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Grease Fire

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Melting Microwave from fire Grease Fire

Turning away from watching your favorite show on TV to see flames shooting up from the stove would catch anyone off guard, and that's why it doesn't hurt to refresh your safety plan in the advent of a possible accident, especially because grease fires require different protocol than ones caused by trash, wood, paper, or electrical equipment. The most important thing to remember: Never, ever use water to put a grease fire out, as it can make the problem worse. "Adding water to a hot pan of oil has a volatile effect that can cause fire to escape from the pan," Instead, keep a lid near the stove when you're cooking so you can smother a small fire before it grows. Turn the burner off and leave the pan covered until it's completely cooled. You can also use a fire extinguisher rated for kitchen use(Class B): "Stand back approximately 5 to 6 feet from the fire. 

  • Pull the pin. Point the nozzle away from you and release the locking mechanism.

  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Roof Damage from a Hurricane

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Missing shingles Roof damage from a Hurricane

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any home or business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding (Hurricanes & Tornadoes) can occur suddenly in Florida and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to destroy your home or business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. SERVPRO of Lake County Florida has the training, experience, and resources to handle large storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. For all your emergency needs, large or small please call SERVPRO OF Lake County.

Ph. 1-352-735-3311

Encapsulation after a house fire

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

painted wall studs Encapsulation of wall studs

Every home faces the potential for a numerous assortment of risks with the most dangerous of the array being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many household items and can easily destroy your home in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled. While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to house fires on any kind. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. With the Holidays right around the corner, be extra cautious when using candles and lighting around the Christmas trees and also faulty extension cords to.

Commercial mold Remediation

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Cut out drywall Moldy Drywall and a Dehumidifier to help with the drying

Commercial Mold Remediation

Your Business is your lively hood and your customer’s health is very important. With that being said, SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was called to this Business when a water leak turned into a mold remediation. When you have a water leak and try to address the problem yourself and not having the proper tools and drying equipment you can start to see suspect mold growth. The potential client first called a Hygienist to investigate the issue and take some air samples and tape samples of the suspect growth. When the client received the report back from the Hygienist, they called SERVPRO immediately. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the remediation the next day. Needless to say, the client was very impressed with our company and would highly recommend us. Just like the logo says, "Like it never even happened."

 Call your friends at SERVPRO of Lake County for all your Remediation needs.  352) 735-3311 

**Don't forget that we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.** 

Water Damage with equipment set

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment Water Damage with equipment

Always count on SERVPRO for a fast responds time!

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a home owner at 12:00 midnight Monday for a water damage caused from a water line leak from the refrigerator, our emergency crew responded within minutes of the call and was ready for the task. The supervisor headed to the job site within a short time while the crew loaded up all  the necessary equipment and proceeded to their destination. They accessed the situation and extracted water in all affected areas. When they had the situation under control they began setting DH’s (Dehumidifiers) and air movers (fans) on the affected areas. When we finished late that night the customer was very pleased on how we took control of their situation. We told him that our goal was to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311

Summer BBQ

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Grill on fire

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:

Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Do:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  2. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  3. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  4. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!

Mold in your Home

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Chair Moldy Chair

Mold in the home: how big a health problem is it?

Whether it is a cold damp winter day or a humid summer day, mold can grow on walls, clothes, books, toys, and even CDs. It can turn prized possessions into musty relics that only look fit for the garbage. But is it also a health hazard? What effects can mold have on a person’s body? Molds are a form of fungus. There are many different types, and they can occur both indoors and outdoors. Molds produce spores, which spread by floating around in the air. Mold spores are present in all indoor environments. There is no way to prevent spores, and they can persist in conditions where mold itself cannot grow. Mold spores thrive in environments that are moist and warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to grow. Molds can grow on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. As they grow, they may digest the material they are growing on.

SERVPRO Vehicles responding to a Fire

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles SERVPRO Vehicles at a Fire

What Happens During the Fire Damage Restoration Process?

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The first thing you should do is assess how much of your home might have smoke or fire damage. How deep did the fire penetrate the structure of the home? How much smoke and soot covered your surfaces? Do your walls, furniture and fixtures show signs of heat damage? Hiring a professional fire damage restoration company Like SERVPRO of Lake County Florida will allow a complete and comprehensive assessment of the damage. Everything should be recorded and documented for insurance purposes. All untouched furniture needs to be removed from the home as soon as possible and stored in a safe controlled climate facility as smoke lingers and embeds itself into fibers long after a fire. The sooner that you can air out these pieces, the better. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at 352-735-3311 for all your restoration needs. 

COVID-19 Cleaning

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Employees in PPE Employees dressed in full PPE while doing COVID-19 Cleaning

General Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection of Households with People Isolated in Home Care (e.g. Suspected/ Confirmed to have COVID-19):
- Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
- In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
- As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home.
- The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, clean ers and EPA-registered disinfectants.
- If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.
- Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with persons with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 and their isolation rooms/bathrooms.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
- The ill person should eat/be fed in their room if possible. Non-disposable food service items
o used should be handled with gloves and washed with hot water or in a dishwasher. Clean hands after handling used food service items.

Responding to a House fire

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

According to the latest numbers from the National Fire Protection Association, a structure fire is reported every 65 seconds.  When the alarm sounds, emergency responders and fire departments answer the call for help with quick and decisive action. When the smoke clears, SERVPRO's fire restoration services team stands ready to help with the same rapid response – 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The first 24- to 48- hours after fire damage are known as the “golden hours” of recovery. An effective emergency response that quickly stabilizes the facility ensures the recovery of as much property as possible. The acidic soot and smoke damage that is often produced when fires are extinguished accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of building components and vital assets.  To compound the problem, fires are most frequently extinguished with dry chemicals or water.  Plus, the toxic smoke odor left behind must be neutralized. The fire damage restoration process includes mitigating damage, providing smoke damage cleanup and water restoration as quickly as possible after the damage first occurs.  Beyond the visible structural damage, contents inside the structure must be evaluated for recovery based on a number of factors including:

  • Replacement Cost vs. Restoration Cost
  • Effect of Smoke and Heat
  • Loss of Use
  • Loss of Value
  • Decreased Life Expectancy
  • Sentimental Value

SERVPRO's fire restoration services can include: emergency board-up, demolition, soot removal film application, thermal deodorization to mitigate smoke damage, and complete reconstruction. Count on SERVPRO's fire damage restoration services to answer your call.