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Smoke Detector

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of smoke detector with smoke visible Smoke detector mounted on ceiling

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met. Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact  SERVPRO® of Beaumont/Banning and visit https://nfpa.org/ for more tips on Fire Safety and Precautions.

What Should You Do If You Have a Leaking or Broken Pipe?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of a wall opened up to see plumbing, with bucket and sponge on wet floor Plumbing Causing Water Damage

Hidden in the walls and floors of your home are a series of pipes that supply water to your entire home. Unfortunately, broken or leaky pipes can cause your house to flood. If your home has sustained damage, you must have a strategy for dealing with it.

Find the Leak
When a pipe bursts, the source of the flood is often obvious. For leaky pipes, however, finding the root of water damage can be tricky. Still, before you can fix a broken pipe, you must locate it. If you don’t have plumbing skills, you may not be able to go it alone. Instead, you must rely on a licensed plumber to find the leak. When you do, expect the plumber to take the following actions:

  • Ensure no legitimate water is flowing inside or outside the home
  • Check the water meter’s leak indicator
  • Compare water meter readings
  • Look for signs of water damage
  • Examine pipes
  • Contact the Insurance Company

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their insurance policy covers damage caused by leaky or broken pipes. Whether you have a flood or just a bit of moisture, you should contact your insurance company. An adjuster can advise you on which restoration and repair costs are included in your insurance coverage.
As you probably know, a flood can destroy your home. Not only do floods often cause short-term damage, they usually leave behind long-term remnants. To preserve the comfort, value and appearance of your dwelling, you can’t leave your house’s recovery to chance. Instead, consider working with a reputable restoration company. Simply put, you can’t overestimate the importance of having the right expertise, equipment and skill in restoring the condition of your home.
When Water Damage happens; turn to the pros at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning to make your home "Like it never even happened."

Ensuring Your Washing Machine Is Mold-Free

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of lady holding her nose next to washing machine with odor Washing Machine with Odor

Laundry is likely a routine item on your to-do list, and it’s something many of us do without giving it a second thought. Could this mundane task be giving your home trouble? One hidden part of this chore involves mold growth. Your washing machine could have an intruder lurking — one that is causing that unpleasant odor and those unappealing colorations on your appliance. Follow the steps below to ensure your machine is clean and mold-free.

  1. Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

The first step may seem apparent, but it can be easy to forget about the needs of a washing machine once it's done its job. Plus, it may not occur to most of us that a machine that involves soap and a rinse cycle needs regular cleaning. Without maintaining your machine, fungus can develop, and the mold smell has a way of lingering. Pay attention to grime buildup in sneaky spots and clean them right away. Perhaps a regular cleaning routine is all your machine needs to stay mildew-free.

  1. Consider Your Detergent

That laundry detergent might have been the best deal at the grocery store, but is it best for your washer? No matter how much dirty laundry has piled up, it is essential that you use the appropriate detergent for your type of machine. For example, front-loaders generally require detergents specifically suited for high-efficiency appliances. The incorrect detergent for your machine may leave a residue that creates an environment where mold can thrive.

  1. Keep Things Dry

After you’ve pinpointed what type of detergent is best for your appliance, the main focus should revolve around keeping your washer dry. Avoid letting the drum of your machine stay damp for hours or days on end; instead, remove finished laundry immediately and keep the door open after the completion of a cycle.

Making sure your washing machine stays clean and dry between uses can work wonders when it comes to keeping your clothes smelling fresh. Taking these steps will make it less likely that fungus can grow and thrive and cause a mold smell to develop.

Water Heater Maintenance

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of Water Heater adjacent to Furnace Water Heater

Water heaters should last anywhere from 6 to 13 years with most warranties covering the tank and parts for 6 years. With a little basic maintenance, you can ensure your water heater last as long as possible. Here are a few tips on maintaining your water heater.

-Check the Pressure Relief Valve or Temperature Pressure Relief (PRV or TPR). Turn off the electric or gas, depending on your water heater, and the cold-water inlet. Put a bucket underneath the discharge pipe and lift the lever on the valve. If water isn’t released when you lift the lever, then replace the valve. If water continues to flow after testing then you’ll need to replace the valve as well. Replacement is as simple as draining the tank, unscrewing the valve and replacing the old one while making sure to sure use Teflon tape on the threads.

-Drain the tank and check for sediment. Let the tank drain until it is running clear and is clear of any sediment. Sediment can cause clogged lines and reduce the life and efficiency of a water heater. Check and make sure there aren’t any additional leaks around the drain valve and that it’s not loose or spinning. If so, completely drain and replace the valve.

-Check the temperature. You can save money on your energy bill by lowering the temperature as little as 10 degrees. Simply remove the temperature dial cover and adjust the dial to 120 degrees with a flat head screw driver. Most water heaters come set at 140 degrees. It’s recommended that you adjust the dial to the lowest setting if leaving for more than a few days.

-Insulate your water heater. A ridged piece of insulation, or bottom board, can save you anywhere from 4-9% off of your energy bill. To know if you need to insulate your water heater, check the R value on the water heater sticker. If the value is below 24 then it needs to be insulated. An insulating blanket is the simplest solution and comes with easy installation instructions.

-Check the anode rod. The anode rod is the long metal magnesium, aluminum or aluminum/zinc alloy that attracts corrosive elements in the water. While it’s recommended that you check the anode rode, realize that by changing it yourself, you may void the warranty. Before replacing make sure to check your warranty or contact the manufacturer before trying to change it yourself. Most anode rods need to be checked every one to three years and replaced when it is consumed more than 50 percent. By checking the rod, you avoid corrosion inside of the tank and can extend the life of your water heater up to double the expected lifespan.

Water heater leak? Need water mitigation services? Call SERVPRO® of Beaumont/Banning 951.922.2900

How to Prevent a Space Heater Fire

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of 4 portable space heater Picture of 4 space heaters showing heat emanating from the units

Space heaters can be useful for keeping an area in your home warmer than the temperature setting on central heating. These appliances can lower costs and increase comfort. An unsafe appliance or one that is not operated properly can lead to a burned space heater and house fire. Follow a few simple measures to safely use a space heater.

Choose a Heater With Safety Features

The right heater can reduce the risk of a fire. Make sure the model you buy has the following safety features:

  • Ground fault circuit interrupter plug
  • Automatic shut-off for overheating
  • Safety certification
  • A cord that is six feet or longer

A heater with these features may cost slightly more but should be worth the peace of mind.

Situate a Heater in a Safe Spot

A burned space heater may result if you operate this appliance in a risky location. Make sure the room where you plan to use the heater has an empty outlet, level surface, and sufficient space. You should always:

• Avoid plugging other electronics into the same outlet as a space heater
• Plug the heater directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord
• Keep at least three feet of space between heaters and combustibles such as curtains, bedding, or upholstery
• Situate the heater on a hard, non-flammable, level surface


Attend Operating Heater

Even an appliance with safety features that is safely situated can still be a fire hazard. Reduce the risk of fire by turning off the appliance when you leave the room. You should never operate a heater unattended around children and pets or leave a heater plugged in when not in use.

It is estimated that space heaters start around 25,000 house fires every year in the United States. If a burned space heater causes a fire in your home in the Beaumont/Banning area, contact residential fire damage and smoke cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning.

Methods Used by Professionals to Contain Mold During Cleanup

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a wall with plastic sheeting taped to it Picture of a wall in a commercial building that is contained with plastic sheeting

Mold contamination is the last thing your Beaumont/Banning business wants to face. But when the near-ubiquitous spores have found a dark, damp place to thrive in your building, you may soon be faced with the immediate and pressing need of remediation.

Mold is a fungal presence that can cause immense property damage to the surface it’s growing on. To limit the possibility of cross-contamination with unaffected areas of the building, a professional mold cleanup team can utilize a variety of containment methods during the cleanup process:

1. Shutting Off HVAC Units

Once the mold is present, it is vital to shut off all air circulation units. The microscopic spores can be carried along with the slightest of breezes, and should they come in contact with other damp places within your property, mold is likely to grow. Rather than encourage the dispersal of spores through airwaves, all fans should be turned off along with the heating and cooling systems.

2. Isolating the Affected Area

Depending on the size of the affected area, various tactics may be utilized to isolate the contaminated space from the rest of the property. All doors and windows should be shut, and a single layer of polyethylene sheeting may be used to seal the space off.

For extensive mold growth or contaminated areas larger than 100 square feet, a negative air chamber can be built to restrict airflow from escaping the room. Double layers of polyethylene sheets and physical barriers can form a sealed entrance for workers during the entirety of the mold cleanup process.

3. Wearing Full Personal Protective Equipment

Mold spores can be carried on shoes and clothing, making full protective gear a must during cleanup. Disposable clothing including a bodysuit, shoe covers, and hair nets shield the body from exposure. Goggles, gloves, and a respirator mask provide further protective cover.

IICRC certified companies will have the materials to create a well-contained mold cleanup area. This can ensure mold doesn’t become the new business owner you didn’t ask for!

Roof Repair Troubleshooting Tips

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Residential roof with missing shingles Residential home with missing roof shingles as a result of storm damage

Types of Roof Damage You Could Be Dealing With

Whether you live in a mountainous community or out in the desert, your home can be at risk of sustaining wind damage here in the PASS area. Because the roof is one of the most common places for it to happen, it is helpful to know how to quickly respond to problems there.  And you may need to call a storm damage remediation expert for help if you can't repair the damage yourself. Here are three tips for recognizing the type of roof damage you are dealing with:


1. Check the Flashing
It is common for high winds to damage roof flashing in the PASS area. This is the material that protects the seams of roof fixtures such as your chimney. While you are checking the flashing, do not forget about the surrounding sealant. If it is old or cracked, you will need to replace it. Fortunately, this is an inexpensive kind of roof repair.


2. Look for Damaged Parts
A roof has several parts including vent boots, shingles and slits. Take time to carefully examine all of them. Damaged vent boots can lead to leaks, and it is easy for shingles to break and for slits to corrode. If any of this kind of roof damage occurs, you will need to buy replacement materials. This sort of roof repair can be more costly than flashing or sealant fixes, but it probably still will not break the bank.


3. Check for Holes
A puncture is one of the most expensive types of roof repairs you will encounter. If you notice a hole in your roof, moving quickly can save you money by reducing the amount of additional damage that may occur. Holes are not the kind of repair you want to make yourself though. Even if it can be costly, is better to leave this job to professionals.


If high winds damage your roof, it can be helpful to know what kind of roof repair you will need to make. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be able to solve the problem yourself, or you made need professional assistance. Either way, acting quickly can reduce problems.

3 Causes of Mold Growth

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom Exhuast Fan Bathroom exhaust fans help ventilate to prevent mold growth from humidity

For a home in the Beaumont/Banning area, keeping the property clear of black mold can be important. Mitigation can go a long way to keeping your home free mold damage. Fortunately, understanding where and why mold grows can help you take the steps necessary to prevent this potential problem.

1. High Humidity

Areas of high humidity make a present a moisture problem that can lead to potential mold issues. You may want to consider the use of a dehumidifier or fans to help keep your home dry. Many ventilation systems include are designed to help prevent moisture build-up. You can also take simple steps such as running the fan during and after you take a shower help prevent water accumulation in high-moisture areas of your home.

2. Water Damage

Areas of water damage in your home may also be at risk for black mold. These can include places where a storm has damaged the property like attic or basement spaces. Water may also build up, more in locations such as under the sink. If not properly taken care of water damaged area can become a nice growth habitat for spores.

3. Flooding

Flooding is also likely to lead to mold damage. If your home experiences flooding, or pooling water, then it's best to contact a professional restoration service for water damage and mold cleanup. These professionals know how to properly dry and sanitize an area, and take the appropriate mitigation steps to help prevent issues such as mold growth.

Knowing that causes of black mold can help you take the appropriate mitigation steps if you believe your home may be at risk. Mold grows in moist areas meaning that places prone to high humidity, water damage or flooding may be the most likely areas for spores. If your home experiences one of these issues you can call a professional for help.

How to Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a fire extinguisher Important to recognize the different types of fire extinguishers

As a homeowner in the Beaumont/Banning area, you need to be prepared for emergencies. If you've ever had a house fire and had to call in professionals to restore your home, you understand the importance of having a fire extinguisher on hand. Following the steps below can ensure that you're using it correctly.


1. Assess the Situation

First, understand what you're dealing with. If the blaze is already too big, the best idea may be to call the fire department and get yourself and anyone else in the house to safety. If you can safely douse it with a fire extinguisher, you need to next make sure that you have the right type for whatever material is burning.

2. Use the Right Extinguisher for the Fire

Experts classify extinguishers based on the type of fire they can combat. These include:

  • Type A: for fires involving plastics, wood, textiles and paper
  • Type B: used on fires involving solvents, gasoline, oils, paints and other flammable liquids
  • Type C: for electrical fires, including plugged-in equipment like computers or appliances
  • Type D: for fires involving combustible powders or metals
  • Type E: commonly used for a kitchen fire involving fats or cooking oils

These letter classifications are always found on the sides of the extinguishers, many of which are rated for putting out fires of more than one type.

3. Remember: "PASS"

The PASS method is an easy way to remember how to use most fire extinguishers. Each letter in "PASS" stands for the first word of an operational step. The "P" tells you to pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher; it needs to be removed before operation. The "A" tells you to aim the nozzle. The nozzle should not be aimed at the top of the flames, but at the bottom, where the combustion is taking place. The first "S" tells you to squeeze the handle to start the flow, and the second one reminds you to sweep from side to side while spraying.

By acting quickly and following the instructions above, you can safely prevent fire damage before it has a chance.

Storm Damage Restoration Process

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having a storm damage restoration service to help this type of emergency is a good option.

Here are some of the activities you can expect from the storm restoration service professionals.

  • Whether it is a business or residence, the restoration company will come to your property and their trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. In many cases, the restoration company will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers, so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors.

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