Electrical Outlet on Fire
Electrical fires are the most common fires in houses. They also are one of the hardest fires to put out due to the constant charge that the electric gives out. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electricaloutlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. The amount of electrical fires increase in the months of December and January due to the increase of heating appliances and the increase of lights used. Therefore, to prevent this disaster from happening use newer appliances and make sure that the outlets in your house are updated. If this disaster does happen SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will clean and restore your house back to the way it was. SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will make sure your house looks like nothing even happened.
Schools Exposed to Mold
School Ceiling With Mold Damage
With the second week of September almost over. All schools should be in full swing of the school year starting. However, there have been many incidents of mold being discovered in schools delaying their start date. The biggest concern of mold is that it can impact the health in students and teachers. Therefore, it is wise to get your schools treated and eliminate the mold from all the schools. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Call SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly for all your mold problems.
If you thought that SERVPRO only dealt with the water, fire, and mold damages, you thought wrong. We also specialize in detail cleanups. From local residents to commercial size buildings. Got a dirty rug or large area of carpet, no problem we deal with any size or type. Recently just moved into a new apartment or home and all the appliances are dirty, and there's a nasty odor throughout. We'll have those appliances looking brand new, and a fresh smelling living space in no time. Large buildings have massive air ducts that need cleaning every so often. Our team can get to these hard to reach areas, and have the ducts all clear pushing out clean air. Graffiti can be an issue anywhere, and to many people can be a nuisance, and also offensive. Without proper cleaning tools its almost impossible to fully remove the graffiti. SERVPRO has all the right supplies to make it look like the graffiti never happened! So no matter what type of detail cleaning job is needed. SERVPRO can wipe that mess away just like that!
Preventing Water Leaks During the Fall and Winter Seasons
An ice dam built up in this gutter causing it break away from the home, and leaving it open to water leaking in.
Imagine leaves falling, or the first beautiful snow fall of the season. While these may be some wonderful sights of nature. They could also become problems for your home. First off when the weather gets cooler, we will all see the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Most of which make it to the ground. While some get trapped in the gutters of homes. Left unattended, gutters and drains will become clogged. Leaving nowhere for water to flow, and could potentially leak into the house . The same of which can go for snow an ice. If snow is melting and than refreezing. It could be causing ice dams to build up, and doing further damage to the gutter. Ice dams put weight stress on gutters. Which then could also pop up shingles, an this leads to water damage to the roof, and ceilings in the home. So its always important to have your gutters properly cleaned and secured. Especially before the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Just know that if any of these problems do occur, SERVPRO is ready no matter the damage or weather!
Space Heater Safety
Always keep objects at least 3 feet from your space heaters
With colder weather on the way, many people will be bringing out their space heaters. An if you don't take the right safety measures, they can be a huge fire risk. Space heaters are the second leading cause for house fires in the United States. Up to 65,000 house fires a year are started from these heaters. Here are some safety measures that should be taken when using a space heater.
- Inspect the heater for any broken plugs,and loose or damaged wires.
- Putting your space heater in the proper place is very important. Make sure its 3 feet away from any furniture, clothing, paper, rugs, or anything that can burn
- Whenever leaving the room make sure to turn off the heater.
- Keep out of high traffic areas to prevent a tripping hazard, or possibility of knocking it over
- When not in use, unplug and store in proper place
From all of us here at SERVPRO. Have a enjoyable and safe fall and winter seasons!
Frozen Pipe Leak
With the cold weather right around the corner. It raises concern about pipes freezing in homes and businesses. When pipes freeze it leaves a huge mess of water damage to your homes and businesses. That is when you call SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess and fix the areas that were damaged from the water damage. Here at SERVPRO we make it our job to make sure that the customer is happy with the outcome of the job.
Here are a couple things that will help to prevent this disaster from happening:
Keep your home or apartment thermostat temperature set to at least 55 degrees.
Do not block heat to areas of your residence that contain plumbing or water fixtures. Keep doors open to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and cabinets that contain pipes, especially those located on the north side of the dwelling, to expose the plumbing to warmer air inside the house.
Prevent drafts of cold winter air by keeping windows and storm windows closed. Repair cracks or holes around doors and windows to keep cold air from blowing in.
Cover pipes in unheated areas with heat tape or pipe insulation. Make sure heat tapes are properly installed and working safely.
If you plan to be away from your residence for an extended period of time, ask someone to check your house or apartment periodically. Show them what to do if water pipes freeze and where to locate your water shut-off valve in case of an emergency.
Humidity Causes Mold
A basement with mold on the walls.
With another heat wave coming to an end. It raises concern about the mold that is forming in buildings. If the weather's been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow indoors. Also, if you live where humidity in the air is naturally high, like by the coast or another large body of water, then mold growth indoors can also be a recurring problem. When these damages happen SERVPRO will step in and solve the problem. SERVPRO will get the job done so it looks like it never happened. SERVPRO will also get the job done in a timely manor, so everyone can get back to their daily activities. Here are some tips of areas to find humidity and mold and signs to look for if you have mold.
Location of humidity and mold
Symptoms of humidity and mold
- A musty odor in your home, basement or crawl space
- Visible mold growth
- Allergy symptoms
- Increase in small insects within your home
- Visible condensation
- Peeling wallpaper and or paint
Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning
It's almost that time of year again. Where the family is gonna gather round the warmth of the fireplace. An before you throw those logs on and spark it up, its very important that your fireplace and chimney are properly cleaned. During the spring an summer seasons when your fireplace is not in use a variety of things could have built up in the chimney. Such as soot, leaves and sticks, or even a variety of critters! A chimney is a great place for birds,squirrels, and other varmints to build there nests. Whether the critter is still there or not this still is a huge risk or starting a fire. Always take a flashlight an do a self inspection to make sure your chimney flue is clear of all debris. Even if you think you've done a sufficient cleaning, its always safe to have a professional come out an inspect it properly. If you own a gas fireplace make sure all gas lines are tightly secured, and don't have any leaks. Although it may seem alright to leave it untended. you should always turn it off when leaving your home or going to sleep. Fireplaces are nice an cozy, but if not properly cleaned an attended to they can become a huge fire risk for your home. So just follow the step given an you and your family can enjoy your fires safely! From all of us at SERVPRO have a great fall/winter seasons!
Vacation to Disaster!
A home that was vandalized while the family was on vacation
Imagine returning home from a wonderful vacation with your family, only to find that your home has been damaged! Weather it was vandalism, water/ storm damage, or fire damage. Most people think it could never happen to them, and don't know who or where to turn to first in the event of such a tragedy. Look no further, here at SERVPRO whatever the damage or loss may be its our duty to restore your house back to normal. These problems occur more often than not, because people don't take the right precautions before leaving there homes for an extended time. Here are a few tips how to keep your house safe when your on vacation.
- Make sure all doors an windows are locked an secure
- Have a neighbor or relative keep an eye on your house, and make it appear as if your home is still being lived in
- Unplug unused electronics to prevent fries
- Turn off the main water source in the case of a pipe burst to minimize damage
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is nearly upon us, and no matter how strong a storm is you can almost always count on damage! That's where SERVPRO steps in at a moments notice to help get you back on your feet. Although you will never be able to predict the extent storm. You can always be better prepared to deal with them while you ride it out. Here are some crucial prepping steps that you should take before a hurricane hits.
Preparing for a hurricane
- Stocking up with the essential items such as; extra flashlights,candles,batteries,sanitary water, non perishable food items, and a first aid kit
- Make sure you know the details if an evacuation is necessary. So that you an your family can make it out quickly and safely.
- Boarding up any windows or doors to minimize further damage.
- Generators although not needed can help. They provide electricity to you important household appliances, lights, and more.
- NEVER Run Generators inside the household! Carbon Monoxide gas can be deadly if built up in an enclosed area.
You can never be to prepared for a hurricane an the destruction it may bring! Hopefully these tips will help you get ready, an stay safe when the big one hits.