Here are some uncommon sources of fires.
Sofa up in flames
Many homeowners know that the most likely causes of fires can result from cooking, faulty wiring, space heaters etc. Often things are overlooked, that contribute to house fires every year.
These three uncommon things are what we least expect to cause a fire. Dusting regularly prevents any fire damage to your property because when near heat like heaters electrical outlets it can ignite a fire. Tablets and Laptops can be another source if you leave it on top of your sofa or bed where it can heat up the material it is placed on. As for the batteries they can create a fire very easily if their ends meet with one another. Instead of throwing them away in your garbage can there are certain places where they can be disposed of properly. Finally, pets are the most uncommon source that can cause fires because we are unaware that they can knock over lighted items and mistakenly turn on an appliance. Even pests who can chew through wires which can cause electrical shortages.
Fire Prevention Tips for Commercial Properties
Building on Fire
Since time is money in the business world, taking extra steps could affect your daily profits. However, the extra effort required is definitely marginal when compared to the extreme consequences and costs that come coupled with a fire. Choose the route to being proactive using the steps below. You’ll find knowing that you and your tenants are protected is truly priceless.
When a structural fire occurs it affects not only your tenants. It also affects the commercial building itself but also the components within. This may mean damage to or loss of personal possessions, equipment, inventory, and materials necessary to operate a business. There is nothing but value in putting a fire prevention plan in place with so much at stake.
1). Implement Fire Emergency Procedures
2). Reduce Fire Hazards
3). Install and Maintain Safety Equipment
A fire prevention plan is the best way to avoid fire and smoke from adversely affecting your tenants and your commercial buildings. Should such a disaster occur, know that help is available to restore your property and that of your tenants’ to preloss condition. At SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we are here to provide the remediation services you need. Our restoration Professionals are experts at repairing structural damage to removing smoke odors.
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6 Common Leaks in Commercial Properties
Water damage in commercial building
Water leaks pose a very significant threat to commercial buildings, in particular, as they use much bigger amounts of water than residences – either for their business activities or simply because of the large number of people using the water fixtures in the facility on a daily basis. Therefore, leaks in commercial buildings lead to the waste of hundreds of gallons of water per day and can substantially increase the company’s monthly bills.
1). Toilet Leaks
2). Faucet Leaks
3). Plumbing Leaks
4). Roof Leaks
5). Ceiling Leaks
6). Basement Leaks
To avoid such troubles, property owners need to maintain their buildings in excellent condition and seek efficient professional solutions from SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at the first sign of a water problem.
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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Services
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo
Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. The services we provide for residential properties include:
WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, the professionals at SERVPRO OF San Luis Obispo have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” The services we provide for commercial properties include:
COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
COMMERCIAL MOLD REMEDIATION
COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES
COMMERCIAL STORM AND MAJOR EVENT REMEDIATION
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SERVPRO Tips for Home Owners to Help Identify Mold
Mold is everywhere. It’s a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.
You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It’s the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas.
Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot. If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun. We’ll show you how to remove mold from wood in a few steps.
If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas.
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FLOOD DAMAGE vs WATER DAMAGE
Flooded baseball field
While considered different from one another, these two are not without their similarities. They can both wreak havoc on a home by submerging your belongings, causing structural damage, and making you lose important items that are irreplaceable. The cleanup process for both is also similar but the most common misconception is often realized by people when they try to file a water damage claim for flooding and find out that flooding is a different thing altogether.
It is actually easy to differentiate flood damage from water damage. All you need to remember is when a home suffers from flood damage, it is usually one of many homes that suffer from the same problem. When your home suffers from water damage, your home is the only one that has such an issue.
When flooding happens, it helps for you to have flood damage coverage on your insurance since water damage does not cover any repairs and restoration that is done due to floods. Before any flooding occurs, you should check your insurance policy for this coverage. If you live in a flood-prone area, you should have the additional coverage added to your policy.
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Storm Damage Prevention
Commercial water damage is not something a business owner wants. When water damage occurs, huge losses can come with it. For business owners to avoid such a scenario, they need to put preventive measures in place. This should include procedures to be followed before a disaster strikes, steps that can be taken to reduce the potential damage, and measures that can help prevent damage from occurring.
Water damage can happen because of burst or frozen pipes. Not knowing where to find the shut-off valves for your water supply can open you up to additional damages. If you know where these valves are located, the moment you realize that there is a problem, you can turn these off to prevent more damage from occurring.
While you cannot keep everything that you are selling totally safe, keeping your most valuable items in an area that cannot be affected by floods and water damage can help you avoid massive losses. You should also ensure that important documents and business papers are stored in watertight containers to keep them safe when water damage occurs.
Water damage is not exclusive to flooding or burst pipes. Sometimes, a leak in your roof, a leaking water heater, or faulty HVAC units can cause commercial water damage. Checking on these things regularly can help you address minor issues before these get out of hand.
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Ceiling Water Damage
Water Damage in Ceiling
When you discover that you have ceiling water damage, it's important to find the source in order to stop it. Here are some of the more common causes:
1). Stains in the ceiling
2). Musty Odor coming from the ceiling
3). Cracks or Peeling in Paint or Wallpaper
If you have plumbing pipes in your ceiling, which is common in two-story homes, the damage may be caused by a leaking pipe.
If your home is damp, or if there is excess moisture in the room from faucets, humidifiers, and water features, ceiling water damage can occur.
If you live in an area with high humidity and your home is not properly insulated, moisture can cause ceiling water damage.
If you have any water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271
Why Water Damage Should be Addressed Immediately
Mold inside a home
There are a lot of reasons why water damage should be taken care of right away. Here are some of those reasons:
Musty Smells is probably the least of your worries but it does present you with a problem if someone in your family is allergic to such odors or if the smell will trigger health issues such as asthma and other respiratory problems.
Mold can indicate something more dangerous hiding underneath your floor, in your ceiling, or in your walls. Molds create musty earthy smells that are accompanied by dark spots on your walls and ceilings. Molds love moisture and water damaged areas that are not handled immediately or taken care of properly can become breeding grounds for these fungi. Molds can also cause respiratory problems due to the spores that they release, and can also trigger allergic reactions to those who have some sensitivity to these growths
Problems with weak walls, peeling paint, and even worse, weakened foundation, can be what you will experience if you don’t address water damage immediately.
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7 Fire Preventable Tips for your Kitchen
Cooking is truly a relaxing activity. Nothing is more therapeutic and soothing than putting all the ingredients of a special dish together and seeing it cook to perfection. People who have suffered fire accidents in the kitchen, however, can only hope to have such benign memories of their cooking experience.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the use of cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires in the United States between 2007 and 2011, accounting for 43% of all reported cases of domestic fires. Cooking fires also caused more than 2,500 deaths, over 13,200 injuries, and about $7.2 billion in property damage every year during the same period.
- Never leave your cooking unattended, even for just a few seconds. Turn off the stove if you are leaving it out of sight.
- Don’t overcook, especially if you are frying something. Cooking oil or grease can get hot very quickly.
- Never douse grease fires with water. This is very dangerous and can cause severe injuries. Cover a grease fire with a pan lid instead to deprive the fire of oxygen.
- Don’t place combustible items like paper towels, mittens, washcloths, and food packaging near the heating element of the stove.
- Keep your cooking area clean to prevent the accumulation of combustible substances like cooking oil or grease on surfaces.
- Take the time to make sure that all your kitchen appliances are turned off before you go to sleep or leave your house.
- Install a fire alarm system which can warn you promptly if a fire occurs in your kitchen.
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