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Checking for water Leaks

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Checking for water Leaks Water leaks

When you have a water damage, the water can work its way into all kinds of materials. It can seep into flooring, baseboards, and drywall. SERVPRO of Casper has the tools and training to check all the materials to identify what is wet and what is not.

Timely mitigation helps ensure that damage is contained and reduces the chance of microbial growth. Contacting us right away not only saves you from having contractors in your house for an extended amount of time, but it also saves you money. Here is a list of important checks in your home or office that often go overlooked:

  • Check roof for deterioration
  • Check gutters and downspouts
  • Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture
  • Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias
  • Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms
  • Check HVAC for leaks and blockages.

If you have any questions or concerns about some wet material, feel free to give us a call at 307-235-6558.

5 Baking Safety Tips

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 5 Baking Safety Tips Holiday Cookies

  1. D5 Baking Safety Tipson’t eat raw cookie dough. Don’t eat any kind of raw cookie dough. Even if it doesn’t have eggs in it, or it is prepackaged, there is still always a risk for food poisoning. Eating raw cookie dough is just not worth the risk.
  2. Wash your hands after handling eggs. When handling meat products of any kind, it’s important to prevent cross-contamination. One easy way to do this is to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Be sure to scrub them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Keep countertops clean. After rolling any cookie dough out on the counter, make sure that you clean and sanitize your counter top.
  4. Don’t let perishable ingredients sit on the counter for too long. Anything that comes from the fridge like eggs or milk needs to stay in the refrigerator for as long as possible.
  5. Before each use, perform an oven safety check.
    1. Make sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove. If you do, open a window and leave the room.
    2. Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
    3. Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    4. Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.

Emergency Ready Profiles

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profiles Emergency Ready Profile

We have a program called ERP (Emergency Ready Profile). It’s a profile we put together in case of an emergency in your home or business. It’s good for employees, babysitters, or house sitters. The profile is designed to help people that have an emergency occur in their property. For example if you have water damage, and you need to shut off your water supply, the profile will show a picture of what the shut off looks like, and a description of where it’s at. It will also have contact information in case the home owner or building manager is not available.

WHY SERVPRO? We offer this FREE profile to anyone. All we need is just a little of your time, and we can make you better prepared for any type of emergency or disaster.

Frying the Thanksgiving Turkey

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Frying  the Thanksgiving Turkey Frying the Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the most popular traditional entrée is the turkey. There are two common types of cooking: roasting and deep-frying. According to FEMA, between 2014 and 2016 there were an estimated 2,400 residential building fires reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day. These caused an estimated 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $19 million in property loss.

Deep-frying a turkey makes a delicious bird, but can be very dangerous. Here are a few tips on how to fry a turkey safely.

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off of decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is fully-thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate an outdoor fryer in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it is in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that is 8 to 10 pounds is best. Avoid turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner back on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes. Use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms, and keep an “ABC” or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not use water or a garden hose on a fryer oil fire.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface, and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing of it.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil to cook the turkey

We hope these tips help so you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Employee Certifications

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Employee Certifications Employee Certifications

It’s important when hiring a company that you make sure that the company, and employees have the proper training to ensure that the job is done to industry standards. We are proud at the fact that we have our employees trained in any aspect of the job we come across. We have employees all the way from office to Owners trained.

Owners:

Jeff Sleep:

IICRC Certifications

Carpet Cleaning

Water Damage Restoration

Applied Structural Drying

Fire & Smoke Restoration

Journeyman Water Restorer

Carpet Repair & Reinstallation

Applied Microbial Remediation

Commercial Drying Specialist

Health & Safety Equivalent

Master Water Restorer

Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Journeyman Textile Cleaner

Odor Control

Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer

Master Fire & Smoke Restoration

Non IICRC Certifications

Subrogation Specialist

Trauma Scene Cleanup – Restoration Sciences Academy

Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting

 John Sleep:

IICRC Certifications

Carpet Cleaning

Water Damage Restoration

Applied Structural Drying

Fire & Smoke Restoration

Journeyman Water Restorer

Carpet Repair & Reinstallation

Applied Microbial Remediation

Commercial Drying Specialist

Health & Safety Equivalent

Master Water Restorer

Non IICRC Certifications

Subrogation Specialist

Trauma Scene Cleanup – Restoration Sciences Academy

Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting

Technician Certifications:

 Tyler A:

IICRC Certifications

Carpet Cleaning

Water Damage Restoration

Applied Structural Drying

Fire & Smoke Restoration

Journeyman Water Restorer

Carpet Repair & Reinstallation

Applied Microbial Remediation

Health & Safety Equivalent

Master Water Restorer

Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Journeyman Textile Cleaner

Odor Control

Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer

Master Fire & Smoke Restoration

Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting

Chad M:

IICRC Certifications

Water Restoration

Applied Structural Drying

Fire & Smoke Restoration

Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Carpet Repair & Reinstallation

Carpet Cleaning Technician 

Non IICRC Certifications

Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

Guy N:

 IICRC Certifications

Water Restoration

Fire & Smoke Restoration

 Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

 Chelsea W:

IICRC Certifications

Water Restoration

Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

 Danyelle B:

Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

Amber V:

Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course

Office Staff:

Paula J:

Water Damage Restoration

 Sara K:

Water Damage Restoration

Marketer:

Miamie S.

 IICRC Certifications

Water Damage Restoration

Carpet Cleaning Technician 

Fire & Smoke Restoration 

Non IICRC Certifications

Employee Certification Training Program

  • Crew training course
  • Water Certification
  • Fire Certification
  • Carpet & Upholstery Certification

Tips for Frozen Pipes

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Frozen Pipes Frozen Pipe

With winter comes freezing temperatures and frozen pipes. There are multiple reasons why and how pipes freeze in the winter.

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

When water freezes, it expands and puts a lot of pressure on any pipes or containers. With pipes, the pressure from the freezing water can cause them to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing

Before freezing temperatures, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe-even at a trickle-helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and the night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55F.

If you still have a pipe break despite these precautions, remember that SERVPRO of Casper is here for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Leaky Roof

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Leaky Roof Leaky roof

10 Signs That You Need Roof Repair

In the event of heavy raining, your Casper home could be at risk of suffering a water damage that could cost you more than just a new roof. Uncorrected water damage could provide the proper conditions for microbial growth in the home. In small amounts, microbial growth can be remediated with minimal destruction to the home. But if undiscovered for a period of time, it can cause homeowners to be put out of home for the duration of remediation and reconstruction.

Here are some signs if you have a leaky roof:

  1. There’s a water stain

A water stain may look like a large puddle on the ceiling; it’s often a brownish color. Smaller stains could be a sign of a much bigger leak. If you notice discoloration on your ceiling or walls, take a closer look for mold, moisture, and other telltale signs of a leak.

  1. Sometimes There’s a Drip

If you see drips, moisture on the walls, or moisture stains but don’t see them often, you may still have a leak in your roof. Even if the leak seems to go away, you still need to get it checked. You may have an ice dam caused by the freezing and thawing of melting snow and ice. The thawed water moves under the shingles and then freezes again, causing intermittent leaks. The rules with any leaks: if you see moisture, investigate, even if it seems to go away. Moisture problems can cause permanent damage.

  1. There Are Spots on Your Exterior Walls

Everyone once in a while, take a look under your roof line outdoors. If there are water spots under there, you may have trouble where the walls meet the roof. Water spots in this location can point to problems with your flashing.

  1. Your Walls Are Growing

If you have a mossy or moldy exterior wall, it could be that it’s in a less-than-sunny spot, but it could also point to a problem with your downspouts or gutters. Downspouts and gutters are an important part of your roofing system. When it’s leaking, you may see signs of erosion below the gutters and signs of moisture on the side of your building exterior. Adding gutter covers and gutters heating and repairing sagging gutter can reduce your problems with clogged or icy gutters.

  1. You See Missing Shingles or See Debris in Your Downspouts

Missing shingles, problems with seams your shingles and other structures such as chimneys could point to trouble. Even though you don’t see a leak inside your house, there could be a slow leak into the attic or crawl space. When you see damage occurring on your roof, ask for an inspection so you know more about the condition of the roof and if there are any leaks.

If you run into a leaky roof, call SERVPRO of Casper. We can come out and do a free inspection inside your home for hidden water damage.

Different Stages of loss

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Different Stages of loss Water Damage Stages

Here are the reasons you should mitigate your water damage sooner than later.  

Water Damage Time Line

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpet
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

After 1 week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risk to occupants

SERVPRO of Casper specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We respond promptly, and dry your home quickly, minimizing the damage that your home sustains.

List of Services that SERVPRO of Casper offers

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial List of Services that SERVPRO of Casper offers A Cleaning To Do List!!

Some people may wonder what all SERVPRO of Casper can do for you. 

Here is a list of services we provide.

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Restoration
  • In-Place ( Top-Down) Drying Services
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Bio Hazard Cleanup
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Remediation/Mitigation
  • Fire/Smoke Restoration (Contents & Structure)
  • Move-Out/Storage Services
  • Duct/HVAC System Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Vandalism/Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Temporary Heating Services
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning
  • Document Drying
  • Dry-Cleaning of Drapery and Upholstery
  • Dumpster/Debris Removal
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Moving Services
  • One Time Clean
  • Drapery Cleaning
  • Area Rug Cleaning
  • Blind Cleaning
  • Power Scrubbing
  • Strip and Waxing
  • Scrub and Recoat
  • Deodorization
  • Ceiling Cleaning
  • Hoarder Cleanup
  • Pest Cleanup

If you’re in need of any of our services call us day or night. We are available 24/7, 365 day a year for emergencies.

Emergency READY Profile

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Emergency READY Profile

When you need your water, fire, or mold damage fixed quickly and correctly, call SERVPRO of Casper. We do mitigation and restoration services on both commercial and residential properties. We offer quality cleaning and quick response – that is the SERVPRO way.

SERVPRO of Casper can develop a free Emergency READY Profile for your business. This assessment of your commercial facility creates an immediate plan of action, in case disaster strikes. A compact portfolio contains all the information that you need for priority response. Important details such as key contacts, the location of shut-off valves and breakers, and priority areas in your building ensure that emergency services can begin quickly. With some prior planning, the professionals at SERVPRO of Casper can minimize the interruption to your business, and get you up and running again as soon as possible.