Flood Watch vs Flood Warning – What’s the Difference?
Flooding can occur rapidly and can cause major damage to homes and businesses. The National Weather Service or your local weather service issues flood watches, warnings, and advisories. But what do they mean? Below are the differences between the announcements and what you need to do for each.
Flood Advisory – this is the lowest level of flood notifications. Flooding may be possible under the current weather conditions, but if a flood does occur it is usually less severe. It is best to pay attention to weather announcements and be alert to the risk of flooding.
Flood Watch – this indicates that flooding may be possible in your area within 24 to 48 hours. It means that conditions are favorable for a flood, but not guaranteed. Be ready to seek shelter because a flood watch can quickly turn into a flood warning.
Flood Warning – this means flooding is imminent or already happening in your area. Some things you should be aware of at this time include locating emergency shelters, evacuation procedures, avoid low lying areas, and stay tuned for weather updates. If officials advise evacuation, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning – flash floods are sudden and violent. This usually occurs within six hours or less when rain is heavy or levees and dams break. Because flash flooding happens so rapidly, there may not be time to send out alerts. If you become aware of this warning, seek higher ground immediately. Even if it is not raining in your area, flash flooding can still develop when the warning is issued.
Flooding can be very dangerous and sometimes very sudden. In inclement weather, always be alert to your local weather service or the National Weather Service for updates and how to protect yourself. Always exercise caution and be prepared. For water removal and mold damage after a flood, call SERVPRO of Mason City to make it look like “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Mason City Readers’ Choice 2019 Award
SERVPRO of Mason City is the area’s top pick for Cleaning Services in the 2019 Readers’ Choice awards.
Owned by Keith and Holly Messenger since October 2017, SERVPRO of Mason City was also voted as Readers’ Choice in 2018. SERVPRO of Mason City offers professional response to property damage emergencies. “It is very rewarding to be recognized for our team’s hard work and efforts. Our goal is to continue to offer the best service and support possible to our customers and the local community,” Keith Messenger says. “The community has always been very supportive of our franchise, and it shows through awards like this one.”
SERVPRO of Mason City is capable of cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including: wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.
For more information on the services offered by SERVPRO of Mason City, call 641-424-3382. You can also find the business online at www.SERVPROmasoncity.com or on Facebook.
SERVPRO of Mason City Adds a Building Expansion
SERVPRO of Mason City, is located at 808 S. Monroe Ave. In 2017, when the new owner Keith Messenger, took over SERVPRO of Mason City, he purchased a bigger building to move the company into. This new building was once a car dealership, and is right around 12,000 Sq. Ft. This was a big move for the company, beings the previous building was around 3,000 Sq. Ft. Over the course of 2 years, the company had outgrown the new building. In 2019, SERVPRO of Mason City added on a 10,000 Sq. Ft., state of the art facility to the building. It includes an Ultrasonic Cleaning room to process clients’ contents damaged by disaster, O-Zone room, Product room, mezzanine for storage space and a classroom for staff training and meetings. SERVPRO of Mason City is excited to continue to add more equipment to help with the restoration process for customers.
How to Fend Off the Flu at Work
Sniffling, coughing, hundred-degree fever…that’s right folks, flu season is upon us. But no need to worry there’s a few things that your office can do to protect your employees (and yourself) from catching the much dreaded influenza. We’ve put together a list of 5 things you to prevent the flu from spreading at your office.
- Give Flu shots at work
- sanitize the workplace
- Embrace basic hygiene
- Avoid physical contact
- Stock the office
Roughly 5-20% of US residents get the flu each year–but this doesn’t have to include your employees. Taking the appropriate measures to prevent the flu in your office will keep your workforce healthy and productive. SERVPRO of Mason City can help keep your business sanitize this season.
Fire Safety Guidelines for the Workplace
Workplace and office fires have reduced in numbers over the last few decades. This is greatly in part to advances in technology, more effective fire control tools and systems, and businesses taking a much more serious approach to fire prevention workplace training.
Tips for workplace safety:
- Emergency exits
- Fire and smoke alarms
- Fire drills
- Work-space clutter
- Electrical safety
Being PREPARED is the key to preventing fires at the workplace. Have an action plan in place, in the event of a fire will help ease the stress and reaction time. Follow the advice above and you can save yourself and your coworkers from injuries and death.
For professional fire damage or smoke remediation services, call SERVPRO of Mason City at (641) 424-3382.
Tips to Control the Humidity in Your Home
Something as simple as humidity in your home can cause a multitude of problems including mold, dust mites, and structural damage. This can lead to not only structural damage to your home, but also health problems. You can help control the humidity in your home by taking the following steps:
- Install exhaust fans in high moisture areas, such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Be sure to install exhaust fans with the vent going outside, not inside your home.
- Keep the number of plants that you have in your home to a minimum. Plants produce moisture and be mindful of over watering any houseplants, this too can increase the amount of moisture in the air.
Ventilation is essential to reducing the amount of indoor humidity. In the event that you are to have mold or structural damage, SERVPRO of Mason City can help.
What is Soot and is it Dangerous?
After a house fire is put out, the danger unfortunately does not stop there. Soot may spread to your entire home, this not only poses a threat to the structure, but to your health as well.
Soot is made up of tiny particles created by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Soot contains acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. The acidic properties in the soot can cause additional damage to your home and indoor air quality if not removed immediately.
Soot can enter your body through inhalation, ingestion or through the skin and eyes. This can cause breathing issues, including asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and even cancer. To avoid the health risks of soot exposure after a home fire, make sure that all soot affected areas are properly cleaned and sanitized. SERVPRO of Mason City has specialized training and equipment to remove soot.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Home Exteriors
Water has a sneaky way of entering your home in many ways, which can end up damaging the foundation. Here at SERVPRO of Mason City, we take protecting your home from water damage serious. We have put together a few tips to keep your home safe!
- Disconnect hoses
- Clean gutters and downspouts
- Maintain trees and vegetation
- Know your water main
- Check appliances regularly
- Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly
- Upgrade washing machine hoses
- Install water detection devices
- Check your water pressure
- Monitor your water bill
Remember to check all areas of your home in order to prevent any potential water, that can intrude your home from the exterior part of your walls! For all your water damage services call SEVRPRO of Mason City at (641) 424-3382.
Smoke Odor Removal after a Home Fire
The odor left from a house fire can be difficult to deal with. The process to remove smoke odor from a home is complex and it must be done efficiently to be successful. SERVPRO of Mason City has the expertise along with specialized equipment and techniques to achieve smoke odor removal. We do not recommend homeowners to tackle this task themselves. Below are some steps involved in the smoke odor removal process.
- Removing the source of the problem: this is the first and most important step which involves removing burnt items such as cabinets, furniture, drywall, and non-salvageable content.
- Cleaning the salvageable content: our professional technicians clean the salvageable items with the proper techniques and products. Some of these items may be cleaned off-site.
- Cleaning the air ducts: smoke, soot, and odors from fire penetrate the duct system making this an important step early in the smoke removal process to prevent the HVAC system from re-contaminating areas that have already been cleaned.
- Removing the smoke smell: to accomplish this step, there are a variety of techniques that can be utilized. These include:
- Air scrubbing – remove particulates from the air
- Thermal fogging – counteract odorous molecules by using fragrance modification for permanent odor neutralization
- Vapor modification – non-toxic aromatic compound into the air
- Ozone generation – oxidizer that neutralizes odorous molecules by releasing additional oxygen into the air
Following the steps above can assure the success of smoke odor removal after a home fire. SERVPRO of Mason City has the knowledge and equipment to effectively remove smoke odor and make it look (and smell) like “it never even happened”.
How to Ease Your Child's Fear of Thunderstorms
No two kids react to major and minor storms in quite the same way. Maybe yours gets a thrill at a flash of lightening or the kaboom of thunder. Or perhaps yours is the type who frets as soon the clouds roll in—not unreasonable if you or someone your child knows has weathered dramatic weather events, especially hurricanes or tornadoes. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease your kids’ weather woes, both before a storm strike and after it passes.
Try these tips from leading psychologists and weather experts:
- Recognize that large and small storms can—and do—disrupt family life
- Remember that round-the-clock news updates can trigger anxiety
- Remain calm and supportive if your kids are apprehensive
- Don’t underestimate the power of curiosity
- Watch age-appropriate videos together