Tips for Cleaning a Leaking Roof
A roof leak can be a catastrophic problem for your property. Not only are leaking roofs often damaged and unsightly, but the leaks they cause can prove a danger to yourself, your employees, your customers, and your inventory. Leaks lead to slip and fall situations, damage electronics, and encourage mold growth. So how can you clean up after a leaking roof?
Keep Everything High and Dry.
The biggest part of cleaning up after a roof leak is to make sure everything stays dry. You should take these steps:
• Remove anything wet that can be salvaged and take it outside to dry out.
• Tear out any porous materials that may be waterlogged and incubating mold.
• Immediately find the source of the leak and implement a temporary patch if possible.
• Clean, dry, and disinfect the affected area.
• Ward off the area until the issue can be addressed.
If the roof leak is a crisis situation with substantial amounts of water flooding the building or making the roof itself unstable, you may need to evacuate the building immediately and call for help. Be very careful when tracing the source of a leak, and never try to climb onto the roof yourself unless you have appropriate safety precautions in place and the proper equipment and assistance. This is especially true in the middle of emergencies such as storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that may be the cause of the roof leak. Remember to first protect yourself and your employees; your inventory can be replaced.
Flood Damage And Insulation In Your Home
Even if you don't live in a high-risk flood zone, flooding is always possible from heavy storms. If your home has experienced flooding and flood damage, it is imperative that action is taken right away to restore your home. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you mitigate any flood damage and clean up your home.
When your home is flooded, one thing we need to check is your insulation. Moisture lessens its ability to work, and so it may have to be removed. Unlike other kinds of insulation, however, fiberglass insulation might not permanently lose its power. It is sometimes possible for us to dry it.
Rockwool and cellulose insulations usually mat when they get wet. Plus, moisture antimicrobial qualities and the fire resistance of cellulosic material. Rockwood also has metal in it which can rust when wet. Therefore, these kinds of insulation might need replacing.
SERVPRO techs also understand that vapor barriers on fiberglass insulation can slow drying, so it cannot always be restored. It can be difficult to dry insulation inside fully enclosed ceiling cavities or walls. Stopping the growth of mold is also a big concern in this situation.
Drying wall cavities requires us to ventilate them. One way we do this is by drilling holes in between studs and removing the baseboards. We then use these holes to force air into the wall cavities to increase evaporation. If a lot of moisture is present, we might need to remove drywall. There won’t always be moisture inside your walls during a flood situation. We use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture.
When you experience flooding in your home SERVPRO of Texarkana is thorough in their remediation process to get your structure dry and safe again. Give us a call at (903) 832-4400 as soon as possible after an emergency like this so we can help.
Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Texarkana Home
Fires can be a devastating force to your Texarkana home. Sometimes one of the worst effects fire can leave behind comes less from the flames and more from the extinguishing efforts of the dedicated firefighting teams in the area that put out the blaze. Depending on the severity of the structural fire to your home, extinguishing might have taken quite a lot of water and time to achieve. This scenario can result in a lot of water damage on top of the fire restoration that you already need.
While this is often a lesser considered fire damage aspect to Texarkana homes, excessive water damage is often the result that many families have to deal with before proper fire restoration service can even begin. Fortunately, you have a local restoration company at your disposal that can help you deal with all aspects of fire and water restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to give you back the home you had before the fire ever started.
When our SERVPRO restoration specialists arrive at your home to begin assessing the damage, our concentration lies in preventing further damage from occurring. Our team boards up broken windows and tarps over holes that might have gotten created from the fire or the extinguishing efforts, successfully protecting your home. This process prevents elemental damage from occurring while the inside restoration process is getting completed.
To successfully restore your home from it's fire damage, water restoration has to get accomplished first. Our specialists utilize pump trucks and portable pump devices to quickly extract all present pooled water from your floors throughout the affected area. Once drying efforts are a success from combining both dehumidification and air moving equipment, our focus can switch back to assessing the fire damage present in your home.
While there are many stages to successfully restoring your home after a devastating fire, choosing the right restoration team can take a lot of stress and worry off your shoulders. When you are facing fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Texarkana. We can be reached anytime at (903) 832-4400.
Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, mainly ones outside of your house or in cold areas. It is great to be aware of the areas that pipes can burst from freezing such as; basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. To prevent pipes from freezing it is good to:
Be sure to drain water completely from swimming pools, sprinkler lines and outside hoses.
Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing.
When it is extremely cold, let the water drip from the faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
These things are very important when winter temperatures kick in as freezing pipes can cause you time, money and become an inconvenience
Get Your Property Winter Ready
Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, gutters and water pipes should all be inspected before a snow storm may occur. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from the building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior problems.
Inspect walkways and parking lots on properties for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Inspect handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery areas. Install mats or non slip surfaces.
Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing.
A little bit of information about hurricanes. It never hurts to know a little about the storms.
Hurricanes are some of the most violent storms on Earth....
Tropical cyclones are like giant engines that use warm, moist air as fuel. That is why they form only over warm ocean waters near the equator. The warm, moist air over the ocean rises upward from near the surface.
Air from surrounding areas with higher air pressure pushes in to the low pressure area. Then that "new" air becomes warm and moist and rises, too. As the warm air continues to rise, the surrounding air swirls in to take its place. As the warmed, moist air rises and cools off, the water in the air forms clouds. The whole system of clouds and wind spins and grows, fed by the ocean's heat and water evaporating from the surface.
Storms that form north of the equator spin counterclockwise. Storms south of the equator spin clockwise. This difference is because of Earth's rotation on its axis.
As the storm system rotates faster and faster, an eye forms in the center. It is very calm and clear in the eye, with very low air pressure. Higher pressure air from above flows down into the eye.
Soot Damage and IICRC Certification
Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to personal property and structures. Swift action is the only way to minimize the destruction.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to establish higher industry standards. As a referral source for consumers, IICRC certified firms are more likely to provide a faster, better service than non-certified competitors.
Immediately after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property. Discoloration of porous materials is permanent, but other surfaces may be properly cleaned to remove the discoloration. Acidic soot begins staining other surfaces if not treated quickly.
Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.
Prolonged soot exposure permanently harms all surfaces and embeds in fibers.
Build An Emergency Checklist
You never know when a disaster can strike. It's important to always be prepared.
Water (one gallon per person per day)
· Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
· Manual can opener
· Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· First aid kit
· Whistle to signal for help
· Dust masks or bandanas
· Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
· Hygiene items
· Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
· Fire extinguisher
· Matches in a waterproof container
SERVPRO of Texarkana is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.
Keep Your Kitchen Safe!
For any kitchen mishaps, give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call. 903-832-4400.
Recipe For Kitchen Safety:
· Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
· Stay in the home when cooking food and check on it frequently.
· Watch children closely. It is a good rule of thumb to keep children three feet away from the cooking area.
· Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
· Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.
· Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
· Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them prior to beginning food preparation.
We Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage Disaster And Restore Your Home
Cleaning Different Surfaces After Fire Damage
Fires deposit a lot of soot and other smoke debris on various surfaces. Most of this debris concentrates on walls and the ceiling of the property affected by the fire. When a fire burns, smoke-filled air rises because it is less dense than the cold air in the surroundings. This forces cooler air near the ceiling to flow downwards creating convection currents. This explains why most of the smoke residue settles on the ceiling and upper sections of the walls. By following the right procedures, removing such debris becomes easier.
Different approaches can help when cleaning fire damage. The method chosen might depend on the kind of finish on the surface. Typical finishes include paint, acoustic plaster, acoustic tile, textured plaster or metallic tile. Walls might also have fabrics, wallpaper, carpeting or flocking as covers but these are rarely used in ceilings. To ensure good results from the cleaning exercise, our SERVPRO technicians pretest the affected area for cleanability. We consider the soiling type to decide whether it requires wet or dry cleaning.
If a moderately soiled ceiling with non-greasy residue, dry cleaning is sufficient. This works for all types of ceiling materials. If there is heavy dry ash or medium-to-heavy oily residue on the ceiling, wet cleaning is the best. This method works well especially for metal and wood ceilings, or those with a paint finish. Our SERVPRO technicians also use peroxide active cleaning on textured, blown ceilings because highly aggressive wet cleaning can dissolve such finishes.
When choosing the cleaning process, it is crucial to put into account the steps that follow. If the surface requires repainting once the cleanup process is complete, the procedure followed is different from cleaning as a final step. When "cleaning for paint" our SERVPRO team focuses on removing all loose residues and neutralizing the acids in smoke deposits.
Cleaning a fire damaged property can be a tedious task. Call SERVPRO of Texarkana at (903) 832-4400 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.