How to Deal with Storm Damage in Your Home
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Mother Nature to cause extensive and expensive damage to your home or business. It’s been such a rainy season in Georgia that it doesn’t take much to bring trees and powerlines down.
Here are a few tips to prevent storm damage to your property
- CLEAN THE GUTTERS (preferably twice a year, but definitely in the fall). It doesn’t take a lot of dead leaves and branches to clog downspouts.
- Check your roof for loose or missing shingles. If you see that your roof is damaged, repair it immediately. It is much cheaper to replace missing shingles than wait and be forced to repair your ceilings, walls, and deal with mold due to poor maintenance.
- Walk around your yard and inspect trees- If you are not sure if a tree needs to come down, call a tree expert
- If you have any questions about your coverage, call your insurance agency.
Let SERVPRO of Decatur keep your home safe from storm and water damage. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
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Water Damage Emergency Tips
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What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary and only focus should be safety:
- Do you think it is safe to remain in the house?
- Pay attention to electrical hazards, and if it’s possible turn off the power
- Don’t walk around inspecting the damage, “slip and fall hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Don’t lift wet materials, they can be VERY heavy.
- Be careful and use common sense!
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Appliances and Water Damage
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Any of your appliances connected to a water line could potentially cause water damage. One of the most frequent problems that we see is water damage from a leaky refrigerator. Unlike other types of water damage, this can happen over a long period of time without the homeowner noticing it, since the damage is hidden under and behind the fridge.
If you have the ice maker connected to the water line, make sure the line fittings are secured. Check water valves and defrost drains for leaks or cracks. If the fridge has a clogged defrost drain, the water will leak into the lower compartment of your fridge and run onto the floor. Condensation could be another reason why water is pooling around the fridge, since it can run down the walls and into the floor. The best way to avoid dealing with water damage cause by your fridge is to regularly check and maintain the appliance.
Don’t let a water loss turn into a contaminated loss
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During the summer, if your business experiences a water loss where the power is shut off, the high temperatures and high humidity can cause microbes to grow much faster than one would think possible. We don’t like to think about it, but microbes are everywhere, and they can grow everywhere in your facility (wood, paper, drywall, insulation, carpet, etc.) These microbes become airborne and spread to other clean areas and create cross-contamination.
They key is to act fast to prevent a water loss job to grow into a contaminated loss. If it is possible, and safe to do so, start extracting the water and get power restored as soon as possible. Decrease the temperature and moisture in the building. If possible try to keep humidity below 60 percent.
You need a company that is qualified to avoid microbe growth. Here at SERVPRO of Decatur, we are focused on reducing business interruption, reducing claims cost and minimizing callbacks. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate the problem quickly and safely.
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Commercial fire or water damage in Decatur
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There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business, and we know how important it is for Property Managers, building owners, and tenants to get the issue fixed as soon as possible and limit disruption to their business or organization.
Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, we are Here To Help® 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You will talk to a local person, not a call center thousands of miles away. We are proud of the work our highly trained professionals do. What is the SERVPRO of Decatur difference? We have an in-house training specialist with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Our IICRC WRT certified project managers, crew chiefs, and technicians get weekly training sessions to provide quality control and to ensure continual communication with the parties involved. We provide verbal and written communication daily with job process updates, and upon completing a job we offer a digital “Wrap-Up” with details of what was done on the job (First Notice of Loss, email communications, pictures, sketches, reports, etc.)
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Tips to protect your basement from storm damage and flooding
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Weather incidents account for more than half of all homeowners’ insurance claims according to the Insurance Journal. If you don’t want your beautiful finished basement to become an indoor pool after a bad storm… follow these tips.
- Prevention and maintenance is key.
- Try to keep as much of that rain water away from your home.
- Look at the grade of your backyard and make sure it slopes away from your home (and not towards your basement)
- Clean the gutters regularly
- Repair any cracks in the wall or floor
- Invest in a sump pump
- Review your insurance policy and check for flood insurance
- Ask your security company about flood sensors. New technology allows you to monitor your basement from your phone.
Tornado Warning vs. Tornado Watch
We’ve had an incredibly stormy summer around Decatur. A few days ago, we were under a tornado watch, but what does that mean? Do you know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch? Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms and it is important to be knowledgeable about these differences.
The National Weather Service says that an easy way to remember the difference is Tornado Watch- Be Prepared! Tornado Warning- TAKE ACTION!
A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (NOAA) and it means that tornadoes are possible in our area. A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted, and there is imminent danger to your life and your home. Go to an interior room, with no windows, on the lowest level of your home. If you live in a mobile home, seek shelter in a building. Make sure you have a way to get real-time warnings (TV, radio, weather app, Wireless Emergency Alert, etc.)
It is important to remember that just because nothing happened last time there was a tornado warning or watch in your area doesn’t mean it can’t happen now. Tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds, so always, always, always err on the side of caution.
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Types of Fire Extinguishers and how to use them
It is important for your safety to have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, but also that you have the RIGHT type to put out the most common house fires. It is recommended that you have one fire extinguisher on each level of your home. If you don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, don’t worry about it. You can go to the Decatur fire department and they can train you.
Remember the word PASS
- Pull- Pull the pin
- Aim- Aim low at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze- Squeeze the lever above the handle.
- Sweep- Sweep from side to side.
There are several classes of fire and you should use a specific type of fire extinguisher for each
- Class A- Ordinary combustibles (wood, paper, textiles)
- Class B- Flammable liquids (gasoline, diesel, oils)
- Class C- Electrical appliances and tools
- Class D- Flammable metals
- Class K- Vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances
For your home, it is recommended that you get a multi-purpose fire extinguisher Class ABC.
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How to prevent kitchen fires
The kitchen is where most of the home fires occur.
More than 3,300 Americans die each year in fires and 15,000 are injured. Here are a few tips to help prevent and remove kitchen fire hazards
- Keep kitchen towels, oven mitts, plastic bags and curtains far from an open flame and the oven.
- Don’t leave food on the stove unattended, since it only takes a second for a big fire to start.
- Clean the stove and grill regularly to prevent grease buildup, since grease fires are one of the worst. Remember NEVER pour water on a grease fire
- NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
- Make sure all the burners and the oven are turned off.
- Unplug electric appliances when you are not using them.
- If possible wear short sleeves, since wide sleeves can catch fire without you even noticing it.
- Install a smoke detector in a hallway close to the kitchen.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Check our blog about Fire Extinguishers to learn more.
How to remove mold from carpet
If you think you have mold in your carpet, you need to determine if what you see is really mold. Although test kits are available to purchase in many big box home improvement stores, understanding what a test result means requires the help of an expert. Therefore an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) should be contacted to inspect and test the suspected mold to determine the extent of the damage and what course of action needs to be taken.
After the IEP gets the test results, they can advise you on the extent of the mold problem, the toxicity of the mold, and whether you can handle yourself or hire a certified remediator. If you choose to do it yourself, be smart and make sure you use adequate protection, because the most important thing is your health. Wear a respirator, gloves, goggles, etc.
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