Reasons you should Call SERVPRO
Experience and knowledge
Fire damage is likely to leave soot, smoke, and odor accumulation that destroys the conditions of a building.
Fire damage restoration isn’t a quick, cleanup process as most people may assume. This takes multiple procedures and techniques to restore the state of the Property effectively and efficiently. Most people will not want to take the time to go through a fire damaged clean up to the standard it should be.
The earlier you start the process of restoration after fire damage, the better your chances of saving most of your household stuff. Restoration Professional services increase the pace of your fire damage response.
Fire damage can leak through your home to the invisible areas and worse, be declared irreversible. Smoke from the fire may seep into the plumbing or duct system spelling trouble to the quality of air and water in your house.
Why Call SERVPRO of Richmond Hill
All of our employees that enter your home are trained to safely clean and restore your home or business after it's faced a loss.
Below are the steps that we take for Cleaning and Restoring Your Home or Business in regards to a water loss:
- Identify the Source/ Type of Water
- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
- Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture
- Perform Emergency Water Extraction
- Move and Block furniture and Contents
- Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service
- Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment
- Dispose of Refuse
All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have extensive knowledge about our services and equipment.
Call us today here at SERVPRO of Richmond Hill on (416) 912-1038
Keep away from moving water.
Just six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and a couple of feet can carry away most vehicles. Avoid moving water at all costs.
If you must travel, use extreme caution.
Only travel through flood damaged areas when absolutely necessary. If you must travel, wait till water has stopped moving.
Cleaning up and repairing:
Contact SERVPRO for restoration services for water damaged items.
Once floodwaters have receded, carefully clean and disinfect each wet item to protect your home and family from sewage or chemical contaminants. Be certain to wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and boots, during cleanup activities.
Here at SERVPRO of Richmond Hill we provide the certified services to get you back to were you once were after a flood hits.
Before the Professionals Arrive
Here are some things to do after a fire, before professionals start the restoration process:
Limit activity and foot traffic in your home. Staying off of carpet, furniture, and upholstery is key to preventing soot, dirt, and other particles from getting trapped all around your home.
If you do need to get around your home quite a bit, put down clean towels or sheets on the floor and furniture.
If possible, change filters in your home to keep dirt and soot from circulating.
Don’t try to wash the walls or carpet — leave that for the professionals to avoid permanent damage.
Don’t try to clean kitchen appliances yourself. After a fire, electrical connections and wiring may be damaged and could cause further problems if not cleaned carefully and correctly.
Don’t eat any food that may have been exposed to the fire and smoke.
Water Damage in Commercial Properties
When a commercial property suffers water damage, the business itself suffers. Depending on the amount of damage done, business owners may need to close their business and halt work operations for an extended period of time in order to have the damage repaired. Additionally, when a business is closed to customers, the potential for revenue is lost. Employees may also be unable to go into the space to do their work. Depending on the job, this could mean they are unable to work at all. Water damage in commercial buildings can even be potentially hazardous to people’s health and well-being if there’s mold growth. For mold spores to grow, they need a food source and a warm, moist environment. Both can be provided in cases of water damage, because mold uses building materials like drywall as food. When mold is present, people exposed to it can suffer from negative health effects, such as irritation to eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and skin. If you have asthma or allergies, mold can have a greater negative effect on you. Because of this, it’s essential to have commercial water damage addressed right away. Otherwise, you risk harming anyone who inhabits the damaged space.
Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Properties
When it comes to water damage, the harm can be caused by various things. There are natural causes like flooding and storms and unnatural causes like faulty piping. Businesses typically see more foot traffic than residential properties, so things like toiletry, plumbing, and the HVAC system are used more heavily. This frequent usage makes them wear out quicker, so they’re more susceptible to malfunctions, such as leaky pipes, that can lead to water damage.
If your business is in an area that experiences cold temperatures, then the water pipes for your commercial property are at risk of bursting, which can also result in serious water damage. Pipe bursts happen when the water inside the pipes freezes into ice. When the water turns to ice, it expands in size and places pressure on the pipe. When the pressure becomes too much, it bursts the pipe open and spreads water throughout the space.
Immediately After a Flash Flood
Immediately following a flash flood:
Stay tuned in.
During flash flood recovery, it is essential to listen to local radio, TV, or your weather radio for necessary information.
Turn off electrical if you see sparks, broken/frayed wires, or smell smoke/burning insulation
Don’t drink the water.
Do not drink tap or well water until it is has been declared safe for consumption and free of human waste contamination, fuels, and other pollutants. Don’t use it to brush teeth, prepare food, wash dishes, make ice, or even wash your hands with it.
Boil for one minute, then cool, storing in clean, covered containers. This will destroy most types of disease-causing microorganisms.
Bleach will kill some – but not all - types of bacteria.
Keep a close eye on children of all ages as well as pets.
Avoid flood-ravaged areas.
Barricades have been erected for your protection. Additional flooding may occur, roads may have been damaged, and an array of hazards – both visible and invisible – may be present.
The presence of mold and dispersion of mold spores will reduce the indoor air quality of your home. Mold will also cause unsightly stains and unpleasant odors. It will not, however, cause structural damage. Mold tends to grow on surfaces rather than deep into substrates. In order for structural damage to occur decay fungi, mold's cousin, need to gain a foothold. Don't be complacent though. The presence of mold means that the conditions are probably right for the fungi that cause decay, too. Decay fungi spores, moisture, food, and temperatures over 40 degrees are all it takes for the rot process to begin.
Call us today at SERVPRO of Richmond Hill. You cant reach us 24/7, No matter the time we are prepared and ready for your disaster.
What to Expect After a Fire
A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls. It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.
Call SERVPRO of Richmond Hill to take care of your disaster (905) 717-9279
Commercial Storm and Damage
Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Richmond Hill offer 24-hour emergency service 365 days per year.
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Highly Trained Storm and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (416)312-1038
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.