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.
Is Mold Helpful or Harmful
There are many types of mold. Mold is an important part of the ecosystem and not all molds are harmful.
Mushrooms are mold that is consumed by people. Mold is also found in other foods such as cheese and soy products. It is also used to make antibiotics to help heal people and animals. Soy is an important part of the ecosystem because it breaks down dead material so it can deposit back into the ground.
Although many types of mold are considered safe, some are harmful and should be taken very seriously. I
Upon calling us SERVPRO of Frankfort can
-inspect your home for mold
-Assess the size of the problem and the type of mold
-Identify the source of moisture causing the mold growth
-Plan and execute the remediation.
If you suspect mold in your home or business give us a call today. (815)485-6901
Is it Necessary to Clean a Commercial Building’s Air Ducts?
Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filteration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering your duct systems. The dust can accumulate to the point that it starts breaking off and reentering the air. When this happens, you will notice your workspace becomes dusty faster.
High humidity in a commercial building can cause mold to develope in the duct systems. If this happens the mold spores will circulate through the whole building and can aggravate your employees allergies, asthma, and increase risk of upper respiratory infection.
Cleaning your duct systems can improve indoor air quality, improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, and extend your HVAC lifespan.
SERVPRO of Frankfort can inspect and clean your commercial ducts. Please give us a call so we can schedule your free estimate today. Call our friendly office staff at (815)485-6901.
Mold is Alive
Molds are microscopic organismsfound virtually everywhere indoors and outdoors. Mold is alive but it is neither a plant nor an organism. Mold is a type of fungus.
Fungal growth requires oxygen, adequate temperature, nutrients and water to survive and grow.
Mold can damage your home as well as compromise your health.
Some places where mold can grow in your home are
Mold grows in cool, dry, dark areas. Mold will start to grow on these damp areas within 48 hours, so it is very important to immediately call SERVPRO of Frankfort if you suspect water damage in your home.
SERVPRO of Frankfort is here for you 24 hours a day to help you prevent mold growth due to water emergencies. If you should have mold our trained professionals can remediate and mitigate that as well.
Reducing the Risks of Mold Growth
Mold growth in your home can cause damage to your home, cause costly repair as well as cause health risks.
Here are some tips on helping to reduce the risk of mold growth in your home.
-Reduce humidity in your home by opening windows for approximately 30 minutes per day.
-Prevent leaks due to rain and when it isn’t avoidable, dry and treat all waer damage writhing 24 hours of he water exposure.
-Regularly clean areas in your home that accumulate humidity such as showers, faucets, pipes and floors near fixtures.
-After you clean items make sure they are throughly dries and if possible leave in the sunlight.
If your walls, floors, furniture or any of your large items get wet call SERVPRO of Frankfort right away so we can dry those items and save you time, money, and damage to your home.