Thunderstorm Facts - Lightning: Not Exactly What You Think!
There is a lot going on during a thunderstorm, more than most may even know or have heard of. In fact, these little-known occurrences cause what we know as lightning!
According to Dennis Mersereau from Mentalfloss.com, there is “friction between ice crystals, raindrops, and hailstones moving around in a storm [that] cause an electrostatic buildup between the clouds and the ground that release its energy in a brilliant flash of lightning.”
But if you think that is crazy, what’s even crazier is the fact that lightning is hotter than the surface of the Sun! This is because the air near the storm is heated up so fast that the shockwave radiates out in a sonic boom we hear as thunder.
“All thunder is caused by lightning, and all lightning causes thunder, Mersereau states, “there’s no such thing as ‘heat lightning’, a term used to describe lightning seen in the distance not accompanied by thunder.”
As this is the case, this phenomenon is simply lightning that occurs too far away for you to hear the thunder.
Thunderstorm Facts - Does Rain KILL Thunderstorms?
Rain is essentially the killer of some thunderstorms, especially since it is almost inevitable that each thunderstorm will produce copious amounts of precipitation. How is that possible, you ask?
It starts with updrafts, which are columns of warm air that aid the formation of thunderstorms. On top of these updrafts, surrounded by the storm’s clouds, are huge bundles of raindrops that are being formed before they spill out.
The raindrops, according to Dennis Mersereau from Mentalfloss.com, drags cooler air toward the ground, causing a downdraft. “The falling rain causes a downdraft, which is that cool breeze you feel before and during a storm.” Mersereau also states, “most downdrafts are pretty weak, but some are strong enough to cause damaging winds at the surface.”
This is why rain essentially kills the storms; once the downdraft cuts off the flow of warm air to the updraft, the thunderstorm is no longer able to progressively move and grow, causing the storm to rain out.
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO Restoration Newsline:
As a business owner, insurer, or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.
This year for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.
With this being the case, you should strive to always have a plan of action in the event of an impending disaster in your area. And as always, for all of your restoration needs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!
More Storm Information and Tips!
Parts of the following information was taken from SERVPRO Restoration Newsline, a publication for Members of the Insurance and Commercial property Industries.
There a few ways to become prepared for a disaster before they happen, but embracing the 2019 theme for National Preparedness Month could be a very good start.
The theme is: Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.
To help ensure you follow this theme, you can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps:
- Have a plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
If you follow these steps, you can take the lessons learned to other families to ensure that they, other businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect your local community, which can often lead to devastating conditions.
There are also many means of obtaining this important information. One of these sites can be found at Ready.gov/business, which allow homeowners and companies to find vital information on how to initially begin getting prepared to combat an impending disaster. This helps your organization address their unique needs during an emergency situation, allowing them to combat possible damages before they happen.
You can also contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the SERVPRO Emergency READY program!
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks prepares for Hurricane Dorian
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks continues to prepare to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is ready to assist with the clean up efforts needed when this storm has passed. SERVPRO can be trusted to restore your home or business affected by this storm.
Back to School Safety Tips
As summer slowly comes to an end, there are many families scrambling to make sure everything is ready for the upcoming school year. While venturing out into the hurried department store outings, it is important to remember that you aren’t the only family scurrying to get some last minute items.
It would be a redundancy to remind our fellow parents to keep a keen eye on your children while shopping, as if you wouldn’t already be doing so; however, vigorously searching through mounds of clothes and school supplies could be a daunting task when your little ones are gallivanting away out of sight.
While you are able to keep them under your wing before school starts, they will soon be off and roaming the halls with their fellow classmates. Before they get there, though, you can help ensure their safety by running through some brief, precautionary measures.
If your child rides a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early, standing clear from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive.
Your child should only board the bus AFTER it has come to a complete stop and the driver/attendant instructs them to do so. This will help ensure their safety and prevent any injuries while approaching and getting on the bus.
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Fire Sprinklers: Facts for your Business!
Fire departments typically use 10 times as much as water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire. Often, the water damage from putting out these fires cause even more wreckage than the flames; that is why it is always important to take the necessary precautions to avoid fires from getting out of hand.
Fire sprinklers are also environmentally friendly; they can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, decreasing the amount of fire damage by up to 71%, as well as lowering water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%. All of which saves money, limits damages, and is better for the environment!
Furthermore, a home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain; just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out, such as paint, and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates; being that is the case, there are certain guidelines that have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. Additionally, home fire sprinkler systems should be winterized around the same time as you would winterize a domestic water supply.
For more information, please visit the NFPA website!
Home Fire Sprinklers Facts — Part 1
The unfortunate statistic that, over 80% of fire deaths occur inside homes, is a hard fact to come to terms with; more so, because fire sprinklers can save lives and properties from fire, though, they may not be as utilized as they should be.
They usually respond quickly and effectively to fires that just break out, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.
Home fire sprinklers save lives and many properties on a daily basis; in many of these situations, a family who has survived a fire, with the help of fire sprinklers, will continue to have their home to live in as they did before the fire.
The cost of a home fire sprinkler system, in a new home, averages around $1.35 per square foot of sprinkler radius. This usually equates to a similar amount to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving a stone driveway, or the installation of whirlpool bath. (Source: NFPA website).
Another little known fact — that could potentially save you money, too — is that a home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium. So, not only do you increase your chances of limiting the amount of damage to your home caused by a fire, you can also save money in doing so!
Food for Thought — Mold Awareness!
Rainwater that collects in areas of your homes or businesses could lead to serious damage, especially if that water goes a long time without being taken care of properly.
Before you know it, mold infests the affected area and slowly begins to spread to the surrounding areas, given that humidity and dampness on the site is very apparent.
There are numerous forms of mold; as a matter of fact, there is over 100,000 kinds of fungi in existence!
As some of these types of fungi are beneficial to our lives and the ecosystem, growths of fungi in your dwellings or businesses will always be an unsettling discovery that needs to be excavated before further damage ensues.
SERVPRO is more than capable and willing to tackle any and all of your mold remediation needs; our experienced staff will help you solve your issues throughout the entire process.
From the moment you call in to your local SERVPRO, to the moment that one of our professionals walks through your property after the job is done for the last time, we got you covered — every step of the way!
Let us take care of your mold damages in order for you to get your property back in peak form! If you think your home or business is affected by mold, contact your local SERVPRO franchise today!
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Commercial Duct Cleaning Specialists
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks has the trained staff and equipment to handle the most complex commercial duct cleaning projects.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.