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Mold Found in San Antonio area Church

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

 

Mold Found in San Antonio area Commercial Kitchen

After moving large kitchen appliances, a church in the San Antonio area found mold growth in their commercial kitchen. The professionals at SERVPRO of Olmos Park were called in to inspect and remediate the mold. SERVPRO of Olmos Park strongly encourages any place with a commercial kitchen: church, hotel, restaurant, etc to have their commercial kitchens deep cleaned at least twice a year. When SERVPRO of Olmos Park deep cleans, we sanitize as well as remove any dirt and/or food particles. We will move the fixtures to the best of our abilities and clean in and around those as well - something that is not typically, frequently done. To schedule a deep cleaning of your commercial kitchen, call SERVPRO of Olmos Park today: (210) 348-2911

Common Causes of Commercial Building Fires

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

 

The Top Three Common Causes of Commercial Building Fires

  1. Cooking/Kitchen Appliances

Cooking remains at the top of the list as a cause of non-residential fires at 25% to 30%. The fires sometimes started because of human error while cooking and sometimes by an appliance malfunctioning.

Because kitchens are an extremely high-risk zone, strong effort should be taken to ensure full protection and prevention. Sprinklers, alarms and easily accessible fire extinguishers are an absolute must.

  1. Intentional

Intentional fires is the next common cause of a non-residential fire, with roughly 10% of fires occurring from arson.  Intentional fires are most likely to occur after working hours, between 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.  An arsonist may start a fire anywhere, but bathrooms, trash cans, dumpsters and garages are likely spots.

While you can’t prevent arson completely, you can take precautions to limit the damage and opportunities:

  • Make sure trash cans are emptied every day.
  • If possible, keep dumpsters away from the building so a dumpster fire can’t spread to the building.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to make them harder to set on fire and so arsons can’t use them for cover while setting a fire.
  • Put up motion detection cameras or lights in dark or normally unused areas so any fires can be caught and put out faster.
  • Install smoke/fire curtains near the doorways of the areas most likely to be used for arson.
  1. Human Error/Unintentional

Human error, or unintentional fires, are also responsible for about 10% of fires. Because there are a vast number of reasons why a fire might occur accidentally, employee fire safety training is extremely important.

Source: Smoke Guard Online. 2017-2016 Data

Water Damage Restoration for Under the Kitchen Sink

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

 

At SERVPRO of Olmos Park, we are often called due to water damage found underneath a kitchen sink.  Often times, there is a slow leak that has occurred over time causing water damage and, in many cases, mold growth. Kitchen sinks with garbage disposals are especially prone to leaky pipes under the sink. In order to prevent water damage, it’s important to inspect your kitchen sink pipes and make sure everything is dry and working properly. What you find might surprise you.  If you have discovered water damage underneath your kitchen sink or have discovered mold growth, please call us today at SERVPRO of Olmos Park as it is very important to restore and remediate the problem right away so the situation does not get worse and start warping your kitchen cabinets. Call today!

The Best Water Heaters for 2020

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

 

The Best Water Heaters for 2020

According to TheSpruce.com, below are the best water heaters of 2020.

Best Overall Electric Tank Water Heater: Rheem Performance 40 Gal at Home Depot

"You have plenty of hot water whenever you need or want it."

Best Overall Electric Tankless Water Heater: EcoSmart ECO 11 Tankless at Amazon

"Works quickly while giving you a fine degree of control."

Best Overall Gas Tank Water Heater: Rheem Natural Gas at Home Depot

"A frequent choice for larger homes or families."

Best Overall Gas Tankless Water Heater: Rheem Performance Platinum at Home Depot

"Heater offers continuous hot water straight from the pipes."

Best Electric High Capacity Water Heater: Westinghouse 52 Gal at Home Depot

"When it comes to meeting the water needs of a large family."

Best Gas High Capacity Water Heater: Westinghouse 60 Gal at Home Depot

"One of the largest tanks available on the market today."

Best Water Heater for RVs: Bosch Tronic 3000 at Amazon

"A multi-use water heater capable of being installed in many tight spaces."

Best Point Of Use Water Heater: InSinkErator HWT-F1000S at Amazon

"Designed to be used nearly anywhere there is a typical faucet hookup."

Best Portable Water Heater: Camplux 5L Outdoor Tankless at Amazon

"You can connect to a hose or water tap for bathing or cooking."

Flooded Home? Avoid the Dark Water

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

 

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm or otherwise, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered. It's very possible you have 'black water" in your home that mustn't be touched.

"Black water", aka category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Olmos Park are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for over 15 years! We are here to help.

Mold Growth in Commercial Buildings' Ventilation Systems

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

 

Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness. A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building’s ventilation system. Contact your equipment supplier or manufacturer for recommended maintenance schedules and operations and maintenance manuals. 

Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. The components of these systems may become contaminated with mold if moisture is present within the system, resulting in the potential release of mold spores throughout the building. All components of the system must be cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system. Water-damaged or contaminated porous materials in the duct work or other air handling system components should be removed and replaced. Ventilation system filters should be checked regularly to ensure that they are seated properly. Filters should be replaced on a routine schedule.

Looking to have your duct work system cleaned? SERVPRO of Olmos Park is here to help! Give us a call today - (210) 348-2911.

Source: OSHA Jan 2019

Do you Receive Weather Alerts on Your Phone?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

 

Do you receive weather alerts on your phone? If not, here is how to get them. Weather alerts can save lives. Be sure to receive them on your smartphone.

Search for "CMAS" or "WEA" in your phone's messaging settings. You can also dial "##2627##" (minus the quotes) on your phone to turn them on.

 If neither of these do the trick, you might not have a phone that is WEA enabled, but you can still get emergency weather alerts with weather apps like the Weather Channel app or WeatherUSA.

For Android users, in order to meet the FCC standards, Android introduced “Emergency Broadcasts” features in all its mobiles. Through this service, you can get severe weather alerts instantly. Apart from these alerts, this feature also sends out an alert whenever there’s any emergency in your area.

Source: USA Today Online

Storm and Flood Maps Available Through FEMA

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

 

Storm and Flood Maps Available Through FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partners with Tribal nations, States, and communities through the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program to identify flood hazards, assess flood risks, and provide accurate data to guide stakeholders in taking effective mitigation actions that result in safer and more resilient communities. This data is incorporated into flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), that support the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and provide the basis for community floodplain management regulations and flood insurance requirements. Flood hazards are dynamic and can change frequently because of a variety of factors, including weather patterns, erosion, and new development. FEMA, through the Risk MAP program, works with communities to collect new or updated flood hazard data and periodically updates flood maps to reflect these changes.

The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.

FEMA flood maps are continually updated through a variety of processes. Effective information that you download or print from this site may change or become superseded by new maps over time. For additional information, please see the Flood Hazard Mapping Updates Overview Fact Sheet

Source: FEMA online

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Learning how to use your fire extinguisher

First, familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:

  • Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher in order to break the tamper seal.
  • Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire. 
  • Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointed at the base of the fire until it is extinguished. 
  • If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.

To learn about fire restoration from SERVPRO of Olmos Park, click HERE.

Source: Nationwide

5 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

 

5 Things Never to Plug into a Power Strip

No matter where you live—house, apartment, dorm room, mobile home—one factor remains constant: There never seem to be enough power outlets. This may explain the popularity of multi-outlet power strips, which provide additional outlets and also let you control multiple components with a single on-off switch. There are some appliances, however, that should never be used with power strips because they could overload the circuit and cause overheating or even a fire

  1. Refrigerators and Freezers

Large appliances like refrigerators require a lot of power and frequently cycle on and off, which can easily overload a power strip. These devices should be plugged directly into a wall outlet dedicated solely to powering the appliance. If you try to plug additional appliances into the same outlet, you risk tripping the circuit.  

  1. Microwaves

The microwave is a miracle of modern food preparation, thawing, cooking, and reheating food in a fraction of the time it takes a conventional oven. But all that marvelous activity requires more energy than a power strip can provide. Like a conventional electric oven, the microwave should have its own dedicated power outlet.

  1. Coffee Makers

You may not think that your morning cup of joe requires that much energy to brew, but most coffee makers need quite bit of amperage to turn those roasted beans into a hot beverage. Plug your coffee maker directly into the outlet or you run the risk of waking up to a half-brewed pot of coffee.

  1. Toasters

If you’ve ever peered into a toaster to remove a particularly stubborn piece of broken crust, you know that the inside is basically a bunch of wires that heat up to red-hot temperatures to toast the bread. The current draw that those wires require can easily cause a power strip to overheat. This same issue affects toaster ovens, electric skillets, and waffle irons as well.

  1. Slow Cookers and Hot Plates

You might think you're one clever cook when you plug your slow cooker into a power strip to free up outlet space for other countertop appliances, but you'd be wrong. These cooking appliances require more juice over a longer period of time than a power strip can handle. And because the appeal of a slow cooker is that it can operate without supervision, you definitely want to make sure it is safely plugged into a wall outlet to minimize any hazardous outcomes.

Source: MSN online