Water Loss Categories... What Do they Mean?
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IICRC Water Loss Categories
At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand that you hope you never have to call us for a water loss. But unfortunately, sometimes fate has other plans. When a water loss strikes, arming yourself with knowledge is the first step to avoiding severe water damage. In the water restoration business, we have refer to three categories of water, as laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We refer to these as categories 1, 2, and 3.
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Category 1 Water
Category 1 water is the least contaminated, and therefore the least hazardous to your well being. Category 1 water is any water that comes from a potable water source. However, just because a water loss is has category 1 water doesn't mean that the issue should be ignored. Category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 water is left standing.
Category 2 Water
Category 2 water is defined by the IICRC as "having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested." This can include water from sources such as backed up drains, dishwashers, and toilet overflows that contain urine, but not feces. If you believe you have a category 2 water in your water loss, it is even more important to seek professional help, such as SERVPRO of Plantation, immediately. The microbial growth that can occur in category two water can be hazardous to your health, and should be removed as soon as possible.
Category 3 Water
The final category of water that can occur in a water loss is category 3 water. This water is defined by the IICRC as "the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called black water, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth."
Category 3 water requires special remediation techniques due to the highly hazardous nature of the water, and should only be cleaned up by an IICRC certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Plantation. Attempting to clean a large category 3 loss without professional knowledge or equipment can lead not only to loss of property, but also damage to your health.
No matter what category of water you find in your water loss, SERVPRO of Plantation has the equipment and know-how to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."
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Is Your Family at Risk From Lead Paint?
Is your family at risk of lead paint exposure?
What You Need To Know
Lead paint was commonly used in the US prior to 1978, when it was banned, but not before being used in over 38 million homes. Exposure to lead can affect development of the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. This can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Older homes, child care facility, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead paint, the percentages are as follows:
- Built between 1960-1978= 24%
- Built between 1940-1960= 69%
- Built before 1940= 87%
What Do I Do About Lead Paint?
Usually, lead paint that is in good repair and maintained properly is not hazardous. The danger comes whenever paint dust is present, or the paint is disturbed, either by peeling or by a construction or restoration project. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects on buildings with lead paint to be certified by the EPA in the use of lead-safe practices. An EPA certified firm shall follow the following lead-safe procedures.
- Contain the work area
- Minimize dust
- Clean up thoroughly
SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North is certified by the EPA to handle restoration jobs involving lead paint safely, using approved procedures to avoid potential harm to your family.
How Can I Protect My Family From Lead Exposure?
- If you are renting your property, notify your landlord if you notice peeling or chipping paint.
- Clean up any paint chips immediately.
- Regularly clean floors, window sills and other painted surfaces. Use a mop, sponge or paper towel with warm water and an all purpose cleaner, or a cleaner designed specifically for lead.
- Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dusty areas.
- Wash children’s toys, bottles and pacifiers often.
- Keep children from licking or chewing on window sills or other painted surfaces.
- Make sure children maintain a healthy diet, as recommended by the USDA. A healthy diet lowers the risk of harm from lead.
- Clean and remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.
When it comes to the safety of your family, you don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. If you’re in need of a restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Plantation, the team you know will work safely in a lead paint environment.
Where to Turn for Automotive Biohazard Cleanup
SERVPRO of Plantation Can Restore an Automotive Biohazard.
An automotive biohazard occurs when an organic fluid, most commonly blood is introduced into a vehicle, usually the cabin area. This can lead not only to a difficult stain to clean, but a potential hazard for the vehicle owner.
There are many causes for an automotive biohazard. The first and most obvious cause of an automotive biohazard is one everyone prays will not happen to them, an automotive accident. Most people don’t have a real plan for how to recover from a car crash, despite the fact that 27,000 accidents occur every single day. Most of these result in minor damage, and only 0.3% result in a fatality.
Everyone knows the immediate plan, call the police, file an insurance claim and wait for the damage to be repaired. But what if the damage is not something that a mechanic is trained to handle, like blood or other organic material? Even a minor injury from an accident can cause blood stains inside a vehicle.
There are other reasons a car may be contaminated with a biohazard as well. A minor injury can cause quite a lot of bleeding, and emergencies that don’t require an ambulance often cause some staining of blood in the car used to reach the ER. A woman entering labor, also, would need transportation to a hospital and cay cause an automotive biohazard.
What to Do if Your Vehicle is Contaminated
A biohazard contaminated vehicle needs more than just a simple cleaning, it needs a dull decontamination of the organic material. Organic material can be difficult to clean, and also needs to be properly sanitized to ensure safety for the vehicle owner. Enter SERVPRO. Our highly trained Automotive Biohazard Remediation Specialists will not only clean the staining, but also make sure there is no risk of bacterial infection or other dangers left inside your vehicle. Click Here to learn more about SERVPRO’s biohazard cleanup system.
9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross
Using candles safely is one of the Red Cross' holiday fire safety tips.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
The holidays are a time for decoration, celebration and family. But with our secor and festivities comes a creater risk of fire. Candles, festive lights, decor and large scale cooking all come with the season, but can lead to some dangerous scenarios. In fact, The American Red reports that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage! Listed below are some holiday fire safety tips to make your holiday season safe and wonderful.
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
- Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
- Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. 9 Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
- Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
- Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
Selling Your Home? A Clean Home Sells Faster!
There’s a lot on the mind of a homeowner looking to sell and it’s easy to become buried in advice. However, one thing a seller should keep in mind is giving their property a thorough deep cleaning. Along with tons of other advice, seasoned realtors will encourage their clients to keep their home in top condition to increase market value, reduce list to sale conversion times on homes and to enhance their own reputation for quality listings and quick sales.
A common response is, “But I’m very tidy, clean my home all the time.” While it’s true that regular cleaning goes a long way in making your home look desirable to a buyer, a professional deep cleaning can go way further than most people would imagine. For example, imagine a prospective buyer loves the look of a home, but suffers from allergies. Even if a homeowner has tirelessly cleaned the home from top to bottom, there will likely be pet dander and other allergens in the air ducts and HVAC system that may affect the prospective. An owner why smokes can leave undesirable odors in a home, and they can even be transferred from clothing if the homeowner didn’t smoke inside. These odors can make a property less desirable to a potential buyer.
Fortunately, SERVPRO of Plantation offers comprehensive cleaning solutions to make your sale quick and clean.
After the blaze: How to Protect Your Property From Damage AFTER a Fire
The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to avoiding additional damage.
A fire is a truly destructive force of nature. With all the devastation a fire can cause while burning, it's easy to forget that your home or business may still be in danger after the fire is extinguished.
The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your property from any residual dangers, and can often make the difference between restoration or full on replacement of your valuables. The first step is to contact a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Plantation. However, there are other steps you can take to protect your home or business, such as:
- Limiting the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot particles which may cause additional damage
- Placing clean towels or used linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
- Coating chrome fixtures, such as faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
- Placing aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Not washing any walls or painted surfaces
- Not shampooing any carpet or upholstery
- Not cleaning any electrical equipment
- Not sending clothing to a dry cleaner (improper cleaning can set smoke odor)
At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand the need to get your life back to normal after a disaster, but before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage restoration and cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Plantation to make it “Like it never even happened.”
What is Biohazard Remediation?
Biohazard remediation is not a very common call that we receive and is something that rarely occurs, but if it does occur, it is something that SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North can hanlde. We come in to make sure that the biological matter and dangerous odors are eliminated all together so that those contaminates do not spread. Biohazard damages can include offensive odors, trauma scenes, human decomposition, hoarding removal, and gross/filth removal. None of these are pleasant things that you want in your home. These issues are also something that you should not plan on cleaning up yourself. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is professionally qualified to come in and get rid of the issues that biohazard damage can cause. Call us @ 954-733-1006.
Interesting fact about SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, we can deodorize the toxins that come from substances such as nicotine. Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
When Pelican Grand Beach Resort received noticed that one of their VIP clients was staying in the hotel for a few days, their first thought was to call SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North to come in make their carpets look VIP ready. Our crew had a very busy schedule this morning, but that didn’t bother them. They were on site within minutes setting up equipment to get the job done. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North responds quickly to any job small or big such as cleaning carpets to a large loss disaster. We are reliable, we are efficient, and we are professional. Call us for all your cleaning and disaster needs!
Anything Can Happen, Let Us Help
Living in South Florida we experience a lot of heavy rains and, unfortunately, hurricanes. Hurricanes mean a lot of water. A lot of water can lead to water damage. If water damage sticks around for too long it can cause major issues within the home. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North professionals are here to help immediately after a storm passes through, making sure the storm doesn’t ruin your home any further. Hurricane season lasts until November 31st so make sure to be prepared and have SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North on speed dial (954-733-1006) if anything should go wrong.