Avoid water damage and water loss this winter
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AVOID WATER DAMAGE AND WATER LOSS THIS WINTER
SERVPRO loves to help; we want to remind you of a few things you can do to prevent any water loss this winter, mainly because, in this season, winter can affect in several ways your property.
Protect your pipes
Burst pipes are one of the most common water loss causes of property damage in the winter, and also a costly one. Water pipes have the potential to freeze and burst when the outside temperature reaches shallow temperatures, so you better double-check them out.
Examine the exterior
Water can do severe damage when it's flowing where it shouldn't. We suggest you step outside and look at your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Broken shingles or damaged flashing can signify that water might be penetrating your roof. Please take a look at them and make sure everything is all good. It is always better to rectify and avoid any further damage, especially at this time of the year; it's expensive, and you'll have to attend immediately.
Look for leaks
Look for leaks in your bathrooms, sink, showers, toilets, and tubs. Same with kitchen, garage, and basically anything that includes plumbing, it's worth it to check them out. Also, leaks can often be detected by performing a simple check that involves turning off the water inside and outside the home; you should try it just in case!
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How to avoid fire damage during the holidays
SERVPRO cares about you, so here is some information you should remember. We are here to help, and we hope all this information is helpful to you during this holiday.
One of the most common reasons to start a fire this month is the Christmas trees. They must be correctly watered and put in a spot that may help not put you at risk of your property.
If you leave the three dry out and live in a zone with a lot of natural lighting, it can cause an immediate disaster, going up in flames in a matter of seconds.
To avoid Christmas tree fires, SERVPRO has some tips for you and the safety of your commercial or residential property: Watered correctly, be careful with the lightning, and always make sure to turn off at night and remove heat sources close to the tree.
Candles are something to worry about every day. If you like to have a lot on your property, you must never forget to turn them off. Especially in November and December, families use to turn it on to make the space feel cozier and warm, but let's remember safety first, okay?
Make sure at the end of your event and keep them away from flammable things, like ovens or Christmas trees.
Before putting all your Christmas lights on, ensure they are in good shape and usable for this holiday; also, provide all the extension cords and other electrical wires that are explicitly labeled for outdoor use.
We know it's the season to put out the most extensive effort in the kitchen, also the most risked season, since it's a cause of lots of fires in the process.
Double-check when you have something in the oven. Then, when you finish, turn it off, and never leave any equipment unattended it may sound like a silly thing and tiny detail, but it could have more significant repercussions.
In case of any emergency, SERVPRO is 24/7, every day, even on holidays!
We are here to help, and we hope all this information is helpful to you.
SERVPRO is ready to work with you this winter
SERVPRO is ready this winter for any size disaster; we hope you have a wonderful time with all your lovings and be safe.
Water entering your property can cause significant damage, disruption to your routine, and a great deal of stress. The damage that leaves inside your home or workplace can leave you feeling overwhelmed, whether it be because of heavy rains and flooding or plumbing emergencies.
Aside from causing you inconvenience, water damage also introduces risks of microbial growth to your residential or commercial property, but don't worry we do all the work for you!
If you're dealing with this loss with your insurance, and you already choose to work with us, you'll need to provide us with the following information so we can help you to proceed:
- Full name
- Address where the property loss happened
- Insurance company
- Date of loss
- Claim number
- Adjuster *if it is already assigned it
- Explain the situation
- Let us know if you already know the source of the loss
- Sign the proper documentation
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We know that storms are always chaotic and that knowledge is invaluable when a disaster approaches; having a plan to keep us safe is of the utmost importance, so here are some tips about thunderstorms.
A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has 58 miles per hour wind gusts.
Every thunderstorm produces lightning, killing more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
Severe thunderstorm watch:
Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a strict thunderstorm warning is issued.
Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Unfortunately, people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms every year despite warnings. While some did not hear the warning, others listened to the warning and ignored it. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.
The above is of the utmost importance since sometimes we do not measure the great chaos that this can cause; hoping you consider all these factors.
If you are in that situation, don't hesitate to contact us, and we'll be right away.
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It depends on the season the problem your property could have, so we want you to stay alert and have this in your mind:
There are some common problem areas to inspect for potential damage during spring, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system, and your property's exterior. From the top-down, these areas could get worse from the elements that winter can bring; here are some signs of wear to look out for:
- Roof and Gutter System Damage
- Window, Door, and Exterior Damage
- Foundation and Other Drainage Problems
- Plumbing Damage
Also, when winter begins, we know that storms create great chaos when they get to our homes; To ensure your space is well and in order, here are some tips for inspecting for damage; these will save you money in the long term prevent unnecessary property damage.
Our local disaster restoration services include:
- Inspection and Assessment of any damaged areas
- Water Removal
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Cleaning and Repairs
- Restoration and reconstruction, as necessary
If your home or commercial business deals with one of these issues, contact us!
Why SERVPRO for mold cases
Don't let it escalate!
We know that the mode is a critical issue when they come from home. There are different types of mold.
Black molds that grow on cellulose surfaces such as wood, hay, or paper, are just one species of fungi.
We also know that leading with this complex involves an intense inspection to detect its cause and create a plan that can be controlled and rooted out. It should be done by a professional service such as SERVPRO to ensure the mold and its source are remediated.
Black Mold Damage Repairs
The most common causes of mold are water leaks, flooding, or extensive use of humidifiers in an enclosed space. Once affected areas are identified, determining the source of the moisture and how to stop it is the most critical step when assessing a mold problem.
Mold Damage Remediation
Remediation, or treatment of the mold problem, may involve several steps depending on the severity. It depends on the extensive surface molds can often be scrubbed away with soap and water. In addition, an air purifier may deal with mold spores already in the air.
The mold is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and if any mold colonies or airborne spores are not destroyed, they may continue to grow and spread.
Fixing the source of the mold usually involves dealing with the water or moisture that allowed it to grow in the first place.
Homeowners can prevent or limit mold growth by keeping careful watch over the moisture in their homes. Always vent spaces where large amounts of steam accumulate, such as in the shower, kitchen, or any room that uses a humidifier. If a flood does occur, dry the affected area as soon as possible with SERVPRO's help before mold growth occurs.
We offer IICRC-certified AMRT technicians.
We can spray an antimicrobial agent to protect against future mold colonization.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have some case of mold in your home; it can escalate very quickly. In SERVPRO, we are HERE TO HELP!
Signs of Water Damage
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Sometimes it is essential to inspect our properties, homes, offices, apartments, etc.
Here are signs you should check if there's some water damage early on:
1. Changes in floors, walls, and ceilings regarding paint, color, or texture
Many homeowners don't notice the changes to structural elements. They are hard to spot in familiar surroundings, even if you are good at cleaning up and upkeep; when water damage is on the cards, you can observe dry walls or ceilings being flaky. This condition, if left unchecked, can become bloated; also, tiles made of ceramic material often develop mold and cracks in the grout when damaged by water for being a porous material.
2. Running water sounds
Water damage isn't always visible but makes noticeable sounds. For example, drips creaks in the floorboards, and the sound of constantly running water may signify that you need repairs. In addition, tiny bubbles can result in holes in your concrete foundation, threatening the entire home's structure.
3. Increasing water bills
A sudden surge in utility bills is an excellent indicator of water damage. Ensure to check the visible pipelines and faucets in the house for any leaks. If you fail to find leaks in the visual areas, consider the possibility of water damage within the walls. If you spot any water damage, call a plumber as soon as possible.
Contact us if you see any signs that could show some mold in your residency or commercial business.
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How to Prepare for a Storm
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Storms can be as unexpected as the damage they cause. With the proper preparation, much of the storm damage can be minimized or prevented altogether. Here are some tips to help prevent the damages storms may cause.
Clean Your Gutters
When it rains, and your gutters are clogged, it could cause the overflow to run down into your home. Often, this water can go undetected and sit. Over time, mold can grow in these areas that remain wet having clean and sturdy gutters before the rain can minimize the damage a storm may cause.
Landscaping and drainage
Depending on the land your home is built on, water runoff can accumulate around your foundation and flood your homes. Fortunately, there are solutions to proper landscaping.
Better pathways can be created for water runoff, guiding the water away from your home. If you have noticed puddles or water accumulation near your home when it rains, contact a professional to help before a storm.
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Commercial Restoration Process
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We understand each situation; we know it is unique, and your business must work again!
To mitigate fire and smoke damage as much as possible and minimize the interruption to your business, we may take the following steps:
- Secure the facility
- Ventilate the premises to draw out dust and soot from the air
- Removal of any contents, separating salvageable and unsalvageable items in the process.
We at SERVPRO know how to handle these types of cases, and they will happen; you will always be safe with us, and this is something that we can apply:
- Salvageable items are moved to a secure location for restoration and storage until complete reconstruction.
- Cleaning the facility, including ceilings, walls, floors, and any permanent fixtures, to prevent further damage from the acidic effects of soot
- Clean carpets, and upholstery, if possible, to completely neutralize any acid contained in soot and minimize further damage. Using specialized equipment, deodorize the facility.
We’ll also clean and sanitize any salvageable items and decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.
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Spring Cleaning Tips
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Finally, the months we have waited for have arrived; we must consider the climatic changes, and you must feel the upgrades to have a fresh start.
We know that you want your business to reflect this season with fresh and clean surroundings and atmosphere; it is an excellent way for your business to invite your clients, customers, and workforce.
Any commercial cleaning project needs professional assistance. Connect with area services that are well-established and highly respected. Those reviews on social media platforms can be a big help here. These companies will come right to you, and they will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right by following your instructions precisely.
Using green products is always a good idea. These products aren’t of harsh chemicals, so there is no danger of adverse reactions to your working environment and those with sensitivities. In addition, there are many environmentally friendly cleaning items these days, and your customers will be happy to know that you are going green, too.
Whenever you plan any seasonal job, always keep an eye on the weather. Sometimes, it can change at the drop of a hat, making your project difficult or impossible.
When scheduling spring cleaning services for your business, select alternate days or a whole range to allow for a change of plans. Extreme temperatures can hurt some products, as well.
Every member of your team has something valuable to add. So when planning for the spring cleaning of your business, ask for input from everyone. Perhaps they have noticed something that needs attention that has escaped you, or maybe they have a perspective on how to streamline the process to help you avoid work disruptions.
Teamwork will help any project get done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!