How Quickly Can Flood Damage Wreck Your Home?
SERVPRO Says--Call us fast to mitigate flood damaghe and prevent mold infestations in your Salem home
Salem Residents need Flood Damage Remediation Fast
When a storm rips through Salem, it can leave all kinds of chaos in its wake. We are all used to seeing images on television of storm-ravaged houses, but of course we hope it will never happen to us. Unfortunately, you cannot guarantee your home will not suffer damage, but when disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here to help.
Speed is vital when dealing with flood damage in your Salem home. Floodwater causes more damage the longer the situation goes on.
What happens when floodwater first enters your home?
The damage begins as soon as water enters your home. Moisture immediately soaks into:
- Floor and walls
- Carpets and rugs
- Upholstery and drapes
Color can bleed out of upholstery in minutes, paper products can swell, and wood can warp.
What are the risks in the first few hours?
In the first few hours, drywall soaks up water, carpets become even more water-logged (and usually are not salvageable), and wood swells more. Metal surfaces might start to tarnish, and you will start to smell the unmistakable damp odor that comes after flood damage.
What are the risks in the first week?
Within a week, the effects of a flood are catastrophic:
- Mold spores start growing within 48 hours, which can cause health effects and spreading fungus
- Doors and window frames swell to the point they cannot open
- Metal starts to rust
- Paint blisters and bubbles
Can SERVPRO get here fast?
It is clear that fast action is vital. We contact you within an hour of receiving your first call, and arrive at your home within four hours to begin assessment and remediation.
Our technicians come with industry-grade personal protective equipment and powerful pumps, air dryers, and dehumidifiers. We remove excess water, then dry your home, and supervise necessary repairs. Because we arrive quickly, we can often save wooden furniture and upholstery.
We monitor moisture levels and check for hidden patches of moisture, to ensure a thorough job. We also deodorize your home when we are finished, so it smells fresh once more.
If you need help fast, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.
What are Mold Remediation Standards and Why are They Important for Salem Local Businesses?
Don’t panic when noticing a mold infestation in your home or business. Contact our IICRC certified team for mold remediation services.
Salem Companies Need Knowledgeable Mold Remediation Companies
Entrepreneurs in the Salem area know the importance of standards and guidelines. From quality control guidelines to the employees’ handbook, standards help your business run in a consistent way and build trust with your customers.
If you need mold remediation in your Salem business premises, you want to know the company you call has established standards and best practices. You would not entrust someone with your business if you were not confident in their knowledge and procedures.
What is the IICRC and why does it matter?
IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a non-profit organization for the restoration industry (including fire, flood, and mold remediation.) It was founded in 1972 and is now an international organization with over 6000 certified firms worldwide.
The IICRC aims to establish global standards for the remediation. What does that mean for your business? It means that IICRC-trained staff understands the theory and practice of remediation, and they are up to date on best practices and the most effective techniques.
How does SERVPRO train its staff?
We use IICRC standards to train our staff, and we offer:
- 15-day hands-on training at our training facility for operators
- Self-paced certification programs for all staff
- Ongoing training and e-learning to keep our team up to date
We know that investing in our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team is the best way to serve the local business community.
What do the IICRC standards for mold include?
The IICRC standards for mold cover every aspect of mold remediation, including:
- Being aware of health and safety for your staff and our workers
- Documenting the condition of the building and our process as we proceed
- Controlling contamination at the source to prevent spores from spreading further
- Removing mold contamination
- Dealing with the moisture problem – moisture is present wherever there is mold, and fixing the moisture issue is vital
In practice, these standards add up to a thorough mold remediation process in Salem that leaves your business Certified: SERVPRO cleaned.
What health and safety precautions do we take?
We equip our teams with personal protective equipment that includes gloves, coveralls, eye protection, and respirators. We assess your facility for any health and safety hazards before we begin work. In more severe cases, mold can rot wood or damage drywall, so we make sure the area is safe to work in before we start.
We talk to you about health and safety issues and offer directions to ensure you and your staff stay safe throughout the process.
How do we document the conditions?
Monitoring conditions in the affected area is essential. We can see the mold mycelium (the collection of cells), but we cannot see how deep moisture goes inside walls or under carpets and floorboards. We monitor conditions using:
- Moisture meters and probes to measure moisture levels in a range of materials
- Thermal imaging to monitor the movement of water through building materials
- Thermo-hygrometers to measure humidity
Proper monitoring means we can compare conditions at the start and end of the remediation process, and we can monitor moisture levels while remediation is in progress. Documenting means there is no guess-work involved: We always know the exact conditions in your business premises and can adjust our process if needed to get the best results.
How do we control contamination at the source?
It is effortless for mold spores to become airborne and spread through your business. SERVPRO takes steps to prevent spores from escaping:
- Setting up negative air machines so that air cannot flow from the contaminated area to uncontaminated areas
- Shutting off HVAC systems and covering doors, windows, and vents to cut off escape routes
- Building a containment chamber around the affected area
What do we do to remove mold contamination?
Although it is impossible to capture every last microscopic spore, the more visible contamination we can remove, the less chance of it coming back. We use HEPA vacuums to hoover up mold, and we can also use dry scrubbing, soda blasting, and wet wiping with antimicrobial agents to deal with fungal growth.
SERVPRO can remove mold from carpets, drapes, blinds, walls, wooden surfaces, furniture, and more. Our technicians will also dispose carefully of any mold-invested materials that cannot be cleaned.
How do we deal with the moisture problem?
The IICRC standards state that the best cleaning methods cannot prevent mold returning if moisture is still present. We handle the moisture problem using a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to evaporate water and reduce humidity. We can also bring in portable heaters if needed. You can count on our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians to service your building following best practices.
For knowledgeable mold remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.
After Fire Damage Can a Business Space Be Returned to Its Former Condition?
SERVPRO understands that your Salem business is your livelihood. We will do what it takes to get you back in business better than ever.
SERVPRO Can Come In and Help Get Your Salem Business Back to Its Former Glory After Fire.
After a fire, business managers in Salem are concerned about many things. They are primarily worried about returning to normal operations as quickly as possible. But one of those concerns is what condition their commercial space will be in once the restoration is completed after a fire?
SERVPRO has been providing fire damage restoration services in Salem and surrounding areas for almost twenty years. We also offer water, flood, and storm restoration services. Business managers want to return to operations as quickly as possible after a fire, even in temporary quarters. Many customers also plan their return to normal operations with a grand reopening celebration providing customers with discounts and handouts.
Our experienced team can help meet these goals. Our fire damage restoration processes include:
- Removal of all items and structure damaged by the fire
- Identification and cleaning of all things needing cleaning
- Thorough cleaning of all surfaces to remove soot and smoke odors
- Removal of smoke odors in all areas of the building
Our main target is to return your commercial space to its former condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Should Equipment and Materials Be Moved Out of the Property?
SERVPRO can assist business managers with these decisions. The preferred approach is to clean and deodorize equipment in place unless restoration is impeded. However, we offer pack-out services to remove items to our premises for thorough cleaning and sanitization. Our fire and odor removal technicians will review each item to make appropriate recommendations. For example:
- Clothing and fabric items may be removed for cleaning
- Small equipment items, particularly electronics, may be removed for specialized cleaning
- Heavy equipment items are generally left in place
- Surface cleaning can be performed by SERVPRO, while specially trained technicians may be required for interior cleaning of the equipment and maintenance
SERVPRO can help coordinate all of these activities, aiming to return your business to normal operations as soon as possible.
Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead (978) 744-4545 to help with fire damage to your business.
Why Should Homeowners Hire Water Loss Recovery Companies that Also Offer Rebuilding Services?
Water quickly damages drywall and other structural items. SERVPRO has effective methods to restore your home.
Streamline Water Damage Restoration in Salem with SERVPRO's Full Lineup of Mitigation, Remediation, and General Contracting Services
Every Salem residential water emergency presents unique circumstances. Because we can never be confident about what challenges we might face, it is of great benefit to our customers that our company holds a general contractor's license. In addition to our managers' and technicians' certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), this licensure allows us to offer a total restoration package.
What Water Damage Restoration Tasks Can a General Contracting Firm Handle?
When your Salem home suffers water damage, restoration efforts frequently include more than merely performing water extraction and structural drying. IICRC-trained technicians seek out trapped water to control safety hazards and prevent progressive deterioration of building materials and secondary damage. As a licensed general contractor, SERVPRO can take steps to:
- Support ceilings, floors, walls, and other structures sagging or bulging because of trapped water
- Release water from building cavities safely through strategies like:
- Weep holes punched from the wall to the center of affected ceilings
- Drainage holes cut or drilled in walls after woodwork removal
- Flood cuts in wall materials sawn from stud to stud, floor level to several inches above the waterline
- Remove toe kicks and molding from built-in cabinetry to access water pooled beneath
- Strategic removal or propping of hardwood planks or strips to direct the airflow over and under the flooring
- Repair, replace, and rebuild structures affected by the water date itself or the controlled demolition performed to mitigate and remediate the harm
Is It a Better Solution to Hire a Separate General Contractor to Reconstruct After Water Damage?
Using the full spectrum SERVPRO team is a cost and time-effective way to manage even complicated water damage restoration. We can coordinate the phases and tasks more efficiently, and have a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances a new contractor would need to learn, delaying their response. You avoid the stress of finding and interviewing firms for the final stages of restoration.
The turnkey water damage restoration approach from SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead makes the journey from waterlogged to "Like it never even happened," seamless. Obtain all services needed for water restoration, assessment through build back, with one call to (978) 744-4545.
Can Residents Use Sandbags to Help Prevent Flood Damage?
Sandbags can help minimize the risk of flooding.
Salem Homeowners Are Keen to Protect Their Properties from Flood Damage
Anyone living in Salem knows that home repairs can be costly and time-consuming. That is why it is better to keep on top of home maintenance and fix problems as soon as you notice them. It is advisable potential issues and mitigate them before they happen.
One crucial area of preparation is reducing flood damage from Salem storms. By the time weather forecasters predict a storm, it is often too late to take action and protect your home. Get your supplies together ahead of time, so you are ready to act when a storm warning comes.
Sandbags are one way to protect your home.
What are sandbags, and how do they work?
A sandbag is a burlap or polypropylene sack filled with sand or dirt. People use sandbags to:
- Create military barricades
- Temporarily fix a damaged levee or dyke
- Control and direct traffic
- Protect homes and businesses from flood damage
Sandbags can create a temporary barrier and keep floodwater away from your home, but you must have them on hand when the storm hits. If flooding is already underway, you will not have time to fill and stack sandbags.
How do I make and stack sandbags?
Making sandbags is easy. For residential use, around 18" wide and 36" deep, or slightly smaller, is a good size. Fill bags between a third and a half-full with a heavy-bodied or sandy soil. Always use burlap or woven polypropylene sacks – no other materials are suitable.
When you get word that a flood or storm is coming, stack sandbags by following these steps:
- Overlap the top of the bag (don't tie) and stack them with the folded part underneath
- Place the folded piece pointing uphill so they will not open when water runs past them
- Stamp each bag firmly into place to create stability
- Create one layer at a time, placing bags, so they overlap like bricks in a wall
What risks do I need to look for when using sandbags?
SERVPRO knows it is essential to keep floodwater from your Salem property, and improper use of sandbags can cause more problems than it solves. Do not use sandbags to create a fence around your home. Flood water can collect between the bags and your house and cause more damage.
Use plastic sheeting between sandbags and your house's wall if you can, as this makes the sandbags more effective.
Know that it takes two people to fill sandbags, and it is a time-consuming process – you cannot do it in a hurry when a storm has already started. Sandbags cannot always completely protect your home, but they can reduce the amount of water that reaches your house.
Can SERVPRO help me if water gets into my property?
If water enters your property, SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead is here to assist. We are constantly available 24/7, and we train our technicians in every aspect of flood damage cleanup. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means you should call us to help with minor or significant flood damage.
What can SERVPRO do about storm damage?
Our technicians can take care of every factor of flood damage remediation:
- We use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to extract flood water from your house
- We use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the structure of your home, and to dry around and between furniture
- We use wet and dry cleaning, spot cleaning, and ultrasonic cleaning to restore your personal belongings
- We bring in air scrubbers, fogging machines, and ozone generators, to remove damp odors
Our technicians use industry-standard monitoring equipment to log drying results and adjust our method if necessary. If elements such as drywall, carpet, or wallpaper are damaged beyond repair, we can restore them.
Is there anything else I can do to protect my house from floodwater?
Before a storm comes, you might want to look into fitting storm doors. It is also good to stay on top of repairs such as damaged guttering, missing roof tiles, or damaged window and door frames. Water can get through the tiniest gaps, so it is essential to mend even the smallest of leaks.
Sandbags are a temporary measure – they degrade with use and cannot be used as a permanent measure. However, they can provide temporary relief and reduce the amount of water that enters your home during a storm. If water leaks into your home, call SERVPRO so we can take care of remediation.
For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.
What Tools Work Best for Carpet Water Removal in Salem Homes?
Different Salem Carpet Drying Methods Can Save Our SERVPRO Customers Money and Inconveniences. "Like it never even happened."
Water removal is one of the foundations of effective mitigation for damaged homes.
Substantial water emergencies in Salem homes often require a prompt response from water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. Because our technicians stay read to mobilize 24/7, we can usually reach damaged addresses within hours of the first notice of loss to begin mitigation. While this and emergency services that happen before job scoping can reduce total losses for the house, an essential element to these processes is water removal.
The importance of removing standing water and drying water damage in Salem homes cannot be overstated. With hygroscopic materials sensitive to absorption like carpeting, the removal of water and subsequent dying happens similarly with specific tools and technologies. Water removal from carpeted flooring often involves:
- Carpet Wands – Despite efficient drying solutions, carpet wands are fundamental in removing trapped water from fibers and padding.
- Weighted Extractor – Using the weight of the technicians running the equipment, stationary tools and ride-on options force moisture to the surface for removal with onboard vacuums.
- Submersible Pumps – Pooling beyond the carpet itself should get addressed as quickly as possible with submersible pumps or even wet vacuums if less than two inches in depth.
What Steps Can Make Drying More Efficient?
Drying individual components of a carpet floor system requires continual monitoring of changing conditions. Removing the carpet for reuse often leaves damaged padding behind that can get pulled and discarded. Experienced technicians can then evaluate the subflooring and deploy carpet drying mats when necessary to draw out moisture from the affected areas.
Our CCT carpet cleaning technicians can dry wet carpeting in place when the soaking is not extreme. "Floating" a carpet can be a cost-effective and time-saving method.
Water damages to properties can often be unavoidable when you are contending with pooling and migrating loss effects. As a professional water restoration company serving the area, you can count on the fast response and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team. Give us a call today at (978) 744-4545.
Can My Wet Carpet Be Saved?
Quick action can help save your property's water damaged carpets.
After a flood, many property owners may wonder if their carpet and pad can be saved as carpeting can be an expensive investment. Saving it is more cost-effective than replacing it but successful flooded carpet cleaning depends on many things.
The age and quality of the carpet and pad, as well as installation type, are key factors. But knowing the type of floodwater involved is essential to knowing if water damaged carpet cleaning is possible. In the water damage restoration industry, we classify floodwater into three main categories.
The three main types of floodwater
Category 1: Clean water from a broken pipe or rainwater that has not mixed with contaminants. Saving a carpet damaged by Category 1 water is possible if the carpet has been wet for less than 24-48 hours. Otherwise, the water may “degrade” into Category 2. Professionals can restore both padding and carpet through proper sanitation and remediation procedures.
Category 2: Greywater which is contaminated and can cause sickness if swallowed or if it touches the body. This includes overflow from washing machines or dishwashers, toilet overflows with no solid matter, broken aquariums, sump pump failures, etc. With this type of loss, the padding needs to be replaced, but the carpet can be salvaged. Not treating a Category 2 loss within 24-48 hours will turn into a Category 3.
Category 3: Blackwater that’s highly contaminated with pathogens or other harmful agents and materials. Examples include sewage, toilet backflows, flooding from seawater, rivers, streams, and water from hurricanes, storms or other weather-related events. Cleaning your flooded carpet is nearly impossible if Category 3 water saturated it.
Every water damage situation is different. So, you cannot know for sure if or when your carpet and pad can be salvaged until you have SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead inspect the carpeting.
Also, the faster you report the disaster, the lower the costs will be. If you’re dealing with a flooded carpet problem, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead right away!
Flooded carpet cleaning: DIY or call a pro?
While trying to extract the water yourself has some benefits, professional carpet cleaning is a much better solution. A shop vacuum, towels, and ceiling fans are no match for professional extraction and drying equipment. Plus, an expert can evaluate the entire water damage incident and mitigate and remediate the entire loss, not just the carpet.
Also, the mitigation process should begin without delay. Otherwise, the carpet can suffer permanent damage. To have a better chance of saving the carpet, contact SERVPRO of Salem/peabody/Marblehead at once after the water damage incident. We have the tools and expertise to sanitize and dry the flooded carpet efficiently.
Except for cases of blackwater flooding, professional carpet cleaning can bring carpets back to life. The goal is not to replace, but to restore. We can help you save money by avoiding the high replacement costs.
After any flooding incident, always call your insurance company. Your homeowners insurance might cover the flood damage, but some flooding losses are not covered. For those, you might need separate flood insurance. If the loss has coverage, take photos and videos of the damage right away and file the insurance claim. Your insurance agent may also recommend a reputable restoration company to come to your rescue.
For any of your flooded carpet cleaning needs, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Saelm/Peabody/Marblehead. Our restoration teams will provide an industry-standard estimate and create a proper plan of action to restore your carpet quickly. 978.744.4545
How to Prevent Water Damage from Your HVAC System
Proper HVAC maintenance can save you an expensive water damage later!
Change the HVAC filter regularly
- Changing the filter helps prevent the unit from overworking, which can cause freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading HVAC water damage.
- Change the filter at least once a month with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Some air filters need to be changed twice a year, others once a month, depending on their type and how often you use the HVAC system.
- Check the instructions manual first to know what type of filter you need.
- If the filters are inside the furnace or air handler, hire a contractor to change the filters.
Clean the condenser
- The condenser is the exterior portion of your air conditioner or heat pump. It requires proper airflow to work efficiently.
- Any dirt or other debris that accumulate on the condenser should be removed once a year (preferably at the beginning of spring).
- Also, make sure to keep plants away from the condenser and remove any cover from it to ensure proper airflow.
- Leave at least two feet of space between the unit and the bushes or shrubs in your yard.
Maintain the condensation drain line
- When your AC unit is running, check the condensation line opening to make sure you see water flowing to the drain. The amount of water that flows depends on the humidity level in the house.
- Clean the AC drainage holes. Locate the drainage hole on the base of the cabinet (beneath the evaporator fins). Use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it, thus ensuring the AC drainage is kept clear.
- Once or twice a year, flush out your drain line with an algaecide to prevent mold or algae from forming. Use a commercial solution or regular bleach.
- Make sure to properly connect and install the main drain line and emergency drain line.
- Check that the pipe is oriented correctly, as it might be knocked out of alignment.
How to unclog the drain line
- Sometimes, the drain line gets clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits, and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home.
- Attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line (removing the paper filter first) and suck the clog out.
- Consider installing an overflow shut off device on the drain line to automatically turn off the A/C unit if the drain line backs up.
Install a condensation pump
- Another tip on how to avoid HVAC water damage is to install a condensation pump.
- That helps excess water flow into the proper disposal drain.
- Additionally, install a safety float switch to automatically shut down the power to the AC unit whenever condensation builds up, and there is a risk of water overflow.
Maintain the overflow drain pan
- The drain pan collects any water that has overflowed due to a clogged drain line.
- Over time, drain pans made of metal or plastic may get damaged, resulting in leaks and water damage.
- If you notice leaks near the drain pan, carefully inspect it for damage using a flashlight.
- Consider patching up small holes or cracks using epoxy glue or replacing the pan entirely.
- Regularly clean the drain pan. Rinse the pan and clean it with a bleach-water mixture to clear out any dirt or mold growth.
Have your HVAC system inspected professionally
- HVAC inspection and maintenance can be difficult for homeowners, so hiring a professional is a good idea.
- Besides the tasks already mentioned, they can inspect and fix problems related to HVAC components.
- Those include the ductwork, furnace flames, grills and registers, AC compressors, the thermostat, and more.
Is your HVAC unit causing water damage? SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead can help!
Knowing how to prevent AC from leaking is sometimes not enough to prevent your unit from causing water damage. When leaks occur, the moisture promotes mold growth that can contaminate the air in your home. For HVAC water damage restoration and mold removal, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead today...978.744.4545
Advanced Drying Techniques
SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead uses the most modern drying equipment
After a flood, it is critical to dry water-damaged properties and contents as quickly as possible. In the past, water damage restoration contractors had few options available to them when performing water damage restoration. Equipment was restricted in its availability, variety, efficiency, and effectiveness. It was not only slow but would also result in removing and discarding damaged contents.
Then, of course, it was necessary to install new materials, paint, etc. The result was a long period of disruption to the occupants and extra expenses for insurance companies. Today, however, the “science of drying” has improved significantly. Thanks to modern equipment, we can completely restore water damaged properties and contents with minimal intrusion.
Some of the latest drying technologies include:
- LGR Dehumidifiers — Using LGR Dehumidifiers, technicians can reduce the relative humidity to as low as 10%. These tools can remove up to 16 gallons of water from the air per day. Older dehumidifiers were able to reduce the humidity to only 40%, removing about five gallons of water per day. This disparity represents a vast improvement in efficiency, resulting in faster drying times – 24 to 48 hours as opposed to four or more days with older equipment.
- Desiccants — In the right setting, restoration professionals will turn to a desiccant dehumidifier. Desiccants release very dry and warm air (5% relative humidity and 110 degrees F) into humid areas, eliminating moisture. They use silica gel to absorb humidity from the air. Desiccants operate very effectively, even if the environment is below freezing.
- Intra-wall Drying — This technique helps the drying process inside of walls without removing drywall. In this process, baseboards are removed, and small holes are drilled through walls near the base. Technicians then push air into the cavity behind the wall. This dramatically reduces drying time for the wall, often to less than half of what it would take to dry it by other methods. The forced air approach also works for certain types of insulation, again eliminating the need to remove drywall to gain access. This method is especially appropriate when water damage originates from above the affected room. In many cases, it’s the only way to effectively save the walls.
- Rescue Mat Systems — Today’s powerful water extraction equipment is far more effective at removing moisture than simple vacuum units, a common practice in times past. Rescue mat systems can extract water from hardwood floors efficiently, leaving the underlying pad slightly moist but not wet.
Other benefits of using advanced drying tools
- Lower expenses — Wet carpet, pad, and drywall can often be completely restored and do not need replacement. This results in lower costs for the loss, and it allows the occupants to return to their normal lives much sooner with far less disruption. Also, modern technology can prevent the costs related to older methods, such as turning back and/or removing carpet; removing, discarding, and replacing the pad; replacing the new carpet or relaying the old.
- Preventing mold — Thanks to faster drying, mold and other fungi have less time to develop. This helps alleviate possible health problems, such as respiratory discomfort and allergic reactions, which fungal contamination can cause. In addition, mold can weaken structural materials, such as drywall and wood framing, to the point that they must be replaced. Using advanced dehumidification systems removes moisture and thus helps prevent mold growth. With little or no moisture present, mold and mildew either do not start or die very quickly.
- Other benefits of rapidly removing moisture include the prevention of irreversible swelling in porous materials, such as paper and wood; shrinkage in some fabrics, such as upholstery and drapes; rust occurring on metals like doorknobs and hinges; and damage to electronic equipment that could occur with high levels of humidity.
Most importantly in a situation dealing with water damage is how effective professionals are now. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead's knowledgeable restoration professionals invest in the latest equipment and have the training and expertise to properly remove moisture. That means your home will return to its original state more quickly, minimizing all related costs and inconvenience.
For water damage caused by storms and floods, as well as fire, smoke, and mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead...978.744.4545
Ten Reasons Your Smoke Detector Goes Off Randomly
Your smoke detector could be trying to tell you something!
1. Burnt Food on Stovetop
If you don’t supervise the stove when cooking, your dinner may produce smoke, which activates the smoke alarm. In some cases, smoke isn’t even necessary — a hint of burnt food can be enough to set off the detector. Also, make sure your smoke alarm is optimally placed, such as in the hallway leading to the kitchen, not in the kitchen itself.
2. Burnt Toast or Popcorn
Leaving bread in the toaster or popcorn in the microwave for a little too long can happen to the best of us. That sends heavy particles into the air, which your smoke alarm picks up. To avoid this situation in the future, keep your smoke detector at a safe distance from these devices.
Fireplaces can also cause smoke detector false alarms. Your fireplace can sometimes send smoke into your house, which sets off the alarm. This isn’t the alarm’s fault, though. Your chimney may not be clean, and the dampers may not be properly set. Hire a chimney sweep if your fireplace sends smoke into your home.
4. High Humidity
Smoke alarms don’t always distinguish between smoke particles and moisture content. Thus, the density of the moisture particles can trigger your alarm, even if they’re water particles. If you have high humidity in your home, use fans or windows to dissipate the humidity.
Dense water vapor is like humidity when it comes to triggering false alarms. When you take a shower or boil water on the stove, smoke detectors can sense the steam and sound the alarm. Make sure you ventilate your bathroom and kitchen properly to prevent this.
Small bugs love dark crevices in your home, so they may crawl into your smoke detectors, triggering a false alarm. If you don’t know what caused an alarm, open the device and check for small insects. Use pest control sprays around your smoke alarms if insects were the culprit.
7. Chemical Smells
Painting or using harsh chemicals can also cause smoke detector false alarms. Smoke detectors pick up on those chemical odors fast. Ventilate areas where you paint or use chemicals to avoid the startling noise of your smoke alarm.
8. Dust and Dirt
Dust that comes from activities like remodeling may set off your smoke alarms. To clean your smoke alarm, open it up carefully, and look inside for dust or dirt. Use a vacuum attachment or electronic aerosol cleaner to remove dust particles.
9. Low Batteries
When smoke alarm batteries are running low or aren’t properly connected, they typically make small chirping noises. While that’s not the sound of smoke detection, it’s a warning sign that you should check on your device. Replace batteries twice a year — when daylight saving time starts and ends.
10. Old Smoke Alarm
Smoke alarms generally have a lifespan of about 10 years. When they reach the end of their lifespan, smoke alarms may give off false alarms. If your detector is older than 10 years, replace it with a new one right away.
For fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead
Remember, smoke alarms are meant to be sensitive. If a detector sounds a false alarm, it doesn’t mean it’s broken. Their purpose is to help you catch a fire before it becomes life-threatening. Install your smoke alarms not too close, but not too far away either, from potential fire hazards.
In the unfortunate case where the smoke detector did not give off an alarm, the smoke likely caused heavy soot damage to the property. That fire and smoke damage will need to be handled by professional disaster restoration technicians. This is where SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead comes in.
For fire damage restoration or smoke cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead today...978.744.4545