Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
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Here at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties we are always ready to help and prepared for whatever disaster may arise. According to Ready.gov here are some actions you can take to help reduce property damage during a Winter Storm and Extreme Cold.
WINTERIZE YOUR HOME by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
INSULATE WATER PIPES. Also, allow faucets to drip or trickle during unusually cold weather or if the power and heat are out to avoid freezing. When water freezes, it expands, and this can cause water pipes to burst. Know how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts.
CLEAR RAIN GUTTERS, repair roof leaks, check your roof to make sure it can handle the extra weight of the snow and ice, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or neighboring structure. Keep pathways and driveways clear between storms to avoid buildup of snow piles and icing.
INSTALL BATTERY-OPERATED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS or electric detectors with battery backups in central locations on every level of your home. This will provide an early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially deadly gas.
HIRE A CONTRACTOR to check the structural ability of your roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow and/or ice.
KEEP FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ON HAND and make sure everyone in your home knows how to use them. If your smoke alarms get power from your home’s electrical system (hardwired), make sure the backup battery is replaced at least once a year, so your alarms will work during a power outage.
MAINTAIN HEATING EQUIPMENT and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Renters, either check with your landlord or property manager to ensure that they have taken care of these necessary building improvements or find out your responsibilities with respect to these actions.
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Holiday Safety Tips
With the onset of the Holiday season, we will begin decorating our properties with festive lights, trees, candles and much more. If your home—like millions of other households in the United States—includes a natural Christmas tree in its holiday decorations, the breathtaking beauty of this decoration comes with a fire risk.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (nfpa.org) following these tips can help reduce the risk of fire.
PICKING THE TREE
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
PLACING THE TREE
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
LIGHTING THE TREE
- Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Some lights are only for indoor OR outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Do not exceed manufacturing instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur they are more likely to be serious.
(source NFPA's website nfpa.org)
Additional Safety Tips
- Use sturdy, safe candle holders places on a flat surface where they cannot be easily knocked down.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended...even for a short length of time.
- If you purchase an artificial tree, look for one that is labeled fire-retardant.
- Unplug or switch off lights when leaving or going to bed.
- Periodically check the wires on your lights, they should not be warm to the touch.
- Do not leave food cooking unattended.
If you or your loved ones experience a fire or water damage this holiday season call SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties at 765-575-8654, our team is always ready to help!
Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it!
By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster. Timely response in a crisis can: minimize business interruption, and reduce secondary damages...saving you time and money.
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help...
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.
What are the advantages to the SERVPRO ERP?
This means there is no need to allocate funds, seriously there is NO COST. What a great value!
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. We do not require you use us, we just really hope you do!
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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Once the fire is out, who will help put your home or business back together?
To you, it's more than just a business, it's your livelihood.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Our priority is to help you regain control and get your doors open again.
Armed with industry-approved equipment and expertise.
SERVPRO will make every effort to restore your business to preloss condition when possible. We use the latest equipment, products and processes to properly remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts. We will also work to restore furniture and equipment to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your business back in business.
Business closures due to fire damage don't just affect the business owner. We understand the affects to employees, their families and the community.
No matter how the fire started, a feeling of concern about business closures, employee safety and equipment replacement seems to follow. After calling the Fire Department to put the fire out, call SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties to clean up the damage.
Call us at 765-575-8654 for your fire damage restoration needs.
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Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire or water damage requires prompt action to reduce losses and costly down time. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information?
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties responds quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties utilizes technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick, dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money.
MOLD...Don't let it grow!
From the Ordinary...
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).
Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
To the Unhealthy...
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.
Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for “at risk” people. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses.
People most at risk include: Infants and children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, people with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies, and people with weakened immune systems.
If you think you might have a mold problem, call 765-575-8654. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties professionals are always ready to help make it “like it never even happened”.
Experience counts when it's your business
There is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. Our professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you with your cleanup and restoration needs.
Timing is Everything-
Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure. This can potentially creating mildew and stain walls. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties understand the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business and ultimately affect your revenues.
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Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.
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Until Help Arrives
Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage, when available.
Record all damage and photograph areas when possible.
Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
Operate damaged electrical appliances.
Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be repairable.
Emergency Water Damage Tips For Your Home or Business
Did you know there are different types of water?
Category 1 Clean - water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants
Examples: Broken Pipe, Icemaker, Drain Overflow
Category 2 Gray - water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. May contain bacteria and viruses. Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.
Examples: Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Roof Leak
Category 3 Black - water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
Examples: flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
If you experience a water damage Call SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties 765-575-8654, we are always ready to assist you and make it “Like it never even happened”.
Until help arrives
for CLEAN water only
Shut off the water source if possible.
Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
Place aluminum foil under furniture legs, this can prevent staining.
Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Wipe excess water from wooden furniture, removing items from table first.
Remove valuable pictures/art to a safe dry place.
Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
DO NOT attempt clean up of “BLACK” water yourself.
Henry County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Henry County basement could flood, including:
A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
Storm sewer backup
Sanitary sewer backup
Foundation drainage failure
Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help