Smoke damage can be very detrimental to your health and your property. The smoke can leave discoloration, corrosion, and odor all over your household items. It also can affect your health and you should stay away from the area until professionals have cleared it out and it is safe to go back inside. Smoke damage can happen to your property even when it’s not your property affected by the fire. If your neighbor has a fire and your windows were open, or if there is a wild fire in a nearby field; you can still get smoke damage. Our team of experts at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing has the training and equipment to clean and restore your home from any type of smoke damage. We'll treat you and your property with the respect and care it deserves!
Grilling safety tips
Spring is upon us! It the time of year when the weather starts to warm up, and everyone breaks out the grills. SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing wants to share some tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association to help keep your family safe.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbeque grills; DO NOT add fluid after the coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight and check the hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses and connections will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the camp fire.
- Always build a campfire downwind 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 (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire. Only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
Sever Weather Part 2
Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend having supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:
- Water – 1 gallon per person per day
- Food – non-perishable
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- First Aid kit
- Safety Whistle to signal help
- Clothing, blankets
- Dust mask or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof case
Make A Family Plan: A family plan can be essential to survival during sever weather. A family plan can allow everyone to know where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. These plans should include designated rooms in the home to meet in case of severe weather. Also, they should include a designated spot outside of the home to meet up at incase of separation.
Sever Weather Part 1
Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.
Weather Radios: With all of today’s technology it still can’t stand up to a battery powered weather radio during an emergency. Mobile devices maybe what most people use today for checking weather updates, but the towers that send out the signals required for the devices to function can be damages or congested during times of emergency. A weather radio with fully charged batteries can provide Families with more reliable alerts and updates. These radios have the capability of receiving special frequencies for the for special radio stations that provide warnings for all hazards. Look for our next blog for tips on emergency supply kits and making a family plan.
Northern Minnesota it can be a wonderful place to live. We have many beautiful lakes, and four seasons for us to enjoy. As wonderful as it can be it doesn’t prevent disasters from happening especially during the winter.
One way a water loss can happen during the winter is if the houses source of heat stops working. Unfortunately, if this happens it can cause the water to turn in to ice and complicate the process of drying out the structure. The first thought most think is to turn on the heat to thaw out the house but that is the last this you want to do.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing can help with this process by removing as much of the ice as we can prior to heating the house. Once we can’t remove any more ice by hand we will slowly heat the house and extracting the water as the ice thaws. This process will help minimalize the damage that would be caused if you just thawed the ice all at once essentially flooding the house for a second time. So, if you experience a water loss and it freezes call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing to help.
Time is Important
Many home owners know don’t understand the importance of time when it come to water damage. The best time to call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is immediately following a loss. This will help limit the extent of the damage to your home. Many of the materials in your home are highly absorbent and may not look wet, but may have absorbed the water that has intruded in your home. With our specialized equipment we can test the levels of moisture in your homes materials. Once we have discovered exactly what is wet and how far the water traveled we come up with a personalized drying plan to ensure you home is back to it proper levels of moisture. So, remember don’t wait call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing as soon as the loss happens.
In homes many of the materials are highly absorbent and don’t look wet. This can cause future issues if not properly addressed, but thankfully here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we have specialized equipment to measure the amount of moisture in the materials and in the air. The three main meters we use are an invasive, non-invasive and hygrometer.
The invasive meter is the more accurate meter for identifying the level of moisture materials. The draw back to this meter is that it has two pins that must be inserted into that material that you are trying to measure.
The non- invasive meter can be used to check moisture of a material that you can’t or don’t want to poke holes in. it uses a pad sensor and electromagnetic signals. Unfortunately, this meters’ reading can be skewed by metal in the materials that you are checking.
The hygrometer is a meter that we use to measure the air conditions such as the relative humidity and the temperature. The combination of these reading can tell us the amount of moisture in the air.
With these meters we check the affected areas and the unaffected areas. By checking the unaffected areas, we get the goal for drying. So, if you experience a water loss give SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing a call.
The Roof of your house is what provides you shelter from the ever-changing weather conditions, and when the roof is neglected can create many problems for you and your family in the future. Many of these problems can be solved by periodically inspecting your roof and preforming the repairs as needed. What you might think as a minor issue could potentially become a financial nightmare. Here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we have some tips on what to look for when inspecting your roof.
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose debris
- Excessive snow builds up
- Mold or moss build up
- Dents/ missing chimney caps
If a storm blow through and is to much for your roof to handle SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing is always here to help.
We Respond to Commercial Losses
We respond to all emergency losses 24/7 365 days a year! A loss can strike at any time weather it’s a pipe bursting and causing a disastrous flood that wreaks havoc, or an oven mitt sitting to close to the grill that catches fire and causes smoke damage throughout the building. We understand that any kind of loss can be frustrating and be detrimental to your business. It could mean that you must close your door temporary which would cause loss of revenue, or that you have disaster in an area that doesn’t hinder the customer experience. In both cases we promptly send out a team of professionals to help get your business back to an operating condition. So, rest assured that any time a loss strikes your business SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing is always here to help!
Winter Fire Prevention Tips
It’s That time of year again, the temperature is dropping, and the air is dry. These weather conditions make for a winter wonderland, but can also make for a winter nightmare. Winter months are the highest months for fires. While some of us tend to enjoy the cold we still depend of heating our homes to survive these harsh months. Unfortunately, the high cost of heating our homes we tend to turn to alternative methods to heat our homes. While these methods may be more cost effective for us they also increase the risk of starting a fire. Here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we have 7 tips to help prevent fire damage.
- Have your furnace inspected annually to ensure its in good working condition.
- Make sure all heaters and ducting is clear and unobstructed.
- Don’t leave any space heater running while unattended.
- Ensure you have proper working smoke detectors.
- Inspect all extension cords for defects before each use and replace any that are damaged.
- Don’t use a stove or a range to aid in heating your home.
- Plan and practice an escape plan in case of an emergency.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing are always here to help in the event of a fire.