Simple tips to avoid drain blockage problems.
Air Movers are used to dry certain areas by the drain.
- .Simple tips on drainage blockage prevention FAT:grease from fats and oils may be liquid on entering the drain,But it soon gets cold down there and will rapidly congeal,Become a sticky solid mass that adheres to pipe walls and attracts further waste to it.HAIR:both human and pet hair are also major clog factors the simplest way to avoid drains becoming blocked by hair build up is to install simple mesh screens over all your drains,mainly shower and bath drainsFIBROUS MATERIALS:items such as wet wipes dental floss cotton balls and feminine hygiene items should be disposed of in a bin not flushed down the toilet.They easily snag on rough parts inside drains and build up into potential blockages.Tips to remain clean drain! As well as teaching your family what is safe and what is not safe to dispose of down the drains,It's a good idea to use some simple regular cleaning procedures a handful of baking soda in the drain followed by a kettle with hot water (not boiling) any further questions feel free to give us a call at 586-296-3331
Mold And Your Health
Exposure to damp and moldy environments over time could cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people molds can cause Nasal stuffiness,throat irritation,coughing or wheezing,eye irritation or in some cases skin irritation.The most common form of Hypersensitivity is caused by the direct exposure to inhaled mold spores that could be dead or alive or Hyphal fragments which can lead to allergic asthma or allergic rhinitis. The long term effects of mold is also known to cause asthma and life threating primary and secondary infections in immune comprised patients that have been exposed .Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious long term effects like memory loss, insomnia,anxiety,depression,confusion,trouble concentrating.any other questions feel free to give us a call 586-296-3331
How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet
Public Bathrooms like this one are prone to issues with overflowing toilets.
Stopping a overflowing toilet requires fast action and quick thinking. The first thing to do is carefully and quickly remove the lid from the toilet tank, set it aside make sure you put it somewhere secure. Next, reach inside the toilet tank and press down on the flapper valve. The flapper is the rubber piece in the bottom center of the tank. Doing this will stop the water flow and should prevent it from overflowing over the sides. Once you have the flapper valve secured, stop the tank from overfilling by lifting up on the valve that operates the tank fill valve. With the main water supply cut off, the water level in the bowl should start to drop slowly. The water levels will drop back to normal and you should be able to let go of the float and let the bowl fill. Most newer toilets prevent overflows and are designed to combat a situation like this, but it is still important to keep an eye on the water levels.
Importance of Ventilation in the Bathroom
Mold in a Bathroom
Mold in the bathroom is a common occurrence. Most often homeowners don't even think about areas in their bathroom which may be mold. There may be staining on the ceiling, discoloration in the grout or a slight odor in the bathroom. Mold can often be prevented in the bathroom. Proper ventilation is important to have in the bathroom. Turn on the fan or open the window when taking a shower to help with the humidity and steam caused during a shower. Be sure to remove wet items and do not let them sit in the bathroom for long periods of time. Also, clean up any standing water right away to prevent the wetness from sitting in the bathroom for a long time. If possible, wipe down the shower/bathtub after use. All of these suggestions will help prevent mold growth in the bathroom. If you experience mold, or suspect you may have mold feel free to give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331. We are here to help.
Don’t Wait, Get to Water Damage Quickly!
Water Damage is even something to watch for on tile flooring!
It is important to make sure that you attend to your home immediately in the event of a flood or an event involving water damage. Having a company that you can trust is essential in making sure that your home or business is not impacted and the damage mitigated. That is where we come in at SERVPRO of Fraser. We service the areas of Detroit, Port Huron, Roseville, Hamtramck, Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Warren and Harrison Township.
Mold can form within 24-48 hours of exposure to water, so it is important that you act immediately. When you call SERVPRO of Fraser, we make sure that you feel comfortable and have the ability to ask any questions necessary. We aim to work around your schedule. Whether a disaster happens at 3am or 3pm, we are available 24/7. If your home or business has been affected by a fire, water, mold or biohazard situation, call your local SERVPRO experts at 586-296-3331. We aim to make it look “Like it never even happened.”
Beware of Indoor-Outdoor Connections
This could have been prevented with proper checks of the electrical unit.
Having connections that go from inside to outside can be very effective for creating outdoor living spaces, but it is very important to make sure that the connections you make to those spaces are safe and installed correctly. Here are some tips for making safe connections from inside the house.
1. Don't overload breaker boxes.
Fixtures and breaker boxes typically have labels that state the maximum wattage/voltage that the box or fixture can hold. Making sure that the items you plug in are safe to use and won't have an adverse effect on the electrical outlets. Check to make sure that your connections are stable. If you overload the breaker box, it can cause an electrical fire.
2. Use Outdoor-Rated materials.
A lot of the items used for electrical outlets are deemed by quality experts to be safe to use within certain standards. Ignoring these standards can cause a fire to spread and depending on the damage caused can also cause a homeowners' insurance claim.
If you have a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help. Call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
Why Mold Does Not Impact Everyone the Same
Mold can find itself even in the moldings of your home.
Mold is heavily dependent on many different factors, which results in different reactions. Some people are prone to being sensitized. These individuals are much more sensitive to mold exposure and have greater reactions towards mold. This is due to anything from allergies to their genetic makeup. Often, these sensitivities occur from strong odors as well. Professional mold remediators should always be the first thought when talking about mold removal and how to properly handle the situation. Mold remediators, residential or commercial, are specifically trained in handling mold and are educated and aware of the proper protections and protocol for the safest mold removal.
Just like colds and the flu, the young and the elderly are particularly susceptible and careful precaution should be exercised in those cases. Every home has some degree of spores, but it is important to make sure that your home’s environment mimics the outside environment. In the event that you suspect mold in your home, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
Do Your Employees Know Your Emergency Readiness Plan?
These plans can help save your business and protect your most important interests.
Employees are the backbone of every organization and they serve to keep the business afloat. Often, the managers of the organization are the only people privy to the inner workings of the organization and are depended upon to know the safety protocols in the event of an emergency.
With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program, or ERP, your organization can make sure that each and every employee knows of where the shutoffs are to prevent further water damage, where the fire exits are located as well as the areas to find where to shut off the electrical, internet as well as where your HVAC units are.
This service is completely free to any organization and it is something that we provide to businesses as a value-add to the organization. It is very important for every organization to be able to know what to do in an emergency. If your organization is in need of a plan to be created, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help.
How to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Fires can spread in a matter of moments if not carefully contained.
Fire and a kitchen are almost one in the same, but occasionally accidents happen. Kitchen fires are often easy to prevent and here are some of the ways to do so.
First of all, NEVER leave food unattended while it is cooking in the oven or on a stovetop. These are often a major cause of severe fires that can remove you from your home until the cleanup is done.
Another precaution to take is to remove any flammable materials away from the area being used for cooking. Paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils and pot holders can all catch fire and cause major havoc.
Finally, clean your cooking surfaces on a regular basis, to prevent buildup of grease that can cause a grease fire. Grease often creates a spreading effect and creates fires that affect more square area vertically and horizontally.
Kitchen fires can be a headache and if you need a cleanup done, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Preparations Ahead of Storm Damage.
Sandbags are an inexpensive way to barricade your exterior portion of your home.
There are some household items that you would normally not even consider in an emergency situation that could prevent homes from suffering further damage in a storm damage occurrence.
One such item would be sandbags. Sandbags can form a barrier around the structure of your home and create a diversion from the home towards a centralized area. This can also prevent interior damage to your home.
Another preparation to make is to clear out all gutters, drains and downspouts. By clearing out those areas where water came in, you will allow the water to exit the affected area at a faster rate. The best time to do this is when the weather is warm and sunny, so you should not hesitate until the winter months.
Another avenue you could do as well is to elevate all outdoor equipment on either cement blocks or attached to an area where the flood lines are lower. Things like air conditioners, generators and fuel tanks should not be sitting in an area where water can easily reach it.
If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com