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Implementing Measures for Fire Safety in the Home | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Wilson County is on call 24/7 for all your Fire needs.

The impact of a fire occurring in the home is great, even if it is a relatively small fire. There are many ways that a fire can suddenly begin, and it is always a shock to experience. The good news is that by implementing fire safety measures in the home, the chances of one beginning are greatly reduced.

Retaining all the fire safety information that is around the web can be difficult, as there is a plethora of tips out there. That is why we put together a convenient guide for you to review the top fire safety tips in one place.

Fire Safety Measures: An Overview

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having smoke detectors installed in the house and making sure they are properly maintained is the top way to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and lessen the damage that occurs to the home. Test them every 30 days to be sure the batteries are still charged.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Knowing how to escape the house in the event of a house fire is another important aspect of fire safety. This will help ensure all family members know exactly what to do when the alarm sounds and can react accordingly to get to safety.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy and knowing how to use it will ensure that you can extinguish a flame if it is safe to do so. Be sure to purchase the right classification that your household is the most likely to need.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. While some flames—like those from the stovetop or from candles—may initially seem harmless, these are the exact flames that cause thousands of fires each year. If a fire is burning in any regard, never leave it unattended in a room.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The house fires that break out during the night are some of the most deadly, due to the decreased reaction time of sleeping victims. The good news is that sleeping with a closed door can dramatically slow down a fire’s spread as it makes its way toward the sleeping rooms of your home, giving everyone more time to react.

Catch Appliance Leaks Before Water Damage Occurs | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

All household appliances that utilize water are prone to leaks in one way or another, but if these leaks are not caught early on, water damage can begin.

Because many appliances are not moved or inspected with frequency, this water damage can be harbored for ages before homeowners are made aware—this is why regular inspections are so important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

Hot Water Heater
The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.

Refrigerator
The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.

Dishwasher
A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.

Washing Machine
Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.

Air Conditioner
The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

Ice Dam Causing Havoc? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wilson County Ice Dam Diagram Diagram of how water can get trapped on your roof

As we are gearing up for colder weather here in Middle Tennessee, it is important to be aware of a phenomenon that wreaked havoc on this area in 2015. For the first time in recent history, the first episode of wide spread Ice Daming damaged hundreds of homes in Middle Tennessee.

An ice dam occurs when packed snow or ice melts at different speeds depending on the slopes of the roofs. As the water melts at faster rates and moves down the roof, areas with a backup of ice cause a puddle. While there may not be damage immediately, as it stays below freezing for multiple days it can cause serious damage.

Most of the time homeowners are unaware of the issue until water is coming into their home. If you do notice that water is coming in, follow these three steps:

  1. Remove wet materials near the affected area
  2. Place a fan to slow the leak
  3. Call a water restoration expert

If you follow these three steps, you will greatly increase the likelihood of mitigating your damages.

How to Prevent the Increasing Likelihood of a Winter Fire | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Wilson County.

Shorter days and cooler temperatures are not the only things that winter brings—it also provides an increased likelihood that a fire will occur in the home. Winter is always the peak time for fires in the home, mainly due to increased cooking, heating and decorating that can bring about hazards.

Reasons Behind an Increase in Winter Fires

An Increase in Cooking
Winter is a time for holiday meals, baking and festive dishes, but all of this extra cooking can also make a fire more likely to start. The No. 1 place for a fire to start is in the kitchen, which is true at any time of year, but applies especially during winter weather.

The Risk of Heaters
Unsafe heating practices in the home cause the second-highest amount of winter fires, due to space heaters without safety features and fireplaces or wood stoves without grates. If a heater tips over, a safety shut-off should kick in to prevent it from igniting the floor. For wood-burning apparatuses, a grate will keep sparks from traveling outside of the area and onto something flammable.

Candles and Decorations
Though candles and decorations bring forth good cheer around the holidays, they can also bring an increased chance that a fire will occur. Due to their open flame, candles are always risky—they should always be kept well away from other objects and used under supervision. For electronics, these are generally much safer as long as their wires are not worn or prone to overheating.

How to Prevent the Common Winter Fire

Knowing the commonality and causation behind winter fires is a great start to staying safe. Keeping the areas where individuals can practice extra safety in mind, as well as following the below tips will help you enjoy the season without worry:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

Four Steps for Storm Clean Up | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water coming down from the ceiling above.

As we move through seasons of storms it is important to know what steps to take post storm. While there are plenty of things to know about how to protect yourself and your property post storm, we have complied the four most basic steps to follow.

The four most basic steps to follow after a storm:

  1. Make Safety Priority
  2. Document the damage sustained
  3. Tarp the roof or cover any openings into the house
  4. Seek help with Water Restoration

These four steps are simple, but could save you a lot of heartache as a homeowner. The most significant damage to homes post storm are caused by secondary damage, primarily due to not properly tarping or covering exposed portions of the house. By ensuring that those areas are covered you can drastically lower your chances of secondary damage.

For more information, reach out to your storm experts!

Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Home Restoration You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

There is never a bad time to practice fire preparedness, but if you are worried your family is underprepared, now might be a good time to start. The Red Cross reports that home fires happen with the most frequency during wintertime, which is an indicator that homeowners should be on their guard.

Knowing what to do in case of a fire will give you valuable peace of mind. Make preparations for what you will do if a fire breaks out, such as deciding your escape routes with family members. It is also useful to know what you will do after the fact—specifically, what restoration company you will feel comfortable calling.

Why Proper Fire Restoration Matters

It is invaluable to be able to trust your fire restoration company, both to respond quickly and to do a quality job. With our 247 response line and highly skilled technicians, we can guarantee we will get there quickly and get your cleanup completed in an efficient manner. After a fire strikes, here are some of the services you can expect from us:

Structural Cleaning

Correctly repairing a home’s structure after a fire is essential, and it is something we take very seriously. By first performing testing to determine the true extent of the damage, we will then move in with our equipment and begin the restoration process. We handle reconstruction, soot removal and more on walls, doors and floors, and can even prepare surfaces for fresh paint.

Content Cleaning

What is inside your home matters just as much as what is supporting it, which is why we do content cleaning in addition to structural repairs. With wet and dry cleaning technologies, we can fully deodorize contents of your home, including electronics, upholstered furniture, kitchen wares and a variety of other objects.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without worry in your home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

Water Damage: Three Common Causes | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooded house SERVPRO logo with water damage behind

The most common type of interior damage that effect homeowners is water damage. Unlike other damages to the interior of a home, the causes of water damage can stem from a list of potential issues. With routine maintenance, most water issues are preventable.

The key to water damage is to remove the water quickly as possible to protect the affected area. It cannot be stressed enough, that if you do discover standing water in your home that you contact a professional as quickly as possible.

The three most common causes of water damage are:

  1. Withstanding Plumbing Issues
  2. Sudden Leaking/Burst Pipes
  3. Worn or Faulty Household Appliances

By knowing these three common cause, we hope that you will be able to more easily detect potential water issues within your home.

3 Tips for Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with Fire Prevention Week written out under logo with fire behind SERVPRO logo with fire behind

Most household fires are determined to have been very preventable. Accidents are more prone to happen when we are in the swing of everyday life. The National Fire Prevention Association works without end each year to bring more attention of how preventable fires are to the public.

There are laundry list of things tips to remember in order to prevent fires, but if you follow three of the most common you significantly decrease your chances of having a household fire.

According to NFPA, three tips that prevent fires in your household:

  1. Use extreme caution while cooking
  2. Do not store any flammable items in places that may become hot.
  3. Unplug electrical devices when not using them.

Implementing these three simple tips will significantly decrease your chances of a household fire.

How to make a Home Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of Wilson County

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with Fire Prevention Week written out under logo with fire behind SERVPRO logo with fire

According to the NFPA, often times most injuries from household fires are very preventable; but there are not proper fire escape plans in place for household members to follow.

Today, most school systems will participate in practiced fire drills at least once a quarter with their students. The practice of fire drills has been a part of the education system for many years, but something that we forget as we move beyond our grammar school years, but last year alone 3,645 people died due to a fire. This should be an alarming number- particularly for something that is preventable with proper planning.

Depending upon who you ask, there are several keys to remember in creating such a plan; however, we have compiled the list of the must haves.

  1. Map out your home.
  2. Clearly determine two ways out of each room.
  3. Test all smoke alarms for proper functionality.
  4. Create an meeting place for you and your children away from the structure.
  5. Memorize the phone number to the local fire department.
  6. Continually practice your plan.

By creating this plan, you could prevent disaster within your home!