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Dangers of Lead Paint
In 1978, the federal government came out with a statement that it would be required for most industries to stop using lead paint because of the hazards and dangers that it can cause to humans. Lead paint has been used on many different surfaces in homes and businesses dated before 1978. If your home or business was built before the 1960s, there’s a good chance that there are traces of lead on many surfaces. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is required to test these surfaces for any traces of lead. Here are some tips to keep you and yours safe around lead paint based surfaces:
- Keep children from putting their mouth on or chewing on any surface that has lead paint
- If any paint or drywall has become detached from the wall that contains lead, clean and get rid of it as soon as possible
- Wash children’s hands, toys, and bottles frequently that might have touched a surface that has been affected by lead
The most dangerous part of lead paint is getting it in your system. The only way this could happen would be if someone is sanding or stripping lead based paint off of a surface. When they do this, particles are being released into the air and can then get into your system.
We Mean Business
We know that you value the way your commercial property’s appearance looks. We know that it can speak volumes to your clients and customers. Over time, a commercial property becomes dirty from every day wear and tear, or even to an emergency restoration. Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette, we have the training and expertise to tackle these types of situations and we can make it “Like it never even happened." We can handle services such as removing an odor, or deep cleaning the flooring or carpets. You can always depend on us to make your work space look its very best. There is not a commercial property that is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette. We service all types of properties ranging from hotels, small office building, retail stores, apartments, and many more! Don’t hesitate to call us if you see that your commercial property is not shining quite as bright as you would like it to!
Get Your Business Emergency Ready!
More than 50% of businesses never re-open once a disaster hits. The thought that goes through a business owner’s mind is “what is the likelihood it would happen to me.” We get busy in our work and personal life and just expect everyone to know what to do in an emergency situation. There are many different things that can be done to ensure you and your business are always prepared.
- Implement an ERP (Emergency Ready Program)
- Show your employees ALL emergency exits
- Fire extinguishers- where are they located?
- First aid- where is it located?
- Water shut-off valve- where is it located?
- Fire alarms- where are they & do they work?
If you do not know where these are in your building, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette can do a free ERP plan that links right to your phone. This will instantly give you access to information you need in the event of a fire or water emergency.
- Designate one or two people to make sure emergency necessities are in date.
Did you know that items such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and smoke alarms can expire? Make sure to set a schedule to inventory these important items. A good rule of thumb is to check these items at the first of every month. This will help you get a routine down and not forget to check them regularly. Don’t always rely on the alarms to notify you when the batteries are low!
- Know who to call in an emergency.
- There are times that your employees may be in office and out of office. Make sure they know who to call in the event of a fire or water damage. That is another great asset of SERVPRO’s ERP app. You can list the names and numbers of all important contacts during and after emergencies...even your SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette representative!!
Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at 205-921-1449 for a commercial ERP appointment for free or talk to your representative the next time they are in your business.
10 Ways To Save Energy On Your Commercial Property
Spring is here and before we know it, the hot summer will arrive! Below you will find ten inexpensive and practical steps you can take to save money and energy as things begin to heat up:
- When cool nights allow, turn off the cooling system and open the windows while you sleep.
- In the hot summer months, set your thermostat to a temperature as high as you can comfortably stand.
- Use ceiling fans to cool the room that you are in and turn them off when you leave the room.
- Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove heat and humidity while you shower or bathe.
- In the hotter summer months, grill outside as opposed to using the oven.
- Make use of the natural lighting that is provided during the daylight hours.
- When washing clothing or dishes, avoid washing partial loads, when possible.
- Air dry clothing and dishes as possible.
- Instead of taking a bath, take a short shower.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
Put these strategies to work and being to enjoy the savings!
Electrical Tips To Use In Your Office
Consumer electronic products are more
prevalent than ever. Research indicates that
the average household owns more than
twenty-five consumer electronic products.
With all of today’s technology, it can prove
challenging to safely maintain power to all
of our electronic devices. Electrical outlets
are easy to overload and as a result, may
become hazardous. While adding a power strip
or extension cord seems like an easy solution to
a lack of electrical outlets, the wiring in some
buildings often isn’t capable of supporting too
many high-powered electronic appliances.
Older office buildings and homes, in particular,
often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The
temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug
in an extension cord from across the room. Even
in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all
too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers,
scanners and monitors.
When an employee or resident overloads an
electrical outlet, that means more current is
running through the outlet than it can handle.
This causes the outlet to overheat, which may
lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008
National Fire Protection Association study,
electrical distribution and lighting equipment
are involved in more than 24,000 home structure
fires per year. These fires resulted in an average of 320 deaths per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.1
If an electrical fire should occur, get safely away
from the fire and call your fire department. If you
choose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never
let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and
never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.
To help prevent this and other electrical hazards,
refer to the list below (provided by Electrical
Safety Foundation International).
- If you must use a power strip, use a name brand
product from a reputable retailer.
Low-quality or counterfeit power strips
may contain wiring that isn’t adequate to
carry the load.
- Place power strips where there is plenty
of air circulation to disperse the heat.
- Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong)
cords into an ungrounded (two prong)
- Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.
Should you encounter the aftermath of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO to help you get your life to normal again
Are Your Commercial Ducts In A Row?
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 Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette 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 Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette 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 Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette 205-921-1449 for a free estimate.
How To Stop Faulty Sump Pumps From Flooding Your Restaurant
SERVPRO Deals with Faulty Sump Pumps in Four Steps
There is a reason why busy cafes and restaurants are at a higher risk of flooding than some other businesses. In this type of building, good drainage is essential. Huge amounts of water are needed every day – for cooking and cleaning – and they have to be disposed of quickly.
It is why many restaurants have a fast moving, below-floor drainage system, with a float activated sump pump. It gets periodically drained, once the water rises above a certain level. Problems occur when cooking oils and organic waste make it into the drain. They clog up the channels, which commonly leads to commercial flood damage in Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette restaurants.
Keep reading to find out how the experts at SERVPRO deal with faulty sump pumps and flooded restaurants in the local area.
Step One: Inspect the Pump
The first step is to inspect the pump and identify the problem. If it is just a blockage, the process is quick, and the original pump can likely be used to extract the standing water.
If there seems to be a fault with the pump, SERVPRO has a portable extractor which can be used to remove the excess liquid. Once the water is no longer a problem, we can arrange for a sump pump repair.
Step Two: Start the Drying Process
Dehumidification is very effective, but it extracts water at a slower rate than other methods. It is why our technicians use as many accelerated techniques as possible before they bring in the dehumidifiers.
The good news is that restaurant drains are typically very shallow. They may cover the whole of the kitchen, but they do not extend very deep. The repair team can place air scrubbers (two in this case) inside the drain cavity to continue the extraction.
Step Three: Bring in the Dehumidifier
The importance of speed is not a safety issue, as the water is likely to be Category 1 or 2. However, as long as the drain is out of operation, the restaurant is dysfunctional and unable to perform at the required level. So, we have to get the area dried out quickly.
The best solution is a small capacity dehumidifier. It gets placed inside the drain cavity. For a small to medium sized restaurant, we would likely use a machine which extracts around 150 pints of moisture per day.
Step Four: Clean the Drain
It is not always necessary, but if there is a possibility of mold, SERVPRO treats the walls of the drain with an anti-fungal agent. In a restaurant, the risk of mold growth is slightly higher, because bits of organic waste inevitably end up in the water.
Normally, an air scrubber or deodorizer is needed if there is evidence of developing mold and unpleasant smells. If you notify our team of the problem quickly, this should not happen. It is only after 48 hours that Category 1 and 2 water sources start to stagnate and fill with bacteria and other nasty substances.
If your restaurant is struggling with drainage or flooding problems, you need help from the experts. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette provides reliable, professional flood damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (205) 921-1449
Doctors Office In Hamilton Calls SERVPRO When In Need Of An Emergency HVAC Cleaning
Did you know that your ventilation system could be circulating one or more of many contaminates such as dust, pollen, dirt and odor-causing debris? If your HVAC system has been operating without attention, it can very well be responsible for your poor in-door air quality. Luckily for your home or business, SERVPRO offers routine inspections for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit to help keep it clean and to extend the life of the equipment. The lead physician in a doctor’s office wanted to make sure that his customers and employees were going to have clean air to breathe! He made the responsible decision to give SERVPRO a call for help with cleaning his HVAC system. Our Technicians Randy, Mark, and Shawn went out to the doctor’s office to begin services right away!
Our crew had inspected the air ducts and properly cleaned them with the necessary equipment. They used air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to purify the air in the building, and the proper equipment to clean the air ducts. Within the very next day our crew had completed the ventilation cleaning! The owner was so thrilled with our ability to provide professional, swift, and efficient service. He was proud to be able to provide his patients with clean & odor free air to breathe!