Commercial water damages vary in size and can be rather routine or quite grueling. When commercial facilities call after hours they need you and they need you right then. Since we are 24/7/365 we are able to get crews to commercial properties to help mitigate the loss. We normally can get a crew on site within the hour and if additional help is needed we can make that happen. We understand the need to minimize disruption to commercial clients and employees. Sometimes commercial restoration presents unique challenges but we can most of the time make it happen. In this photo we show the last part of where the water infiltrated. It is in the most farthest corner of the building where some old filing is kept.
There is a lot of talk regarding lead paint in homes in Delaware. Not only does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a protocol to follow but the State of Delaware has one too. Homes and/or facilities built pre-1978 must be tested for lead if removing more than 6 sf of drywall, disturbing windows, removing painted surfaces etc. (2 sf for HUD) There is an exclusion for emergency renovations. If you are a “Do-it-Yourselfer” you should follow the work practices outlined in the lead brochure to ensure your home and family are protected from lead hazards your project could generate. Older homes are more likely to contain lead-based paint. According to the American Healthy Homes Survey in April 2011 they found: Homes built between 1960-1977 had a 24% chance of having lead, homes built 1940-1959 had a 69% chance and homes built before 1940 had an 87% chance likely to have lead. Did you know that SERVPRO of Newark has 5 certified Renovation, Repair and Painting technicians? The firm is certified as well.
Oliver & Bella safe in car
When it comes to emergency situations we always can think of being ready for ourselves and families. We should also consider additional tips for our pet’s safety. We should have extra leashes and crates available to us. Make sure you know where the updated lists of the pet’s vaccines and records are. Maybe have a copy of them or pictures on your phone readily available. Having the phone number to your veterinarian on hand to obtain a copy may not be the best option because you may be required to product those records in a shelter and the office could be closed. Keep at least a week supply of any medications on hand. Having your pet micro-chipped is a nice if your pet becomes displaced. When pets are chipped make sure you know what their chip number is too. There is an application/website called findingrover.com sponsored by the Petco foundation. We always need to be prepared to take care of our animals, especially during emergencies. Pre-determined plans can help you think clearer and be a bit calmer.
Annual Code of Conduct and Background Checks
Code of Conduct and Background Checks
Annual Background Checks for SERVPRO of Newark
Did you know that SERVPRO of Newark performs background checks on all our employees? Background checks for Franchise employees must be performed annually, and background checks for Franchise Owners are performed as well. SERVPRO does not employee any individual convicted of or who has plead guilty to a felony involving dishonesty or breach of trust, theft, or any type of violence against a person. All employees also sign an annual code of conduct statement certifying that they have not been found guilty of pled guilty or nolo contendere (or similar plea) to any crime involving dishonesty or breach of trust, or violence of assault, and have not been found guilty civilly liable for any act of violence or assault.
There are 3 Categories of Water
Category 1 Source
There are 3 Categories of Water
Categories of water are defined by the IICRC S500 standard. It says the originating source of the water and the quality after contacting materials present determine the category. Category 1 is defined by water originating from a sanitary water source and does not pose risk. An example would be an overflowing bath tub. A Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if consumed. It may contain microorganisms as well as matter. An example would be overflow from a washing machine. Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. An example of a category 3 would be a toilet back up.
It does not matter what Category you have SERVPRO of Newark is here to help.
Facts on Desiccant Dehumidifiers
Desiccant Dehumidifier with a Generator in Progress
Desiccant dehumidifiers work under the principle of sorption. These types of dehumidifier’s place air in contact with hygroscopic material. There are different advantages of using desiccants in lieu of refrigerant dehumidifiers. They work well in temperatures below 32 degrees. They create low vapor pressure, 10-15 humidity ratio. They are more effective in a Class 4 drying situation. Desiccant dehumidifiers do not cool air rather is heats. Usually these dehumidifiers produce a higher grain depression than refrigerant dehumidifiers. Desiccant dehumidifiers range from 75-20,000+ cfm in our industry. A good way to think of how a desiccant works is similar to a clothes dryer. These machines can increase the existing temperature up to approximately 50 degrees F. SERVPRO of Newark owns a few of these big dehumidifiers.
Be Prepared for an Unexpected Event
Having a bit of pre-planning and thinking for a storm is a very good thing to do if you put yourself in a position of preparedness. With a little bit of thought and preparation you certainly will feel good for at least having thought of something before it happens. Clarity and calmness are important for thought. It is better to prepare for an event then to be in the mitts of the battle or storm. This is potentially when hasty decisions get made. You should consider that you may be away from your conventional daily routine. Having some food, water and essentials for couple of days or more is in my opinion wise. You can always use those products from time to time to keep them fresh. Batteries, water and canned goods are an example of what can be rotated. Communication and information on how to contact your family and friends is important too. Communication systems may be down and having a back up plan in an idea to keep in mind. It is like the Boy/Girl Scouts say, “Be Prepared”!
When it comes to water damage drying equipment, there are many kinds of specialty pieces. Dehumidification helps create a balanced drying system minimizing secondary damages. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air and promotes evaporation. There are many different kinds of dehumidifiers available. The most common type of dehumidifier is a refrigerant. Refrigerants work best in high temperature and high humidity situations. The refrigerant dehumidifier cool incoming moist air below its dew point. As the warm air enters, the air is cooled so it increases the relative humidity of the air. When this happens the air’s ability decreases to hold vapor. The excess moisture is removed into the dehumidifier’s condenser and is pumped out through the line. These refrigerant standard dehumidifiers are most efficient when operating in temperatures between 70 – 90 degrees, above a 55-60 humidity ratio and above a dew point of 52 degrees. We here at SERVPRO of Newark own hundreds of these dehumidifiers.
Fire Prevention Month
Great Chicago Fire
Fire Prevention is a dedicated way to try to improve conditions and make efforts to correct an issue before it turns into a problem. Fire Prevention Week is during the period of which October 9 falls. Did you know Fire Prevention Week goes as far back as 1925? The oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA). They sponsored this week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. Click for more on Great Chicago Fire The association found a way to keep the public informed on fire safety as well as observe the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. This fire, according to President Calvin Coolidge, could of been prevented if the conditions of the building were better. Due to this devastating fire over one hundred thousand people became homeless and lives were lost. Please use this month of October to try and help your home or business from fires.
SERVPRO of Newark sometimes uses antimicrobial products in our services. Antimicrobial simply means, against microorganisms. Microorganisms are life including, all forms of bacteria and their spores and fungi. We try to sanitize areas of the home that have been affected. Sanitizing reduces the number of pathogenic microorganisms to a safe level. The safe level is determined from public health agencies. These treatments inhibit the growth of an organism. Sanitizing is different and should not be confused with sterilizing. Sterilizing is 100% effective, the highest level, of destroying all forms of microbial life. Our technicians comply with applicable safety and training while applying. Our technicians also use proper protection equipment such as, gloves and/or eye protection while applying as well. We use SERVPRO products that have Safety Data Sheets.