Signs of Winter Storm Damage
With winter approaching, there’s often more to worry about than shoveling snow. Winter storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home, but SERVPRO of Richland County is ready to help if you experience a winter disaster from common issues including the following.
Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.
When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off of the roof. The water can then leak under the shingles and into the home and cause significant water damage.
Snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight has accumulated. Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks.
Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for your home. Be sure to check the pipes and roof of your property for signs of potential water damage and warning signs. If you experience a storm disaster, SERVPRO of Richland County.
Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business
At SERVPRO of Richland County, we see fire and water disasters everyday in situations where sometimes, a fire extinguisher can greatly decrease the intensity of an event. Choosing the right fire extinguisher can greatly help your business in the long run.
Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and is used to put out fires in cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and plastics.
Class B: These are used when flammable liquids are involved, such as grease, gasoline and oil.
Class C: This is used when fires involve appliances or equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
Class D: These are used for flammable metals and are usually found in factories working with those metals.
Class K: Usually found in commercial kitchens, they are used when vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking are involved.
Choosing the right fire extinguisher is an integral component of your business when it involves preparation for unexpected disasters such as a fire event. If your business suffers a fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Richland County. We specialize in restoring any size disaster with 24/7 emergency services so you can be confident that your business will remain standing when the smoke clears.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Helpful holiday hint from SERVPRO
Did you know...
A majority of fires that take place in homes begin in the kitchen.
The holiday season is approaching, which means that many of us will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen. This also means that, with every pumpkin pie and each batch of Christmas cookies you make, there is a greater risk of a fire emergency.
Aside from calling 9-1-1, which should be one of your first moves, here are some quick tips for dealing with a fire emergency in your kitchen.
- Always watch your cooking; don't leave anything unattended
- Set a timer so that you don't accidentally burn something or forget that an appliance is being used
- If something on the stove catches on fire and it is small, cover it with a lid and turn off the burner
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen near your cooking area where it is easily accessible
- Add baking soda to a grease fire, not water
- Clean your appliances regularly so that grease does not accumulate and start a fire
- Clean and dust around and behind appliances, as dust accumulation can cause fires if it is close to electrical wiring
- Keep flammable objects away from cooking appliances, especially those things like tea towels and potholders
- Install a smoke alarm in your kitchen
- Test your smoke alarms and make sure they will work when you most need them!
Keep these quick tips in mind, and prevent a major fire damage emergency from taking place in your home this season!
Water Damage information
The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of South Richland Co. Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.
SERVPRO of South Richland Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.
SERVPRO of South Richland Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.
To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.
EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
- Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Disasters Can Happen be prepared.
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, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading 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.
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.
Protect your Assets
Protect Your Assets
You have so much time and energy invested in your home. Choose SERVPRO of South Richland Co. Franchise Professionals to protect your most valuable assets!
Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it.
You invest your time, energy and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services.
If you need help due to a fire or water damage to your home, call someone you can trust. SERVPRO of South Richland Co.
Our trained professionals will carefully and respectfully care for your personal items.
We have a heated warehouse to store your belongings till your ready for them.
Like it never even happened.
We are always here when needed
SERVPRO of South Richland Co. is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help.
Call Today (419)526-2701
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South Richland Co has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information.
- Your insurance information (if applicable).
- The street address of the water-damage home or business.
- When did the flood or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
We are here for you anytime of any day. We are just a call away.
Less time Less damage
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and are trained and equipped to help you regain control of your life when you have an emergency such as a water loss or smoke damage. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO Franchise Professional can be on-site to start the cleanup for water or smoke, the better the results. This could also keep the cost of the claim down.
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Service Response Guidelines
1. Within one hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact your insured to arrange for service.
4. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
8. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster.
Three Places to Check for Mold
A mold colony grew and spread quickly in this laundry room, hidden by the washing machine.
Just hearing the word “mold” can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. Mold growth can appear quickly, so knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.
Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:
Everyone knows that mold likes water and wet areas, making your bathrooms a hotbed for mold growth. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, this is a great time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. Investing in a dehumidifier for your bathroom can assist in the prevention of mold growth.
This area of your home is also a watery place, it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. Watch out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores. Spores are always in our air and cannot be removed, the trick to preventing mold growth is not giving them a place to land and settle.
The laundry room
Because the laundry room houses large appliances, it also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned often. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected in order to prevent mold growth.
Other areas to check frequently for mold include hall closets, garages, and basements.
Our team at SERVPRO of South Richland County is always here to help you with any issues related to mold remediation in your home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (419) 526-2701.
Who to Call After Water Damage In Your Home
After your home endures water damage, your furniture, carpet, and possessions can often be restored rather than replaced.
Imagine you come home from a fun summer vacation to find your finished basement flooded. Your carpet, walls, furniture, and other belongings are severely damaged. Who can you call to help you? Your first instinct might be to call a contractor. There are many differences between contractors and a professional Water Restoration company. As a professional Restoration Company, SERVPRO tries to restore your home and possessions, rather than replace them, whenever possible.
A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected by water damage in your home. This often includes all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture and personal items. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties’ technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. Our team will be there to box up and protect unaffected property as well as thoroughly cleaning any damaged items. This reduces the amount of possessions that might just be thrown away by a contractor. Our average time to dry is 3 days, which prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible rather than just throwing your things away. In the long run, restoring your home is less expensive than replacing materials in your home.
At SERVPRO of South Richland County, we care about your personal property. Call us at (419) 526-2701 if you need any assistance with water damage to your home or business.