Four Steps for Storm Clean Up | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
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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:
- Make Safety Priority
- Document the damage sustained
- Tarp the roof or cover any openings into the house
- 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
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 24⁄7 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:
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.
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.
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 24⁄7 to help you recover.
Water Damage: Three Common Causes | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
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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:
- Withstanding Plumbing Issues
- Sudden Leaking/Burst Pipes
- 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
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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:
- Use extreme caution while cooking
- Do not store any flammable items in places that may become hot.
- 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
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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.
- Map out your home.
- Clearly determine two ways out of each room.
- Test all smoke alarms for proper functionality.
- Create an meeting place for you and your children away from the structure.
- Memorize the phone number to the local fire department.
- Continually practice your plan.
By creating this plan, you could prevent disaster within your home!
How an Emergency Readiness Profile can save thousands.| SERVPRO® of Wilson County
Throughout business we are always preparing for the unexpected, which is why most of us carry insurance policies. Most of the time an insurance policy is only good in the end to cover our losses, but how can we be more proactive?
Most often that is by developing contingency plans for when disaster strikes. At SERVPRO, we work hand in hand with our commercial accounts to ensure that, in addition to those steps, a through plan is created by an Emergency Readiness Profile.
The Emergency Readiness Profile is a tool that we use to identify the proper procedure for mitigating losses and quickly having our crews on site. The quicker that we can have our trained professionals on site, the less damage that your building and property will incur.
To have your facilities prepared by creating an ERP, please contact our Sales Department!
How to be safe post storm? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
The most crucial time for survival during storms is the first three hours following the passing of the storm cell. Often times, there is plenty of advice on how to prepare prior to and during the storm, but not enough attention is brought to how to survive after.
It is human nature for individuals want to assess the damage sustained by their community, but this typically leads to more stress for emergency personnel and injury to those braving the weather.
Three steps to better ensure your safety following a storm are:
- Do not go outside until it has been declared safe
- Remain cautious of downed power lines and standing water
- Do not enter buildings that have structural damage
By following the above steps, the safety will be significantly increased for yourself and those you love.
Sewage back up, now what? | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
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According to the IICRC, there are four different classifications of water damage. Most of the levels are recommended that individuals without the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) to avoid.
The water from a backup of sewage drain into is classified as one of the most dangerously contaminated water. It is highly recommended that if you do find water from sewage back up that you immediately call a professional.
In an effort to safely protect you and your loved ones:
- Stay away from the water
- Remove all children or pets from effected area
- Call a water restoration expert
If you follow these three steps, you will ensure the safety of everyone within your household. While ensuring safety is the number one priority, you will also salvage more of your personal property by not waiting to take action.
Effects of Poor Air Quality in the Work Place| SERVPRO® of Wilson County
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In most business, employees spend the majority of their day at their desks. In an ideal environment you want your employees to be able to enjoy the time they spend at work.
The most common cause of employee fatigue is due to poor air quality in the workplace. It is recommended that you have a professional service your duct system annually at the very least, to ensure that your are providing the best quality air for your employees.
Poor air quality can affect your employees with the following symptoms :
- Shortness of breath
- Allergy-like symptoms
- Irritation of eyes, nose, throat or skin
By properly cleaning your ducts, you increase the air quality for your employees and can in turn increase the productivity of your workforce!
Five Most Common Cause of Electrical Fires | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
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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:
- Faulty outlets/appliances
- Light Fixtures
- Extension Cords
- Space heaters
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 experts24⁄7 so we can address your damages quickly.