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Do you think you keep your HVAC system clean?

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

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 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   

Undectable Water Damage

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

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.

"Like it never even happened." 

Call us today at 724-628-3022

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

Power Outages with Having a Sump Pump

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

A drawing picture of a guide of a sump pump. Guide of Sump Pump.

Here is information about sump pumps:

If you have a sump pump, most of the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. 

Power outages, failure, and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems.

  • Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced about 5 years or according to manufacturer's guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. 
  • Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower. 
  • Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong its life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house.
  • Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!

If you have any questions, give us a call today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Overflowing Dishwasher

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a dishwasher in a home overflowing with soapy water. Overflowing Dishwasher

When it comes to an overflowing dishwasher in your Fayette County home or business, finding water cleanup services as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do for your property.

Water Damages wait for no one and come at the most inconvenient times. Without immediate attention, excess moisture can cause mold.   Imagine a scenario where you did not realize regular dish soap cannot be used in a dishwasher, and the resulting overflow left you in need of urgent water restoration services. As the suds pop and deflate, leaving a puddle behind, the tile of your floor can become endangered, as well as your cabinetry. When you call SERVPRO at Fayette County for help, our technicians can come to your home quickly.  

At SERVPRO of Fayette County, we pride ourselves on being experts at water remediation. To find hidden pockets of water, we can:    

  • Use thermal imaging cameras, to locate pockets between walls and under the flooring  Remove the toe kicks from below your counters to look under them.
  • Use moisture meters to measure levels inside of your home.  
  • Using some advanced technological devices, we can reach difficult places in your home! 

Our SERVPRO of Fayette County technicians can use the following advanced technological devices to remove excess water:   

  • Extractors   
  • Wet/dry vacuums     
  • Flood drying mats   
  • Dehumidifiers    

Our technicians always aim to leave your home feeling like it did before your water-related problems began.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so give us a call at 724-628-3022. We're dedicated to leaving you feeling happy about the service you received.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

Cigarette Fire

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

A cigarette fire in Fayette County or anywhere else could occur, it is preventable by practicing a bit of common sense while indulging in a habit that many find relaxing. Fire cleanup, whether a small convenience or major undertaking, is an activity that no one would find relaxing.

Ways to Avoid Fires from Cigarettes:  

It is a fact that smoking indoors is a leading cause of house fires. Before lighting up, consider the following tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

• Smoke outdoors. Homes are filled with flammable materials; an additional benefit to smoking outside is that you can avoid the need to deodorize your home from cigarette smoke.

• Do not smoke while taking medications that increase drowsiness. Avoid alcohol consumption that might also make you less aware of your surroundings.

• Make sure to completely put out your cigarette. Cigarette butts can smolder for hours.

• Never smoke in bed. You are more likely to fall asleep there, and bedrooms are typically filled with combustible materials.

• Empty ashtrays regularly to avoid an ashtray fire.

• Use an ashtray with a wide base or with a weighted bottom to prevent tip overs.

• Do not smoke around medical oxygen tanks. They can explode from exposure to sparks or flames.

• Use water to make sure that cigarettes are completely out before putting butts into trash receptacles.

• Do not leave a lighted cigarette unattended. Pets, children, or even gravity could dislodge it and bring it into contact with flammable material.

• Vaping also poses fire and burn risks because electronic cigarettes can, and have been known to, explode.

All fire personnel know that a cigarette fire is an all-too-common occurrence that can be easily avoided with some foresight. Responsible smoking practices can serve the dual purpose of indulging in a personal pleasure and keeping yourself and others safe.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Preventing Grease Fires

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a lady dealing with a grease fire in the oven with a quote saying "What you need to know about Grease Fires." Preventing Grease Fires

How to Prevent Grease Fires:

It might surprise you that grease is the common culprit when it comes to initiating the majority of kitchen fires. Grease fires can become uncontrollable in very little time, so it is necessary to prevent them from igniting in your kitchen. Be conscious of safe and dangerous practices alike for cooking with hot oil in order to best protect your home from grease fires.

Safe Practices: 

  • Be sure to remove any flammable objects from the cooking area before you begin cooking. If a grease fire were to ignite, leaving combustible items, including cookbooks or paper towels, on the cooking surface or even in areas surrounding the surface enhances the risk of the grease fire expanding, as those items would also catch fire.
  • While cooking, make sure that you are monitoring the cooking space. Turning your back for even a few seconds can allow for a grease fire to ignite, so it is crucial to be as attentive as possible when cooking with hot oil and grease.
  • Also, be sure to save any cocktails that you may be drinking before the meal until after you’ve finished cooking in order to prevent misjudgment or any mistakes from occurring that could cause a grease fire.
  • In the event that a grease fire does ignite, however, keep a metal lid as well as some baking soda nearby, as both can be used to smother it. It is important to understand, though, that baking soda should only be used to smother small, isolated grease fires.

Dangerous Practices:

  • Throwing food into hot oil would be an example of a dangerous practice when cooking with hot oil. Doing so can cause the hot oil to splash and potentially find its way onto the hot cooking surface, resulting in a grease fire. Instead, be sure to gently place the food into the hot oil.
  • This is especially important to remember when cooking with frozen food. Allow those foods to thaw before cooking them in hot oil.
  • Finally, refrain from throwing any type of liquid onto a grease fire if one were to break out, as doing so may cause the fire to grow instead of smother.

Any questions, give us a call today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Different Types of Storm Damage

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

A picture collage of different types of storm damage including flooding, lighting, hail, and etc. Different Types of Storm Damage

Did you know that there are different types of Storm Damage?

Storm Related Water Damage

-This category of storm damage includes flooding events like tropical storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes or Pretty much any storm related event that causes water to intrude into your home or business. This type of damage often happens as a result of or alongside several of the other common types of storm damage. 

Wind Damage

-High winds can cause significant damage to roofs, trees, vehicles and windows.

Hail Damage

-Dents in shingles, vents and cars

Lightening Damage

-Can spark fires

Winter Storms

-Freezing Rain, snow which can cause roof collapse, ice dams and pipe burst.

Regardless of the type of storm damage that you may experience, SERVPRO of Fayette County is available to walk you through the necessary steps needed to restore your home or business.

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Properly Restored Items After Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of an empty commercial building with water damage and flooding with SERVPRO equipment cleaning. Commercial Water Damage

Can you restore items after water damage??

Which Item Can Be Properly Restored And Which Must Be Replaced:

If you have a flooded company building, there are many things you need to consider. With any type of water damage to your building, after restoration experts have properly mitigated damage, there is still the issue of content care with items inside your building.   

Electronics: After a flood or plumbing issue such as a broken pipe, electronics should be the main concern, as lasting water damage can irrevocably damage them. Electronics should all be powered off, such as:  

  • Computers or desktops 
  • DVD players  
  • Televisions  Laptops  
  • Phones     

If electronics have been damaged during a flood, it's a good idea to have them professionally restored. This may include drying the gadget and cleaning the corrosion. 

Food: 

  • If your flooded company stored any food within the building, you should wash, rinse, and disinfect anything that was in a metal can or retort pouch. After that, as long as the contents inside were not damaged, it is still safe to consume. Any utensils made of metal can be washed and sanitized, but anything made of wood that has come into contact with any water should be thrown out. 

Carpet:

  • Carpets are porous and should most likely be thrown out if they have significant damage. This is because carpets and rugs are porous and can attract mold or mildew, which will cause you more problems later on. If you have carpets or rugs that are not significantly damaged, bring them to a professional dry cleaning service before using them again.

With any type of water damage, it's important to document and report any damaged items to your insurance company. Items you need to replace within your company may be covered by insurance. If your commercial building has experienced any water damage event, it's important to clean and restore contents as soon as possible. A flooded company building should be properly restored before letting your employees come back to work.

Any questions? Give us a call.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Coffee Pots and Mold

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of some pouring a cup of coffee with a coffee maker in the back ground on a white counter top. Cleaning coffee pots.

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee (yes, even the stuff made in the office), but would they love it so much if they knew what was growing in the pot?

Coffee pots are constantly full of water, and chances are they are not properly cleaned at the end of each day. The result is generally hidden mold growth that infects every cup of coffee poured. If you want your employees or customers to stay healthy and happy, keep your coffee pots clean. As a bonus for your efforts, your coffee will taste better (and it won’t have that moldy smell anymore either).

How To Clean Your Coffee Pot: 

Cleaning your coffee pot is simple and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes each week. Use these six steps, provided by SERVPRO of Fayette County mold remediation team, to prevent mold growth in your coffee pot and chamber:

1. Make a solution that is equal parts water and vinegar. Pour this in your coffeemaker’s water chamber.

2. Set your pot to brew. Allow it to do its job as normal until the water chamber is half empty.

3. Turn off the machine and let it sit for half an hour, then resume brewing.

4. Rinse the machine thoroughly, then put in a new filter. Fill the water chamber with just water. Allow it to run through the brewing cycle twice.

5. Fill the carafe with warm water, some soap and a small amount of either rice or sugar, both of which serve as a gentle abrasive. Twirl the combination around in the pot, and use a sponge to remove any excess buildup. Rinse and dry thoroughly.  

6. Wipe down the outside of your coffeemaker with a damp cloth.  

While steps one through four should be done weekly, steps five and six should be done at the end of each day. By spending an hour each week cleaning your coffee pots, you can prevent mold growth and keep your employees/ customers happy and healthy.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

724-628-3022

Hardwood Floor Cleanings

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of light brown hardwood flooring with a mop and a full bucket of mop water. Mop cleaning on Hardwood Floors.

Did you know? 

Hardwood cleaning is a lot more than just sweeping and mopping

it may look clean but the flooring still builds up and accumulates soil. The sweeping and mopping does not get the breakdown of the soil. It just keeps the floor tidy.

Once you get a SERVPRO of Fayette County Professional in the home, they can restore the flooring for you. The SERVPRO Professional hardwood floor cleaning is more intensive then what you think. SERVPRO has trained Professionals to know how to complete the hardwood floor cleaning.  SERVPRO wants you to get your wood floors back and looking as good as new.

Call us today for a Free Estimate and schedule a Hardwood Floor Cleaning!

"Like it never even happened."

Tracy "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022