Broken Pipe For New Homeowners
The broken pipe in the ceiling led to 100% of this room needed to be demoed.
Buying a new home is perhaps one of the most exciting things for a young couple. Although very exciting, it can also be stressful. And as if it wasn't stressful enough, imagine having to deal with a broken pipe flooding your home just two weeks after you've moved in! This was the case for one couple, but luckily they were quick to call SERVPRO. SERVPRO arrived and began to assess the damage and started the process of removing the effected materials. The broken pipe effected a bedroom and the basement directly beneath it. Once they had removed the effected materials such as drywall and carpet, it was time to place the equipment that would dry the rooms out. The equipment consisted of numerous amount of air movers and dehumidifiers, these pieces of equipment will work together to dry out the spaces. The couples quick action to call SERVPRO most likely helped them limit the damage and saved themselves even more troubles.
Preventing Water Damage While You're on Vacation
Frozen pipes in this home led to major damages.
Many people across the country love to escape the wintery cold for much more enjoyable weather elsewhere, although we cant blame you for that, there are some things you should do before you leave to ensure your house stays dry while you're gone.
1 - Turn off the water main.
2 - Drain your pipes after the water main has been turned off. Sink faucets, toilets, outside spigots, etc.
3 - Keep your HVAC system on and running. Doing this allows for the air in your home to circulate, without it, it can lead to mold or pipes freezing.
4 - Although this one might sound strange, it can come in handy. Put anti-freeze in your toilet bowl. Even when you turn off the water and drain the tank, there will still be water left in the bowl. Putting the anti-freeze in the bowl will prevent the water from freezing and expanding resulting in cracked porcelain.
Fire in Evanston
A fire in the furnace room of an Evanston home caused significant damage in the basement as well as smoke damage throughout the home. The picture below shows plastic melted to the wall as well as the ash that followed. SERVPRO was called in to assess the damage and begin the process of restoring the home. There was damage to the drywall in the room where the fire started as well as the room next to it. Because it was damaged, it needed to be removed and disposed of. There was no demolition required anywhere else in the home, however that does not mean the work was done. Due to the damage from the smoke, the house needed to be cleaned from top to bottom, this included ceilings, walls, floors and content. This was no easy task, but SERVPRO put their best effort forward and got the job done as they always do!
Top Causes of Winter Fires
There is a lot of excitement associated with the holiday season, but it is important not to forget about the dangers that come with it. This blog will highlight the top 4 causes of winter fires so you can better avoid them.
1) Candles - Although they smell good and can make for nice decorations, candles have proven to be a major fire hazard. From 2012-2016, there were an estimated 8,200 candle fires with December being the peak month.
2) Smoking - It might be cold outside, but taking your smoke breaks inside is not the answer. Smoking materials such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes are the leading cause of fire deaths in America.
3) Electrical Lighting - Ensuring your Christmas lights are safe and working properly can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Look out for loose bulbs or frayed wires. It is also important that you do not overload an outlet or power strip.
4) Christmas Trees - Whether you have a real tree or an artificial tree, it is important that you keep it away from combustibles such as candles, fireplaces, radiators, etc. Its important to keep your tree fed with water to ensure it doesn't dry out, trees are extremely flammable when dry.
Dozens of cars became trapped in the flood.
Hurricane Ida made its mark in more place than one. In addition to tearing through the Gulf Coast, its aftermath was felt all the way up in the northeastern part of the United States. More than 7 inches of rain fell in a short period of time, something they hade never seen before. The NWS issued the first ever flash flood warning for New York City as a result of this. This extreme flash flooding came as a surprise, allowing no time for the people to prepare. People became trapped in their cars and homes with nowhere to go. Over 40 people have been reported dead as a result of the flooding, a devastating statistic. At least six tornadoes were reported across Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia in addition to the extreme flooding.
In Case Of Emergency
Flashlights will come in handy in the event of a power outage.
Emergency can strike anywhere, even at your commercial business. When something goes wrong or you find yourself in an emergency type of situation it is important to be prepared. This post is going to outline some supplies that will come in handy if you ever find yourself in one of these situations.
1.Emergency Lighting - Having a light available to you is extremely important in the event of the power going out. Knowing where flashlights are is key.
2. First Aid Kit - Having a stocked first aid kit is imperative. Injuries are possible and you need to be able to properly address them when they occur.
3. Tools - Having an assortment of basic tools at your business can come in handy in event of needing to perform an emergency task.
Fireplace Safety Tips
Fireplace safety is important to protect your home.
As summer winds down and the cooler weather starts heading our way, there is nothing better than cozying up to your fireplace with a good book. Here are some helpful tips to keeping you safely warm this fall and winter.
It is also very important that members of your household know how to react in the event of a fire. It’s a good idea to review fire prevention and safety tips with your family every fall.
- Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe
- Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall
- Repair any cracks in fireplaces
- Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and debris inside the fireplace
- Do not ever use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace
- Never leave a fire unattended
- Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace
- For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season
- Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them
Clogged gutters can lead to standing water which can damage your roof.
No one is immune from the terror of finding water damage in your home, but you can do your best to avoid it. This blog is going to provide homeowners with a couple tips on how to avoid water damage in their home by addressing some things outside of the home.
1. Disconnect hoses
Disconnecting your hoses from the faucet should be on your fall to-do list. Standing water in a hose can freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that – in a best case scenario – stops your water flow and, worst case, may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor and foundation.
2. Clean gutters and downspouts
Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof and unmanaged overflow may create puddles that could damage your foundation. Don’t forget to clean any downspouts to ensure water can flow through and secure your downspouts so that they point away from the home.
Hurricane Hits Louisiana
The picture shows the devastating path that Ida took
The end of August in to September, is generally known as the peak or most active time of hurricane season. It surely lived up to that name this year as Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on August 29th, which coincidentally, is the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana 16 years earlier. Ida was classified as a category 4 with maximum winds reaching 150 mph, just shy of category 5. Not only did Ida effect Louisiana and the southeastern region of the country, its effects were felt throughout the northeastern part of the country as the hurricane caused severe flooding and devastation throughout multiple states. Ida also caused tornadoes to touch down in six different states throughout the country. This was an unprecedented event that surely made its mark.
The Easy Choice
Contact SERVPRO for all of your cleaning or restoration needs.
In the event that you may experience a flood or a fire at your home, you will be overcome with panic and uncertainty. You'll likely jump online and search for a company to come help you, which to be honest, is a waste of time. There's only one company you should call when you are in need and that's us over here at SERVPRO. Our trained professionals will get in there and tackle the job with efficiency and professionalism, leaving you with absolutely nothing to worry about. At SERVPRO, we aim to provide nothing but exceptional service and do our best to meet any needs or answer any questions that the customer might have. We take pride in our work and look forward to helping those in need day in and day out.