What to know for Bio-Hazard Clean-up
Biohazard and sewage cleanup can involve hidden dangers. It must only be handled by an expert team, with the right training, skills, and equipment to do the job safely. With the assistance of a professional biohazard service team from SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing, you can rest assured that your health and the security of your property is a top priority.
There are several different types of bio-hazardous jobs which can range from crime scene residues, chemical spills, animal waste or carcasses, hoarding, and the most frequent, sewage backups. The main point to remember is that certain chemicals and pathogens can lead to unhealthy and dangerous consequences if left untreated in a home or business. If you suspect that this kind of problem has occurred in or around your property, you need to call in the SERVPRO experts who can quickly assess the situation.
Once the experts carry out a thorough inspection of the site, they can give you a general assessment. You should not attempt to re-enter the property until you have received clearance from an authoritative source.
The reason eradication and elimination are the primary tactics for biohazard cleanup are because any materials that have come into contact with raw sewage could present a serious risk to health. Within areas deemed ‘unsafe,’ life-threatening organisms like E. coli, salmonella, tapeworm, HPV (human papilloma virus), chemicals, and even HIV can lurk if blood is present.
If you experience any breakdown involving sewage on a scale larger than a small toilet overflow, you should absolutely contact a biohazard removal team right away. In most cases, it is only sewer water that warrants such an immediate reaction, but it is important to be aware that other forms of water damage can become harmful if left untreated.
For example, water from drains and polluted rivers may flood a property and deposit contaminants. This water is not clean; it contains all kinds of bacteria, irritants, and harmful substances and is termed Black Water. This is why you should never wait before you get water damage of any type restored and repaired, even as the contaminated water is quickly removed from the premises.
For businesses, the urgency of biohazard cleanup is particularly pressing. You cannot afford to have your workers or clients exposed to contaminated water, pathogenic agents from a crime scene, or meth lab chemicals. Get in touch with an expert biohazard cleanup team from SERVPRO right away. We are skilled professionals, wearing Hazmat safety clothing and gear, utilize special equipment for any biohazard clean up. Immediate mitigation of health related issues and property preservation are the main, initial focal points. Safety always comes first.
24 Hour Emergency Service for Biohazard and Sewage Clean Up
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing have certified professionals to handle any type of bio-hazardous clean-up. Call us for 24/7 emergency services. (218) 999-9799.
Being Safe This Summer
AtSERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we're here to help you get ready for this Summer Heat!
Stay safe during our Northern Minnesota heat by remembering these tips this summer:
- Get the trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies
- Stay well hydrated!!
- Have an emergency kit handy
- Keep ice packs handy in the freezer
- To reduce 80 percent of the heat that enters your home by covering windows that receives morning and afternoon sun
- Weather strip your doors
- Stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. Listen to local weather forecasts
- Window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary
Stay safe this summer and if you need us remember to give us a call for any fire, water, and smoke emergencies that come up.
You can reach us 24/7 at 218-999-9799
Tell me about MOLD!
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold is everywhere, the key is not let it these mold spores turn into colonies. The one thing that we can control that mold needs to grow is water. If you are seeing mold growth you have a moisture problem. This could be a leaky basement, a water leak in your home, high humidity or other reasons. Whatever the cause of the water it needs to be fixed before you start mold remediation or it will return.
When dealing with leaks you can usually see the problem and deal with it. Humidity in your home can be a little harder to detect, but there are many tools on the market that you can get to tell you the humidity level in your home. If your humidity level is above 45% you should think about running a dehumidifier.
Detecting mold without the proper tools can be difficult, however there are some warning signs. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor. If you see areas that look spotted or discolored, or if you have allergies that act up in a certain area, these may be signs to look for mold.
If the unfortunate happens call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing at 218-999-9799. You can submit your own question on our Facebook page, facebook.com/SERVPRO.BEMIDJI.GRANDRAPIDS.HIBBING, or on Twitter, @SERVPROBGRH.
Grilling Safety in Northern Minnesota
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing wants to welcome the warm weather and give you some grill safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard grilling skills.
June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires.
The Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, it’s time to dust off the grills and put the inner backyard grilling skills back to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we want you to consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure, and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.
Precautions to take while grilling
- Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
- Do Not leave your grill unattended.
- Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
- Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
- Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
Meet SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing
Come follow SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing as we take you on a tour of our day. We are there when you need us, as we say in our morning meeting "no job is to big, no job is to small we are SERVPRO hero's and we handle them all."
No matter if your home is wet from a pipe leak or your restaurant is flooded due to a main line break we understand that this upsets the normal routine of your day. When this happens it can become very stressful and we here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing are here to help ease that stress and get you back to your normal days routine.
Crime Scene and Trauma Clean-Up
After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk.
Homeowners and police rely on professional services that are equipped to handle crime scene cleanup.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing follow OSHA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back to a clean, safe environment. We will always treat you and everyone involved with the utmost respect and empathy in these difficult circumstances. Some common trauma and crime scene examples are:
Crime Scene Residues
Tear gas and pepper spray residues to residue created from flash bangs, SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing can clean and restore your property.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing will remove and dispose of all pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.
If you find yourself wondering what to do in the event of a trauma or crime scene, call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing at (218) 999-9799
Home Holiday Fire Facts
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home structure fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
- More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in nearly half (45%) of the fires.
Please watch this video provided by NFPA:
KEEP YOUR DRYER FREE OF LINT, BEMIDJI, GRAND RAPIDS & HIBBING
Did you know dryer lint is one of the leading causes of dryer failure and house fires? "How is this possible if you are clearing the lint from the filter between uses," might be a question you're asking. That is a great practice to follow, but by no means the only maintenance you can perform to keep your drying running smoothly. Here are a few tips and reasons to go the extra mile when cleaning your dryer.
Yes, removing the lint from your dryer between uses is a great place to start. But did you know fabric softener can affect the usefulness of your lint filter? The next time you finish a load of laundry, remove the lint filter and clean it as you normally would. Next, run water over the filter and see if the water pools. If it does, your filter runs the risk of still clogging despite your efforts. It is an easy enough fix though so don't fret. Use a brush and warm soapy water and gently clean the filter. Try the water technique again until the water runs unimpeded.
Next, unplug your dryer and disconnect the vent hose / line from the dryer. This is where the majority of fires begin - in the exhaust duct. The buildup is usually higher in flexible hoses because of the potential for excess lint to get caught in the ridges. Depending on how often you run the dryer, we recommend cleaning at least once a year, but have clients who clean it every season. Take an extendable brush and gently extend it into the vent and brush the lint back towards you - pushing it further just makes it harder to reach!
Ensuring the ducts are clean and clear of obstruction is an important step and checking the dryer drum is as well. This one requires a bit more DIY so if you are not comfortable, please call a licensed handyman.
These few steps can help make your dryer last longer and help reduce the risk of having a house fire BEMIDJI, GRAND RAPIDS & HIBBING!
7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES
Burst Pipe in the Winter
7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING
PIPES THIS WINTER
- Wrap outside faucets.
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
- Disconnect garden hoses.
- Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*
- Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
- Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of a pipe that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x7 no matter how big or how small our SERVPRO team handles them all, give us a call!
* Check manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this.
When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO of Bemidji Grand Rapids and Hibbing is ready
SERVPRO of Bemidji Grand Rapids and Hibbing specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing Today at 218-999-9799