October is Fire Prevention Month
No one plans for a fire, but you can plan FOR a fire.
In October 1871, there were many fires burning in the Midwest. The largest and deadliest was NOT the Great Chicago Fire, even though the folklore is deep with that fire, with a cow supposedly kicking over a lantern.
Since 1922, the U.S. has observed a Fire Prevention Week, the second week of the month. In 2000, we added a Fire Prevention Month.
Are you prepared for a fire, either to prevent one or escape one if one starts? Here are a few helpful tips to keep your family safe:
- There should be one on every level of your home.
- It is recommended that there be one in every bedroom, and at least one outside of sleeping areas.
- Smoke alarms should either be mounted in a ceiling, or no greater than 10" from a ceiling on top of a wall.
- Try to keep smoke alarms at least 10' from cooking areas, as there would be numerous false alarms.
- They should be cleaned periodically, and the batteries changed regularly. A good rule of thumb: when you change your clocks in the spring and fall, also change the batteries in your smoke alarms, and clean the to keep dust and grease away from openings.
- There should be one on every level of the home, plus the garage if you have one.
- There should be at least one in or near the cooking area.
- Fire extinguishers come in different purposes, so make sure you have the proper type. Type A = all purpose, while type K = kitchen use. There are other types as well.
- When using a fire extinguisher, remember PASS - Pull pin, Aim at base of fire, Squeeze trigger, Sweep from side to side.
- Have an escape plan, where there's at least two exits from every room.
- Have a meeting place outside, and away from the house, so everyone can be accounted for.
- Practice this plan with children, so they know what to do if a fire alarm goes off.
Water hidden in/behind walls
Water pooling on the floor is easy to see. Water sitting in carpet is easy to feel. But what about water in and behind walls? Or ceilings? Or floors?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has all the proper tools to check for moisture behind walls, under flooring, or in ceilings. And we don't have to make inspection holes.
Moisture meters are designed to check or moisture where you suspect it may be. In the picture below, the wall looked dry; there wasn't any obvious signs of it being wet. But, the meter shows that the window well indeed leaked, and the wall is very wet. If not properly mitigated quickly, mold will soon colonize and grow in the affected wall cavities.
Thermal imaging cameras are also used to help confirm what the moisture meters have found. They also can help detect where the water migrated, especially under flooring. You can read more about thermal imaging cameras on a previous blog: www.SERVPRObedfordparkburbank.com/blog/post/41700/water-damage-restoration/finding-hidden-water-damages
We also utilize another meter designed especially for wood studs, checking the moisture content in the framing. We need to ensure that all structure, framing, walls, floors, and ceilings (and any affected furniture) are dry, preventing any mold from growing.
If you suffered any water damages, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We have the detection methods and drying procedures to make your property good as new.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helping Midwest flooding
The trucks are staged, and ready to roll!
In August, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank made a couple of short trips, one to Iowa and another to Wisconsin. Both trips were to help businesses and residents with flooding issues, due to repeated heavy rains.
The first trip was to northern Iowa. Wave after wave of heavy rains caused widespread flooding in many areas. Within hours of the call for assistance, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was on their way.
A few days after returning from Iowa, central Wisconsin got hit with heavy downpours, with more than a foot of rain falling in about a day's time in areas just west of Madison. Again, just hours after the call came in, SERVPRO was back out on the road.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank prepares for storms, but not quite in the same manner you would do at home. Sure, we make sure nothing of value is at risk from getting storm water damage inside our building. We also prepare for the next call, be it from the Storm Team directing us to visit a hard hit community, to having the necessary equipment and tools to handle water or sewage that infiltrated your home or business.
If water has invaded your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank 24/7/365 at 708-430-3600.
Prepared for the next storm?
Equipment at the ready, awaiting your call!
It seems lately that we are having “Once-in-a-lifetime” storms just about every year. Hurricane Harvey is a prime example.
Now, no one can prepare for 50” of rain in just a few days. But, are you ready for 10” of rain? 5” of rain? Even 1” of rain?
These are just a few of the things you can do now to prepare for the next storm:
- Are your gutters clean and free of debris?
- Do you have downspouts to direct water away from your foundation?
- Did you remove any low spots along the sides of your home, so water will not pool there?
- If your home is susceptible to flooding, are your appliances and furniture in lower levels raised up on blocks?
- Did you remove all cardboard boxes from your lowest level?
- Are all your irreplaceable items stored in a safe, dry place?
If you said yes to all these questions, then you are prepared for the next storm event.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is also prepared for the next storm event, and the one after that, and the one after that. We have machines at the ready to extract standing water, dry structure, and dehumidify inside air. We have meters and cameras to check for hidden moisture, behind walls and under floors.
If Mother Nature was an uninvited guest inside your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We’re ready for that call!
SERVPRO Bedford park/Burbank helps Bridgeview Chamber
Part of the Bridgeview Chamber Executive Board along with volunteers pose at the golf outing.
Recently, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank helped the Bridgeview Chamber during their biggest fundraiser of the year, their annual golf outing. Our Marketing Rep Rick Gauger ran the closest to the pin contest. There were other contests as well, such as longest drive and lowest score.
Monies raised for this fundraiser went to the Chamber's Scholarship Fund, which aids local kids pay for their college tuition. Besides the golf, there were many raffle prizes. This year's golf outing was the best fundraiser the Chamber has had in many years.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is always willing to help the community! Whether it is volunteering at a church, helping local Chambers, or cleaning up after storms, you can count on SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank to lend a helping hand.
SERVPRO has guaranteed pricing and protocols
Can you pick out the commercial building that was prepared for the storm?
SERVPRO Corporate has sat down and struck a deal to certain commercial accounts, setting up specific pricing and protocols established and agreed to by both parties. This ensures that the same consistent and even service is given to those commercial properties, whether it was called into the local SERVPRO franchise (like SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank) or to the SERVPRO National call center. Water, fire or smoke damages, or any restoration or mitigation services needed, are included.
So, whether you own, manage, or insure a commercial property, you can rest assured that your commercial property will be given the best quality service, the quickest response times, and fair pricing. There won’t be any wasted time haggling about procedures or pricing. Just let SERVPRO do its thing to get you back to normal ASAP.
If you’re interested in checking to see if your commercial property is already on the list, call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.
How to clean cigarette smoke
Cigarette smoke has turned this white cover gold.
What can you find in cigarette smoke? There are some toxic compounds, and some compounds that are carcinogenic. The most abundant compounds found in cigarette smoke are: tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide. You will also find traces of acetone, ammonia, benzine, and formaldehyde.
A person who smokes will not leave a great deal of smoke damage to walls, furniture, drapes, etc, from just ONE cigarette. But, over time, the smoke accumulates on these objects, and will continue to stain until it is cleaned.
Tobacco smoke will adhere to all surfaces it touches, leaving a sticky, yellowish-brown substance where the smoking has taken place. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can clean years of accumulated smoke residues. Also, along with the cleaning, SERVPRO will also deodorize the affected areas. In the end, it will feel clean, smell clean, and be clean!
If you know someone who needs smoking residue removed, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.
Who's hungry, for food and knowledge?
FREE lunch and FREE knowledge; who could ask for anything more?
Would you and your coworkers like to know more about mold? Or like to know the best practices when it comes to a sewage backup? Or what to do after a fire loss?
Now, no one PLANS to have a disaster of any magnitude strike their place of business, but wouldn't you feel better knowing what to do in case something DOES happen? Or, perhaps ways to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank would love to come out to your facility and discuss any of these topics (and more), and we'll even bring lunch for those in attendance. And it's all FREE!
Simply call today at 708-430-3600, and we can schedule a date and time convenient for everyone. These presentations could be as short as 15 minutes, or we could present for an hour if needed.
Removing water to speed up drying process
The carpet looks wet. Padding? Walls? Insulation? They ALL could be wet too.
Water. It could be pleasant to look at, such as fountains or waterfalls. It’s also necessary, like to bathe, wash clothes or dishes, and used as a power source. Water also is needed to help us survive, as in consuming water and cooking.
But, unnecessary water, such as flooding, seepage, plumbing malfunctions, and sink overflows are not only a nuisance, but can also be dangerous. Tackling unwanted water in your home or business should be addressed as soon as possible, to help cut down the possibility of secondary damages.
Standing water is much easier to remove than simply waiting for evaporation. Scientists say it’s 1200 times easier. Imagine taking two identical washcloths. Soak both in water, and lay them both flat to dry. But, wring as much moisture from one washcloth before laying it down. Which washcloth will be dry first?
If you suffer a water damage in your home, do you know where all the water goes? Is the carpet wet? If so, then perhaps the padding underneath is soaked. Is the carpet next to a wall wet? Then, your wall structure could be wet as well. Water can wick up drywall as fast as an inch per hour. Now the insulation inside that wall cavity might be wet as well. And the wood studs might have captured some moisture too.
If you have water damages in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. We have meters and thermal imaging cameras to find water and moisture hidden in ceilings, floors, and behind walls as well. Peace of mind starts by calling 708-430-3600.
Machine used to get rid of odors
Another machine to help eliminate odors.
Mother Nature cleans the outside air by using a process called hydroxyl. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank can replicate that process indoors by using a hydroxyl generator.
A hydroxyl generator would be used to combat odors from: fire and smoke damages, deceased body situations, sewage losses, skunk or pet odors, etc. Any time you need aggressive odor removal, this machine will do the trick.
A hydroxyl generator creates radicals (molecules) that temporarily changes the molecular property of nearby air for less than two seconds. These radicals attack the odor causing particles and help cleanse the air. Because these radicals only exist for less than two seconds, they need a constant stream of air passing through the generator to completely eradicate the offending odors.
Also, because the radicals last less than two seconds, it’s safe to have people, plants, and pets in the work area. Insurance companies and homeowners both like this aspect; there is no need to shelter elsewhere when using the hydroxyl generator. Another machine used in restoration purposes, ozone, has radicals that last much longer, and is thereby unsafe to use in areas where people, plants, or pets are around.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has all the latest techniques and equipment to mitigate fire or water damages, remediate mold, or handle any type of cleaning necessary to get you back to normal living again, as soon as possible. A call to: 708-430-3600 will get the process started.