SERVPRO of Katy Cypress and Champions 1960 Desiccant dehumidifiers have many applications in restorative drying, but they are most commonly used to dry materials such as hardwood floors, and lathe walls, or other dense material. Desiccant effectively accelerate drying inside walls when used in conjunction with air movers. Desiccant dehumidifiers depend upon a chemical attraction to remove water from air. They produce the lowest vapor pressure of any dehumidifier. Moist air passes through a desiccant rotor collecting on silica gel material embedded on rotor. They are for indoor use only and do not operate at air temperature over 120 f. Avoid damages or clogging of rotor, always operate with clean Merv 8 filter. They operate vertically or horizontally , if necessary, use extension cords with minimum 6 AGE rated not less than 9600 watts.
Definition of Mold
Mold can be remediated
Some fun facts that every person should know about mold before calling the professionals in. Outdoor mold exists nearly everywhere. Most likely, every home has mold somewhere. Not all mold is harmfully toxic but it can certainly cause allergy problems. Mold helps break down, or decompose, organic material. Mold growth in a home is not limited to flooding & water damage – any exposure to moisture such as a lawn sprinkler, condensation, steam (as from an unvented shower in the bathroom) or periodic leaking that is not attended to will foster the growth of mold. And your homeowner insurance may specifically exclude coverage for damage directly related to mold.
As you can see, mold in general is not the most exciting thing on the planet. At least I would rather watch mold grow then watch paint dry. When it comes to mold, don’t try to be a self-proclaimed expert, just call in the professionals. Once the right professional is called and verifies that is in fact mold, then you call in the mold mitigation and remediation team of SERVPRO.
When it comes to frying turkeys, you need to remember one thing; DO NOT PUT A FROZEN TURKEY IN THE FRYER. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), about 4,300 house fires are started on Thanksgiving every year, accounting for 15 deaths and almost $27 million in property damage, many of them due to deep fried turkey accidents. Every year my family likes to fry a couple of turkeys in our turkey fryer. We do it outside on the driveway to make sure that if something goes wrong we are safe because the fryer is on a concrete driveway. While it is summer time and there is plenty of time to plan for Thanksgiving we at SERVPRO of Katy/Cypress and Champions/1960 want to give you a friendly reminder to deep fry turkeys that are thawed and do it on your driveway.
Tornadoes Part I
Storm damage that can happen in Houston Texas
Todays topic of the day is going to be tornadoes and how to prepare for them. There are few tips that may help you survive if you ever find yourself face to face with one. Tornadoes are very unpredictable and can accrue during anytime of the day or night.
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood, in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still.
Tornadoes Part II
Storm Damage Restoration will be needed after this tornado
A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.
To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms. Look for the following danger signs:
o Dark, often greenish sky
o Large hail
o A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
o Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
o If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately
Tornadoes Part III
storm response will be needed after this tornado
Extreme windstorms in many parts of the country pose a serious threat to buildings and their occupants. Your residence may be built "to code" but that does not mean it can withstand winds from extreme events such as tornadoes and major hurricanes. The purpose of a safe room or a wind shelter is to provide a space where you and your family can seek refuge that provides a high level of protection. You can build a safe room in one of several places in your home.
These are some fun facts and safety tips that might help you and your family prepare and survive a catastrophic weather system such as a tornado. Remember, being prepared is the best way to fight any unknown event. Lets be safe out there, Ladies and Gentleman.
Air be Moving
Airmovers and other SERVPRO equipment
Air Movers are used for maximizing air flow and accelerating evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying. The number of air movers necessary depend upon the number of wet surfaces, the amount of water present and the ability for air to reach each wet material wall cavities behind cabinets under contents. Air movers are for indoor use only. Once the class of water loss is defined; the amount of air movement necessary is estimated. In class 1 water loss one air mover is needed for every 150-300 sq ft.(14- 28 sq.m.) In class 2 or 3 water loss one air mover is needed for every (10- 16 sq ft) 4-6 sq .m.is needed. Regardless of class an air mover is needed for every affected area, including every offset ,closet ,bay windows and room.
When a commercial property has a pipe burst it is different than when a house or a residential property has a pipe burst. Inside this commercial building you have much more space for the water to run. A huge property is now flooded. Not only is this huge property flooded but it is also now closed for business. Every single day that this place is flooded and closed is a day of potential money lost as well. That is why we, at SERVPRO, use desiccant dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers are larger and dry at any temperature more efficiently than your regular lgr dehumidifiers. If you have a business make sure that you understand the difference between these types of dehumidifiers. If you live in Houston and own a business make sure you call SERVPRO if you have a flood, pipe burst, or any other type of disaster hit your business.
“Those Machines that Scrub the Air”
“Those Machines that Scrub the Air”
Today, Ladies and Gentlemen, we will be discussing a machine known as an air scrubber. These machines are used by restoration companies like SERVPRO. Air scrubbers “scrub” the air of its biologically imperfections and keep it as clean breathable air to make the surrounding environment perfect for drying. Air scrubbers are used as a negative air machine or HEPA air scrubber to remove airborne contaminants during restoration, and remodel work. Air enters units passing through a three-stage HEPA filtration system to remove airborne particles. Optional carbon filters remove airborne odors. Capable of four air changes per hour in a 14,000 cubic feet area. This process is used in mold remediation, water damage restoration, fire damage and air quality control.
There are certain environments to use these air scrubbers. They are for indoor use only. Do not block air intake or outlet. Also keep one foot minimum distance from obstructions. Make sure not to operate with a damaged cord or plug. Only certified SERVPRO Technicians can tame the wild beasts known as air scrubbers and bend them to their will for restoration purposes. So, if the crud must hit the fan, let it hit our air scrubbers instead.
From all of us at SERVPRO; we hope you don’t need to call us but we are waiting nonetheless.
Dehumidifiers are sometimes used on mold mitigation jobs
Dehumidifiers are used to reduce moisture levels in the air and accelerate the drying process in water restoration. This balanced drying system is best achieved when the rate of dehumidification exceeds the rate of evaporation. The dehumidifiers precool incoming air before it passes over a cold evaporator coil 20 to 30 degrees below dew point. The cold coil condenses water vapor into water that drains into a condensate pump and is removed by automatic pump out system. Each of these systems fill a specific need for the professional restorer. Conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers are most common type of portable dehumidifiers in the restoration industry. They remove water from the air through the process of condensation and more efficient in higher humidity conditions. The ideal temperature (90*f /21*c ) is optimal when humidity is high. The lower temperature (70 f/32 c)is optimal when humidity is low. While conventional refrigerant are not capable of providing significant water removal once the humid goes below 40 GOP.Dehumidifiers are for indoor use only.
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