4 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Safe
Here Are Some Tips To Make Your Kitchen Safer
Manage the Microwave
Putting metal in your microwave is bad. But, many people don't know how many items contain metal. For instance, twist ties can cause fire damage to your kitchen if put in the microwave.
Additionally, it would be best if you use oven mitts when removing food from the microwave. This is because short periods can make food and dishes hotter than you expect. If your microwave catches fire, turn it off and call for help.
A grease fire can start when the food you are cooking becomes too hot. Therefore, you should always stay nearby when you are cooking. This lets you turn off smoking or boiling grease or oil. Turn off your heat source if you leave the kitchen.
Unplug Your Appliances
Always unplug your small appliances after using them. This keeps you from needing a qualified restoration company. It would be best if you also threw out any appliances with damaged cords. Similarly, use these small appliances when they are plugged directly into an outlet, not into an extension cord.
Learn to Cook Properly
Using complex tools, like deep fryers, is necessary for some recipes. However, it is important to know some tips for using these items before attempting them. Using them correctly can prevent a fire. Therefore, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions. This includes making sure appliances are dry and not near water. This also means never touching hot surfaces and avoiding trying to do too much at once.
Kitchen safety should always be a goal. Follow these tips to make your kitchen a little more fire-resistant.
3 Things To Do After Water Damage to Your Building
Commercial flood in Charleston, SC
Actions To Keep In Mind In Case Your Company Experiences This Type Of Disaster
Whether it is a flood or a significant plumbing malfunction, water damage can cause serious problems for your business in Mount Pleasant, SC. Water in the wrong place could cost your company thousands of dollars. In really bad situations your business could even be shut down for a period of time, resulting in lost revenue. While a major water problem can seem overwhelming, there are things you can do to minimize damage and restore your facility to working order. Keep these actions in mind if your company experiences broken pipes or some other type of disaster.
Call for professional help. Some problems are just too large for you to handle with your own staff. A nearby water restoration company is trained to help when water damage is severe. A professional company has the equipment, the trained personnel, and the knowledge to complete a full restoration of your facility. They will arrive only hours after the call and begin to work on stopping the source of the water leak immediately.
Consult with your insurance company. You don't necessarily have to call your insurance agent right away, but it should still be one of your first calls. It's okay if the water cleanup is already underway, but you will want to gain a better understanding of what is covered and what your responsibilities are. Documentation of cleanup costs and facility damage will help a claim get settled and paid quickly. The restoration company you hire may also be able to help you with the claims process.
Check to make sure everything is completed. Cleaning up water damage has many steps and an inexperienced company might miss a few things. Make sure all areas of your building are free of damage. It is critical that areas have been dried out to prevent problems such as odors or future mold growth. By hiring the right restoration company, you ensure the job will be accomplished to your standards.
Understanding Secondary Damage and How To Prevent It
Mold growth caused by water damage
Dealing with a flood in your home in Mount Pleasant, SC is an overwhelming experience.
What Is Secondary Damage?
This refers to damage that occurs after the initial incident. In the basement flood example, the flood is the initial, or primary, problem. This event can damage many items and even the structure in your home, causing them to become waterlogged and have to be repaired or replaced:
- Personal belongings
If, however, in the course of cleanup, you discover that there is black mold growing, the mold is a secondary issue caused by the initial problem. Because mold isn't a guaranteed outcome of a flood, it is not considered to be a primary type of damage.
How Can You Prevent Mold Damage?
Mold isn't something that you want to deal with in your home. Therefore, it is important to take the proper steps when cleaning up from a flood to ensure that it doesn't become a problem.
Contract with a water damage remediation company that understands the potential risk of secondary issues.
Begin to remove water and clean up after a flood as soon as you can safely do so.
Remember that basements are high humidity environments, so it's important to run dehumidifiers, heaters, AC units, or fans to circulate air and dry out the area thoroughly.
Be patient; don't rush or cut corners to finish the restoration job quickly. Take care to do it well to prevent future problems.
Prevent black mold and other long-term secondary damage to your home by working with professionals and taking the time to do the job right.
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Moisture Detection and Wicking in Drywall of Your Charleston Home
Drywall is one of the most common construction materials seen when walking through Charleston and nearby communities. With its heavy use as walling components, these elements are relatively cheap and porous materials that can get quickly installed during initial construction. When faced with disasters like water loss incidents, the porous nature of sheetrock can often be highly damaging to the material, leading to substantial degradation and decomposition over a day or more of exposure.
Determining the severity of water damage to your Charleston home is critical, and our SERVPRO of Mount Pleasant professionals have multiple devices and tools that can determine the extent of moisture damage and saturation of affected materials. We have moisture detection tools that can both emit electromagnetic waves and pulses to monitor resistance, giving a general idea of the moisture content to the sampled material. We can also use these same devices with their probe attachments for a more accurate and immediate determination of the moisture content and saturation level of affected materials and elements.
Wicking is a common problem with sheetrock material. With the bulk of water damage naturally finding its way to the floor, most of the pooling and standing water happens around the baseboards of an affected area in your home. From this point, moisture can begin to wick up the drywall towards the ceiling, moving farther along this path as time progresses. The distance that this wicking occurs from the flooring is the point where flood cuts occur.
Flood cuts are a way for our SERVPRO team to remove irreparably damaged drywall without the need to remove full sheets and reinstall them. With controlled demolition techniques, we can save the customer money on the material needed to reconstruct these removed portions and reduce the time it takes to complete this phase.
While water loss recovery can happen in many steps, some materials used to construct your home are more prone to substantial water damage than others. Our SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant rapid response team can arrive quickly to begin mitigation techniques that can save as much of these damaged materials as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (843) 884-2258
How to Remove Smoke Odors From Your Charleston Home
Odor Removal After a Fire in your Mount Pleasant House
Since Mount Pleasant homeowners do not expect or predict when disaster might strike, there are often common functions of the house that can exasperate the spread of the damage from an incident like a fire. With conditioned or heated air being a staple to nearly every home in the area, circulating air throughout your home is something that happens almost continually. Whenever situations like fires take place, a running HVAC system can become adversely affected and become instrumental in spreading damages like soot and smoke residue to otherwise unaffected areas of your property.
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome after a disaster like this in your Mount Pleasant home is your need for fire odor control. Smoke damage can seep into materials, fabrics, furniture, and much more. We have many pieces of equipment that can help to eliminate these harsh odors permanently from your home, and we also have specialized areas and tools at our facility to deodorize contents of your home removed during the mitigation phase and pack-out process.
Our SERVPRO professionals work to respond immediately to your emergency with the necessary mitigation to help protect the contents, furniture, and affected items within your home. These often get taken to our nearby facility for focused cleaning and deodorization efforts. The most effective approach for many of these items is time in an ozone chamber. This special compartment of our facility adds air with added oxygen to neutralize odor molecules in the items we have placed inside. This practice, even in portable units, is not safe for use around pets and your family, however.
To remove noxious fire odors in open areas and permanent fixtures throughout your damaged property, our SERVPRO professionals can combine the use of hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers. If there are no people or pets present in the home, ozone generators can also be a practical solution for deodorization in your home.
Restoring your home after a fire requires addressing lingering odor concerns throughout the house. Our SERVPRO of Mount Pleasant fire restoration specialists have the tools and expertise to help. Give us a call anytime at (843) 884-2258.
Cat 3 Water
After a hurricane, which causes major flooding, we cut everything out. The only thing remaining is the studs and the areas that didn’t touch the water. This is an image of a home previously flooded by water.
“Flood waters resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, rising rivers, or tsunamis may be significantly more contaminated than flood waters from clean sources such as potable water or rainwater that leaks into buildings. The S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, published by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), categorizes water by level of contamination, from potable water (Category 1) to grossly contaminated water (Category 3) (IICRC 2006). The IICRC considers all water originating from sea water, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms to be Category 3”
We are here 24/7 for your emergency needs at 843-884-2258
Not one to Brag But
We recently hired a new Sales rep. His first day was today, actually. We are not ones to brag, but thank goodness he was here, and one of technicians, Lewis! This poor elderly lady, taking her 2 granddaughters out to Skyzone for the day, got a flat. We tried to put air in the tire with zero luck. The guys got right to work, putting on her spare. Welcome, Nanda Ragala and thank you so much to you and Lewis Pinckney. Great Job Guys!
National Guard Fire
This fire took place in the kitchen. However, a thick layer of smoke was everywhere. This is an image of the male latrine in our local National Guard. Every wall, floor, toilet, shower, and crevices had soot. We got there and went to work cleaning this up. We even got to ice blast the kitchen walls, to get off all melted paint and soot. This unit was lucky, in that this fire put itself out! It could of been a total loss if not. We have since finished this job and they are pleased with our work.
Does you office have a plan in place, in case the open the door to this disaster? That is what happened here. Let us help you to come up with a plan of action. Call us at 843-884-2258
House Gut and Dry
Our office has had the pleasure of helping during storms, 4 years in a row. The first 3 years were here locally. The last storm was a couple hours away. But, we went to put in the teamwork, that SERVPRO prides itself for. This image we are sharing is of a house almost completely gutted. The flood waters went as high as you see. Because, we don't know what is in flood waters, we cut out all drywall that touches. We are IICRC certified and follow such standards. This home is back to normal today, because of our speedy arrival times, and drying process.
As always, feel free to call us with questions to help you at 843-884-2258. We are always happy to answer questions, to help educate our clients, so they know what to do in the case of a storm.
SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant
Why SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant?
We are locally owned franchise, who's combined family experience is over 40 years! This is a letter the father of the current owner received back in 1975! As a whole, we here at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant take the time to understand our customers needs. If by some chance we don't know the answer, we find it immediately. Cleve and Janice Smith, are always here to give us advice to this day. We are not just the people who come during a disaster, we are always giving advice and helping our neighbors.
Aside from the family, and our employees, SERVPRO's are like family to each other. This means no loss is too big for us as a company, because we can call in the re-reinforcements. As a whole SERVPRO has studied the fastest response plans and has an amazing plan of action in place.
So, whether you choose SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant or another office, you are in good hands.