How To Identify Water Damage
Water damage can detrimentally to your structures or create other problems if left untreated. Sometimes, water damage can be easily spotted but other times you may not even noticed. Here are a couple things to look for when detecting water damage within your home.
- Check Floors: For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. For carpet, be aware of wet spots, gradual rises, softs spots or the smell of mildew.
- Stains: Check for water stains around the bathtub, toilet and sink. As well as, stains on the ceilings and walls. Be aware of peeling paint and cracks in the drywall or areas that seem swollen and soft to touch.
- Outside: Looks for pools or standing water on the exterior of your house or gutter spouts that are not transporting water far enough away from the house. Those could affect the foundation of your house. It is important to also check your roof for pools of water.
- Rust or Mold: Check your water heater and look for rust on the tank, which could indicate a slow leak, or damp spots on the floor. Look for any visual spots of mold that could be forming in the nooks and crannies of your home. A musky, unpleasant smell could also be an indicator of mold.
Are You Prepared?
Disasters and emergencies strike without any given warning. It is important that your company is ready to take on any event that may come your way. Planning ahead is not only beneficial for your company but speaks trust to your clients and your employees. Did you know that up to 50% of businesses close due to a disaster never reopen? And that those that do reopen, it is determined that they had some type of response plan in place.
Timing is everything when it comes to a crisis and having a plan in place can be crucial to getting your company back up and running. It can minimize business interruption and associated loss revenue, as well as, save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damages. Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business will help you know what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance which will help minimize the effects of water and fire damage.
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile is a vital component of any pre-existing contingency plans. The SERVPRO ERP addresses two out of the three main parts in a contingency plan which include, incident response and disaster recovery. This plan is a non-cost assessment of your facility, designed only to contain critical information for the event of an emergency and established SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin and provides the facility with shut-off valve locations, important areas and priority contact information.
Emergency Ready Profile Development:
- Employee and Emergency Contacts
- Utility Contact and Shut Off Locations
- Primary Contact Information
- Insurance Contact Information
- Property Overview Information
- Building Access Information
What May Happen If Your Water Damage Is Not Treated?
When we see unexpected water in our home, we hope that it is just going to dry up and disappear. Unfortunately, that is not how it works. Water damage needs to be treated right away to avoid any further damage that will be created. You may be wondering what exactly might happen, so below we have provided you with some of the potentials.
- House Value Depreciates: Water damage can show far after the event if it is not taken care of properly. When you late try to sale your home, the value of your house will immediatley become lower with these shown damages.
- Electrical System: Water and electrics do not go hand in hand. If you have water damage it is important that a professional comes out to take a look to verify that your electrical system has not be damaged.
- Mold: Standing water that is not properly removed and dried can turn into mold. Mold will hide in areas that you cannot even see, which causes further damage to your home and can create health problems
- Toxic to your health: Water that has formed within your home could be caused by a busted pipe, toilet, dishwasher overflow, washing machine or other home system malfunctions that can contain bacteria, toxics, pollutants and sewage which can all be extremely hazardous to your health.
- Insects: Standing water creates a great environment for bugs. Many bugs need water to hatch their eggs, which can lead to an infestation of various bugs, bacteria and fungus.
If you have water damage within your home, it is important that the situation is taken care of immediately. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties takes pride in their water damage restoration and clean up and we can be sure to take care of it for you!
Education On Fire
Every 24 seconds a fire department respond to a fire and approximately 80% of all fire death happen in a home, with an average of 7 deaths daily.
In just two minutes a fire can become deadly and it only takes five minutes for your residents to become engulfed in flames.
Fires are fast; a small flame can turn into a major fire with 30 seconds. In minutes, the house can be filled with thick black smoke.
Fires are hot; the heat of the flame is more threatening than the flame itself. At floor level, the temperature of the room can be 100 degree and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. These temperatures will melt your skin and scorch your lungs.
Fires turn dark; at first the fire is a bright orange, red, yellow and blue colored but will quickly turn into complete darkness with the black smoke.
Fires kill; fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. The smoke and gases kill more people than the flame does itself.
Safety Precautions For Lightning Storms
The odds for getting struck by lightning are pretty low, about 1 in 500,000, but that does not mean you want to test your odds.
If you hear thunder roar, go inside. During a lightning storm you should consider the following:
- Avoid water; lightning can travel through a plumbing system.
- Avoid electronics; lightning can travel through electrical systems, as well as, radio and television reception systems.
- Avoid phones with cords
- Avoid concrete floors and walls; lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or floors
Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder has been heard.
If you are outside during a lightning storm and can not seek shelter; crotch as low as you can, with as little of your body touching the surface of the ground. Distance yourself from tall objects, such as a tree. You never want to stand under a metal pole or tree during a lightning storm! Those objects can act as a lightning rods. Lightning causes electrical currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly as far as 100 feet away.
There Is Never A Good Time
Could you imagine showing up to work and your building engulfed in flames or became a swimming pool? No, because we could not either! There is never a good time for the event of a fire or water damage to strike your business. Luckily, no job is too big for SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties. Our Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best of the best in the restoration business. We understand that every day your business is put out of business is a loss of revenue and we will work quickly and efficiently to make sure your business is back in full force. Whether it is 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the early morning, we are always prepared and ready to help. So, when a emergency arrises, give us a call. We will be there fast and ready to restore and rebuild your property.
Not A Sewage Overflow...
Coming home to a flooded basement is already a nightmare in itself but could you imagine if it were a sewage system backup or an overflown toilet? Not only would the smell be horrific, but they can also be very dangerous. Sewage can contain many viruses and bacteria that could ultimately lead to serious health issues. Luckily, at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we have the necessary training and equipment to safely get rid of contamination.
All types of sewage flooding should be considered an emergency but to educate you on the severity of the contamination we have provided you with the three different types of contaminated water:
- Clean Water: This is water from a clean source, such as a clean water line or faucet. Although this may start at a category 1 water, it can quickly turn into a category 2 or 3 if remained untreated.
- Gray Water: This water has containments in it and if ingested could lead to illness. Example for this source are, dishwasher, washer machine and toilet with some urine but no feces.
- Black Water: This water is terribly unsanitary and could cause severe illness would could lead to death if ingested. You should avoid any contact with the type of water and call professionals immediately. Sources for this water could include, flooding in streams or rivers, water beyond the toilet trap, toilet water with feces or standing water with microbial growth.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a clean work environment can be very beneficial to your company?
- Health: Frequently cleaning high touched areas, like desks, door knobs and phones can help prevent the millions of gems that are carries on those objects. Reducing the chance of sick days and the loss of revenue.
- Reduced Stress & Anxiety: Cluttered and dirty areas can cause stress and anxiety among the employees. Providing a clean work area can allow the employees to feel more organized and focused.
- Safety: Cleanliness can reduce the likelihood of a fall, trip or slip in the work area which could lead to time off and a loss of revenue.
- Increased Productivity: A clean work environment will heighten overall productivity because employees are less distracted by the clutter and disorganization.
- Increased Satisfaction: Overall, a clean environment will make the employees as well as visitors feel as if hygiene is important for the company.
For a lot of people their office is their second home. No one wants to live and in a dirty environment. Ask yourself this question, has your office been deep cleaned in a while? If not, call SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties and we will bring that office shine back.
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire related injuries a year and cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. We all love a good home cooked meal, but it is important to keep fire safety as a priority so it will not be your homes last meal.
- Be alert; make sure if you are going to bed the oven or stove is turned off
- Do not leave the fryer, grill, boiling or broiling unattended
- Remain in the kitchen while cooking and check regularly
- Use a timer
- Keep items that can catch on fire away from the stovetop
In the event of a cooking fire, have a fire extinguisher in reach. Only use if you are confident in your ability to active and use it. While using the fire extinguisher, remember the acronym P.A.S.S.
- Pull the pin
- Aim low at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle slowly
- Sweep the nozzle side to side
Your safety is one of our priorities!
Preventing Storm Damage To Your SOMD Home
Severe storms can come out of nowhere and we want your home to be prepared and protected for when they do. Preparing your home can be what saves you from having to deal with the cost of damage in repairs.
- Remove Dead Limber: Trim trees and bushes around your property to help prevent branches from falling onto your home from heavy winds. Be sure to remove the entire tree or bush if it is dead.
- Secure Outdoors Items: Tables, chairs, grills, decorations. High winds, rain or hail can damage or move your outdoor items. Bring them inside if you can or make sure they are secured to your home
- Drainage System: Clear out your gutters, drain tiles and pipes to allow the precipitation to flow properly off your home.
- Inspect Roof: Check for whole, cracks or loss ends that could be further damaged by the storm. Have repaired to avoid water from entering your home.
Allows be aware of the weather. It is better to take extra precautions in event of a storm rather than having to pay the cost of not.