New Year and new records
Hello friends; so what do you think about the winter that we are experiencing?
This winter is making records all across the country. Even the people up north are seeing some amazing snow amounts and wind gust that are shutting down airports. To them it is just another winter but "not so" down in the south where it is normally mild with an occasional cold day here and there. Not only are we seeing below freezing temperatures but the wind is blowing those temperatures into the single digits.The folks at SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville and Vinton are seeing a record number of frozen pipes and also a lot of house fires. Please pay attention to those space heaters and if you are not sure that it is safe to use Don't use it. Be safe my friends.
According to the latest estimate there will be 110 million ( 110,000,000 ) people traveling this holiday season. This is a new all time high so to say "you may be delayed" is a no brainer. Airports will be over crowded, roads will be over crowded and oh yes, the weather may cause you a delay. So friends, don't let your delay be caused by a lack of planning on your part. If you are flying, they say you need to be there 2 hours early (heed this advice). If you are driving, take the extra time to make sure the car is ready for the trip. Remember, "cold country" needs special windshield washer fluid and have the coolant system checked. The water to anti-freeze ratio needs to with stand sub freezing temperatures. Leave Santa some cookies and milk or hot chocolate. He will definetly appreciate it I am sure ;)
- Christmas and New Year travel. The Christmas Holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With this in mind you need to plan for extra traffic and people being in a hurry to get to their destination (to grandma's house we will go). Because of the "big rush" people tend not to be patient therefore they take unnecessary risk such as passing on the yellow line. I know you want to get to your family as quick as possible but you need to watch the "other guy". Also if you live in the south and you are headed north check tire pressure and your coolant level and don't forget to bring extra clothes. Be safe and Merry Christmas and to all a good night ;)
Christmas trees and lights
- Christmas trees and lights are part of what makes the season bright but we all must make some common sense decisions.
Does it matter where I put the tree Yes; if a tree is put too close to a space heater it could catch on fire. Don’t forget to water the tree daily (if it is artificial you can skip this step:).
Extension cords are handy We all use extension cords especially during the holiday season but they can cause a fire if you overload their ability to carry current (electrical) so don't put too many strands of lights on one extension cord . Also check them to be sure they are not old and frayed (oh yes one more thing) the grounding prong (the round one) is there to prevent electrical shocks so make sure yours has one.
- One last thing IF your tree or cords start sparking immediately pull the cord out of the outlet but if it is already on fire immediately get everyone out of the house and call 911.
The Dangerous Effects of Fire and Smoke
If you experience fire damage or have questions about our remediation process, contact us (337) 462-6500.
When a fire breaks out, inhaling smoke is one of the most dangerous factors that can incapacitate people. This smoke creates a very harmful residue in the material of our clothing, furniture, and various other household items. As house fires spread, they create very toxic fumes and eliminate the amount of breathable air in the home.
A house fire can be substantially damaging to its structure, but it can very easily harm the people inside. The smoke contains toxins, in the form of vapors, that are easily inhaled or seep in through the pores in our skin. These tiny particles invade our digestive and respiratory systems, poisoning the body. They can even include minute burning property that can become trapped in our eyes, causing very hurtful irritation.
The gases spreading through the house in the midst of the smoke are some of the most dangerous and damaging toxins. When some materials are burned, such as vinyl, they can produce carbon monoxide, hydrogen, cyanide, and phosgene, which are very dangerous off gases.
In order to prevent inhaling smoke, placing smoke detectors in every room or office in your home is a very efficient measure to protect you and your loved ones. Carbon monoxide detectors are also a great safety measure to limit the amount of harmful exposure in case of a gas leak in your home.
Fire damage is always a very devastating and stressful experience for your home and your family. It is easy to place yourself in the hands of uncaring professionals, just looking to make money cleaning up your loss. Here at SERVPRO, we strive for a very respectful, empathetic attitude to make sure you, your family, and your precious belongings are in caring hands.
SERVPRO of Deridder, Leesville, and Vinton is a team of highly trained experts in water, mold, and fire remediation. We are locally owned and operated, so when you call us, we can guarantee fast, friendly, and effective service for all of your remediation needs.
Understanding the Different Types of Smoke and their Effects
If your home, personal belongings, or business suffers from smoke or fire damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (337) 462-6500.
The unique behavior of smoke can leave damage on your belongings that is complicated to repair. There are two different types of smoke, wet and dry. SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville, and Vinton Professionals are excellently trained in fire/smoke clean up and restoration and are experts in the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. This information is vital to properly remediate the damage left behind. The SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville, and Vinton team will begin by surveying the severity of the damages from moisture, fire, smoke, and heat on the building materials and its contents. The soot is then tested to determine the type of smoke damage left behind. The results of this test helps our professionals determine the proper cleaning method, in order to focus on saving your precious belongings.
The professionals here at SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville, and Vinton know smoke can seep into the various holes and cracks within the structure, causing unseen damage and a lingering odor. Their knowledge of building ventilation and structural systems helps them investigate just how far smoke damage may have spread within the structure. The following are some lesser known facts about smoke you may not be aware of:
- Hot smoke generally moves to cooler areas and the higher levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, penetrating each floor using the holes made for the pipes.
- The type of smoke can greatly affect the remediation process.
Different types of Smoke
- Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace puff backs)—While “puff backs” can potentially create havoc for homeowners, our franchise professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
- Wet Smoke (Rubber and Plastic)—Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs can be more difficult to clean.
- Dry smoke (Paper and Wood)—Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises before smoke.
- Protein fire residue (Evaporation of material rather than from a fire)—Essentially invisible, damages colors and varnishes, extreme lingering odors.
- Other types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)—Special damage situations require special treatment.
Here at SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville, and Vinton, our professionals are excellently trained to tackle even the most challenging damages.
Facts on Toxic Mold
Call SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville, and Vinton at (337) 462-6500 for all your mold remediation needs!
Mold can’t be completely escaped, as there’s always trace of it in the air you breathe. There are risks associated with mold, especially with things like food and wood. While these are damaging, there’s also a type of mold that contains mycotoxins that can cause some health effects. Common sense and routine cleaning is usually the best way to prevent mold from growing and to deal with any problems when dealing with existing mold. Here are some common mold questions, showing what the proper course of action is for each case.
- Structure mold grows anywhere if there is moisture, so it especially common for a home or business to have some form of growth.
How Do Molds Begin to Grow?
- In just about any indoor environment, mold is generally a natural problem. It usually enters the premises through windows, doors, or even ventilation systems. Spores that grow outside can easily be transported into your home or business by riding air currents.
Understanding Stachybotrys Chartarum
Stachybotrys Chartarum is a dark green or sometimes even black colored mold that usually grows on things like gypsum or fiber board, paper, dust, or even lint because of its preference for materials high in cellulose and low nitrogen. It requires regular moisture, generally from leaks or high humidity.
The effects of Mold Mold Mold can cause health effects so you may want to consider vacating the building until proper remediation procedures have been completed.
Am I at Risk?
- Anyone can be affected by inhaling mold, but it generally affects people with severe allergies.
How to Check for Mold
- Mold is usually identified by simply being seen or smelled.
The Potential Risk to Health
- Just because you’ve been exposed to growths of mold, it does not mean you may be at risk for health problems. There are some people that are more sensitive to everyday mold, and some strains of mold that can be harmful.
SERVPRO's new warehouse facility in DeRidder
SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton's new warehouse facility.
Newly constructed warehouse facility close to home!
SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton is pleased to announce the opening of its new facility located at 2819 Hwy. 171 in DeRidder.
With approximately 5000sf of climate controlled warehouse, SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton is ready to handle any sized loss. Our SERVPRO professionals are knowledgeable and highly trained to assist in any number of disaster scenarios.
Our new facility allows us to store your contents on property, making SERVPRO your one stop shop for any restoration/remediation need. With contents remaining on property until the conclusion of reconstruction, this allows us to offer our customers a better product in a shorter time frame.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton today at 337-462-6500
SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton adds new truck to its fleet
SERVPRO's 2016 Ford F-250 fleet truck.
SERVPRO's always here to help!
To better assist our customers, and to answer a growing need for restoration efforts in the DeRidder area, SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton has added an additional vehicle to its fleet.
Soon this truck will transform from stock white, to SERVPRO green, and is capable of assisting in any number of loss situations. Whether your home or business was struck with water damage, a fire or soot loss, or is in need of mold remediation, this truck will be on location to assist. Able to pull one of our covered cargo trailers, or a utility debris trailer, this truck makes us faster to any sized loss.
Continue to visit our webpage for additional pictures once the SERVPRO graphics have been installed.
For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, please call SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & DeRidder today at 337-462-6500.