Christmas Decoration Hazards
A Christmas tree 17 seconds after catching on fire.
Now that the holidays are upon us, we will start getting ready by decorating the house! Some families go to the store and purchase a new, artificial tree, some take their artificial tree out of storage, and some run out and purchase a fresh, real tree. Whether the tree is real or artificial they both propose fire hazards. Before even bringing a tree home, there are steps to make sure the tree is going to be as safe as possible. If you have chosen an artificial tree, look for “fire resistant” or “flame retardant” on the labels. These phrases tell you the tree is less likely to catch on fire than artificial trees that are not advertising these phrases. While going out and searching for a live tree, you need to make sure the tree is not already dried-out. A dried-out tree will catch on fire much faster than any other kind of tree. To check if the tree is dried out give it a small shake and see how many needles fall out. A well-watered tree will have a few needles fall out, but a dried-out tree will have many needles fall out. Once you have chosen a real tree, you will need to keep the tree watered. There are stands that are made specifically to hold water. Experts say to check every day on the amount of water in the stand. A video has gone viral of a tree that isn’t watered catching fire and burning down within seconds. The watered tree takes a few minutes to fully catch aflame. So, remember when you are picking out a tree to do your research and keep your home as safe as possible this holiday season!
Stay safe this fall with these bonfire tips.
Before starting the fire make sure the weather is good for a bonfire. Weather conditions that are too windy could create risks such as blowing sparks around. Once the weather conditions are good you can light the fire. When lighting the fire, an accelerant should never be used. Using gas or lighter fluid could cause a loss of control of the fire. Start with lighting small crumbled paper pieces and small sticks. From there you can add larger pieces of wood. It never hurts to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of any accidents. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, try keeping a hose handy or a bucket of sand. Sand will effectively put out a fire. Throughout the night there are a few things to keep an eye on. Look out for too much alcohol consumption, watch children trying to get too close, and monitor pets sneaking towards the fire. When the night is coming to an end and the fire has burned down, use a metal shovel to spread out the ashes so they can cool down faster. You can pour water or sand on the ashes to get rid of the remaining embers. Remove the ashes and place them in a designated metal can used for ash storage only.
SERPVRO'S 1-4-8 Policy
Why is SERVPRO the best restoration company? There are many reasons SERVPRO is the best, but the most important reason is we make our customers a priority. We have a system set up we call 1-4-8. Within 1 hour of the initial phone call our SERVPRO Franchise will be in contact with the customer to arrange for services. Within 4 hours of the initial call our Franchise will be on site to start work. Then, within 8 hours of onsite arrival we will inform the customer and adjuster the scope of work. This insures we are in communication with the customer, adjuster, and insurance agents throughout the entire mitigation process and everyone fully understands the scope of work to be performed.
Since our response is so timely and we are open 24/7 we can reduce the chances of secondary damages such as mold. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours if the environment is right. Which means during a water loss every hour is precious.
There's Mold in the Air...Conditioner!
Don't be afraid to get your AC unit wet while cleaning it! They are typically water resistant. We advise to keep the water away from the controls.
Have you noticed a smell but can’t quite put your finger on where it is coming from? When was the last time you checked your AC units?
Mold thrives any place there is moisture. Whether you can clean the unit yourself or need a replacement will be determined by where the mold is located. A few steps can be taken to inspect and clean your AC unit.
First, unplug and remove the unit from the window.
Second, remove the filter and allow to soak in hot soapy water.
Third, remove the outside pieces of your unit. Be sure to follow your owner’s manual. Once you have access to the inside of the AC unit, vacuum to remove any built-up debris and dust.
Fourth, make sure the coils are clean. This is a step you cannot skip because the built-up residue will provide a food source for mold.
Fifth, after you know the coils are clean, you will need to wipe down the entire inside of the unit to wipe away any visible mold.
Sixth, spray the inside of the unit with Concrobium. This product can be found at any store that sells home improvement goods. After allowing the filter to soak through all the other steps, make sure to wipe down the filter and remove any leftover residues.
The seventh and final step is to allow the AC unit to dry completely before assembling it back together.
If you take apart the unit and find it saturated with mold, replacing the whole unit could be the safest option for you and your family. A common mistake people make is turning off the AC completely before leaving the home for a few days. This can lead to mold growth because the stagnant air promotes its growth. Instead of turning the AC off completely, set the temperature up 10 degrees higher than you would normally have it. This will keep the unit running every once in a while to prevent the environment where mold will grow.
Sewage Backup - Lombard, Addison, Oak Brook Terrace, and Villa Park
Sewage or Water Damage? You know who to call - SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison is here to help!
"I've lived here for 30 years and this has never happened before!!"
We hear this all the time from customers in Lombard, Addison, Oak Brook Terrace, and Villa Park. Until the time comes, no one thinks it can happen to them.
Time changes everything. Your home that was purchased brand new now needs attention. Pipes are becoming rusty. The sapling that you planted after your honeymoon now has roots poking into your foundation. The gutters that had a 25 year warranty just turned 27.......
You've got a lot on your mind. The one thing you were not thinking about when you flushed the toilet and walked away was if it went down or not.
Sewage backup from malfunctioning toilets or storm surges come unexpectedly. The good news is that SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison can help. Our trained crews understand the challenges in cleaning up sewage damage. Let us help.
Call the SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison professionals @ 630-543-1700.
Being Green and Being Green
Being Green and Cleaning Green with Environment Friendly Products!!
"There goes the guys in the green trucks!"
Running around in green vehicles and using green equipment, we know what it's like to be green. However, we also know the being environmentally green is as important as the brand we promote. It is extremely important that we take care of the health and well being of our customers as we clean, deodorize, and disinfect homes and businesses. More than ever, our customers are concerned about what products we use and how we use them. We are proud of our lineup of cleaning products and are even prouder that they have the testing and backing of SERVPRO chemists located at our corporate office in Gallatin, TN.
We would like to introduce our new line of Green Cleaning Products. SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for
Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients.
The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials. We have formulated three Green Cleaning Products that will allow you to complete approximately all your cleaning tasks. The products are as follows:
Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251 is a product designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a “one product does all” in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray, in-line cleaner for both truck mount and portable equipment, and in low-moisture bonnet cleaning. The product is pH neutral, biodegradable, contains no phosphates, solvents, dyes or fragrances.
All Surface Green Clean #250 is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant and rapidly bio-degradable. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.
Window Green Clean #249 is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, VOC-compliant and rapidly biodegradable. The product comes ready to use and is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.
Two areas the EPA/DFE does not address that are common in our restoration tasks are disinfectants and deodorizers. Disinfectants are “kill” agents and not considered green per the EPA/DFE. The EPA does though classify disinfectants by the overall toxicity. The lowest toxicity disinfectants get a rating of category 3. SERVPRO® provides Sporicidin® as a low toxicity disinfectant and it carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating of category 3. Therefore in the course of Green Cleaning it is recommended Sporicidin® be used for your disinfecting requirements. The final area is Deodorization and the problem is the fragrances used in these products can cause reactions with certain individuals. The EPA/DFE does not currently have “Green” fragrances listed. SERVPRO® provides air scrubbers with activated charcoal to serve as a “Green” method of deodorization. This method will scrub the odor particles from the air and trap them in the activated charcoal filter.
If you have questions about Green Cleaning or the EPA’s Design for the Environment program, the following link from the EPA’s website may be helpful:
Recent Storms - Stay Safe by Staying Prepared
Fire or Water Damage? Think Green!! Think SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison.
Ever walk into your beautiful finished basement and hear the "squish, squish" of wet carpeting?
Unwanted water intrusion can happen at anytime. Whether it's from a rain storm or a busted water heater, be rest assured that you don't have to tackle the damage alone.
If water intrudes into your Lombard or Addison home, be prepared to follow these tips until help arrives:
- Shut off the water source if possible.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books,magazinesor other colored items on wet carpeting.
Nobody likes to be interrupted. Don't let unwanted water in your home interrupt your life. Contact SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison to help getyou back up and running again.
Call the professionals @ 630-543-1700.
Mold Prevention - Your Bathroom
Mold thrives on lingering moisture, especially in rooms that do not have the correct type of ventilation. Mold can grow on numerous materials in your bathroom like shower curtains, rugs, wallpaper, drywall, and grout.
Tips on How to Prevent Bathroom Mold
- Do not leave damp towels or any other wet materials on the floor.
- Make sure the bathroom is getting proper ventilation. Use the bathroom vent anytime the shower or tub is running and leave the vent on for 30 minutes after you are done.
- After you are done showering, wipe down the tiles and grout in the shower.
- Wash your shower curtain regularly.
- Wash the rugs in your bathroom regularly.
- Purchase a mildew resistant shower curtain.
Sitting water can cause mold growth. Make sure to keep your tub, shower, and sink clean by cleaning them frequently. A clean and dry environment will prevent mold from ever growing.
10 Things Never to Do When You Grill
Grilling can be fun when done properly. Enjoy these great tips to keep your backyard BBQ safe and enjoyable.
10 Things Never to Do When You Grill
As temperatures rise, homeowners love firing up the grill and eating outdoors. Yet just as with indoor food prep, there are some important rules and guidelines to follow when you're cooking outside. Play it safe and check out these 10 things you should never …
- Never Leave the Grill Unattended
Never walk away from a lighted grill, because the open flames present a fire hazard. Also, for safety's sake, always have a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Never Use a Metal Brush
Avoid using metal-bristle brushes to clean your grill grates; the bristles can break off and become lodged in your food. Instead, rely on a wad of aluminum foil, dish scrubbies, or clean damp rags to wipe your grill—preferably while the grates are still warm.
- Don’t Run Out of Fuel
Make sure you have enough propane (or charcoal) to finish cooking your food before you start. Keep a spare full propane tank or bag of charcoal on hand, just in case.
- Don’t Use Lighter Fluid
Avoid using lighter fluid or lighter-fluid-infused charcoal briquettes, because the chemicals can impart a nasty flavor to your food. That’s also why you should never use gasoline, kerosene, or oil to start your grill!
- Banish Bacteria
Avoid food contamination both on and off the grill by following safe handling procedures: wash your hands, keep the food in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill, and don't prepare raw meats and vegetables on the same surface. To be sure meats are sufficiently cooked, use a grill-safe thermometer to check that they've reached the proper internal temperature (165 degrees Fahrenheit for poultry, 160 degrees Fahrenheit for ground meat, and 145 degrees Fahrenheit for steaks or roasts).
- Skip the Sloppy Look
Don't wear loose clothing, scarves, or dangling jewelry while grilling; these items can potentially catch fire in open flames. If you have long hair, tie it back or tuck it under a hat to avoid singeing your lovely locks.
- Never Skip Resting Time
As tempting and mouthwatering as that just-cooked steak may appear, don’t cut into it immediately, or you'll end up with a dryer, tougher piece of meat. Rest your meat for a few minutes to give the internal juices time to redistribute through the muscle fibers. You'll be rewarded with juicy goodness in every bite.
- Don’t Char, Grill!!
Be careful not to overcook your meat. Not only does burned barbecue taste unappealing, but it also forms dangerous carcinogenic compounds, known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which have been linked to increased risks of pancreatic, colorectal, and prostate cancer.
- Stay Away From Smoke
Never stand directly over a smoky grill, and avoid inhaling the fumes. Grill smoke contains carbon monoxide as well as substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to increased risk of certain cancers—especially lung cancer.
- Don’t Drink and Grill
Grilling under the influence of alcohol can be a recipe for disaster. Wait to pop open a cold one until the grilling and food preparation is complete, then help yourself to a recreational beverage while your meat is resting.
Here To Help - SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison
Whatever life throws at you, SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison is here to help!
Residential and Commercial Services
Whether your home or business needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential and commercial services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
If you need any of these services, we are always here to help, no matter how big or small the job is. We can help make your home or property look "Like it never even happened." after a disaster. Do not hesitate to call us at (630) 543-1700, as we are open 24/7 to help with any disasters or cleaning needs you might need.