The Science of Drying
What is the Science of Drying?
The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or East Monroe County are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.
The collage photo attached, shows our floor drying system which aids in drying hardwood floors instead of removing them. We also have two photo's showing our "tent" drying system. This way we create a drying chamber over the floor to keep that warm air in, and pull out as much moisture as possible.
If it wasn't for our knowledge and expertise, this ceiling and floor would've been lost from the damage above.
Soda Blasting, What's that??
I don't know about you, but the first thing I think about when someone says 'soda blasting' is a bunch of kids running around shaking up cans of soda and spraying them at each other. If you were thinking along the same lines as me, you will be surprised to find out that soda blasting is a very helpful way to clean a fire damaged house.
Soda blasting is a process in which sodium bicarbonate is applied against a surface using compressed air. Soda blasting is a non-destructive method for many applications in cleaning, paint & varnish stripping, automotive restoration, industrial equipment maintenance, rust removal, graffiti removal, oil removal, soot remediation and much more.
Fun Fact: An early use of soda blasting was to restore the Statue of Liberty in the 1980s!
We have used this method of cleaning in many homes in the Rochester area. So whether your Rochester business is vandalized by graffiti or if your home has experienced soot damage from a fire, call your restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Monroe County located in Rochester NY to come soda blast your problems away!
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Spring Cleaning Tips!
Spring has arrived and we want you to keep your home or business in good condition all year long! We want you to prevent mold, water leaks, and even fires!
In the meantime, here are some helpful tips about Spring-Cleaning for your OFFICE:
-Divide your workspace into zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
-Keep only what you need at arm's length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've establishes for them.
-Create a daily paper system: Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "to read," "to do," and "to file." Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.
-Sort your catch-all drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
-Eliminate digital clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your email inbox just as you would paper files- with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
-Disinfect regularly: Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.
3 Tips to Prevent Winter Storm Damage
Properly insulating pipes before temperatures drop can save you a lot of hassle
Three Tips That Can Help You
If you live somewhere with subzero temperatures during winter, you have probably heard about the importance of winterization. In a nutshell, this is the process of preparing your home for the blizzard conditions you can expect to experience between December and February. For these months, homeowners take the time to winterize homes because it can prevent significant damage. You, too, can protect your home in Henrietta, NY before the next winter storm. Here are three tips to help:
1. Look Up
One of the first places to check when winterizing is the roof. How are the tiles or metal? Make sure to keep an eye out for holes or dents, and make repairs as necessary. Gutters are also important. Clear any debris you see to prevent ice dams and water build-up. When it comes to winter problems, roof damage is often a major concern.
2. Look Around
Next, take a look at the siding around the house. Are there any spots you need to repair? Also, do not forget the shutters or windows. If air can somehow get in, seal any leaks and repair or replace any broken or missing parts. In addition to looking around the house itself, look around the yard as well. Do you see any trees that could cause damage if they break? If so, considering trimming them.
3. Look Inside
The roof and surroundings of a home are important considerations, but one of the most important things to think about is inside. Indeed, frozen pipes are a leading cause of homeowners needing the assistance of winter storm damage remediation experts. Properly insulating pipes before temperatures drop can save you a lot of hassle down the road.
Owning a home in a snowy place comes with unique challenges. In order to prevent unnecessary damages the next time you experience a winter storm, take some time to familiarize yourself with the many ways you can winterize your home.
Roof Damage from Storms
Severe or even mild thunderstorms can easily cause roof damage, especially if your roof is older than 15-20 years old. These damages can cause water intrusion in your home and if left untreated can cause more serious issues such as mold or wood rot. Some common types of roof damage from storms are:
- Split seams
- Broken or cracked tiles
- Dented or missing shingles
- Dents on gutters or vents
All of these issues can cause water to leak into your home and you may not even notice! Unless you physically see the water damage, you may not realize that you have any. If you have an attic that you don't always go into, it is possible to have water leaking before seeing it. It is always a good idea to check for roof damage after a severe thunderstorm. A professional roofing contractor can help you with this.
In addition to these common types of damage, there are some rare occurrences of damage that can happen. Rare types of roof damage are:
- Caving in on itself
- Tree blowing over onto roof
Unfortunately for these types of rare but extreme damage, there is no way to prevent them from happening. The best thing you can do, is to get your roof replaced if older than 15 years, and to make sure to trim your trees prior to a thunderstorm.
Even if water does enter your home from roof damage, know that SERVPRO of East Monroe County is here to help 24/7! (585) 641-0040
Avoid a Dryer Fire in your Pittsford NY home
Do you have a dryer? Of course you do. One of the most needed appliances in our homes can also cause the most damage if not taken care of properly. The fear of a dryer fire is one that is not commonly heard of, however, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.
Here are some small steps to take to Avoid a Dryer Fire:
1. Dryer's produce large amounts of lint. Be sure to clean the lint trap after EVERY use of the dryer.
2. Dryer Vents should ONLY be made of metal and be short and straight. Bends and curves result in lint buildup increasing the risk of a fire.
3. Do not run the dryer when you are away from home or sleeping.
SERVPRO of East Monroe County is faster to any size disaster
Protecting your Home from Water Damage
Heavy rains in Monroe County have been happening more frequently! Here are some tips to help keep your home safe during this time.
- Tip #1: Check those gutters! This can be a simple but very effective way to prevent unwanted water from entering your home or business. Gutters that are clogged with debris from overhanging trees, trash, or roofing materials can easily clog the drain and shuffle unwanted water your way.
- Tip #2: Tarp up any unfinished roofing projects. Going along with our first tip, small openings in the roof of your home and business can quickly become large openings with heavy rain, causing water damage inside your building. Make sure to give your local roofing company a call and get those potential problem areas patched up ASAP.
- Tip #3: Examine your window glaze and compound. Often times, glazing compounds can shrink during the warmer months, making windows more susceptible to unwanted rain water penetration. Your local contractor can help patch this up for you, ensuring that you are set and ready for even the heaviest of rains! Another helpful tip… make sure you close your windows before going to bed or leaving the home.
- Tip #4 (the most important!): Should you find yourself in a situation where you do have a water damage emergency, call SERVPRO of East Monroe County. Our staff is prepped and ready to respond and help make your rain disaster, "Like it never even happened."
Call 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week at (585) 641-0040
East Rochester Fire Prevention Tips
Safeguarding against potential fire hazards will significantly reduce the likelihood of a fire affecting your home and family. Make fire prevention and safety a priority in your home.
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
- Prevent electrical fires by never overloading circuits or extension cords.
- Use appliances only as directed by the manufacturer. Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible.
- Keep the fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually.
- Install an affordable home fire safety sprinkler system. In addition to keeping you safe, they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.
- Plan your escape. Practice your exit strategy from every room in the house.
- Take the time to educate your children about the dangers of fire.
How to Prepare for an East Rochester Flood
Flooding can be unpredictable here in East Rochester New York and leaves homeowners feeling like they have no control. Here is how to prepare for a flood:
- Check with Monroe County Floodplains Map to see if your home could be affected
- If you are within floodplain areas purchase flood insurance
- Have a battery operated radio with extra batteries to listen to the NOAA Weather Radio for updates
- Sand-bag doorways parallel to the direction of the flow and stagger the joints if multiple layers are needed
- Raise your furnace, electrical panel and water heater in your home to reduce potential damage
- Keep a first aid kit in your home
- Keep a three day supply of food and water (one gallon per person per day)
- Keep a seven day supply of all medical items and medication
- Take pictures of your home before and after any water damage
- Call SERVPRO of East Monroe County if there is any water damage to your home
Common Causes of House Fires in Fairport, New York
House fires can be devastating and the road to recovery is long and hard. Educating yourself on the leading causes for house fires and prevention is a step in the right direction to ensure that your family and home are safe.
Many electrical fires in homes or businesses are caused by faulty electrical outlets, old wiring, outdated appliances or electrical cords that are frayed.
-If you live in an older home have an electrician complete an inspection. Standards and codes are constantly being revised and updated to ensure safety.
-Do not overload your circuits.
-Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips. Both devices allow you to plug in multiple electronics, but only the surge protector will help protect your electronics from a power surge.
The leading cause of kitchen fires is due to unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
-Never leave pots or pans unattended on your stove.
-Keeping your stove an oven clean will prevent buildup of food splatter and grease that could later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on for cooking.
-Keep any items that could ignite away from your stove top
-Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case of emergency.
Over time, your dryer vent fills with lint that sneaks by your dryers filter. Fires can occur when the excess lint builds up in the dryer or exhaust duct.
-Clean out the dryer vent regularly.
-Clean the lint filter after EACH load of laundry that is dried.
-Clean underneath and behind your dryer to eliminate any lint that collects