The leading cause of house fires is cooking; grease fires, oven fires or simply leaving a pot unattended on a stove. Most of us can recall leaving something on the stove and being distracted. If you ever find you have a fire in a pan, do not attempt to move it. Cut off the supply of air to the fire by putting a metal lid on top of it if possible, and turn off the burner. If the fire is in an oven, turn off the oven and leave it closed.
When water intrudes into your home or business, every minute that ticks by increases the chance of
property damage and mold growth. Your #1 priority is to get the building and contents dry as quickly as possible. It seems simple, but structural drying requires training, knowledge of construction, and the careful application of drying science.
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for house fires. Sure, it’s a celebration and, yes,
fireworks are traditional and they can be used safely. Nonetheless, nearly 20,000 fires annually are blamed on fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Even the most common fireworks, such as a sparkler, can start a fire.
Water is an important part of our lives. It covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and makes up most of our
body weight. Water exists underground, as mountain snow, as glacial ice, as clouds above us and so much more. What we rarely consider is that there is also water in the air all around us. This water, in the form of vapor, is called humidity and while too little is bad for our health too much can be bad as well.
“Black Mold Forces Family to Move”… “The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Mold”… “Is Your House Making You Sick?” Headlines like these are used to shine a spotlight on the health risks associated with mold. Naturally, the more extreme stories get the most interest. But is mold really as bad as they say? Where does it come from? How can you prevent it?
In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms including coughing, sneezing, and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals. People with asthma and allergies often see a marked increase in the incidence and severity of their symptoms. Those with compromised or underdeveloped immune systems can suffer from serious infections caused by mold.
Mold needs 3 things to grow: The right environment, a food source, and moisture. High humidity is one contributing factor. A relative humidity (RH) range is between 30% and 50% is required for human health and comfort. Once the RH rises above 60%, mold growth
Questions often arise regarding disinfecting and sanitizing after water, mold, or
sewage damage. Using the right type of product for the job is important to kill viruses,
bacteria, and fungal spores.
Smell is the most primitive of the five senses. The fragrances of food enhance our sense of taste.
Pleasant scents create a feeling of calm and contentment, while unpleasant ones may be a cause for
alarm. Unfamiliar odors can create anxiety, especially when the source is unknown.
Yes, it is often easy to tell when it’s time to clean the carpet in your family room, hallway, or the main entrance to your house. You begin to see the soil in the traffic areas, or there are those inevitable spots and spills. Despite your best efforts at vacuuming the carpet still looks soiled and you clearly know it needs to be cleaned. But what about the carpet in your bedrooms? Tracked in soils or spills aren’t usually a major problem in bedrooms. This may lead you to think that bedroom carpets don’t need cleaning as often as the rest of the house. Think again.
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