Restaurant Water Damage
A local restaurant called SERVPRO of Birmingham North regarding a water loss where their sprinkler system burst causing damage throughout the kitchen and adjoining rooms. The water was extracted, all areas were treated and equipment was set. Luckily, this job only needed a few days of drying. The restaurant is in a very populated area with a lot of traffic so getting them back to normal needed to happen rather quickly.
We know that no one plans on this happening but we want to be top of mind if it does. SERVPRO of Birmingham North has trained professionals, who care about your business or home as if it is their own. This can be a tough time for you and your family. Give us a call if you need us, 205-664-6670
Energy Saving Tips
Clean or change your HVAC filters regularly for proper performance. Doing this can save you 5-15 percent in energy costs. Dirty air filters make your AC work harder than it should and reduces air flow. Take note of when to change your air filter along with the size, so you are ready to purchase new ones when the time comes.
Change air filters more frequently if you have pets.
Turn off ceiling fans when you leave a room to cut back unnecessary energy usage.
Set the thermostat and then forget it. If you change the temperature often during the day, you are more likely to waste energy.
Have your equipment checked by a qualified dealer each year before the heating or cooling season begins. Even the best insulated home will waste energy unless special attention is given to the efficiency of its mechanical equipment.
Get your duct system inspected and repaired if necessary.
Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.
Choose to buy new equipment instead of repairing it if it’s more than 15 years old and has had continuing major repairs. Today's energy-efficient equipment can save enough in operating costs to make up quickly for the initial expense. Consider a heat pump, the most advanced and efficient heating and cooling system available today.
Extreme Heat Part One
As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.
According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”
Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
Extreme Heat Part Two
If you must go outside, wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet cloths or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).
If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter. Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.
- Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
- Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
- Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
- Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
- Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
- Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.
Who do you usually call first when you have an emergency? Usually 911 or your local fire and/or police department. We want the local fire and police departments to know about what SERVPRO of Birmingham North has to offer; especially when it comes to assisting them. Once they get done inspecting the scene, we are able to come in and assist the customer.
More times than not if you're dealing with some type of emergency then you are so frantic you do not know what to do next. The police and/or fire department are able to give you suggestions of who to call or your next steps. That's why we want to be top of mind to them, when this situation occurs.
Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, follow the Mold Cleanup Tips and Techniques. However:
- If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types.
- If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations.
- If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult EPA guide Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold - it could spread mold throughout the building.
- If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
- If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.
Mold Tips & Techniques
Tips and Techniques
The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you clean up your mold problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered in this publication. Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored.
Mold growing on the underside of a plastic lawn chair in an area where rainwater drips through and deposits organic material.Mold growing on a piece of ceiling tile.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold. See discussions:
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
- If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist. Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are commonly listed in phone books. Be sure to ask for and check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with professional organizations.
When faced with the reality of a house fire, one of the hardest things to deal with is the damage to the contents of the home. Pictures, furniture, clothing and other items are part of the memories made throughout the years, and in many cases can be restored as opposed to replaced. Through modern technologies such as an Esporta washing system, ultra sonic machine, and electronics cleaning, many items are able to be restored to pre loss condition. If you are face with horrific nightmare of a house fire give us a call, our highly trained staff can walk you through what can be restored and what needs to be replaced. We understand that your number one goal is the get your home "Like it never even happened."
Property damage caused from fire, water, or wind is pretty obvious. Less obvious is the damage to air quality and indoor air systems. Systems become contaminated by soot, and sometimes, even mold. Air system cleaning is effective to clean air systems, restoring them back to preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Birmingham North is licensed by the State of Alabama to clean air system. We are also certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Associaion as an Air System Cleaning Specialist, as well as a Ventiliation System Mold Remediator.
But here’s the best part. Air system cleaning can be done anytime! Call your SERVPRO service representative today to schedule your FREE estimate for air system cleaning today. We are standing by and always here to help!