Understanding Fire Extinguishers
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Fires most often erupt without warning, and double in size within seconds - knowing what to do and how to do it is critical when faced with this emergency situation. Understanding types of fires, fire extinguisher coding and proper usage is a cornerstone in life safety and property damage minimization. The type of combustible material determines the fire classification and fire extinguisher codes correspond to fire classifications.
Fire Classes and Corresponding Fire Extinguisher Codes
- Class (A) Fire is a fire with a combustible material of wood, paper, plastic or clothing. It is generally the easiest fire to put out. A Class (A) fire can be extinguished with water or foam. A Class (A) fire extinguisher will put out these fires
- Class (B) Fire has a combustible material of oil, grease, gas or alcohol. A Class (B) Fire cannot be extinguished with water. The use of water will cause the fire to spread by causing the combustible material to splatter or lift above the water. Many injuries have occurred to people improperly extinguishing a grease fire. A Class (B) Fire extinguisher uses dry foam or carbon dioxide to suppress the fire.
- Class (C) Fire is an electrical fire. Electrical fires can be caused by a malfunctioning appliance, faulty wiring, or an overloaded outlet. This type of fire cannot be extinguished with water. Water will intensify the fire because it conducts electricity. A Class (C) fire is suppressed with carbon dioxide or dry powder.
- Class D Fire has combustible metals as its material source. A Class (D) fire is extinguished with dry powder. The dry powder removes the fuel from the oxygen and extinguishes the fire. A Class (D) fire is not common in homes.
The best type of fire extinguisher to purchase for home use is an A, B, C extinguisher. This multipurpose extinguisher can put out most common fires. Once purchased, place your extinguishers in highly visible areas. Check the gauge of the extinguisher monthly to make sure they are properly pressurized. Replace them if not.
How to use a fire extinguisher – Use the acronym PASS:
- Pull the pin.
- Aim nozzle at the base of the flames
- Squeeze the nozzle
- Sweep back and forth until flames are extinguished
(If flames reignite, repeat the process.)
It's Officially Candle Season!
Be cautious with candles!
Be Cautious When Using Candles
Yes, that soft light and aromatic fragrances that fill the room from a lit candle can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your home. However, candles can also become a safety hazard if they are not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.
Don’t Leave Burning Candles Unattended
It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to bed at night, even if the candle is in the same room you sleep in..
Keep Them Away From Flammable Items
When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.
Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children
Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that are not within reach of a child or pet, especially unsupervised!
Use an Alternative
Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a nice scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. One great option is a diffuser. Diffusers are a great alternative to candles and make you house smell fantastic!
While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens, a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help return your home to its preloss condition making it "Like it never even happened."
Vacation Water Damage
This a photo of a sump pump. Unfortunately, the sump pump failed during the homeowner's vacation and caused water damage in their basement.
When preparing and packing for a vacation or getaway, you are always thinking ahead to what you are going to be doing while gone. But as you are planning your trip, take the time leading up to leaving to check around your home and make any preventative measures against any water issues that may arise while you are gone.
Inspect Water Sources – Appliances, Pipes and Windows
Large Appliances- The hoses that bring water in and out can often develop weak sections, tears, or even hose kinks. Any of these issues can cause the hose to malfunction, causing water leaks to happen. It is also a good idea to periodically pull your appliances out from the wall, and check under them to ensure there are no issues happening from small leaks.
Windows- Check the seals around the window for discoloration. If there is some signs of breaking down, take the time to reseal those areas.
Pipes- Check all exposed pipes for any sign of weakness, including rusting or small cracking.
Guard Against the Elements
If taking a trip during cooler months, instead of turning the heat off, simply turn the temperature down a little lower. Turning it completely off can cause water pipes or lines to freeze and bust. Also, check outside or any pipes that are exposed to the elements, and make sure to insulate them. This also includes any that may be in your garage and exposed to more of the elements.
Have someone you trust come and walk through your home a few times while you are gone. This ensures that if anything happens, you are finding it early, and not when you are arriving home.
Limiting Water Damage
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Stopping the water is the single most important way to limit the amount of damage. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE IS LOCATED IN YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY?
Water leaks can come from several places in your home or business. The most common causes are:
- leaking/bursting pipes
- washing machine water supply line
- air conditioning condensation
- blocked drains
- malfunctioning sprinkler systems
- leaking water heater
- toilet overflows
- sewer backups
- sump pump malfunction
- water overflow (forgot to turn off the faucet)
- ice damage
- refrigerator ice maker lines
- storm damage
After you've realized you have a water leak problem, especially if you don't know where it's coming from, turn off the water ASAP!
Then call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.
We're available day or night to extract the water and start the drying process using exceptional equipment designed to get the job done "Like it never even happened."
DDIY: Don't Do It Yourself
We have specialized equipment to restore your home.
DDIY (Don't Do It Yourself): Water Damage Edition
When it comes to being a homeowner, especially nowadays, there are a lot of projects you can do yourself. There are DIY bathrooms, kitchens, and even other home repairs; however, DIY water damages, almost always end in disaster.
When water damage occurs in your home, there are many factors at hand that require professional assistance. When water damage happens, there can be conditions that require an expert, some of those include:
- The water you don't see: Water can find its way into a lot of the nooks and crannies of your home, without you knowing it. SERVPRO of Farmington has tools and technologies to find those water-damaged areas.
- Mold: Mold can begin to set up between 24-48 hours after water damage. A technician is trained to look for these signs. Calling a professional right away lessons your chances of mold growth significantly.
- Re-build: Sometimes water damage can be filled with contaminants. This kind of water damage requires everything to go. We must remove drywall, carpet, anything impacted that the contaminated water touched. We have the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to handle these situations and rebuild the areas that had to be removed.
Water damage is not something you want to DIY. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Farmington to help, and we can make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
Trees and Tornadoes
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Tree Branches Become Debris in a Tornado
We love to have our tall leafy trees in our yards to keep our house cool during the summer heat. The shade they provide is wonderful when the sun is high in the sky.
These same trees we love can also be very harmful during a storm or tornado if they are not trimmed regularly. Strengthening the trees around your property can help keep their limbs from being torn off and becoming debris in a storm. Here is what to look for when trimming trees around your home:
- Limbs with wounds
- Decaying branches
- Structural defects
- Limbs rubbing against each other
- Exposed roots
If your trees are trimmed properly before the stormy season they will be less likely to become debris. Many homes can be destroyed by tornadoes in our servicing area if a tornado would arise. Learn more about the ways SERVPRO of Farmington can help during stormy weather. As always, you can call us anytime at 573-756-5191.
Let us take care of you!
As the seasons change, so does the potential for possible power outages, stemming from Mother Nature herself. Whether it be from wind, rain, freezing precipitation, thunderstorms, or snow, keeping your home prepared for weather emergencies is crucial.
No matter the storm event, there is always a risk of power outages in your power network. Power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation. They may also create obstacles to business as usual, such as preventing you from being able to use gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services as normal. At the most critical, power outages can cause food spoilage, water contamination, and disrupt medical devices, posing health risks to communities.
Review these steps to see how you can protect yourself and your household in the event of a power outage:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed until power is back on.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternative location for heat and cooling.
- Check on neighbors.
If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191.
Overcoming Smoke and Soot Damages in Your Home
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SERVPRO Understands That Recovering From a Fire in Your Home Includes Removing the Lingering Odors
Fires often present multiple damaging effects to homes. While there are very few that a homeowner can handle on their own, the majority of these lingering symptoms from a recent disaster like this require professional restoration services to return your house to normal. Regardless of the severity of the fire, cleaning up the damages and bringing your home back to preloss conditions takes expertise and the right equipment.
Smoke and soot, along with a harsh odor, are fire damage effects typical of house fires, regardless of their size or destructive force. Fighting these effects is something that our SERVPRO technicians prepare for and get explicitly trained to restore. While many homeowners might believe that counteracting the odor in their homes with a more pungent scent can overcome their issue, deodorization is the only sure way to remove a noxious scent.
Deodorization After Fire Damage
Deodorization is a process that utilizes several pieces of equipment to accomplish, but primarily, the job falls to our thermal foggers. The chemical compound that they release can get used to treat both the air in the affected areas of your home and affected furniture, textiles, materials, and fabrics. The solution breaks apart smoke molecules in the environment and neutralizes them to leave a scentless area behind to doctor as you see fit.
Soot Damage Removal
Cleaning up soot damage is another common effect that our SERVPRO technicians get asked to remedy, and there are a few approaches that we use to do it. Soot can often get cleaned from hard surfaces using specialized vacuums or by cleaning the area with a wet or dry sponge. Set in soot might require more aggressive measures. While the goal is to restore these walls to their original condition, sometimes the severity of damage can only allow for restoration to prepare for repainting or resurfacing.
While every home fire might be different between its location and severity, some symptoms are universal to nearly every occurrence. When you are looking for a trusted team to help you overcome the effects of a recent fire in your home, you can rely on SERVPRO of Farmington. Give us a call anytime you need us at 573-756-5191.
After My House fire, Can I Salvage my HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) System?
What's lurking in your duct work after a fire?
SERVPRO Restoration Technicians Clean and Restore Ducting and HVAC Systems
Charred furniture, strong odors, and thick smoke residue dusted throughout your home are alarming after-shocks from the fire. It is crucial to begin repairs right away; however, it is also essential to assess hidden damage and detect soot and smoke odor hiding in out-of-the-way-places such as your HVAC system.
If There Is No Visible Damage, Do Technicians Still Need to Clean the Ducting?
Yes, Technicians Clear Debris from Ducting and Seal in Odors to Mitigate Further Damage
Part of the fire-damage found in your home may be hiding in your ducting. Imagine finishing a restoration project, only to smell smoke or see soot in the air, bringing you back to square one. As a standard component of repairs after a fire, it is essential to inspect and clean the HVAC system immediately to determine the air quality within your home.
How Do SERVPRO Technicians Address Smoke Residue Inside Ducts?
- First, technicians make sure the system is off and not circulating contaminants throughout your home.
- Technicians clean the HVAC system by blowing and vacuuming debris and smoke residue.
- After adequate cleaning, technicians may seal the ducting to create a protective coating on the surface, effectively stifling any remaining odor.
What Equipment and Products Are Beneficial in Sealing and Cleaning the HVAC System?
- Duct cleaning systems like the Nikro PDC 4000 include a rotary brush for cleaning and a discharge hose to remove waste easily.
- After cleaning, technicians may use a ULV (ultra-low-volume) fogger to mist Duct Sealer inside the ducts to create a flexible film that seals the surface to contain odors.
For prompt 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Farmington at 573-756-5191. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage Repair After Water Leak
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Need Water Removal Services? – Call SERVPRO
Water clean-up after a water leak often involves removing water from carpeting and underpadding. Water may have seeped from adjacent rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms where the original leak occurred and soaked the carpets, underpadding, and even the subfloor.
SERVPRO provides water damage repair and water cleanup. We take safety very seriously for our employees and especially our clients. For example, floating carpeting and underpadding improves the time it takes to dry the carpet. Dry air is blown under the carpeting to absorb moisture and then dried using dehumidifiers.
While the drying operation is taking place, we implement the following safety procedures to avoid injuries:
- Avoid walking on floated carpets to prevent tripping
- Cover tack strips with foam strips to prevent injuries
- Tack strips can cause health effects
Once everything is dried, our team will reinstall the carpet and padding as part of our water damage restoration service. Fast drying and action by SERVPRO can reduce the possibility of carpet delamination requiring replacement.
Call SERVPRO of Farmington for water damage repair services. We can help 24/7. Call 573-756-5191.