Lightning Myth vs Fact
According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, & hundreds more are severely injured. Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.
MYTH: If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.
FACT:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from heavy rainfall.
MYTH: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
FACT: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.
MYTH: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
FACT: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.
MYTH: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
FACT: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.
MYTH: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
FACT: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.
It doesn't matter if a summer thunderstorm, winter blizzard or a monsoon of proportions, when a storm is coming there are ways to be prepared.
Your roof takes the brunt. If your roof is 5 to 10 years old check your tiles and shingles to see if they are loose. If you have time fix them prior to the storm arriving.
Doors and windows are another prime ways that strong winds can get inside. In a normal rain/wind storm windows should be able to repel 9-pound 2-by-4 wind speed which equals to about 34 mph wind.
When was the last time you scrutinized your flashing? if the protective material appears to be unattached have it replaced, to prevent water damage from the rain.
If you have suffered a Wind/Rain damage call SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 to help with the clean-up of your home.
With storm season underway, there are unfortunate cases of flooding and power outages taking place all over. The humidity and flooded areas create a perfect combination and environment for mold to grow, giving you more than just flood damage to take care of. The sooner the water damage is cleaned up, the less likely there is a chance for mold to produce, leaving you with less to cleanup in the end.
Flood damage cleanup
1. Remove furniture and upholstery to clean or repair separately.
2. Start by using a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of as much water as possible so the water is not sitting.
3. Use fans to circulate air and speed up the drying process. A dehumidifier can also be used to remove the excess moisture in the air to prevent mold growth.
4. Once the water and moisture is cleared, start cleaning and treating the carpet and flooring throughout the flooded area. Steam clean any carpeted area to properly sanitize and check the padding under the carpet to ensure that it does not need replaced. Carpet padding usually needs replaced when a flood occurs.
5. Clean walls and baseboards with warm water and soap to remove any residue. Then apply bleach and water mixture to sanitize the surface.
Water damage produced from a flood can be dangerous and cause illness due to the bacteria sitting in the water. It’s important to act quickly when it comes to flood and water damage to prevent illness and worse damage to occur.
SERVPRO® of The Bridgewaters understands the importance of keeping your home happy and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home call 508-697-5439 or visit www.SERVPROthebridgewaters.com to schedule a free estimate today!
Commercial/Residential Restoration and Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.
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Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has over 1,650 Franchises ready to respond faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of The bridgewaters has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can help you with the following Commercial/Residential services:
Water Damage Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration
Storm Damage Restoration
Commercial Sewage Loss
Sewage damage is the most dangerous form of water cleanup. the possibility of blood-born pathogens and other contaminants is high. Should you suffer a sewage loss, SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters would like to share a few tips.
1: Advise any and all occupants that they should leave/evacuate the space.
2: Inspect for any possible hazards that might be in the environment, "I.E" electrical plugs that might be in contact with the loss.
3: Do not walk in the area of the loss to avoid cross contamination and try to clean yourself.
Let the experts help you. SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters have certified technicians that will do the following.
1: Pump out the water and sewage.
3: Remove all unsalvageable materials from from the space including carpet, pads, flooring, drywall and effected contents.
4: Set up containment barrier if need be to prevent cross contamination.
5: Clean and deodorize the area.
When you call SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 you can be assured that we will take care of your loss "Like it never even happened."
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health. Most people will spend an average of 60 to 90% indoors. HVAC systems carry such micro's such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust.
Research has demonstrated the cleaning the HVAC system may allow the system to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components, are less likely break down and provide cleaner air.
The HVAC units should be inspect annually for cleanliness. Visually inspect the supply and return every two years. During your inspection you may see particulate matter being discharged from the vents, this is a good indication it it time for the cleaning of your vents.
SERVPRO of the Bridgewaters has trained and certified technicians that can come and clean the vents for you. Give them a call today at 508-697-5439.
Attic Mold Issues
What can you do when you have found mold growth in your attic. SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters have narrowed down the 6 most common causes of mold growth in you attic.
If you're like a lot of people you probably store all your holiday decorations in the attic. During these times it would be a good time to inspect your attic for mold. For some there could be a nasty surprise waiting for us.
SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters has comprised the 6 common causes.
1: A leaking roof.
2: Missing or improperly installed insulation.
3: Inadequate Ventilation.
4: Dryer vents, kitchen and/or bathroom fans vented into the attic. This practice can pump warm moist air into the attic creating the correct environment for mold growth.
5: Water heaters or furnaces installed in the attic.
6: Ice damming.
If you think you might have mold growth contact SERVPRO of the Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 to set up an appoint for one of our experience technicians for their opinion today.
Condensation is usually more noticeable on skylights because warm, moist air rises to the ceiling. The problem, however, usually isn't the skylight, it's the excess moisture in the room.
Skylights are often installed in bathrooms but sometimes in bedrooms and kitchens. The appeal is understandable. Skylights window, are defined as windows installed at an angle. While they look pretty down the road they can lead to uncomfortable conversations.
The key to mold control is moisture control. Managing excess moisture in your home can help prevent the growth of mold. Monitoring your home regularly will help to keep the mold to a minimum.
Open your skylights to reduce humidity and to allow air to circulate. This will reduce the build up of moisture, which is the biggest cause of Mold. If you have condensation built up in the winter run a fan to circulate the air around the area.
Mold will never be anyone's idea of a welcome house guest, but with preventive steps you can be insured you will never have to fear those three letter words: "you have mold"
If you suspect you have mold give SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters a call and have your inspection today. Call 508-697-5439 and someone will be able to assist you.
What is a Puffback?
A puff back is the puff of smoke and soot from a malfunctioning heating unit inside your furnace that brings gunk into your home. When a furnace works properly, it combines fuel and oxygen in balanced amounts for good, controlled combustion. The correct mix produces a steady flame and burns the fuel almost completely. The puff back happens when the mix is unbalanced. For example, when the rate of combustion in your furnace slows, but the fuel injected into the heating system remains constant, a sudden combustion can occur.
For example when a car backfires, a puff back can cause a “boom” and a big vibration. This vibration shakes loose accumulated soot in the heating system and duct work. The air stream of forced air that normally brings heat into your home instead brings these soot particles. Think of how the heat moves into all the areas of your home. The soot from a puff back will take the same path.
Residue from a puff back is usually an oily, sticky film whose base is petroleum. It has a strong smell and makes a mess that permeates everything. Because the puff back is backed up by a little explosion, these soot particles get a boost getting into the combination of nooks and crannies, propulsion and a petroleum base makes the mess caused by a puff back so difficult to tackle. Often traditional cleaning methods make the mess even worse than when you started. In some cases they also use sealants to preventing re-contamination.In most cases, an immediate response by a trained professional is called for.
-Most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance
-The cost to repair the furnace would most likely NOT be covered by insurance.
-Most oil companies can also inspect and service the boiler at your property, which greatly reduces the chances of a puff back.
Fire dos and don'ts
We’re always told that if disaster strikes, we are to remain calm, cool and collected, but when that time hits, it’s hard to always put those words to action. Although there is a lot of chaos in that moment, it is still very important to stay organized and calm from the beginning of the disaster to the end of the restoration. According to ldr4service.com, there are steps we can take to stay organized and calm during these tense times.
Steps to clearing the chaos –
- First, call your insurance agent to get the claim filed as soon as possible to get the insurance adjustor to your home.
- Next, call a local restoration team to assess the damage as soon as possible and get working on the damage so it does not get worse over time.
- Keep a binder and notepad with all of the information that you’re receiving from your insurance provider and restoration professionals. (During this hectic time, don’t rely on remembering everything just off the top of your head)
- Last, but not least, make sure to save all receipts and documentation you receive pertaining to the incident and only give copies when requested; keep the originals.
Now that we’ve gone through the steps to do, here are some steps NOT to do when involved in this situation.
- Make sure not to wire any soot damage from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Do not keep or use carpet or furniture that has been heavily damaged by the residue as this is unhealthy.
- Dispose of any canned goods or food items that were exposed to the extreme heat.
- Do not turn on any electronic devices until they’re thoroughly inspected by a professional to make sure there isn’t electrical damage.
Hopefully no one will ever have to go through these events, but if it does occur, these steps will help you keep that calm and collected mindset to get through the unfortunate.