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Not All Fires Burn The Same!

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

 

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A fire can start in an instant and destroy anything in its path until its fuel source is gone, causing injuries and taking lives within a matter of seconds. According to (NFPA), fire departments respond to over 350,000 structure fires a year nationwide. Far more tragic than property damage, is the 2,500 civilian fire deaths and 12,300 civilian fire injuries annually. To prevent a fire related loss, We want to stress the importance to have a basic understanding of types of fires, how fires burn, and what to look out for.

 Types of Fire

Not all fires burn the same way. Nor do they start the same way. The differences between electrical, spontaneous combustion, chemical, oil and gas fires are significant:

  • Oil and gas fires are flammable or combustible liquids such as natural gas or class II and class IIIB combustible liquids. Class II combustible liquids contain fuel oils like kerosene and have a flashpoint (the temperature a fire can ignite) above 100°F. Class IIIB combustible liquids have a flashpoint of 200°F and include animal oils, glycerin, hydraulic fluids along with vegetable oils.
  • Spontaneous combustion and chemical reactions. Spontaneous heating is frequently the catalyst. Spontaneous heating happens when a material increases in temperature without pulling heat from its surroundings. The exact cause of ignition in a spontaneous combustion chemical fire is often difficult to determine.
  • Most commonly known to spontaneously combust are things such as hay, oily rags, trash and agricultural products. Oily rags account for the most fires. Summer months, like July, see the most spontaneous combustion and chemical reaction fires.
  • Electrical fires include electrical failure or malfunction. According to the NFPA, more than 45,000 structure fires every year due to a malfunction or electrical failure, in which leads to more than $1.4 billion in damage. Common types of equipment to malfunction resulting in a fire are washer and dryers, space heaters, fans, and air-conditioning units.

How Fire Burns

Fire requires 3 elements to both ignite and burn:

  • Heat: Common heat sources include: burning cigarette, worn electrical wires, stovetop burner.
  • Fuel: basically everything in your home will fuel a fire. As a fire burns, the heat created warms close items, making it easy for things to start burning.
  • Oxygen: The oxygen in the air fuels a fire.

Fire Dangers

Heat levels are not the only danger of a fire. At the time of a structure fire, there’s a dangerous level of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide as well as chemical and thermal irritants. Irritants can permanently damage a person’s or animal’s respiratory system and could cause death.

  • Carbon monoxide is the result of incompletely burned fuel sources such as wood, oil and gas. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are confusion, dizziness, headache and weakness. If levels of carbon monoxide are too high it can cause loss of consciousness or even death. High carbon monoxide levels can make it more difficult for people to escape a fire.
  • Carbon dioxide is created from chemical reactions that occur during fires. In the presence of too much carbon dioxide, individuals often experience respiratory issues.
  • Smoke inhalation irritates the mucous membranes along with the lining of the respiratory tract, causing difficulty breathing, swelling or collapsing the airway.
  •  Chemical irritants found in smoke are ammonia, chlorine, hydrogen chloride, sulfur dioxide.

Wait, the water is WHAT color?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Black water is water that is highly contaminated and filled with fungi,bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water containing this potentially harmful bacteria can affect your health, the health of your family and the value of your home. Black water is typically caused by toilet overflows, sewage backups, flooding, or any other type of natural disaster. These dark intrusions introduce more than nasty, smelly messes. These biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth. Your SERVPRO of East Evansville Professional understands how disruptive black water damages can be for your entire family. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services SERVPRO of East Evansville professionals can help you regain control quickly, while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your home and belongings. Let us help protect you, call SERVPRO of East Evansville at (812) 471-3132, for your biohazard cleaning services.

Some info you might need on Jeopardy, but you will need in life, from your friends at SERVPRO of East Evansville

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

You know that weird feeling in your ears when you swim to the bottom of a deep pool? If you swim down just a few feet you’ll start noticing a change. The deeper you go under water the greater the pressure pushing on your ears is. That’s from the Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure is exerted due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth when weight from fluid is flowing downward from above.

When we are talking about basements Hydrostatic pressure can be best described as the consistent force of water pressure being pushed against basement walls.

Fluid Pressure & the Depth

In other words, the deeper the foundation of your basement is, along with how wet the soil conditions are; you’re at a greater risk for structural damage. The lower you go, the more pressurized the conditions become

Hydrostatic pressure is the outward and downward pressure by standing water. In this case, it’s your basement walls. The pull of gravity up against standing water is relentless; it’s causing water to push extremely hard against your basement walls and anything restricting its flow. Water is a dense substance, but it is capable of generating serious hydrostatic pressure when a large quantity of it is stopped from its intended downhill course.

Here at SERVPRO of east Evansville we see this all the time. We want to help you by making you aware of Hydrostatic Pressure. What it is, what it’s capable of and ways to help keep your basement a little safer from flooding caused by Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic Pressure Relief;

  • Sump Pumps
  • Outside Drain Tile
  • Dig a Trench Around your home to footer level (Usually 6 to 9 feet deep)
  • Drainage System or a French Drain

What will your employees do if fire hits your business?

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to fires, most businesses without a written plan that go through them never recover. That is yet another reason to call SERVPRO! We know how important it is to have not just a plan, but to have it written down, and because of that, we developed our Emergency Readiness Plan or ERP. In this plan, we help you come up with the most important info that your employees need to know in case the unthinkable occurs, and we get it on a written document that you can have easily accessible to everyone, so they all have this important info when they need it the most. 

One of the best parts about this service? We offer it free of charge. It is just one more way that we are Here to Help businesses in our community! Give us a call today to get started on your very own ERP!

Tis the season for thunderstorms and water damage

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

Spring is an amazing time of year. The flowers begin to bloom. The sun shines more. Nature starts to show up in all of its glory. The issue with the last one is that sometimes its glory can be highly destructive! That's ok though, as we have tons of experience helping homes and businesses get back to "Like it never even happened." after a storm damage event! 

So if the rain leaves the inside of your home feeling soppy due to leaking in your roof or other not-so-fun experiences, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and will help get you back to your preloss conditions! It's part of what we do here at East Evansville! 

Why SERVPRO? When Storms Hit Evansville, We are Here 24/7

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damage can pop up out of know where and at any time and can cause a massive amount of damage to your home. Strong winds can cause roof damage, Heavy rains can cause flooding and downed trees on your home or business. A lot of post-storm damage can have safety and health hazards. Having a storm plan to deal with damage will give you the ability to take steps right after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Strong winds and rain can create serious hazards like collapsed roofing materials, busted windows, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. Moisture can soak your furniture, carpet, and other building materials. This is the perfect atmosphere for mold growth. Shut off the gas line if you smell gas. Be careful for Nails, broken glass, and other sharp objects that might be laying around on the property. Call a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO of East Evansville to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe.

Take Pictures of the Damage

Photograph the damage so that you will have it ready for your insurance company. This action will speed the process up.

Insurance Company

Call you insurance adjuster and report the damages. The adjuster will determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

When disaster hits, it may seem stressful and overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, getting things back to normal. We are faster to any disaster and will use our experience, expertise, and equipment to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of East Evansville for all your restoration needs. 812-471-3132

When Fire Hits, Call SERVPRO! We Are The Evansville Fire Restoration Specialists

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

During a large residential or commercial fire, heavy losses are often endured; even a small fire event can cause extensive damage throughout a home or building. We here at SERVPRO of East Evansville provide local residents and business owners in Henderson KY, Newburgh, Evansville, Boonville and other surrounding areas in Indiana the knowledge and helping hand in fire prevention.

Reported by NFPA between 2011 and 2015, U.S.firedepartments responded to an average of 358,500 home structurefires peryear.

Our main goal at SERVPRO of East Evansville is to be there for our customers and our community. Part of our path to accomplish our main goal is to share our knowledge from our experiences so that our community can prevent fires in their homes and business.

  1. Never leave an active stove unattended.
  2. Always dispose of cigarettes into an appropriate receptacle.
  3. Place lighters in a high area that’s inaccessible to children.
  4. Routinely clean out the lint collector and exhaust vent connected to the dryer. (This is one of the leading causes of residential house fires.)
  5. Most important, make sure that you have a fire emergency plan, which includes an escape route, meeting zone, and emergency contacts.
  6. During colder months keep space heaters away from curtains and remember to turn them off when not home.
  7. Never leave burning candles unattended.

SERVPRO of East Evansville provide fire, water, mold and other specialty clean up and restoration services. We respond to property damage emergencies, from multi-million dollar disasters to individual businesses and residential homes.

So if fire hits, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are ready to use our experience, expertise, and equipment to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

No job is too big or to small just give us a call at 812-471-3132.

The 5 Main Causes of Noisy Pipes

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Noisy pipes often bring about concerns about a pending pipe break or the cost to fix broken pipes. Thankfully, not every sound is the precursor to an imminent disaster. However, your pipes shouldn't be making too much racket, and if they are, then one of five reasons is likely the culprit.

  • Water Hammer
  • Toilets
  • Loose Pipes
  • Worn Out Washer
  • Main Shut-Off Valve

Water Hammer
If you hear a loud thud or clunk every time you turn off a faucet, then you are likely dealing with what is commonly referred to as water hammer. When you turn off the sink, the water in the line comes to an abrupt stop with no air cushion, causing the noise. While water hammer may not result in a pipe burst, it may result in leaks.

Toilets
You are likely familiar with the rushing water sound after flushing a toilet. However, have you ever heard rattling or banging at the end of the filling cycle? You likely have a ballcock issue.

Loose Pipes
Loose pipes can result in odd sounds and an eventual pipe break if left un-remedied. If you suspect loose pipes under your home, then you should contact a plumbing specialist in Evansville, to correct the problem.

Worn Out Washer
Another easy fix is a worn-out washer in a faucet. When you notice a whistling or hissing noise, you likely have a washer issue. However, this isn't the only cause of squeaky pipes.

Main Shut-Off Valve
If you hear squeaking that resonates through the entire house, then you may have a problem with your main shut-off valve. For a main shut-off valve problem, you will likely need to contact a professional.
Again, not every strange sound is a prelude to a pipe break. Many noises stem from easy fixes like worn ballcock assemblies or washers, but sometimes, you may need to contact a professional to assess the underlying issues.

Common Causes and Remedies for Sewer Odor

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Having a sewer smell in your commercial building is unpleasant. While the fumes may not be harmful, they can certainly be an unwelcome nuisance. There are several reasons you may be smelling sewer gas in your building in Evansville In, and most of them have pretty simple remedies.

Smelling sewer odor does not usually mean that you have raw sewage wreaking havoc somewhere in your building. The more likely cause is the failure of one of several apparatuses that function to direct the gas outside. There are three main causes of indoor sewer smell:

  • Dry traps with no wastewater to prevent gases from coming back through the plumbing.
  • Blocked vents with a clog or backup that is preventing the gas from escaping through the normal channels.
  • Damaged drain lines that release sewage under the property instead of carrying it away.

To get rid of the smell, you must first locate the problem. It may have an easy fix that you can do yourself, but it's important to call a plumber or sewer remediation services if you need to do so.

Solutions for the Odor-

The first thing you should try to do is pour clean water down the drain from where the smell coming from. Dry traps from underutilized drains are the most common cause of sewer odors in buildings and making sure that you use the drain frequently can help prevent the problem or help resolve it once it occurs. If that doesn't work, your drain may need to be cleaned. Disinfecting the drain takes care of any bacteria that may be causing the smell. If none of your efforts get rid of the smell, however, it is time to call in the professionals to assess a potentially larger problem.

Sewer smell can happen any time there is a backup or some other type of plumbing problem. If you can't get rid of the problem on your own, calling a plumber can help you get your building smelling fresh and clean again.

Confront the Damage from a Flooded Toilet

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

The damage that results when a flooded toilet overflows throughout your business can quickly add up to a lot of money. The good news is that your commercial property insurance policy probably covers a lot of the damage. With this in mind, it's important that you know which steps you can take yourself and which work should be left to professionals.

Take These Steps Immediately

As soon as you notice the flooded toilet, you need to complete a few vital steps:

Turn off the water. You can do this by lifting the float inside the toilet tank, turn off the valve at the back of the toilet, or shut off the water at the building's water main.

Mop up as much water as possible. It doesn't take long for water to cause expensive damage to your building.

Clean up organic matter. This includes dirt and other substances that may have been in the toilet. You must be aware of the dangers of black water, at this point. The bacteria from waste in the water can have serious side effects, especially during extended contact.

Contact sewer damage cleanup and remediation professionals. In addition to handling any black water and other dangerous contaminants, these experts may point out potential areas of mold growth and help you avoid future water damage.
If the flooding is confined to a small area, you may clear the clog and clean up the mess on your own. However, if there's any possibility that you're dealing with anything other than clean water, you're better off turning the job over to professionals. Depending on how widespread the damage extends, you may need to take additional steps, such as contacting the sewage company.

Respond to Further Damage. If water from the toilet has traveled from one floor of the building to another, it may be necessary for cleanup crews to tackle some demolition and reconstruction. For example, flooring and ceiling materials may need to be removed, disposed of appropriately, and then replaced. Wet materials, including drywall and insulation, may need to be thoroughly dried out, disinfected, or replaced. Your insurance company may require you to work with damage cleanup and remediation professionals

Prevent Mold Growth and Damage. Mold is a common concern after any type of water damage. High levels of moisture can cause unseen pockets of humidity that provide an ideal breeding ground for mold spores. Unfortunately, within just a couple of days, there may be enough mold growth to encourage the spread of multiple colonies. If you don't know what to look for, this trouble could continue unseen until serious damage has been done. Cleanup technicians may test for mold and take steps to clean up and prevent spread.

Avoid More Unpleasantness. Cleaning up after an overflowing toilet isn't one of the things that most business professionals are excited about. However, when sewer damage happens, these simple steps can help keep further damage under control. Your quick response and the work of professionals is the best way to limit further harm and get your business back underway