How to Clean the Air After a Fire
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You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke. It's called Acrid. What’s the best way to get rid of it?
Smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be Caustic. Special equipment is used to completely clean the air.
- Ozone Machines
- Air Scrubbers
Ozone Machines destroy the Molecules, Bacteria, and Spores that cause unpleasant smells. Air Scrubbers clean the air by repeatedly moving it through HEPA filters which help reduce the smell.
What else is involved?
Other necessary steps involve: (1) Clean all the hard surfaces (2) Wash or treat clothes, drapes, carpets, and upholstery.
A fire doesn’t always destroy a building, smoke however, can ruin everything it contacts. Make sure you do all that’s needed to “clear the air.”
SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help with all your fire damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007
Ask your Mitigation Company if They're IICRC Certified
SERVPRO is a IICRC Certified firm
Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Compton Business
SERVPRO of Downey is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007
Commercial Deep Cleaning | Sanitizing
The cleaning of a commercial kitchen.
According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods and beverages each year, while 3,000 die.
That statistic gives proof that restaurant & kitchen cleanliness is crucial. That's a fact whether it's a school cafeteria or a 5-star Michelin restaurant. Kitchen managers do well to follow strict food safety regulations when it comes to handling food in their kitchen and maintaining a sanitary commercial kitchen. Addition measures may be implemented to protect the employees and customers form viral contaminations.
Aside from the strict internal regulations on cleaning, for facilities to ensure all areas of their restaurants are properly cleaned they may look into these trouble areas:
The Kitchen Floor: A clean kitchen floor usually means a clean kitchen. These floors sustain foot traffic, fallen food, and grease from machines. If not cleaned properly they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and vermin. Thorough sweeping, from corner to corner, under all equipment and washed with cleaning solution will ensure a sanitary floor.
The Refrigerator: Daily cleaning of refrigerators, walk in or stand alone, will prevent cross-contamination of foods. Wiping down these units will also prevent mildew, a type of fungus.
Dumpster Zones: Although dumpsters are typically on the exterior of a restaurant, they can easily get over looked in the process of cleaning. The cleaning of this area can prevent foul odors, vermin, and hard grease and oil stains. It can greatly improve the appearance of your facility.
Remember, a cleaner kitchen is a healthier kitchen.
Can I Shut Off the Drying Equipment?
Should you turn the equipment off?
An integral part of the water damage process is setting up drying systems. These drying systems aren't random placements of equipment, but strategically placed for optimal drying. Equipment are essential in drying out the affected areas, but what if the noise is disturbing your peace?
Can I Turn Off the Drying Equipment?
You should refrain from turning off the equipment without consulting the lead technician first. These machines are necessary to dry out your home as quickly as possible. Turning them off can prolong the job and may mean they remain at your property longer.
In order to determine the correct amount of equipment to place, our skilled crews follow IICRC guidelines that determine industry standards.
A water loss doesn't have to a headache. Let SERVPRO® of Downey take care of it, we'll get your property looking "Like it never even happened." (562) 392-3007
Are Two Masks Better Than One?
Better Protection, Better Masks
Masks are a crucial step in preventing the spread of COVID-19. These masks provide the best protection when everyone wears them, however not all masks are made the same or provide the same level of protection. How can you choose the right mask? Are two better than one?
Choose a mask that will...
- Fit snuggly against your face. This prevents air and droplet leaks around the edge of the mask.
- Have multiple layers. This prevents leaks through the mask.
Remember! Masks need to fit properly & be a good quality to be effective. When masks don't fit properly or is made of a single layer of cloth, an additional mask may be needed.
N95 masks provide the best level of protection. The demand for these masks are high, and are primarily sourced for the medical field. If you're unable to use an N95 mask, here are some things to keep in mind.
The mask should...
- Have a Nose Wire. This helps keep the mask on your face.
- Fit snuggly over your mouth, nose, & chin. This helps seal your mask around your entire face.
- Have multiple Layers. This prevents droplets from escaping.
If you cannot find a mask that matches the upon criteria, a lowering performing single layer mask will suffice when combined with an additional tight fitting mask.
For more information on mask protection visit the CDC.gov. SERVPRO® of Downey provides defensive virus protection for your property. For more information on our sanitation services, call (562) 392-3007.
Storm Watch 2021: What Can We Learn from Texas?
Our hearts break for those experiencing the storm in Texas and surrounding states
As many of us have seen, the Winter Storm Uri is wrecking havoc on the state of Texas and some of the surrounding states.
- Heavy Snow Fall & Ice began to fall starting February 12-13th.
- Up to 9in of snow was reported, covering some 80% of Texas.
- Texas saw its coldest temperatures to date coming in at minus 3 degrees in some parts.
- This storm has caused millions to be without power and running water.
- Many water damage cases have been reported as well as frozen pipes.
- Over 100 SERVPRO® franchises have been called to respond to over 10,000 calls for help.
What Does the Winter Storm Uri Teach Us?
Winter Storm Uri and Texas teaches us a lesson in Preparedness. Texans may never have thought they'd face a storm so extreme. Were they prepared? Many weren't. The key is Preparedness. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
We can learn a similar lesson in California. The next Wild Fire or Earthquake could be devastating. Preparedness doesn't stop the devastation, but it does allow you to have what you need when you need it. For residents, this includes food, clean water, & electricity.
For commercial facilities, ask yourself: Do I have a relationship with my local mitigation company? If I do, do I have a partnership with them that would give us priority service? What emergencies are we prepared for?
The answer to those questions could make or break your business! Don't hesitate, call SERVPRO® to help prepare your business for a disaster. (562) 392-3007
What Can Your Water Mitigation Do?
SERVPRO® of Downey says Yes! Call us at (562) 392-3007
At SERVPRO® of Downey, our favorite word is YES! No one likes to be told no by a company they need work done from. But many don't realize just how much your Water Mitigation Company can help you.
Your Average Mitigation Company
They assist with:
- Water & Fire Restoration
- Mold Remediation
Your average mitigation company can be a great help in emergencies listed above. But some commercial clients need a little more. They need a company who will say yes, whatever the request is. Is that your mitigation company?
SERVPRO® of Downey is your Solution
We assist with:
SERVPRO® of Downey says Yes! If you're a commercial client with specific needs and a company to say yes, consider SERVPRO® of Downey. We're here to help! (562) 392-3007
Keeping Schools Safe & Healthy
How Clean is Your Educational Facility?
Our children need a safe and healthy environment to learn and a schools cleanliness contributes to that. Schools get regularly cleaned by the staff. However, unexpected things happen that can threaten the cleanliness of the school.
- Sewage Back-Up
This exceeds the common clogged toilet. Broken or cracked pipes can leak sewage and threaten the health & safety of the students and staff.
- Air Duct Cleaning
Every 3-5 years air ducts should be cleaned. This cleaning will eliminate airborne substances that can cause common allergy symptoms, and improve the overall air quality of the structure.
- Proactive COVID-19 Sanitizing
Regular COVID-19 sanitizing will ensure a healthy environment for children. This will include Fogging or Electrostatic spraying, wiping down surfaces, and deep carpet cleaning. All cleaning products are non irritant. Meaning those sensitive to smells will most likely be unaffected.
Our cleaning follows the same EPA & CDC standards for cleanliness. Such cleanliness can also prevent pest problems. This keeps your children's school environment clean and healthy.
SERVPRO of Downey is here to help with all your cleaning & sanitizing needs for your educational facility. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007 "Like it never even happened."
The Impact of Smoke & Fire Damage
The longer you allow the smoke damage to set in, the more damage you will see.
When your Downey property is subjected to a fire; smoke, ash, and even water from the firefighters will cause damage. However, learning more about how smoke damage progresses as well as where you can obtain restoration services can prevent these issues from becoming problematic for you. Get the information you need to reduce the lasting impact that fire damage can have.
How Smoke or Ash Damage Progresses
- During the first few minutes of smoke damage, the soot’s acidic nature will start to yellow several types of plastics, including your small appliances. If not restored quickly, porous materials such as marble or alabaster can become permanently discolored.
- Several hours later, the acid from the soot will stain the grout in your kitchen or bathroom. It can also tarnish metal, yellow your fiberglass, discolor your furniture, or damage your major appliances.
- Within several days, your painted surfaces will be subjected to acidic soot. They will then start to yellow. Additional forms of deterioration include the corrosion, rusting, and pitting of metals. Your wood may also be in need of refinishing. Finally, you may have to replace your vinyl floors.
- Within a few weeks, the damage deepens. For example, your carpets can be permanently discolored. Additionally, your silver-plated possessions can be subjected to irreversible corrosion. Also, items like glass and china may become etched in the soot’s acid.
Seek Professional Smoke Damage Restoration Services
Smoke and fire damage can have a profoundly adverse impact on your property, time is of the essence. The longer you allow the smoke damage to set in, the more complications and deterioration you will see. For this reason, finding a high-quality fire and smoke damage restoration company is important. To ensure that you attain the excellent, expedient services you need, look for a restoration company that possesses the following attributes:
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
If you’re looking for a disaster restoration company SERVPRO of Downey should be your first stop. After years of serving our community, we have the skills and experience to respond quickly to any smoke or fire incident. In fact, our technicians are skilled in cleaning soot and smoke damage from most surfaces and belongings. Call us today at (562) 392-3007!
Does Your Heater Smell?
As temperatures cool down, you may be turning up your heat. You may use the heat rarely, but have you ever noticed a funny smell when you turn your heater on?
If you have, you're not the only one. In fact, it's quite common. But you shouldn't ignore it. Depending on the type of smell, there might be a fairly easy solution or a real problem. What does your heater smell like?
Does it Smell Damp or Dusty?
That's normal. Dust and dirt will collect in the ducts over time. When the heat kicks in, the dust can release a smell when it gets blown through the house. If the smell lingers after multiple uses a new filter may be needed.
Does it Smell like Oil or Smoke?
This can be serious problem. Oil may be leaking, that's only if you have an oil furnace. Such a leak may put you at risk for fire damage.
Does it Smell Musty?
A musty smell could signify Mold, either in the unit or filter itself. Inspect, Clean, and Replace as needed to protect your home from Mold.
Does it Smell like Burning Plastic or Electrical?
An object may be in the duct that is overheating and causing the smell. It could entail something much more serious like the units motor overheating. Contact an experienced technician to inspect the electrical of your unit to insure it's working properly.
The next time you smell that "funny" smell, don't ignore it. Call SERVPRO® of Downey to inspect (562) 392-3007