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Fire Statistics for the State of Delaware

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Statistics for the State of Delaware Firefighter

Fire Prevention is essential in all homes. Did you know some home fires could have been prevented? Here are some facts and statistics for the State of Delaware, there have been eight home fire fatalities so far this year. (October 1, 2018) In the year 2017 there were 9 home fire fatalities in our home state. On-duty firefighter fatalities in 2018 are zero as of today. (October 1, 2018). Between 1990 and 2017 fourteen on-duty firefighter fatalities were reported the U.S. Fire Administration. https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/civilian-fatalities/incident/reportList/Delaware.   Fire departments within the State of Delaware are registered with the National Fire Department Registry by either Volunteer, Mostly Volunteer, Mostly Career or Career. In the year 2018, 44.8% were Volunteer, 53.5% were Mostly Volunteer, 0.0% Mostly Career and Career with 1.7%. These percentages pertain to the State of Delaware.

Background Checks

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Background Checks Background Checks

Background Checks on SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington

Did you know that SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington performs background checks on all our employees? Background checks for Franchise employees must be performed annually, and background checks for Franchise Owners are performed as well. SERVPRO does not employee any individual convicted of or who has plead guilty to a felony involving dishonesty or breach of trust, theft, or any type of violence against a person. All employees also sign a code of conduct statement certifying that they have not been found guilty of pled guilty or nolo contendere (or similar plea) to any crime involving dishonesty or breach of trust, or violence of assault, and have not been found guilty civilly liable for any act of violence or assault.

Mold on Shelving

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold on Shelving Mold on Shelving

Mold can be hidden for some time until it gets noticed. This picture shows a book shelf that was on the floor of a basement. The basement a few months prior sustained some water infiltration. The homeowner called upon another to mitigate their loss. Only two months later the odor was so pungent that they called SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington to help figure out where the odor was coming from. It took only minutes for our estimator to locate the source. It appears the bookshelf was never disconnected properly during the initial water loss. As a result, microbial growth took over the bottom of the shelving. SERVPRO was able to correct the lack of drying and kill the growth on the content. Although we stopped the growth the shelf was permanently stained from the mold.

Why Cleaning is Not Just a Chore

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Cleaning is Not Just a Chore Cleaning is Healthy

Why Cleaning Isn't Just a Chore: The Health Benefits of Housework

Most people hate the idea of having to do housework. Cleaning and organizing the home isn’t fun compared to spending time with loved ones, going to the movies, or doing any of the various activities we consider enjoyable. However, there are unexpected benefits to cleaning—and learning about them may just change the way you think about dusting and doing the dishes the next time your house is looking dirty.

Breathe Easier 

Indoor air pollution is making us sick, but not enough people seem to be talking about it. As HomeAdvisor notes, “Issues like mold, radon and carbon dioxide are hazards to your health. If your home contains one or more of these elements, you may be at risk for that could have been avoided!” You can help reduce irritants in your home by doing things like avoiding products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But one of the best things you can do to improve indoor air quality is clean regularly. Cleaning your home reduces dust, pet dander, mold, and mildew that can make you and your family sick.

Cleaning tips for healthier air:

  • Take off shoes before entering the house to keep outside dirt and dust from coming in.
  • Keep pets groomed to reduce shedding and dander in the air.
  • Change air filters regularly based on your household needs.
  • Prevent mold and mildew by using fans in the bathroom that move moisture outside.
  • Open windows on nice days to air out the home and increase ventilation.

Sleep Better 

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can leave the stress and anxiety from your day behind and transition into peaceful slumber. After all, regularly getting a full night’s worth of sleep is critical in maintaining our overall health. However, when you have dirty clothes slung across the floor and cobwebs in the corners, it’s not easy to fall asleep. Rather, you’re stuck there in bed thinking about how cleaning the bedroom is one more thing you’ll have to put on your to-do list.

Research suggests that being clean and organized can actually improve sleep. According to survey information collected by the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of people say they sleep better with clean sheets. Furthermore, people who make their beds in the morning are reportedly 19 percent more likely to say they get a good night’s rest. And it’s not just about keeping the bedroom tidy—experts say that staying organized in other parts of your life can prevent anxiety-induced insomnia. 

Reduce Stress 

Clutter causes stress. So, if you struggle with stress and anxiety, picking up around the house may actually help improve your mental health. A clean and organized home serves as a respite from the chaos of the outside world. Furthermore, taking a messy house and turning it into something you would see featured in a Better Homes & Gardens editorial provides you with a sense of control, especially when our lives seem completely chaotic. Next time you’re feeling like the cortisol levels in your body are out of control, try tackling one thing on your cleaning to-do list and see how it makes you feel. Chances are, you’ll be moving on to the next one and chasing that sense of relief from anxiety.

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Cleaning may not be at the top of the list of your favorite activities, but housework has some surprising physical and mental health benefits. For one, your home may be making you sick. Indoor air pollution is often worse than it is outside. When you clean regularly, you reduce the amount of irritants that contribute to allergies and pulmonary illness. Being clean and organized can also improve sleep since it makes you more comfortable and less likely to fret over your to-do list at night. Finally, a clean home is a less stressful home. Clutter in the house equals clutter in the mind and many people find that tackling a mess is an effective release from anxiety.

Mold Tips

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Tips Mold growth on and in wall

Mold can be spotted almost anywhere. Mold is an allergen that can lead to coughing, running noses and itchy eyes. It consists of microscopic spores that exist in our air space both inside and outside, and thrives in warm, moist, humid environments. Many buildings that are seasonal, like schools, tend to leave the air conditioning off during the summer, but that can lead to some unwanted mold growth for the starting school year. For more information on black mold and mold removal and remediation, check out this https://www.SERVPRO.com/black-mold 

The word mold can be scary but it is really about taking control of it and mitigating it properly and quickly. Before any mold clean up can begin the source of the moisture or water must be corrected. If not then the mold may come back. It is always best not to disturb the mold as the spores may become airborne and lead to additional concerns. It is a good idea to consult with a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington at (302) 762 - 8080

Microbial Growth

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Microbial Growth Microbial Growth

Microbial growth in your home is nothing fun to deal with. You may have had a simple toilet/shower leak, even a tub or small dishwasher leak and thought you cleaned all the water up quickly. Without a professional to check the moisture levels in walls, flooring, and cabinetry etc. you may have missed moisture. SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington can help with these psychometric readings. Conditions like these can create a feeding ground for microbial growth or mold. You may not see it visible at first, but notice an odd odor. By the time you notice the growth, many things may no longer be able to be restored, but must be replaced. Causing more headache and more money! It takes as little as 48 hours for mold spores to begin to grow.

SERVPRO Rappels Down 17 Stories

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Rappels Down 17 Stories SERVPRO Rappelling Down 17 Stories

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington participates in local community events as much as possible. In this specific event called “Over the Edge”, we had our very own Carleen scale down a building. This event was a unique fundraiser to rappel down 17 stories- a whopping 222 feet! This event was designed to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Delaware. https://www.sode.org/ The event started in the morning and went all day long ending into the early evening. The event took place in downtown Wilmington on Delaware Avenue. This event was one of its kind in Delaware. This year, 2018, the event had 90 edgers and we help raise more than $125,000. This is the eighth year this event has taken place and this event over the eight years raised $1,021.00 total for the Special Olympics. We are proud to say we helped support the cause.

Monitoring & Documentation

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Monitoring & Documentation Psychometric Readings Live Example

When SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington performs water damage restoration we monitor and document atmospheric conditions and moisture content.  We do this electronically via ipads and desktop. The ipads & desktop applications communicate with one another live time.  We evaluate and understand if evaporation and the dehumidification process is accelerating the atmospheric drying process.  We, at a minimum, for readings include:

1. Outside

a. Temperature

b. Relative Humidity (RH)

c. Humidity Ratio (gpp)

2. Inside (affected area)

a. Temperature

b. Relative Humidity (RH)

c. Humidity Ratio (gpp)

d. Dew Point

3. Unaffected Area in Home

a. Temperature

b. Relative Humidity

c. Humidity Ratio

4. Dehumidifier Output

a. Temperature

b. Relative Humidity

c. Humidity Ratio

5. HVAC Output (if on)

a. Temperature

b. Relative Humidity

c. Humidity Ratio

We Never Stop

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial We Never Stop What Devastation Water Can Do

No matter if it’s New Years’ Day, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington is ready to answer any call. When our crew arrived on site they never could have imagined the amount of damage and destruction they saw. With almost 16 days on the job, drying out and cleaning up – 13 units and the main building affected – major demo done in all the units- placing a total of 177 pieces of equipment –with the cause of loss being sprinklers in several units. The entire production team worked tirelessly morning, noon, and night to get the hotel fully up and running again, ready to serve its’ customers. Often commercial properties can be challenging and every job is totally different. But our SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington team is always up for the task. Our customers are so important to us!

Water Damage Preparation

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is here.  A little bit of planning is always good. You should plan for three days to be without being part of the daily accessibility to water, food and perhaps shelter.  Especially if you are in a historically hurricane susceptible area planning is important.  Planning is always good because you may be affected even though you may not be in the direct path of the eye of a storm.  One would be better safe than sorry.  Some ideas and thoughts would be to have some candles, batteries, flashlight, bottled water, some canned good, and staples that you could live on. Make sure you have a manual can opener for those canned goods. Perhaps a radio or a two way radio communication system. It is also important to have an exit plan which would include having your family and friends know where you are.  Perhaps even a time and place to meet.  Do not forget your individual needs like if you have small children, diapers.  Your pets are important too. Medicines could be put in a place so in a moments notice you do not have to go scrambling looking for certain things. At least make up a list of the things you will need when you are calm and not under stress or duress. Common sense and a cool head should always prevail and that is why it is called preparedness.  I am sure you can think of things your family would need and you should share with your other family members and friends so they can do the same.  Being prepared is always a good thing.