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How Should I Clean My Smoke Damaged Home?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home in Toronto Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO Today!

SERVPRO Techs Have the Professional Equipment and Specialised Cleaning Agents to Help Toronto Homes After a Fire Loss

Smoke damage can be a very frustrating challenge to clean up on your own. The internet has a large number of DIY methods, but the truth is, if the incorrect cleaning method gets used on smoke residues, it can make the problem worse or cause the item getting cleaned to become unrestorable. This type of cleanup is best to outsource to a professional restoration services company.

Is It True Fire Damage Can Leave Behind Different Types of Smoke Damage?

The ability to successfully clean up fire damage in Toronto homes hinges on the ability also to remove the smoke residues left behind. Some of the vital steps to smoke damage removal include:

  • The testing of the residue to determine the type
  • Use of specific cleaning methods and tools for dry smoke
  • Implementation of cleaning agents with solvents for wet smoke

What to Expect During the Fire Loss Mitigation Process

When the SERVPRO techs arrive on site, they get to work immediately to clean up the property. One of the first actions is containment around the loss area. This is necessary to prevent the spread of soot throughout the home. Then charred items without restoration potential get removed. 

As the techs go through the site, they inspect each item, and if it shows promise for restoration, it gets taken to a cleaning station for detailed handling to remove the soot and smoke residues.

Cleaning Techniques for Walls and Ceilings

Smoke residues left on walls and ceilings can get categorised into three groups, and each type has its own unique needs for cleaning.

  • Smoke webs appear in the upper corners of a room and look like black cobwebs
  • Dry smoke is light and looks like a fine, black powder on surfaces
  • Wet smoke is the most difficult to remove and has the appearance of an oily or greasy black substance that smears when wiped

Choosing the correct solution type is crucial. SERVPRO technicians perform testing on the smoke residues as well as the surfaces they are cleaning to ensure the selected cleaning agent does not mar the surface. The removal of smoke damage is often a multi-layered process. For example, dry smoke residues should not come into contact with wet cleaning solutions as they can get driven deeper into surfaces and cause more loss.

The techs primarily use dry cleaning sponges to lift the dry smoke off the surface (usually walls and ceilings) and then follow up with liquid cleaners to wipe up any remaining stains.

Air Quality Measures During Fire Loss Cleanup

Soot particles carry odor wherever they are. SERVPRO techs use air scrubbers throughout the mitigation process to capture any airborne particulate in its HEPA filtration.

Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376 when you need assistance with the restoration of your property from any size smoke and fire damage.

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What is the Fastest Way to Clear a Home from Kitchen Fire Debris?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" We know the steps to get your home back from fire damage.

Residents of Mississauga Trust SERVPRO to Provide Honest, Efficient Fire Debris Removal Services. 

Do I need to arrange for transport and disposal of non-salvageable items?

Our service covers both the removal and safe disposal of fire debris at a Mississauga waste facility. Depending on the breadth of damage, SERVPRO can arrange dumpster rental on your behalf to place non-salvageable materials during restoration using trusted suppliers. Our technicians are capable of thoroughly inspecting your property to designate which materials are restorable and which need disposal. We can remove charred cabinet doors, drawers fittings, and electrical outlets from the property as part of the service.

Is fire debris dangerous?

Combusting materials can release monoxides and other harmful gases. However, these usually disperse quickly within the first few hours. There may still be hazards in the property, including sharp edges, loose fittings, malfunctioning appliances, or slip and trip hazards. Inhaling airborne soots or ash can also be an issue when removing fittings or disturbing the affected area. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), including respiration masks and heavy-duty gloves, can help to protect restorers during the removal of charred items. There are several safety steps essential to limiting potential dangers:

Shutting off power and gas supply to the affected area

High temperatures and pressure can damage wiring, appliances, and supply valves. Employing emergency gas shutoffs and cutting electrical supply to the affected area is an essential step in ensuring the safety of the property. 

Awareness of potentially hazardous materials

Buildings pre-1980 can contain dangerous materials in their construction. These materials may include asbestos or lead-based paints, which should not be disturbed without professional abatement services. Our team can procure specialists for the removal of any materials that they suspect contain harmful substances.

Structural weakening or insecurity?

Kitchen fittings can loosen under the intense heat and pressure of a fire. When joints weaken, there is a high chance that fittings can collapse. This weakening may occur when cabinet doors or shelves are taken from their fittings. 

Are charred building materials non-salvageable?

In some situations, building materials or cabinet fittings are entirely or partly salvageable. Charring on wooden frames, metal appliances or doors may only have damage on grains close to the surface. Sandblasting equipment sends thousands of tiny grains against a surface to peel away surface damages. On woods, sandblasting works in a similar way to using sandpaper, providing a clean, smooth surface that can be repainted or refinished. Often, cabinet doors can be removed and replaced while restoring the interior of the cabinet using sand or soda blasting to reduce expenses.

What services are available for the replacement of non-salvageable contents and fittings?

- Reinstallation of doors, cabinets, and drawers as well as venting ducts, sockets, and light fittings

- Base-coating of walls and ceiling using an odor sealing paint

- Safe, professional removal of non-salvageable appliances providing a clean space for new appliances to be installed

Can you begin installing replacement items immediately after debris removal?

Before the restoration procedure begins, our technicians need to ensure that the space is clean and free of odors. Once the debris is removed, technicians can set to work on burn-marks, soiling, and sanding of surfaces. Using chemical agents, we can remove wet smoke residues from the affected area and bring in ultra-low-volume fogging equipment to tackle odors. We can only begin the restoration service once space is returned to a sanitary state.

What chemical cleaning agents should I use on smoke and soot residues?

- Clean, warm water can help to remove light to moderate soiling from walls, surfaces, and ceilings

- Water-based solvents are effective at dissolving certain soots that may have bonded to a surface

- Oil-based solvents for soiling that has a greasy texture

How can I prove non-salvageable items to my insurance adjuster?

In some situations, restoration may already be underway before you have a chance to speak with an insurance adjuster. Any items that are removed from the property by SERVPRO technicians are meticulously cataloged and are included in your service paperwork. This inventory can be passed onto an insurer as proof of non-salvageable items, if necessary, at the end of service. 

Where can I dispose of fire debris?

Fire debris can be hazardous and can release ash or soots into the environment. For these reasons, it is not appropriate to use regular waste services for the disposal of charred or burnt materials. These materials need disposal at an approved waste facility or landfill in the area. SERVPRO can transport any debris from your property to a facility for safe disposal.

Clearing your property of unwanted debris after a kitchen fire is most efficient when using professional services. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Mississauga, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga today at (905) 238-7376 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO's Commercial Disinfection Services for Mississauga Offices

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

WOMAN WIPING DOWN TABLE TOP SERVPRO provides cleaning and disinfectant applications to protect homes and businesses in Mississauga.

While adhering to local virus prevention measures for your business you may need a plan for frequent cleaning while your business is open. Businesses in Mississauga that are currently closed should consider having the premises deep-cleaned and ready for reopening. Homeowners need to clean and protect their homes too.

Tips About Cleaning

Whenever possible use hospital-grade cleaning products, or use disinfectants recommended by the CDC.  Always read the labels and apply disinfectants according to instructions. If you use bleach, please understand it is toxic and could burn your skin and eyes, and damage textiles, upholstery, and carpeting. The most important surfaces to keep clean are the active touchpoints in your facility. A recently cleaned surface can become contaminated the moment it comes in contact with the virus. Repetitive cleaning is the key

If you need commercial-quality disinfection services, to be sure the job is done right at your Mississauga office space, business, or home the IICRC-certified restoration professionals at SERVPRO stand ready to assist you. Our pros have extensive experience following the CDC, EPA, and OSHA protocols and requirements about microbial and environmental cleaning at commercial and residential sites.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga is ready and prepared to keep your business (or home) safe. Call (905) 238-7376.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

What Can You Expect from Commercial Flooding Mitigation and Remediation Experts?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A red building with a car and standing water in the parking lot. Flooding to your commercial business? Call SERVPRO Mississauga, we want to help.

SERVPRO’s Focus Is to Get You Back to Business After Mississauga Flood Damage

Recent storms have placed all commercial buildings on Lake Ontario’s northwest shores in the path of severe flooding. Heavy rains and damaging winds combined with substantial lakewater surge caused tremendous quantities of water to flow indiscriminately through structures. We understand that damage to retail, food service, industrial, multi-family residential, warehouse, and office building affects not only the employees, owners, and managers, but also the community that struggles to return to normalcy.

Why Should Businesses Hire Specialists for Flood Recovery? 

Expecting your housekeeping or building engineers to handle the unique challenges of flood damage in Mississauga commercial buildings is unfair to them and could be disastrous to your structure. The skillset and equipment needed for fast and thorough flood water removal, cleaning, disinfection, and structural drying are unique. We prepare our employees to respond to all aspects of flooding through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, with additional mentoring from our most experienced managers and technicians on the job.

What Are the Steps Followed by Professionals After Flood Damage?

SERVPRO arrives with a team of individuals ready to spread out to respond to your flooding crisis quickly. Project managers scope for safety concerns and assign emergency crews to commence water extraction once we control hazards. 

  • We use pumps for water deeper than two inches, operating efficiently to evacuate vast quantities of fluids even when completely submerged. 
  • Truck-mounted extractors follow, clearing surfaces of visible standing water.
  • Water and moisture detection locate hidden caches of fluid and record baseline drying data.
  • Trapped water is released, sometimes using controlled demolition like flood cuts, and contained using truck-mounted and portable extractor or negative air pressure systems.
  • Crews clean and disinfect soiled surfaces.
  • Drying, using moisture data to monitor continuously, completes using multiple air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

Why rely on SERVPRO of North Mississauga for your commercial flood damage needs? Training, experience, and cutting edge industrial-grade equipment combine for successful outcomes after one call to (905) 238-7376.

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What Should I Do When Water Damage Happens?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee vacuuming up standing water in a room. Do you have standing water Mississauga? Call SERVPRO, we will be there to help.

SERVPRO of Mississauga Can Help You Remediate Water Damage in Your Home

Having an appliance suddenly break down and leak onto your floor could make anyone worry about the possibility of water damage. Imagine a scenario where the water supply line of your washing machine breaks and causes a mini flood in your upstairs laundry room. The pooled water can sink into every nook and cranny in sight. Before long, it can travel along with the frame of your home and soak other floors without warning, leaving a trail of damage in its wake. 

What Can You Do When an Accident Causes Water Damage in Your Mississauga Home? 

A fast reaction means everything during a water damage emergency. You can prevent further damages by quickly: 

  • Shutting off the water supply to your house 
  • Immediately calling for professional services
  • Locking any pets away so technicians can move about freely 

Here at SERVPRO, we have built our entire business model around getting to your home when you need us. From your first call, our goal is to get our technicians out of our facility and to your home. Our highly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can use our signature green vans to arrive at your home as quickly as possible. 

How Can You Find All the Spilled Water in My House? 

A washing machine leak can spill a lot of water into your home, and it doesn't have any issues moving about. Here at SERVPRO, our techs are trained to look for signs of water damage and can use advanced technological devices to look for hidden pockets of water. Our techs can use various techniques and devices to find water, such as:

As our technicians probe your home, we can locate the pockets one by one and use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove any standing water. 

If you think you need water damage remediate, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of North Mississauga by phoning (905) 238-7376. We're always ready for you. 

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Can I Restore My Mississauga Home After Flood Damage?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

storm caused flooding in room The restoration process is complicated, but with SERVPRO, you are in good hands.

Restoring a Mississauga Home After Flood Damage is Possible with the Help of a Professional Service

Water coming into your home can be devastating. It is hard to tell whether your place and its contents are a complete loss or if you can restore it. Placing a call to a professional cleanup service is the first step towards recovering after an emergency.

Homeowners in Mississauga with flood damage to their properties can call SERVPRO to help in the restoration process. Our team understands the importance of keeping your family safe, and we work diligently to mitigate your loss. With the aid of our industry-grade equipment and techniques, we can develop a plan specific to your needs.

What steps should I take after there is flood damage to my home?
Your main concern after an emergency is keeping yourself out of harm's way. Once the area is secure, and you secure alternate accommodations as needed, our SERVPRO crew arrives at your home wearing personal protective equipment. Creating a barrier between us and any residual bacteria is essential, which is why we also separate any unaffected areas of your home to discourage cross-contamination. If possible, we set up a staging area where we separate unaffected furniture an belongings. Whenever we identify objects with porous surfaces such as upholstery or heavy fabrics, we assess the damage and discard them as needed. Other steps we take in removing floodwaters, and the bacteria within them include the following:

    •    Truck-mounted pumps- if the volume of water in your home is significant, we may bring this type of pump which allows us to retrieve it and dispose of it following environmental guidelines
    •    Wiping down of surfaces using EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting solutions
    •    Use of thermal imaging technology to identify areas in which water is still present.

The restoration process is complicated, but with SERVPRO of North Mississauga, you are in good hands. Call us at (905) 238-7376 as soon as the emergency occurs and let us work hard to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Get Rid of the Smell Left Behind by a Small Fire?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Fire Restoration Technicians Can Help You Get Rid of the Smell of Smoke After a Fire

Whenever there is a fire in a home, you can generally find soot and smoke residue lingering even weeks after the event. The size of the flames and your efforts at cleaning up the waste seems to be irrelevant when its foul smell permeates your furniture, wallpaper, and the very core of your home. A professional fire restoration service can change your outlook.

For fire damage repairs in Mississauga, our SERVPRO technicians hold the answers to your questions. We train with experts at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to learn the latest techniques available for the removal of odors after a fire. Place a call to our 24/7 hotline and allow us into your home.

Why Can't I Fight the Smell of Smoke on my Own?

Homeowners can take some steps to remove the smell of smoke from their homes. Deodorizers available at your local supermarket, and improved air circulation can all help rid your home from the foul smell. Wiping down any soot also helps eliminate some of the odor.  However, only a professional team can address the problem at its root. Our SERVPRO staff has at its fingertips several options to neutralize and eliminate the odor in your home. Some of these options include-

Hydroxyl generators which can destroy the smell. 

Thermal foggers which can offset the smell. 

Air scrubbers which react with the smell molecule and render them ineffective.

When we combine the techniques above with counteracting agents and deodorizing pellets, we have a full breadth of options to eliminate the smell of smoke and make the fire a thing of the past. Call SERVPRO of North Mississauga at (905) 238-7376 and let us join forces to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Keeping Mississauga Laundromats Disinfected is Important

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

 female wiping a wood desk with a white rag If your employees are working overtime to help clean, it is time to call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Offers Top-Grade Services for All Commercial Locations

Keeping laundromats open and safe for customers is a must for Mississauga residents. It is necessary to keep clothing clean in a public health crisis. Businesses like laundromats that provide essential services and are remaining open through the pandemic must maintain a high standard of sanitation that meets PHAC guidelines for public health and safety. 

It is important to choose a cleaning company like SERVPRO for cleaning Mississauga laundromats or other functioning commercial locations.  Aren’t typical daily cleanup methods sufficient? The answer to that question is no, most likely not. SERVPRO provides a higher level of preventative cleaning to help fight this virus.

  • Specialized cleaning tools and solutions. SERVPRO has developed a cleaning protocol in collaboration with the Canadian Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that employs the proper equipment and processes, and powerful disinfectants approved by Health Canada. 
  • Experienced biohazard cleanup technicians. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced, but have also been through retraining in this new protocol to be sure they are cleaning and applying the correct disinfectants properly  They are also certified by the IICRC to mitigate commercial biohazards, including mold, microbes, and viruses. 
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Our SERVPRO technicians have an adequate supply of high-grade respirators, gloves and protective suits as they provide cleaning services remedies to remove the risk of spreading virus contamination from touchpoints and surfaces. They are checked by a knowledgeable, responsible supervisor to be sure their PPE is correct for the job and properly donned prior to beginning work.

SERVPRO of North Mississauga aids all local businesses, open or closed. Call (905) 238-7376 to begin cleanup day or night. 

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Flood Damage to Your Toronto Bakery

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Excessive Snowmelt Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Toronto Bakery

Every Canadian knows that snowmelt has the possibility of causing flood damage. After a particularly heavy winter, it can be unnerving for spring to come. As snow melts, rivers and lakes become filled to the brim and sometimes spillover. However, it is not only homes and businesses adjacent to water that need to worry. Snowmelt can plague anyone.

In the case of your Toronto bakery, flood damage could hit your property because of rapid snowmelt. Due to global warming, temperatures have been all over the place for Ontario springs. One weekend a blizzard can hit, and then the next every bit of snow could melt. Unfortunately, unstable weather can cause some problems for local buildings.

Imagine arriving at your bakery to open the doors and begin prep for the day to find a generous puddle of water on the floor surrounding the front entryway. The sudden snowmelt allowed water to trickle under the door and pool in your establishment, causing flood damage to the tile floors. Not only does the water create an unsafe work environment, but it may have been there since the previous afternoon. Getting professional help to your location is essential, even if it means closing the doors to your shop for the day.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand how essential foot traffic is to your business. We also understand that your establishment cannot remain closed for long, or else customers may begin to look elsewhere for their baked goods. For this reason, we work when you need us. Any time, any day, our services are available for you.

When we arrive at your bakery, our SERVPRO flood damage restoration technicians can get to work immediately. Our priority is to get the water off of your floor, and we can do so with advanced technology. Our technicians can use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the standing water from your property. Furthermore, we can employ the use of dehumidifiers, flood drying mats, and heaters to ensure that excess moisture is removed from the floors.

To help ensure that mold growth cannot occur, SERVPRO can also use antifungal cleaning agents on the floor to eliminate mold spores and other bacteria. Once we're finished, we can return your store to you in its preloss condition.

If you need flood damage remediation services, get help now. Contact SERVPRO of North Mississauga by calling (905) 238-7376. Our doors are always open to you.

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