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Clean Your Grill To Prevent a Grease Fire

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

The hand of someone cleaning a barbecue grill Each time you use your grill, make an effort to thoroughly clean and maintain all the parts

Three Tips for Grill Maintenance

Seasonal grilling is a popular hobby for foodies in Brickell, FL. Whether you use a charcoal, electric or propane version, grill cleaning is an important part of grilling safety. In order to prevent serious fire damage, follow these three tips for grill maintenance.

1. Clean the Inside

Each time you use your grill, make an effort to thoroughly clean and maintain all the parts. Grease and debris that is built up over time can increase the risk of starting a grease fire. After each use as the grill cools, take a wire brush and scrape away all the fragments and stuck-on food on the racks and hood interior. Use a soapy water bath to dissolve grease from these basic components:

  • Drip pan
  • Metal grates
  • Grill plates

2. Protect the Grill Elements

With electric grills, in particular, protecting the heating element is critical to safe grill cleaning and maintenance. Before you go into full-blown scrubbing mode with soap and water, be sure to properly cover the heating elements. Use aluminum foil to create a loose barrier around any exposed electrical or heating components. This helps prevent electrical damage, as well as the accumulation of debris that could lead to fire damage cleanup in the future.

3. Don't Forget the Outside

As you look to prevent serious fire cleanup, don't overlook cleaning the exterior of your grill. If it contains a cabinet below the grill rack, be sure to clear it of leaves and rubble that accumulate from being outdoors. Wipe grease splatters with stainless-steel wipes and dry with a clean cloth. Consider using a grill cover to protect your grill and it's heating elements from exposure to weather conditions.

Prevent Grill Fires

Regular grill cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent a dangerous flame-up and the need for home fire damage restoration. By giving your barbeque equipment a thorough cleaning inside and out, you can help prevent a grease fire or other dangerous residential fire incident.

Ways to Prevent Water Damage from Spreading

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded waters in the entrance of a home Flood damage in a Key West, FL home

When everything is saturated and seems ruined after your home floods in Key West, FL, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. While you want to get a flood cleanup professional there as soon as possible, you know the importance of contacting your flood insurance company first. While they usually arrive quickly, there a few things you can do to prevent further flood damage without affecting your claim.

Keep Insurance in Mind

Before you do anything, ensure the home is safe to enter. If it is, take photographs of the exterior and interior so that there is proof of all the damage for your flood insurance company. If possible, create a detailed list of all your belongings and gather any receipts you may have saved to make the process go as smoothly as possible. It’s also important to discuss what can and can’t be done with your insured before you begin any cleanup.

Mold Prevention

Depending on your insurer, there are usually a few things that can be done to prevent damage from spreading. One of the most common issues that comes with any type of water issue is mold damage. Below are a few ways to keep it from spreading during the wait.

Remove and sort anything saturated with water such as clothing, rugs and furniture.
Clean and disinfect walls, doors, shelves, baseboards and other elements of the home that have come in contact with water.
If possible, open windows and run a dehumidifier to dry out the home.
Check the furnace and water heater for damage or standing water. Schedule an inspection to ensure internal elements are still functioning properly.
Put small holes in the drywall or baseboards that have been damaged to increase air circulation.

Although no one likes to wait, doing too much can affect your flood insurance claim. Staying focused on the details and sorting through your belongings can help keep it protected while help is on the way.

Emergency Readiness Plan

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Hand holding a marker with notebook that says Disaster Plan. The Emergency Readiness Program is a contingency program in case of a disaster.

Disasters resulting in business interruption can devastate companies. It's estimated that 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen, but the few that due had some type of plan in place. Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning. Planning ahead can help save thousands of dollars in secondary damage but, also minimize business interruption.

The ERP:

The Emergency Readiness Program is a contingency program in case of a disaster. Provides a NO COST assessment of your facility. Also, critical information needed during an emergency will be at hand. Most contingency plans are made up of three main parts: incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Establishes approved building access in advance for companies like SERVPRO of Brickell to accelerate the recovery process, so that we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Faster To Any Disaster

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Car driving on flooded streets at night. Text that says 24 hours 7 days a week. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Commercial water damage affecting your business can be very scary. As much as 50% of businesses never recover from an unexpected disaster. That's where we come in.

When you choose a water cleanup or fire cleanup provider, you want to make sure you select someone you can trust. When you choose SERVPRO of Brickell, you're choosing a company that's licensed, insured, and has a trusted reputation among the community.

Our team will arrive onsite within an hour to help mitigate damage and get right to work with water extraction if needed. 

We will be with you every step of the way, and we will work to always do the right thing. It's our guarantee! 

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're the guys that hospitals, restaurants, HOAs, medical buildings and clinics, and others choose to do their emergency water cleanup.

We can be reached at 305-643-0710, 24/7/365.

Water Loss Types

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Vaccum laying on the floor of a flooded hallway Water damage in a residential building.

Water may seem very unlikely to cause damage. Do not be quick to dismiss it just yet. Water in the presence strong winds can be very destructive. It is for this reason that hurricanes and strong rains have claimed lives and destroyed millions worth of property. Water damage can also be as minimalist as broken water pipes that cause molding and rusting. These broken pipes are ranked second from hurricanes in causing water damage.

There are three types of water damage:

  • Category 1
    • This is does not cause any threat to human life. It is from is from broken house appliances and pipes which can flood a house or basement.
  • Category 2
    • This is also known "gray water". The water is contaminated and contains chemicals, micro-organisms, nutrients and biological contaminants. This water can cause serious health damage and discomfort when consumed.
  • Category 3
    • This is also known as "black water". This water is very unsanitary and contains harmful bacteria, fungi and harmful physical components like sharp tools. The source of this water is sewage, seawater, water rising from water bodies due to heavy rains and ground water.

Classes of water damage

The several classes of water damage help in evaluating water control options.

  • Class 1- Water damage is minimal, and the materials do not absorb a lot of water making repairs easy and less costly.
  • Class 2- This class has a fast evaporation rate but other materials like cushions and mattresses may be damaged.
  • Class 3- water has the fastest rate of evaporation here and the damage caused is greater and difficult to repair. The water may come from overhead sources and may soak the walls and furniture.
  • Class 4- This stage requires professional technique and procedures to control. It may damage concrete and hard floors and plaster.

Before the Professionals Arrive

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Black smoke cloud Always call a qualified fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Brickell.

While it's best to have a qualified fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Brickell handle the smoke damage restoration, there are some small tasks you can do to help minimize the initial damage before the professionals come in to do the major cleanup. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until the SERVPRO arrives. If it is possible to enter your house, make sure you’re wearing gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection, because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.

Ventilation - Open all the windows and air out the house as much (and as often) as possible. SERVPRO will use industrial-strength fans and other air-moving equipment to help reduce the smoke damage your home has been subjected to, but in the meantime, proper ventilation is key to helping remove the polluted air.

Cleaning - Scrub all surfaces inside and out with soap and water.

Laundry - Delicate fabrics will need to be professionally dry cleaned by someone who is familiar with articles that have smoke damage. Only use washers and dryers that haven’t been exposed to smoke or experienced significant fire damage.

Electrical Fires

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is the last thing you’d expect to happen to your home. Most electrical fires start out in the bedroom. Now, before you can plan the clean up and restoration, you must first determine the extent of the loss. To be able to understand how the fire occurred the source of the fire must be found. One of the most commonly overlooked causes is Faulty Outlets.

Overcrowded electrical outlets can harm the electrical circuit and lead the way for an electrical fire. You’ll see this with outlets that have a power strip, or many cords plugged into it. These should be inspected frequently and unplug anything not being used at the time. Other warnings include: circuit breaker keeps tripping, constant burnt smell, flickering lights, any burnt outlets, or maybe you just have old wiring.

Some of the best ways to avoid an electrical fire is by:

Checking electrical cords and plugs.

Keeping electrical wiring up to date.

Keeping electrical cords away from heat sources and water.

Not running electrical cords under carpet.

Fire Safety: Kitchen

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Flame of gas burner Fire safety is extremely important.

Fire safety is extremely important. The kitchen is an area in the home that is most likely to catch fire. Before cooking, you want to avoid wearing loose-fit clothing, so it doesn’t get too close to a hot surface. Always check the area for anything too close to a burner such as paper towels, pot holders, food packaging, etc. You should always wipe down the area before cooking to remove any leftover residue from previous thing you cooked. While you are cooking, never leave the stove unattended. This could easily catch fire and spread quickly. In addition, you should have a fire extinguisher somewhere close to your kitchen in case of a fire; if you don’t have one, consider buying one. Most people assume the best place to keep it is close to the stove or oven. This would be wrong. If a fire breaks out in that area, the last thing you need to do is go toward the fire and harm yourself. Keep the fire extinguisher in a place such as the pantry or closed cabinet that is away from any area that is more prominent to a fire.

If you experience a fire in your home and need assistance: call SERVPRO of Brickell at (305)-643-0710.

ERP Ready App

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let me ask you a question, if you’re at lunch and your office staff panicking about a broken pipe, would you be able to direct them how to shut-off the water from under the sink? Whether you’re away for lunch, on vacation, or if it’s afterhours, it would be nice to have access to your building data and emergency contacts directly on your phone 24/7. SERVPRO has developed an app that allows you to organize all that information and have it at your fingertips. Right now, you’re probably wondering why SERVPRO of Brickell is willing to help you organize all that information on your mobile device for free. Well, SERVPRO is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross’ Ready Rating program, and as apart of our community service, we help local businesses prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is part of our overall preparedness plan, but it’s our way of helping you get started.

SERVPRO Metro Mover - Moving our Downtown Community!

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Miami Metro Mover Car SERVPRO branded Miami Metro Mover Car number 59.

HAVE YOU SEEN IT!

SERVPRO of Brickell is proud to be serving our local downtown commercial Property Managers, Chief Engineers, HOA Boards and Rental Community Manager and our local City Housing Authority with all their water, fire and mold cleanup and restoration needs!

If you work downtown or use the Miami Metro Mover, keep a sharp eye out for the SERVPRO of Brickell Flaming Metro Mover Car!

 If you have the MDT APP on your phone check all the loops for CAR 59!

Remember their are three loops, the Onmi, Inner and the Brickell Loop and the Flaming SERVPRO Mover rides on all three loops!

HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE!

Keep a sharp eye out for the SERVPRO METRO MOVER CAR, remember it is CAR 59 on the MDT Mover APP on your phone! Check all three loops for real time location information!

 If you spot the SERVPRO METRO MOVER CAR, take a picture of it and its location and comment and like the post on our Facebook page and you will be automatically entered into this months contest to win your very own Apple iPad Air loaded with the SERVPRO ERP APP.

 What is the ERP APP? 

Read more about the Emergency READY Profile ERP APP and how it can benefit your properties or facilities in the event of a large water or fire loss!