What separates SERVPRO of High Point from other companies is that we are committed to the drying process at the start of every job. The goal is to dry out as much of the structure as possible. Then if demo is required, we practice what is called "minimal invasion". Which means that we will cut out only what is absolutely necessary in getting the structure back to its original condition. It is less costly conducting jobs this way, and it is less stressful for the property owner as well. They will not have a lot of time and money tied up in the restoration process. Our technicians are trained to perform services in this manner as during their SERVPRO of High Point training sessions. We pride ourselves on this foundation to the mitigation process.
Snow Storm Facts
Snow storms are a type of winter storm in which the main form of precipitation is snow. A snow storm is really just heavy snowfall. A snow storm is made when high pressure air has contact with low pressure air. The high pressure cold winds start blowing towards the low pressure areas. The low pressure air contains high moisture content. Clouds are formed as the hot humid air moves up, replaced by the cold air below. Then finally when precipitation occurs, the water droplets coming down freeze due to low temperatures in a region and what we get is a snow storm! If the temperature falls very much below the freezing point, an ice storm occurs. Ice storms cause multiple deaths in many countries around the world. Ice storms can take out power, glass and more.
Six More Weeks Of Winter
Brace yourself for six more weeks of winter. That is, if you like to get your weather prediction from a groundhog in Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and as the legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens. Phil was awakened at 7:25am and made his prediction in front of about 16 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler's Knob.
Phil is not new to the forecasting game. The ceremony has been going on since 1887. For the last two years in a row, Phil has not seen his shadow, predicting an early spring. Winter officially comes to an end on the equinox on March 20th, regardless of what Phil predicts.
In the past, Phil has been way more likely to see his shadow than not. He has reportedly seen his shadow 104 times, but not seen his shadow only 20 times. Statistically speaking, Phil has been correct in his forecasts about 50% of the time in the last 10 years.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Over the past year, SERVPRO of High Point has been very involved in helping our commercial customers maintain a high level of cleanliness in their businesses. We have sanitized and disinfected churches, offices, warehouses, restaurants, salons, gyms, as well as, a host of other miscellaneous properties. Some of these commercial properties have requested a proactive cleaning, while others have experienced a confirmed COVID case that requires additional care and PPE.
In accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO recommends the daily cleaning of :high touch" surfaces such as keyboards, phones and tablets, tables, and counters, door knobs, light switches, toilets, and bathroom fixtures.
Our technicians are trained to perform a proactive and confirmed case cleaning that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. This includes porous surfaces as well that can be sanitized utilizing a fogger that mists disinfectant throughout the area to be cleaned.
How To Stop Window Condensation
In the winter, you may think that low humidity is all you have to worry about in your home. This would be a mistake. One of the biggest issues with moisture that homeowners face during the winter months is window condensation. If you notice moisture forming on the inside of your windows, you may feel tempted to brush it off. But you shouldn't. Doing so could encourage the development of mold, which can be seriously harmful to your respiratory health. Commercial dehumidifiers are an easy way to take some of the humidity out of the air. They are commonplace in stores and online, and you should have little trouble finding one that fits your aesthetic preferences and budget. In this area, the lack of color outside during the winter can take its toll on you. For this reason, many people try to compensate with houseplants. If you have a ton of houseplants and are noticing window condensation, you might have gone a little overboard. You may want to give some of them away to friends. And finally, do you air dry your laundry on a drying rack? This is an excellent, energy-efficient choice for the environment, but it might not be such a good idea if you have too much moisture in the air. Machine drying your clothes instead could help to stop window condensation.
Why Is My Water Bill So High?
Water is a major utility in any city, making it a significant concern for homeowners, renters, and commercial property owners alike. A high water bill is troublesome not only because of the financial cost, but also because it indicates that precious water may be going to waste somewhere. According to the EPA, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year, and ten percent of homes leak 90 gallons or more per day. When your water bill is higher than normal, it's important to track down the cause and correct it as soon as possible. There are 8 reasons for a high water bill: 1) Leaky/Running Toilets. In most cases, these leaks will be caused by a faulty flapper in the toilet tank. 2) Leaky Faucets and Fixtures. The most common cause of a faucet leak is a faulty rubber washer in the faucet handle. 3)Irrigation Leaks. This type of leak becomes evident in your lawn where there are unusually damp patches or areas of grass that are more lush than their surroundings. 4) Lateral Line Leaks. In some cases, one of the underground pipes feeding water from your metered connection to your home may have a crack or loose joint. 5) Old, Outdated Fixtures and Toilets 6) Recent Changes In Water Use. One small change in your water use habits or household situation can have a big impact on your utility bill. 7) New Water-Consuming Equipment. Pools, sprinkler systems, washing machines, freezers, and other new equipment can result in a sudden increase in your water bill. 8) Bad Water Wasting Habits. Lengthy and unnecessary shower times. Running water to thaw meats and frozen foods. Washing dishes by hand. Keeping water running while brushing teeth or shaving.
What is Hygroscopic Material?
A hydroscopic material is one which readily takes up and retains moisture. As the humidity increases, hygroscopic materials take on more and more water until they reach equilibrium with the environment. This increases substantially above 60%Rh. If water evaporates too quickly into warm interior air without a corresponding humidity reduction, the result increases the chance for microbial growth, thus damaging hygroscopic materials. Therefore, hygroscopic materials, previously undamaged by liquid water, can become damaged if the humidity is not controlled. This is referred to as secondary damage and is what occurs when air movers, which increase the rate of evaporation (adding humidity), are placed without setting up an adequate dehumidification capacity. The humidity will rise rapidly and can cause secondary damage to hygroscopic materials. A very important point is that the rate of evaporation is directly proportional to the vapor pressure differential between the surface of wet materials and the adjoining air. This indicates that the capacity for dehumidification should actually exceed the rate of evaporation. This "abnormally dry" air mass insures an even greater rate of evaporation.
An Open or Closed Dehumidification System?
The open drying system uses ambient outdoor air to reduce the indoor humidity. The most appropriate outdoor conditions for using an open drying system are when the temperature is high and the relative humidity is low. Always take an outside reading to check your dew point temperature. The open system is thus utilizing the principle of dynamic equilibrium for indoor humidity reduction. However, considerations must be made for energy loss and cost, building security, changing weather conditions, and all psychrometric data indoors and outdoors. The closed system utilizes air movers, dehumidifiers and psychrometrics to artificially control the indoor environment. The acceptable range of allowable humidity in an indoor environment for health and comfort is between 30%Rh and 50%Rh. The use of dehumidification equipment should always be considered in sealed structures to prevent equilibrium. In a flood damaged structure the Rh always seeks equilibrium and then the evaporation process stops. The vapor pressure equalizes in the contained space until the maximum humidity is reached or there is no more available water to evaporate. One of the best times to utilize a closed drying system and create positive pressure inside the building is when the outdoor humidity is high.
Moisture content in structural components must be a concern in all water damage situations. After evaluation of carpet and pad, a careful evaluation of structural materials must be done. Replacement of structural components if damaged beyond repair will be much more costly than replacement of contents such as carpet and pad. Thus, consideration and inspection of any structural component that has the remotest possibility of being wet is vital. If moisture is detected, rapid drying of the structure must be the primary concern. The use of a hygrometer to measure air space moisture in attics and crawl spaces and the use of a moisture meter to measure the extent of saturation of porous materials is considered standard procedure in all water losses. The permeance of a structural component should be considered when determining drying procedures. Vinyl-covered drywall may require holes to be drilled into and air forced through them for drying due to possible vapor barrier. Wet baseboards act as a moisture barrier and should be removed to drill holes to speed up the drying process. Since this is the molding that covers the joint between a finished wall and the floor, when it is replaced it will cover the holes.
Importance of Professional Carpet Cleaning
Many people have carpeting throughout their home. Ideally, carpets should be deep cleaned every six months to keep them looking brand new. It also helps to get the grime, dirt, and debris out of the carpets which can help reduce allergies, smells, and stains. No matter how you look at it, the professionals have better and more powerful equipment when it comes to cleaning carpets. The type of steam and deep cleaners that you can rent or buy at a local store are generally not as strong as what the professionals use. After all, they typically spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on the equipment that they have. When some people take carpet cleaning into their own hands, and they don't necessarily know what they are supposed to be doing, it leaves some real potential to cause some damage to the carpets and flooring under them. If you were to accidentally make your carpets too wet, not only can it soak your carpets and make dry time almost impossible, but it can seep through to the padding and floor underneath. It is always best to hire a professional carpet cleaner like SERVPRO of High Point to ensure that your carpet cleaning is done properly.