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Five Most Common Cause of Electrical Fires | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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The most preventable types of fires in the United States are electrical fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 7% of all residential fires between 2014 and 2016 were classified as electrical fires.

The most common place inside of a home for a fire to ignite during a residential electrical fires is within a bedroom, although the largest number of fatalities occur in the living room/den.

In order to prevent electrical fires, it is important to understand how these fires are typically started.

Below we have highlighted the five most common causes of electrical fires:

  1. Faulty outlets/appliances
  2. Light Fixtures
  3. Extension Cords
  4. Space heaters
  5. Wiring

By identifying these five common cause, we hope that you will be able to more easily detect potential igniters within your home.

If you have experienced fire damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts247 so we can address your damages quickly.

When It Comes to Restoration, Make the Right Choice | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County's green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Wilson County ensures your Restoration and Clean-up needs are professionally completed.

The surprising discovery of damage can cause homeowners to be confused about what their next steps should be. While it will always be a headache, deciding what restoration company to work with ahead of time can have a big impact on reducing stress.

By doing your research and choosing a company in advance, you can know immediately what to do should damage occur.

4 Keys to Look for in a Restoration Company

The information surrounding restoration companies can be overwhelming, so it is important to know what to prioritize. Here are some tips for making the right choice in restoration:

Check the Extent of Their Work

When it comes to purifying the air of hazardous soot particles following a fire or being able to treat water-related structural damage, choosing a company that can handle a full restoration will go a long way. By being certified in all types of restoration, we can operate the tools and utilize the techniques necessary to ensure your home is fully treated and restored.

Be Aware of Their Business Hours

When you are stressed about damage to your home, getting in touch with your restoration company quickly is important. That is why we have implemented an emergency line that is open 24 hours, so you can call us at any hour and have our team respond.

Know What Their Training Involves

The technicians tasked with your home restoration are the most important influence on the quality of work. Because we base all of our training on restoration industry standards, you can have peace of mind to know our technicians are fully trained and ready for any disaster.

Understand Their Ability to Scale

In the case of large disasters, the ability to scale is essential for keeping up a high standard of restoration. Because we have a nationwide network of locations, we can band together to ensure we treat large-scale disasters with the same level of care as any small job we do.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Checking for Hidden Water Damage Around the Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Severe weather can increase the chances for water damage, but it is far from the only reason it can occur. There are many causes of water damage that homeowners can face, with a multitude of instances occurring in secluded areas that are not often inspected.

The longer water damage is left untreated, the more difficult it is to restore—that’s why hidden water damage is so complicated. Many insurances will not extend coverage to instances of water damage, and for ones that do, most claims are over $6,500. Being aware of how to check for hidden water damage around the home will ensure that homeowners are preventing costly repairs to the best of their ability.

<h3to-look-for-hidden-water-damage-around-the-home">Where to Look for Hidden Water Damage Around the Home

  • Watch walls under windows. Windows are sealed with the wall to keep moisture out, but this does not always work as intended, especially in older homes. Check for discoloration around the window often.

  • Siding seals can falter. Where panels of siding come together, the seal can begin to falter over time and expose the plywood underneath to weather and water.

  • Check threshold panels. The metal plate that covers the wood of a door threshold is not weather-tight, so it is important to watch the wood underneath for swelling or softness.

  • Inspect exterior paint. With the multiple layers of paint on most windowsills and porches, water can slip between them and cause the paint to soften.

  • Move the dishwasher often. Most dishwashers only get moved when they need to be replaced, but it is then that many homeowners discover the damage. Moving the dishwasher regularly to check for water damage is a good preventive measure.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

The 3 Main Ways Lightning Damages Homes | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

A lightning bolt darting across the sky is a dramatic display of the power of a thunderstorm, but it’s also one of the most violent. Lightning can lead to fatalities and severe property damage when it strikes, so if a thunderstorm is nearby, it is essential to know the kinds of damage it can cause in order to be prepared.

Lightning Info

Thunder and lightning are a result of the electrical charge that all thunderstorms develop. When we see a lightning bolt, what we’re actually seeing is an offloading of the storm’s electrical charge in the form of a strike.

Clouds provide lightning with ideal insulation, which is why so many strikes remain in the sky. However, when lightning strikes an object en route to the ground is when complications can arise.

The Main Ways Lightning Causes Damage

When lightning strikes a home, the damage it causes can be due not only to the heat of the strike but also due to the way it travels through the wiring and water pipes. Here are the three main types of damage that can arise from lightning:

1. Fires. Because of the heat of lightning—typically around 500,000 degrees—it is hot enough to ignite many building materials on impact. As the lightning travels down the wires, it can also cause damage within the walls, increasing the likelihood that an electrical fire will break out in the future. A local electrician or fire department can often perform tests if your home has been struck to assess the damage and determine if any wires should be replaced.

2. Power surges. When the charge of lightning is coursing through the wires in the home, it can travel up cords and overload anything that is plugged into the wall. Using surge protectors for every electronic device can prevent this from happening.

3. Structural damage. Thunder occurs when lightning strikes within a cloud, as a result of the shock waves it creates. When the lightning strikes the ground, these shock waves contain enough force to cause serious harm. Shattered glass, cracked foundation and damaged chimneys are very common after a lightning strike happens nearby, so performing a home inspection after a storm is wise.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Exploring the Various Causes of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

There can be a plethora of driving factors behind water damage.

Water may be a necessity for life, but it can also serve as quite a destructive force in the right situations.

Concerning water damage, there can be a plethora of driving factors behind it. Are you able to identify what some of those causes are?

Common Water Damage Causes

During a six-year span encompassing 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reports that the leading causes for homeowners insurance claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

As you can see, water damage appears on this list twice, but in two different categories. That’s because water damage can be both weather-related and non-weather-related.

The most common type of water damage that will impact your home is non-weather-related, which can be from issues such as bad plumbing and appliances. While just as problematic, weather-related water damage is not as common and can stem from rain, snow and melting ice.

Curious what the top causes of water damage specifically are? The top five water damage causes are plumbing issues, washing machine leaks, busted water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

Looking at things from a strictly financial aspect, water damage and freezing issues saw an average payout per claim of $8,861 between 2011 and 2015.

Protecting Your Home

Water damage always comes with quite a price tag, but the costs are higher if you’re not covered under an insurance policy. That’s why it’s important to review your policies regularly and know what’s covered by your homeowners insurance plan. In most cases, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by from weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, even by accident
  • Tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system
  • Freezing of plumbing and pipes

The good news is that in many cases, you can take proactive steps to help prevent water damage in your home. These preventive fixes and routine maintenance ideas will help make sure your home stays as dry as possible:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Having a plumber install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain
  • Running the sump pump every few months and cleaning it before the rainy season

You can use these tips to help prevent some costly water damage circumstances in your home.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Wilson County on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

SERVPRO® of Wilson County is Here for You Even During Stormy Weather

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County can be your rainbow after the storm.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time of year. Severe weather may occur at any moment, and that’s why SERVPRO of Wilson County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Summertime is notorious for severe thunderstorms, which are a common occurrence. These storms can also cause a chance for storm damage to your property.

Are you aware of the different types of damage that thunderstorms can cause to your property?

SERVPRO of Wilson County serves you – even during stormy weather

Thunderstorms occur all throughout the world, and there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms that occur each year. In the United States, approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur per year, and of those, 10% are considered severe. Mature storms are when you see the most dangerous aspects of storms, including hail and heavy rain.

That’s why you can expect to get a SERVPRO of Wilson County representative to answer the phone after hours and on the weekends. We understand that a quick response can help minimize damages, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

Restoration You May Need After a Storm

When a disaster strikes your home or business in Wilson County, you can rest assured that we will come as soon as you call us. Even if you call after normal business hours, our on call team member will ask the right questions to prepare our team of professionals to provide you with emergency services. Of the many different dangerous effects caused by a thunderstorm, one of the greatest risks is the chance for flying debris caused by the high winds associated with severe thunderstorms.

Wind gusts in a severe thunderstorm can reach up to and over 57.5 mph. That is enough to cause significant property damage.

Loose items in your yard, including items that seem non-threatening, can turn into dangerous projectiles. If it is feasible, take care and make sure everything on your patios and lawn are secured prior to any type of storm.

In addition to wind damage, thunderstorms can also produce the following damage:

Be aware of these types of warnings on the radio or weather alerts:

Lightning presents multiple dangers. When it strikes a building, it passes through the electrical wiring and can cause appliances to blow out. This movement also increase the risk of fire.

Tornadoes are highly destructive and can reach wind speeds over 200 mph. Tornadoes can do severe structural damage in a very short amount of time.

Depending on the size of the hail, it can damage everything from crops to houses and cars.

A large amount of rain in a small period of time is a common hallmark of thunderstorms. This can lead to flash flooding because there’s not enough time for the rain to soak in and there’s nowhere for the water to go.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Wilson County is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration

A Homeowner's Defenses Against Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

Flooding is a common occurrence in some parts of the country, but did you know that it could also be brought on by natural disasters? In fact, 90% of natural disasters have flooding involved.

Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, which is why it is so essential to be prepared.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Flood Damage?

Though natural disasters are unstoppable forces, homeowners can plan ahead and prevent excessive water damage from happening in their own homes:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Even if a tank is full and heavy, anchoring it is a wise idea in case waters begin to rush in.

Protect appliances. Elevate appliances when possible to prevent their electrical and internal components from being waterlogged and damaged beyond repair.

Elevate hazardous materials. If you would not want it to come into contact with your bare skin, it should be elevated out of the flood water’s path. Pollution can make the water more dangerous for the entire region, and can even lead to fires.

Digitize valuables. Precious and irreplaceable items, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, having live electricity near floodwaters can still be dangerous. Shut off the electrical breaker to any rooms that are at-risk for a flood.

Taking steps to protect your home is a responsible precaution that you will be grateful for in hindsight. The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of Wilson County is here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

How Professional Carpet Cleaning Impacts Business | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Making an effort in your business appearance will influence your employees to also take care of their work area.

What message are your business’ carpets sending to your employees and those who come into your workplace?

The importance of commercial carpet cleaning is often underestimated. Dirty carpets can have a bigger impact on companies and their employees than most people realize.

A successful business must consider, not only the appearance of their building, but how dirty carpeting can affect the health of employees. Also it’s worth mentioning, a dirty office with soiled carpets creates an uncomfortable work area and can kill motivation. If you own or manage a business that has customers or clients that enter your work space, it is crucial to make a good impression. What are your carpets saying about you?

You might not even realize how services like commercial carpet cleaning can benefit your business. Here are seven advantages of the service.

Increased Productivity

Creating a nice, clean work environment makes a big impact on your employees’ overall feelings about work. Nothing is more encouraging than an employer who is passionate about his own business. Making an effort in your business’s appearance will influence your employees to also take care of their work area and feel more at ease at work.

Employees work harder and take more pride in their work when they know their workplace is well-cared for. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner to keep rugs and carpets clean shows employees that the business owner takes pride in the workplace environment.

Gain Customers and Keep Them Coming

Let's face it, appearances matter when it comes to attracting and keeping customers. Your products or services may be amazing, but as long as your business looks dirty, grungy and unkempt it will deter customers. After all, you don’t take care of your business then it’s likely customers will get the impression your services or products are second-rate.

Keeping the carpets clean will help your business to look beautiful so that customers will want to come inside, stay longer and potentially spend more money while they are there. And, we all know the survival of any business is repeat customers.

Higher Quality Cleaning by Professionals

Some companies attempt to make their employees do the carpet cleaning. You take the risk in damaging or tearing carpets if the process isn’t done properly. Every style of carpet requires specific chemicals and water temperature that only professional carpet cleaners have access to and are trained on how to use.

Employees who don’t have the necessary skills for carpet cleaning may be nervous about accidentally damaging the carpet, causing them to clean it less frequently than recommended. Not to mention, you’ll need a storage area to keep the cleaning equipment.

Having a professional clean the carpets typically entails a more thorough cleaning process then someone who has no training and will end up having a more lasting effect.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning for the Win

Believe it or not, clean carpets play a role in your business’ success. Your business’ appearance tells your employees that you take pride in your workplace, as should they. This could mean an increase productivity, and a positive attitude towards their workplace.

You could increase profits based on the fact customers will want to stay longer, and potentially spend more money.  

You want to do everything you can to ensure your business thrives. Make sure your carpets are sending the right message.

The SERVPRO of Wilson County team specializes in cleaning - and one thing our team likes to clean is carpets for your commercial business!

A dirty carpet isn’t something any business wants to have. It looks unprofessional and unkept. Luckily, our SERVPRO of Wilson County team is here to help.

If you believe that it’s time for your carpets to be professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO® of Wilson County a call today.

Prepare for Fires in the Workplace

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Having fire extinguishers available can avoid widespread damage to your business and injuries.

Protecting your business or workplace by teaching about electrical fire safety and putting safety plans into place is always a great idea. Accidents happen, and that’s why being prepared is key. If you can extinguish the fire with fire extinguisher or blanket before it gets out-of-hand, that would be best to limit the amount of damage. Be prepared to think quickly and determine if the fire can be put out without risk of injury or endangering any of your coworkers. Always put employee safety first. It’s important to know smoke inhalation can be fatal. Fire can spread quickly, and it can produce dangerous amounts of smoke. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death in home fires than the actual fire. Not to mention, smoke causes just as much damage to the business as the fire itself. There is a five second rule of thumb that fire fighters use. They say that if you cannot extinguish a fire within five seconds then dial 9-1-1 and evacuate. Be sure to have an updated employee evacuation plan in place, and make sure to have routine fire drills so your employees know exactly what to do. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of Wilson County to help you put your business back together.

Here are a list of things to have established in a place of business when it comes to fire safety. Fire Marshals look for these items. These items are ultimately for your safety, and the safety of your employees and coworkers.

Make Sure You Have Clear Paths Make sure all exits are not obstructed in any way. Multiple, clear exits in the event of a fire will increase the likelihood that everyone is able to get out safely.

Emergency Exit Lights In the event of a fire, your workplace may lose power or have very little visibility due to heavy smoke. For these reasons, clearly marked paths of egress are required.

Fire Extinguishers are a MUST Fire extinguishers are crucial in stopping a small fire before it grows larger, avoiding widespread damage to your business and injuries to your staff or customers. That's why fire marshals pay special attention to verify that they are in compliance.

Fire Sprinkler System Water Supply For this system to function correctly, not only must the sprinkler deflectors have the proper clearance, the water must flow as it should when called upon to extinguish a fire. The fire marshal will examine the critical components of the sprinkler system water supply, to determine that they are in good working order.

Electrical Panels Since electrical panels have live current running through them, any potentially flammable items (like cardboard boxes stored too close to the panel) make sure you can get to the panels without having to move anything. 

Proper Storage of Combustible Liquids Combustible materials and liquids represent a special fire hazard and must be treated accordingly. These will provide fuel to any fire and they pose a significant risk to your facility, including explosion potential, so proper measures must be taken at all times.

Maximum Occupancy Limits Your building has a maximum occupancy limit which has been put in place for a reason. If a fire were to occur, this is the number of people who could safely evacuate the premises in a timely fashion.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Wilson County hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fires and The Residual Damage They Can Cause | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Long after the flames are extinguished, soot and smoke continue to damage property.

When dealing with fire damage, there is more to be cleaned up than just what is affected by the flames.

Long after the flames are extinguished, soot and smoke left behind can continue damaging property and can give rise to other issues such as mold and rust as well. If left untreated, this damage can compound over time, becoming more difficult and costly to remediate.

The Issues Untreated Fire Damage Can Cause

If you’ve been affected by a fire, it is important to call your restoration team right away to prevent giving rise to other issues such as:

Mold Damage. After a fire, affected areas are often left without any artificial or natural lighting. If the fire was doused with water or set off a sprinkler system, this creates mold’s ideal environment to thrive. Mold can quickly begin growth on almost any surface, leading to discoloration and damages to items and structures.

Corrosion and Rust Damage. Rust and corrosion might not be the first thing you think of when you consider fire damage, but water left untreated on small electronics can cause it to develop and greatly increase the risk for short-circuits or electrical shock.

Soot Damage. Soot is the most common form of carbon byproduct that materials produce when they burn. Most home and commercial fires consist of multiple burned materials, leading to soot that is highly acidic. This acid can cause damage to nearly any surface it comes into contact with, with porous or textured surfaces being the most at-risk. Any soot allowed to remain in the affected area can lead to the damage of carpets, walls and unburnt portions of the house. The longer the soot is allowed to sit, the more unlikely the damage can be reversed.

Questions to Help You Find a Fire Restoration Company

Finding a fire restoration company that you can trust to restore your home to pre-damaged conditions is difficult if you are unsure what to look for. These questions are worth taking the time to ask as you shop around:

* Will they fully clean and sanitize the area to prevent mold growth?

* Do they use industrial-grade air scrubbers to remove odors?

* Do they have a Master Fire Restorer on staff?

* Can they do all levels of restoration, from cosmetic to construction?

If you’ve been affected by a fire, know that SERVPRO® of Wilson County hits all the above qualifications and more. Contact us today to learn how we’re able to make it “Like it never even happened.”