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Persistent Smoke Odors and Hospitality Hang-Ups

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a bar, restaurant, hotel, or other hospitality centers can prove devastating to a business if the damage is not dealt with swiftly. I addition to the obvious impact had on functionality, image, and productivity, even fires that leave minimal visual damage or smoke residues can prove detrimental. Oftentimes, this is revealed as lingering smoke odors impact patronage. Typically difficult or impossible to mask through store-bought air fresheners and deodorizing tools, smoke odors can prove to be a persistent and problematic pest to be rid of.

Calling a company like SERVPRO to handle fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration ensures that the job is done quickly and your customers do not stop coming due to the unpleasant presence of smoke odors.

We specialize in providing high-quality fire damage treatments for hospitality centers and gathering places across Gilbert and surrounding areas. With specific cleaning and deodorizing agent mixtures designed to target individual types of smoke and fire damage, we can provide the most thorough odor elimination job possible. Our careful treatments with advanced cleaning chemicals – many of which are specially formulated to SERVPRO specifications – are imperative to prevent additional damage to the building and eliminate the many different types of smoke residues that may still linger in your business.

Residual Damage from Storms Can Cause Issues if Not Detected

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

The damage we see after a storm
 

Storm-related flood damage happens to homes every year. Once the downpour is over, the effects can be mild, like soggy area rugs, to minor issues such as leaky windowsills, to devastating such as a loss of walls and floors. Since these are easily spotted, it makes sense to call remediation specialists like SERVPRO who are ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition.

The damage you may overlook after a storm
 

Since the rain strikes so quickly, it’s difficult for the ground around our homes to absorb all of the moisture. Pair with that the heavy rains and high winds that can cause damage to our roofs, and you can see why monsoons can cause so much damage. Unfortunately, sometimes that damage is difficult to see. Perhaps just enough water seeped into your roof through a small crack to slowly accumulate in your attic. It may not be enough to see if it doesn’t seep through to your ceiling with those telltale brown spots. Nonetheless, if left untreated, those small leaks can cause big problems. Not only does the water cause additional weakness in walls and ceilings, but long-standing water can cause mold growth. You may also experience water seepage behind walls that go undetected until mold growth appears.

How to detect unseen issues

Telltale signs of water damage in attics and ceilings might be the brown water spots that appear on ceilings or walls. You might also see bubbling of paint or bulging of drywall. Another sign of unseen damage is odor. Mold growth over time can cause a musty odor even before you see any kind of mold growth. All of these indicate a problem that needs to be addressed immediately; ideally provided by a storm remediation specialist.


Get help immediately to address issues

By the time you spot damage that has been lingering, chances are the situation has been there for a bit. That is why it is so important to call us immediately at the first sign of a problem. Not only can we address the damage or mold growth, but we’ll also identify the areas of weakness can address those as well to prevent future damage.

The Best Way to Fight Mold is Prevention

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

No one likes to see mold in their home or business. It’s unattractive and can cause a musty smell. The intrusion of water into your home or building can result in mold growth. Water seepage can occur due to storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, or poor humidity control. When water issues aren’t addressed right away, the resulting damage can result in mold growth. That’s why the best way to fight mold is prevention. Here’s what you need to know about preventing mold in your home or business.

How does mold grow?

If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not quickly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Why? Because microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible, but you can control growth. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish in the right, moist circumstances. Excessive mold growth can lead to unpleasant conditions that need to be addressed.

Mold growth isn’t always obvious

Some people are surprised when mold appears “out of nowhere” but chances are there are signs that were simply overlooked such as:

  • The presence of visible mold in corners or cracks.
  • Musty odors may indicate the presence of mold.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

To keep mold from growing in your home or business, repair any leaking pipes or faucets, keep ventilation drip pans clean and dry, keep indoor humidity below 50%, and regularly check the plumbing, roof gutters, and other water sources to ensure there are no leaks that can lead to mold growth.

What to do if you experience mold in your home or business

Despite diligent prevention efforts, sometimes mold growth happens. If you are sure or suspect that there is mold in your home or building, call SERVPRO as quickly as possible to prevent the mold growth from continued spread, resulting in a greater chance of unrecoverable property. SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects of mold damage. Contact us 24/7 and our trained professionals will come out and help you with mold remediation.

Signs of a Water Leak

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

An issue can’t be addressed without first knowing that an issue exists, which is particularly true when it comes to water leaks. Because leaks most often happen in areas that aren’t regularly seen (such as behind walls, within ceilings, or underground), knowing that a leak is present can be an issue in itself. Fortunately, there are several tell-tale signs that a water leak is present, without laying eyes on the leak directly. By paying close attention to these signs and understanding where to find Water Damage Repair, you will find that it’s possible to diagnose a leak early on and before it gets too far out of hand.

You See Your Water Bill Skyrocket

Most homeowners are relatively familiar with the amount of their average water bill. So when you see that your water bill has increased significantly, for no apparent reason, then it is time to start worrying. If you do notice a spike in your water bill, it’s important to investigate the reason for the increase by comparing your current water bills to those from the same month last year. If your bill is exponentially larger this year than last year and you haven’t changed your water usage habits significantly, then you may have a water leak on your hands.

You Smell Musty Odors

When absorbed into building materials like sheetrock or drywall, moisture creates a strong musty smell. This means the next time that you pass a room that has a musty smell, you need to investigate rather than making excuses. Musty smells can be a signal of water damage which can often be found in the form of mold and mildew.

Loose, Warped, or Buckled Flooring

Loose floor tiles or curling linoleum in the area can be an indication that water is leaking from the shower pan, slowly warping the underlying floorboards. If your floor is damp for no particular reason, then a leak could be to blame. In such a scenario, you'll want to promptly call in a plumber for an inspection. A pipe leak might not only cause property damage but could also pose a significant health hazard due to the toxicity of the leaking matter.

Smoking Hazards in the House

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are the cause of starting more than 17,000 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments every year! Fires from cigarettes and smoking materials cause nearly 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Find out what you need to know about keeping your home and family safe from smoking hazards in your home.

Smoking Hazards

Smoke is a mixture of heated particles and gases, and it’s impossible to predict its exact make up. The items burned, the temperatures reached, and the amount of oxygen available all play a part in determining the type of smoke produced. While smoke may seem to dissipate quickly, the quick cooling of the particles leave a film and odor able to penetrate the contents of a building, and its structure.

The Importance of Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors allow people to get up see what’s going on. Most the time when we have a fatal fire, there is not a working smoke detector. It’s important to have a safety plan that prepares you to think about where that fire is and how you’re going to get away from it, or get out of the house.

As the seasons change over into the next one, make sure to take the time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them as well. You don’t want to be in the position where you’re not able to detect massive amounts of smoke in your home until it’s too late.

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is the physical damage caused by smoke that’s generated by a fire, not the damage caused by the fire itself. Smoke doesn’t destroy items like fire does, it just coats them with soot and a foul smelling odor.

Smoke damage is also a major health risk, whether it’s the result of a full on house fire or a localized fire that was contained to one room. During smoke inhalation, you have more carbon monoxide in your lungs which prohibits oxygen into your body.

Getting your Home Back After a Fire

No matter how a home fire occurs, it can be devastating for a homeowner to shoulder. If you are a smoker or live with a smoker, make sure to practice safe smoking habits to deter the onset of a home fire.

How We Treat COVID-19 Differently

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

When your home or business is exposed to COVID-19, there often follow feelings of uncertainty and stress. And, unfortunately, the virus may retain the ability to infect you or others who come into contact and proceed to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. SERVPRO recognizes the danger and anxiety that stems from these situations and does all we can to alleviate your concerns by providing thorough disinfections for your residential and commercial properties. Therein, lies the difference between SERVPRO and other disinfection services. Our commitment to a complete clean means that you are as safe as possible in the areas you should feel most secure.

When disinfecting, SERVPRO approaches each job with the appropriate PPE equipment to keep both you and our team safe. We then spray a high-volume mist of highly-concentrated disinfectant which affects nearly the entirety of the area; immediately attacking the virus where it remains. After a 10 minute dwelling period, we follow and wipe down all high-touch surfaces with the same disinfectant. Furthermore, we mop the floors, discard open food or drink items that have been exposed to the disinfecting mist, and spray a lemon-berry scent meant to dispel the unpleasant smell of disinfectant. 

Oftentimes with disinfecting services, you receive no more than a generalized mist throughout the property. Although this is not ineffective, it is not the thorough approach we prioritize. In our method of disinfecting, we aim to ensure that every surface is treated and that the chance of you contracting COVID-19 from your living or working space is minimized to the furthest possible extent.

Fire Safety Facts and Tips

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Our team at SERVPRO of Aurora, wants you and your family to be in the know about fire safety and to always take precautions to avoid a fire in your home. According to the Red Cross, if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape.

Tips for Fire Safety:

  • Have a discussion with the entire family about a fire escape plan and practice the plan annually.
  • install smoke alarms on every level of the home and especially inside bedrooms
  • Make sure you test the smoke alarms every month and always have batteries on deck when they run out.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, get out and call for help. Never go back inside to grab anything.

American Red Cross Fire Facts:

  • The American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year and 93 percent of these were fire-related.
  • Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% in relation to having neither.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.
  • Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. And, two out of three cooking fires start with the range or stove

Prevent Water Damage After Rain Storm

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Everyone can enjoy the occasional summer thunderstorm - but it could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

  • make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn

  • grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

Carpet Cleaning For Your Business

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Most carpeting is designed to camouflage dirt, and that’s especially true for commercial carpeting. If the carpet in your business is looking dull or rough around the edges, it’s probably time for a commercial cleaning.

Dingy carpet can hurt your business in several ways. For example:

  • A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you money.
  • If you own commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on complaints and liability.
  • Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business; clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment, affecting productivity.
  • Clean carpets reduce loose particles, which protects indoor air quality. It has even been proven to reduce exposure to cancer-causing substances that can collect in carpet fibers! A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff.
  • You should consider cleaning your commercial carpet as a regular part of your business maintenance program, which will also cut down on odors lingering throughout the building.

SERVPRO of Aurora Always Ready 24/7

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Our team at SERVPRO of Aurora has been serving our community for over 30 years. That is 30 years of experience, training, learning, and growing to become professional experts on the fire and water restoration industry. When you have a disaster in your home or office, know that our team has the knowledge, tools and experience to handle your damages and get your home or office back to normal as quickly as possible.

We are always ready whenever disaster strikes. Whether it's 5pm or 5am, we have crews, vehicles stocked with equipment, and project managers ready to be dispatched. It's vitally important to call the professionals as quickly as possible, especially if you experience a water damage. The longer the water sits, the faster the damage occurs to wooden floors and the potential for growth to develop increases.

If you or your business experiences a fire or water damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Aurora at 630.862.3930. We're always ready to respond 24/7 and assist you in your time of stress and need.