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Heating Your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Did you know that heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)? Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. Half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangers of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional install your heating equipment. An inexperienced person installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. The thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel-burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home in Daytona Beach, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also, make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home.

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

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Worried about flood damage affecting your building? Here’s What You Need to Know

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

What To Do When A Storm Is Headed Your Way?

Running a business in Daytona, FL, requires one to wear many hats, one of which is disaster prevention. When a storm is brewing on the horizon, what can you do to avoid or reduce flood damage from happening? Here’s a couple of tips to get you started:

Get to Know Your Local Area

Some locations are more susceptible to flooding than others, such as neighborhoods located in a valley, at the bottom of a slope or below sea level. This may seem self-explanatory and painfully obvious but you’d be surprised at how many business owners are unaware of how their location could impact their company in the event of a natural disaster. Find out if you are in a flood prone area and plan ahead.

Plan and Prepare with the Right Equipment

There are tons of modern equipment out there that are designed to minimize the impact of flood damage on your building. When in doubt, go with the tried and tested classic: the good ol’ sand bag. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of alternatives out there that are reusable and are easier to transport. However, be sure to do your research before you commit to a purchase. Install storm shutters that are easy and quick to secure and check your electrical equipment to ensure they will be out of reach of flood waters.

Check Your Surroundings

Perhaps the most important part of avoiding storm damage is to look outside your immediate perimeter for things that may encourage floods. This means looking at street drains and storm grates and making sure that they are free of leaves and other debris that inhibit the flow of water. This is easily overlooked in the rush of preparing for an incoming storm and can have a disastrous impact on your safety.

If the weather gets the best of you, there are flood remediation experts in your state that can get your business up and running in no time. Flood damage is no joke, but if you are well prepared you can easily reduce the impact that a storm can have on your business.

Kitchen Fires can happen both in home and at work.

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

pot on fire due to being unattended A fire caused by an unattended pot on the stove.

Did you know last year many kitchen fires were mainly caused by unattended cooking? 

Here are some stats of damages caused by kitchen fires:

Cooking fire stats: 

  •  Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home* fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 8% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops account for three-fifths (61%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and over half (53%) of the associated deaths.
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

Here are some tips on cooking especially with oil or frying:  

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or too tired to cook. Do not cook.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire
  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Safety considerations for cooking with oil

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a dangerous sign that the oil is too hot.
  • Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
  • Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire.
  • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside

After the fire calls us we are open 24/7 and we are there when you need us the most. 

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Mold in your commercial property.

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold spores Mold spores close up

How a Mold Restoration Company Can Get You Back in Business

Dealing With Mold

Mold can grow on porous surfaces and then easily spread throughout your property. In some cases, it can be difficult to detect and thus to remove. Daytona commercial mold damage can include ruined dry walls, leaks, and peeling tiles.

There are ways to prevent the accumulation of mold, such as assuring the proper heating and ventilation of the rooms in your business. In the event that mold does develop, its removal may be as simple as moving furniture and cleaning away the growth with a damp cloth. In more serious cases, especially in the event of  Daytona commercial mold damage, you should turn to professional help.

What to Expect From a Mold Restoration Company

SERVPRO will determine whether you have a mold problem and, if so, the seriousness of the situation. In some cases, a brief inspection will uncover mold under the carpeting or floorboards, or in the cavities of the walls. Samples may be taken to identify the specific type of mold, in order to determine the best course of action.

The next stage of the process is to locate the source of the moisture that has caused the condition. The affected area will be dried before the removal of the mold can begin. Cleaning techniques range from the use of wet wiping equipment to special vacuums. Dry ice blasting is used by some companies. It may also be necessary to clean ventilation ducts and heating equipment to prevent the future development of mold.

Commercial mold damage may be so bad that certain items, such as mattresses, will have to be discarded.

A restoration company will get rid of your mold problem and prevent it from returning. SERVPRO is considered the premier mold restoration company that can get you back in business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Daytona is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Kissimmee community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We proudly serve:

Commercial Mold Damage North Daytona and Surrounding areas. 

DaytonaCommercial Mold Damage, FL, and surrounding areas.

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Properties near inlet and mold.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on inlet property Property near inlet with mold.

Mold Damage Remediation Options for Inlet property owners.   

There are high chances of disturbing mold spores during the mold damage remediation process. Since the exposure can lead to health effects, we always wear protective equipment and clothing. Some of the PPE personal protective equipment that we use when attending to such incidents in Ponce Inlet include gloves, goggles, a respirator or a dust filter mask, and a Tyvek suit. We look at how severe the mold problem is before selecting suitable personal protective equipment.

Disrupting the spores during mold damage remediation may make them spread to other parts of your Inlet property. Our SERVPRO technicians employ containment measures to limit the movement of the mold spores. For instance, we use plastic sheeting together with painter's tape to seal off openings such as vents and doorways. It is also advisable to minimize dust particles since the spores can stick to dust and then quickly spread around the structure.
 
Introducing negative pressure at the site can also act as a containment measure. We achieve this by running an exhaust fan or air scrubber with a HEPA filtration system that is blowing out air via a duct to the exterior. When that happens, the stirred up mold spores in the room end up outside. Also, we always switch off the building's air conditioning systems before the cleaning process starts. To reduce dust, we may moisten any dry mold growth. At this point, we can use a cleaning agent to remove the contamination from hard surfaces. Why SERVPRO? We can also utilize a soda blaster to lightly remove mold from untreated wood found in attics and crawl space in this southern climate.  
 
After removing the contamination from the surface, we have to clean them using a disinfectant to reduce the chances of the problem returning after the remediation. Usually, spores remain on surfaces even after the cleaning is complete, so, the disinfectant plays a deactivating role. While we can clean and reuse non-porous materials such as hard plastic, metal, and glass, in most cases, our SERVPRO technicians discard porous items such as carpets, books, and drywall if heavily infested.
 
SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond is an experienced and reliable leader in the restoration industry. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster whether it is in your residential or commercial property. Call us at 386-677-9993 when you need our 24-hour emergency services.

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How Can Homeowners Quickly Address House Flooding?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to extract water damage from your property.

Certified Restoration Technicians Use Commercial-Grade Extraction Tools for Flood Damage Cleanup in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach property owners can expect an average of 51 inches of rain per year, most of which comes during the summer and autumn wet season. The above-average precipitation creates unique challenges in terms of both minimizing and mitigating flooding in homes.

SERVPRO’s flood damage cleanup crew provides Daytona Beach property owners with rapid-response mitigation services. Should floodwaters bring mold or biohazards onto your property, your local team is licensed to handle both.

How Does SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Process Work?

  • Sensors and meters are typically calibrated to the substance being measured, like wood or drywall.
  • Extraction tools are chosen based on several factors, including the affected space and amount of moisture present.
  • Extraction can take multiple passes to minimize the risk of secondary water damages during moisture extraction.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is a phone call away from ensuring that your home looks “Like it never even happened.” Contact our team at (386) 677-9993 to get started.

How Long Does it Take to Restore a Dayton Beach Business After a Fire?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your business needs to be taken care of quickly and seriously. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

To Estimate the Time Needed to Restore a Daytona Beach Restaurant, Call a Professional Fire Restoration Team

Restoring your restaurant in Daytona Beach after a fire is of paramount importance, but the time it’ll take will depend on the flames, smoke, and soot now settling upon your business. As you coordinate with local authorities, your insurance company, and pertinent Health Department regulations, you need the support of a professional fire restoration team to help you. When time is of the essence, enlisting the support of industry experts is an investment in a prompt resolution and peace of mind.

In Daytona Beach, fire damage restoration services for businesses is our expertise at SERVPRO. We are part of your business network and understand how time-sensitive it is for your restaurant to be up and running again. Our team is available 24/7, and we can begin our process as soon as it is safe for us to enter the premises. With our advanced tools and training, we follow the fire’s path and isolate unaffected areas while removing debris and residue. As needed, our team can also discard items beyond repair and move items requiring specialty drying solutions to an offsite location to restore them.

Can wood fixtures survive fire and water damage?

Your restaurant’s décor is a reflection of the care and passion you have put into your business. 

A gleaming bar made of wood and wooden flooring and furniture may suffer during the fire, but it is not necessarily lost. Our SERVPRO technicians can look at the soot and the water left behind by firefighters and develop a plan to restore those surfaces. Some equipment you might see as we work could include-

  • Drying mats for your hardwood floors
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers to reduce excess humidity
  • Chemical solutions to help wipe down soot

Regardless of how big the fire is, our team at SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach is here to help. Call us at (386) 677-9993 and place your trust in us. Our goal is to have your patrons return to your restaurant, "Like it never even happened."

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What Are The Worst Types Of Damages to Expect After Water Intrusion?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Daytona Beach Homeowners Address Any Water Damage Incident with Minimal Challenges.

You might need professional assistance when there is a water damage incident at your Daytona Beach home because some of the effects of water exposure can be hard to reverse without the right skills. A water loss incident also evolves as time goes by, so proper management is necessary to forestall severe damages. As an IICRC certified firm, SERVPRO has a deeper understanding of water-related issues, including spread patterns, types, and timing of damages. 

How does a single source lead to water damage all over Daytona Beach homes?

In most cases, our SERVPRO crews encounter water spills that originate from one area, such as a punctured water pipe or a faulty section of the roof that lets in rainwater. However, once the water breaches the interior of your house, it can spread widely in a variety of ways, including:

  • Surface flow
  • Evaporation through the air
  • Wicking through materials

Gravity-aided flow is the fastest way for water to spread around your property. Spreading through wicking and evaporation depends on the physical qualities of the materials that water comes into contact with. For example, in an area with a higher percentage of materials with hygroscopic properties such as natural fabrics, drywall, and unsealed wood, the moisture that evaporates into the air is readily absorbed, resulting in damages far from the original point where the breach occurred. Such damage might also remain unnoticed until it is too late.

What types of damage are typical after water intrusion?

  • Ruined finishes
  • Physical alteration of some materials
  • Disintegration of materials
  • Microbial growth 

Various types of finishes in construction materials or other contents in your house are vulnerable to water exposure. For example, paint finishes on walls bubbles or chips when exposed to moisture, while dyes in fabrics, upholstery, or carpets run, leaving patches or stains. In some cases, the damage is worse because materials are ultimately damaged, necessitating costly and time-consuming replacements. For example, carpets can delaminate, a situation where the bonding agent fails, causing the backing to separate from the fibers. Drywall may also crumble due to overexposure to moisture, thus leading to permanent damage.

When do the damages happen?

One thing that complicates the response you have to mount against a water loss incident is that the damages do not occur uniformly. In most cases, you have to deal with issues that develop:

  • Immediately the water spills
  • When the water sits in the property for some time
  • During remedial action such as cleaning

The timing of the response and the kind of action taken are the main factors that impact the outcome of an incident. Since our SERVPRO team includes IICRC certified Applied Structural Drying Specialists, we can take different steps to mitigate the adverse effects that moisture might have on your property. On arrival at the property, we take steps to stop or even reverse instantaneous damages caused by water intrusion. This part of the restoration mostly involves the extraction of water pooling around floors and other areas such as wall cavities. We have fast extraction equipment suited for various tasks. For instance, portable extraction units help remove standing water from various floors, including wooden, tiled, or concrete. For porous floors that retain more water, we have weighted extraction equipment such as ride-on extractors, which combine vacuum lift and weight to remove water from saturated areas faster. We also have cavity extraction equipment such as drying mats which lift water trapped in floor cavities.

How can remedial action lead to damages?

Ideally, every remedial action should help improve the situation. However, it is possible for the actions you take to cause more damages. Some typical problems, including physical alterations such as stretching of carpets or moisture transfer to unaffected or concealed areas within your house. Such damages develop because of using the wrong restoration approaches or failure to balance the actions you take. For example, a carpet loses 50% of its strength when saturated with water. Therefore, some restoration procedures such as floating to quicken drying or aggressive agitation during cleaning can easily stretch them. 

Our SERVPRO technicians take various precautions to prevent such unnecessary damages.  For instance, if we opt to float carpets during drying, we ensure the air movers we use operate at a moderate speed. We also ensure that the carpet is vented and secured to the tack strip to prevent flapping, which can delaminate it or even damage the surrounding walls. 

Water loss incidents can lead to both expected and unexpected damages. SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach can help you manage any issue that arises, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (386) 677-9993.

What Becomes of Books after Mold Inspection in Daytona Beach?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fast action is vital when rescuing books, so if you suspect mold in your home library, do not delay.

Daytona Beach Book Lovers Keen to Save Collections after Mold Inspection?

Book lovers in Daytona Beach know that even in these days of e-readers, there is nothing like picking up a good book and getting lost in the story. Book collections are personal and the thought of something happening to them can be distressing.

Homeowners might worry about what will happen to their books after mold inspection in Daytona Beach. After all, paper is hard to save from mold and other disasters, right? Luckily, the situation may be better than you think.

What makes books susceptible to mold?
Mold requires five things to grow:

    •    An organic food source
    •    Enough moisture
    •    The correct temperatures
    •    Oxygen
    •    Darkness

Unfortunately for your library, the paper is an ideal food source. If it is dark enough and moisture is present, the fungus can quickly grow on your books. Mold can hide in the dark corners behind bookshelves, but even if you cannot see it, you might be able to smell the distinct moldy odor. If you notice a musty smell, contact SERVPRO so we can arrange to carry out mold testing.

What will SERVPRO do during mold testing?
The first step in mold testing is a visual assessment. Then, we use a range of instruments to test for moisture in the area. We use moisture meters and probes, and thermo-hygrometers, to measure moisture and humidity. We can also use thermal imaging to track traces of water across surfaces.

What will happen to the books after mold testing?
If some of your books have mold on them, do not despair. We can send them to our specialist freeze-drying facility for further care. Freeze-drying is a highly effective way of rescuing damaged books and documents. Our freeze-drying method is National Archives and Records Administration approved, and is the same process the Library of Congress uses.

We will flash-freeze your books to prevent further damage, and then we use a high-pressure vacuum to remove air.

We can also use gamma radiation to cleanse your books of any unwanted microbes.

Fast action is vital when rescuing books, so if you suspect mold in your home library, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Water Damage Restoration After A Bathroom Leak?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are common areas for water leaks. We can use moisture meters to detect hidden water damage.

Daytona Beach Residents Need Water Damage Restoration That Does the Job  

Everyone living in Daytona Beach knows how easy it is for a leak to get started in the bathroom. The faucet might leak, the toilet might overflow, or someone might over-fill the bath. When a calamity happens in your home, you want to get it sorted out as quickly as possible.  

SERVPRO offers water damage restoration services in Daytona Beach. No matter what caused the water damage in your bathroom, our trained technicians are here for you. We are always available 24/7, and we are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Whether you are facing a minor leak around the base of your sink, or a significant flood that has soaked your floor, we can remedy it.  

What are the risks of water damage?  

You should not ignore water damage, even if it seems mild. A bathroom leak might lead to:  

  • A broken toilet or faucet
  • Ruined floor coverings
  • Water-logged towels and personal belongings
  • Water damage to walls, baseboards, the floor, and even the ceiling of the room underneath 

There is also a risk of fungal growth if water damage is left untreated. Fast action is essential, which is why we recommend calling us immediately. 

Why is it crucial to call a professional company for water cleanup?  

We know it is tempting to save money by cleaning up water leaks yourself in Daytona Beach. However, water damage restoration is a job for professionals. Trained technicians:  

  • Know the quickest and most effective ways to dry your bathroom
  • Can use thermal imaging to see how deep into the walls the water has spread
  • Have a range of pumps and extractors on hand to vacuum away water
  • Can advise you on which items to salvage, and which to toss 

What can I expect when SERVPRO arrives?

After our technicians arrive and introduce themselves, they will walk through your bathroom and assess the damage. We start with a visual assessment, and we will discuss the nature of the incident with you. We also use various meters and probes to get exact moisture readings. 

Once we fully understand the situation, we will draw up a drying plan and explain it to you. As soon as you confirm you are happy with the program, our team will start remediation.  

Which fixtures and fittings can SERVPRO dry?  

We aim to dry and repair items rather than replace them. We can dry out the floor and walls, behind baseboards, and around fittings in many cases. We can even clean and dry personal belongings such as towels or bath toys.  

We cannot usually dry water-damaged cosmetics, and you will need to toss those items away. Our team will give their professional assessment on what to save and what to trash.  

What happens if the damp has gotten into the walls or soaked into the floor? 

Depending on the leak's source and magnitude, water might have soaked into the walls and made the drywall wet. Water can also leak behind baseboards or soak into wooden floors. SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging, moisture probes, and non-penetrating moisture meters to assess your bathroom and adjacent rooms' damage and rooms directly below the toilet.  

If we find water damage inside the walls or beneath the floors, we can remedy it. Our team can remove damaged materials and replace them. We can also help with replacing wallpaper, repainting walls, and replacing floor coverings. If the situation requires extra professionals, we oversee the new staff and ensure all their work meets our high standards.  

What is the drying process?  

The first step in drying is to remove as much moisture as possible from your bathroom. We achieve this by using pumps and extractors. We also remove as many personal belongings as possible, both to keep them safe and get them out of the way to position dryers and fans where needed. 

When we have completed water extraction, we move on to drying the room. We place air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers, to dry the area. We train all our technicians in drying science and best practices. We monitor moisture levels before, during, and after drying to adjust our technique if necessary. 

Can you help with odors? 

Of course. We understand that water damage often leaves a moldy, unpleasant smell behind. Some of the tools we use include to capture smells and leave your bathroom smelling fresh include: 

  • air scrubbers
  • carbon filters
  • odor removing pellets 

When drying is complete, we will review our work with you and answer any concerns. 

For help cleaning up after a bathroom leak, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993.