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Does your family have a plan during a house fire?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does your family have a plan during a house fire? Teach your kids these tips about fire

Does your family have a plan during a house fire?

Your kids’ safety is of utmost importance. You teach your children to look both ways before crossing the street and to stay away from strangers. But, as a parent and homeowner in Lawrence/ Ottawa, do you educate your children on what to do in a home fire? When a fire emergency occurs, every second counts. Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your children. Review the tips below to educate your family. 

Practice a Fire Escape Plan.

Teach and practice the following techniques with your children during a non-emergency, so your family knows what to do in the case of a home fire:

• If the smoke alarm sounds at night, roll to the edge of the bed face down, place the closest hand to the floor and slide off the bed. 
• Crawl to avoid smoke in the air on knees and forearms with head down, or crawl like a snake. 
• Check doors before opening by feeling for heat. If hot, find another way out of the room. If warm or cool, open slowly and check for fire. Close doors as you go. 
• Create and practice an escape route and agree on an outdoor meeting place. If trapped, go to the window, open it, climb out if possible or yell for help. Once out of the house, do not return inside for any reason. 

Preventative Measures for Kids.
            Aside from teaching and practicing the above techniques, follow these kids’ safety tips:

• Maintain at least one functioning smoke detector at each level of your home. Teach your children that the alarm sound means there is fire and smoke in the house. 
• Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of young children. Instruct older children not to play with these or other flammable objects, such as candles. 

By teaching and practicing the above tips with your children in Lawrence/ Ottawa, your family is prepared for a home fire. Once your kids’ safety is secured and the fire is out, contact a fire restoration specialist and your homeowner’s insurance agent to begin the process of returning your home to preloss condition.

For more information, please give your SERVPRO Franchise Professionals a call at (785) 690-7373

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms save Lives

            Smoke Alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the Nation Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement and at the top of the stairs. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

            Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

            In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

            If you need help installing, testing or changing the batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills.

For more information on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals of Lawrence/ Ottawa at (785) 690-7373

Have a fire in your home? Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Have a fire in your home? Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa If you have a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa to restore your home. Call (785)690-7373

Have a fire in your home?

 Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa

A fire in your home, regardless of its size, can prove challenging to overcome. Even without the substantial structural damage that can occur, your home will not be the same as it was before the disaster occurred. With so many symptoms and lingering effects to overcome, in most cases, traditional cleaning methods will not have the lasting power or effectiveness to restore the damage and remove odors from your home. 
 
            The fire damage to your home can present itself in several unique ways. From noxious odors left behind to smoke and soot damage, bringing your home to preloss conditions is a task best designated for trained and certified restoration specialists. The moment our experienced SERVPRO team arrives at your fire-damaged home, we begin assessing the scope of the restoration issues. Our focus will be on restoring a comfortable living area for you and your family again, so communication plays a significant role in determining where to begin the restoration process and which facets of the overall restoration process are most important to you as the homeowner. 
 
            To begin the deodorization process, our ozone machines are employed to remove smoke and soot particles. This equipment is able to destroy odor-causing molecules deep in porous materials, such as carpet and upholstered furniture, and clothing. If the fire in your home was severe enough to affect its structural integrity, our SERVPRO team is trained in controlled demolition. The structurally damaged areas will be clean and ready for reconstruction by other contractors.
 
            While any manner of fire damage can be traumatic, cleaning up the mess does not have to be. You can trust the professional and courteous technicians we have at SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa to get the job completed as quickly as possible. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (785)690-7373

Storm Damage in your home?

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in your home? Did a storm damage your home? Are you overwhelmed with damage? Give SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa a call and we will "Make it like it never happened"

Storm Damage in your Home? Call your local SERVPRO

Storms and inclement weather in the Midwest can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Water Damage Restoration Process

  • Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa
  • Inspection and water damage assessment
  • Water Removal/ Water Extraction
  • Drying/ Dehumidification
  • Cleaning/ Sanitizing
  • Restoration

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. They utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Water Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/ Ottawa at (785) 690-7373

It's the Water you don't see

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's the Water you don't see This is a Moisture Meters similar to the ones your SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will use.

It’s the Water you don’t see   

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

             Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few tools the technicians will use on your job.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most efficient for drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Foggers SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use a few different foggers. Foggers are used for deodorizing, injecting fungicides and disinfectants for structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot be reached.  

Managing Mold

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Managing Mold

            When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

            Inspection and Damage Assessment: Once you call your local SERVPRO Franchise Team they will inspect your property carefully for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

            Air Filtration: After placing containment to prevent the spread of mold growth SERVPRO will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. Technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

            Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials: The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold.

            Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home and business.

            Contact your local SERVPRO for any questions or concerns about mold growth in your home or business.  

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program

            The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens”.

            In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The Emergency Ready Profile is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations, and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information anytime using your smartphone or tablet.

            The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years’ experience and a System nearly 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

            50%: The percent of businesses that may never reopen after suffering a disaster.

            Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

           The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile.  

May is National Building Safety Month

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

May is National Building Safety Month                   

Building Safety Month- in its 38th year- is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC) and their 64,000 members across the world, as well as their partners in the building construction and design and the safety community. Building safety month is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals, as well as the general public, on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website.

The theme for 2018 is Building Codes Save Lives with a focus on safer communities over the five weeks of May. One of the topics highlighted during the third week of the month is Protecting Communities from Disasters. The general public may not be aware of how codes and code officials “improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play,” and this month can certainly improve that awareness and educate communities on this topic!

Consider building or retrofitting to create a tornado-safe rom in your home. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for detailed construction information and to ensure you have achieved the highest level of protection for your family.

                Go to iccsafe.org for Important Tips from the ICC.

Improve your air quality

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the duct work in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminates such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and duct work clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help you save money.

The SERVPRO Duct cleaning system is proven and cost- efficient.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment
  • A powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16- gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt

For more information on duct cleaning or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals today.

Faster to any size disaster

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Size Disaster

            Across North America, SERVPRO Franchises are gearing up for 2018 to serve you as a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry. Are you ready for what the year may bring your way? While we only hope to see good things come about in a new year, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the not-so-good things –fire or water damage- that is always an unexpected and unwelcome disaster.

            Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help make it “Like it never even happened” if one of those disasters comes your way. With over 1,700 independently owned and operated Franchises, you can trust the team in green to get your property –and life- back to normal. They are only a call away!