Things to Know About Air Duct Cleaning
Is your dryer vent clean?
Merely living in your home creates dust and dirt. Have you ever seen dust floating in the air in your home when the sun shines in? That dust, dirt, pet dander, and those allergens get pulled into the air handling system in your home. It builds up in the ductwork, some of it gets recirculated back into your home, and the air filter captures some of it if the one you use is of good quality. Eventually, enough builds up to the point where more of it blows back into your home. Your furnace or air conditioner must run longer to cool or heat your home, which costs you more in utility bills. With a service call from Sears Air Duct Cleaning, you can feel comfortable in knowing that that accumulation of Dust, Dirt, dander, and allergens has been cleaned from your HVAC duct system.
Clogged Dryer Vents
Dryer vents clog when enough lint accumulates in your ventilation system to cause a blockage. Dryer vents can plug in a variety of ways. For one, a lengthy distance on a dryer ventilation system increases the likelihood of bends and curves in the system, where lint is most likely to collect. Second, dryer ventilation tubes are made from pliable plastic or foil, which can be easily crushed or dented given enough pressure. Finally, poorly connected ventilation or dryer vent screen can cause lint to trap. Some ventilation screens serve to prevent animals from accessing the ventilation, but these screens can also create a barrier for dust.
The highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of West Knoxville/Farragut can help. Give us a call at 865-690-9658
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury by half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters, and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Oak Ridge.
Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from the cooking appliance.
Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old.
Choose the right professional for fire damage
Oak Ridge Home Fire Damage
In the wake of a residential fire, the primary focus is on repairing the damage done to the inside of the house. However, moderate to severe incidents can lead to visible marks and blemishes on the outside of the building too. It is why SERVPRO conducts a full inspection of fire-damaged properties before we start any restoration work.
The good news is that stains on masonry, concrete, and other structural materials are almost always superficial. While brick and concrete are not impervious to fire damage in Oak Ridge homes, they are incredibly sturdy and don’t succumb easily to heat. It means that, in most cases, we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of the property.
If there is no structural damage to the masonry, the SERVPRO technicians use mild cleaning agents to wash soot and smoke deposits from the surface. Where the staining is very light, dry sponging is enough to wipe away the grime on block, brick, and concrete. Stubborn marks get lifted with alkaline detergents and direct scrubbing. Sodium hypochlorite is highly active when it comes to soot removal, and it leaves no residues.
The problematic thing about soot is that it can be highly acidic. If it is not removed quickly, particularly from structural materials, there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded more profound and more in-depth into the masonry. It is why SERVPRO pays close attention to cracked joints.
They are delicately cleaned and repointed to dislodge any soot deposits which may be trying to move into the capillaries. Once this is complete, larger areas are dry, sponged, and vacuumed. Then, they are jet washed with a high powered pressure cleaning device.
The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. In some cases, jet washing is still a suitable method of cleaning. We can add soot dissolving formulas like high PH degreasers, dry ice, or soda ash to increase optimal results.
SERVPRO rarely recommends sandblasting for brick, block, and concrete because it is a very abrasive process and can cause additional damage. If there are smaller patches of masonry which are heavily soiled, the technicians may apply a poultice (sodium hypochlorite and diatomaceous earth). It takes 24-48 hours for the formula to take effect.
The great thing about a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is that we offer a complete package. We are part of a vast network of contractors, so there is no repair job too big for our team to handle.
How to prevent Electronics from causing extreme water damage
Water Damage in Oak Ridge Home
Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as a result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on Nashville professionals who are familiar with dealing with such loss, such as our skilled pros at SERVPRO of Oak Ridge. In the meantime, make sure you practice some excellent safety tips with the water damaged devices.
First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another dangerous incident.
After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are sure that the electricity is off. Following this critical tip will help you to avoid electric shock.
Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water-damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a severe threat. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Oak Ridge handle any such tools if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery-operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are significant warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!
As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Oak Ridge before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
What To Do Before Help Arrives
Fire Damage Oak Ridge Home
A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage, and a host of other problems.
Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough
professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is essential to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO® of Oak Ridge arrives. The following tips may help reduce costs and increase the chances of a successful restoration.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first
- contacting your SERVPRO® of Cedar Bluff
- Don't try to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® of Oak Ridge.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water, as they may be contaminated.
- If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans.
- The wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Insurance Coverage for your home.
When examining your home insurance policy, it is essential to note the difference between water and flood damage. Water damage is generally covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy and protects you in situations like a leak or burst pipe. Flood damage is defined as a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land. With flood damage, the water comes from a natural source, and two or more properties are involved.
Home insurance companies do not offer flood insurance, and policies must be obtained through the National Flood Insurance Program. This means that homeowners who are unprotected and experience flood damage have to pay for water damage restoration out of pocket, which can mean thousands of dollars in expenses.
Water damage mitigation does not have to be a painful process! Check your policy and ensure that you are protected in the event of a disaster. Call SERVPRO of Oak Ridge for your water or flood damage needs at 865-483-3911. We talk to your insurance company for you and make sure you are informed every step of the way.
Cleaning Up After Water Damage in Oak Ridge
Water Damage Oak Ridge Home
Water damage and flooding in someone’s home or business is one of the most destructive and potentially expensive experiences a property owner can experience. Water damage can vary from being a small, easy to fix the problem, to being a complete disaster that could ruin your entire property. So, what should you do if your Oak Ridge home or business is affected by water damage? As soon as you suspect water damage in your property, it is essential for you to immediately contact your insurance company to notify them of the cost and have them assess whether your property is safe to be in or not.
As soon as you suspect water damage in your Oak Ridge property, it is essential for you to immediately contact your insurance company to notify them of the cost and have them assess whether your property is safe to live or work in or not. Time is of the essence when dealing with water damage for your home or business. It can be the difference between having minor damage that can be fixed, to ruining the entire structure of the building and costing yourself a lot more money to restore your property to normal.
Water damage or flooding poses severe risks for anyone in or around the property. You may or may not know some of the hazards you could run into while inspecting the property post water damage. SERVPRO of Oak Ridge are experts at water mitigation and restoration, and we want to inform people of the initial steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of the property as well as provide the least amount of damage to their properties.
It's The Water You Don't See
Water Damage in Oak Ridge.
Even small water damages have the potential to cause severe structural and indoor air quality issues over time.
The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Oak Ridge has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the water damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Oak Ridge will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.
- Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls
- Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Oak Ridge to monitor the drying process.
-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of Oak Ridge Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing contaminated water loss, it is not only essential to dry the structure, but the fabric must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
- Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate, This device can also be sued to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
-Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing problems.
Heating Hazard Oak Ridge TN
Fire damage in Oak Ridge home.
The winter season is here in Oak Ridge, and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. To keep our homes and workplace cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood-burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires caused an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cold before putting them in metal containers. Keep the box a safe distance away from your home.
-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer for fuel-burning space heaters.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Have an adequate professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-Test smoke alarms.