Contaminated water also known as black water is typically caused by sewage back up, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water us highly contaminated and can be filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. For this reason, black water should always be handled by professionals.
While waiting for SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa to arrive consider these tips.
- Avoid contact with sewage and any items that have been contaminated by sewage. If you do come in contact with contaminated items, wash your hands thoroughly.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as there is risk of spreading damage to uncontaminated areas.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure as airflow could spread contaminates.
- Discard of any food, personal hygiene products or cleaning products that were exposed to contaminated areas.
If you have any questions while you are waiting for help to arrive, we are always willing and able to answer any questions you may have.
Choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher
Choosing the appropriate fire extinguisher is important to help minimize fire damage if it should occur.
Did you know there are several different classes of fire extinguishers?
Choosing the right one for you can help minimize fire and smoke damage if a fire does occur.
- Class A: This is the most common fire extinguisher and can be used to put out combustibles such as wood, paper, clothes and most plastics.
- Class B: This extinguisher is used for putting out flammable liquids such as gasoline and oil.
- Class C: Designated for fires involving equipment and appliances that are plugged in.
- Class D: Designed to be used on flammable metals. These are usually found in factories that work with flammable metals.
- Class K: Although these extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, they are getting more common in residential kitchens. The Class K extinguisher is designated to use on fires that involve cooking oils.
Using the appropriate fire extinguisher can reduce the amount of fire damage in your home or business, and SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is ready to assist with any fire or smoke related damage after the fact.
Fascinating Hurricane Facts
- The term "hurricane" came from the Taino Native American word "hurucane" which means evil spirit wind. The term "hurricane" came from the Taino Native American word
- The term hurricane is only used in North America. Everywhere else in the world calls them tropical cyclones, except Asia where they are called Typhoons.
- At least 40% of hurricanes that happen in the US occur in Florida.
- Every hurricane is given a name. They are named in alphabetical order. So the first hurricane of the year will always start with the letter A.
- Every second, a hurricane releases the same amount of energy as 10 atomic bombs.
- The first man who every named a hurricane was an Australian weather man named C Wragge in the early 1900s.
- The first time recorded that someone flew into a hurricane was in 1943 during World War 2.
- All hurricanes begin life in warm moist areas over tropical oceans.
- The planet Jupiter has a hurricane that is bigger than the Earth itself and has been spinning for over 300 years.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa hopes you enjoyed these interesting facts as much as we did.
Summer Celebration Safety
The first things that come to mind when we think about summer are backyard barbecuing, fireworks and bonfires. Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires?
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wishes you, your family and friends an enjoyable and safe summer. Below are a few tips to consider to help ensure your summer stays disaster free.
- Grills no matter if they are propane or charcoal should only be used outside.
- Grills should be placed away from any structures such as your home, garage or desk. Keep away from awnings and eaves of the home.
- Always keep your grill clean and empty grease trays from below the grill.
- When using charcoal ensure that the coals are completely cooled before disposal.
- Never leave a bonfire unattended and make sure it is in an area away from buildings and fences.
- Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and do not burn dangerous items such as paint, tires and aerosol cans.
- If using fireworks or someone nearby is always wear safety glasses.
- Never try to relight malfunctioning fireworks, and keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that do not go off.
If your property suffers from structural fire damage give us a call at (815)416-0075 to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Board Up Services
Did you know SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa offers 24 hour emergency board up services?
Whether the damage is from a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, having your property properly secured is important. Boarding up a property correctly can stop secondary damage such as moisture or rain, animal intrusions, or even theft of property that is still inside the structure.
Boarding up a property after it has been damaged is a burden that no one should have to deal with especially the property owner right after suffering a loss to their home or business.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can swiftly board up the damaged property and can also remediate the original damage.
With our quick service and 24 hour availability, we are proud to be a preferred vendor for many of our local fire departments to assist with board up services after a fire.
If you should need board up services give our office a call 24 hours a day. (815)416-0075
Damage from Clean Water
Clean water is considered water from a broken or leaking pipe, or other water source, rainwater is also considered clean. Clean water becomes gray water when the issue at hand is left untreated and bacteria and other contaminants start to grow causing the water to become hazardous. That is why it is so important to call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa immediately to start the drying process.
While you are waiting for help to arrive, consider taking the following precautions to minimize damage.
- Shut off the water source and call a professional if possible.
- Turn off circuit breakers for rooms that are wet. Do not enter rooms with standing water as electrical shock could occur.
- Remove as much of the excess water as possible. Wipe excess water off furniture and mop of blot floors.
- Move any sensitive objects such as paintings, documents or valuables to a safe place if you think they may be affected by moisture.
- Remove any colored items from the floor to prevent staining.
When you have a water damage, do not leave your property to chance, call the experienced team at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa (815)416-0075
National Lightening Safety Awareness Week
National Lightening Safety Awareness Week started in 2001 to bring attention to lightening being such an underrated killer. Since the start of this awareness week, fatalities due to lightening strikes has reduced from around 55 a year to less than 30 per year. It is encouraged during National Lightening Safety Awareness Week that you learn more about it and how to keep yourself and your family safe.
Outdoor activities should be stopped immediately when
1. You see lightening
2. You hear thunder. Thunder can sometimes be heard from distances up to 10 miles away
3. If the skies look threatening. Storms can develop quickly and overhead as they move into the area.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa does receive a handful of calls each year from homeowners requesting assistance after a lightening strike enters their home causing fire damage to their home. Lightening can enter a structure from through a direct hit, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure or through the ground. Once inside your home, lightening can travel through plumbing, electrical, and even through metal wires or bars that are in concrete walls and floors.
One solution to keep your home safe is to have lightening rods and the accompanying protection system professionally installed. They are designed to protect from a direct lightening strike and lightening initiated fires. These rods do not keep your home from being hit by lightening but rather intercepts a strike giving it a conductive path so the electrical discharge can properly disperse safely into the ground.
If your home suffers a fire loss from a lightening strike or any other reason, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is always ready to assist in the clean up and restoration process.
Pet Preparedness Month
Every September is National Preparedness Week. That week is used to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
Since pets are just as important and are part of the family too, June is Pet Preparedness Month. They need to be included in your family's emergency plan. Make sure that when you are preparing, making a plan, and building emergency kits you keep your furry, feathered and scaled family members in mind too.
Including your pets in your plan with cause less stress and worry when you need to make decisions during an emergency. Along with making a pet emergency kit make sure to consider things such as where will we go? Many hotels do not allow animals or the ones who do may book up fast? Do you have a backup plan and several options in case of an emergency?
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wants you, your family and your pets to be prepared and stay safe if an emergency arises.
Why are SERVPRO vehicles green?
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa vehicles are very noticeable when we are driving though your community. We have green cars, trucks, vans and even a semi trailer. But have you ever wondered how SERVPRO chose this eye catching color?
In the early 1970s, the founders of SERVPRO used a color chip paint sample chart to identify the most eye-catching color. It was a highly technical process. The founders showed the chart to as many people as they could and asked, “Which color on this chart would be impossible to miss?” By a wide margin, the color most identified was 1970 rally green, a color used on Porsche 911 automobiles.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here for you for any of your fire, water, or mold restoration needs. Give us a call today (815)416-0075
3 Steps to Reduce Commercial Liability
Maintain your commercial building and minimizing your legal liabilities during the winter months by taking action to avoid hazards in your workplace environment. You can protect yourself, your employees and your customers by taking just a few simple precautions:
Use ice melt on sidewalks and walkways to ensuring the safety of passers buy, customers and employees.
Clean up dirt. A surprisingly large amount of dirt gets dragged into commercial building, especially . Dirt can cause significant damage to your flooring over time. To significantly reduce the amount of dirt and debris that gets dragged in, place utility mats inside and outside all entranced to the building.
Prevent slippery floors. Put utility mats down to minimize slippery surfaces created by snow and rain that gets dragged in when people enter your building. Place wet floor signs out whenever floors need to dry as well.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly.