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Ice Dam Control

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

A snowy roof with ice crystals hanging off the gutters. A snowy roof with ice crystals hanging off the gutters.

You may not see it on your roof, but in the wintertime, ice dams can form and cause serious damage.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up can leak into homes, causing water damage on ceilings, walls, insulation and other materials.

Long term suggestions or immediate action on how to avoid an ice dam:

Short-term action:

  • Remove snow from your roof.
  • Use a roof rake or push broom. But be careful, it may damage roof materials.
  • If you find water flowing into your house creating areas that water can drain off the roof is important.
    • Hose down the roof with tap water on a warm day.
    • Work upward from the lower edge of the dam.

Long-term action:

  • Make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling or roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.

Roof & Attic Ventilation

Natural roof ventilation can help with uniform temperatures. If all other attic issues have been properly corrected, only a small amount of ventilation will be needed to prevent excess warmth in the attic.

If an ice dam has caused water damage within your home, SERVPRO of Casper is always here to help. Feel free to contact us anytime for a damage assessment and consultation.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Photos of Slip, Trips, and Falls. Photos of Slip, Trips, and Falls.

Slips, trips, and falls are the number one cause of injuries in the workplace. When someone gets injured on the job, not only does it hurt the employee physically and financially, but it also hurts the employers through increased insurance rates and lost productivity.

Typical locations on the body for slip, trip, and fall injuries:

  • Knee, ankle and/or foot
  • Wrist and/or elbow
  • Back and/or shoulder
  • Hip
  • Head

Typical Injuries:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Fractures
  • Abrasions and lacerations

Some common workplace trips:

  • Uncovered hoses, cables, wires, or extension cords across aisles or walkways
  • Clutter, obstacles in aisles, walkway and work areas
  • Open cabinet, file or desk drawers, and doors

Human Factors:

  • Carrying or moving cumbersome objects, or moving too many items at one time
  • Not paying attention to surroundings or being distracted
  • Taking unapproved shortcuts
  • Being in a hurry and rushing
  • Failing eyesight and/or visual perception
  • Age
  • Stress or Illness
  • Medications, alcohol and drug effects

Measures to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls:

  • Design of workplace & work processes
    • Design workplace and processes to prevent potential exposures to slip & trip hazards
  • Good housekeeping
    • Maintain clear, tidy work areas free of clutter
  • Safe walking practices
    • Follow safe walking practices and routes
    • Wear proper footwear with good traction

How To Keep You From Getting Back Pain

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Examples of how to limit your back pain Examples of how to limit your back pain

According to Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries in the work place. Your back is one of the most important parts of your body, and a back injury creates a number of limitations. It is very easy to strain or otherwise hurt your back. Here are some leading causes, and prevention ideas.

Common causes of back pain at work:

  • Force - Exerting too much force can hurt your back, such as lifting, or moving heavy items.
  • Repetition - Repeating certain movements, those involving twisting or turning, can injure your spine.
  • Inactivity - An inactive job such as a desk job can contribute to back pain as well. If you have poor posture, or sit still all day with inadequate back support, you can encounter back problems.

Back pain prevention:

  • Pay attention to posture – When standing, balance your weight evenly on your feet. To promote good posture when sitting, don’t slouch. Pick a chair that supports your back. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor, and your thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure there is nothing bulky in your back pocket such as a wallet or cell phone, as it can put extra pressure on your buttocks and lower back.
  • Lift properly – When lifting heavy objects, lift with your legs, don’t twist, and tighten your core muscles. When carrying heavy objects, hold the object close to your body. If an object is too heavy to lift alone, get a second person to assist.
  • Modify repetitive tasks – When lifting heavy objects, use a lifting device if available. If you are in a physically demanding job, try alternating between heavily-physical and less-physical activities. If you have a desk job, make sure your computer, chair, and key board are at the appropriate height. Avoid excessive bending, twisting and reaching. Limit the time you spend carrying heavy briefcases, purses, and bags.
  • Listen to your body – If you sit for a prolonged period, its best to change your position often. Taking short walks periodically will stretch your muscles and relieve physical tension.

Back pain can plague your work, and make your free time less enjoyable. If something is aggravating your back, change your position or the task you are performing. Even the smallest preventative efforts can help prevent chronic back pain and spinal injuries.

Time table for water damages

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A clock with a second hand A clock with a second hand

There is never a convenient time for a water damage, especially when it comes to businesses.  Water can quickly migrate throughout your building; it can soak into walls, flooring, furniture, and more. When you call SERVPRO of Casper, we will respond to your location right away. We will assess the loss and make sure there is no hidden water in other rooms. From there, we will start extracting any standing water and any water trapped in your carpet. By having a rapid response to your commercial water damage, the total extent of the loss can be reduced, and help save money on your claim. Here is a rough time table of damage caused by water as it dwells in a structure:

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads throughout your property
  • Water absorbs into the walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Paper goods like photographs and books can start to swell and warp

Hours 1-24:

  • Metal surfaces begin to rust
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and cause staining
  • Paint begins to blister

48 Hours – 1 week

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Mold may start growing
  • Doors, windows, and framing studs swell and warp
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Microbial contamination is possible

More than 1 week

  • Restoration time and costs increases, with more materials needing replaced
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose increased risks to occupants

 SERVPRO of Casper is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays. We can rapidly respond to stop further damage, and get your business back to work.

Do's and Don't for drain back up's

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A drain that has had back up water come through A drain that has had back up water come through

Most homeowners have never worked in the disaster restoration industry. When their home is damaged by contaminated water (such as sewage, drain back-ups, or outside floodwater), it seems that the first step is to grab a shop vacuum and start sucking up the mess. However, there are many more steps and precautions that need to be taken when dealing with contaminated water. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts if your home is affected by contaminated water:

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items

Don’t:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas

The best course of action for a contaminated water damage is to have it professionally mitigated. The experts at SERVPRO of Casper can assess the damage to your home, develop a plan of action, and clean up the damage safely and effectively.

Do's and Don'ts of Clean Water Damage

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room A flooded living room

When you have a water damage in your home caused by clean water (such as a broken pipe or ice maker line), what should you do first? Grab a mop or a wet vacuum? Start tearing out wet carpet and walls? Some homeowners panic, and get very aggressive in removing wet materials. However, many of these wet materials can be dried out and saved, if handled by a professional mitigation company. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts, should you find that you have water damage (from a clean source) in your home:

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumber to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers from wet areas of the building, if the power distribution panel can safely be accessed.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to promote even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off of damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don’t:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets, which can cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Contact the professional, certified technicians at SERVPRO of Casper for rapid response to your water damage issues, day or night.

Bio-hazard Clean Up

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Crime Scene Tape Crime Scene Tape

SERVPRO of Casper is trained and equipped to respond to any type of biohazard situation. We can clean up crime scenes, hoarding, animal and human waste, and unattended death. This is not the most pleasant part of our job, but it is critical that it is handled properly. Here are a few types of biohazards, with an explanation of what they entail.

Unattended Death:

When a loved one passes away, and discovered after the fact, some cleanup is often necessary. We are aware that this situation can be very stressful for friends and family of the deceased.  The technicians at SERVPRO of Casper respond to these jobs with compassion, and perform the necessary services quickly and safely. It is our goal to provide our cleanup services in a caring manner, and to try to alleviate some of the stress, allowing you and your family to move forward.

Hoarding:

Hoarding can often develop into a biohazard situation. Excessive household garbage and spoiled food are common in a hoarder house. This can attract insects and rodents, and dangerous bacteria can be present throughout the home.

Other Types of Biohazards:

Sewage backups, certain medical emergencies, and crime scenes are examples of other biohazards that require special attention. Bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens may be present. Special cleanup procedures and products are critical to ensure the health and safety of the occupants of the property.

If you have a biohazard problem that requires immediate attention, call SERVPRO of Casper anytime. We can respond rapidly, while handling the situation with dignity and respect.

Smoke Alarm Install

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm attached to a ceiling Smoke Alarm attached to a ceiling

There is often a lot of confusion about the proper placement of smoke alarms in a home. Sometimes, homeowners will put an inadequate number of alarms in their property. Putting a single smoke alarm in the kitchen, or just one in a hallway, is not enough to protect yourself adequately.

                Modern homes have far more plastic items and synthetic fabrics than they did just a few decades ago. Some of these plastics can burn much faster than natural materials. This means that a fire in a modern home can spread very rapidly. Properly-utilized smoke alarms can give your family the advance notice they need to safely escape a house fire. Here are a few tips on the proper placement of your smoke alarms.

  • Don’t buy knock-off brands. Make sure you get alarms that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Place a smoke alarm in each bedroom, and outside the door of every sleeping room on all floors including the basement.
  • When placing one in the basement, place it on the ceiling on the bottom of the stairs going up to the next floor.
  • Don’t place smoke alarms closer than 10 feet from cooking appliances. Any closer could set off false alarms when cooking.
  • Mount alarms high on walls or on the ceiling. If mounted on the wall, make sure it is 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • Don’t install a smoke alarm near a door, vent, or window. Drafts may interfere, and cause the alarm to not work properly.
  • Keep smoke alarms free from debris, wall hangings, stickers, or paint.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Someone is testing their smoke alarm Someone is testing their smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms are a fairly low-maintenance household device. However, in order to ensure they are in good working order, there are a few steps that you should perform.

  • Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn about any special maintenance required for your specific alarm model.
  • It is recommended that you test the smoke alarm at least once a month. Normally, this is done by pressing the test button on the center of the device.
  • Make sure everyone is familiar with the sound of the alarms, and knows what to do if they hear the alarm.
  • The batteries in the smoke alarms should typically be replaced twice a year. A good habit is to change the batteries at the beginning and the end of Daylight Savings Time. If one of your alarms starts to occasionally “chirp”, it means the battery is low and you need to replace it immediately.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your smoke alarms, and never become complacent in their upkeep. With a little periodic maintenance, smoke alarms can save lives.

Space Heater Safety

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

A Space heater sitting in the middle of the living room. There is a couch, slippers, and a coffee table sitting behind it. A Space heater sitting in the middle of the living room. There is a couch, slippers, and a coffee table sitting behind it. .

When outdoor temperatures drop, some people use space heaters to add a little extra heat in their home or room. There are more than 65,000 fires that are caused by heating equipment annually. With those fires, thousands of injuries, hundreds of deaths, and millions of dollars in property damage occur. These fires are often started by heaters placed too close to combustible materials, being improperly plugged in, or simply being improperly utilized.

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when it comes to space heaters. Here are some safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Turn it off when you’re leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Don’t let pets or children play close to the heater.
  • Make sure your space heater has a recognized laboratory testing sticker on it.
  • Take the time to read the instructions and warning labels.
  • A space heater is only a supplemental heater, not a source to heat your bedding, cook food, dry clothes, or thaw pipes.
  • Must keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch on fire.
  • Place the heater flat on the ground. Never place them on cabinets, furniture, carpet, or any surface that can catch on fire.
  • Always plug the heater straight into the outlet, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • When you are done using the heater, unplug it and put away in a safe location after it has fully cooled.

We here at SERVPRO of Casper hope you have a warm and safe winter!