Protecting Your Home From Winter
Protecting your home during the cold months is critical in avoiding costly damage from frozen pipes, ice dams and other winter related hazards.
It feels like fall just arrived but winter will be here before we know it. Folks often wait until the last minute to stack firewood, find the time to take down the gutters and prepare their homes for the cold months. Taking the time to prepare for winter is critical to have a comfortable and safe winter and can save your home from potential damages. Taking the time to strengthen your home’s defense against winter will save you a headache down the road. Here are a few tips to protect your home in preparation for the cold months:
- Ensure you have plenty of fuel for heating your home. No matter how you heat your home, budget during the warmer months to set aside money for oil, wood, etc…
- Is your home drafty? Consider wrapping the inside of your windows to cut down on the drafts and save some on fuel costs. Window wrapping kits can be found at most hardware/home improvement stores.
- With every storm, be on the lookout for ice dams and heavy snow accumulation on your roof. These can cause significant damage if not removed properly.
- On the coldest nights opening your cabinets and vanities so that warmer air in your home can circulate around the plumbing will help keep your pipes from freezing.
- Having more than one heat source, if possible, is a great way to ensure your house stays warm enough. For example, supplementing some of the heat you would get from your baseboards by utilizing a wood stove can help not only cut down on the oil you use but also save your home in the event of a long power outage.
- If you know you are going to be away from home during a storm, ask a trusted friend, neighbor or relative to check on your home. This simple favor could be what saves your home from burst pipes during freezing temperatures.
Protecting your home during the cold months is critical in avoiding costly damage from frozen pipes, ice dams and other winter related hazards. If you do experience a loss due to winter weather call us. We are available 24/7.
Protecting Your Home From Potential Damage From Rainfall
Taking these simple steps can help protect your home from water damage during a storm or heavy rainfall
Storms can cause substantial damage to your home especially if your home isn’t prepared. Storms can produce high winds causing downed trees and power lines. There is always a potential when a storm hits that there will be damage to a property. Even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or a cracked window can be enough to allow rainfall to trickle (or pour) into your home. A downed tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain also raises concern for flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:
- Consider options to protect your windows and entryways such as adding shutters, rain diverters and storm doors
- Having a sump pump and dehumidifier handy can really help on days with heavy rain or high humidity
- Keep an eye on the trees closest to your home. Of course, you don’t want to cut into every tree but sometimes damage can be prevented by trimming back the trees that pose a threat
- Regularly check that rainwater is draining properly. If it isn’t, consider ways to redirect it such as adding gutters or consulting a contractor
- Regularly check your home for potential weaknesses especially in the roof, siding and windows. Even a small opening can let in rainwater so catching and repairing these issues before a storm hits is important and will save you money
If the latest storm has damaged your home don’t delay to act! Call us, we’re available 24/7 to help!
Fire Safety For Your Kitchen
Cooking can be fun if done safely!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the number one cause of house fires with unattended cooking being associated with the majority of these fires. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to follow in your kitchen:
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure you know how to use one. It’s also important to use the correct type of extinguisher for the fire you’re fighting.
- Use caution and stay alert! If you are sick, intoxicated or sleep deprived, it’s safest to avoid using the oven or stovetop until you feel healthier.
- Keep flammable items like plastic and wooden utensils, curtains, paper towels, food packaging and oven mitts away from your stovetop.
- Use a timer to remind you to check on your food regularly. It is important to keep an eye on what you’re cooking, especially if it’s being cooked at high temperatures (broiling, frying, boiling, etc…).
- Don’t leave hot oil unattended. When you are frying food, it’s important to always stay put and keep an eye on it as hot frying oil can become a dangerous situation rapidly. Gradually heat the oil to the temperature needed for sautéing or frying. If the oil becomes too hot, lower the heat or carefully remove the oil from heat immediately. Wisps of smoke are one sign that the temperature of the oil is too high. Keeping a thermometer specifically designed for frying can help you keep the oil at an ideal temperature.
- If you are cooking in a pan, keep a lid nearby while you cook. If the pan catches fire, slide the lid over the pan and immediately shut off the burner. Leave the lid on and let the pan cool.
Find these tips and more on the NFPA website!
Preparing an Emergency Flood Kit
Heavy rainfall can quickly produce flooding conditions. Being prepared can help keep you and your family safe!
Storms and heavy rainfall can create a flood emergency rapidly. It’s important, especially if you live in a high-risk flood zone, to be alert for potential floods and to prepare yourself in case of a flood. Having an emergency pack or watertight plastic tote in an easy to access location prepared can help keep you and your family safe and at least prevent the added stress from having to search for needed items in a panic. Set aside some time and create a list of things that you would need in the event of an evacuation due to an emergency such as a flood. This list should include priority items like water and food (3+ days supply), first aid kit, medications (7-day supply), medical items and a flashlight. Listed below are additional recommended items to keep in an emergency pack:
- Rain gear
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Multi-purpose tool
- Copies of personal documents
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Map[s] of the area
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Spare batteries
- Personal hygiene/sanitation items
- Cell phone with charger/walkie-talkies
- Baggies/tightly sealed containers to help keep items dry
- Emergency blanket
- Baby supplies- bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
- Pet supplies
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for pictures of damage
- Extra cash
How to Prevent A Fire In Your Home
A small fire can gather strength quickly. It is important to know and practice basic fire safety to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Did you know that every year there are over 360,000 fires in the United States? That’s about 1000 fires a day! Fires destroy countless homes every year. Sometimes these home fires can be prevented by implementing these important fire safety tips in your home:
- Install an adequate amount of smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home. Also, be sure to regularly check that your alarms are working properly and keep up with replacing the batteries
- Always keep lighters, matches and fire starters out of reach of children
- Teach your children basic fire safety rules
- If you smoke, smoke outside
- Don’t leave cooking food unattended
- Shut off appliances when you are done using them. If you leave home then realize you’re not sure you remembered to shut the stove off it’s better to be safe than sorry. Go home and make sure it’s off.
- Keep flammable items a safe distance from lit candles, fireplaces/woodstoves and stovetops.
In the event of a fire, always put safety first. When you are ready for help putting your home back together, call us at (800) 352-7251. We are here to help.
Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?
When wind conditions are right, hurricanes can form over warm ocean waters.
Spring and Summer are beautiful seasons and are certainly welcomed with open arms in New England. The warm months offer time to explore new hiking trails, do a cannon ball off the dock at your local lake and look for seashells along rolling tides and golden sands. With spring and summer also come the threat of hurricanes. A massive storm system that begins over warm ocean waters and moves inland is known as a hurricane. Hurricanes are known to produce hazards such as heavy rain, floods, rip tides, landslides, strong winds, storm surges and even tornadoes. These massive storms are capable of causing large amounts of destruction to properties and even fatalities to those in affected areas. Below are a few suggestions to help you be hurricane ready:
- Have an emergency plan in place and learn your area’s evacuation routes and local emergency shelters
- Do your homework: A little research about the area you live in will help you understand the likelihood of a hurricane and how severe the storm could potentially be.
- Store emergency supplies in a place that’s safe and easy to reach. This should include basic survival items such as potable water and food (3 days supply or more), first aid items, a flashlight and batteries, a weather radio so you can listen to storm updates and any vital
- If you live in a flood zone, always be on the lookout for warning signs during a storm (such as heavy rain)
- Sign up for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) to stay informed on current local weather
If your home does experience storm damage, please feel free to call us. We are available 24/7.
Tips To Protect You And Your Property Following A Water Loss
Water damage rapidly gets worse with time so be sure to call us in the event of a water loss at your home or business.
When your home or business suffers a water loss call our team and we will get there ASAP and help remediate your property. Here are some tips to keep in mind in the interim before our team arrives:
- Only eat food and drink water that you know is safe. If you suspect your water may have been contaminated, better to hold off until it is confirmed safe.
- In addition to only drinking water you know is safe, do your best to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
- Limit movement inside the property to what is necessary. Lots of foot traffic can lead to making conditions worse and spreading contaminants from rooms that are heavily soiled to ones that maybe weren’t.
- Avoid contact with appliances, electrical equipment or cords until you know that they are safe for use.
- Keep away from ceilings that are dripping or sagging.
For more on this and to contact our team call us at: (800) 352-7251
We are available 24/7 and are here to help.
Presentation at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group in Keene, NH
Last week, we were happy to meet with our friends over at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group on Island Street in Keene, NH! SERVPRO of Cheshire County Co-Owner and Marketing Director Derek Paul provided an overview of our services and answered questions along the way during his open-forum style presentation. We couldn’t have been happier with the level of participation we received! This was a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know the team a little better at Better Homes and Gardens and to provide information that could be helpful for them and their customers. Our real estate related services range from mold mitigation to general cleaning to carpet cleaning and services to help spruce up a home for a showing or closing. Thank you all at Better Homes and Gardens for having us!
Interested in having us present at your office? Give us a call! These presentations are helpful to all businesses especially those in the real estate or insurance fields as the tips we provide in our presentation can help during the interim between the discovery of a loss and SERPVRO performing restorative work.
Presentation At Kapiloff Insurance Agency in Keene, NH- June 2019
Derek presenting to the Personal Lines Department at the Keene Office for Kapiloff Insurance Agency
Recently, we had the pleasure of presenting to members of the Personal Lines Department at Kapiloff Insurance on Winchester Street in Keene, NH! Co-Owner and Marketing Director of SERVPRO of Cheshire County Derek Paul presented in an open-ended forum style, giving an overview of the services we provide, questions and tips to help their insured following a loss, and answering questions along the way. We were very happy to be invited to their office for this opportunity! Thank you all at Kapiloff Insurance Agency for having us!
Interested in having us present at your office? Give us a call! These presentations are helpful to all businesses especially those in the real estate or insurance fields. The tips we provide in our presentation can help an agent assist their insured during the interim between the discovery of a loss and SERVPRO performing restorative work.
Post Construction Cleaning Services to Make Your Place Shine!
Our highly trained crew can help make dry wall dust and construction debris "Like it never even happened."
At long last spring is here! With the warm weather come days enjoyed in the sun, soaking up the salt air and family BBQ’s. This time of year is also the perfect time to work on home or business renovations. One of the most tedious parts about construction work is actually the post construction cleaning. Drywall dust and sawdust are very fine and get everywhere! Cleaning up the debris can also be time consuming and quite the chore as well. At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we are happy to help! Our technicians can help make your home or business look its best by providing a thorough cleaning and removal of debris so that your place is ready for that final coat of paint and décor to make it shine! We also provide services to make your rooms fresh and clean such as:
- Air Duct Cleanings
- Walls, ceilings and fixture cleanings
- Carpet/Floor Cleanings
- Dehumidification and Drying
- And more!
To learn more about our services and how we can help give our office a call: