This Sink Caused a Mess
Our technician removing affected flooring
SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties was called to a home where the sink was plugged with debris, and overflowed. Have you ever seen your sink fill up without a plug in it? That's exactly what happened to this home owner, and she had a mess to deal with. Luckily, she called us here at SERVPRO, where we are professionals in this type of situation. Upon inspection, it was hard to tell how bad the water damage was, but we are equipped with moisture meters that give us readings on the moisture content level of a certain material, and we are able to determine an approximate square footage before removing any materials. This is what it looks like when we are removing the affected flooring to dry out the bare structure. In some cases, cabinets can be saved, other times they need to be replaced. Call us at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at 541- 808-2600 to help asses your damages, and use our expertise to help you!
Cause of Loss
This laundry rack was affected by a fire.
This was rack involved in a fire that started from greasy rags that were piled up on it. Somehow, the rags burst into flames, bringing this once 6 foot tall rack to the ground. As you can see, what is left is a pile of debris that once was a useful item. We first began by sorting through the contents, pulling out anything that may be salvageable, and discarding the rest after thoroughly inventorying the items. After everything was removed, items that were able to be cleaned were cleaned at our SERVPRO warehouse and returned to the building after the entire building was cleaned, from top to bottom- including the ceiling!. You can check out other images from this job as well in the before and after photos. We will take care of the entire process, so you don't have to do anything but sit back and watch us work.
Tips To Prevent Water Damage
1. Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
2. Clean out roof gutters
You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.
3. Keep an eye on your water bill
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.
4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals
No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.
5. Never pour grease down your sink
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.
We Have What You Need!
Our warehouse and some of our equipment.
If you have a commercial building and you have damage happen whether it's fire, water, mold, or other, you need to hire a team that can handle commercial jobs. That can be determined by enough people to man the job, to having enough equipment to fulfill the IICRC standard. We here at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties have a shop full of heavy duty equipment, and can man up to 20+ people if needed! So if your business ever has a catastrophe of any kind, from water, mold, fire, smoke, or a crime scene, call us here at SERVPRO to give you professional service, professional equipment, and a professional experience. We are proud to be the largest mitigation facility located on the Oregon Coast, and service anywhere from Reedsport, OR to Crescent City, CA.
Know What Is In Your Air
Improve Your Workplace Environment
You should try to identify and minimize the impact of workplace allergies. If you have employees with life-threatening allergies, take them seriously and work with them to build an appropriate allergy response plan. For example, you might have emergency treatment options on site, such as antihistamines, inhalers, and Epipens.
If you notice a significant increase in your employees’ milder allergy symptoms, look for possible causes. You might have an unidentified mold, fungus, or ventilation problem. And while many allergic exposures are unavoidable, some relatively inexpensive modifications might improve your workplace health.
- Run the office AC system during peak allergy season (typically the spring, when many Bay Area trees release pollen).
- Use HEPA air filters in the office and change them regularly.
- Take building maintenance and cleanliness seriously.
- Identify and repair water damage, reducing mold growth.
- Encourage employees to regularly clean their desks and workspaces, reducing the amount of dust, mold, and other irritants in the office.
- Remove carpet and other absorbent materials that might collect allergens.
- Provide appropriate protective gear (such as respirators, gloves, and barrier creams) when employees handle industrial chemicals and other irritants.
- When possible, look for alternatives to common workplace allergens.
Know Your Fire Extinguisher
This safe was damaged in a local house fire.
Do you have the right fire extinguishers in your home?
Here is a quick guide to tell you what each class of fire extinguisher is intended for:
- Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
- Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
- Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in.
- Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
- Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in the residential markets for use in home kitchens.
Having the correct fire extinguisher available to you in the event of a fire can minimize the damage to your home, and injuries to you or your family.
Summer is Fire Season
Stay safe this summer with these useful tips! And remember, at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte we are always here to help!
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is important to also keep safety in mind.
Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe all summer long.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals are lit.
- When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
- Store liquid fire starter away from your tent and campfire, and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
It may not be summer quite yet, but it's feeling like it! We at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties wish you a safe, and happy summer.
CANDLES ARE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF HOUSE FIRES
Never leave a burning candle unattended!
Did you know?
From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.
During the five-year period of 2011-2015:
- Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
- Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 36% of the associated deaths and 51% of the associated injuries.
- Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 21% of the associated deaths.
- On average, 24 home candle fires were reported per day.
- More than half (59%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Please remember to always follow the candle fire safety guidelines also found on candles.org. You can never be too careful!
Source: NFPA "Home Candle Fires" report
Things You Need To Know About Your Roof
When was the last time you inspected your roof?
Don’t Let Your Roof Rot
Roof rot can be a very serious issue. Fallen leaves, moss, and algae can cause your roof to retain water, which will accelerate the rotting process. If left unchecked, rotten shingles can let moisture into your attic or cause leaky ceilings.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Clogged gutters aren’t just unsightly – they can actually damage your roof. They can cause water to accumulate on your roof, accelerating wear and encouraging rot and mold growth. And if your gutters become too weighed down with dead leaves and other detritus, they can actually be ripped from the side of your roof, causing further damage.
How to Spot Problems
We wouldn’t recommend getting on your roof to inspect it for issues, but there are a few things you can keep an eye out for on your own. Look for wear around the chimney and the boots that surround the kitchen and bathroom ventilation tubes. Check for cracked or bald shingles. Get a closer look with a pair of binoculars – do you see any loose nails? These can all be warning signs that your roof needs some serious attention.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Sometimes it’s a good idea to call in a professional. If you don’t know when your roof was serviced last or you’re considering purchasing a home, then you may want to have the roof professionally inspected. A seasoned roofing contractor will know how to spot potential issues and will be able to give you a clear picture of your roof’s condition.
DIY Roofing? Maybe Not
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, then you might be tempted to try replacing your roof on your own, but you may want to think twice about that. Roofing repair is difficult and potentially dangerous work; the last thing you need is to cause further damage or to injure yourself in the process.
Be sure your roof is Storm ready with information from SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties. 541-808-2600
Spring Is The Time To Clean Up!
Stay up to date on this at www.coosfpa.net
Local PSA from Coos Forest Protection Association
Released April 25, 2018
Contact: Jeff Chase 541-267-3161
Now is the time to start removing brush and debris from around your homes, and rainy spring days are the best time to get your backyard burning accomplished. Please burn responsibly as debris is one of the leading causes of wildfires in Southwest Oregon. Coos Forest Protection Association encourages residents to get burning projects completed as early as possible this spring. This takes advantage of wet fuel conditions, which helps prevent debris burns from escaping.
Common reasons debris burns escape control include:
- Burning in high winds
- Not having adequate clearing around the pile
- Leaving a debris burn unattended or ensuring it has been completely extinguished before abandoning
- burning too late in the spring
- burning too large of a pile
- for machine built piles please call CFPA for adivce
Alwatys keep in mind that anytime you burn, you are responsible for maintaining control of your burn. For burning restrictions inside the city limits contact your local fire department. For more information on fire prevention you can find CFPA on the web at www.coosfpa.net on Facebook or call (541) 267-3161.