As the summer approaches, its time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick and over weight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those live in rural areas.
According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces such as roofs and pavements, to temperatures 50-90 degrees F hotter than air, while shaded or moist surfaces -often in more rural surroundings remain close to air temperatures."
Weather you are in rural or urban there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible stay in doors with air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets that may be outside or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake..
If you must go outside, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to sighs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the center of Disease Control and Prevention CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is life-threating. Signs of heat stroke are high body temperature (103 degree F), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has had a heat stroke call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool, wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with a heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).
Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention visit ready.gov or cdc.gov
Understanding smoke and its behavior
The damage to you property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Proffessinals are throughly trained in the fire clean up and restoration and know the different type of smoke and there behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun city West/S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and contents.
Different types of Smoke
Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering,pungent odor, sticky , smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood
Fast burning,high tempature, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue ( Prooduced by evaporation of materials rather than from fire)
Virturally invisible, dis colors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent order.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance Puff Back)
while puff backs can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise are trained to handle even the toughest loss. If your home or business suffers fire, smoke damage contact us at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.
Are you prepared to grill safely?
Before firing up your grill.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure.
- Clean your grill regularly
- check for gas leaks
- keep decorations away from your grill
- keep a spray bottle of water handy
- keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.
- Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face.
- Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
- Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up ythat could light nearby things on fire
- Never use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. in addition to the fire hazards, GRILLS RELEASE CARBON MOMOXIDE, the deadly colorless, order less gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, and your family and pets.
- For more safety tips contact your local fire department.
Signs that it is time for an Air Duct Cleaning
Dirty Air Duct
A routine part of SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise proffessinals service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) The air duct system is an important system of the house because it is responsible for circulating and distributing the heating and cooling throughout the home. Like most household systems, air ducts need to be cleaned and maintained every now and them to insure that it continues to function properly and efficiently. Air ducts do not need to be cleaned as often as other areas of the home but it is beneficial for the homeowner to be aware of when they need to be cleaned.
For more information and to schedule an appointment call SERVPRO of Sun City//Sun City West/S..E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930
Smoke Alarms saves lifes
Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained.
Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In homes smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state for requirements or contact your local fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replacement batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten tears. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replace every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the batteries or unit. Never disable or remove the batteries from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected.
If you need help installing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. for more in formation on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930
Be ready in case of a emergency
Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930 To schedule your Emergency READY Profile today
No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for what ever happens" in 2017.
In the event of an emergency, The ERP can help minimize business interruption by having a plan off action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut of valve location and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. The ERP is a non-cost assessment,, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY app, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether is it a small water leak, large fire or a area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930.
Faster to any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service
Benefits of Mitigation
1-4-8 Service Responce Guidlines. SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Responce Guildlines help ensure timely communication and Responce. Quick and accurate Responce can minimize loss expenses from secondary damages.
- 1. With in one hour of loss SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will contact you to arrange service.
- 4. With in four hours of notice of loss notification, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will be on-site to start mitigation services.
- 8. Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the your insurance adjuster, property manager or point of contact by SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional.
- Fire and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise provides fire and water restoration services 24 hours a day 7 days a week- including holidays.
Faster To any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration cost.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - 623-546-1930
Mold in your home?
Call SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930 and we ca help you find a mold specialist and take care of your mold remediation.
Mold in your home? Double check an give the Professionals a call.
Part of owning a home is maintaining it and keeping a safe place to live. We often talk about being prepared for water damage, fire and maintaining the necessary measures when a loss occurs. But preventing and checking mold is just as important, mold can continue to spread and become a serious health problem if not taken care of.
What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.
Its important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try applying a sealant that is designed to protect and preserve the surface it's applied to such as a structure guard. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what prevention measures you take it is still necessary to keep aware and test for mold continuously.
If you find what appears to be mold in your home or work place try out an at home mold test. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to preform a professional test. Once finalized,, it's the results that are important.
1. Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City west/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930
2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment.
3. Mold Containment.
4. Air Filtration.
5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials.
6. Cleaning Contents And Belongings.
8. Reconstruction if needed.
Are you Red Cross Ready?
Red cross Preparedness bags, sold at participating Walmart's..
Everyone needs to be prepared, no matter what state you live in. Luckily you have friends like SERVPRO who is also Partner with The Red Cross.
There are many different kinds of disasters, depending on where you live. Here in Arizona we don't have tornadoes touching down or hurricanes but we do have very high temps. Its important to be ready for anything.
It's as easy as 1-2-3
Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming but - with a little help from the Red Cross- it's actuepally very doable.
1. Get a kit
learn the essential supply's to put in your family's first aid survival kits
2. Make a plan
plan effectively for you and your family in case of a emergency
3. Be informed
Understand which disasters are likely in your area and what you must know to stay safe
For more information visit red cross.org
Leaking water heater Surprise, AZ
The Homeowner was thrilled that SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise came to there rescue.
Unnoticed leak. When a leak develops, the water might not come rushing out. Most of the time it is a slow leak that may go unnoticed for a few days even weeks. If the water heater is located on the second floor the damage will be more extensive since the water always flows downhill. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of a water heater causing damage to your home or business.
Regular inspect. It is a good idea to flush your water heater twice a year to eliminate sediment build up. Putting in a inexpensive drip pan below the water heater that drains to the outside of the property can prevent thousands of dollars in water damages in many cases. Age is a big factor. Many water heater manufactures estimate the life span of a water heater to be 8-12 years. What to look for.
Water doesn't get as hot as usual
hot water heater makes cracklings and popping noises when it's heating
There is a metallic taste in your hot water.
Rust is forming on the outside bottom of your water heater.
A puddle is forming under your water heater.
The burner units have become clogged or rusty.
The picture below is of a water heater that had been leaking in Surprise,AZ causing the drywall to swell and some mold growth. SERVPROof Sun City/Sun City/West and S.E. Surprise was called in to clean up the aftermath!