Use Generators/Electrical Equipment SAFELY!
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Use generators and other electrical equipment safely.
- Talk to your utility company about using electrical equipment, including power generators. Be aware that it is against the law and a violation of electrical codes to connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard. In addition, the improper connection of a generator to your home’s electrical circuits may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.
- All electrical equipment and appliances must be completely dry before returning them to service. Have a certified electrician check these items if there is any question. For more information, see Protect Yourself and Others From Electrical Hazards After a Disaster.
- Never use a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside your home, basement, or garage or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent. Visit Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency for more information
Steps To Cleaning Furniture
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Take furniture outdoors to clean.
- Brush off mud. All parts (drawers, doors, etc.) should be removed. Remove or cut a hole in the back to push out stuck drawers and doors. Discard flooded padding.
- Use commercial furniture-cleaning products designed for the type of material. Do not refinish or wax until thoroughly dry.
- Dry slowly out of direct sunlight because sun will warp furniture. It may take several weeks to several months to dry.
Aggressively control mold in the weeks and months after the flood.
- When power is available, continuously use air conditioning (or heat in winter) plus a dehumidifier, if possible, to remove humidity.
- In an unair-conditioned home, open windows and use fans to circulate air.
- Turn on electric lights in closets, and leave doors open to facilitate drying.
- Try to reduce activities that add moisture to the indoor air, and use exhaust fans when cooking and bathing.
Simple Flood Fixes
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Flood control fixes you can make to help manage storm water runoff and prevent flood damage to your home:
- Slope soil away from your home's foundation. Don’t forget to fill and slop soil under decks and porches.
2. Water from your roof, downspouts, and eavestroughs can find its way to your home if they are clogged, leak, or don't carry water far enough from your home. Clean out eavestroughs and downspouts in the fall and spring. You can also use downspout extensions to carry water far enough away from your foundation as an effective flood control.
3. Set up a downspout to empty into a rain barrel. Using rain barrels for rain water storage reduces the cost of watering shrubs, flowers, and vegetables.
4. Plug holes or cracks in your eavestroughs, downspouts, downspout extensions and seal these with silicon caulk. Even a trickling leak can let plenty of water into your basement to become a mold problem.
5. Look for holes or cracks in your foundation and completely fill these with vinyl concrete patching
Cleaning-Steps and Techniques
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Cleaning-Steps and Techniques
Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area. • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products). • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters. • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent and disinfect with a solution of 1 cup of bleach to five gallons of water. • Steam clean all carpeting. • Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers. • Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. • After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands). o Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ? teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon of household bleach per 1 gallon of water. • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens. • Wash clothes and linens contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.
Steps To Use on Open Flooded Walls
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Open flooded walls, even if they appear undamaged, to prevent mold, odor, and structural decay later.
- Remove water from the structure as rapidly as possible. Ventilate.
- Remove baseboards, and cut holes in wallboard to drain uninsulated walls.
- Remove the interior surface of insulated walls to a point above water height. Discard flooded drywall.
- Undamaged paneling may be propped open or reinstalled after cleaning.
- Remove and discard all wet fibrous insulation.
- Clean out mud. Wall studs and plates may be sprayed with disinfectant (1 cup bleach/gallon water) to kill any existing mold and fungi.
- Speed dry with dehumidifiers and fans.
- Leave walls open until they have thoroughly dried, which may take up to a month.
- Select replacement materials that will withstand future floods (such as rigid foam insulation, removable wainscoting, ceramic tile, etc.)
SERVPRO of River Oaks is proudly GREEN!
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Did you know that we are green? Not just our colors either! We are proud to offer special green products that are environmentally friendly, like our SERVPROXIDE! It’s one of our favorite products here at SERVPRO, and we want to tell you why!
It’s a disinfectant that’s got some serious powers. It can kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold leaving your home our business clean and sanitized. Because it’s such a good product, it helps us get you back into your home or business faster.
It’s EPA registered! I’m sure the question of “If it’s such a great product and can kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold how safe is it?” Well, SERVPROXIDE carries the lowest rating the EPA offers, making it completely safe for everyday use, and it’s safe for the environment, meaning that it’s 100% biodegradable.
It’s a no brainer as to why we use it, and using it makes us easily one of the best cleaning and restoration companies out there.
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There are some things you can't clean up alone.
While no one likes to think of their own home as a biohazard, in extreme circumstances it may be emotionally traumatizing or physically unwise to tackle a cleaning job by yourself. In these cases, you need to consider hiring a biohazard remediation company; specialists trained to remove sources of contamination and return a home to a safe state.
Not sure why you'd ever need to make this kind of call? Here are three situations that might require a biohazard cleaner.
You might discover this while doing a home renovation, or after a disaster like a fire or flood. It could be anything, such as a family of raccoons in your attic or a colony of mice living under your floorboards or in your ceiling. If enough animals are present or if they've lived in the space long enough, you may have a biohazard, which is defined as the presence of any biological substance which poses a threat to human or animal health. In this case, the animals will have deposited feces and possibly blood throughout the structure of your home, in addition to the bodies of deceased pack members. Cleaning up this kind of mess yourself puts you at risk for contracting a serious illness, such as hookworm or cryptosporidiosis.
As recent reality television programs delight in showing viewers, hoarding items in a home is not uncommon. If you or someone you know is a hoarder, you may need to assist in removing excess items from the home, which can be a major health hazard. Often, this is because hoarders neglect basic cleanliness in their homes, allowing sinks and toilets to become clogged and filthy. Garbage cans are never emptied, carpets are never vacuumed and food spills are never cleaned up. The result is a hazardous environment, one which you may not be able to fully clean on your own. Attempts to do so may spot-clean affected areas, but without the right products and experience you may not able to completely remediate the home.
If the sewer line from your home to the municipal system backs up or overflows, you may want to call in a biohazard company. Waste matter in sewer lines -- everything from feces to urine to soiled toilet paper -- has the potential to carry disease, and when sewer water comes in contact with carpet or drywall the result is a sponge-like effect, where liquid and microorganisms are sucked up and trapped. Wading into this sewer water puts you at serious risk, and removing just the carpet or drywall may not address subfloor, framing or even foundation issues.
Blood Spills On Carpeted Floors
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Blood Spills on Carpeted Floors
- Steam Clean: Depending on the nature and size of the spill, it is advisable to perform a steam clean of the carpet. Steam cleaners will clean, remove debris, and sanitize carpeting more completely than conventional washing. Although there is some additional cost to steam cleaning, it is the best way to protect against bloodborne pathogens.
- Change Carpet Tiles: Removable carpet tiles are a great way to protect against exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Carpet tiles are often less expensive than traditional carpet, and if a certain area becomes heavily soiled with blood they can easily be removed and replaced. If your organization is equipped with carpet tiles be sure to dispose of them properly after being saturated with blood or any other potentially infectious bodily fluid
We Are Cleaning EXPERTS!
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
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Water Backups? No Problem!
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What to do after a water backup occurs in your home
If you compare the frustrations of a flooded basement with those of a backed-up sewer, the sewer would probably win—by a nose!
Backups can occur for various reasons: pipe blockages, damaged sewer lines (especially in old homes), tree roots breaking into pipes…the list goes on.
Dealing with a backed-up sewer is not a pleasant task, given the stench and the matter that is potentially hazardous to your health. Sewage is comprised of both organic and inorganic matter, a mixture of water, human waste, mineral salts and garbage that can leak into the home when there is a problem with the underground plumbing designated to carry wastewater away.
SERVPRO of River Oaks is here to help with all your restoration needs! Give us a call at 713-666-9222!