Prevent Commercial Property Damage This Holiday Season
Between November 1st - February 1st, there are over 20 religious holidays from all around the world. When we think about holiday fire safety, we don’t often consider the risks in a commercial setting. According to iii.org, decorations like Christmas lights are a reason or concern. They state, “Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two out of five (40 percent) of the home Christmas tree structure fires.” This statistic is specifically for residential properties, but this could easily be applied in a commercial setting.
Live Or Artificial Christmas Tree
If you’re decorating your office for Christmas this year, you may have already decided between a live or artificial tree. If you're still contemplating what you want, consider these potential fire hazards. It may help you make that determination.
Live Christmas Trees
Live Christmas trees come with a myriad of risks. If they are not properly cared for live trees can cause a devastating amount of property damage. They ignite quickly and create a lot of heat. That’s why you should keep them away from heat sources like heating vents and lamps.
In general Artificial Christmas trees are safer. Modern trees are made from fire-resistant materials. Note that fire resistance doesn’t mean fireproof. Damaged lights can ignite the tree from electrical malfunctions. You still want to keep it away from heat sources like fireplaces and space heaters. Overall if you’re picking your tree based on safety, artificial trees are the way to go.
What Do I Do Now That the Fire Is Out?
Having a fire in your building is something that you never would have imagined could happen to you, but it did. You will likely want to work closely with your fire insurance company to assess the damage. In addition to the problems caused by fire and water, there may be an abundance of smoke damage. Starting on cleanup right away can help reduce the consequences of a commercial fire.
What Can You Do?
It is important that you leave fire restoration to the experts. Restrict movement in the building to avoid increasing damage. Do not attempt to clean items yourself or remove things until they have been examined by a professional.
What Happens Next?
A highly trained and professional restoration team will create a tailored project plan for you after a complete site survey and assessment. Priority will be mitigation of further harm to your building. The team will quickly secure your property to ensure that more damage does not occur. Drying out the facility comes next, followed by disinfecting, smoke cleaning and removing odor caused by the fire. Trained technicians will work to identify the source of any lingering odors and use the proper tools to eliminate them. Work with a company that will also repair versus replace where possible.
Your business is important to you, so get the help you need. Do not try to start cleanup on your own. Working on your fire restoration with a trained team will help things go more smoothly and can greatly reduce your stress so you can get back to business sooner.
Outdoor Electric Safety Tips for Citrus
Lots of homes and businesses use outdoor lighting each year. The winter holiday season brings even more outdoor lighting activity as Citrus residents deck their homes with lights. SERVPRO® of Citrus County wants everyone to have a safe and fire-free winter and offer these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for outdoor electrical work and equipment safety:
Outside Electrical Work
- Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work
- To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all your outside electrical receptacles are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected
- Have a professional tree cutting service trim any branches that might fall into electric wiring
- Use lighting and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and make sure they are made for outdoor use
- Store your electrical tools indoors
- Keep electric tools away from children
- Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clean
- Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away
- Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use.
- Extension cords are not meant for long-term use
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Commercial Cleaning Services in Citrus County
Commercial Cleaning Services
- Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
We have many years of experience working in all kinds of business settings and buildings:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing and Industrial
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The Leading Causes of Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Citrus County
Fires begin due to a number of causes, ranging from the careless to the intentional. And anytime heat sources are used or misused, there’s a risk of an errant flame taking off.
Despite all the advertising and education that’s gone into home fire safety and prevention, fires in the home still account for a quarter of all reported fires in the United States each year.
So let’s do some digging. What’s behind all these home fires, and how many of them could be prevented? Maybe this article will finally be the one that turns the tide.
Cooking. The overwhelming leader in home fires is cooking. Some cooking fires are avoidable, though—in fact, most are. The top cause of cooking fires? Unattended cooking. Taken into actionable steps, that means that the No. 1 thing you can do to make your house safer from fire is to be more careful when you cook, and never leave your stovetop or grill alone.
Heating equipment. Heating equipment causes the second highest number of home fires. While some of it is caused by equipment failure, much of this cause comes in the form of portable space heaters, which are prone to tipping over, overheating or overloading circuits. And of course, any heater is capable of setting fire to objects or materials that sit closer than three feet away.
Electrical fires. Some electrical fires hide behind your walls and are difficult to catch. But routine maintenance and inspection can reveal problems present and forthcoming—so can responsible use of extension cords, lighting and wattage limitations.
Intentional fires. It’s unnerving to think about it, but a surprising 28,000 intentional home fires are started each year. This doesn’t include fires started for a regular purpose that get out of hand, only fires started with the intent of burning a piece of property.
Smoking materials. Fires caused by smoking materials make up only 5% of home fires, but they make up more than a quarter of all home fire deaths. Smoking fires often happen because cigarettes are dropped or remain lit as individuals lie in bed, creating both fire and carbon monoxide hazards.
Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact us at 352-522-1053 so we can help.
Flooding and water emergencies Don’t Wait for Regular Business Hours and Neither do We
Need Emergency Service?
Call SERVPRO OF Citrus County 24/7 @352-522-1053
SERVPRO of Citrus County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
No worries - Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Identifying the Source of Moisture Intrusion
Living in a region with high humidity, and heavy rains, we have to move through water jobs with consistent precise processes. Accurately identifying the cause and source of water intrusion on an initial scope is key to a successful job completion. Our technicians use specific tech and instruments for mapping out the moisture levels in the building. Thermal imaging using a Flir Camera gives us a way to visually scan and detect areas that are showing potential moisture. The Flir is a great way to photo document a specific location. For a more detail and exact reading technicians will use a surface moisture reader that can give a reading. Although a service moisture reading and a Flir thermal reading can both fail to detect moisture when it is far behind walls or thick surfaces, for this we have to bring on an invasive moisture reader which actual penetrates through surfaces to reach wet areas. If somehow the mystery continues, we will remove a minimal piece of structural surface, to create a visual opening. There also are times that it requires a full leak detection report that examines the interior of pipes and plumbing.
Content Cleaning and Management on Fire Losses
Fire and smoke can end up effecting nearly every inch of a property including all the interior contents. Smoke odor, soot, and debris can cover everything. We take special care to handle our customers possessions, knowing that to a certain degree "we are our stuff" People's items are a part of their lives, memories, and family heirlooms, making it all the more tragic in the events where a fire consumes everything. So we take preserving, salvaging and cleaning contents seriously.
When contents get thoroughly effected by fire and smoke, it becomes necessary to remove the contents from the home for specialty cleaning. Contents are stored in controlled facilities, where we can focus on wiping and cleaning each piece, from large furniture and artwork, to electronics and small pieces like China and glass menagerie.
Drapes and linens also require specialty care, and again we have cultivated relationships with well vetted dry cleaners and special cleaners for such items as vintage handcrafted and dyed rugs.
We truly love to be able to see the sense of relief that people have when we are able to deliver their personal belongings back to them in good condition.
"Like it never even happened."
When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Home Call Our Experts
When your home suffers flood damage, it is essential for you to get help as swiftly as possible. The quicker the standing water is cleaned up, the less likely it is for the formation of mold damage to happen. Fortunately, there is help close at hand that can rush to your home.
While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, you might wonder what you can do for your home to mitigate damage in the meantime. However, it is unwise to try and do any water removal on your own, as you do not know the state of the water that entered your home. Blackwater contains harmful substances such as bio-waste, chemicals, and even fuel. When it comes to flood water, it is always wise to stay away and let the professionals determine what needs to be done.
As SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can immediately begin to set up water removal equipment. With the sheer amount of water in your home, we can use a combination of portable submersible pumps and truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums and extractors. Once the water is removed, SERVPRO can determine where any flood cuts need to be made to the drywall and if any floors need to be removed. Afterward, our water restoration techs can focus on using drying equipment to return the structure of your home to an appropriate level of dryness.
Once your home has been dried, a rebuild can happen. The rebuild can be done by a contractor that we can help you find. Afterward, your home can be returned to its pre-flooded state.
When a storm causes flood damage inside of your home, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Citrus County by calling (352)522-1053. We're always open and ready to help.
Need Fire Damage Restoration in Citrus– Don’t Wait for First Responders to Leave – Call SERVPRO
The fire department must make sure that all occupants of a home in Citrus are safe and the fire is completely extinguished before they can leave the site of a fire. First responders, like the fire department, have a huge responsibility to keep us safe. They respond to many emergencies, including fires in homes, small businesses, and commercial properties. We are very grateful for their response and the work they do.
SERVPRO can be onsite in less than four hours from your call for fire damage restoration; however, before we can enter the property, first responders must give the green light for our teams and inspectors to enter the building. They make sure the fire is out, and the building is structurally safe for our technicians and anyone else to enter the building.
Once SERVPRO receives the green light to enter, we immediately begin scoping the situation. For example, we can take mitigation action to control further secondary damage, remove debris and damaged structure, remove water, and subsequent drying of the damaged area cleaning and smoke odor removal. There is typically a great deal to do after a fire. Fast response and action can significantly reduce the total damage if water removal, drying, and cleaning begin as quickly as possible.
Among the services SERVPRO provides residents of Citrus after a fire are the following:
- Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
- Water damage mitigation to prevent secondary damage
- House fire cleanup
- Debris removal