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Fire Assessments in Casper WY

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire Assessments in Casper WY Content Cleaning

When we get contacted to respond to a fire damage, our first step is to do an assessment. We look to see what is affected, how severely, and determine our initial course of action in the restoration process. If a fire has affected the structure severely enough that substantial construction will be necessary, we will typically start the job by packing out the contents from the property. Sometimes, this will be necessary in a few rooms, or a level of the house. On other jobs, it may be necessary to remove all contents from the property to make way for demolition and reconstruction.

Once the contents are packed out, we bring them back to our shop to be cleaned and deodorized.  As part of the cleaning process, the contents may be treated with ozone or thermal fog to reduce smoke odor. Contents that were packed into boxes are unboxed, cleaned, deodorized, then re-packaged into clean boxes. Often, some of the contents cannot be fully restored, or restoration may exceed the cost of replacement. For these non-restorable items, we isolate them from the rest of the contents, and store them to be inventoried later.

After contents restoration is complete, the clean, deodorized household goods are stored in our temperature-controlled facility, and returned to the home once structural restoration has been completed.

Commercial Water Damage Casper WY

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Casper WY Pumping out 250.000 gallons of water.

We received a commercial water loss in Casper on a Saturday afternoon. The source seemed to be a broken pipe in the utility room. Most of the flooring in the structure has been affected, and condensation has started affecting other materials in the area. In the crawl space there is about 250,000 gallons of water. We are doing the restoration in stages. The first night, we ran two submersible pumps for a few hours, and did water extraction on the carpeted floors. We placed air movers, portable desiccant dehumidifiers, and 2 low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. The following day, we continued to perform volume pumping in the crawlspace, and adjusted the drying equipment. On the third day, we continued the volume-pumping efforts, and made arrangements for larger commercial drying equipment to properly address the nature of this large water damage.

Carpet Maintenance

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

General Carpet Maintenance Carpet Cleaning in Casper WY

There are many things you can do to help preserve the life of your carpet. Some of these things are common knowledge, while others are lesser-known. Carpet is an expensive investment. The longer you can maintain it, the easier it will be on your wallet. Here are some easy tips to help you maximize the life of your carpets, and other household fabrics.

Frequent Vacuuming – One of the easiest ways to curb the amount of dirt and soil that accumulates on your carpeting is to vacuum it. The IICRC recommends vacuuming your carpets twice a week to keep up with the dry soil accumulation in your carpets. This may seem like a major chore in your Casper home, but it actually can help pick up hidden dirt and hair particles that would otherwise settle into your carpet fibers, and cause abrasive damage.

Household Dusting – Dust accumulates on a daily basis. Dusting daily will help trap dirt that would otherwise land on your flooring surfaces, including your carpeting. You can also combat this issue by making sure that you have a new air filter installed in your furnace. This will help to trap unwanted dust that could make its way to your carpet fibers.  

Air Duct Cleaning – Air passes through your home’s HVAC system and into the air ducts. Dust, bacteria and allergens are often trapped in this space and eventually make their way through your home’s air vents and onto the carpeting. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned helps reduce dust and improves air quality.

Spot Cleaning – Anytime there is a mess from food, household products or pets, it is best to address the spot promptly. You can spot-clean with SERVPRO of Casper spotting kits. This allows you to safely target and lift spots. These products are safe to use on carpeting and many other surfaces inside your home.

Professional Deep Cleaning – Having the carpet cleaning pros from SERVPRO of Casper visit your home at least twice a year can help you keep your carpet and flooring looking its best. The powerful steam wand allows the cleaning formula to penetrate the carpet fibers. Deep down dirt, stubborn spots and odors are extracted and removed from your carpet. This not only helps to keep your carpets looking like new, but it also pulls fibers upward – reducing or eliminating dents and marks.

Area Rugs – You can help keep your carpets looking newer longer by investing in area rugs or walk-off mats. Rugs and mats can reduce soiling in areas where heavy traffic occurs. When rugs begin to show soiling or spots, SERVPRO of Casper has methods to safely and effectively clean them, and keep them looking their best.

Create a Clean-Up Station – Setting up an area where everyone removes dirty shoes and clothing before they enter the home or carpet area can help cut down on soiling. It will help reduce the amount of vacuuming and dusting you’ll have to do over time. Be sure to keep this area tidy on a regular basis.

Upholstery Deep Clean – Having your sofa, curtains and other upholstery cleaned professionally at least twice a year can help cut down on dirt. SERVPRO of Casper technicians have the knowledge and products to clean delicate upholstery, and leave them smelling fresh and odor-free.

Garbage Disposal Deodorization Tips

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

General Garbage Disposal Deodorization Tips Garbage Disposal

Have you ever stood in your kitchen and noticed a faint but terrible odor? You’ve taken out the trash, you’ve thrown out bad food in the fridge, and you can’t figure out where this mystery odor is coming from. There is a good chance that this odor is originating from your garbage disposal.

When you put food waste down the garbage disposal, food gets thrown on to the sides of the garbage disposal and on the underside of the rubber splash guard. Over time, bacteria can grow in this material, and the food residue starts to rot.

 Here are some effective remedies that you can use to get rid of this odor.

 USE ICE

  1. Take 2 cups of ice and 1 cup of salt and put it in the garbage disposal. Then run cold water, and turn on the garbage disposal for 5-10 seconds at a time until the ice has been crushed. If you want to add a boost, you can use frozen vinegar cubes.

USE BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR

  1. You can also use baking soda and vinegar to clean the disposal. Let the vinegar and baking soda foam for a few minutes, and then rinse it down the drain with running water. This will clean a lot of the “sludge” off of the interior sides of the disposal.

USE LEMON PEEL

  1. Take extremely small slices of lemon rind and grind them up to freshen the smell.

CLEAN THE UNDERSIDE OF THE SPLASH GUARD

  1. Don’t forget that the undersides of your splash guard need to be cleaned as well. You can lift up the undersides of the guard and clean it with an old toothbrush.

Types of mold in Wyoming

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Types of mold in Wyoming Moldy Wall

The various species of mold that can grow in a home or business can vary from region to region. Certain varieties of mold may be more common in the Southern parts of our country, but rare in Northern regions. In the Rocky Mountain region, the most common mold types found in homes are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys, often referred to in the media as “the black mold”, can occur in Wyoming, though it is not as common.

The only way to determine what species of mold is present in your home or commercial property is through testing by a qualified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). Through a series of air sampling and/or surface sampling, an IEP can determine what molds are present in your home, and the levels of concentration. They can also write a mold remediation protocol, detailing precisely what steps need to be performed in order to effectively correct the mold issue in a home or business.

 The professionals at SERVPRO of Casper are certified and highly-trained in mold remediation and removal. We carefully follow written IEP protocols to remediate the problem in your property, and bring it back to a safe, normal state.

Carbon Monoxide

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carbon Monoxide Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

There is always a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business. There are various appliances and systems that could accidentally introduce carbon monoxide into your building, and cause poisoning. Household appliances, gas fires, boilers, central heating systems, water heaters, cookers, open fires that use gas, oil, coal and wood can all pose a risk. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be very dangerous at high levels. It can be particularly dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated.

Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you feel you have been exposed with carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air immediately and seek medical help. If you go to the hospital, they may have you breathe pure oxygen through a mask. This helps oxygen reach your organs and tissues.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used in cases of severe carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is air pressure that is about two or three times higher than normal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used in cases of severe carbon monoxide poisoning.

Hospital staff will need critical information as soon as you arrive. On the way to the hospital, try to prepare to answer questions about:

  • Possible sources of carbon monoxide exposure
  • Signs or symptoms, and when they started
  • Any mental impairment, including confusion and memory problems
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Other medical conditions with which the affected person has been diagnosed, including pregnancy
  • Smoking habits

Carbon Monoxide

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carbon Monoxide Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

There is always a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business. There are various appliances and systems that could accidentally introduce carbon monoxide into your building, and cause poisoning. Household appliances, gas fires, boilers, central heating systems, water heaters, cookers, open fires that use gas, oil, coal and wood can all pose a risk. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be very dangerous at high levels. It can be particularly dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated.

Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you feel you have been exposed with carbon monoxide poisoning, get into fresh air immediately and seek medical help. If you go to the hospital, they may have you breathe pure oxygen through a mask. This helps oxygen reach your organs and tissues.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used in cases of severe carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is air pressure that is about two or three times higher than normal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used in cases of severe carbon monoxide poisoning.

Hospital staff will need critical information as soon as you arrive. On the way to the hospital, try to prepare to answer questions about:

  • Possible sources of carbon monoxide exposure
  • Signs or symptoms, and when they started
  • Any mental impairment, including confusion and memory problems
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Other medical conditions with which the affected person has been diagnosed, including pregnancy
  • Smoking habits

Air Scrubbers on mold clean up

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Scrubbers on mold clean up Air Scrubber

Air scrubbers, also known as air filtration devices, are used on various types of clean up projects. We use air scrubbers on mold remediation, sewage clean ups, drywall removal, and deodorization jobs. The purpose of the air scrubber is to help filter out the air of the fine particles that you can’t see. As air passes through the machine, it traps airborne particulate in the filters, releasing clean air back into the area. The critical component of an air scrubber is the high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles down to a size of 0.3 microns. (For reference, a micron is approximately 1/100th the width of a human hair.) The filtered air is very clean, and essentially free of mold spores and dust.

Water Damage Evaluation

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Evaluation Water Damage inspection

SERVPRO of Casper is trained and certified to clean and restore your home or business. There is a lot of steps we have to do to make sure your water is taken care of properly. The following are some of the steps we take to make sure you are taken care of properly.

  • Identify the source
  • Identify the type of water
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Move and block furniture
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet
  • Apply necessary treatments
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of non-restorable/contaminated buildings

If you have questions or would like help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Casper 307-235-6558

Winter Storm Categories

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Categories Winter storm categories

Wyoming weather can change at any time. It can be something simple as just light snowfall, or a treacherous blizzard. Knowing the terms can help you to take the necessary precautionary measures.

Severe/Hazardous Weather Terms:

Winter Storm Outlook

                Issued prior to an official Winter Storm Watch issuance. The outlook is given when forecasters believe winter storm conditions are possible. This prediction is usually issued 3-5 days in advance of the winter storm.

Winter Storm Watch

                Alerts the public to the potential for blizzard conditions, heavy snow, significant icing, or combination of these events. Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of the winter storm.

Winter Storm Warning

Issued when a combination of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet is expected to occur. Winter storm warnings usually are issued when hazardous weather is occurring or imminent.

Heavy snow – Six inches or more of snow in 12 hours or less or eight inches or more in 24 hours.

Significant icing – Usually an ice accumulation of ¼ inch or more from freezing rain, an accumulation of ½ inch or more of sleet, or a combination of freezing rain and sleet.

Ice Storm Warning – Heavy ice accumulations will cause extremely dangerous and damaging situations, such as icy roads and downed power lines.

Blizzard Warning – Issued for sustained or gusty winds of 35 mph or more and falling or blowing snow creating visibility below ¼ mile. The conditions should persist for at least three hours.

Wind Chill Advisory - Issued when wind chills are expected to be -34 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. However, an advisory may be issued for wind chills from -20 to -35 degrees Fahrenheit early or late in the winter season.

Wind Chill Warning – Issued when wind chills are below -30 degrees Fahrenheit

Winter Weather Advisories – Issued for winter weather conditions which will cause significant inconvenience and may be hazardous. If you are cautious, these situations should not be threatening.

  • For snow – Three to five inches of snow is expected
  • For freezing rain, freezing drizzle – Any accretion or accumulation up to ¼ inch
  • For blowing and drifting snow – when blowing snow will restrict visibility to 1/8 mile or less and cause significant drifting snow

 Dense Fog Advisory – Issued when widespread fog will reduce visibility to ¼ mile or below and persist for two hours or more.

High Wind Warning – Issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or greater are expected to last one hour or longer or wind gust of 60 mph or greater.