath frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire. Most people can put these six tips into practice.  But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill.  Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

Here are six of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration:

Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire, you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint.  If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach.  Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean.  Often, you’ll want to repaint it, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.  Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.  Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.  Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example:  Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.)  Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants.  Change your HVAC filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great.  They save many lives and many homes.  But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire.  SERVPRO of Bath highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew.  Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems.  It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew.  And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.  The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

Replace Carpets.  Clean and Dry Your Floors.

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire.  In almost every case, SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them.  Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood.  You must address this.   If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it.  But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire.  Make sure you don’t smear greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes in the wash.  Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners if any have experience with post-fire laundry.

Scrub, Soak, and Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food.  Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety.  When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Bath also has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup.  Call SERVPRO of Bath at (252) 923-0213 anytime.

Fire Damage? Lower Your Fire Clean-Up Costs!

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is terrible as it is. Let’s not make things worse by spending more money than necessary to restore your fire damaged home. Many times, you can save money and keep property damage to a minimum through something called emergency mitigation services.

Saving Fire Damaged Possessions

Fire damaged property that may look like it needs to be replaced may actually be recoverable.  A fire restoration company can save many an heirloom-  But act quickly.  Prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home – furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings – can absorb smoke.  If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months.

Time Can Cost You Many Possessions

The more time between the fire and restoration, the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore.  Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Restored to Pre-Loss Condition

SERVPRO of Bath cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition.  So, don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it must be replaced.  Save your property and save money.  Now that’s a win-win!

Call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213 to discuss.  We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and money for the owners of fire damaged homes.  Whether you’re in Washington, Williamston, Columbia, Windsor or Swan Quarter; or anywhere in between, we can help.