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HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS Flooding

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

24 Emergency Service

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Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

It is important for smokers to know the steps they can take to keep themselves and their families safe from fire. Put these fire safety messages into your own words when talking to people about smoking and fire safety on social media.

  • Smoke outside. Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes. It is always safer to smoke outside.
  • Put cigarettes out all the way. Do this every time. Don’t walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.
  • Be alert. Do not smoke after taking medicine that makes you tired. You may not be able to prevent or escape from a fire if you are sleepy or have taken medicine that makes you tired.
  • Never smoke around medical oxygen. Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire.
  • Never smoke in bed. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily. Do not smoke in bed because you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
  • Put your cigarette out in an ashtray or bucket with sand. Use ashtrays with a wide base so they won’t tip over and start a fire.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Kitchen Fires

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Kitchen Fires Kitchen fires happen

Each year, from 2014 to 2016, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of 188,800 cooking fires in residential buildings.

Cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.

Confined fires, generally smaller fires, accounted for 91 percent of residential building cooking fires.

In 83 percent of nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings, the fires were limited to the object or room of fire origin.

The leading specific factor contributing to ignition in nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings was unattended equipment (40 percent).

Smoke alarms and automatic extinguishing systems (AESs), 67 and 8 percent respectively, were present in nonconfined cooking fires in occupied residential buildings.

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Reached more than 1.1 million children through preparedness programs.

After you call 911

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We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Clean Carpets

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Clean Carpets Clean Carpets

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. SERVPRO of North Sarasota is ready to serve you.

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SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows that pets are family too.

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows that pets are family too. Love our pets

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Get a Kit of pet emergency supplies.Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water.

Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water: Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.

Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.

Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.

Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.

Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergencyyou can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species,breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.

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Commercial Water Damage

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Whether your business in Sarasota has experienced severe damage or just has a few leaks to take care of, SERVPRO of North Sarasota performs mitigation and restoration services to fix the issue.

Flooding damage can come from many unexpected places. Typical suspects include windows, ceilings, walls, and appliances. SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows how to remedy water damage of different types. From completely flooded properties to water stains, our technicians know how to isolate damage to guarantee it does not continue or continue mold growth.

Malfunctioning appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters or air conditioners can result in hazardous water damage around the premises. These problems might begin minor. However, the water damage can move through your office and encourage further issues from mold colonies.

Flood damage may occur from weather also. Heavy precipitation or storm can problems for your business alone. They may have a worse effect any of your property near a body of water that breaches during these heavy rains.

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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Commercial Building Cleaning Services

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Sarasota. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Related Commercial Services

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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Fire Is Fast

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It's important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames.

Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Breathing in really hot air could burn your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that can make you sleepy and unable to escape. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire. Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces costs.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

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For more detailed fire safety visit www.ready.gov

Slow Cooker Safety Tips

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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While cooking is the number one cause of U.S. home fires, let it be known that the chance of a slow cooker setting your house on fire is extremely slim. Most models don't run above 200-300 watts, making them a relatively low current, low heat appliance. According to the NFPA, there was an annual average of just 70 cooking fires involving slow cookers between 2011 and 2015, which resulted in two civilian injuries and no deaths.

Still, if you feel sudden apprehension at the idea, here are some slow cooker safety tips to follow:

Inspect the cord every time you use your slow cooker

Before you plug it in, take a minute to check both ends of the cord for any frayed or exposed wires. If you spot any, cut the cord and dispose of your appliance immediately — black tape is not a safe remedy.

Keep and store your slow cooker on a flat, stable surface

Make sure the exterior isn't close to any objects, especially flammable items like towels, curtains, or cooking oil. There shouldn't be anything underneath it and be sure it's nowhere near your sink or cooktop.

Unplug it when you're not cooking

Keep your slow cooker (and other countertop electric appliances) unplugged any time you aren't using it, and make sure the cord is wrapped neatly and not folded up in a way that will expose wires.

Maintain extreme caution when accepting hand-me-down appliances

Though slow cookers have been around for a long time, technology has improved a lot in recent years — older models don't offer modern safety features like auto shutoff. If you notice any off odors or see that the exterior of your slow cooker feels hotter than it should when in use, unplug it right away and toss it. If there's a chance your slow cooker has spent time in someone's garage, you should probably consider upgrading.

Be sure your smoke detector in your home is working

Check and change the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year. This is a generally safety tip you should always follow, whether you're a slower cooker user or not!

We know how it was to deal with fire damage within a home and the time it will take to get this all squared away.

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How Much Mold Does Your Home Have?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Much Mold Does Your Home Have? Mold behind the floor board

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Some times we will refer out to another vendor to get testing done before and after SERVPRO of North Sarasota remediates.

By testing for mold you can tell if there is an unhealthy level of spores in your house and find out if any allergies you might have are from mold or something else. Mold testing after removing mold can be useful after you've had mold removed from your home. Through testing you can make sure that the mold removal was a success.

There are 3 different testing methods: 1) indoor air quality to test for mold spores, 2) the AC/heating mold sampling tests the air from a forced air heating and air conditioning unit, and 3) surface mold sampling which test mold that is already growing on a surface.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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