Commercial Fires and Safety Plans
No one expects a fire to break out in there building, but this type of emergency strikes businesses across the country everyday. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate at a moment's notice. One should be ready and create an emergency action plan, which outlines the responsibilities of the employees, during a fire or another type of emergency. Here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, our trained technicians are on call 24/7, 365 and ready to help in a residential or commercial disasters. Be prepared for the unexpected disaster, plan an evacuation route for the building. Decide whether to instruct a specific employee to use fire extinguishers or evacuate immediately. While preparedness is essential in a fire emergency, the proper preventative training may keep a fire from igniting in your building in the first place. You and your employees exiting safely and responsibly is the number one priority.
Mold vs Mildew
Mold and mildew are both types of fungi, but they are strikingly different when it comes to size, color and texture. Both mold and mildew are attracted to moist warm areas, where they can grow and spread easily; such as food, walls, ceiling, showers, etc. Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy in appearance and shaped in spots that can have different colors, such as blue, green, yellow, brown, grey, black or white. Mildew on the other hand can be described as a specific type of mold, and has a flat growth that remains on the surface and can be easily removed. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress's technicians will refer you to mold inspection company, before starting the mold remediation and clean up. In accordance to state law, we are required to have a third party identify the mold before the clean process can begin. Both mold and mildew need to be taken care in a quick and efficient manner as both can be troublesome over time.
Fires Cause Damages
Fire damage is one of the most deadly things a home or business owner can face. Often negligence is a factor, other times malfunctioning electronics and even arson can be to blame. Regardless of the cause, fire damage is expensive to repair and often leaves nothing but ashes and lost memories. When wondering what to do after a fire, call SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress and a trained service technician will advise you on what to do and not to do before the fire restoration process begins. Fire damage can be a devastating experience for both your home and your business, and can be caused by something as simple as preparing a meal or a smoking a cigarette. After a fire, be careful when using electronics such as the air conditioner or heater. Do not try and clean walls or clothing. We also encourage the people of our community not to eat any left over foods that were left out during the fire. For questions regarding this subject, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress.
Our business minded commercial restoration technician experts understand the pressures you are facing as a business owner. We are here to get your business up and running as quickly as possible. Further more we understand that the longer your business is down, the more money you as the business lose over time. This is why SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress are one of the leading professionals in our field for our community. We know that time, financials, and communication are the key essentials to getting the job done on time and up to par for that business owner. As we say in our offices, "perfection is in the details." At SERVPRO we have a little program called the (Emergency Ready Profile) or ERP. The program can help prevent damages by getting the job moving faster. If you want to know more about this, ask your SERVPRO representative today.
Commercial Properties II
No one wants their business to experience a catastrophe, but if it happens it’s important to resolve the issue as quickly as possible so you can resume operations. We are a one stop shop for all your property recovery needs. Our certified technicians are equipped to provide solutions from start to finish. When a business has the ERP (emergency ready profile) set in place it makes it more efficient for both parties to get the situation taken care faster. The longer one wait to get there priorities in order the more the business owner will lose. Hurricane Harvey proved that many time over. In fact some businesses never recovered from that devastation. We at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress urge the business owners in our community, and all over our wonderful city to have a emergency program in place. At the end of the day it can save money, time and even lives.
Commercial Properties III
To end the Commercial Property trilogy series, we want to focus even more in depth of the ERP. We here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress want our community to understand the importance in this tool that we provide for free to all business owners and their properties. Yes, you heard that correctly, its totally free and takes any where from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your property to set up. What does the ERP do for your business? It make sure that even if something horrible happens while you are at home on the weekends or on vacation with the family, you are covered. We get all the business property info such as gas, electric, and water shut offs and if they need keys to operate. All staff names and info, from the CEO to the night security guards. It insures that even if you as the business rep or owner aren't around, it would give us (SERVPRO) the ability to enter the property and begin working out the issue. We do this while remaining in contact with all parties associated with the business. In the past, this has saved business owners thousands of unnecessary damages. Contact your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress to get your ERP set up today, because tomorrow might be too late.
Fires That Start With a Spark
Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old outdated appliances. According to the United States fire administration, electrical fires account for nearly 24,000 residential fires a year. Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. During the winter month, one of the number one causes are space heaters. These types of heaters are portable and most of the time people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. These types of fires can rip through a home or business and destroy everything in its path. At SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we pride ourselves on the way we handle fire restoration, with our communication skills among the skills we already possess to get the job done the correct way the first time.
Burns Related to Fires
Death from fires and or burns are the sixth most common cause of injury/death in the U.S. There are more mobile home fires than regular houses and injuries related to that. The majority of fire related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation not by the fire itself. Actual flames and burns are only 30 percent of fire-related deaths. Unfortunately people survive home fires with all types of burns mild and severe. First degree burns are considered mild compared to others. Second degree burns are burns that affect the lower layer of skin. Third degree burns, also known as a full thickness burns, affect the lowest layers and deep tissue areas. We at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress feel responsible to our community and pledge to make sure that we can prevent and or prepare for such tragedies.
A Little Bit About Mold
Mold sounds like a very scary thing. Most people have it in there minds that once you see or smell mold, that you are already sick. This could not be more wrong. Lets take a second real quick and learn a little about mold. Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. We aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but it seems to be in the tens of thousands. When addressing any mold growth in your home, it’s important to understand which type of mold you’re working with. It’s also necessary to be aware of the common places to find mold in your home. Not to mention, the environment in which your home resides in. If there is more moisture, there is more of a chances for mold. SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress understands that it can be frustrating not knowing what to do in situations like having possible mold in your dwelling. So we urge you to call us if you a have any question or concerns that are mold related or other.
A Little Bit About Mold II
Despite its ugly appearance and potentially hazardous effects, mold can offer some great benefits. Penicillin, is made from Penicillium mold which is a green-gray color. Mold can be helpful to certain types of gardeners and or farmers. Molds help breakdown dead plants and animal to add nutrients to the soil. Leaf mold can improve the moisture levels in some soils. These can be proven when you add mulch to your landscape or garden. Another thing that mold is good for is eating. Some molds are used to make certain kinds of cheese. See, not all mold are bad. From all of us here at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress, we would like to remind everyone in our great community to call on us for all of their restoration needs, whether it be mold related or otherwise.