Extreme Heat Safety Precautions
SERVPRO of Hampton North
As summer approaches it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but is particularly dangerous for the sick, elderly and young.
According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50-90° F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces often in more rural settings remain close to air temperatures."
Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you and your family. If possible stay indoors with the air conditioning. always Remember to care for your pets and bring them indoors or provide them shade and water. Be sure to keep hydrating and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
If you must venture outdoors, wear light-colored, and loose-fitted clothing. It is also important to wear sunscreen when outdoors, and to follow the instructions for repeat application.
Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which include: heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, and fainting according to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Try to reduce the body temperature with cool, wet clothes or a bath. Do not give the person with heat stroke fluids and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. (CDC)
If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.
Extreme Heat Safety Tips to Prepare Your Home
- Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary
- Check air-conditioning ducts for proper ventilation
- Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes). Aluminum foil covered card board can be used to reflect heat back outside.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers, to reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.
Extreme Heat is a danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/index.html
Pre-Planning Helps to Minimize Business Interruption
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As many as 50% of businesses close following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a web-based interface design. Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. Download the Free App
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
?A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
?A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
?A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
?Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
?Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
?Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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When Your Sewage System Backs Up in Hampton
Sewage Cleanup in Hampton
A sewage system backed up in this home and flooded the entire bathroom. This is called a category 3 water contamination. The cleanup requires professionally trained technicians and professional equipment.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.
SERVPRO of Hampton North is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
- Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
What to Do After a Contamination
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
What Not to Do After a Contamination
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don’t use television or other household appliances.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
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Are You Being Exposed to Mold?
Mold You Can See
You may have written off your itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing as seasonal allergies, but the truth is you may be dealing with an even bigger problem: mold.
Mold is not a new problem. Every house, every environment has mold spores, but mold becomes an issue when the mold spores in the home are greater than what is found outside.
Mold is one of the more threatening of organisms and SERVPRO of Hampton North takes it very seriously. The danger lies in the fact the mold is often not easy to find. It likes to hide and can be harbored in any cool, damp place inside your home or place of business. Most people only think of showers and bathrooms as harboring mold, but truthfully, it can hide in attics, crawlspaces, closets, even inside the walls or under the floor.
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:
- Emergency Contact - (757) 825-9700
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
When Your Stuff Gets Wet
Ceiling Leak Restoration in Hampton.
When Your Stuff Gets Wet
Water Damages your contents and things too. SERVPRO Hampton North has seen its share of water damage. The damage can happen from a leaking pipe between the wall, a leaking toilet, a dishwasher relief valve that fails, a refrigeration line fail, a water heater leak, an HVAC system ceiling leak and of course havoc from mother nature.
Most often our first thought is about damage to the floors or to the ceiling, or even the walls. Then the realization that your contents, your treasures, your projects, your books have been damaged too.
We are your Emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business 24/7.
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Does Your Hampton Business Have the SERVPRO ERP Plan?
Let Us Help with Your Emergency Plan
Your Hampton Business Should Have The SERVPRO® ERP System
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to hasten our response times to business emergency calls. The system was designed to help save business owner's time and money, allowing your doors to re-open more quickly.
The SERVPRO ERP System requires the uploading of relevant information that completes and personalizes your business profile. Upon your request, one of our Marketing Representatives will help you complete your profile at no cost.
Your business profile will help your SERVPRO Marketing Representative to know your specific emergency contacts, business needs and circumstances before the emergency strikes your business.
Our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is especially beneficial to motels and restaurants when emergency relief workers will need to a place to stay and to eat.
Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits the SERVPRO ERP System integration can provide your business.
Multiple Business Management
When water damage strikes multiple business locations in Chesapeake, and surrounding areas at once, it can be difficult for some owners to form an adequate response plan of action for each of those locations. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to create a separate profile for each business under your jurisdiction. This function has proved to be very effective in major storm and flood emergencies.
Insurance, Utilities, and Contact Management
Businesses often have numerous connected suppliers, insurers, and other business partners that must be contacted in the event of an emergency. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to store and organize relevant contact lists and insurance information on a location-by-location basis, increasing communications efficacy for both you and SERVPRO.
SERVPRO of Hampton North has been helping local homes and businesses from the effects of water damage through quality care, equipment, and personnel for over 20 years.
For more information on the SERVPRO ERP System call us at (757)825-9700.
Preventive Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties
Commercial Preventive Maintenance Tips
It is spring time, but winter conditions may have caused stress to commercial structures. Spring is an important time to make sure certain tasks are completed to prepare for summer and repair any damage caused by extreme cold and wet weather. Proactive maintenance can help prevent damage to a property, saving time and money throughout the year and can also help with insurance claims. Below are a few items to be examined and cleaned.
Roof and Exterior
Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Chipped paint, siding dents and damage, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters should all be photographed, reported and repaired. If left unresolved, long-term issues can lead to more serious issues including foundation erosion and more.
Landscaping and Irrigation
Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris needs to be done to prepare for spring growth. Irrigation systems need to be checked for damage and proper drainage to be ready for the dry summer season.
Warmer temperatures arriving means the facility mechanical systems should be inspected and maintained. Replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer arrives.
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Controlling Moisture is Key to Controlling Mold
Mold Removal in Hampton
Controlling Moisture is Key to Controlling Mold
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
If you see signs of mold, call us today- (757) 825-9700.
Esporta Technology Cleans Soft Contents Mold
Cleaning Mold in Hampton
When you have water damage in your home or property, typically the floors, walls and ceilings are affected. SERVPRO of Hampton North will take care of the water damaged structure and we will also clean the affected contents.
SERVPRO carefully inventories and packs your contents to deliver to our facility. Upon arrival, our Textile Restoration Experts will begin the water damage cleaning and restoration process to those items.
SERVPRO of Hampton North has state-of-the-art cleaning system on-site that can make water damaged, mold damaged, and even smoke and soot damaged items look like new again.
Our Esporta Wash System specializes in the cleaning of soft contents items, such as stuffed animals, shoes, purses, etc. It helps allow us to Restore, not Replace.
After your items have been cleaned, our professionals will schedule a time to deliver them back to you.
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Salvaging Personal Belongings
Water Damaged Chair Gets Cleaned
One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what can be salvaged and restored. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. Every water damage is unique and case by case. Once we have received notice of your water loss and the source has been stopped, our SERVPRO specialists will identify the source to begin the restoration process.
Here are some things to consider:
Identity the Type of Water Damage
Determining what type of water has damaged your personal belongings is part of our inspection process. In the restoration industry we categorize water as clean water, a category 1, gray water is category 2 and black water is category 3.
SERVPRO of Hampton North has the Esporta technology that cleans all these water damage categories including category 3 contaminated water.
Porous vs Non-Porous Materials
Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. Porosity also means the increase in the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and even damage beyond repair or restoration. Here in lies the case by case scenario. Porous materials such as marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem in being restored because bacteria and mold are not usually able to root to their surface.
The Amount of Time the Water has Saturated Your Belongings
Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet. The longer a porous item sits in water, the more difficult to bring it back to its preloss state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. Belongings that are left damp or wet and exposed to the elements are at a greater risk for mold growth and may not be salvageable. Acting quickly and calling your local SERVPRO as soon as you discover the water damage is key to restoration success.
Restoration or Replacement Costs
SERVPRO will always try to restore your items to their preloss condition unless they are beyond restoration. We know that your belongings are what help to make your home a home. Our restoration helps to save you and your insurance company money, not to mention prevents landfill pollution. If restoration is not an option, then replacement is usually the next option.
When you hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Hampton North, you know that your water damage has been assessed and your belongings have been analyzed for the best course of action to help make it “Like it never even happened.”