Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner
We're available 24/7/365 because the leading cause of home fires is cooking. (Not your cooking, of course)
With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. We at SERVPRO want to make sure you and your families are safe over the holidays. Use these tips to enforce a safe cooking environment in your home!
1. Don’t Desert the Turkey
Too many cooks can be great in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They make sure that food is never left unattended over open flames. If you’re manning things by yourself, call in backup when you need to leave the room.
2. Let Timers Keep You Safe
Stay organized and save food from overcooking with several kitchen timers. You aren’t as distracted when you know the minutes are accounted for. It keeps you safer because you don’t let roasting dishes get too hot and reach temperatures that can damage and spark the oven’s heating element.
3. Keep Flammables at a Distance
Pot holders and dish towels are obvious hazards, but napkins, food packaging and cooking utensils can also catch fire on the stove top. Designate a corner away from open flames for safely stashing stuff.
4. Unplug the Unused
Cut down on potential electrical overload and sparking by cutting down on countertop appliances. If you don’t use it, store it. This is one of those Thanksgiving cooking safety tips that also helps keep your busy kitchen organized.
5. Dress for Cooking Success
Think about what you plan on wearing for that all-day cooking marathon. A favorite sweater tossed around your shoulders or long, loose sleeves can turn you into a fire hazard. Think from head to toe. Wear comfortable shoes that keep you on your feet instead of setting you up for a fall.
Mold and Your Home
Mold are Your Home
Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. It can enter your home through openings in your home such as doorways, windows, vents and air conditioning systems.
Mold can start to grow immediately if the conditions are right. All the mold needs is a lot of moisture, such as a leaking tap, windows or pipe. It grows particularly well on paper products such as cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products.
You Can Control Mold By Following These Simple Steps-
- Controlling humidity levels
- Promptly fixing leaky windows, pipes etc
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating your shower, laundry and cooking areas
If you do find mold growing in your home and need assistance cleaning the area our team at SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview are here to help.
Homeowners tips for preparing your home for fall
Summer time is coming to an end and Autumn time is upon us! Some of the things you may think of when you think of fall, are soups, pumpkins and colorful leaves. However preparing your home for the cooler weather is important.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Leaves and other gunk can accumulate over the course of the year and if left, it can cause the gutters to clog, which causes water overflow. This could lead to damage to your home and puddle at the foundation.
Drain Outdoor Faucets
If you do not have freeze proof outdoor faucets you will need to drain it before the temperatures reach freezing to prevent your pipes from cracking. You can also insulate it to protect it from the cold temperatures.
Clean Fireplace & Chimney
In wood burning fireplaces creosote can form on the inside of your chimney. Left uncleaned, the chimney will clog causing the smoke to fill your home instead of escaping through the chimney. More than likely you will need to hire a professional to do the work, just make sure they are certified and knowledgeable of the work needed.
Check Your Roof
Rain and snow are not your friend if you have problems with your roof. Have your roof inspected and checked for leaks or anything that may lead to a leak such as missing shingles. If there are any problems get them fixed before the weather turn to avoid more expensive damage to your home.
Fire Damage Clean Up
"Like it never even happened."
Cleaning fire damages requires special skill in order to take care of the smoke damage. Our fire damage clean up specialists know how to restore your home. Our teams goal is to help restore your life back to normal as soon as possible, since we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We start the fire clean up process within 4 hours of your initial call to limit the chances of further fire damage. Our professional fire clean up team will help get the smell of fire out of your structure (there is no challenge for us). Keep in mind, our team is certified and trained to handle your fire damages. Here are some helpful tips if your home catches on fire.
Take action and follow these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Contact your local fire restoration company
- Take photographs of the damage.
- Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.
- Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.
The aftermath of a house fire is a headache and SERVPRO San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview is always there to help you in any situations! (951)344-6114
The sooner you contact us the better, as damage will continue and your structure and all your contents will have much more extensive damage to them. The odors from the fire aren't just odors they are toxins very harmful if inhaled. Therefore, the longer they stay the more damage it will cause to your home. Call us even for an expert opinion on your fire damage clean up. Call SERVPRO San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview today we are always here to help you! (951)344-6114
After a leak in your home from a supply line, slab leak, or pipe break, it’s time to call professional team to extract the water from your home. Many people take water extraction into their own hands to dry the surface. However, it might feel dry to the touch but without the proper equipment it is impossible to determine how much moisture is still within the structure and its contents. Also, extractors are a great resource in water emergency services since they help to extract water quick from a wet environment, and help to dry the area much more faster. The water should be extracted as soon as possible to avoid bacteria and mold growth in the structure of the home. Therefore, proper drying and dehumidifying the affected area is very important. Keep in mind, the faster a professional water extraction company comes out the faster we can save and restore whatever got wet during the process of the loss.
Remember the word PASS
Fire Extinguisher are very important it's an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires in any emergency situations. A Fire extinguisher can save your life.
A great way to remember how to a fire extinguisher is to remember the word PASS:
Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.
Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.
Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Remember: Aim at the base of the fire, not at the flames!
Things to remember while using the fire extinguisher are:
- Once the fire is out, don’t walk away!
- Watch the area for a few minutes in case the fire restarts.
- If you don’t think you can fight the fire, or if you have any doubts, evacuate the building immediately and call the fire department
Water Damage Restoration Services
Water is an essential to everyday life, but a small water damage can be horrible for a home. Water damages can be a huge headache to fix from a small leak in a pipe, leaky faucets, water damage is a huge safety concern. A small leak in your home can cause a huge water damage, take immediate action so your water damage will not be as severe. SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for any water emergencies, big or small. Also, SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview trained technicians that have there certifications of Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMR), and Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Below are a list of steps to follow if your home has water damage.
Stop the flow of water.
If the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure, shut off the main water line for your home. Get in touch with an expert immediately if you cannot tell from where the water is coming.
2. Turn off the power.
If your home is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. This isn’t as essential for small leaks or puddles, but for large floods turn them off to be safe.
3. Contact your insurance company
If your home has water damage you shouold contact your insurance compantyimmediately. Ask them about your homeowners policy coverage (what is covered and what is not covered.)
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.
Call SERVPRO of San Jacinto/Idyllwild/Lakeview Today-
Does Your San Jacinto, Idyllwild, and Lakeview Home Have A Mold Problem?
Call a professional to asses with your mold cleanup needs.
Facts first, mold can spread through a home in little as 48 hours. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid climates, while spreading and producing spores. Spores are mold that are microscopic organism and when spores begin to grow they multiply and are released into the atmosphere and are responsible for the musty mold odor. There are more than thousands of hundred thousands of mold species. Mold can survive in any environmental conditions and multiple.
To prevent Mold Growth in Your San Jacinto, Idyllwild, and Lakeview Home
- Keep the humidity level in your home as low as you can all day. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level of humidity low.
- Let the air in your home flow freely.
- Make sure to use all exhaust fans that vent outside your home, in the kitchen, and the bathroom.
- Fix any leaks in your home such as plumbing, the roof, and walls so that mold does not grow from water moisture.
5 Common Types of Mold in Households
Aspergillus is a common type of mold that can appear grey, brown, yellow, white, black, and green. Aspergillus can cause some infection in people with a weak immune system. Aspergillus can grow on wall, paper, soil, clothing, and many other places.
Penicillium can appear blue, green, or even white. Penicillium can be found in the walls, installation, and also can be found on foods such as fruits and cheese.
Alternaria can appear black or grey on surfaces. It can grow on walls, dusty areas, around windows, damp areas, in soil, on plants, and in various other places.
Stachybotrys, or black mold, is caused by water damage. It’s often found on wood, such as windowsills or the studs in a wall covering a leaky pipe. Look for black spots that are slick in damp places.
Cladosporium has appearances of being black, brown, or green spots. Cladosporium can grow in wide range of temperatures that grows mold on HVAC vents, wallpaper, wood, and on walls.
Steps to take if Mold Does Appear
- First, if it can be wiped down and does not smell bad it is nothing to worry about
- Mold can be removed from hard surfaces with household cleaning products such as water and soap, or one cup of bleach per gallon of water.
- If mold still appears than it is time call experts, an expert will know the next steps to handle mold remediation..
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today To Handle Your Mold Remediation
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