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Summertime and water safety. Where can I call to take a CPR class?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water, sand, family time Summertime at the Beach jumping the waves.

Summer is approaching, the warmth of the sun and hot days draw people to water. Whether it is the pool or a beach we get excited about being in it. As refreshing and cool as the water can be, we must always remember that water can also pose a serious threat when not paying attention or following guidelines. Adults drinking and kids swimming is NOT a good combination. Someone should always take charge of keeping an eye on children. Even the ones who know how to swim. Kids play and sometimes may not realize that their actions could potentially cause another harm. It is recommended that if you have small children they should be taught how to swim and know all water safety rules, (Age appropriate) including to call for help if they see someone else in trouble. CPR classes are highly suggested. For more information on becoming CPR certified call your local:

 American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, EMS Safety Services Inc., American Safety & Health Institute.

How do I know if my commercial building has mold?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

In a commercial building it may be very hard to detect if any mold has begun to grow in areas of the structure. Always use your nose. Where mold is present, it is a very distinct odor. And it does not matter how long you have worked or lived there you will NOT get used to that smell. I have walked into buildings and immediately knew there was a water loss at one time or there is water or moisture somewhere in the area. Unfortunately, more likely than not. It is in the air. Mold in the air could potentially cause respiratory issues for some. The proper way to keep your commercial premises safe, is to inspect areas often that could contain moisture or hidden water. Repair any water leaks or damage as soon as you detect it. The HVAC system coils should be checked regularly. Pans, or any other areas in the system that could be plugged up can cause moisture, that is a breeding ground for mold. Also, the location of the HVAC is important. Air coming in from areas with standing water or garbage dumpsters could cause an increase in fungal spores. Bottom line. If you can smell it. It’s present. Call your local SERVPRO. We are the experts in mold removal.

Commercial Building Inspection is Necessary

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A Commercial building inspection is very important to the safety of the structure and all employees. Weather plays a very significant role on a building because of the everyday elements of wind, rain, moisture, storms, and tornadoes. Depending on what state you live in, there are different requirements that inspectors need to mandate to ensure that the premises are structurally sound. You can google a printable checklist online. However, it is best to call the building inspectors office and find out if they have a specific list they use for your area and location. The more you know, the more you can be prepared for what to expect. Inspections can be a time of frustration for some Commercial building owners because of the time and detail and what may need to be replaced or fixed. It is however, better to be safe than have a disaster to deal with that could cost you much more than time.

A short example: Commercial Inspection

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Structures include:

*Manufacturing Buildings

*Office

*Retail

*Townhomes/Apartments Complex’s {to name a few}

~Exterior and Interior Inspection are equal in importance. I will share with you a few of the main elements of a Commercial Building Inspection.~

*Do you have Fire Protection? Exits?

*Are Heating and Plumbing systems working properly?

*Do you have proper Ventilation and Air Conditioning?

*Does your Roof surface need to be updated?

*Is your Structural Frame in good condition?

*Is the Mechanical and Electrical up to code?

*Are your Utilities, landscaping, paving in good condition?

~Whether you are buying or already occupying the property, it may take some time to get through all the requirements on that list before you can acquire an approval from an inspector or the team of inspectors that have an expertise in a specific trade.~

Safety is our first priority

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mask, protective clothing, gloves, thumbs up. Technician suited up for protection from the elements of an unsanitary situation.

In the Industry of Restoration there are many safety precautions we need to take for the customer and the Technicians. The crew is constantly up against some very unsanitary elements such as mold, biohazard materials as well as soot from smoke that can be inhaled during the cleaning process. SERVPRO Technicians know the rules of wearing protective clothing, gloves, proper shoes and face masks. This is why SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to many insurance companies. We take what we do seriously and are in the business to give you a piece of mind once we are gone. As you can see our Technician is covered in the correct gear for his protection in the area of concern. If you are considering a job in SERVPRO Restoration you can be sure that the owners are on top of making sure their employees are well equipped with the protection they need.

Melting snow that turns into water is VITAL!

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

I could guess, many have never thought of snow turning into water as being essential. We have a more pessimistic outlook when it comes to the cold weather and falling snow. Personally, it is one of my favorite seasons. I know, I get the odd looks when I mention that fact.

Snowmelt is equally as important as rain. This liquid that runs into oceans, lakes, and streams help to supply freshwater to all of us, as well as animals and plants. Think of it as a replenishing process. Like rain it provides the ground with new life to aid in the process of new growth. Of course, as with all things, an excess of water from this precipitation could cause flood water as well. An even balance is what we always hope for. As we have learned year after year, mother nature always seems to have an unknown plan.

Today I prefer to share with you the positive important role that water from melting snow provides. In the hope that we all can understand that without the cold months and the white fluffy stuff that falls from the sky we wouldn’t have enough of the fluid we need to assist us in maintaining a healthy environment.

Campfire safety under the stars.

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

If what you want is a real camping experience, then you will want to learn how to build a campfire.

What is the most important first step? Building it with safety in mind!

Here are some tips on how to enjoy a campfire under the stars.

> Check for guidelines with your local officials ON WHO TO CONTACT for rules regarding campfires before you do anything! DO NOT ASSUME IT IS OKAY!

>If you receive approval, FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES! Here are a few tips I found as I researched this subject. Look for a spot that is at least 15 feet away from anything flammable and away from brush or hanging branches. The area should be sheltered from the wind. Find flat ground not along a rolling hillside.

>Look for an area that is exposed to earth, NOT grass. (especially dry dead grass) you may find a spot where you can clean up  debris that has piled up over time and opens up to dirt underneath to set the platform. Give yourself much needed space. Finding (DRY ROCKS ONLY) the size of your closed hand to make a circle is best. Space the rocks slightly apart so the air will circulate at the bottom of the fire.

>Gather dry wood such as tinder and kindle. If it doesn’t snap, it will not burn well. Only use wood pieces that has fallen. Tinder and kindle (tinder smaller sticks bark, and leaves, kindle longer and larger sticks) is the best way to get the fire going. Research what is the best way to ignite the fire. (Example: a flex neck lighter)

>Finding wood as the main source of the campfire you should try and find pieces that are the size of your arm. Two ways you can arrange your start up is:

*The Tepee-tinder should be in a bundle in the center of the circle then placing the wood like a tepee on top of the tinder. Leaving a gap at the top for air flow. Adding tinder and kindle as needed.

*Lean-to: place tinder and kindle in the center of the pit then a larger log on top but off to the side place larger kindling sticks on top of the tinder with them leaning over the larger log. Once in place add your wood pieces to keep the fire going.

>Keep in mind this is a process which takes time and patience. Increase wood pieces slowly as needed avoiding suffocating the fire. This will keep your campfire steady.

>When you are ready to put it out for the night, do not add any wood. Let it die down. DO NOT LEAVE THE CAMPFIRE BURNING AND WALK AWAY! Make sure you have COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE! You can use a long stick to move the ashes around and pour water on top of any wood still burning. Repeat this process until EVERYTHING HAS BEEN PUT OUT! This could take some time. Patience is MOST IMPORTANT!

>Last but not least-Clean up before you leave to go back home. Make sure all the debris inside and outside of the pit is picked up and removed from the pit area. Remove the rocks and place them naturally in the area. Respecting the grounds and nature and other fellow campers allows everyone to enjoy the best camping adventure! Happy camping!

Did you know that MOLD can come in a Rainbow of colors?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can come in a rainbow of colors. I did not realize this fact until I started researching. I found this very interesting and I think you will too. There are thousands of types of mold. Many you have never heard of before. Normally we talk about the most common mold to keep it simple.

*Orange Mold- Serpula lacrymans. (Referred to as dry rot) a very fast growing mold that affects wood. Eventually, this will cause severe damage to the wood.

*Blue mold- Penicillium mold. Can be found on walls and food.

*Pink Mold- Yes, the color you find in your shower area. It’s best to clean your shower often to prevent this mold.

*Green Mold-This is the most common color of mold.

*Yellow Mold- (Aspergillus). Could cause health effects.  

*White Mold-can be one of a few different types of mold.

*Brown Mold-is another color that could be of several different mold territories.

*Red Mold-Can be found on drywall or particleboards, more than likely associated with water damage.

*Black Mold-the color most people get very nervous about. A bit of good news. Not all black mold is toxic.

*Purple Mold-this is not a color you will often see, however, more than not, it would most likely be associated with toxic black mold. Stachybotrys Chartarum.

NOW THAT YOU KNOW MOLD CAN BE MANY COLORS. (TOXIC OR NOT) IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO HAVE AN AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST COME TO YOUR HOME FOR TESTING SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF MOLD IS LIVING IN YOUR STRUCTURE.

Careers in water can be exciting. Here at SERVPRO it is just the opposite!

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

If you love water, do you know how many cool jobs involve water, water, water!

Let’s name a few.

*Aquaculture worker-Instead of being a farmer on land you would be raising fish and shellfish. How fun!

*Commercial Diver-Taking pictures of underwater life. Repairing equipment or structures. That is just the beginning.

*Hydrologist-They study everything there is to know about the water from pollution to floods and making sure there is enough water supply.

*Marine Biologist-They conduct studies in a controlled atmosphere or in natural habitats to analyze the reproduction and certain patterns of marine life. (I think this is my favorite!)

*Oceanographer-This person specializes in the deep sea. They specifically study the ocean and how it may affect climate and weather.

There are a few more jobs that you could research that you may not be in the water all the time but will be surrounded by it. Captain, deck hand or lifeguard. Unfortunately, in our business water more times than not, is not accompanied by good news, or wanted. Call your local SERVPRO even if you are not knee deep. Any water is a potential problem.

Avoiding a Thanksgiving Fire and staying safe.

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Turkey. pumpkins, orange, wheat These pretty pumpkins represent what I am Thankful for. Do you agree?

Would it surprise you to know that Thanksgiving Day the risk of starting a fire goes up by 300 %? Through my research, that’s what I read. Wow! That’s concerning! Let me give you a few tips on what we all can do to avoid this kind of disaster.

*Never walk away from the stove or any other appliance you are using, such as fryers. It only takes a second for a spill or grease to hit the flame.

*As much as we would like to put the turkey in the oven to cook and leave to go get something you may have forgotten or need, it is not wise! Stay in the home.

*Make sure your smoke alarms are working before you start cooking. As an experienced cooker, there are always a lot of dishes to be prepared at the same time and we can get easily distracted.

*Keep towels, foil, paper of any kind away form the stove. Anything that could reach the flame.

*Do not overwhelm your outlets. Be aware if you have an outlet that is not working properly or an appliance. Do not use it. It is not worth it.

*Never leave children alone in the kitchen, they are curious and hot pans or reachable items could cause a dangerous situation that is avoidable.

*When cooking spills on a floor can cause a slip. Be sure to clean the area and make sure it is dry.

“SERVPRO of OAK PARK FERNDALE WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OF YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!”