Oh No My Food is On Fire!
If a grease fire occurs in your home, it is important you know how to properly extinguish it. This fire is different from other types of fires as they ignite as a result of oils becoming too hot, and they should never be extinguished using water. Fires that begin as a result of vegetable oil, animal fats, or other greases should be extinguished as follows:
1. Turn off the heat source. Simply turn the stove knob to the off position without removing any pots or pans from the stove top.
2. Cover the flames with a metal lid. You can use a baking sheet if you do not have a lid large enough to cover the pot or pan that is on fire. This cuts off the oxygen that the fire requires to continue burning. Do not use a glass lid as they run the risk of shattering.
3. Throw baking soda or salt on the fire to further extinguish it. Only use these two common kitchen ingredients. Never use flour or baking powder as their individual chemical makeup can actually feed the fire rather than put it out.
As a last resort, you can use a fire extinguisher to put out a grease fire. Only use a Class B extinguisher and aim it at the lower portion of the flames, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
What To Do If You Cannot Put the Fire Out
In the event that a fire spreads in your home, evacuate immediately. Be sure to close the door when you exit to help contain the fire. When you have reached a safe distance, call 911 and wait for firefighters to extinguish the flames. Do not re-enter your home under any circumstances until you have been informed that it is safe for you to do so by fire officials.
The Do's and Dont's After a Fire
Fire & Smoke Damage
- Keep 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 and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and 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.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or of the HVAC system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- 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.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electric shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
Keeping Your Kitchen Safe
Recipe For Kitchen Safety:
· Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop
· Stay in the home when cooking food and check on it frequently.
· It is a good rule of thumb to keep children three feet away from the cooking area.
· Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
· Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.
· Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
· Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them prior to beginning food preparation.
Tips and statistics reproduced from NFPA’s Web site, nfpa.org
Destroying Odors with Deodorization
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and also soot damage in your home or business can create a unpleasant and possible permanent problems. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving residues in hard to reach places. Unless professional action is taken fast, these residues and deposits can cause permanent to contents. Having technicians that are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration, SERVPRO franchise professionals are able to provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO franchise professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance;they find the source and remove the odor. If you or a customer are suffering from fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO whether its fire, water, or mold damage, or a stubborn odor that just wont go away.
Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your Property will be inspected for signs of mold using technology to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and is sometimes hidden from plain view.
Various Containment procedures will be in place to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilized powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores during the mold remediation is in progress.
From the Ordinary...
Fungi and mold naturally occur in the environment. In fact over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can help our lives, other forms can be harmful and exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
To the Unhealthy...
Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, or equipment failures, long standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.
We handle water damages every day and we know the right action that is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an on going problem in the building, be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold.
- Strong musty odors
- Any evidence of past moisture problems
- Excessive Humidity
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems
Reason To Choose SERVPRO
These are just a few of many reasons why you should choose a professional restoration company like SERVPRO for your cleaning and restoration needs.
The process of a fire and water restoration is very involved when it is done correctly.
With a very quick reaction time and the correct skill set, a technician is able to help prevent further damage and repair that has already taken place.
The process and equipment used during fire and water restoration will differ from case to case, since different situations require their own unique care.
Fire damage, general cleaning is done to remove ash and soot from ceiling to the floor.
Whether the work is to be done in a commercial or residential location, technicians with experience and certification should perform the damage recovery.
What to do if your Crawl Space floods
Flooded Crawl Space
Even the most well-built homes may still experience crawl space flooding. This is because water in crawl space areas is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous one, causing damage to the home and possibly provoking respiratory illnesses in its residents. Thankfully, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding, there are ways to remedy the situation and help prevent it from happening again.
Causes of Crawl Space Flooding
There are a number of factors that make certain homes more prone to crawl space flooding than others. Here are a few of the main ones you should keep in mind.
- Cracked Foundation
- Faulty Design
- Opening Crawl Space Designs
- Faulty Sump Pump
- Improper Drainage
- Sewage Problems
- Water Leaks
Effects of Crawl Space Flooding
Because water in the crawl space does not usually cause immediate and obvious damage, many homeowners believe it is not a big deal. As a result, when crawl spaces begin to flood, some procrastinate on fixing the issue, while others might not make any attempt to fix it at all. So, here is what happens when water remains in a crawl space for too long.
- Increased Humidity
- Mold Bacteria Growth
- Structural Property Damage
The longer these issues remain unresolved, the worse they become. And, the worse they become, the more expensive it is to fix it. So, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding for any of the aforementioned reasons, consider the following options to remedy the issue.
- Use Wet/Dry Vac
- Use a General Purpose Pump
- Remove Wet Material
- Use a Dehumidifier
- Hire a Professional Restoration Company
Here are just a few long-term or permanent solutions to prevent the flooding of crawl spaces.
- Clean Drains
Don’t wait until your pipes or drains clog up. Get your pipes tested and cleaned once every two years by professionals. In between professional cleanings, you can use hot water, vinegar, and baking soda to keep your drains clear.
- Repair Cracks
Check your home’s foundation regularly for cracks, especially after a natural disaster, and have those cracks repaired immediately by a professional as water can seep in those tiny cracks and cause a whole lot of big damage.
- Provide Proper Drainage
Proper drainage helps to keep water away from the house and its foundations. Make sure your downspouts are properly installed and that your drainage system is clear of debris. Invest in extensions and place at the bottom of downspouts to help to direct water away from the foundation.
A little landscaping could go a long way to ensure your lawn slopes away from your home. This steers water away from the foundation and prevents pooling.
Spotting Kit To Help Keep Stains Away
Spotting Kit helps remove unwantedstains
When it comes to stains time is a huge factor. Luckily we have just the thing for those small accidents to prevent stains and keep your carpet looking great between cleanings.
Our spotting kit helps with:
Protein Based Substances
Pet & Organic Odors
- Animal feces
- Spoiled Food
- Water Marks
- Pencil Marks
- Liquor and Wine
- Wax and Candles
Common Water Issues for Businesses
For a commercial property owner unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action. Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.