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Prepare for the Winter Months ahead

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Birmingham Water Works Board recommendations:

Indoor Winter Water Tips
  • Allow faucets to drip slightly overnight in extremely cold temperatures;
  • Keep cabinet doors open to heat the pipes behind them and insulate pipes in unheated areas or areas frequently exposed to cold drafts; and
  • Set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees before leaving home.
Outdoor Winter Water Tips
  • Cover exposed pipes, apply caulk around the areas where the pipes enter the house and close foundation vents;
  • Turn off water to outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hoses;
  • Keep the water meter box closed to avoid freezing water at the meter.

Whether you are a homeowner and/or business owner, it's good to keep these winter weather tips in mind when it comes to your pipes and staying away from a potential water damage. 

High Water Bill?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Are you struggling with a high water bill? Have you checked for a leak? The Birmingham Water Works Board gives us some facts! Check out their website for more information on how to fix those leaky faucets!

Did you know that 90% of all high water bills are caused by a leak? Repairing simple household leaks could save you hundreds of dollars on your water bill every month. 

  • The average U.S. home can leak enough water in one year to fill a backyard swimming pool.
  • Fixing easy-to-correct leaks can trim as much as 10% off of your water bill.
  • Household leaks are the cause of 90% of high water bills.
  • A toilet leak is the most common household leak; it is usually caused by a worn- out toilet flapper.
  • A constantly running toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day.    

If you do end up having any type of water damage in your home or business, give us a call today and we will come out and give you a quote!

Safety Environmental

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fungal organisms can grow and multiply wherever suitable conditions of moisture and a food source exist. Common sources of indoor moisture that may lead to mold problems include flooding, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, overflow from sinks or sewers and damp basements or crawl spaces. Warping floors and discoloration of walls and ceilings can be indications of moisture problems. Unchecked moisture problems can lead to extensive mold contamination in your home, workplace or school.

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP) Proficient Mold Laboratory
  • Preliminary Indoor Mold and Bacterial Assessments
  • Post Remediation Mold and Bacterial Assessments
  • Black Water/Sewage Screen Assessments
  • Cause and Origin Insurance Assessments
  • Remediation Project Management/Oversight
  • Remediation/Design Specifications
  • Food Service Assessments

If mold spore concentrations are high, people can become sensitized and develop allergic reactions. Symptoms of mold-overexposure include respiratory problems, eye irritation and skin rashes. In addition, if mold growth is left unchecked, structural damage to the facility can occur.

Safety, Environmental Laboratories and Consulting Services, Inc. specializes in assessing mold growth and contamination. We have performed indoor air quality assessments for residences, businesses and schools throughout the United States. In addition, we can make recommendations for the remediation of your mold problem and perform turnkey project management to insure the problem is corrected.

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Safety Environmental - Part Two

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Resolving asbestos issues can be a difficult task for facilities of all types and sizes; however, Safety, Environmental Laboratories and Consulting Services has the experienced personnel to help you with all your asbestos concerns. Whether you need inspections, management planning, cost and schedule estimations, air monitoring or awareness training, our staff possesses a background of OSHA-compliance and environmental knowledge to provide you with a solution to even your most difficult asbestos-related problems.

We offer our clients a wide base of knowledgeable professionals with such professional certifications and accreditations as Certified Industrial Hygienists, Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Accredited Asbestos Inspectors, Accredited Asbestos Abatement Supervisors, and Accredited Asbestos Management Planners, project managers and Designers. Whatever your asbestos-related issue, let SELC provide you with the solution.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral known for its high tensile strength, non-combustibility and high heat and electrical resistance. Asbestos has been used in the manufacture of thermal, fireproofing and acoustical insulation. Other building materials which are asbestos-containing include floor tiles and mastic, roofing felts, ceiling tiles, asbestos cement sheets and fire-resistant drywall. However, asbestos is a known carcinogen. By law, only accredited inspectors may identify and assess asbestos-containing materials. Only certain laboratories can analyze samples of suspect materials. Only accredited persons can design response action, and only certain contractors may perform the appropriate response action. Only accredited supervisors can oversee the work, and only accredited workers can perform the work. Only clearance air monitoring and a thorough visual inspection can determine if the job is completed. Safety, Environmental Laboratories and Consulting Services has all the personnel and resources to assist you with these requirements. Contact SELC for assistance with all your asbestos issues.

Asbestos Related Services

  • Air Sampling and Analysis
  • Bulk Building Material Analysis
  • Exposure Monitoring and Assessment
  • EPA/AHERA Accredited Building Inspection and Survey
  • EPA/AHERA Accredited Management Plans
  • EPA/AHERA Accredited Design Specifications
  • Oversight/Project Management
  • Cost and Schedule Estimation

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Power Outages

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

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Hurricane Season

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

Know the Difference
Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

What to do:

Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical
information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

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What to do until help arrives:

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO of Center Point arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. n Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer/ refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

-Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/ bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

-Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

What to do until help arrives:

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO of Center Point arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DON'T:

-Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

-Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

-Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

-If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

-Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

The Great Shakeout

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know earthquakes can happen anywhere? Whether you are at work, at home or on vacation, it’s important to know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

On October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m., people across the world will participate in the “world’s largest earthquake drill,” according to shakeout.org. Participants will “drop, cover [and] hold on,” which is the best way to reduce your chance of injury in an earthquake situation if you are inside. The day can also raise awareness for what to do in other scenarios such as if you are outdoors or in a vehicle. If you or your organization are interested in participating in The Great ShakeOut, register and find more information at shakeout.org.

Prepare Now

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.

Make and Practice Your Plan Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.

Learn Life Saving Skills Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these life saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.