Are you prepared for a storm?
With most of the nation experiencing Storm like conditions now is a great time to prepare in case of a storm. In advance of a storm, it is recommended to weatherproof your home by doing the following.
- Although this is not guaranteed to prevent freezing you should insulate any water lines that run along the exterior walls.
- Windows and doors should be caulked and weather-stripped.
- Have your walls and attic insulated.
- Repair any roof leaks and remove any tree branches that can possibly fall onto your home and or other structure during a storm.
It is recommended to have your chimney and or flue inspected each year. Especially if you plan on using your fireplace and or wood stove for emergency heating. Also, if you use a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater you should have a battery-operated smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Please make sure to check the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detector at the lease twice a year. Here at SERVPRO Thousand Oaks we wish you safe winter.
Water Mitigation Process
This photo contains Air mover, dehumidifier, and moisture meters
SERVPRO Thousand Oaks trained technicians to use many different types of equipment throughout a water mitigation process. Psychrometric are used to create the proper environment for efficient drying. Moisture detection devices are used to determine if any materials are affected. A moisture sensor is used to detect any moisture in the carpets, baseboards, and walls. Moisture meters determine the amount of moisture in materials. The thermohydrometer will measure both the temperature and relative humidity to create the proper drying environment. Extractors are used to remove moisture from the structure which may include the carpet, upholstery, and flooring. Air movers are used to enhancing evaporation from the surface level which then will reduce dry time. Dehumidification will pull in the moist and humid air and exchange it with dry warm air. Leaving air movers and dehumidifiers on during the full process will prevent extra drying days. Our technicians will monitor equipment each day and will be removed once the affected area is dried down to industry standards.
With all the power outages lately SERVPRO Thousand Oaks wanted to give some tips for an unexpected outage.
- Have the freezer and refrigerator closed during the power outage. The refrigerator can keep items cool for 4 hours while a packed fridge can last up to 48 hours. If needed look into place food into coolers with ice. Once the food has reached the temperature of 40 degree its recommended to dispose of. Also, if the food has an odor it is also recommended to dispose of it.
- If you are going to use a generator, make sure it is only outdoors and away from windows.
- Never use a gas oven or stovetop to heat your house.
- Make sure to disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- If you have refrigerated medicine, make to have a backup plan. Look into how long the medicine can be stored at higher temperatures. It is recommended to dispose of medication that should be refrigerated unless the drug’s label says otherwise. Please contact your doctor if have any question regarding medication storage and or replacement.
If you need more tips and or recommended supply list please visit (www.ready.gov) website.
Are you aware that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment? There are several cooking tips that should be followed this holiday season. It is advised to never leave cooking food unattended. It is best to stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. When leaving the kitchen even for such a short period of time it is recommended to turn off the stove. If your cooking a turkey do not leave your house and check on it frequently. Children should stay 3 feet away from the hot stove. Make sure to keep the floor clear of any items you might trip over. Make sure no kitchen electronic cords are dangling off the counter within children's reach. While cook you should not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves. To prevent any grease buildup by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly. There should be a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm near the kitchen. Before going to bed make sure you check all kitchen appliances are turned off. SERVPRO Thousand Oaks wishes your family a safe and joyous Thanksgiving.
Business Emergency Plan
Did you know having a business disaster plan can reduce your business interruption? Many businesses close after a disaster. It is advised to have a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO emergency ready profile help attain information in case of an emergency. It is best to listen to your local weather to see any incoming threatening weather is coming. In case of an emergency it the following precautions will help minimize damage to your business. If instructed turn off the utility to the main switches or valves. Review your business evacuation plan. Board up and windows or doors prior to any high windstorm event. It is recommended to have a work phone tree so your able to account for employees during an emergency. There should be emergency contact with your local fire department, police department, hospital, and security company. There should also be a photo and descriptions to turn off your electricity, gas, water, alarm, sprinkler, and server.
Contaminated Water Loss
SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks will go over some of the do’s and do not on a contaminated water loss. It is best to avoid contact with sewage and or any items that have been contaminated. If you must be in contact with contaminated items, make sure to wash youth ads thoroughly. It is best to minimize or eliminate walking into contaminated water because you can spread the contaminations. It is also best to inform the mitigation company areas that you might have cross-contaminated so it can be cleaned and sanitized properly. Your HVAC system should be turned off since there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use and household fans to dry the structure as it can spread the contaminants. Make sure to use personal hygiene products if exposed to the contaminated areas.
The number one cause of home fires and home injuries are caused by cooking fires. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Make sure to be alert when your cooking. It is best to not use the stove or stovetop if your sleepy or under the influence of alcohol. If you are frying, grilling, or broiling food it is advised you stay in the kitchen until the stove is turned off. It is advised if you must leave the kitchen even for a short period of time you should turn off the stove. Check on your food regularly if you are simmering, baking, or roasting food. It is best to stay in the home while food cooking and recommended to use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Make sure to keep anything flammable like mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stovetop. Kids should be at least 3 feet away from hot food or drinks being prepared.
One of the country’s most common natural disasters is a flood since it can happen anywhere. The greatest threat to flooding is in low-lying areas, near water, downstream from dams. Flooding can even be caused by the smallest stream, creek beds, or drains. Extended periods of rain or heavy rain can cause the possibility of flooding. A flash flood can develop from a few minutes to a few hours. It is important to listen to your local weather report for flooding information. Here are a few recommendations for before, during, and after flooding.
- It is recommended to have flood insurance if you are in a prone flooding area. Please be advised this might be an additional policy to your homeowner policy.
- Furnace, water heater, or electrical panel should not be in an area in your home that can be flooded. It is recommended to raise any of these items if possible.
- It is recommended if you have a basement that is sealed with a waterproof compound.
- In case of a flash flood be prepared to evacuate if it is advised.
- Have an emergency supply kit ready that includes water.
- Seek higher ground immediately.
- Stay out of the flood water if you are able.
- Avoid any moving water.
- Although it is not recommended to walk through the water if you must, make sure us a stick for firmness.
- Do not drive into a flooded area.
- Avid down power lines.
- Wait for your local authorities to say it is ok to return to your residence.
- Make sure not to drink or cook with tap water until local authorities say it is safe.
- Be advised that although floodwater receded it may have left weaken roadways.
- Be cautious when entering a build as it may have hidden structural damage.
- Any item that got wet should be cleaned and disinfected.
A landside can be caused by earthquakes, storms, fire, and human modifications of land. Unfortunately, landslides are the most dangerous when it occurs quickly and with little notice. A landslide happens when masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Slopes after a wildfire can cause debris flow for several years. Most landslides are caused by lengthy rain that has saturated a slope, but it can also start within minutes from heavy rain. Some ways that will help prevent floodwater or mud by use of sandbags, retaining walls, or k-rails but cannot guarantee 100 percent. It is suggested to sign up for emergency alerts and monitor your local weather in which you are near a wildfire burn area. If you are expected severe weather in a burn area, make sure to watch out and listen to warning signs such as rushing water, trees cracking or boulders knocking together. It is advised that during a storm that can cause a landslide it is best to stay alert and awake. If your house might have been affected by flood water give SERVPRO a call to inspect your house for any possible water damage.
Home Fire Escape Plan
Have you made your home fire escape plan? Especially if you have kids it is important to have a plan in place. It is recommended to draw a map of your home. In the is map, it should show all doors and windows. Visit each room and find two ways out of the rooms in case of a fire. Make sure all doors and windows are easy to use in case you need them as an exit. Your home should have smoke alarms and tested to make sure they are working. Make a meeting place that is in front of your house for everyone to meet. Make sure to have your house or building number visible from the street. Talk to everyone at your home about the plan that is in place. Have your local emergency company number handy in case of an emergency.