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10 Tips to prevent Kitchen Fires!

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen that stove caught on fire damaging cabinets and wall. Apartment cooking fire that was extinguished by fire suppression system.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are not only the leading cause of home structure fires, the majority of kitchen fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.

  • Stay in the kitchen, don't leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Watch your clothing, Long flowing sleeves,large-fitting shirts and even aprons can catch fire.
  • Be aware of items around the stovetop, move flammable items away from your stovetop.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detector, you need to make sure your smoke detector is operable.
  • Never throw hot grease in the garbage can, it can cause something in the garbage can to catch on fire.
  • Extinguish candles, be sure to extinguish candle flames as soon as you are done in the kitchen.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire, the best thing to do if you have a stovetop fire is to put a proper fitting lid over the pan or pot to smother the fire.
  • Have an escape plan, include a meeting place once everyone is out of the home.
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll, if in the event that you do catch on fire- Stop where you are, Drop to the ground, and Roll.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here to help you in case you experience fire damage in your home. 352.732.6630

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County have highly trained Employees

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of carper after being cleaned After being cleaned by our Highly Skilled Technicians.

Back in 1992 SERVPRO Corporate developed a National Training Center to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners, employee's and Insurance professionals.

New Franchise Training

A 15 day in-house training program designed primarily for new franchise owners but also a valuable course for franchise employee's. The program covers all aspects of: Fire restoration, Water restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Remediation.

Employee Certification Training

The National Training Center offers employee training as a self-paced program to include, Crew training, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.

IICRC Training Program

SERVPRO is an approved IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training school that offers year round classes in Carpet cleaning, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Mold Remediation and Oder Control.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here 24/7, 365. Our Highly Skilled Employee's are ready for your Water, Fire or Mold damage needs.

Sewer back up in Bellview

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a bathroom where a sewer backed up through the toilet Sewer back up in a strip mall in Bellview.

What to do when your Sewer Backs Up.

When it comes to bad things like a sewer back up in your business, it's always smarter to be prepared. Know who your building facilitator is, know the City Maintenance number and know that SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County's number is 352-732-6630! 

There are two types of "Sewage"- that which goes down the toilet (and subsequently the sewer drain) and that which come from exterior sources like a storm sewer.

If you have effluent (liquid waste) or a storm sewer back up through a floor drain in your business the first step is to call the appropriate contact (Building manager, City maintenance) and your local Restoration Company. You will presumably have these numbers in your contacts so you wont be calling all over looking for the right person while one of the nastiest jobs in plumbing soaks into every crack and crevice in your business. 

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here to help if you experience a Sewer Event.

Commercial Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Hilton Hotel with SERVPRO truck in front We are "ready for any size disaster"!

Buildings are the biggest asset for every business owner; discovering structural damage of any type will surely be stressful and can affect your business for an extended time if not addressed immediately. As recently experienced by the Hilton Hotel here in Ocala, their call to SERVPRO of Ocala was answered and our Highly Skilled crews were on site and assessing the damage within an hour. Mitigation began immediately with the extraction of water from 5 floors and equipment set to start the drying process. 

After water has affected your business, mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours. That is why it is so important to remove all excess water and humid conditions to dry your structure out. With our access to specialty drying equipment we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are ready to help when your commercial building or business is affected by water.

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a gallon jug of Benefect Disinfectant Safe and Effective, Benefect.

Here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County we use Benefect because it is the first and only Botanical Hospital Disinfectant and Fungicide registered with the EPA.

How can a disinfectant that is Less Toxic than vinegar kill germs? It's about Thyme.

The active ingredient in Benefect is a highly specialized thyme oil (Thymol) that has natural germ-killing capabilities.

Benefect Disinfectant contains botanically pure plant extracts and had been proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, TB, and HIV. Benefect has been approved by the US EPA as a high-level disinfectant, fungicide, tuberculocide, and Virucide that requires no rinsing or wiping after application on any surface.

There are no label warnings or precautionary statements for use or disposal. So you can rest easy knowing that Benefect is completely safe to use around children, pets and the elderly with no side effects.

Home Maintenance

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of dinning room wood floor with water on it For a water event give us a call at 352.732.6630

You have made an significant investment in your home so why not learn some basic home maintenance. These are a few tips you can do yearly to keep that investment operating the way it should and avoid any possible water event that could damage your investment.

  • Clean your gutters, most people dont think about them as they are usually out of sight. It is recommended that you clean them twice a year.
  • Check under your sinks, look for leaks around the drain pipes.
  • Check your water lines, sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines all have water supply lines. Visually check to see if there are any leaks. 
  • Water Heater, check for leaks around the valves and drain.
  • HVAC, call a professional to do a system check and look for any damage.

A failure at any one of these can result in a water event that may cause some costly damage.

How we choose Drying Methods.

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a hallway with flooring removed Non salvageable flooring removed.

With all the advancements in drying and with new techniques and equipment, almost all materials can be dried after it has been affected due to a water event.

Our highly trained technicians take into consideration many factors when making a decision on what can and cannot be dried.

  • Contamination: This is the first thing our technicians look at. If for example a porous object or material has been exposed to a sewer back up it cannot be cleaned and must be disposed of. Safety of our clients and technicians is a priority.
  • Damage: If materials have been damaged beyond the possibility of being fully repaired after drying they are removed.
  • Cost: Our technicians will always consider the cost when determining whether an object should be dried or replaced. 

Once all of these factors have been considered our highly skilled technicians can begin the restoration process.

Lightning Safety

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of lightning in the night sky Mother natures deadly light show.

With the recent Thunderstorms that have been rolling through, we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County would like to remind everyone about Lightning Safety.

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no place safe outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 911. Get medical help right away.

Electrical Safety

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of electrical outlet that has been overloaded. Be Electrically Safe.

A friendly reminder from your friends here at SERVPRO of Ocala on Electrical Safety.

Home Electrical Fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Safety Tips:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When buying or remodeling, have an inspection done by a qualified private inspector.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into an outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Have Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) installed.
  • Use Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements.
  • Test both AFCIs and GFCIs onece a month.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not cracked, frayed or other wise damaged.
  • Use the right wattage light bulbs that your fixtures are rated for.


7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a water spout near Tampa We are here for any storm damage you may incur. 352.732.6630

Being a recent transplant to this state I was well aware of the frequency of Thunder & Lightning Storms, and also Hurricanes but I never gave Tornadoes much of a thought. I recently learned that Florida has more Tornadoes per 10,000 square miles than any other state!

In Florida Tornadoes can strike any time of the year and are most common in the summertime. Summertime tornadoes tend to be very weak and are generally rated EF-0. Many of these tornadoes are waterspouts that move on shore and fall apart. The strongest Tornadoes are most likely between February-April usually within a squall line.

Here in the Ocala area we are in a moderate risk area. Not a lot of that activity happening here, but we here at SERVPRO of Ocala would like to pass on a few safety tips just in case.

  • Get In- Get in a sturdy building and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • Get Down- Get as low in the building as possible.
  • Cover Up- Flying and falling debris are a storm's number on killer. Use blankets, pillows, helmets, etc to cover up and protect yourself.