How to Weatherproof Your Home
For months like spring, summer, and winter, weathering your home is a good plan. With winter bringing snowstorms for the majority of states, and spring and summer having high probabilities of rain and thunderstorms, weatherproofing your home will be beneficial in the long run, and help to prevent any damage.
Investigate your roof
The roof is one of the critical parts in protecting your home from the weather, and if your room is in poor shape, or if your shingles are damaged, this raises concerns for weather conditions. If shingles are cracked or damaged this can cause leaking or damage to your home, that could be avoided by investing in new shingles that do not break as easily, some have switched to rubber shingles due to them being less likely to break.
Check out your gutters
Are there leaves, debris, or nests in your gutters? This issue can be easily resolved by installing guards for your gutters. This will prevent debris, leaves, and nests from clogging your gutters, and will help water to flow properly away from your home and not in your gutters.
Checking your windows to make sure that they are secure and not drafty is a huge thing to see if your windows are prepared for storms. Even if there are no drafts or cracks, investing in storm windows will help to minimize any stress if an unexpected storm were to occur.
If any unexpected storms happen, SERVPRO is here, 24/7, for YOU
Cleaning Products you Need in the Office
When it comes to office cleaning and maintenance, it is essential that you have all the proper cleaning supplies to get it done. Here are some things every office will need:
The first thing you should get for office cleaning is a broom, dustpan, and maybe even a vacuum cleaner. This is especially important if you have a high-traffic office where employees and customers are constantly coming in and out and tracking dirt and debris with them.
The next cleaning supply you should get is electronic wipes. Almost every office nowadays is completely paperless so the devices tend to get dirty and grimy. Keeping wipes on hand will allow employees to clean their devices at the end of the day.
The last essential cleaning supply is an all-purpose cleaner. This can be used to clean counters, desks, kitchen areas, and even door handles!
Why You Need SERVPRO for Your Storm Damage Cleanup
Storm damage is a problem that should be remedied as soon as possible. The longer you let storm damage go, the worse (and more expensive to clean up and repair) it will get.
Winter weather is fast approaching in Northeast Ohio, and while that may mean there will likely be a lower chance of flooding as a result of storms, that does not mean that winter storms can’t cause damage. In fact, flooding may still be a very real concern depending on temperature fluctuations.
As a company that provides 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO will get to the location of your storm damage faster than anyone else. Our highly trained storm damage specialists will work as fast as possible to get your property back in tip-top shape. Since our franchises are locally owned, you can also rest easy knowing that your storm damage is being repaired and restored by local experts who know exactly what materials will stand up to the weather in your area in the future.
No matter how severe your storm damage may be, we’re confident that our SERVPRO technicians will get your home or business back up to par in record time while treating you and your loved ones with the utmost compassion throughout the process.
How to Prepare for an Unexpected Hail Storm
You know what they say, “expect the unexpected” and an unexpected hailstorm is something to be prepared for. Whether you are driving, outside, or staying safe inside, there is a list of ways to make sure you are prepared for these unexpected disasters and ways to prepare your home as well.
Outside during a hailstorm
If you are outside when a hailstorm happens, make sure to find a safe place to go. If you have anything on hand that may be big enough to cover your head, use that to make sure your head does not get injured. Better yet, if you have something that may protect your entire body, that is ideal. Do not hide under anything that may break or cause debris, such as trees. Tree branches may snap off and cause injury.
In a car during a hailstorm
If you are driving during a hailstorm, try and find a place to park instead of continuing to drive. Remain in your vehicle until the hail stops and try to get further away from car windows if possible, and make sure to cover your eyes for added protection
Inside during a hailstorm.
Remain inside until the hail stops and make sure to stay away from any windows. Do not leave the building, house, etc. for any reason
Preparing your home for a hailstorm
Check your roof, if your roof is in good condition, you should not have any issues if the hail begins to pile on. Make sure to get your roof inspected to make sure there are no issues, and when unexpected things happen, you will be prepared. Storm shutters are a great investment for you, your family, and your home. These will reduce any damage from hailstorms and the winds they may bring. Bring outdoor items inside, and make sure they are in a safe space that will not harm you or any of the occupants in your home. If you are unable to move items due to their size, try to cover them with a tarp to minimize damage if possible.
If you have witnessed damage from an unexpected hailstorm, SERVPRO is here for any damage, and will always be here for YOU 24/7.
How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Work
There are factors that go into storms and sometimes you may be stuck at work in the event of an unexpected storm. There are ways to prepare and ways to make sure you are prepared. You have to make sure that you are safe, but you also need to make sure that others in your workplace are safe as well. Here are some ways to prepare for severe weather when you are at work.
Tips for when a thunderstorm is approaching
Always make sure that you or your coworkers have access to a weather radio. This is the best way to make sure you are getting the updates you need in the event of an emergency.
Know where your office fire extinguisher and safety kit are located. If an extreme situation were to happen, this is a great way to make sure you and your coworkers are prepared.
In the event of a fire emergency, make sure you and your coworkers are aware of any emergency exits or have an existing plan in the event of an emergency situation.
Severe Thunderstorm Preparedness
If there is a storm that is brewing, make sure that you are unplugging any equipment if you are asked to.
Do not go outside, and make sure that you are staying away from windows, or staying as far away from them as possible. This is your best bet if you are in an emergency situation.
Make sure that you are aware of the difference between a tornado WATCH and a tornado WARNING in your area.
In the scenario that a tornado has touched down close to your workplace, or is forecasted to touch down, make sure that you are prepared and are keeping your eyes on the news.
Sit under a desk if there is one nearby or a table. This is in extreme situations, but useful if you are ever in one of these scenarios.
Make sure you are staying as far away as possible from the windows. If your workplace does not have an emergency shelter, the best bet is to go to where there are no windows to protect yourself the most from a tornado.
SERVPRO is here 24/7 to help in emergency situations and extreme weather conditions.
5 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Outdoor Fire Pit
Having a fire pit outdoors is a great amenity to have year-round. It provides warmth when it is cold, as well as serves as a heat source for cooking. It is safe to say that most of us have had fun while sitting around a fire pit, but there are some safety aspects that you should consider, such as things that you should not burn. Here are 5 things you should never burn in your outdoor fire pit.
Treated wood is full of chemicals. By burning treated wood, you are releasing chemicals into the air. This can be harmful for you to breathe in, as well as harmful for the environment overall.
Although you can often find railroad ties just laying around, it is best to avoid them. The chemicals in railroad ties are extremely toxic. By breathing them in, you could be putting yourself in serious danger.
Plastic can be found everywhere, so it may seem simple to toss it into your fire pit to get rid of it. This is not a good idea. Like railroad ties, plastic also releases toxins when burned.
Yard waste, such as leaves and grass, produce lots of ashes when burned. Putting this into the air is not ideal for the environment.
It is likely that your garbage is composed of many of the items listed above. By avoiding burning trash, you are also avoiding burning things like plastic and yard waste. This prevents you from putting toxins into your air.
Make sure that you are being conscious about what you are burning. It could be harmful to you and the environment. To put your safety first, always burn natural wood. And remember, if a disaster ever strikes, call SERVPRO. We are faster to any disaster.
Water Damage in Your Business
Water damage in your business is devastating in multiple ways and may happen unexpectedly. But there are ways to be prepared in the event of water damage, and there are steps that SERVPRO will take to help to restore your business.
The best way to prevent water damage is to be prepared before it even happens. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Plan. This plan has many advantages, it offers a no-cost assessment of your facility, a concise profile document that only contains critical information, a guide for getting into your building following a disaster, and many more advantages. So, the best way to prevent water damage in your business is to be prepared and to have a plan.
Tips for Minimizing Damages
Shut off the water source if possible.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
If your business has carpet, rugs, or upholstered items, make sure they are protected. You can place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting to help to protect them to the best of your ability.
Remove any books, magazines, or other colored items from the floor, carpet, or rugs.
Don’t enter affected areas if there are electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment, and avoid using electric or electronic items that may have come in contact with the water.
How SERVPRO Will Help Your Business
Our specialists will guide you through several questions that will help us to appropriately respond.
Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
Our professionals will thoroughly assess the water damage and help you understand its severity.
Service work normally begins with a thorough extraction of water. This helps to prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.
Damaged Material Removal
Materials are removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials. It will be communicated to you if any materials cannot be restored.
Cleaning, Sanitizing, Deodorization
SERVPRO professionals will use a variety of specially formulated products, industry-leading equipment, and proven techniques.
Our specialists use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.
During the drying process, our specialists will want to visit your business daily to ensure materials are drying properly.
If your business has a Water Damage Emergency, SERVPRO is here to help, 24/7.
Benefits of SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Process
Our Fire Damage Restoration Process at SERVPRO consists of seven steps:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service if needed
- Water Removal and Drying if needed
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
- Cleaning and Repair
Why does this make us better than anyone else? We’ll be at the site immediately. The longer fire and water damage are left alone in your home or commercial space, the worse it will get and therefore the harder it will be to restore when you do get around to it. Immediate clean-up and restoration mean quicker, easier clean-up and restoration, which means the entire process will be cheaper and less stressful for the customer. After all, if you’re facing water or fire damage, the last thing you need is for the problem to continue to get worse.
Our SERVPRO professionals also have a restore vs. replace mentality, which means we’ll use our specialized cleaning techniques and equipment to do our best to restore your property. This means that we’ll do our best to make sure you don’t have to replace your priceless possessions and pieces of your property.
Preparing Your Home for Snow, Sleet and other Slick Storms
Snow, Sleet, and other Slick Storms are something that you and your family should be prepared for, especially in the coming months. These months, we are prone to see ice, sleet, snow, sometimes hail, so we have to be prepared for when the time arises. Here are some tips for how to prepare your home and your family for these storms.
Always check your home’s heating and air conditioning system
Always make sure that your home’s heating and air conditioning system is working properly, and is being maintained. Change the filters, and have the system inspected by a good HVAC contractor. Look into an annual maintenance agreement. The contractor will check your system and make sure your heat is going to be there when you need it the most.
Maintenance on Your Chimney and Other Heating Equipment
It’s important to make sure that your heating equipment and chimneys are cleaned and inspected before the winter. The filter of your furnace will need to be replaced on a regular basis to prevent any mishaps with the heating equipment.
Set the heat to around 55 degrees or higher to make sure that your pipes do not freeze or burst.
Install storm proof windows
Installing stormproof windows will help to prevent any heat from escaping. You may also use plastic sheeting to prevent the heat from getting out, and letting the cold air in.
Let faucets drip consistently when it is freezing outside
This will help to prevent any water pipes from freezing.
Paying attention to the roof
Make sure that no tree branches are extending over the roof, this will prevent any damage to your home if heavy snow is piled on your roof, or if ice has covered over top.
Checking for Storm Damage on Your Home’s Exterior
It’s just as important to check your home’s exterior after a storm as it is the interior. In fact, it may be more important to check the exterior, since that’s where water usually gets into your home.
Here is a quick list of what you should check on the exterior of your home after a storm. It only takes a few minutes, and it can save you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in home repair costs.
First, check your siding. Strong winds, rain, and hail can loosen your siding, whether you have vinyl or wood siding. Also, check window frames and shutters for vulnerability as well as rot.
Next, give your outdoor structures a quick check. That includes decks, sheds, fences, pergolas, gazebos, even garden arbors.
While you’re out checking these structures, remember to check your trees to make sure no branches have fallen or were damaged or weakened during the storm. These can pose a threat for future storms.
Finally, check your roof. Be careful when inspecting your roof. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder and good grippy shoes to prevent slipping and falling. As you inspect your roof, look for shingles that have been turned up or are missing. Any place where shingles have been damaged is a potential spot for water to seep in. Take a picture of the damage and call your insurance agency, as your insurance may cover the costs of roof repair.