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Keeping Your Commercial HVAC System Clean

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of key points of benefits of a clean HVAC system. Keeping Your Commercial HVAC System Clean

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity.

If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system. You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days.

Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning. You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system.

If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Fayette County has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well.

If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup. SERVPRO of Fayette County understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system.

We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Fayette County at 724-628-3022 for a free estimate.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

"Like it never even happened." 

Tips for Being Safe with Space Heaters

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a space heater on fire. Tips for Being Safe with Space Heaters

When the weather gets colder, some people use space heaters to help them stay warm. SERVPRO of Fayette County has some tips for being safe with space heaters. They can cause fires and fire damage when they are not used properly.

When setting up a space heater, remember to keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor. The heater should be free of flammable liquids. Also do not put them on any easily ignitable or combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.

Heaters should be monitored when in operation. Please plug the heater directly into a wall receptacle, never plug it into an extension cord. When you are using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup.

We suggest not using space heaters in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard. We also recommend keeping space heaters away from exit ways, walkways, and main paths of travel. When buying a heater make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from either UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies. Another big thing is not to use portable space heaters if small children are expected in the area.

You need to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection. You should always unplug the unit when not in use. Lastly, please never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

Any questions? Call Us!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Continious Water Source

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage is not easy for anyone!

Water damage can be some tough stuff to deal with, especially when the source of the water is small but continuous.

This continuing water source can cause serious but undetectable damage to the inside of walls, floors, and under carpets. It's not noticeable until the problem is big enough to be recognized but the damage is already done by allowing the problem to go on and if it's not treated properly, mold can start to show, making the project even more expensive.

So to avoid this problem and save some money, make sure you check your hot water tank and visible water piping throughout the house often to make sure that everything is running fine.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

3 Type of Flood Barriers to Use at Your Business/ Home

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a house with flood barriers around the whole home. Flood Barriers to Use at Your Business/ Home

When a big storm comes to the Fayette County area, many flood damage restoration professionals recommend the use of flood barriers such as a sandbag wall to help prevent flooding. However, sandbagging isn’t the only form of barrier you may utilize. If water damage does occur, these professionals can help with cleanup and repairs. 

1. Inflatable barrier 

  • One form of many flood dams available to help protect your business is the inflatable barrier. Composed of durable fabrics, these are often weighted on the bottom to help them stay in place and can be pumped full of air to create a wall around the space you wish to protect. When the danger of flooding is over they can be deflated, and carefully folded and stored away. 

2. Creative Landscaping   

  • Another alternative to using a sandbag wall is to creatively use the landscaping around the building to direct water flow. This is a more permanent solution which may help in areas where there are frequent storms. Lawns can be sloped, and plates and soils can be chosen specifically to help absorb water. Retaining walls can also be included to help prevent erosion. 

3. Water Barrier  

  • A water barrier is similar to an inflatable barrier in that it is a collapsible tube that can be filled to create a wall. However, these barriers are filled with water, often from a garden hose, to make them heavy enough to be immobile. Once the danger of storm flooding is passed they can be safely emptied and then stored for later use. 
  • Use of barriers such as a sandbag wall.

Inflatable barriers, creative landscaping, and water barriers can help protect your business from flooding. There are many options available and you may wish to consult a professional to choose the best option for your business’s needs. If water damage does occur, a flood damage restoration service may be able to help.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Halloween Safety Tips

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

A graphic picture of Jack-O' Lanterns with words of Halloween Safety Halloween Safety Tips

Jack-O’ Lantern Fun and Trick or Treating Safety

You've probably noticed that the warm Summer air is now cool and the sound of once green leaves crunching as you walk. For some it's a time to pull out the fall sweaters and to cuddle up with some hot apple cider but for others this time of year means one thing, Halloween.

Halloween is arguably one of the most fun holidays. There's always a ton to do like haunted houses, corn mazes, trick or treating, and my favorite - Decorating.

Decorating is a good time for friends and family to come together for some fun. One of the most popular and easy to do are Jack-O' Lanterns. While the backstory of the Jack-O' Lantern is unknown it's been around for centuries. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to keep your pumpkin carving a good time and not a nightmare

  1. Wear gloves when using knives and other carving tools. (Fake blood is scary enough)
  2. Clear any leaves of other debris from area
  3. Don't place pumpkins in high traffic areas to prevent them from being bumped or trick or treaters costumes from catching fire.
  4. Don't place lids back on pumpkins if there is not at least 2 inches of space between the flame and the lid
  5. Consider using fake candles or lights in place of a real flame.

Now SERVPRO of Fayette County wants to refer to some safety tips. Trick or treat with care.

Before your children start trick-or-treating, review these safety rules:

  • Get in on the fun. Accompany trick-or-treaters younger than age 12. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside your child's pocket in case you get separated. Encourage older kids to trick or treat with friends, parents or older siblings. Make sure someone in the group has a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Set ground rules. If your child will be trick-or-treating without you, plan a familiar route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with the group, walking only on the sidewalk, approaching only clearly lit homes, and never going inside a home or car for a treat. Have your child carry a cellphone.
  • Inspect treats before indulging. Don't let your child snack while he or she is trick-or-treating. Feed your child an early meal before heading out, and inspect the treats before your child eats them. Discard anything that's not sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable. If you have young children, weed out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards. If your child has food allergies, check candy labels carefully.
  • Ration the loot. If your child collects lots of goodies, consider doling out a few pieces at a time. You might ask your child if he or she would like to swap some — or all — of the candy for something else, such as a toy, book or outing.

Stay safe and sweet on the home front:

To prepare for trick-or-treaters:

  • Clean up. Put away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys and bikes. Clear wet leaves, snow or other debris from the sidewalk.
  • Turn the lights on. Replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door.
  • Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.
  • Consider sugar substitutes. Instead of handing out sweets, try stickers, fun pencils, rubber insects or colored chalk.

If trick or treating isn't right for your child, consider planning a candy swap party with friends or neighbors. You might have a food-free costume contest and plan games and prizes. Or check local schools or community centers for other options.

And if you'll be driving on Halloween, watch for children crossing the street. Be especially careful entering or leaving driveways and alleys. Extra caution can help ensure Halloween safety for everyone.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Improving Cleanliness In Your Business

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of individuals that are cleaning their office/ shop. Improving Cleanliness In Your Business

There are a few simple tricks a company can do to help improve the cleanliness in their building.

One way is to place a door mat right on the outside of the door, and right at the entrance of the home. That way when people come to visit, they can scrape off their feet and leave whatever dirt and particles they have on their shoes behind. Just make sure to wash the door mats regularly otherwise those particles will linger. On hardwood or tile surfaces mopping regularly is a must. It may seem like extra work, but it will help clean up dust and mold spores left behind.

Also, do not forget the walls. Oftentimes people forget walls when it comes to their cleaning routine, and it can be important because dirt and particles stick to walls just like any other piece of furniture or flooring. Having a mat outside the doors is just the first step to keeping a clean building.

Cleaning of floors and walls regularly is the next step and your building will be cleaner.

Any questions? 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

What is a Puffback?!

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

What is a Puffback?

A puffback is when you turn on your furnace and you get black particles coming from your vents. That is called a PUFFBACK.

PUFFBACKS can arise when a furnace or oil burner malfunctions....oil is ignited and an "explosion" in the fire box occurs.

Three things to know about Puffbacks: 1. Puffback Is an Uncontrolled Explosion

2. Puffback Can Affect Both Oil and Gas Furnaces

3. Numerous Underlying Issues Can Lead to Puffback.

Puffbacks can be very dangerous to you and your home or business.

Be careful, cautious, and call SERVPRO of Fayette. We will clean damaged homes, businesses, and contents.

Contents include furniture, blinds, carpets and more!

If you have any questions please call us today!! 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Five Factors That Affect the Cost of Mold Removal

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a wall full of mold with someone spraying products on the mold. Five Factors That Affect the Cost of Mold Removal

Five Factors That Affect the Cost of Mold Removal

The cost of professional mold removal services for your home in Fayette County, can average anywhere from $500 to $6,000, with some infestations costing much more.

Here are five factors that will affect the overall price:

1. Size of the Mold Problem  While you might be able to save money by tackling very small mold problems on your own, you will need the help of a mold remediation specialist for larger problems. Generally, the more widespread the problem is, the higher the cost. 

2. Expense of Added Mold Testing  If you want a better idea of the levels of mold in your home and what species of mold is present, you can request a mold test at an added expense. A specialist should be able to address any type of mold growth that is found, including performing black mold removal. 

3. Location of the Mold  If the mold in your home is easy to access, such as on the surface of the wall or floor, you can expect to pay less for mold removal. However, if mold is dwelling deep inside your walls or somewhere else that is hard to access or requires demolition, the price will rise. 

4. Source of the Problem: What caused the mold to grow in the first place? If your mold problem was caused by a large underlying issue, such a leaking roof, you will also need to consider the cost of addressing this issue. 

5. Cost of Required Restoration  If mold gets into the structure of your home, infects your carpet, or damages your belongings, the remediation specialist will complete the mold cleanup process and then fix any damage that has been caused. From replacing your carpet to completely rebuilding walls, these costs will certainly build up.  Dealing with mold removal can be costly, but it is a necessary process. As you prepare to call in a mold remediation specialist, estimate what you can expect to pay by considering these five factors.

Any questions, call today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Why Choose SERVPRO?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Fayette County?

There is multiple reasons to call and choose SERVPRO of Fayette County! But here are a few reasons:

We have restoration for multiple situations from fires, water removal, and mold remediation. We have response time for work to damaging storms. Our business has restoration for all of your contents and can dry all of your documents in your home or business. We also offer services for inventory claims. SERVPRO of Fayette County also offers cleaning services for your convenience. Anywhere from air duct, biohazard, carpets, and deodorization.

So this is why you should choose SERVPRO of Fayette County for any kind of service for your home or business. 

Please call today for a free estimate!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

"Like it never even happened."

Fire Drills

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a sign on a wall saying "fire drill". Fire Drills

Who else used to love fire drill days?!

We all remember those days when fire drills happened in school! Most of us loved them because it was a time to get a small 20-minute break from our classes, unless you had to stand out in the blazing heat or freezing cold, right?!

Well did you know that fire drills are not just for schools, they should be practiced by businesses and even with your families in case of an emergency happening! There is nothing better than being prepared ahead of an emergency. It is crucial to the safety of all that everyone knows more than one way to exit your building or home. Important things to cover are a designated meeting spot (a safe distance from the structure where a headcount can be taken to inform first responders of anyone left in the building), and what to do should you not be able to have an escape route. 

Here at SERVPRO of Fayette County, we suggest that you regularly perform a “fire drill” so that the plan is understood and walked through. That your peers or family members know what to do and how to keep themselves and others safe.

If disaster should strike your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Fayette County is ready 24/7, 365. Call us at 724-628-3022 to help walk with you through the cleanup and repairs if an emergency happens in your home or commercial business. Call us!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022