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Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU THIS HOLIDAY !

Every holiday people are lured in by the promise of moist, sweet turkey meat and the deep turkey fryer has become an increasingly popular way to make a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  However, cooking up Tom the Turkey in a vat of boiling oil does come with many dangers.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes and more than $15 million in property damage.

Therefore it is most important to follow a few safety precautions if you choose to fry a turkey for the holidays.

  • Don’t Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

 

Frozen turkeys are full of moisture, and we all know how water and hot oil don’t mix well.  Make sure that your turkey is completely thawed before trying to fry it.

  • Turkey Fryers can Easily Tip Over

 

Be sure that you place your turkey fryer on solid footing so that it will not tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

  • Don’t Let Oil Get Too Hot

 

When oil gets around 400-425 degrees it can catch on fire by itself.  Most fryers do not have thermostat controls, and it would be prudent to have a thermometer to make sure you keep the oil below 400 degrees.

  • Don’t Use Too Much Oil

 

An overfilled cooking pot can cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and when the oil runs down next to the flame on the burner, a catastrophic fire could result.

  • Never Deep-Fry Indoors or in a Garage

 

The best place to use a turkey fryer is on a level spot out in your yard away from the house or anything flammable.

May these tips help you and your family to enjoy a safe holiday with a delicious fried turkey. Remember to call our SERVPRO® if you have any water, fire or mold problems during the holidays. Call us at 770-448-5782. We can help 24/7.

SERVPRO GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH SOLES4SOULS

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH SOLES4SOULS SERVPRO is giving back to the community through SOLES4SOULS

SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County SE & SW and Stone Mountain/Clarkston along with many SERVPRO® Franchises are planning a drive to collect 10,000 shoes to help the poor.  The used and new shoes can be dropped off at schools and local churches.   We will be collected shoes between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017.

The shoes that SERVPRO® collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls—a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.  This organization which was founded in 2006 has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.  SERVPRO® is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.

Soles4Souls will convert every pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic.  Most of the gently used shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations.  The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S., Canada and developing nations around the world.

“The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don’t wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill,” said Neal Thompson.  “Give those to us, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us.”

Our SERVPRO® Franchises will be asking schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners to partner with us in collecting shoes, new and old.  We in turn will send them to Soles4Souls for distribution to those in need.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operation and governance.  Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.

MANAGING MOLD

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MANAGING MOLD Extensive mold growth on ceilings and walls.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there is a water intrusion, like a leaking water line or roof leak. Mold can cause health issues and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, our SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

  • Call SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County SE & SW at 770-448-5782 or SEVPRO® of Stone Mountain/Clarkston at 770-496-1976 or 1-800-SERVPRO to begin the mold cleanup and restoration process.

 

Our professionals will ask questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed.

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

 

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  • Mold Containment

 

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area.

  • Air Filtration

 

Special filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air using air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of the mold spores.

  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

 

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatment s will be used to eliminate mold colonies, but sold-infested porous materials may need to be removed and disposed.

  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings

 

Our SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold.

  • Restoration

 

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carper or it may entail major repairs such as reconstruction

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CELEBRATE SAFELY WITH A RECIPE FOR SAFETY

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage CELEBRATE SAFELY WITH A RECIPE FOR SAFETY KITCHEN AFTER GREASE FIRE

Each November families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According the  National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, and Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times the average number.  The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. 

Tips for avoiding kitchen fires:

  • Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towel or curtains – away from stovetop.

 

If a fire occurs while you are cooking, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure other are getting out and that you have a clear way out.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If the fire is out of control, just get out! When pou leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

 

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County SE & SW and their professional team wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast is an IICRC Certified Firm

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to Your Stone Mountain, GA Water Loss

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast, SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southwest, and SERVPRO of Stone Mountain / Clarkston  provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  Our SERVPRO franchises arrive quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 770-448-5782

Water Damage Timeline

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 carpets.
  • 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.

More Than 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 risks to occupants.

Restoring Your Lawrenceville Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Lawrenceville, GA commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Steps Property Owners Can Take to Prevent Mold

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your building can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

SERVPRO handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • ny evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

To control mold growth in your business, we offer the following tips:

  • Repair leaky plumbing and leaks in the foundation of your building
  • Reduce moisture with increased surface temperatures or reduced humidity levels in the air. To increase surface temperatures, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce humidity, repair leaks, increase ventilation if outside air is cold and dry or use a dehumidifier.
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed
  • Maintain indoor humidity below 50 percent
  • Perform regular inspections and maintenance on buildings and heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 1-2 days
  • Provide adequate drainage around the foundation of your building.  Regularly maintain roof gutters, and ensure that water does not collect near the foundation
  • Insulate windows, walls, pipes, roofs, exterior, floors and other cold surfaces to reduce condensation
  • Watch your utility bills; an unusually high water bill could signal an interior leaking problem 

If you are sure or suspect that there is mold in your building, call SERVPRO immediately at 770-448-5782. The longer you wait to call, the mold growth will continue to spread, resulting in a greater chance of unrecoverable property. SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects of mold damage.

Discovering Water Damage in Your Home

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Discovering Water Damage in Your Home Location for water supply valve under a toilet.

If you discover a water leak in your home, the first few minutes are critical.  The top priority is to avoid panic and focus on getting the source of the water stopped.  The most common water leaks in a home can be traced to the kitchen or a bathroom. 

Most all common water supplies in a residence have a cut-off valve nearby and all valves can be turned off with a clockwise turn.  If the source of the leak is your washing machine, the valves to turn off the flow are located behind the machine.  Do not disconnect the hoses.  Instead, turn off the water flow where the hoses are connected in the wall. 

In the kitchen, you will find shut-off values for the faucet under the sink.  This is also where you will most likely find the shut-off valve for an ice maker, if your freezer is equipped with one.  The valve that controls your sink is usually the same valve that provides flow to your dishwasher.  In a bathroom, cutoff valves are below the sink and may be within a sink cabinet if you have one.  The supply line for the toilet is commonly located under and behind the seat. 

A water heater can also be the source of your leak.  If it is a gas tank, turn off the gas supply first then turn off the water.  The water supply valve is usually located near or above the top of the tank.

Stopping the leak at its source as quickly as possible will minimize damage to cabinets, floors, walls and contents.  Within a single minute, several gallons of water can flow into your home and saturate anything in its path, including adjacent rooms. 

Some leaks cannot be stopped with an inside valve so the water supply to your house has to be interrupted.  Lines carrying water into your home come from a main line outside that can usually be found close to the street where your water meter is located. 

At SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County Southeast, we are experts at mitigating water damages.  Our emergency services include extraction, removal of damaged debris, getting your home dry and providing you with the information and services you need to make water damage “Like It Never Even Happened.”  Call us at (770) 448-5782 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROgwinnettcountysoutheast.com.

Summer Safety Tips

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Safety Tips Happy 4th of July!

Summer is synonymous with vacations, barbeques and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially in July. Each year around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatments after firework-related incidents, according to the U.S consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbeque can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. As your local SERVPRO professional, we want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster free!

-Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

-The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and over hanging branches.

-Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

-Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

-Never leave your grill unattended.

- When using a charcoal grill, let the coal completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

-Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

-Do not to try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

-The Safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.