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The 4 Most Common Types of Fire

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

While a fire can start anywhere at any time, below is a list of the top four most common causes of fires. This information may even help you to prevent starting a fire.

1. In the United States, the most common type of fire starts in the kitchen. Whether it is from burning food, grease, or an electrical problem, often times all three can cause a fire. Grease is the major cause of a fire it can grow and spread quickly, getting out of control and spreading to other rooms of your home, before the fire department arrives.

2. Electrical fires are the second most common type of house fire. When you have electricity and water it can be bad. Often times, if the wiring is old or not grounded a fire can start and someone can be electrocuted. Electrical fires can be caused by several different things, including old wiring, faulty wiring, broken or old breaker boxes, faulty appliances, and the improper use of outlets.

3. During the cold winter months’ portable heaters and electric blankets start their fair share of fires. If you have to use a portable heater make sure you one that has a timer and an automotive shut-off. In place of electric blankets try using a heavy quilt.

4. Smoking is the fourth leading cause of fires. If you can smoke outside and make sure you put your cigarette out before going back inside your home. People fall asleep smoking more often than most people can imagine there are nearly a thousand deaths a year in the United States, because of smoking not to mention the loss off property. It does not take much for an ember off the tip of a cigarette to catch a chair, couch, rug, or curtains on fire, so be extra cautious when smoking in your home.

You can’t always prevent a fire especially an electrical one due to poor or faulty wiring or appliances. So, when you have the option to use extreme caution such as smoking, or cooking please do so!

Dust in air ducts causing allergies!

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

ALLERGIES CAUSED BY DUST IN AIR DUCTS

There are a lot of things that need cleaning your home that you normally skimp on. Nobody thinks about checking or inspecting their air ducts to make sure that they’re performing properly. But you should. Dirty air ducts lead to many problems, including dirty air quality and allergies. Clean air ducts can even save you money and make your HVAC system last longer. If your air ducts look dirty to you, that’s because they are. We’ll go into detail about the benefits of cleaning you air ducts routinely and how to go about it.

AIR QUALITY IMPROVES

Dust buildup in your home is inevitable. When your HVAC system takes air in to circulate it out, dust gets stuck in the air ducts. Studies have found that in normal homes, nearly 40 pounds of dust is created just by living in your home. Now think about all 40 pounds of dust airing through your home and resting in the ducts. Not a very pretty thing to think about, right? 

Since dust isn’t toxic, when it’s in the air it doesn’t mean that the air in your home is unhealthy to breathe in. It just means that for people with respiratory problems like asthma, or allergies to certain elements in the environment, it could be harder to inhale.

ALLERGIES AND DUST

A buildup of dust in the air makes it difficult for people with lung problems to breathe. It causes wheezing, tight chest, and short breath.

Dust allergies aren’t just triggered by dust, however. It’s also caused by dust mites, tiny microscopic bugs that live on your mattresses, pillows, furniture, clothes, and dead skin. They are normally harmless to humans, as they are too tiny to do anything to hurt you, unless you have a dust allergy. Dust mites cause 25% of all known allergies. A big number for something we can’t even see.

PERFORMANCE

The performance of a heating and cooling system can be severely hindered by dust. Dust landing on a coil and a heat exchanger affects the efficiency of an HVAC system by almost 40%. Poor efficiency causes uneven heating/cooling. One room in your home may be hot, but the next room over is freezing during the winter. If dust continues to build up, it makes your system start to overwork itself and parts start to fail. It’s much cheaper to clean your system that it is to replace all of it.

To get rid of dust mites, cleaning your ducts and furniture is highly recommended, even if you don’t have a respiratory problem. Having clean furniture and air ducts won’t completely eradicate the dust mites, but it certainly will lessen the number in your homes.

ENERGY SAVINGS

When there’s dust blocking the air ducts, your HVAC system works harder to be able to push out air and keep you cool/warm. This extra work causes your HVAC to burn more energy to push out the same amount of air as a clean air duct using less energy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates between 25-40% of the energy used by HVAC systems is wasted. Cleaning your ducts will certainly help you take advantage of that wasted energy and let your wallet take a break.

Give SERVPRO of Fairfield a call for a duct cleaning quote!

707-207-0122

Why choose a water specialist?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

As much as we wish it were possible to avoid the onset of water damage, this is not possible. Inclement weather or plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. Yes, there are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but it can occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist since a specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original glory.

There are a number of important functions a specialist is to perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment. If you were to try to do this yourself, you might not prove as efficient as a professional.

"Also, you may run the risk of further damaging the interior if your water removal strategy is less than adequate."

Once the water has been removed it becomes important properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional.

A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.

Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist significant.

If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

Depending on what type of water there is it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional from a "water damage team" to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water removal companies own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

A specialist can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist.

Reduce further damage! Call SERVPRO of Fairfield!

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Why use a water specialist?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

As much as we wish it were possible to avoid the onset of water damage, this is not possible. Inclement weather or plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. Yes, there are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but it can occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist since a specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original glory.

There are a number of important functions a specialist is to perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment. If you were to try to do this yourself, you might not prove as efficient as a professional.

"Also, you may run the risk of further damaging the interior if your water removal strategy is less than adequate."

Once the water has been removed it becomes important properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional.

A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.

Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist significant.

If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

Depending on what type of water there is it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional from a "water damage team" to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water removal companies own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

A specialist can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist.

Emergency Restoration Services, Reduce Further Damage

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed attending.

The right emergency restoration service will not only reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair and restoration.

Getting adequate professional fire damage repair and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.

From the outset a good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is significantly reduced.

To give yourself the opportunity to file an insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before you may need them, and then it would be too late.

When experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert professionals

Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup Solutions

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

If there's been any water damage on your commercial or residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services provided by a water restoration company.

* Available 24/7

Professional water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage, you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration company to minimize your losses.

* Expert help with insurance claims

The water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration expenses.

* Professional equipment

Water restoration companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers, portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All these equipments will help in removing water and will restore your home or office within hours.

* Technical know how

This is where water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.

Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be. These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your pocket by hiring these professionals.

Making Your Home Fire-Safe

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

The following article can be used as a fire safety checklist for your home. By employing all of these great tips you will actually be potentially saving your own life, as well as your families. Here are the best tips to stay fire safe this season.

If you have smokers in your household, make sure that they have a designating smoking area. This doesn't need to be an obvious looking smoking enclosure, it just needs to be somewhere outside that is free from flammable objects and contains clean ashtrays for cigarette butts.

You must eliminate clutter and allow plenty of room for flammable goods. If you have kids around, these places should be out of reach and possible locked. These storage areas must not be exposed to any electricity or heat sources. If flammable goods are kept in a shed outside make sure that there is plenty of ventilation and heat is not trapped.

Make sure that everyone in your household is up to date with the evacuation procedures should there be a need. An evacuation drill should be practiced at least every 6-12 months.

The evacuation process should be aimed at getting everybody out of the house is the fastest possible manner and leaving personal items behind. Following on from this, you should also have all emergency phone numbers clearly displayed next to every phone. The evacuation path must be kept clear and easy to navigate at all times. You must consider any locks, deadlocks, or other obstructions in the path of evacuation and these must be made as easy as possible to navigate.

Ensure that rubbish bins are emptied daily, all clutter is thrown away, and electrical items are put away safely after use. Identifying fire hazards is a skill and you should work on identifying and eliminating all hazards around the home. This is especially easy by removing all clutter in your home that could be considered a threat.

At least two fire extinguishers per average household is usually enough, but these should be clearly marked so that everyone knows exactly here to look. Fire alarms should be carefully placed in fire 'hotspots' around your home. Any fire sprinklers and other fire equipment is advised but not necessary.

You must ensure everything is done to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. A common cause of household fires is due to an electrical issue. Ensure that you have an adequate number of power points available and that you are not overloading them with adapters and multiple appliances if not needed.

Another point to make is that you should check that you have circuit breaker points installed and that they are all working correctly. These will shut off power to a certain section of your home if power is overloaded. They are a great fire prevention tool.

In conclusion, you must build up awareness to fire hazards and act accordingly to eliminate these hazards. If you can get a two in one fire alarm that also detects carbon monoxide in the air you will successfully eliminate two hazards in one.

How to Choose a Water Damage Restoration Company

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage after a burst pipe, rising river, hurricane, overflow, or similar situation often impacts more than the immediate area and also the home's content which might be in its path. The process of restoring a property to its pre-damaged state is referred to as water damage restoration, which many companies specialize in. Any water damage to a home can be a destructive and stressful time, but having it repaired need not be a difficult process.

Here are of the several steps which might help in searching for the right water damage restoration service:

Use the services of a specialist water damage restoration company: In an unfortunate situation like this, it is important that you are able to hire the services of a company that specializes in treating water damaged properties, whether this might be from internal damage (burst pipes) or external damage (floods, storms, hurricanes). It is often the case that certain carpet cleaning companies might claim to offer a water restoration service, however they are likely to lack the required expertise that you would need for such a significant job of this type.

Make contact with several local companies: In the process of searching for the right contractor to hire it is important to contact two or three different companies to determine the type of services that might be available to you. Even in such a distressful situation like this, it is still important to invest the necessary time to establish whether a company is a good hire or not. If able, get personal referrals from family members or friends who might have been in a similar situation, or go online and search for local companies that have a good number of positive comments next to their business name. Finding the right highly trained staff is imperative to having a property dried and restored to a high standard.

Obtain multiple estimates: after receiving several estimates for the repair work, you can compare each of those are side by side to establish which he is able to offer a high standard of work at a reasonable price. A temptation might be there to opt for the cheapest estimate; however it is important to consider all factors in the decision-making process, as it is important that the company is able to offer a qualified team that is able to get the job done the right way.

Don't delay in getting repairs carried out. If placed in a situation where significant water damage has been caused to property, it is important that the work is carried out as soon as possible. Water damage if left is only likely to worsen, which can lead to damage to the integrity of a structure as well as the development of a mold infestation.

Frequently Asked Questions: Water Damage Remediation

1/18/2016 (Permalink)

You come home and you find your floor is full of water. You identify the source and stop the leak. Then you grab your wet/dry vacuum cleaner and suck up all the excess water. There are still a few damp area and it smells kind of musty so you open the window and will nature take its course. In your mind your Do-it-Yourself attitude just saved you a ton of money. Case closed.The Do-it-Yourself attitude is admirable and the laudable hallmark of American culture but such attitude can prove to be, as in this case, misguided and have potential long term health and financial consequences.

If you suspect you have water damage, contact SERVPRO and we can take care of your water damage and mold problems for you: (707) 207-0122.

Why should we use a water specialist?

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

As much as we wish it were possible to avoid the onset of water damage, this is not possible. Inclement weather or plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. Yes, there are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but it can occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist since a specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original glory.

There are a number of important functions a specialist is to perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment. If you were to try to do this yourself, you might not prove as efficient as a professional.

"Also, you may run the risk of further damaging the interior if your water removal strategy is less than adequate."

Once the water has been removed it becomes important properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional.

A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.

Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist significant.

If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

Depending on what type of water there is it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional from a "water damage team" to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water removal companies own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

A specialist can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist.