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Mold in the workplace

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Your home is not the only place that mold can become an issue. Mold can happen inside business establishments as well. OSHA has set guidelines about mold in the workplace and how it should be addressed.

“There are no standards that say how much mold is hazardous to your health. However, there should not be visible mold growth or objectionable moldy odors in your workplace. If you see or smell mold, or if you or others are experiencing mold-related health problems, report the problem to your employer so the problem can be investigated. If you believe that there is a mold hazard, you have the right to file a complaint with Federal OSHA or, in states with OSHA-approved state plans, the state occupational safety and health agency”.

If you own or manage a business and think you may have a mold problem contact SERVPRO. We’re here to help!

For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/hazards.html

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Fire and Smoke

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

“On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S.—almost 3,000 people every year. While working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).”

While many home have smoke detectors many are not up to the standards that are recommended. New advances in technology has brought out newer alarms that are all interconnected to provide you with the best detection and alerts possible. 

In addition, 

“Smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the TEST button.

Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps” to indicate low batteries, they should be replaced immediately.

Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum the exterior of the alarm to remove dust and cobwebs.

Smoke alarms should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least every ten years.

Never paint over a smoke alarm.”

For more information visit: ESFI Fire Escape Planning

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Do you have mold?

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

"Homeowners can incur large bills for structural damage caused by water or water vapor trapped behind the walls. This is a prime location for mold to grow. That is why it is important to identify potential situations where mold can grow"

A common question we get here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is how to know if there is mold in your home? 

"Detecting mold growth is fairly easy. Look for the following:

• Visible mold growth (discoloration ranging from white to orange and from green to brown or black)

• Musty odor

• Discoloration of building materials in areas where previous water damage occurred, such as drywall and plaster or plywood"

For more information visit: http://www.healthhouse.org/tipsheets/ts_moldcontrol.pdf

If you suspect you have mold in your home give us a call! We are here 24/7/365 to help you. We are trained professionals in mold removal and will be there to put your worries at ease. 

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Your drywall is wet?! Oh no!! Now what?!

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

The problem with water getting into drywall is that drywall does not dry on its own very quickly. When this happens mold can start to grow which would require professional service. If you notice that your drywall is wet the key to minimizing the damage is to act quickly. Let SERVPRO help! “When drywall gets wet one of the first things that can happen is mold feeding on the soggy paper “skins”.  As the moisture finds its way deeper in to the material, the gypsum begins to soften and eventually turn to mush…or crumble away. It does not take much water or much time for this to occur.  I have seen mold happen after just one “flooding” type event in a mater of days.” (networx.com)

The best thing you can do if your drywall is wet is to give us a call. We can dry it much faster to limit the damage as much as possible! 

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Let’s talk about LIGHTBULBS

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

You may have heard of or use CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs in your home. They can save you money on your electric bill and can also last longer but there are a few specifics you should know about these. What you may not know is that these bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and therefor need to be disposed of properly to protect you and your family as well as the environment. 

“CFLs should never be discarded with household trash. The environmental Protection agency recommends that consumers use local recycling options for CFLs. Contact your local government or visit epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling to identify local recycling options”

“CFLs are made of glass and can break. be careful when removing from packaging and installing or removing from a socket. if a CFL breaks: 

  • Open a window to allow the room to air out for 
    5–10 minutes. 
  • People and pets should leave the room. 
  • turn off forced air heating and/or air conditioning 
  • collect broken glass and visible powder using stiff 
    cardboard, tape or a damp paper towel. 
  • Place the debris in a glass jar or a plastic bag in a 
    safe location outside until you can dispose of it. 
  • Contact your local government to find out how 
    to dispose of the debris 
  • Continue airing out the room for several hours”

For more information on CFL bulb safety visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/lightbulbsafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Generator Tips

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year sometimes leads to power outages. During inclement weather use of generators can be a source of danger around the home. “When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes”. 

Also, “Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open, Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.”

For more information visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/generatorsafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Home Fire Prevention

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires? With some simple tips to ensure your electrical in your home is safe many fires could be easily prevented. 

-Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.

-Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

-Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

-Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

-Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.”

For more safety information to prevent home fires visit: http://www.esfi.org/fire-prevention

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Staying Cool In The Summer Heat

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

“We've all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It is awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It's possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you've probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it's not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://greatist.com/happiness/tricks-to-sleep-in-the-heat

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

Unexpected Water In Your Basement?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unexpected Water In Your Basement? Photo Source: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

State Farm Insurance posted on their website the following on unexpected water in your basement?

“If the water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, then the problem is often water backing up from the municipal sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, combined sewer systems can become overwhelmed with water. This can cause sewer water to back up in the system and sometimes into homes.

There are other possible explanations, too. Sewer backups can be caused by individual service lines being plugged by grease, waste, tree roots, breaks in pipes or saturated ground. Sewer mains can also be plugged by vandalism or large items dropped down manholes.

This kind of flooding is an enormous problem for homeowners, as it's largely out of your control and probably means fecal waste backing up into basements. Not only is it disgusting, but it can also be a serious health hazard.

In order to keep your individual lines clear, you can install backflow preventers that help stop sewer water from flowing backward into the house. Proper maintenance of your individual lines - for example, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year - can also go a long way in preventing sewage backups. Still, the problem is often out of your control.

Sewage in your basement means a major cleanup and a lot of uncertainty about future problems. If it's something you've seen in your home, you'll have to get your city government involved. At the very least, be aware of the problem and don't leave anything valuable near your downstairs drains.”  To read this information and more on flooded basements, click this clink: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike is here to clean the mess...216-464-4498

Some Facts About Floods

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

“A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in a multitude of ways. Most common is when rivers or streams overflow their banks. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid ice melting in the mountains, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river and send it spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain. Coastal flooding occurs when a large storm or tsunami causes the sea to surge inland.

Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate. Others generate quickly and with little warning. These flash floods can be extremely dangerous, instantly turning a babbling brook into a thundering wall of water and sweeping everything in its path downstream.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods/

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike 216-464-4498