What are the Different Ways To Extinguish a Fire?
It's important to know how to extinguish a fire in your home.
Extinguishing a Fire
Fire is one of the most destructive forces on earth. It can cause extensive damage to both property and human life, so it's important that you have a basic understanding of fire extinguishing methods. This article will highlight some common ways to put out fires and give you an idea of what form of fire-suppression equipment is best for different types of fires.
Water is the most common method of putting out a fire, and this is due to its effectiveness in extinguishing all kinds of flames. Water can be used to cool hot surfaces or even douse an open flame that has begun spreading to nearby combustible materials.
However, water should not be used against electrical fires; in fact, you should stay as far away from them as possible. Also do not use water on fires where hydrocarbons are burning (like gasoline). You’ll want to keep some distance between yourself and these as well—they tend to explode when they come into contact with water!
If you're unsure of what type of fire you're dealing with, the first step is to use foam. Foam is a chemical agent that can be used on class A and B fires. Class A fires are defined as combustible solids and include things like paper, wood and cloth; class B fires are flammable liquids or gasses such as gasoline, oil and natural gas. If your fire is electrical in nature—no matter what kind of wire it's connected to—you'll want to use foam as well.
Foam should always be applied with a hose because it can travel quickly over long distances. It can also coat large surfaces while remaining effective against most flames at all times during application (unlike water).
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a non-toxic and non-corrosive gas. It is heavier than air, so it will sink to the bottom of a room. This makes CO2 ideal for use in enclosed spaces such as offices and laboratories where it can be pumped in through vents or pipes.
Due to its effectiveness at extinguishing fires in enclosed spaces, CO2 is also one of the most commonly used fire suppression agents worldwide. However, because CO2 does not displace oxygen from open spaces (and therefore doesn't put out fires), it isn't as effective at putting out flames outdoors or in other large areas where there are plenty of available oxygen molecules for combustion.
Halogenated agents are chemicals that contain bromine, chlorine, or fluorine. These chemicals are used to extinguish fires in flammable liquids. They are toxic and corrosive, so they must be handled carefully by trained firefighters. Halogenated agents should not be used on electrical fires because they can cause sparks that will spread the fire further.
Dry powder extinguishers are used on fires that involve flammable liquids, such as gas and oil. They are not effective against electrical fires or fires that involve combustible metals.
The other type of extinguisher you may encounter is a wet chemical, also known as a "ABC" extinguisher. These are used on flammable liquids and are designed to put out fires made from oil, gasoline, paint, etc. It is important to note that not all fire extinguishers can be used on every type of fire; in fact, using the wrong type of extinguisher could make your situation worse! If you're unsure about what kind of damage your particular fire can cause, it's best to consult with someone who has experience in dealing with such instances before attempting to fight it yourself.
It's wise to have several different types of fire extinguishers throughout their house—especially for those who live alone. This will give everyone more options when faced with an emergency and allow them some peace of mind knowing that help is close by should harm come their way due to a blaze getting out-of-control too quickly.
If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We are available 24/7 and can be at your location quickly. Our team is certified and trained to handle all aspects of fire damage restoration. Additionally, we can help with your insurance claim so that you don't have to worry about anything other than getting back to living your life.
Fire damage can be devastating. If you’re in need of fire repair services in your Columbia, IL home or business, look no further than SERVPRO. We have the training and equipment to handle your smoke and water damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today!
Do you have a disaster plan for your pets?
Emergency plans aren't just for humans. Make sure your fur babies are protected as well.
The number one priority in any disaster is your safety. However, once you are secure, how will your pet be safe as well? Having a pet-preparedness plan along with a human-preparedness plan can be life-saving to you and your pet.
Store Important Items
To care for your pets during a disaster, it is good to store pet food, water, and animal first aid items in your home. Having a stash that can easily be retrieved is pertinent to keeping your pets safe during a crisis.
When you establish a plan for evacuation, include your pets so you know to take them with you. While not always possible, keeping your pets with you increases their chances of survival.
ID Your Pets
It is important for your pets to have an ID on them at any given moment, but especially during a disaster. They can easily be traced if they are properly identified which can make finding them much easier. If an animal is lost, any found pet alerts will contain better information on your animal. Saying that, it is good practice to also check for found pet alerts, as most people in a community would help you find your pet.
Keep Up With Vaccinations
Having your pets’ vaccinations up to date reduces the risk of them getting sick while a disaster occurs.
Your safety is important, but so is your pets’. These practices will ensure that your pets stay happy and healthy during any ordeal.
If your home or business suffers from fire, water, storm, or mold damage, contact your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.
Pretty Bird vs. Nasty Soot
Puff back - bird vs soot. Which would you prefer?
What Are Puff Backs?
Have you ever seen a cute little bird, the black-backed puff back, often found in wooded habitats? These birds are innocent and wonderful. They fly gracefully into the open air causing no trouble to anyone. On the other hand, have you ever seen an escape of nasty, soot-filled air into your home? This type of puff back is not innocent and wonderful. In fact, it causes massive black stains and bad odors in your home. This kind of puff back mostly occurs from oil-fueled furnaces if they are not properly maintained.
Why Do They Happen?
Puff backs are small explosions in a furnace that cause soot to be pushed back into the home instead of through the ventilation system. They are usually caused by build-ups of dirt and soot in the ventilation, failing fans, and clogged filters.
How to Prevent Puff Backs
The only ways to prevent puff backs are to replace filters often and have a professional look at your furnace. As previously stated the largest cause of puff backs is the lack of maintenance on furnaces. It is good practice to have all of your heavily-used appliances routinely checked.
In this Waterloo, IL basement, a puff back left a significant amount of damage on the floor joist system. Our SERVPRO technicians arrived quickly and started the cleaning and deodorization process to return them back to normal. The incident provided an awakening for the residents, and they decided to have their furnace checked often.
The Dangers of Dryer Vents
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Do you want statistics? We have statistics!
According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), failure to clean dryers causes 34% of home fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
- Keep your dryer ventilation unblocked, both inside and outside of the home
- Clear out lint inside flex ducting attached to your dryer
- Remove lint from the filter after every load
- Make sure the outdoor flap is open
With our HEPA duct cleaner vacuums, no amount of dust, dirt, or lint can stop us from protecting your home from fire damage. If your home needs dryer vent or HVAC cleaning, come to the professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. Contact us today at (618) 464-0300.
What in the HAIL?? Time to call SERVPRO
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Hail storms are never a good thing to you and your property. They can put dents in cars and smash holes in homes and windows. Unfortunately, the damage does not stop there. While big chunks of ice can break things, the smaller, harder to detect pieces can cause as much if not more damage.
As hail is coming down, the smaller pieces can put dents in your shingles, allowing water to flow in. Sometimes this water stays hidden until finally: boom! Your roof just caved in due to water damage. So, even the smaller chunks need to be monitored.
Luckily, we at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are experts in water and storm cleanup. The first thing we do is seal off any holes created by the hail to stop water from flowing in. Next, we get to work drying any moist areas using our air movers and dehumidifiers. Your damaged belongings are cleaned and restored to pre-disaster condition as we close off your home from nature again.
Let us ease your mind as we handle any disaster nature throws at you. Call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties for your expert fire, water, mold, and storm cleanup needs. (618) 464-0300
How to Categorize Your Water Damage
Regardless of the category, SERVPRO can help. Give us a call today at (618)464-0300
There are different types of water damage, some more harmful than others. Knowing about the different kinds is essential to keeping yourself safe when a water disaster hits your home or business. While you may be thinking, “It’s not like I’m going to drink the flood water in my basement,” it is more than just ingesting the water that can cause harm.
Category 1 Water
Category 1 Water is the cleanest. It refers to water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and is classified as “clean water”. Examples include water supply lines, tub or sink overflows, or appliance malfunctions that involve a water supply line.
Category 2 Water
Category 2 Water is the kind you need to watch out for. Known as “grey water”, this kind refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants. This kind of water can cause discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Grey water carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls, sump pump failures, and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
Category 3 Water
Category 3 Water is grossly unsanitary. It is known as “black water” and can contain unsanitary agents and harmful bacteria and fungi. Being exposed to or ingesting black water can cause health issues. Category 3 Water refers to water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water, or standing water. Category 2 Water that is not promptly removed form the structure and/or has remained stagnant may be reclassified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination.
SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties wants you to be informed of the dangers of water and the kind of damage it can cause. We can handle any kind of water damage your home or business has, making it “Like it never even happened.” If your home or business suffers from water damage, call the experts at (618) 464-0300.
Biohazard problem? SERVPRO can solve that.
Biohazard? There's a PRO for that. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties 618-464-0300. Call us today!!
Exposure to hazardous materials can pose serious health threats to building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. Failure to properly handle these disasters can result in unhealthy and even dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties is trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal. We have the necessary equipment and cleaning products to ensure that your home or business recovers from any biological or chemical disaster.
SERVPRO can help with:
- Bloodborne pathogens
- Sewage backups
- Black water issues
And even more.
Our 24/7 emergency response service ensures that any time, day or night, you are taken care of. If your home or business ever suffers from a biohazard disaster, do not hesitate to call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.
Get the 411 on Preventative Steps for your Water Heater
Water heater leaks? We got your back. Call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties (618)464-0300
We use our water heaters tirelessly. Whether it comes to cleaning dishes, taking showers, or washing hands, we rely on them to fulfill our hot water needs. If not properly maintained, these devices can not only be unable to heat water, but can break and fill your home with water. However, with the right preventative steps, you can avoid this altogether.
Your average hot water heater has a lifespan of about 10 years. If not replaced in this time, it can start to slow down and not heat water as fast, or shoot water around your home due to leaks and breaks. It is a good idea to have your water heater replaced about every 10 years.
Hot water heaters aren’t perfect and can often have problems other than being too old. Sometimes, heavily-used parts of the machine, like gaskets, can rust or wear down, causing leaks. Frequently check your water heater for any signs of damage or rust to any parts.
Signs (Not the Movie)
There are a few ways that you can tell if your hot water heater has deteriorating components:
- Strange color of hot water
- Strange odor of hot water
- Strange noises coming from the machine
If you stay vigilant when it comes to your hot water heater, you can enjoy years without hot water heater incidents or water damage. We at SERVPRO want homeowners and business owners to know the risks and preventative measures when dealing with hot water heaters so you don’t run into disaster.
If you do have water damage due to a hot water heater malfunction, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.
April Showers bring May Flowers and Overwhelmed Sump Pumps
Keep the puddles outside. Not in your basement. Call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties (618)464-0300
It is officially April which means April showers are upon us! Excessive rain can be good for some plants, but not so great for your home. Flood damage can occur, basements can be flooded, and home exteriors can suffer. SERVPRO has all the tools needed to clean up any flood disaster!
We Have the Know-How
We at SERVPRO follow strict industry standards when it comes to recovering your home from flood damage. With our state-of-the-art drying equipment and techniques, we can quickly and efficiently return your home or business back to pre-disaster condition. SERVPRO also provides a 24/7 emergency response service so we can assist with your water disaster any time, day or night.
If your home or business has flood damage due to the coming rain, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.
Storm Season is here and so is SERVPRO
If you need a lifejacket to get through your basement, it is time to call the pros. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at 618-464-0300
Your Guide Through Stormy Seas
Inclement/stormy weather is one of the main causes of water damage in homes across the country. Basements can flood and attics can leak, which can leave your home susceptible to considerable amounts of water damage. These disasters are often unpredictable, which is why it is so important to have SERVPRO by your side.
Our System Works
Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
Step 6: Restoration
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