servpro: Fundamentals of Psychrometry (part III) - 02/24/10 12:37 AM
Evaporation
   Evaporation is the process of expelling moisture from materials into the air.  Moisture converts from a liquid state on a material's surface into a gaseous state as water vapor.  Air movers enhance the evaporation process by introducing airflow at the surface level of materials.  The airflow causes moisture to pass from surfaces into the air as vapor.  Airflow then replaces this highly saturated air with the dryer air produced by dehumidifiers removing water vapor from air.  Increases in temperature also increase evaporation, since warmer air can hold more moisture.
Dehumidification
   Dehumidification is the process of removing or extracting … (1 comments)

servpro: Fundamentals of Psychrometry (part II) - 02/18/10 12:28 AM
Here are some other terms you should get accustomed to...
Dew Point
   The temperature at which water vapor begins to condense is known as the dew piont.  When air is saturated with water vapor, a drop in temperature forces the air mass to release some of its moisture in the form of condensation.  For example, on a warm humid morning the windows of a car are covered with dew or water droplets.  The glass is cold enough to cool the air contacting the glass to the dew point, resulting in condensation.  When drying a structure, you must never allow the … (0 comments)

servpro: Fundamentals of Psychrometry - 02/17/10 12:32 AM
Understanding psychrometry is easier if you are familiar with the fundamentals involved in measuring air conditions. 
Grains Per Pound (GPP)
   "Grains per pound" (gpp) is the unit used to measure the weight of moisture in air.  The number of grains per pound of dry air expresses the specific humidityof the air.  Stated another way, specific humidity expresses the weight (in number of grains) of the moisture present in a pound of air.  To determine the "grains per pound" of current air conditions, you must plot the temperature of air and the relative humidity of air on a psychrometric chart.  The … (10 comments)

servpro: Psychrometry - 02/16/10 12:14 AM
   Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties.  The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions and determine whether intervention is needed to prevent damage to materials.  Psychrometrics (another name for "psychrometry") evaluates how these properties of air relate to the effects that moisture has on various structural materials and contents.
   Water damage restoration professionals need a thorough understanding of psychrometrics to dry a structure and its contents effectively.  Water damages materials in two ways: (1) from absorption of water in direct contact with materials and (2) from absorption … (1 comments)

servpro: Hazardous Materials Associated with Water Damage - 02/12/10 01:17 AM
   Hazardous chemicals, lead and asbestos may be present in some water-damaged buildings.  Be alert for hazardous materials and do not try to handle or remove them unless you are certified to deal with hazardous materials.  Use qualified subcontractors to remove and dispose of hazardous materials.
   Asbestos is a common hazardous material found in buildings.  Old appliances may have asbestos in the wiring and insulation.  Items such as stoves, ovens, toasters, hair dryers, irons and iron rests, fry pans, clothes dryers and even old TVs may have asbestos in them.  Acoustical ceiling tiles, caulks, putty, wallboard, HVAC ducts, pipe insulation, … (0 comments)

servpro: Molds Associated with Water Damage - 02/11/10 01:14 AM
   Heavy mold contamination also poses health risks for workers and occupants.  Health reactions can develop from inhaling, ingesting or touching mold spores or fragments.  Some molds produce toxigenic mycotoxins that potentially can affect some persons even though the mold spores are dead or dormant.  Specific precautionary procedures must be used when mitigating mold contaminations. 
   Stachybotris chartarum (or Stachybotris atra) is a species of mold thought to be highly toxic.  This mold requires a highly saturated environment to grow and takes about two weeks to develop.  Some common locations where Stachybotris may be found are basements, bathrooms, wall cavities or … (1 comments)

servpro: Infectious Waste Associated with Water Damage - 02/09/10 11:45 PM
   Sewage, floodwaters and condensation from air conditioners contain infectious organisms that pose a serious health threat to workers and occupants.  In flood situations, dead, decaying animals may also be present and pose a health hazard.  Even a clean water source may pose a problem if the water is in a structure for an extended time.  Water and excessive moisture provide an excellent environment for the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses.  The IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (S5000), Chapter 2, provides an extensive discussion of microbiology associated with water damages.
   OSHA requires employers to … (1 comments)

servpro: Structural Hazards Associated with Water Damage - 02/08/10 11:48 PM
   Storm-damaged structures might be weakened and pose hazards.  Floods and earthquakes can cause considerable damage to a building foundation or to the bearing partitions under and around a structure.  Storm surge and wave action from a hurricane can undermine foundations or damage pilings in pier-type construction.
   Long-term exposure to water may destroy the structural integrity of materials such as particle board and drywall, creating a hazard for workers and occupants.  Determine potential structural hazards before proceeding with mitigation and restoration services.
*  Damage to natural gas lines, resulting in leaking lines, is possible with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and major flooding.  … (1 comments)

servpro: Electrical Hazards Associated with Water Damage - 02/08/10 08:00 AM
   Mixing water and electricity creates a potential for disaster, and electrical hazards lurk everywhere on the typical water damage job site.  Water that comes into the building from above, such as from a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to intrude into the wiring system.  Floods may also cause water to intrude into the wiring system.  Water damage restoration professionals have witnessed a light fixture completely submerged in water with the light bulb still burning!  The power distribution panel was also submerged.  What would have happened if someone had stepped into the water in that … (1 comments)

servpro: Document Drying - 02/01/10 06:20 AM
When your valuable documents become damaged extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the damage does not destroy the document.
Though many types of documents cannot be fully restored to preloss condition, it is possible to save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.  Depending on the type of damage and the type of document, there are five options for the restoration of documents:
Air Drying  Dehumidification  Freezer Drying  Vacuum Freeze Drying  Vacuum Thermal Drying   
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servpro: MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ASBESTOS - 01/27/10 11:21 PM
Q.        What is asbestos?
A.        Asbestos is the common name for a group of minerals.  When the fibrous material is separated from the rock during the mining process, the fibers are incorporated into manufactured items.  The asbestos is mixed with binding materials such as epoxy, magnesium or cement, and shaped to meet a certain need.
Q.        How is asbestos used?
A.        Asbestos has been used in approximately 3,000 different products.  The amount of asbestos contained in these products varies from less than one percent to 100 percent, depending on the product's use.
            Approximately two-thirds of the mined asbestos was used … (0 comments)

servpro: Smoke Alarms Save Lives - 01/21/10 03:36 AM
More than 1.6 million fires are reported each year in the United States.  It's a sobering statistic, especially when you consider the more than 3,600 people who lose their lives in these fires.
Everyone knows smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, but many homeowners forget to ensure their alarms and detectors are in working order.  According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), no smoke alarms were present in 42 percent of fatal residential structure fires.  When smoke alarms were present (58 percent of fatal fires), only 37 percent of those alarms were reported to e working correctly.
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servpro: Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners - 01/18/10 02:53 AM
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1) fast action; and 2 thorough drying.
* Identify the source of water and take immediate steps to stop further intrusion.
* Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
* Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and other table top items.
* Remove and prop … (0 comments)

servpro: Thawing Frozen Pipes - 01/12/10 12:50 AM
How do you know your pipe is frozen? After a bitterly coldnight, you turn on your tap and instead of a steady gush of water you get asickly trickle followed by...nothing. Since water expands when it freezes - andpipes don't - a frozen pipe is in danger of bursting. It needs to be thawed.
First you need to find out where the pipe is frozen. Turn off the main watersupply. This will prevent the water from gushing out once the pipe is thawed. Thenopen the taps in the house.
•If water isn't running anywhere in the house, a pipe near the … (1 comments)

servpro: Local Business Announces SERVPRO System’s Sales Reach $1 Billion - 01/11/10 01:29 AM
Amid the economic turmoil of the current recession, one local business says its franchise system reported solid growth in 2009. SERVPRO of  Norcross, which is part of the nationwide system of more than 1,500 franchises, said 2009 year-end system-wide revenue hit the $1 billion mark for the first time in SERVPRO's 40-year history.
"The SERVPRO franchise system is built around solid core values," said Michael Tokarz, owner of SERVPRO of Norcross. "As long as we provide superior service and focus on saving our clients money, we will continue to earn their business."  Tokarz added that 2009 was the 10th time in 11 years the SERVPRO system experienced double-digit volume growth. "It's reassuring to know that … (0 comments)

servpro: Exercising Caution with Alternative Heat - 01/06/10 04:16 AM
Everyone wants to keep their homes and workspaces warm during the winter.  In an effort to keep heating costs down, many residents and employees will turn to alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and portable space heaters.
When used and maintained as directed, these methods can effectively warm your home or office.  However, there is also an inherent danger, as heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months.
In 2006, fires started by heating equipment caused more than $940 million in direct property damage.  Portable space heaters were responsible for nearly one-third of these … (0 comments)

servpro: Resolve to be Ready This Year - 01/05/10 02:42 AM
It's that time of year again - time to make promises to yourself about your health, life and career goals.  As you list your resolutions for 2010, you owe it to yourself, your vendors, your customers and your family to make one last promise - to review your business continuity plan.
Just how quickly could your business get back on its feet if a tornado, flood, fire, or other disaster struck your community?  No matter how unlikely it seems, disasters do happen.  True preparedness means being ready for any emergency whether that be flooding, a utility outage, or some kind of man-made disaster.  … (0 comments)

servpro: Tips to Winterize Your Property - 01/04/10 12:07 AM
Cold Weather can have a huge impact on businesses and homes that aren't prepared.  Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can all have a negative impact on your property.  To help avoid costly and time-consuming damages due to the weather, consider the following tips while winterizing your property this year.
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.  Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home and business. Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve … (3 comments)

servpro: Southern Loss Golf Tournament - 10/20/09 11:45 AM
When I woke up this morning I was a bit nervous.  Today was our bi-annual golf tournament with Southern Loss Association at Chatuea Elan and it was about 40 degrees.  Thankfully the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.  Selling mulligans we were able to raise $930 for the Susan G Komen foundation.  It was a beautiful scene. 
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servpro: Fire Escape Planning Tips - 10/19/09 01:11 AM
The following are several tips that could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home or business. 
*  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
*  Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
*  Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm.
*  Practice finding yoru way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling ro staying low and feeling your way out of the house.
*  Remember to escape first, then notify the fire department.
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