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Why Does My Carpet Smell?
Moisture or dampness
Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.
This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.
A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.
If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.
When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.
Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.
The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.
These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.
Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.
If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.
While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.
A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.
Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.
Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.
In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.
Food and drink spills
Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.
Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.
Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.
For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.
Competitive Restoration Prices
When it comes to pricing for the restoration work we provide, you will never find hidden costs or misleading fees.
You will always get the great quality work SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties is known for at a reasonable price. When we create estimates for our customers, we use the exact same program that insurance companies use. This program shows us the different services we offer and provides us a dollar amount.
With 29 years of experience under our belts, it is safe to say we are seasoned. We have the knowledge to know where the loss of your disaster came from and what we need to do to fix it. As a nationally (and internationally) known and respected brand, you can trust that you are in the best hands to handle the emergency.
Don’t be tricked with other companies claiming cheaper prices. Oftentimes, we receive “fix-it” jobs left from the other guys. We understand how frustrating it can be to have a company work on your home, just to have to call us to finish what they started.
There are many businesses out there claiming they have the greatest quality work at the cheapest prices. With SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties on your side, you will receive honest quality estimates and honest quality work ALWAYS. Give us a call at 217-935-2992 and we will work with you every step of the way. [JB]
Why SERVPRO? Because We Do It All!
We worry about your restoration emergency so you don't have to.
From start to finish, you will see that SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties will take care of your restoration emergency from start to finish. A fire, for example, can wreak havoc not only on your home or office but your precious time and checkbook too. There is no need to worry. Not only do we possess the experience, but the equipment and talent on our team to make sure the disaster looks like it never took place. After removing any drywall that is burned and unsalvageable, we will make sure your home down to the studs is clean and smelling great. Besides any demolition that needs to be done, we will begin reconstructing your home back to the way it was. This includes painting your walls as well. It will be like an entirely new room in your home.
If you have recently experienced a restoration emergency, let our team here at SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties take care of everything so you don’t have to. We will always work with you each step of the way and make sure you are satisfied. Give us a call at 217-935-2992 for more information. [JB]
Soda Blasting – Everything you need to know
Soda Blasting involves one of the softer abrasive blasting materials, rating an average 2.4 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (1-10). Most abrasive blasting cabinets aim to maximize abrasive recycles and minimizing dust collector service, and for this reason, most sandblasting uses harder abrasives like plastic and glass beads. Soda blasting is the exception, a one-time-use abrasive, used for special applications when recycling abrasive is not important.
Soda Blasting: The Good
The main advantage of soda blasting is it’s a cost-efficient, single-use abrasive. Although recycling abrasive is the name of the game for most abrasive blasting applications, there are a few special applications not needing to recycle abrasive. Onetime use abrasives are used for applications like ship cleaning that require huge amounts of abrasive – it typically takes one million pounds of abrasive for an average ship – or maybe a smaller amount for the back bed of an old truck. Additionally, soda is the primary abrasive to clean oily parts because once it removes the oil; the abrasive doesn’t cycle back through to hit the part again. Soda is also water soluble making sure no abrasive remains in critical bearing areas!
Six Rules for Soda Blasting Success
- Always use a direct pressure abrasive delivery system that uses lower blasting pressure to maximize abrasive velocity without reaching maximum soda impact velocity
- Never blast using more than 30 to 35 psi pressure when using direct pressure delivery
- Always use a ghost flow out the nozzle to prevent Soda flooding and or slower cleaning
- Use equipment designs that understand the proper use of soda and collection of spent soda
- Know that soda used at higher pressure will surface etch and change part metallurgy.
- Exceeding maximum impact velocity will simply create a failed soda blasting cabinet with a failed dust collector.
Soda Blasting: The Bad
Because soda is now so popular, manufacturers and retailers are offering sub par quality soda blast cabinet to make a quick buck. They do not know the nuances of soda as an abrasive nor do they understand its limitations.
Yes, soda has important characteristics, but it’s not a magic bullet. Soda cannot be recycled the way other abrasives like steel shot, steel grit, silicon carbide, aluminum oxide, garnet, and ceramic, glass or plastic beads. Being that soda is so soft; it explodes into tiny fragments upon impact with the object being blasted. Additionally, soda abrasive doesn’t work harden the part being cleaned because it’s meant to be used a low abrasive velocity.
Soda Blasting: The Ugly
Today, because of the need for a soluble abrasive like soda, you see everyone selling soda blasting cabinets. Unless you have very few parts to blast or blast only a few times a month for minutes all these blasting cabinets that are supposed to contain the soda will soon be the biggest mess you could possibly imagine all with failed dust collectors.
The problem is that some retailers sell cheap slag and soda to blast cabinet operators. Often, the operator thinks the soda can be recycled and runs the machine in excess of 60 psi in a siphon delivery system or 30-35 psi in a direct pressure delivery system. This causes the abrasive to explode on impact, severely reducing visibility and simultaneously creating tiny particles that are sucked into the dust collector – leaving the cabinet kaput.
Pro Tip: If the dust collector gets packed with soda abrasive, the blasting cabinet fails, it’s that simple.
Media Blast offers three duty cycle soda cabinet models: the Blizzard Soda Blast Cabinet, the N-200 Soda and the Pro Soda. Each is matched to a specific usage – recreational to industrial. Each model provides users an environmentally friendly clean part with its original finish intact, free from trace oil residue. If you think soda blasting is right for your application, Media Blast can supply you with a soda blast cabinet with superior visibility that keeps soda out of the dust collector to ensure your needs are met with minimal machine maintenance.
Learn more about SERVPRO and Soda Blasting by contacting our Piatt/Dewitt Counties office at (217)935-2992! Any time day or night, someone is ready to take your call.
Tips for Preserving Personal Items After a Flood
Time is of the essence when it comes to safeguarding valuables submerged in flood waters. Mold formation can begin within 48 hours of immersion, and contaminated "black water" can carry dangerous chemicals and pathogens. It's a good idea for homeowners in Piatt and Dewitt counties to learn about content cleaning before disaster strikes. Here are a few tips on what can and can't be salvaged, and how to minimize damage to precious belongings.
Unfortunately, most porous materials that have come into contact with black water cannot be saved during the content cleaning process. This includes:
- Furniture items
- Carpeting and padding
- Particle board cabinets
- Portions of drywall or insulation that have been immersed.
Microscopic toxic chemical compounds and fungal spores can pose a serious risk to a home’s inhabitants. Non-porous items, on the other hand, may be able to be sanitized and kept.
Immediate Steps To Take After Storm Damage
Legal papers, photo albums, artwork and other precious items that cannot be replaced might be saved, especially if you act quickly to minimize further damage.
Papers, artwork and photographs should be separated and removed from albums and frames and placed on plastic screens or hung using plastic clothespins (contact with metal or other types of materials could cause irreparable damage). Photos can also be gently rinsed in clean water before drying. To salvage important books, insert a paper towel every few pages to soak up harmful moisture.
It is recommended that you air dry items indoors. Open windows, air conditioners, fans and dehumidifiers can all help to increase airflow and reduce drying times. Avoid using heat during this process, such as irons or hair dryers, as they can cause further damage.
If the black water contamination is especially severe, or if mold is already present, you may want to leave the bulk of your content cleaning to a professional flood restoration team in Piatt and Dewitt counties.
Give SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties a call at (217) 935 2992. We are available 24/7 to service any of your damaged needs. (LB)
What is your Exit Plan?
Every second counts during a fire. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
Escape Planning for Your Business
Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt Counties
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Different Types of Fire Extinguishers
A look at all the different types of Fire Extinguishers.
- Fire Extinguishers have a Class A rating and are suitable for fighting fires involving solid combustibles such as wood, paper, and textiles.
- Electrical equipment should be avoided when using a water extinguishers (unless water with additive are used), as water is a conductor.
- AFFF Foam fire extinguishers are highly effective on Class A and Class B fires (the foam agent helps to prevent re-ignition).
- Some foam extinguishers have been diametrically tested to 35,000 volt (35kv) and can be used on or near electrical appliances.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
- CO2 fire extinguishers were originally designed for use on flammable liquid fires, and therefore have a Class B fire rating.
- They are ideal for electrical fires, CO2 is not a conductor and they do not leave behind any harmful residue.
- ABC Powder fire extinguishers are extremely versatile and can be used on Class A, Class B, Class C, and electrical fires.
- They are available in a range of sizes from 1-9 kg and ideal for application in environments containing mixed fire risks. However, there is a risk of inhalation when using powder extinguishers and therefore not recommended for use within small rooms, homes, ad offices.
- Water mist fire extinguishers are highly effective on Class A, B, C, F, and electrical fires.
- The unique design of the water mist extinguishers' supersonic nozzle creates a microscope mist curtain, reducing the oxygen content. Water mist extinguishers are also safe on fires caused by electricity, as the water mist does not conduct electricity and the water mist does not form puddles which could lead to electrocution.
- Wet chemical fire extinguishers are designed specifically for use on fires involving combustible cooking media such as burning oil and fat.
- They have a Class F rating and a special lance applicator nozzle. They usually have an additional Class A rating and are normally not designed for use on Class B fires (petrol, diesel, paint, paraffin etc.), although the 31tr Gloria wet chemical firs extinguisher is an exception.
Call SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt for any of your fire needs, 24/7 at (217) 935-2992. (LB)
Fire Extinguisher Classes
The fire classification system is designed to categorize fires into groups based on the type of fuel involved. Each fire class is represented by a letter of the alphabet (with the electrical which are simply referred to as “electrical fires”) and an icon. This helps users to select an appropriate fire extinguisher in the event of a fire.
Class A Fires
- Solid Combustibles
- Fire involving solid combustible materials such as wood, textiles, straw, paper, coal etc.
Class B Fires
- Flammable Liquids
- Fire caused by combustion of liquids or materials that liquefy such as petrol, oils, fats, paints, tar, ether, alcohol, stearin, and paraffin.
Class C Fires
- Flammable Gases
- Fires caused by combustion of gases such as methane, propane, hydrogen, acetylene, natural gas and city gas.
Class D Fires
- Flammable Fires
- Fires involving combustibles metals such as magnesium, aluminum, lithium, sodium, potassium and their alloys. Combustible metal fires are unique industrial hazards which require special fire extinguishers.
Class F Fires
- Combustible Cooking Media
- Fires involving particularly hot or deep oil and grease fires, such as deep fat fryers in commercial kitchens or overheated oil pan fires in homes. Normal water-based extinguishers with large droplets would cause an ‘explosion’ of stream and carry burning oils and fats from the container. Equally, a CO2 extinguishers jet would carry burning oil out of the container and also would have in-sufficient cooling effect to stop reigniting. Wet chemical extinguishers, on the other hand, lay a cooling foam layer on top of the burning fat/oil and react with the liquid, stopping air supply to the fire.
- Electrical Appliances
- Fires involving electrical appliances such as computers, electrical heaters, stereos, fuse boxes etc.
Call SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt for any of your fire needs, 24/7 at (217) 935-2992. (LB)
Dehu! What is it?
Call SERVPRO Piatt/Dewitt at (217)935-2992, for all your Dehu needs.
As water damage restoration professionals, we need professional-grade equipment that helps us tackle the toughest of jobs and deliver outstanding results for our clients. A powerful dehumidifier is a key component in our suite of tools. But what does a dehumidifier do?
Conventional dehumidifiers are designed for most water-damage remediation projects, and they can easily be transported from job to job and loaded and unloaded from a vehicle. They condense water vapor by passing air over refrigerated coils, and a heat pipe prevents frost from forming. This type of Dehu can also be used in your home for moisture management. It helps to keep moisture levels more comfortable in humid environments, and helps ward off musty odors.
We use machines called LGR Dehumidifiers. LGR stands for low-grain refrigerant, which is a fancy way of saying these dehumidifiers provide maximum power in removing moisture from the air. How do they work? LGR dehumidifiers feature a double cooling system that lowers the temperature of moisture-filled air once inside the machine. This leads to more condensation that forms on the coils inside the machine, which in turn leads to more moisture pumped out and less moisture in the air that is returned to the room.
Now for my favorite Dehu!
The Phoenix Dry Max! What is special about the Dry Max? It's tiny compared to its brothers and sisters, but it still packs the same punch! It has an integrated handle and wheels as well as on board storage for the power cord and condensate hose!
Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?
Be prepared for a flood or fire damage in Piatt or Dewitt counties with an Emergency Ready Profile.
Be prepared for a flood or fire damage in Piatt or Dewitt counties with an Emergency Ready Profile.
SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt is here to help you get a plan in place for free!
Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile
- A no-cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
Schedule and ERP
SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt can put together an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for free. There are no contracts or obligations, we just want to help your business. Preparation is key for making it through any size disaster. Schedule an appointment today with SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt by calling (217) 935-2992.
Commercial Cleaning Services
Let SERVPRO handle all your Commercial needs!
Commercial Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of Piatt and Dewitt counties can help clean and protect your investment.
Spending extra time and resources to clean and disinfect your office or warehouse space is something you don't always have time to do. Turn to the professionals, to let us handle the everyday wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When dirt, odor, and moisture problems go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need to call SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt for prompt service.
We specialize in all commercial cleaning services, from removing an odor problem to deep cleaning flooring and carpets; you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt can work around your regular business hours so there will be no disruption or downtime for your office. From general cleaning of workspaces to heavy cleaning of warehouse walls and ceilings, we have specialized training, products, and equipment to get your commercial property clean and safe. A clean office promotes employee health and safety, production and overall happiness. A clean business keeps customers coming back.
SERVPRO of Piatt and Dewitt counties wants to help keep your facility clean and a place where people want to work and shop. We have service agreements that range from weekly cleaning services, quarterly, or by the call. We'll work with you and around your schedule and cater our services around your needs.
Our commercial cleaning services include:
Biohazard and Sewage
SERVPRO employees are trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly following OSHA and health regulations. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous and is best left to the professionals. Our employees are equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean and safe workspaces.
Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
Accidents and crime scenes often have blood or other biohazard contaminants that may pose a severe health risk. Our highly trained service professionals will respond immediately and safely clean and disinfect any trauma or crime scene with empathy and respect.
Carpet and Upholstery
A good rule of thumb is to have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 months. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. Ceilings, walls, and floors are exposed to dirt, dust and other contaminants from inside and outside. Whether they need general maintenance cleaning, or heavy cleaning from smoke or fire damage, SERVPRO of Piatt/Dewitt has the expertise to do the job right the first time.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
We have several different types of deodorization techniques. One of our Production Managers will discuss with you the method that will be most beneficial for your property. Masking the odors and other shortcuts are not what we do. We fully address the source of the odor so it doesn't return.
Vandalism and Graffiti
SERVPRO offers emergency services for board up due to broken windows or damaged structure. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed promptly. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we also clean driveways, sidewalks, asphalt, metals, glass, wood, plastic and masonry.
Sometimes life happens and we are left with something totally unexpected. Maybe a fire robbed us of precious memories. Maybe a water pipe broke while we were on vacation. Maybe a clean-up job is just too overwhelming. That is where SERVPRO comes into the picture, helping us get back to normal.
Why SERVPRO, one might ask. We often don't think about about the unpleasantness of fire' water'mold or major clean-ups until it is right there staring us in the face. SERVPRO does. SERVPRO is not just your typical run of the mill cleaning company, far from that. SERVPRO is our neighbor, involved in our community. The staff is professionally trained so when the need arises they are prepared. These employees are not just well trained, but are motivated and care about the people they help 24 hours a day seven days a week. Shelves are lined with specialty equipment for every emergency from industrial dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to air scrubbers and soda blasters. The best reason to choose SERVPRO however, is its belief and commitment to community.
Often employees can be found volunteering their time and talent at Habitat For Humanity. They can be found running food drives so everyone can have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. You will find them doing relief efforts for storm events like Hurricane Harvey. They pass out candy with other local merchants on Halloween providing a safe place for our kids to Trick Or treat. They are in Christmas and Homecoming parades. They work hard to bring awareness to preventing teen suicide. They are active in all aspects of our community, they are our neighbors. Why SERVPRO? They do all this and much much more, quite well I would add.