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Smoke Detector Facts

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Check your smoke alarm regularly to ensure proper function

Smoke detectors are a vital first line of defense for you and your family. But, these devices need to be both installed and maintained correctly in order to provide you with adequate protection. In one quarter of the U.S. home fires in which smoke detectors failed, dead batteries were the cause, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

By properly selecting, positioning and maintaining the smoke alarms in your house, you can have peace of mind that you’re taking an important step to help protect your family in case of a fire.

Features of Smoke Detectors

While different smoke detectors may look similar, there are important features that vary among models. First, how is it powered? Some alarms are powered by a battery, whereas others are hardwired into your house’s electrical system (and are typically equipped with a backup battery), the U.S. Fire Administration says.

All of the smoke alarms throughout your house should be interconnected through hard-wiring or a wireless signal, suggests Richard Roux, senior electrical specialist with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “That means when one alarm sounds, they all do,” Roux says. New homes are required to include hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms with backup batteries, the American Red Cross says. If you don’t already have the wiring in your home, you can buy devices that interconnect wirelessly, but you may need to buy models from the same brand in order to ensure they can communicate, Consumer Reports says.

Remember, some models include a built-in carbon monoxide (CO) detector, which alerts you to dangerous levels of this deadly gas, Consumer Reports says. If your smoke alarm isn’t a dual model with a CO detector built in, you’ll want to also purchase a CO alarm and install it in your home. CO alarms should be installed outside all sleeping areas and on every level of the home, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

Also, what type of sensor does the smoke alarm use: ionization or photoelectric? While one type is better at detecting flaming fires, the other is better at detecting smoldering fires. “If a fire smolders with no flame, then a photoelectric sensor will detect it first,” Roux says. “If it is a hot, flaming fire, then an ionization sensor will likely sound first.” Many smoke alarm models are now dual-sensor, meaning they use both technologies. If you don’t have dual-sensor alarms, the NFPA recommends installing both ionization and photoelectric alarms in your home.

Should a fire disaster strike your home or business give SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead a call at 978.744.4545.

Regular Fire Extinguisher Inspection

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers should be checked regularly

We at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead want to keep you safe and one important aspect of that is ensuring the operating condition of your fire extinguisher.

Home fire extinguishers should be checked regularly to help make sure they are ready for use, says the USFA. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends reading the instructions that came with each extinguisher so that you are familiar with their parts and how they work.

The USFA suggests including the following steps in your inspection:

1. Ensure Easy Access

Make sure the extinguisher is visible and easy to retrieve.

2. Check the Pressure

Many fire extinguishers have a pressure gauge that indicates whether the device is in the proper operating range. If yours has one, check to make sure that the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure. If the fire extinguisher has a test indicator, press it to make sure the pressure reading is within the correct range.

3. Look for Physical Damage

Check that the can, hoses and nozzles look to be in working in order. Visible signs of damage, such as dents or rust, may mean it’s time to replace the extinguisher.

Documenting your checks on the extinguisher’s inspection tag may help you keep track of its maintenance history.

4. Clean the Extinguisher

Check the outside of each extinguisher for dust, oil or grease, and clean it as necessary.

Also, keep in mind that most fire extinguishers are good for 5 to 15 years, according to BobVila.com. Check the extinguisher’s label or a paper tag for the expiration or last maintenance date. If it’s 10 or more years ago, you may want to get a new fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are often an overlooked part of a home safety plan. Do your checks, know how to use them (the NFPA states that your local fire department may be able to provide additional resources) and be sure your extinguishers are ready for use — just in case.

Should a fire disaster strike call the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545

Water Damage to Home in Marblehead

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged home in Marblehead MA

This family’s Marblehead residence experienced serious water damage after multiple pipe bursts. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead has the expertise and equipment to mitigate residential water losses just like this one. In this particular situation, we dried the entire structure, removed most of the drywall and remediated extensive mold. The family was very grateful to be able to use the space again!

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. 

For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Salem/ Peabody/ Marblehead at 978.744.4545. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage to Home in Peabody

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in Peabody MA

This family’s Peabody residence experienced serious water damage after flooding from heavy rains. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead has the expertise and equipment to mitigate residential water losses just like this one. In this particular situation, we extracted the water and used our air movers and dehumidifiers to effectively dry the structure and contents. The family was very grateful to be able to use the space again within a matter of days!

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Salem/ Peabody/ Marblehead arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. 

For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage to Commercial Building in Swampscott MA

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage in Swampscott MA

A broken water heater created several inches of standing water in this Swampscott MA business. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead worked around the clock to restore the affected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. We know that commercial water damage can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

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.  SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead 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

Within Minutes:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

For help restoring your commercial space after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

IICRC Certified Business

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

We are IICRC professionals

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.