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Preparing for an Ice Storm

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Illinois has seen some brutal weather this winter, between the Polar Votex of 2019 giving us record breaking temperatures and the flooding that occurred right after with the change of temperature by almost 100 degrees. Now we are set to see an ice storm. 

Preparing for an Ice storm is important because it brings the possibility of power outages. Below are a few tips to help you prepare. 

1. Make sure flashlights and battery powered radios have batteries. Also keep extra batteries, candles, and matches on hand. 

2. Unplug sensitive electronics and appliances if the power does go off. 

3. If the power does go off keep refridgerator and freezer doors shut. If food should get to 40 degrees dispose of items immediately. 

4. If you use an emergency heating source such as kerosene heaters, fireplaces, or wood burning stoves keep fuels away from the fame and ventilate. Never leave a fire unattended. 

5. If it seems your home will be without power for several days drain your water pipes. 

Other tips are

-Sore extra blankets and warm clothes where you can easily access them.

-Keep a first aide kit on hand.

-Keep extra canned food and water on hand

-Fill your gas tank up

-Keep cash on hand

-Have enough prescription medications to last a week

If your home should sustain fire or water damage during these times give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a calll at (815)416-0075. We have trained staff ready to assist you 24 hours a day. 

Is Mold Helpful or Harmful

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

There are many types of mold. Mold is an important part of the ecosystem and not all molds are harmful.

Mushrooms are mold that is consumed by people. Mold is also found in other foods such as cheese and soy products. It is also used to make antibiotics to help heal people and animals. Soy is an important part of the ecosystem because it breaks down dead material so it can deposit back into the ground. 

Although many types of mold are considered safe,  some are harmful and should be taken very seriously. I

Upon calling us SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can

-inspect your home for mold

-Assess the size of the problem and the type of mold

-Identify the source of moisture causing the mold growth

-Plan and execute the remediation. 

If you suspect mold in your home or business give us a call today. (815)416-0075.

Should I get my Commercial Building ducts cleaned?

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filteration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering your duct systems. The dust can accumulate to the point that it starts breaking off and reentering the air. When this happens, you will notice your workspace becomes dusty faster. 

High humidity in a commercial building can cause mold to develope in the duct systems. If this happens the mold spores will circulate through the whole building and can aggravate your employees allergies, asthma, and increase risk of upper respiratory infection. 

Cleaning your duct systems can improve indoor air quality, improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, and extend your HVAC lifespan.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can inspect and clean your commercial ducts. Please give us a call so we can schedule your free estimate today. Call our friendly office staff at (815)416-0075. 

Mold Is Alive

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are microscopic organismsfound virtually everywhere indoors and outdoors. Mold is alive but it is neither a plant nor an organism. Mold is a type of fungus. 

Fungal growth requires oxygen, adequate temperature, nutrients and water to survive and grow. 

Mold can damage your home as well as compromise your health. 

Some places where mold can grow in your home are 

-Carpets

-upholstery

-Wood products

-Clothes

-walls

-basements

-ductwork

-ceiling tiles

-household dust

-Books

-Curtains

-Baseboards

Mold grows in cool, dry, dark areas. Mold will start to grow on these damp areas within 48 hours, so it is very important to immediately call SERVPRO of Frankfort if you suspect water damage in your home. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here for you 24 hours a day to help you prevent mold growth due to water emergencies. If you should have mold our trained professionals can remediate and mitigate that as well. 

Preventing Mold Growth in your Home

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your home can cause damage to your home, cause costly repair as well as cause health risks. 

Here are some tips on helping to reduce the risk of mold growth in your home. 

-Reduce humidity in your home by opening windows for approximately 30 minutes per day. 

-Prevent leaks due to rain and when it isn’t avoidable, dry and treat all waer damage writhing 24 hours of he water exposure. 

-Regularly clean areas in your home that accumulate humidity such as showers, faucets, pipes and floors near fixtures. 

-After you clean items make sure they are throughly dries and if possible leave in the sunlight. 

If your walls, floors, furniture or any of your large items get wet call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa right away so we can dry those items and save you time, money, and damage to your home. 

Preventing Mold Growth in a Damp Basement

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

1. Monitor Humidity Levels

High humidity levels provide the perfect growing environment for mold. 

2. Use a Dehumidifier

 If your basement has high humidity levels open windows daily for an average of 30 minutes or use a dehumidifier. 

3. Reduce Clutter 

Keep your basement free of clutter. Too many objects and storage items block the free flow of air and reduce ventilation. Items such as clothes and books stored in the basement are food for mold and mildew. 

4. Ensure Water Is Directed Away from Your Home

The boundary around your home must be sloped in such a way that snow and rain are directed away from the house. Otherwise, water and moisture will pool around the structure, increasing moisture and leakage problems. In such a situation, mold is almost inevitable.

5. Take Care of Spills and Leaks Immediately

If there are any leaks in the basement, take care of them immediately. Wipe the water from the area and dry it thoroughly. Use of a dehumidifier and heater to accelerate the drying process.

6. Insulate Water Pipes in the Basement

Generally, cold water pipes in the basement show condensation on the exterior. Insulating such pipes reduces the humidity levels in the basement.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can arrive . The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

-If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 

DON'T:

-Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.

-Don't attempt to shampoo any carpets or upholstery.

-Don't attempt to clean any electronics

-Do not consume any food that may have been contaminated by the fire.

-If ceilings are wet do not turn on lights or ceiling fans as the wiring may be wet.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs. Give us a call today (815)416-0075.

Tips for Commercial Fire Prevention

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you are probably aware of many threats to your business. Some of these are preventable and others may not be. Here are some simple steps that you and your staff can take to help reduce the risks of a fire breaking out in your workplace. 

-Electrical fires contribute to a large percentage of reported fires each year, and in terms of damage loss, are often very costly. Electrical fires can easily be prevented . First never overload an outlet or power strip. Electrical outlets are only designed to handle a certain amount of electricity, so the more devices you plug into one increases the risk of an overload. Large appliances should never share an outlet. 

- Keep flammable materials and chemicals away from electrical outlets and power strips as well as areas that experience higher than normal levels of heat. 

- Keep clutter to a minimum. If a fire does break out having less clutter will keep the fire from traveling quicker. 

- Make sure all emergency exits are are clutter and mess free. 

These simple steps will help prevent fires. However be prepared for an emergency. Ask SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa about their free no cost assessment of your building today. 

Don’t be a Smoke Alarm Statistic

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Is your smoke detector operational?

Do you have a smoke detector?

Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time.

Did you know…

1. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to US fire departments.

2. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).

3. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs .053 deaths per 100 fires).

4. In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.

5. Dead batteries caused 1/4 (24%)of the smoke alarm failures.

Don’t be one of those statistics. Call your local fire department about the smoke detector programs they offer.

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. 

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

-Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles. 

-Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacture's instructions. 

-Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving or going to bed.

-Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from the Christmas tree.

-Keep anything that can catch fire- pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains- away from your stove top.

-Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wish you a happy and safe holiday season.