Flood Safety Tips
Flood can happen anywhere, and without much of a notice. According to ready.gov “Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.” Flood Watches and Flood Warnings are available to let you know what the weather is doing in your area. On average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard.
First of all flood watches and flood warnings are two separate alerts to warn about the weather in your area. A flood watch is to make you aware that conditions are possible for flooding. A flood warning means you need to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.
Ready.gov has some safety tips in case you are in an area where there is a flood warning.
- Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
- Evacuate if directed.
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.
The water from a flood is only one of the risks. Water and electricity do not mix. In the event of a flood, downed power lines are also possible. Stay away from all power lines. Calling your local utility company is the only thing you should do in the event you see downed lines. Your appliances, if they get wet, should also not be used until they have been inspected by a licenses electrician. The fuse box in the house should be avoided as well as long as there is water in the home.
We may not be able to control weather conditions, but we can take all possible precautions to ensure our personal safety and protect our homes from severe damage. According to ready.gov the following tips can help prepare you for a flood:
- Find out how vulnerable your home is to flooding by determining the elevation of your property.
- Evaluate your insurance coverage once a year to make sure your home is fully covered. As new construction grows in certain areas, more flood-plains are sometimes created.
- If your home is in a flood-prone area, contact the National Flood Insurance program to learn what mitigation measures you can take in advance.
- Contact your local emergency management agency to learn how to construct proper protective measures around your home.
- If you live in a flood-prone area, keep these materials on hand: sandbags, plywood, lumber, plastic sheeting, trash bags, shovels, work boots and gloves.
- Purchase a weather radio. These special, battery-operated radios cost as little as $20 and are available at many hardware and appliance stores and other retail outlets.
- Put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near at hand and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio and weather radio, first aid kit, medicines, eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important papers.
- Plan two evacuation routes in advance. Don’t wait until threatening weather conditions occur before trying to determine your route to safety. Be aware of streams, drainage channels and low areas in your region that are prone to flooding, so that your evacuation routes are not cut off.
- Do not park your vehicle near streams or rivers, especially during threatening weather conditions.
As always, SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside wants you to stay safe first and foremost. However, flooding happens, and we are here to help. If you have flood damage in your home, call us at 708-240-4873 for all your water damage needs.
Firework Safety Tips For Your Fourth of July
Fireworks go with the Fourth of July like picnics, parades, and watermelon. However, you must use caution while lighting your fireworks. The National Fireworks Safety Council offers of some great safety tips when it comes to firework safety this Fourth of July.
- Parents should not allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
- Wear eye protection (safety glasses) whenever using fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.
According to the Product Safety Commission, in 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.
Safety is an important key to having a fun holiday with your friends and family. Remember these safety tips, and have a very Happy Fourth of July.
Commercial Services SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/ North Riverside Can Offer You.
We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.
SERVPRO of La Grange Park/North Riverside offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside, and we have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened." Call us today at 708-240-4873 for all your restoration and cleaning needs at your commercial property.
Understanding Mold Remediation
We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.
Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. Then once the source is stopped we want to utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. The antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. We will also remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.
If you have concerns to mold in your commercial property, call SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside at 708-240-4873. We are always here to help!
What is a Sump Pump, & What Do They Do?
It doesn’t take a huge flood to cause thousands of dollars in damage.
What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. The majority of residential sump pumps will turn on automatically from a pressure sensor or float activator. The pressure sensor activates as water builds up and creates more pressure than air which prompts the pump to turn on. The float activator has a ball that floats on top of the water, moving the arm as the water level rises. Once the motor activates, the fan will begin to turn moving the water outside the basement.
The American Society of Home Inspectors actually did a study that showed more than 60% of American homes suffer from underground wetness or water damage. It doesn’t take a huge flood to cause thousands of dollars in damage. It takes very little standing water and very little time for mold and mildew to take over and create problems.
If you have water damage to your home due to a failure with your sump pump, give SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/ North Riverside a call at 708-240-4873. We are always here to help!
How To Prevent Mold In Your Bathroom
The bathroom is a very common place in your home that can have mold growth. This is the one room that has the most moisture content at any given time. Without proper ventilation, and clean up after a shower, it is very easy for mold to grow.
According to the website family handyman, the following are the best tips to prevent mold growth in your bathroom.
- First, after a bath or a shower, squeegee water off the shower walls. ...
- Second, run your bath fans during your bath or shower and for a half hour after to flush out moisture. ...
- Third, if you have tile, seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer to waterproof them.
If you are having issues with mold growth in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help. Give us a call at 708-240-4873.
What Causes A Sewer Back Up?
Sewage back ups are very unfortunate events that can happen in any home or commercial property. What causes this type of water damage anyway? Well, typically there are three main categories that a sewer back up happens: damaged sewer pipes, clogs, and tree roots in the sewer system. Let's look at these three areas a bit closer.
- Clogging: Typically if you only have one area of your home that experiences a backup, like a tub or a sink, then there is typically a clog and can be fixed with cleaning the drain. However, if you have the backup in several areas of your home, then there is a blockage at the main or the private that is causing the issue. Unless the blockage is removed, the overflow will continue and will damage your entire home or business area.
- Tree Roots: The roots of large trees in the proximity of a sewer line can often cause severe problems. They can literally grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around the sewer line and crush it.
- Damaged Sewer Lines: Older properties with older sewer lines that have not been upgraded can have broken or collapsed lines. All the pipes and sewers in older homes were built using cast iron and clay which can wear off with time, get rusty, and easily break down. Present day plastic sewer lines cannot cause such problems simply because they don’t rust.
Sewage backups are not only hazardous to your health, but they can cause a great amount of structural damage to your home. If you experience a sewage back up do not attempt to flush the toilet. Do not use harsh chemicals to attempt to clean out the drain. This can actually cause more damage and make things worse. Open your windows to let fresh air in. It is also very important to keep pets and children away from the affected area. However, the most important thing to do, is to call for professional help.
SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7/365 to help. Call us at 708-240-4873.
When Your Commercial Property Has Damage, Who Do You Trust?
There are over seven million small businesses in the U.S., ranging from construction firms to grocery stores to home-based businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices, and happened during business hours. 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause, sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.
If your commercial property has experience a fire, and or water damage, ever minute you are offline is money down the drain. Call SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside to get your business back up and running.
What Happens To Drywall When It Gets Wet?
Wet walls and insulation will hold moisture for a long time. This means that mold can form inside the wall. If your drywall has started to mold, you will need to replace all or part of it. It may lose its structural integrity, becoming soft and weak. mold begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours. The key to not having your wet drywall mold, is speedy drying. While drywall is pretty sturdy, when it’s exposed to water for too long it can get damaged and will require replacement.
If you have experienced water damage to your home, SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside is here to make it "Like it never even happened" Give us a call at 708-240-4873 for all your restoration needs.
Family Fire Safety Tips
Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? According to NFPA, in 2013, 334 children died in home fires. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.
Kids Health has some great tips for parents to review with their families about fire safety.
- Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
- Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
- Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it.
- Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe.
- Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stove top unattended.
- Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
In the event of a fire in your home, follow these safety tips to keep your family safe. Then after all family members are taken care of, and the fire department has cleared your home, call SERVPRO of LaGrange Park/North Riverside at 708-240-4873. We are always here to help!