If Disaster Sticks today are you ready?
We all know in the back of our minds that we shoudl be ready for a disaster. We think we will get to a plan of action, someday. Well, you really need to make it today.
Some steps to help you prepare for an emergency situation.
You should sign up for local alerts/warnings. Download apps but also have wireless emergency alerts.
Design emergency communication plans but also test them in advance.
Assemble emergency supplies. There are many organiztions that can help give you a checklist.
Educate yourself and others on local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency responses.
Sign up for traings and classes on preparedness for yourself and even your business employees.
Organize and safegaurd critical documents.
Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
Make documents of property and check your insurance to make sure you have relevant coverage. Keep documents at another location if possible.
Keep up your property and make improvements to reduce injury as well as property damage.
You never know when an emergency situation will occur. Make today the day your start to get prepared.
Make the fall your prep time for winter.
September is a great month for preparing for winter. It's not too hot or cold to check some areas of the house that need attention.
Check the roof for any loose or missing shingles. This should be repaired before winter hits.
Ducts should be checked. Over time the seal can come loose.This can let heat into the attic causing snow to melt and refreeze causing ice dams on your roof.
The end of Fall is a great time to drain your water heater. This should be done once an year. Do it now before you find out your only have really cold water in your house.
If you have a chimney, make sure you sweep it (or have it professionally swept) before lighting any fires for the season. Removing the excess soot, as well as the birds and animals that made their homes in chimneys throughout the year, will help prevent fires and smoke damage. Also, examine the damper to make sure it’s still looking good. If it’s bent or warped, warm air will be able to escape through the chimney.
If you have ceiling fans, now is the time to reverse them. Putting them in reverse will help blow down warm air that would otherwise be stuck near the ceiling, which will likely mean you can turn your heat down a degree or two.
Enjoy the fall weather but also make it a time to check your home for the winter.
Commercial work interruption.
When your business has a situation that calls for SERVPRO's help, SERVPRO is there to work for you. SERVPRO understands that if possible you will want your business to still operate during clean up, even if at sub capicity.
SERVPRO will put containment walls up around the work area. If possible, SERVPRO will work during non-traditional business hours to get the if that is what is requested.
SERVPRO will be descret when it's needed for any sensitive clean ups. SERVPRO takes pride in our staff and their sensitivity to the fact that your business is the priority. We want to make sure your business is up to full capacity as soon as possible.
SERVPRO understands that an unexpected period of lost productivity and revenue can be devastating to any buiness large or small.
SERVPRO has the training and resources to get your business up and running in the fastest time possible.
Water damage doesn't always come from the weather.
If you are like a lot of people you might think of water damage to your home being caused by weather; maybe a hurricane or heavy rains.
In reality most water damage comes for non-weather conditions. This might mean a plumbing issue such as pipes, drains and valves failing. It could also be many times from an applicance. This is something that most people don't think about.
Appliances do not always offer warning signs until the damage has already occurred. That is why it is important to check them regularly.
First, know where the main water supply is located in case of emergency.
If you will be away from home for an extended period, shut off the water supply and drain the pipes.
Exceptions might be if your home is heated with steam system or your fire spinkler system so consult with a professional if you can turn this supply off when leaving.
Consider having your air conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged.
Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and dishwashers annually, and have them repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in areas with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, the hose between the wall and the refrigerator should be made of braided copper.
Check pipes for cracks and leaks. Have pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
Check appliance hoses and plumbing fittings for breakage, crimping or bending.
You can't always prevent water damage from happening in your home but may times prevention is your best friend in avoiding water damage from happening.
The warmth of a summertime fire.
Who doesn't love sitting outside in the summer with a nice fire going? It just goes hand and hand with summertime and roasting marshmallows.
It sure can be relaxing but don't get too relaxed. You still need to be safe when having a fire.
When you have campfires, make sure you build them at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs or anything that has the potential to catch on fire.
When using a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or chiminea , you are going to want to make sure you have placed these things at least 10 feet away from your home or structure or again anything that could possibly catch on fire.
Make sure when your tending the fire to not have loose sleeves or articles of clothing on that could catch on fire as well.
Always think ahead and look around you for possible fire hazards. Once that is all done you can relax around the glow of the fire.
If anything happens though, you know that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help. We never take a night off even in the summertime. 24/7 365 days a year . There when you need us. 410-637-3433
Prepare your house to leave it.
Summertime is a great time for relaxation and travel for most. It's also a good time to get your house checked for leaks etc so you can take a vacation with a good piece of mind.
Check your home for leaks at the pipes under the sinks and check the water heater for cracks and rust.
Look at the seals around your windows and make sure their in good condition. If you have any shingles dislodged on the roof, now is a good time to have them replaced.
All the hoses that connect major appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerator ice maker lines need to be checked for kinks, cracks etc.
Examine your sump pump and check that it is in good condition and clear of debris by filling the sump pit and running the pump. Listen to the motor for strange sounds and watch that the water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup source in case there is a power outage while you are gone.
Turn off the water at the main if there is no one to check your house. Drain the pipes as a precaution and flush the toilets after .
If possible have someone check on your house while your away.
Have a relaxing Summer but nothing is more relaxing then taking the time to prepare your house for your absence.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will be there if you need us of course if anything goes wrong. We are there 24/7 and we don't take a vacation.
Check for water damage before buying.
Water damage signs can be left in plain sight at times if you look. Grab a flashlight when looking at a home to buy .
Water damage can be hiding anyway but check the high risk areas at least.
Check the walls for spots and stains. Don't forget to look around doors and windows.
Check the floors for warping and buckling especially in the basement. Look for white or dark stains on wood floors, damp carpeting and a general smell of dampness and mold,
Check the piping in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for corrosion around the pipe connections, leaks, or water stains. Inspect the caulking around the bathroom fixtures. Missing or loose caulking could be caused by water seepage. Look for missing grout or signs of mold. Check the water heater for wet spots on the floor and rust on the tank.
Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of leaks. The insulation should be dry and in good condition.
Don't forget to check the outside of the house. Check the roof for damaged flashing and missing, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it could be the sign of a problem. The house should be situated on the highest point of the property, with the ground sloping away from the house.
Be safe in the summer when cooking.
Although house fires are generally down in numbers during the summer months, you still need to be on your toes when cooking. Cooking is one of the most leading causes of house fires by far. Grease and oils can ignite an unattended stove. Another way that a fire can occur is with dish towels or other things being left on the stove. These items can ignite easily.
Taking the cooking outdoors in the summer doesn't necessarily keep you safe from a cooking fire. Mishandled propane tanks are responsible for many fires and injuries.
Summertime is a time to be careful as always whether you are cooking indoors or outdoors. Enjoy the easy breezy days of summer but stay on your toes when cooking.
If you have a problem of course SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help .
Who doesn't love to grill?!
As the weather gets warmer, we are sure you're turning the temperature up on your grills to enjoy a meal outside this summer. Don't let a fire get in the way of your good time. If you follow these safety tips, your summer meals should go off without a hitch! Check these out courtesy of SERVPRO and the National Fire Protection Association:
- If your grill is propane or charcoal powered (it probably is) only use it outside
- Keep your grill away from your house or any overhangs, etc. that could catch flame if the blazes get too high
- Children and pets should be kept away from the grill
- Be sure to remove and clean any grease and/or fat build up
- Don't walk away from the grill when it's on. Always supervise an in-use grill
- Use tools with long handles meant for grilling, to avoid any injury
Grilling is a classic summer routine for your family, and maybe even for your business. Don't let small errors turn into a big mess. If you do have a grill mishap and your property experiences any fire damage, give us a call and we'll have you back to grilling in no time!
There is more than one type of water.
Water damage is always inconvenient, no matter the type of water causing it; however, understand which type of water you're dealing with can be crucial to minimize destruction until our professionals arrive.
Clean water can be from a broken pipe/water source, or even rainwater.
Clean water becomes gray water after it has been left untreated. Untreated water allows for bacteria and fungi to grow and the water then becomes contaminated. This water can become hazardous.
Black water is typically caused by sewage damage or natural disaster flooding. Black water should ALWAYS be handled by professionals.
How do you minimize the damage from these water types?
For clean water:
If you can, shut off the water source.
Turn off any circuit breakers to affected areas. This protects from any potential electrical shock. Do not enter any rooms with standing water because unknown shock risks could be hiding.
Mop, blot, or wipe down any excess water.
To start drying any damage or soaked upholstery, remove and prop them up to start the drying process.
Move valuables to a safe place
Remove colored items that might bleed or run, causing stains.
Never use a vacuum to remove water. Shock risk is high!
If your ceiling is wet, don't turn on any ceiling fixtures. Don't enter the room is the ceiling is sagging from retained water.
For contaminated water:
Avoid all contact with sewage. Wash yourself thoroughly if you come into contact with contaminated items.
Do not walk through affected areas.
Do not turn on your HVAC system as it could spread contaminated air.
Do not use fans. Air flow could spread contaminants.
If food or personal hygiene products are exposed to contaminated area, discard them.
Water damage can be traumatic, but the cleanup and restoration process doesn't need to be.