Grill Fire Danger and How to Prevent It
This grill was destroyed after its' flames were left unattended; the damage done to homes by a grill fire could be even more devastating.
As summer begins and holidays like the Fourth of July approach, families and friends will be gathering for outdoor celebrations, cookouts, and barbecues. However, these fun summer activities can soon lead to disaster when grills and bonfires are left unattended. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), more than 5,000 grill fires occur on residential properties each year, and outside fire pits and bonfires caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires in 2016.
It is important to make safety a priority when it comes to hosting family cookouts and other events this summer. You can avoid a fire-related accident with these six safety tips:
- Ensure that your grill is on a flat surface, kept clear from overhanging branches and away from flammable materials
- Keep your grill a safe distance away from where people will be playing games, walking or sitting
- Use long-handled grilling tools to give plenty of space between you and the flames
- Pick your fire pit spot wisely and make sure the weather conditions are appropriate for a fire
- Build the fire at least 15 feet away from trees, shrubs or flammable materials
- Always make sure to completely extinguish the fire when you are done by letting it burn down to ashes, pouring water over the embers and stirring everything in the pit with a shovel
Preventing Mold in Your Home
This dining room was completely taken over by mold that was allowed to grow without professional intervention.
Residential and commercial buildings alike can be difficult to prevent mold growth in because of the summer humidity levels that come with Ohio’s climate. Mold loves humidity and can easily survive and flourish on even the smallest amount of moisture within the walls or floors during a humid summer day. Because of this, indoor mold is most commonly found in the most damp, humid areas of the house, especially bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Mold can grow uncontrolled as well on ceilings and inside of walls if the building has been recently water damaged.
Mold is a common fungus, of which there are thousands of different species spread throughout the world. The only way to prevent mold growth is to make the building uninhabitable to the fungi life cycle. Here are a few ways to deter mold growth:
- Use mold inhibitors on walls before painting any area, especially potentially damp areas like bathrooms and basements.
- Use dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and fans to keep humidity levels steady and low enough that mold cannot grow, the ideal being between 30 and 65 percent.
- Make sure that the areas under and around houseplants are free from excess water
- Keep rugs from damp rooms such as bathrooms or basements dry and frequently cleaned. Spores can thrive in a damp carpet and cause a severe mold issue.
- Use sanitizing mold prevention products to clean areas after water damage or mildew growth to reduce the risk of future mold issues in your home..
- Contact a mold remediation professional at the first sign of water leakage under appliances or in bathrooms.
Sometimes mold attacks in unseen places after a flood or pipe leak. Once this occurs, removing the water is not enough to eliminate the fungi entirely. Mold can survive for years without water, only to reemerge when exposed to liquid. Seeking the assistance of a remediation expert may help prevent future contamination and water damage. Our experts at SERVPRO of South Richland County know how to disinfect infected areas and completely kill mold colonies in your residence.
Staying Safe During a Thunderstorm or Flood
The aftermath of a severe thunderstorm in North Central Ohio; this house was all but destroyed by a tree that was knocked over during a storm.
April showers might bring May flowers, but North Central Ohio’s indecisive weather can often bring major water damage into your residential or commercial property. As we transition from spring to summer climates, there are a few different weather-related risks that could cause serious damage to your home or business.
Thunderstorms can occur anywhere at any time of the day, however they are most likely to happen in the afternoon during the spring and summer months. These storms are created by cumulonimbus clouds, and can produce extreme winds, lightning, and hail. Lightning can be very dangerous as well; in fact, more people are killed by lightning every year than they are by tornadoes.
When a thunderstorm is predicted in your area, there are some precautions you can take.
- If you can hear the thunder produced by the storm from your residence or business, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.
- Keep an eye out for storm signs such as quickly darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds.
- Postpone any outdoor activities, and avoid driving in storm conditions.
- Find shelter immediately, in the basement of your residence or business if possible, closing all windows and doors securely.
- If you are driving when the storm hits, pull over and take shelter in your car immediately.
- Refrain from bathing, showering, using plumbing, or swimming during storm conditions.
- Ensure that storm drains near your property are kept unobstructed.
- Keep trees around your property trimmed; a severe thunderstorm might cause and straggling branches to break and damage your residence or business.
Spring and early summer is the prime time for flooding. As the seasons change, heavy spring rains can overwhelm rivers and streams and cause flooding. When water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area, catastrophic flash flood may occur. It is good to be prepared and have a solid evacuation plan for your family or employees when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
Some basic flood safety steps include:
- Avoid flood waters at all cost. Just six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn the car around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Gather your family or employees, some emergency supplies, and any important belongings and evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible.
- Store your most important items such as photo albums, family heirlooms, and business documents in tightly-sealed plastic containers to ensure that they are well protected from floodwaters. As well consider storing valuables in the attic rather than the basement.
The key when it comes to thunderstorms and floods is to make sure that you have a safety plan in place. Ensure that your family members or employees know to take shelter in the basement during a thunderstorm or to retreat to the highest level of your property during a flood. It is advisable to keep a supply of food, water, flashlights and batteries, and a first aid kit in the case of any emergency.
SERVPRO of South Richland County is dedicated to taking quality care of restoring your home or business after the inclement weather, so that the health and safety of your family and employees can be your main concern when a flood or thunderstorm hits.
Summer Fire Hazard: Air Conditioning Units
This air conditioning unit caught fire and caused unexpected damage for these homeowners.
There is no better feeling than walking out of the blistering summer heat and into the cool climate of your air conditioned home. However, what many people don’t know is that the same AC unit that makes summer temperatures more bearable can sometimes be a major fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, air conditioner fires caused 20 deaths and an estimated $82 million in property damage across the nation in 2016. There are several reasons why these potentially catastrophic fires might occur.
With sweltering temperatures outside, you might not think twice about letting your air conditioning unit run all day and night. However, prolonged overuse can cause serious issues and create a risk of your unit catching fire. Continuous use of the AC can lead to parts of its internal machinery breaking down and can shorten the lifespan of your unit as well as making it a fire hazard. Instead of leaving the air conditioner to run all day, consider shutting it off whenever you leave the house and turning it back on when you return. Turning the AC off at night when temperatures are less unbearable is also advisable to keep your unit running well and home safe from fire.
Another potential cause of air conditioner fires is improper maintenance of the unit. Annual checks should be performed on your AC unit to ensure that all of its pieces and parts are in proper working order. Filters should be inspected and cleaned regularly and replaced when needed. It is also important to never use extension cords when plugging in you air conditioner unit, and to make sure that it is securely attached to the window. As well, it is essential to keep the space around your AC free of debris, as any stray materials might get sucked into the unit and catch fire.
When the temperate begins to cimb, many homeowners rush to take their air conditioning unit out of storage and reinstall it immediately. While the heat might be unbearable, it is nothing compared to the tragedy of losing your home and belongings to a house fire that could have been avoided. When setting up your AC, take some time to check that all the equipment is in the same state as it was when you last put it away. If there are any broken panels or loose wires, the unit might not be safe for use. If you stored your air conditioning unit in a garage, shed, or storage unit throughout the fall and winter seasons, the wires could have been tampered with by mice, rats, or other small rodents. One chewed up wire inside your unit is all it takes for a fire to start.
In the case that your air conditioning unit does catch fire and cause significant damage to your home, our clean-up and restoration experts at SERVPRO of South Richland County are here to help. Our employees are experienced, well-trained, and have all the necessary tools to restore your property after a fire “Like it never even happened.”
When You Have A Biohazard Problem In Your Home
Not all biohazards are chemicals or come from a sharps box on your physician's wall. They can come with owning homes and sometimes with business and office buildings. Biohazards can affect people's health, and create situations that can seem unbearable. Wildlife that has entered into the roof of any home or other building, or is even nearby, can bring infestations with them. Mites, fleas, ticks, and even lice can become a problem when brought in by their original hosts, especially when their hosts leave them behind or worse when they die inside of your building or home.
In Mansfield, biohazard problems exist in many locations, often with no one becoming aware of the source. Because of this, experts need to be consulted. SERVPRO is trained in not only restoration but also in the control and elimination of biohazards. Birds often bring with them different strains of bird mites, and while these tiny parasites cannot burrow into the skin, their bites create a risk of allergic reactions, intense itching, and secondary infections. Lice, also from birds, can infest people, and create the same discomfort, but in a worse way. Because lice can infest people, a hot, soapy shower won't suffice like it will with bird mites. Treatment with a pediculicide often means neurotoxins, creating an additional risk.
Ticks and fleas can also carry disease directly, but these do not travel as quickly as lice and mites can, and remain closer to their original location. These should still be considered as risks and avoided. It is necessary to have a professional team conduct the cleaning of an infested area that has possible biohazards such as these blood-sucking parasites. Deceased animals also found can be disposed of properly at the same time, and the area thoroughly sanitized and made risk-free again.
Signs of an infestation include unexplained bites, scratching for no reason, lice infestations when the risk factor for such is very low, or even small black dots on the skin that move quickly. Those are mites, and their bites can be very tiny, but extremely painful. If this sounds like a biohazard situation that you may be dealing with, SERVPRO of South Richland County can help you eliminate the problem. Call us at (419) 526-2701 any time, day or night, and we will assist you in ridding your home of any biohazards that have been creating problems for you and your family.
Controlling Water Damage
Residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main, or a malfunction in your sewer system. Whatever the ultimate cause may be, the result will be a soggy, dangerous mess that must be correctly addressed and controlled immediately. If your home has been affected by residential water damage in Mansfield, Ohio, take charge of the situation now. You can get your emergency solved in a prompt and timely manner by a skilled and qualified local restoration service.
Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to deal to contact a locally owned cleanup and restoration service that is fully equipped and qualified to deal with the situation. You'll need to be able to trust this service with your property, but it would also be nice to feel that they will treat your building as part of their own community.
Contact Us for a Same-day Risk Assessment and Work Estimate
As soon as you contact us with the details concerning your emergency, we will arrive at your property for a full, same-day risk assessment and work estimate. We will examine every aspect of your property and find out what the extent of the damage is. Once we have established this, we will give you a complete estimate concerning the cost of the work that we will do for you. You are under absolutely no obligation unless you agree to let us do the work.
Even When the Water Is Gone, Mold Can Remain in Your Home
Even when all of the water has been removed from your home, you should know that dangers can remain behind. One of the worst and most pressing of these potential hazards is mold growth. Mold can hide in nooks and crannies all throughout your house and breed unnoticed until it takes over your entire property. This can lead to your property being condemned as unfit to live in and require more time and money to repair.
If mold growth is detected in your HVAC system or water filtration unit, the best way to deal with the problem is to root it out immediately. Our service team of skilled professionals can make sure all mold growth is destroyed and purify your air and water systems so that your family will not suffer any ill effects in the future. The faster this is done, the sooner your family can breathe freely without fearing further risks to their health.
Contact Us Today for More Information
SERVPRO of South Richland County is a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that is equipped to handle emergencies in Mansfield as well all surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 526-2701.
Water Damage in Mansfield, OH --Help Is On the Way
SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Water Damaged Mansfield Home
Many sources of water damage could affect a home. Among the common causes of water damage are flooding, clogs, bad plumbing, flash floods, and faulty appliances. One common issue is an overflowing septic tank which can result in placing raw sewage in your home. Gutters can be overwhelmed with water and roofs could leak which could lead to water damage in your home. While you can try to clean the water up yourself, if more than a mop and bucket are needed, your best bet is to hire professionals from SERVPRO to do the job because of the expertise and the equipment needed.
There is a process required to take care of water damage restoration. There are plenty of steps that professionals follow to make sure the home gets back to its prime form. The experts inspect the areas of the home to ensure that no further water is entering the house from the exterior or an internal leak. Moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers help to find wet pockets of moisture in the home. They check out all of the inaccessible areas to find all of the moisture. When you leave water in the remote areas, you could get problems like mold, and degradation of wood studs and drywall. They also decide on the technology needed, following the standards and guidelines of the IICRC, to clean and dry out all water damaged articles, building materials, and electronics.
When ignored or undetected, water damage causes the following common problems. There is lower property value due to the compromised structure of your home. Paint can also start peeling from the walls because of the water damage. Water can ruin your carpets and warp any hardwood floors. The HVAC system can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Clothes might need to be quickly dried before any permanent damage occurs. There are plenty of other issues with water damage if you are not taking care of it.
SERVPRO of South Richland County is a premier water damage restoration company, as attested to by many insurance businesses and BBB advisements. Why not call on them to restore your water damaged Mansfield property to its preloss condition? "Like it never even happened." They are available every hour of the day to provide the service that you need. Give them a call at (419)526-2701.
Mold Damage Mansfield -Homeowners Hate It
Mold Damage Around the Door Can Indicate Larger Problems within Your Mansfield home.
SERVPRO Can Restore Your Mold Damaged Mansfield Home to a Safe and Healthy Place
Mold damage in your Mansfield home can cause adverse health effects to you and your family. Mold growth also indicates something else may be wrong with your house--too high humidity , moisture resulting from leaks or cracks in the foundation, or the aftermath of a flood. Molds are fungi that impact most people in one way or another. In many, it merely makes them feel uncomfortable. The reaction to allergens, mycotoxins, and even pollen vary among individuals.
Mold spores that are common all around your home need moisture to grow. It also requires an organic substance for nutrients. The reason it might be in your house could be because you have a water leak somewhere. This supplies the moisture that the mold requires for colonizing into large patches, visible or not.
When you call upon a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO, expect quick service. They come and begin the inspection that is necessary to locate all of the areas in which mold is growing. Since the fungi can start to grow in as little as 48-72 hours, they know they have to work fast. They have the tools and devices to find the mold growths. It can be inside of the walls, below the flooring and above the ceilings. No carpet is left unturned if there is a hint of moisture buildup. After the inspection, the work begins.
This process starts with containment if more than an isolated mold patch is discovered. Air circulation by the HVAC system or fans must be stopped to prevent the movement of mold spores to unaffected areas of the property. All non-porous surfaces such as tile, metal and plastic can be cleaned and sanitized with green technology cleansers and disinfectant agents. Materials that cannot be cleaned, such as portions of drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets and padding, and some furniture, are wrapped, removed and discarded in an authorized location. This is always the last resort. SERVPRO's aim is to remediate your home in the most practical and least expensive manner.
Unfortunately, replacement of building materials that have to be torn out can occur. This means the sheet rock, whether replacing entire sheets or just a few patches to clean up the walls. It also means the cleaning and rehanging of the draperies and placing fabric cushions that have been cleaned and re-stuffed, if appropriate. As examples.
Commercial air purifiers and foggers are employed to sanitize and deodorize the affected areas of the home. Air scrubbers will suck in the ambient air and remove a large portion of the mold spores. SERVPRO will conduct a final walk-through to make sure that the known areas of mold infestation have been destroyed, and there are not moisture problems remaining. We will restore your home to its pre-mold damage condition "Like it never even happened."
When you detect a problem with mold damage, give SERVPRO of South Richland County a call.
Smoke Damage And Your Possessions
Smoke and Fire Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO
Once a fire takes place on your property, you will likely find yourself experiencing anxiety and concern regarding the condition of your residential living space. Smoke damage to your possessions presents unique challenges to SERVPRO for successful salvaging. For example, the smoke that results from a fire can leave behind a residue that coats your property and causes issues such as warping, rusting, corrosion, etching, discoloration, and staining. Smoke generates unwanted odors that that are stubborn to remove. There are four categories of property items that are specifically susceptible to extensive, expensive damage from the smoke and soot that fires generate.
Wooden furniture will often require careful, extensive treatment due to smoke and soot damage. Typically, wood is very porous, which makes it more susceptible to retaining odors, acquiring residue, and taking on staining. Hard surfaces offer a landing point for oily soot.
Carpets, Drapes, Upholstery, and Rugs
Each of these items is recognized for absorbing and subsequently retaining unpleasant smells. Depending on the level of penetration and type of material, the odors generated by smoke soot can be difficult to remove completely. SERVPRO utilizes specialized dry cleaning services for fabrics.
A library replete with well-kept books in good condition can quickly deteriorate into a library full of damaged books. The heat and acid generated by the smoke can degrade book bindings and cause discoloration of the pages. If the books were wetted, we have specific equipment and techniques for drying and restoring, if possible.
Different media of artwork can be adversely impacted from smoke damage, including antique sculptures, original paintings and framing, and family photographs and albums. Although you may feel inclined to complete the restoration process on your own, it is always best to contact industry experts to do the job. If you complete the cleaning process incorrectly or incompletely, you could permanently damage or even destroy your valuable artwork. SERVPRO can restore many artifacts but recognizes limitations and liabilities. We can secure the services of an art museum or a private company for restoration.
Choose SERVPRO Now!
Once your property is impacted by smoke damage there's only one company to call for professional restoration: SERVPRO. With over 57 years of experience in the industry and all members of our team IICRC-certified professionals, we are passionate about offering customized services that suit your individual needs and preferences. We offer free estimates, a fast response, and immediate customer service. Don't put up with unwanted smoke damage and odors for a moment longer. Instead, allow us to restore your property "Like it never even happened."
Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
SERVPRO of South Richland Co is dedicated to responding immediately day or night to your Mansfield home or business. We offer 24/7 service to Mansfield, and surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 526-2701.
Prevention Is the Best Mold Cleanup Technique
What's the best way to get mold out of your home in Mansfield, Ohio? Don't give it a chance to start growing. Sometimes you don't realize the need for mold prevention until you have to deal with a major remediation. After a cleanup, our residential mold remediation team may be able to give you tips you can use to prevent mold from returning to your home.
Avoid Water Damage
Excess water creates a great place for mold to start growing. In fact, spores need to land on a wet surface to start growing in a new place. If you can prevent water damage, you have taken away one of the necessities of this fungus. Of course, some water problems happen quickly and without warning, but you can keep these tips in mind as you try to prevent water issues:
• Clean out your gutters
• Avoid planting trees too close to the foundation
• Hire a plumber to address leaks as soon as possible
• Make fixes to your roof quickly
• Test your sump pump regularly
• Turn off the water supply before going out of town
Mold prevention requires you to think ahead and act without hesitation.
Excess moisture can also come in the form of high humidity. Mold growth can be kick-started by high levels of moisture in the air. You can prevent this type of water problem by running your HVAC system or using a dehumidifier in your home. The goal should be to keep your home's humidity level at or below 45 percent.
It may sound silly, but cutting back on clutter can actually help stop mold growth. Too much stuff laying around your house can reduce circulation, which limits the effectiveness of your HVAC unit. Some clutter could even encourage condensation.
If you want to easily take care of a mold problem, you need to start practicing mold prevention. Stopping mold from growing is the best way to take care of the fungus.