What is an Air Mover?
What’s an Air Mover?
Air movers (aka “industrial air blowers”, “commercial blower fans” or “floor drying fans”) are used in construction and water restoration projects, having a wide variety of industrial applications. Their primary use is to increase air circulation, which speeds up water evaporation and reduces drying time. Compressed air is also used to maximize airflow in a blower fan or air mover.
Air movers are an essential tool when mitigation services are needed due to water damage or restoring flood or disaster damage. Some advantages of drying a building with the use of air movers are as follows:
- Low power draw
- High velocity, making them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes
- Reduces water damage dry out time to carpets and floors, as well as wall cavities behind drywall
- Dries concrete and paint
- Removing fumes or gases from a workspace
TYPES OF AIR MOVER UNITS
The type of air blower affects the speed and direction of airflow and the amount of space that can be covered by the air mover. There are three major types of air blower units used in most commercial dry out scenarios:
- Axial: Axial blowers are designed to move large amounts of air across a wide space. These tend to be larger air movers that produce high airflow. Unlike centrifugal air movers, which can direct air in several directions, axial air movers only move air horizontally. They’re ideal for drying walls or top-down drying treatments on carpets. They’re sometimes used for ventilation and equipment cooling.
- Centrifugal: This type offers a more compact air mover designed for spot treatments. Centrifugal air movers draw air from several sources and direct it to a particular spot. They are often used in restoration work to dry hard to reach areas like under cabinets and in crawl spaces and closets. Most centrifugal air movers can be adjusted to provide airflow at a few different angles. Centrifugal blowers are heavy-duty air movers that produce lower CFM than axial air movers.
- Compact: Compact air movers are versatile enough to be used for both large floor areas and small spot drying. With 1/4 horsepower motors, they still have the power to quickly and effectively dry areas, while also being quieter than centrifugal air movers and taking up less space. Small and lightweight, compact air movers are the perfect solution for drying small, hard-to-reach spaces such as closets, corners or under counters.
We at SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas will always assess each water damage situation independently and if our highly trained IICRC certified technicians determine that air movers are a necessary step to speed up the drying process, we have all the resources needed to help make it “Like it never even happened®.”
We sincerely hope these unfortunate situations never happen, but if they do we are standing by 24/7 and can be reached at 626.852.9922
How to Save Water
What is something we ALL love, especially in the summer time? Water. That's right, some would even say water makes the world go round. However, California has recently been experiencing some heat waves, meaning that we all have a part to play in helping save some WATER. Here are a few ways you can help out our state & planet by saving water!
Step 1: Change your diet
It takes water – a lot of it – to grow, process and transport your food. When you eat lower on the food chain, eat more whole foods and waste less food, you also save water.
Step 2: Cut indoor water use
Every day, you rely on water for a wide variety of uses around the house. There are lots of opportunities to cut back on water use in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room and even by fixing leaks.
Step 3: Use less water outdoors
Of all the residential water we use in the US, on average we use about a quarter outdoors. In some western states it’s half to three-quarters, primarily for lawns and gardens. A few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption, so tighten those taps, eliminate those leaks and use water wisely.
Step 4: Change buying habits
Practically everything you buy, use and consume has a water footprint because it took water to process and transport it. Being thoughtful about purchases, reusing where you can and recycling can reduce your water footprint.
Try to remember these few things this summer (and beyond) to reduce your ecological footprint and be a part of lasting change!
Fire, Fireworks, and the Fourth of July!
It's that time of year again...the summer is heating up and Americans have the privilege to celebrate our independence! The Fourth of July is known for barbecues, hot dogs, and yep... fireworks! All throughout California, on the night of July 4th, loud "BOOMS!" echo around the state. However, due to the large amount of wildfires that have occurred in the past year, fireworks have become a controversial topic.
Whether you choose to watch fireworks at your local high school, light them off in your neighborhood, or stay inside for the evening, it is important to know a few things about safety when around fireworks. Here are three easy tips to remember this Fourth of July!
1. Try leaving the fireworks to the professionals this year
- I know that your block party will love to light off a few legal fireworks, but due to the dryness in California, it may be a good idea to enjoy them at a public venue.
2. Watch out for the sparklers
-These sparkling sticks of fun are a classic and July 4th must have. But be careful where you light them. Do not light indoors, on grass, or around bush. Instead, light these up on concrete floor or on the beach! Remember, no matter how tempting, DO NOT CHASE YOUR FRIENDS AROUND WITH SPARKLERS.
3. Lookout for baggy clothes
-A little fire safety tip is to wear clothes that are form fitting, rather than baggier clothes with lots of extra material. This extra material can catch fire without you even noticing.
So, enjoy the Fourth of July safely! We hope these few tips will help you have a fun-filled and fire-free Fourth!
11 Tips to Keep Your San Dimas Business Clean & Safe
To some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.
But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance.
Workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part. In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance. Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.
1. Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ways to help prevent slip, trip and fall incidents:
- Report and clean up spills and leaks.
- Keep aisles and exits clear of items.
- Consider installing mirrors and warning signs to help with blind spots.
- Replace worn, ripped or damage flooring.
- Consider installing anti-slip flooring in areas that can’t always be cleaned.
- Use drip pans and guards.
2. Eliminate Fire Hazards
Employees should keep unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the work area. Combustible waste should be stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily.
Ways to prevent fire hazards:
- Keep combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the job. When they are unneeded, move them to an assigned safe storage area.
- Store quick-burning, flammable materials in designated locations away from ignition sources.
- Avoid contaminating clothes with flammable liquids. Change clothes if contamination occurs.
- Keep passageways and fire doors free of obstructions. Stairwell doors should be kept closed. Do not store items in stairwells.
- Keep materials at least 18 inches away from automatic sprinklers, fire extinguishers and sprinkler controls.
- Hazards in electrical areas should be reported, and work orders should be issued to fix them.
3. Control Dust
Dust accumulation of more than 1/32 of an inch – or 0.8 millimeters – covering at least 5 percent of a room’s surface poses a significant explosion hazard, according to the Quincy, MA-based National Fire Protection Association. This dust accumulation is about as thick as a dime or paper clip.
Methods of cleaning include vacuuming, sweeping, and water wash-down. Ensure you are using wet methods or a high- efficiency vacuum system as using a shop vac or compressed air to blow it will only redistribute the dust.
4. Avoid Tracking Materials
Work-area mats – which can be cloth or sticky-topped – should be kept clean and maintained to help prevent the spread of hazardous materials to other work areas. Separate cleaning protocols may be needed for different areas to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid using the same mop to clean both an oily spill and in another area, for example.
5. Prevent falling objects
Protections such as a toe board, toe rail or net can help prevent objects from falling and hitting workers or equipment.
Other tips include stacking boxes and materials straight up and down to keep them from falling.
Place heavy objects on lower shelves, and keep equipment away from the edges of desks and tables. Also, refrain from stacking objects in areas where workers walk, including aisles.
Keep layout in mind so workers are not exposed to hazards as they walk through areas.
6. Clear Clutter
When an area is cluttered, you’re going to likely have a cut or laceration injury. You’re not going to have as much room to set up your workstation like you should and move around. You’re going to be twisting your body rather than moving your whole body.
Workers should return tools and other materials to storage after using them, and dispose of materials that are no longer needed.
Keep aisles, stairways, emergency exits, electrical panels and doors clear of clutter, and purge untidy areas. Empty trash receptacles before they overflow.
7. Store Materials Properly
Storage areas should not have an accumulation of materials that present hazards for tripping, fire, explosion or pests. Unused materials and equipment should be stored out of the way of workers and you should avoid using workspaces for storage. Everything should be returned to its proper place after it is done being used.
8. Use and inspect personal protective equipment and tools
Wear basic PPE – such as closed-toe shoes and safety glasses – while performing housekeeping. Tools should be regularly inspected, cleaned, and fixed and any damaged tools should be removed from the work area.
9. Determine Frequency
All workers should participate in housekeeping, especially in terms of keeping their own work areas tidy, reporting safety hazards and cleaning up spills, if possible.
Before the end of a shift, workers should inspect and clean their workspaces and remove unused materials. This dedication can reduce time spent cleaning later.
10. Create written rules
Experts agree that housekeeping policies should be put in writing that way they are formal and defined. Written protocols could specify which cleaners, tools and methods should be used.
11. Think long-term
Keep records, maintain a regular walkthrough inspection schedule, report hazards and train employees to help sustain housekeeping. Set goals and expectations, and base auditing on those goals.
Read More: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/12470-tips-for-effective-workplace-housekeeping?page=2
Avoiding Dryer Fires in your Glendora Home
The fear of a dryer fire is one that is not commonly heard of, however, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.
Here are some small steps to take to Avoid a Dryer Fire:
1. Dryer's produce large amounts of lint. Be sure to clean the lint trap after EVERY use of the dryer.
2. Dryer Vents should ONLY be made of metal and be short and straight. Bends and curves result in lint buildup increasing the risk of a fire.
3. Do not run the dryer when you are away from home or sleeping.
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is faster to any size disaster!!
5 Things You Should Know About Mold this Summer
As the summer is heats up, it is important to remember that mold does not take a vacation! In fact, the warmer conditions can actually trigger dormant mold spores into active mode.
Here are 5 things to know about mold this summer:
1. Symptoms of mold can include allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and asthma.
2. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
4. Certain molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and floods.
5. Try to clean and dry any water or moisture you may find within 24-48 hours. This will help prevent mold!
Remember these 5 facts this summer in order to have a fun and mold-free summer!
Large Loss Response in Santa Barbara
In the late Fall of 2017, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties experienced serious wildfire conditions.
The Thomas Fire started before dawn on December 4, 2017. The fire ignited on the south-facing hillslopes along State Route 150 above Santa Paula. Before it was contained, one thousand sixty-three structures were destroyed in both counties, and 280 additional structures received fire damage. The Thomas Fire is the largest fire in modern California history.
After the fires were contained, residents and business owners began dealing with the smoke damage. Smoke damage from wild fires can cause a wide range of issues with the property and health, as such, it is best to have this damage cleaned up as soon as possible by professionals.
If left untreated, the health risks living and working in smoke damaged structures include potential problems with your breathing, skin, and eyes. Though the smoke is no longer present, the effects of the smoke linger in furniture, carpet, walls and ceiling of the structure. Each time that you come in contact with the smoke damaged area of your property, you risk inhaling soot and other particles that are left behind after the fire has cleared.
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas responded to the fire damaged properties in Ventura and Santa Barbara with crews that helped residential and commercial property owners recover from the widespread smoke-damage.
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is a Large Loss, full-service fire, smoke, wind, and water repair and restoration company. We offer immediate response to residential, commercial, industrial, and commercial property owners.
Timely Restoration in Diamond Bar, CA
Why timely restoration following a water loss is important….
When a customer or an insurance carrier reports a water loss to SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas, a person to person response can be expected within one hour. This is the start of our priority service that may result in the immediate dispatch of a crew and equipment in an emergency, or scheduling of the property for inspection prior to restoration.
However, the complexity and cost of restoration generally increases with the amount of time that passes before the start of the job. So a timely request for help by the affected customer is essential.
In a flooded structure, if water is allowed to pool up, wood and other building materials in contact with the water will absorb it increasing the drying time, potentially increasing the amount of work to assure proper drying, and increased costs to reconstruct the property after drying is complete. Also, after the first 48 hours the chances of mold growth increases rapidly.
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has a standard for responding to a call in a timely manner to help keep the cost and time to recover from water damage to the absolute minimum. This rapid reaction helps both the property owner and the insurance carrier to control for avoidable expenses and inconvenience.
Making Your San Gabriel Valley Home Mold Resistant
There is no such thing as a mold-proof home. Mold spores exist in the air inside our homes, but we can cohabit peacefully as long as those spores don’t find moisture and start growing. If they do, it’s only a matter of time before mold spreads, and once that happens, it can be difficult to eradicate. While you cannot eliminate mold, you can discourage its growth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold growth can exist practically anywhere. All mold needs to thrive is moisture, a food source, and warmth. The “food source” can be any number of household items or materials such as bedding and draperies, shower walls and windowsills, wallpaper and ceiling tiles. Here are some steps you can take to help make your home mold resistant:
- Prevent Moisture- Be sure to reduce moisture in your home whenever you can. For example, keep humidity below 50% in basements, improve outside grading and drainage by keeping gutter clean and soil sloping away from your home, and cover dirt crawl space floors with plastic to reduce moisture
- Ventilate- Poor or missing ventilation fans in damp spaces like baths and kitchens can leave enough moisture behind to sustain a mold problem. Make sure all baths and kitchens are vented by properly sized fans that take moisture outside.
- Store Safely- Keep all storage at least several inches up off concrete floors and away from foundations where dampness can easily seep in.
- Heat Finished Basements- Below grade spaces like finished basements are more likely to become infested and should always be heated to at least 60 degrees, even when not being used.
- Reduce Humidity- Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity to 30%- 50% and fans to increase airflow in your home, especially if you live in a hot, humid climate.
- Insulate Ducts- Duct systems that carry heated or cooled air throughout your house must be insulated whenever they pass through unheated or uncooled spaces like attics or basements. If not, condensation can form inside the ducts and when combined with dust in the air, can allow mold to grow in the ducts.
- Clean Carefully- Use mold-inhibiting cleaners in the bathrooms and kitchens. Portable air conditioning units should be taken apart and cleaned at the start of every season.
- Fix Floods Fast- If you do have a major leak or flood, quick action can stop mold before it starts. Thoroughly dry soaked carpets and padding, and remove any wet upholstery.
By taking these steps to make your home mold resistant, you’ll avoid the headaches of remediation and repair, as well as the potential health problems mold can cause. If you do suspect mold growth in your home, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas can inspect, assess and remediate your property. CALL TODAY 626.852.9922
Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
There’s nothing quite like water damage to put a damper on your business. Not only can you lose out on days or weeks of productivity, but you could also find yourself repairing or replacing valuable equipment like electronics, tools, and inventory. In order to determine how to prevent water damage in your business, you have to first determine what the causes of water damage are. The following are common causes of commercial water damage:
Appliances & Equipment:
If your facility has equipment that utilizes water, leakage is an ever-present danger. Air conditioners, water heaters, or anything that uses tubes, pipes, gaskets or filters to operate has the potential to leak.
The best thing to do is to regularly look over and maintain your equipment. If you notice anything that concerns you-- like rust, cracks, bulges or signs of moisture-- take preventative measures.
Many commercial buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems which are ideal for minimizing fire damage, but are not ideal for water damage when they malfunction. Always check your sprinkler system for signs of damage or rust, and replace them regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.
Make sure you are checking your roof regularly. If you have water gathering on the roof, your drainage isn’t working effectively. Over time, this can cause strain and lead to leaks.
Mother nature can be unpredictable, and she can also do untold damage to your business. In Southern California, we experience natural disasters like severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. We cannot control the weather, but we can control how ready we are for it.
To keep the damage minimal, you should keep the gutters clear, installing barriers and storing important files and electronics at a higher level. You may also want to consider getting a risk assessment and adding flood insurance if you’re in an area where your risk is higher.
Pipes & Drains
Your plumbing system is susceptible to stoppages, clogs, and damage. You should keep an eye out for outward signs of moisture, blue stains, rusting, cracking and bulging. If you’re having plumbing work done or you have a cut pipe for any reason, check for scale buildup.
Ultimately, there is no way to completely eliminate all risk of water damage to your facility, but knowing common culprits, practicing good maintenance and taking preventative measures will reduce your risks and help you respond better if something does occur. If your Los Angeles business experiences water damage do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas.