Roof Repair to Prevent Water Damage
Spring can be wet in many parts of the country, and here in Ohio, that is certainly true. As the sun comes back out from the gloomy winter months, it’s a good time to check out your roof to see if it has sustained any damage from the snow, ice, and other wintry conditions the previous months brought us. Going into a wet season with a roof in good repair will prevent water damage.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you ensure your roof is in good condition:
Set some time aside to take a good look at the condition of your roof, gutters, and other related areas. You’ll want to do some routine maintenance, as well, such as:
- Cleaning the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation and exhaust systems yearly.
- Exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so covering these areas with paint and caulking any joinings will help protect your roof.
- Removing leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed-up rainfall.
Don’t hesitate to call a professional immediately if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, they will need to be replaced before spring rains come into the area. Putting these types of repairs off can be expensive in the long run, so don’t procrastinate.
If there is any issue with your roofing, one of the main places that will be affected by the water damage will be here. Discolorations and warping or buckling in the materials used are important to look for, and if you see any signs of mold beginning or detect any musty odors, it’s vital that this situation gets handled right away. If the water damage is extensive it may be time to consider replacing your roof.
Higher energy bills are another clue that you need to undertake roofing repairs. You are probably losing heat or cooled air due to damaged, aging, or deteriorating materials and structures. The help of a professional can be the key to getting your roof into tip-top condition before the wetter months.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we maintain the experience needed to complete cleanup projects of all sizes after water and fire damage. If your roofing needs attention or even replacement, we are here to help. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Preparing For Spring Storms
Don't let a spring storm catch you off guard!
Spring storms can be unpredictable and even dangerous; heavy rain and high winds are not uncommon, with flooding and damage to buildings and large vegetation are often a result. Being prepared for whatever may come is a smart way to stay safe and to prevent as much damage as possible. Here are some preparation tips for spring storms that you can use for your home or business:
Conduct an inspection of your home or business and grounds before inclement weather hits; a leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Ensure that all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly and are weather-stripped appropriately. Roofing should be inspected and repaired ahead of spring storms so it will withstand the possible windy conditions. Loose shutters are another weak spot.
Unstable large trees and bushes can be a danger in high winds. Trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of being destroyed by flying debris.
Many neighborhoods have drainage ditches or creeks that are meant to handle excess water. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding property during, or even after, a storm. Drainage can be an issue in parking areas as well, so you will want to consider sand-bagging in some instances.
Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline in case area cell phone towers are damaged or go down, or you may want to purchase an emergency radio and a supply of batteries for it so that you can stay on top of area alerts.
The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues, and we are faster to disasters of any size. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Top Three Places To Check For Mold In Your Home
Laundry rooms are the perfect place to grow mold.
Mold is a very real threat in any home, especially if you live in an area of high humidity. It is unsightly and unhealthy and really difficult to manage once it has established itself. Your best bet when it comes to mold is to take preventive measures against it, but if it does show up a professional mold remediation company can help you to handle that situation. There are some places in any home that are vulnerable to mold, and we’re going to share the top three with you today.
Here are the top three areas to check for mold in your home:
Most people clean their bathrooms thoroughly at least once a week; this is the perfect time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, and under the sink. If there have been any leaks in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom to help dry the environment out.
Keep an eye out for spills and leaks here and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores; these are always in our air and only need a humid spot to settle and begin a colony. Your refrigerator and/or dishwasher can spring small leaks as they age, so keep an eye on hoses and floors underneath on older models.
This room has large appliances involving water, as well as nooks and crannies that are often out of sight. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have perfect conditions for the establishment of a mold colony. Pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly to ensure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. Make sure spills are cleaned and dried right away, as well.
These are the top three areas in your home to check for mold; other areas that can develop issues are your hall closets, your garage, and/or basement. Staying on top of conditions in your home means you may never have to handle a mold issue.
SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is equipped with the skills and tools necessary to handle any issues related to water damage in your home or business, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. This franchise is individually owned and operated.
Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business
Make sure your business has all the equipment for fire prevention.
You work hard at what you do and you have put many hours into your business, not to mention finances. You will want to protect it from any type of disaster, such as flooding or fires. Any wise business owner knows that it’s a good idea to be prepared for any possible accident, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances, and with that in mind we would like to share some tips that will help you prepare your business for what could happen in the event of fire damage:
Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly, in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Fire extinguishers should be stored no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access and mounted in an obvious spot. Have your extinguishers, sprinkler system, and fire alarm system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by licensed fire prevention professionals.
Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated constantly with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in good working order at all times, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside need to be kept clear of debris and plant material. This reduces the risk of fire outside exits and alleviates possible injuries from those using the exits. Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and not stored in the path of exits.
Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required. This allows smoke to collect in areas above and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel, and if not followed, can result in fines.
Electrical outlets should have the appropriate number of items plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker; overloaded outlets can catch fire. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood and grease traps are cleaned regularly to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is experienced in restoration projects after fires both large and small, as well as assisting with what may be needed in the event of flooding or a mold invasion. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how! This franchise is individually owned and operated.
Top Winter Fire Hazards
With the onset of the winter months and all the cold weather comes fire hazards related to our methods of staying warm. Fireplaces, space heaters, and even electric blankets can all be dangerous if not handled correctly, leading to accidents, loss of personal belongings, severe injuries, and more. Here at SERVPRO, we always have your safety in mind and so we wanted to share some top winter fire hazards today along with some tips to avoid problems.
Failing to service your furnace regularly may result in an accumulation of dust and other flammable debris, while a gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. You will want to be sure to schedule proper maintenance on your furnace regularly - whether you do it yourself or have a professional take care of it - and ensure that this is done both before winter weather arrives and while it’s here. Dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features in a home or business can easily become a fire hazard.
Electrical Wiring And Outlets
Electrical wiring damage can include frayed cords - such as those connecting desktop computers or desktop lamps to the wall power outlets, for example - and also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls. cords, lamps, and space heaters also need to be monitored to detect anything damaged by pests or weather-related issues. When power sockets are overloaded, such as when space heaters are added or when equipment overheats, this can be a fire hazard. Inspect wiring regularly to identify top winter fire hazards, and never leave independent heating units running while a room is unoccupied.
Flammable items and materials should always be properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times and they should not be stored near any heat source. In the home, keep your space heaters away from combustible materials such as drapery, bedding, and rugs, and never use one in the bathroom or kitchen when large amounts of water are present on the flooring or in tubs. When it comes to flammable liquids, these should be kept away from any heat source, as well.
If you have experienced fire damage, always keep in mind that SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties maintains all the skills, training, and equipment necessary to restore your premises and belongings to their previous condition wherever possible. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
What To Do After Your Basement Floods
The lower-lying floors of any building are going to be in danger when a flooding event of any kind occurs, and unfortunately, that will often be your basement - the space most of us use to store personal belongings. It’s also the place many of us don’t go that often, so if flooding does occur there it can go unnoticed for some time, and that can create even more issues, such as mold, mildew, or structural damage. Here at SERVPRO, we care about you and your home or business, so today we’re going to share some tips that can help you to know what to do after your basement floods:
Make sure the area is safe, first and foremost. If you discover a large amount of standing water, call the local power company, electrician, and/or your professional water damage cleanup team immediately to first ensure that all structural elements, wiring, and electrical outlets, etc. are not compromised, and secondly to begin safe water removal processes. Professionals will have the equipment and knowledge that is required to handle your situation properly and each trade will be able to determine the best, and safest, steps to take in beginning the cleanup process without increasing the risk of accident or injury.
There are some steps you can take yourself to begin to recover from your basement floodings, such as the use of a dehumidifier or fans to circulate air and will begin the drying process, which discourages mold growth and mildew. You will want to plug it in above the stairs and direct it towards the basement. Air conditioning can be a big help here, as well, so it should stay running throughout the building on every floor; leaving doors open between rooms and to the basement is yet another helpful step. In the flooded basement, ensure that no one uses electricity.
You can clean surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of water to discourage mold from gaining a foothold; be sure to do this while wearing gloves and protective eyewear. Keeping the room ventilated while you are doing tasks that involve cleaning solutions will guard against injury. As you are cleaning up you may find valuable documents and papers that have been affected. You can save paper items by placing them in the freezer if they have been soaked; this can often stop the growth of mildew or deterioration. SERVPRO also offers services that can recover and restore vital documentation from water damage.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are always ready to help whenever you are dealing with water damage and fire damage, and we are mold remediation specialists, too. We handle large cleanup projects for commercial business owners and smaller projects for area homeowners, and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Steps To Take After A Tree Falls From Storm Damage
As trees age, they can become unstable, and during a storm, they can easily become weakened and even fall. A large tree can cause a lot of damage, depending on where they land, or they can create a big mess with a lot of debris. Here are some steps to take after a tree falls from storm damage at your home or business.
- Consider Safety. If the tree fell on a building, take care of anyone inside first. Clear all people and pets away from the area so that you can be sure everyone is as safe as possible. Assess the situation and see if there is a possibility that the tree is in a position to do any more damage. Check to see if there are any fallen electrical cords or wiring. If there are, you will want to call both 911 and the area electrical company to come to take care of that right away.
- Damage Assessment. Take a good look at the event itself to see if the tree has damaged any structures or public property. You will want to record the event by taking pictures or videos for your insurance company; just be sure to stay clear of any dangerous areas.
- Determine Liability. Get an idea of whose tree it is and whose property is involved. Even if it is your neighbor’s tree, your insurance policy will be the one that covers the damage. Do take steps to contact your insurance company and make sure you understand the coverage and what they require.
- Insurance. Contact the insurance company after you have gone through the previous steps and give them a description of the event and all your evidence. They will advise you as to what happens next.
- Tree Removal. After you have worked with the insurance representative and this aspect is all taken care of, you can arrange for the tree to be removed. Your insurance company may have provided you with a list of trustworthy companies or they may have given you the latitude to find your own. If you are in the market for a disaster restoration company, remember that SERVPRO is always ready to help!
We’re available 24/7 here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties to help with restoration and cleanup at your home and business, so whether you have experienced water damage, fire damage, accidents of any kind, or have discovered a mold invasion, contact us right away. We can get you back to normal right away. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
What To Do If A Pipe Bursts In Your Business
A burst pipe in your business can be extremely costly if not handled correctly and efficiently, so taking the appropriate steps will be vital to making sure your machinery, equipment, and products are protected.
- Professional Help. A professional cleanup organization will arrive right away to assess the damage and to assess any parts of your premises that may have been affected to make sure it is safe. Structural damage is common when large amounts of water are present.
- Water Main. Turn off any water that is going to the affected area - you can just go to the water main and stop all water for the entire building. This step will help to prevent further issues.
- Standing Water. Soak up any standing water as long as it can be done safely; keep in mind that “black (sewer/contaminated) water” should be avoided as dangerous; leave it for the professionals to handle. Standing water can lead to mold damage and continued damage to flooring and walls, so this is an important step to complete right away.
- Air Flow. Open all doors and windows to begin circulating airflow and start the drying out process. Once the professionals arrive with their industrial-grade equipment, they will be able to complete the process.
- Electricity. Ensure that the electricity is turned off in the affected areas to prevent shocks and have everyone leave any areas that are affected. Water can easily run into electrical circuits and create injuries.
- Insurance. You will want to contact your insurance company as soon as you can to let them know what has happened; take pictures and/or video of the damage after the event. A professional water damage remediation company will be able to work with your insurance company to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that you and your workforce can get back to business right away.
The SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties team is here to help you any time you experience water damage from a burst pipe in your home or business or from any other kind of flooding. We are water and fire damage cleanup specialists, and we also have the tools and experience necessary to properly prevent and remediate mold.
Bonfire/Fireplace Best Practices
During the colder months, fire is a beautiful thing. Whether it’s indoors in your fireplace warming your living spaces, or outdoors bringing cheer and light to the darkness, it’s a welcome addition to this time of year. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we want you to be safe while you gather together with family and friends. With that in mind, we have some bonfire/fireplace best practices for you today:
- Soot. Minimize the dangerous building up of soot and creosote by using seasoned hardwood or manufactured logs. These burn cleaner than real wood and keep you safe from chimney fires. Be sure to follow all the manufacturer recommendations, and take care to only burn wood and logs in your fireplace.
- Slow and Steady. The safest fire is a slow, steady burn. Those roaring fires look great but they can get out of control fast.
- Screens. Use a fireplace screen to keep sparks where they belong. A fire that is crackling means that sparks can be thrown out onto flammable materials, such as pillows, carpeting, and furniture. Keeping the area around the fire clear is also another good idea; don’t sit too close. Your Christmas tree should be far away, as well!
- Sleep. Never leave your fire unattended; make sure to put it out before you go to bed.
- Safety Tools. Having a carbon monoxide detector installed is a great safety step, and we know you have a fire extinguisher handy! Everyone in your home should know how to use it. The best type to have is one that weighs 2 or 5 pounds; these are designed to handle most household fires.
- Space. Bonfires should be set up at least 50 feet from the nearest building, as well as any sheds, trees, fences, or other flammable structures. Also, never build a fire under a covered porch or low hanging tree branches. Take steps to ensure that there are no cables, telephone wires, etc. above the flames before you build your bonfire.
- Surroundings. Clear all flammable materials away; there should be no dry leaves, paper, fabrics, or anything that can easily catch fire in a diameter of at least five feet around the fire.
- Set Up. Pile some rocks around the fire to prevent it from escaping; firefighters advise that your fire pit should be at least 6 inches deep at the center and 2 feet across to help keep the embers and flames contained.
- Safety. Only burn dry materials. You can use paper and a safe firestarter to light your bonfire. NEVER USE GASOLINE. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand and that you know how to use it properly. A few buckets of water or sand wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
- Size. Keep your fire at a manageable size; everyone loves a huge bonfire, but in reality, these are very dangerous. A large fire throws large sparks that can catch fire in other places before you know it.
- Seasoned Wood. Only seasoned wood should be used; burning things with polishes - such as paneling, furniture, and other such items - can give off dangerous fumes.
- Smother. When it comes time to put out the fire, make sure it is completely smothered. Once your fire has burned to ash, spread the ashes over a larger area, but don’t bury them. Pour water over charred materials until you can’t hear anymore hissing or see any smoke. Monitor the area until you are sure there is no more danger of the fire reigniting.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, your safety is one of our primary concerns. If your home or business experiences damage that comes from fire, you can count on us to be there right away to help you recover. We handle water damage and mold remediation and we can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too! Ask us how.
Do I Need To Worry About Mold In The Winter?
The short answer here is: Yes. But...
Mold is a serious issue, and it can get worse in the wintertime when damp conditions are common. The melting of snow and ice or heavy rain, paired with warm indoor temperatures, create the perfect conditions for the establishment of a mold colony. Mold spores are all around us in the air at all times, and it is difficult to completely remove them once they take hold; however, if you take early action, that mold growth can be stopped, and you can stop worrying!
Here are some preventative measures you can take to ensure that mold won’t be a source of worry this winter:
- Pipes can be a source of moisture, and if they freeze and burst that causes flooding and saturation of flooring and belongings. Keep your pipes well-insulated to avoid this situation.
- Control moisture by drying leaks and any other wet areas immediately. Vacuum and clean regularly to remove sources of mold growth.
- Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned regularly to avoid excess water in your walls or attic spaces.
- Adequate air circulation and ventilation is important, and using fans can help increase ventilation.
- Well-insulated walls can not only prevent condensation and mold within your walls, but it will also cut down on your energy costs.
- Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and that moisture is not coming in through the cracks, and make any necessary repairs to these areas as soon as you can to avoid leaks.
- If there is a room in your home or business that is prone to humidity, using a dehumidifier to counter that might be a helpful step to take.
If you take these steps to prevent mold growth in your business, your chances of it occurring will greatly decrease and then you really won’t have to worry about mold! It is easier to take action early to prevent it than having to remove it. However, even with taking preventative steps, it is not 100% guaranteed that it will not grow. Mold growth can be dangerous, and if you spot any in your business, call the professionals!
To guarantee that mold growth doesn’t endanger your business, be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties for assistance. We are experts at mold removal and remediation and can handle your mold issues quickly and professionally. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too. Ask us how!