Understanding how fires start and what you can do to quickly put them out is important to keeping you and your family safe. Check out these quick facts and stats to get a better understanding of how to avoid having fire damage in your home.
- About 50% of home fires are started by cooking accidents. Be sure you keep a fire extinguisher close at hand whenever you are working in the kitchen.
- Just above 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical malfunctions or issues with the heating system in the home. This is why it is extremely important to have your appliances checked often and keep up with their maintenance year-round.
- Make sure you have a plan in place, so your family knows exactly what to do if a fire breaks out at home.
Being prepared plays a huge part of avoiding injury and death during a fire. Make a plan and be sure that everyone in the house/building is familiar with it so that if a fire breaks out, everyone knows exactly what to do.
If you have fire damage in your home or office, give SERVPRO of West Volusia a call at 386-574-0864, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Finds The Hidden Problems
SERVPRO Remediates Obvious Water Damage and Finds Where it is Hidden As Well
It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair.
Sometimes the water damage in your home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this.
Spotting the Damage
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from.
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home.
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration.
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a mildew or musty scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger.
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof.
SERVPRO of West Volusia can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. All you have to do is give us a call at 386-574-0864, and we send a technician out to you in a timely fashion, so your home is dry and safe in no time.
My Office is Flooded!
Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have larger volumes of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings are certainly larger than your average residence, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.
Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like mold or microbial growth may be more problematic than in a home, due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.
Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:
- Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
- Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
- Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
- Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.
At SERVPRO of West Volusia we are experts in commercial water damage mitigation and restoration.
Be Careful in the Kitchen
At SERVPRO of West Volusia we know how devastating a fire of any type can be. Kitchen fires, especially those from an oven or stove top mishap, tend to cause more damage than initially recognized. The proteins released from a grease and/or oil fire spread quickly and the residue adheres to most anything.
There are a few things SERVPRO of West Volusia would like you to know in the event of this type of fire.
*Do not use water to try and put it out. Call the Fire Department immediately and get outside.
*Once it's safe to return, do not try wiping the walls. You will only smear the residue making it more difficult to clean.
*Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Volusia. For 40 years we've been helping home and business owners recover from fires.
At SERVPRO of West Volusia, we make it "Like it never even happened."
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Dealing with Contents
All water damages at commercial facilities are challenging. Whether there are multi-levels involved, numerous offices/cubicles or filled storage rooms, SERVPRO of West Volusia can help.
Our IICRC trained and certified employees utilize state of the art equipment and software to insure your structure is properly dried out and you contents are dealt with. Our software programs track drying progress and can take a full inventory of any affected contents, salvageable and non-salvageable.
Rest assured, our goal is to get you back in business as quickly as possible. To do so, we monitor our equipment and take material and atmospheric readings daily. Remember, when water damage impacts your facility go with the professionals at SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."
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Is Your Building Envelope Solid?
Water has a way of finding entry into a commercial building during storms and floods. Old roofs, cracked windows and faulty siding are just some of the ways moisture can infiltrate a property and cause rain damage. Too much moisture or high humidity in a building can cause structural weakness over time and promote the growth of mold. The presence of mold affects indoor air quality and can cause unpleasant odors in a building. There are many ways to address this issue by scheduling preventative maintenance, conducting regular inspections of the roofing system and fixing any leaks. Making sure your commercial building is sealed against moisture is a great way to protect your investment and its contents. SERVPRO of West Volusia is here to help.
The Damaging Effects of Water
Water is a corrosive element and can break down wood and fabrics and damage electronics. Its presence in the form of high humidity provides a fertile ground for black mold to proliferate. During a heavy downpour, it's important that your building has all of the elements in place to keep out moisture. A building envelope, which consists of your roofing system and grade wall systems, does the following:
- Protects against the intrusion of rain and hail.
- Funnels water away through the use of drains
- Provides weather protection and temperature control features
Rain damage poses a serious threat to the longevity of your building. In fact, floods are one of the most common disasters to impact a business. They can have devastating effects and can even cause a lengthy business disruption. Working with SERVPRO of West Volusia puts your company in a strong position to handle a disaster.
The best way to reduce rain damage to your building is to be prepared. Many buildings have cracks in the walls and other weaknesses that allow rain to get to areas where it doesn't belong. Shoring up these areas before a storm strikes is good business.
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Storm Watch vs Storm Warning
Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Deland, Debary and Deltona, Florida. Fortunately, our phones have the convenient ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However, these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message.
A storm warning is for a storm that:
- will arrive soon
- lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
- covers only portions of a county
- indicates we should take cover when the message is received
A storm watch is for a storm that:
- will arrive within a few hours
- lasts for several hours
- can cover across multiple states
- indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives
With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO of West Volusia can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen.
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There Is A Leak Under My Kitchen Sink
5 Steps to Follow to Minimize the Need for Kitchen Repair
The kitchen may be the heart of your West Volusia home, but it's also a common site of household flooding. If you notice a leak beneath your sink, here are five steps to follow to minimize the need for kitchen repair.
1. If the water is erupting from your sink like a geyser, shut it off completely. Find the sink's individual water valve, and turn it clockwise to stop the flow of water. In the event that your kitchen sink doesn't have an individual cut-off valve, locate your home's main water supply valve and shut it off.
2. Remove any items stored beneath the sink. This will give you easy access to the pipes so you can better observe the source of the water in home, as well as allow you to begin drying off any wet items that you want to salvage.
3. Identify the source. There are a variety of reasons why your sink's drainpipe may have sprung a leak. One of the most common is a loose or worn compression nut. This makes for a loose connection that can allow water through. A clog, or even pipes that are the incorrect size, may also be to blame. If you can't figure out where the flooding originated, it's likely time to call your plumber for assistance.
4. Repair the leak. Once the source of the unwanted water has been found, it's time to fix it promptly. You may be able to perform simple repairs, such as tightening a loose compression nut, on your own if you wish. For more extensive repairs, however, seek the help of a professional plumber.
5. Clean up. The extent of the leak will determine the type of cleanup involved. If water damage is substantial, such as that which springs from a long-hidden leak, your best bet is usually to enlist the help SERVPRO of West Volusia.
Flooding in the kitchen is an all-too-common occurrence, but it doesn't have to be a catastrophe. Follow these five steps to restore your kitchen safely and quickly.
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What's That Smell?
As we begin to go back to work many will be returning to buildings/facilities that have been closed for weeks or months. This creates the potential for unidentifiable odors from ambient humidity, lack of temperature control or undetected leaks.
At SERVPRO of West Volusia we are experts in identifying and eliminating odor(s). However, eliminating the odor is only part of the solution. If the cause of the odor isn't identified and remedied, you are simply putting "a band-aid on a broken leg".
Should you have an odor issue upon your return to work let SERVPRO of West Volusia investigate it for you. We will do so at no cost and provide you with a report of our findings and an estimate for remediating the source and eliminating the odor, if necessary.
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"Here to Help"
Here To Serve
For 40 years, SERVPRO of West Volusia has taken pride in serving this community. We realize that when our clients call us they are typically in some phase of panic. Whether a water damage, fire or mold issue, their lives and/or business has been significantly interrupted.
Every day, in our morning meeting, we discuss with our crews the opportunity that is ahead for them that day. It's an opportunity to positively impact someone's life; to help them realize we are going to make a bad situation better for them. It's what we train for and what we do. It's our culture; a culture of service.
Thank you for allowing SERVPRO of West Volusia to serve you.
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