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Chimney Fires

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Chimney Fire Chimney fires are one of the leading cause of house fires during the winter months.

Chimney Fire Facts 

While the chimney in your home may look great, it’s real purpose is to carry dangerous gases from your furnace, wood stove or fireplace away from your home and family. 

However, if you don’t give any thought to your chimney before you light your wood stove or fireplace this winter, you may not be enjoying the warm glow of your fireplace or wood stove very long. 

The Reason? 

Damaged or dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires that will damage homes, buildings and injure people. 

Signs of a chimney fire can include: 

  • A hot and intense smell. 
  • Loud cracking and popping noise. 
  • Large amount of dense dark smoke. 
  • Chimney fires can be explosive, noisy and dramatic enough to alarm your neighbors and people passing by. People have reported sounds resembling a large freight train with flames and dense smoke shooting from the top of the chimney. 

    The best prevention of chimney fires is to have regular inspections performed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. 

    Most Chimney Fires Go Undetected 

    Most slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have the fuel to be dramatic, they often go undetected until later inspections. However, the temperatures they reach can get very high and cause a lot of damage to the chimney structure and the combustible parts of your home. 

    9 Signs That You Have Had A Chimney Fire 

    Since a chimney, damaged by a chimney fire, can endanger a home and its’ occupants and a chimney fire can occur without anyone being aware of them it’s important to have your chimney regularly inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. Here are the signs that a professional chimney sweep looks for: 

    If you think a chimney fire has occurred, call a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep for a professional evaluation. If your suspicions are confirmed, a certified sweep will be able to make recommendations about how to bring the system back into compliance with safety standards. Depending on the situation, you might need a few flue tiles replaced, a new liner system installed or an entire chimney rebuilt. Each situation is unique and will dictate its own solution.   

    1. Puffy of honeycombed creosote. 
    2. Discolored and/or distorted rain cap. 
    3. Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe pr factory built metal chimney. 
    4. Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners/ 
    5. Cracked or collapsed flue tiles or tile with large chunks missing. 
    6. Heat damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney. 
    7. Creosote flakes and pieces found on the room or ground. 
    8. Roofing material damaged from hot creosote. 
    9. Cracks in the exterior masonry. 

    Proper Maintenance 

    Clean chimneys don’t catch fire. Make sure a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® inspects your solid fuel venting system annually, and sweeps and repairs it whenever needed. Your sweep may have other maintenance recommendations depending on how you use your fireplace or stove. CSIA recommends that you call on CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps®, since they are regularly tested on their understanding of the complexities of chimney and venting systems.    

    SERVPRO® of North Sarasota Is Always There

    1/12/2022 (Permalink)

    Florida Storms Florida Storms Can Cause A Lot Of Damage To Your Property

    SERVPRO® of North Sarasota is always there and ready to help, while specializing in restoration caused by storm and flooding damage. All of our crews and technicians are highly trained and utilize the latest techniques and equipment to restore your home and property to its pre-storm condition.

    Faster To Every Disaster

    Since SERVPRO® of North Sarasota is locally owned and operated, we respond quicker with the proper resources and equipment, which is extremely important. A quicker response time lessens any damage, limits further damage and lessons the restoration costs to the customer.

    So when the storm hits and the water comes rushing in, keep the damage out by calling the local professionals at SERVPRO® of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.Therer you will find our teams of specialists with the experience and training to make sure your property is dry the first time. So when damage strikes your home or business, strike back by calling the professionals at SERVPRO® of North Sarasota.

    24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, SERVPRO® of North Sarasota Emergency Service 941-365-4614

    How To Locate And Use Your Water Shut-Off Valve

    1/12/2022 (Permalink)

    Water Shut-Off Valve It's A Good Idea To Always Know The Location Of Your Water Shut-Off Valve.

    How to Find Your Shut-Off Valve

    Knowing where your water shut-off valve is could mean the difference between a small water damage and a large one. Start by looking around the perimeter of your house/property. Usually, the shut-off valve will be on the side of your house/property that faces the street (water mains usually begin there). If you're having trouble finding your valve, you should check the plumbing section of your property inspection report. The location is usually written there with a picture of the valve. As a last resort, you may want to utilize the street-side shut-off valve, located at the beginning of your water main.

    How to Operate Your Water Shut-Off Valve

    Once you find your shut-off valve, you will need to know how to turn it on and off. There are different types of valves and different ways to turn them off and on. Below you will find the way to operate the most common used valves:

    • Knife Style Valve. A knife style valve resembles a straight handle. In order to open the valve, you'll want to put the handle parallel to the pipe. Turning the handle sideways will then shut the valve. 
    • Round Handle Valve. A round handle valve turns in a circular motion to be turned on and off. In order to turn the valve off, you'll want to turn it left until it is tight. 
    • House Side Valve. There is a street-side utility box for your house. You can access it by lifting the lid and putting it to the side. The side of the box facing your house will contain the house side valve. It usually had a knob or nut to turn off and on. 
    • Street Side Valve. The other side of the utility box facing the street will contain the street side valve. This valve is only supposed to be handled by water companies, so you will want to ignore it (it likely won't be able to be used without a special tool anyways).

    If you have any questions about water, mold or fire remediation, call your local professionals at SERVPRO® of North Sarasota. 

    24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, SERVPRO® of North Sarasota Emergency Service 941-365-4614.

    Condo Living: Pros and Cons

    9/21/2021 (Permalink)

    Old plumbing will always be the enemy! SERVPRO always needed in older condominiums

    SERVPRO always and will always have calls out to condominiums. In Florida, vacation and retirees prefer condos for obvious reasons. Less hassle of maintenance, no landscaping responsibility, and a community feel are important to snow birds and people here on pleasure. 

    One of the biggest problems with condominiums though is that if one unit has a problem, more than likely several units do. Condominiums even at the most expensive ends still may be older. As with this building, the property manager even says, "You live in a condo, you're eventually going to have water problems." His particular building was built in the 1970's when they still used cask iron plumbing. It is just a part of regular maintenance for him now to clean and patch up what he can, because a full plumbing replacement is not possible and not cost effective.

    From one floor to the next underneath it, in the walls and in the carpet, water will always find a way!

    SERVPRO to Save the Day!

    8/25/2021 (Permalink)

    Before and after of storage room after weekend storm. Don't let flooding from rain compromise your building or products!

    What do you get when you add poorly sealed windows, no gutters, a cracked wall, and not being able to check on your property? The perfect recipe for disaster in your business. This picture shows what can happen when you're away from your office building during storm season. This company had major flooding in their storage space and was not discovered until after the weekend. The water had not moved much and there was loss of some products but mostly a huge headache for the owners!

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota was there to remove the water, fan with our air movers, and dehumidify the air. We also removed all the damaged goods and set aside for the owners to go through while monitoring temperature and humidity levels. Luckily SERVPRO got there quick when the problem was discovered or their building could have been compromised more by standing water. We won't always have perfect buildings because of time and shifting environments, but that's when you know you can count on SERVPRO!

    Hurricane Season is Here!

    8/16/2021 (Permalink)

    Don't let the storm stay in your house! Flooding from Hurricane Season

    It's that time of year again, unfortunately. You live in Florida for the weather which usually we are blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures but Florida can't be perfect all the time. The NOAA predicts there will be six to ten hurricanes this summer and SERVPRO is on standby to save your property!

    Old buildings, compromised structures, flooding from just plain too much rain can cause severely damage buildings or houses leaving you with a big mess! SERVPRO's extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers eliminate the saturation of water. We observe and measure the humidity for days after to ensure there will be no further problems like mold or structural damage which can hide in the small details of your house. 

    Mitigation and prevention is key and more so a timely reaction which is why SERVPRO is always ready for your call. So get ready Storm Season 2021, we are more than prepared!

    Sprinkler Disaster Diverted!

    8/9/2021 (Permalink)

    flooding SERVPRO here to save the day!

    SERVPRO was in St. Pete this last week due to a moving company accidentally hitting a sprinkler head on the 9th floor. The water reached several floors below flowing into several apartments which can lead to extensive damaged. SERVPRO was contacted and the team started mitigating the problem immediately. Flooding can lead to other problems such as mold which can further require extensive repair and/or replacement. Water damage has to be controlled and dealt with as soon as possible. Don’t let a small mistake cost your business big! Our specialized equipment and diligent technicians got these several floors back to the revenue stream for The Wayland. Mistakes can and will happen and the faster the clean up the better. "Like it never even happened."

    Commercial Buildings and Mold

    8/2/2021 (Permalink)

    Moldy business Don't let mold take over your whole building! Get control ASAP

    SRQ SUMMER IS IN FULL BLAST! Old buildings, open windows, or just forgetting to check the humidity level can all factor into mold creeping in!

    This Sarasota business discovered extensive microbial growth in their building, thanks to a water leak that went undetected for months. Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The business was very grateful that we could recover their building and protect them from any potential health effects.

    The Mold Remediation Process

    Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at 941-365-4614 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process:

    Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

    Mold Containment

    Air Filtration

    Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

    Cleaning Contents and Belongings

    Restoration

    If You See Signs of Mold, call  SERVPRO of North Sarasota Today – 941-365-4614

    Mistakes Happen!

    8/2/2021 (Permalink)

    Grease Fire Grease fires can be avoided but can also get uncontrollable.

    US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires per year started by cooking activities in 2014-2018.

    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

    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.

    Storm Season is here!

    7/1/2021 (Permalink)

    Storm with SERVPRO logo Hurricane with SERVPRO logo

    As the Storm Approaches

    Listen for weather updates on local stations and on NOAA Weather Radio. Stay tuned to the latest information.

    REMEMBER: Hurricanes can be unpredictable. There is always potential error in the forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. Don’t focus on the exact forecasted track, listen to local officials. (For more information go to www.noaa.gov or www.weather.gov, click on Tampa Bay area.)

    Check your Disaster Supplies. Get any needed items.

    Clean and fill bathtubs and sinks before a storm so you’ll have extra clean water.

    Turn refrigerator and freezer dials to the coldest settings and avoid opening the doors to help keep perishable food in case of a power outage.

    Refill prescriptions. Maintain at least a two-week supply of medication during hurricane season.

    Clear your yard of lawn furniture, potted plants, bicycles, trash cans and other potential airborne missiles. Leave the swimming pool filled and super-chlorinated. Cover the filtration system.

    Protect your windows and glass doors with plywood or storm shutters. Brace double entry and garage doors at the top and bottom.

    If there is a chance flooding could threaten your home, move important items such as electronics, antiques and furniture off the floor.

    Fill your car’s gas tank and check oil, water and tires. Gas pumps won’t operate without electricity.

    Secure your boat early. Drawbridges will be closed to boat traffic after an evacuation order is issued.

    Get cash. Banks and ATMs won’t work without electricity and few stores will be able to accept credit cards or personal checks.

    Never sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the street or storm water system. This clogs up the stormwater pipes and prevents water from draining.

    If you own a business, follow your Business Continuity Plan. For more information on how to create a Business Continuity Plan, go online to www.ready. gov

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614