Is Your Business Ready For Spring?
Spring is the time to get your building clean and ready for the warmer weather. Dusting, cleaning floors which may have salt and residue from the harsh winter months, as well as washing windows. Landscape also comes to mind as the snow and ice can be particularly harsh on those areas.
Doing a full inspection of your property is very important to reduce the risks of water or mold damage after the harsh winter. Inspection of concrete and all outer walls of the property is necessary to prevent damage to the building. Freezing and settling of the building can cause cracks in walls or concrete. Those cracks will allow moisture to enter your building and can cause water damage or mold growth.
Also make sure to check gutters and drainage pipes to ensure water is properly being directed away from the building. Irrigation lines and exterior hose shit offs should be carefully inspected as they can easily be damaged by harsh winter weather.
Doing these inspections can help reduce the risk of water or mold damage in your business. If you cannot find the source of water in your building SERVPRO of Frankfort can help. We use thermal imaging cameras to detect moisture that is inside the wall. Give us a call today for more information. (815)485-6901
Flood Season in on its Way
According to the National Weather Service approximately 75% of all presidential disaster declaration’s are associated with flooding. NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as
-Burn Scars/Debris Flows(Caused by wildflowers)
-Dry Wash9Caused by heavy rains in dry areas)
-Dam Breaks/Levee Failures
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were in low risk communities. On average floods cost $3.5 million in annual losses in the US and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
When catastrophic water damage happens to you SERVPRO of Frankfort is here to help get you back to normal quickly. We can also help you prepare for an emergency with an emergency ready profile. Give us a call today for more information.
Maintaining Fire Sprinkler Systems
SERVPRO of Frankfort had several calls during the extreme cold from businesses suffering from a water loss due to a malfunction or pipe break in their sprinkler systems. Below are a few helpful tips to help ensure your sprinkler systems continue to work correctly.
1. Keep your system in service. Limit the amount of time your systems are shut down. Always know why they are being shut down and how long they will be out of service.
2. Consider your Fire Safety System while making changes or upgrades to your facility. Remember that adding extra office space or rearranging appliances can have a significant impact on your systems ability to control a fire event.
3. Don’t Alter the System. Sometimes during remodels the system can get overlooked. Do not paint the system or any part of it. Some functions of the system will not properly work if altered.
4. Maintain adequate heat. Make sure to maintain adequate heat for wet sprinkler systems. It is important to make sure all auxiliary drains are drained and continue to drain during freezing weather for all types of sprinkler systems.
5. Conduct all required inspections and testing. Make sure the system is routinely tested and maintained.
Has Mold Always Been An Issue?
Have you ever wondered why there is more talk about mold these days? Has more mold come around these days? The answer is yes, but why is that?
Aound 1945, after the war, there was a need for faster and cheaper houses to be built. During this time the use of drywall began. Drywall is comprised of compressed gypsum between two layers of durable paper.
Gypsum readily absorbs water and dries very slowly. Since mold can start to grow on wet materials within 24-48 hours, this is the perfect place for mold to begin to grow.
The housing boom which still continues today, has created a nationwide opportunity for mold issues. Back before 1945 there was not as much of an issue with mold because homes were comprised of plaster, brick and stone. Mold cannot daily grow on these materials.
Although mold is generally not covered under your homeowners policy with insurance, SERVPRO of Frankfort has several payment options available should you find mold in your home. Give us a call today for your free estimate. (815)485-6901.
Polar Vortex 2019
Life-threatening weather with extreme wind chill and subzero temperatures had the weather service on high alert for record breaking, historical numbers at the end of January. Chicago had a subzero temperature for 52 straight hours. The frigid marathon beat out the last subzero streak in 2014 by 14 hours. Although no all time records were broken in Illinois the low temperature of -23 was close to clipping the record of -27° On January 20, 1985.
Along with the record breaking temperatures came devastation to many homeowners in the area. With the frigid temperatures many waterlines broke in homes, as well as sprinkler systems in many businesses in our area busting. Our professionally trained staff were on high alert and responding quickly to calls for help. After the temperatures rose again and all the snow melted homeowners experiences basement flooding. Our professions are trained to respond quickly and put your mind at ease
Remember SERVPRO of Frankfort is here and ready to help when Illinois throws us any kind of storm,
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Equipping your business with portable fire extinguishers can help put a fire out quickly in the event of an emergency. It can also help minimize damage caused by the fire. Below are tips on how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher.
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Production Association suggests remembering the word pass
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Should you have a fire in your business SERVPRO of Frankfort is available to assist 24 hours a day. Please give us a call at (815)485-6901.
What Can SERVPRO Do For You?
SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals can help with a large array of services. When you want it does right and done fast give us a call. We can help with....
Fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration- Knowing the type of smoke and their behaviors are vital for proper restoration.
Water removal and dehumidification- Our professionals will identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.
Crime scene, bio-hazard and vandalism cleanup- Our technicians are trained to clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA standards.
Mold mitigation and remediation- We work to control and remediate mold contamination.
Contents claim inventory service- Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time.
Air duct and carpet cleaning- Cleaning services can be provided to restore air quality or remove odor or stains.
Odor identification and deodorization- We will find he source of the odor and determine the best method to neutralize and eliminate it.
Give SERVPRO of Frankfort a call today for your free estimate. (815)485-6901
Small Water Leak= Big Problem
SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage sets in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems give us a call today. (815)485-6901. Our trained professionals can safely clean and restore your home utilizing the following procedures
-Identify the source and type of water
-Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture.
-Perform emergency water extraction.
-Move and block furniture and contents.
-Inspect carpets and carpet pad and provide service.
-Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
-Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.
Dispose of refuse.
Mold can start to grow within 24-48 hours after water damage. So if you suspect a water leak in your home give us a call today for your free inspection.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level of the home including in the basement. Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps indicating low battery, take the proper steps to replace the smoke alarm or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the batteries from the alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries.
If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, electrician or the American Red Cross for assistance.
Preparing for an Ice Storm
Illinois has seen some brutal weather this winter, between the Polar Votex of 2019 giving us record breaking temperatures and the flooding that occurred right after with the change of temperature by almost 100 degrees. Now we are set to see an ice storm.
Preparing for an Ice storm is important because it brings the possibility of power outages. Below are a few tips to help you prepare.
1. Make sure flashlights and battery powered radios have batteries. Also keep extra batteries, candles, and matches on hand.
2. Unplug sensitive electronics and appliances if the power does go off.
3. If the power does go off keep refridgerator and freezer doors shut. If food should get to 40 degrees dispose of items immediately.
4. If you use an emergency heating source such as kerosene heaters, fireplaces, or wood burning stoves keep fuels away from the fame and ventilate. Never leave a fire unattended.
5. If it seems your home will be without power for several days drain your water pipes.
Other tips are
-Sore extra blankets and warm clothes where you can easily access them.
-Keep a first aide kit on hand.
-Keep extra canned food and water on hand
-Fill your gas tank up
-Keep cash on hand
-Have enough prescription medications to last a week
If your home should sustain fire or water damage during these times give SERVPRO of Frankfort a calll at (815)485-6901. We have trained staff ready to assist you 24 hours a day.