Preparing For An Unexpected Hailstorm
Hail can cause severe damage to your car or roof.
Hailstorms can happen year-round and can vary greatly in severity. Hail can be anywhere from .2 inches to 6 inches in size and weigh more than 1 pound. Annually, hailstorms cause close to $1 billion in damages mainly to roofs and cars. While hailstorms are not easily predicted, there are a few ways to prepare for them to lessen future damage. The first thing to check is your roof. You will want to look for any missing or worn shingles and get those replaced. If you know hail is on the way, try and get your car to the garage or a covered area if possible. Hail can be the bigger than a baseball and can fall from the sky up to 100 mph, yikes! During a hailstorm, you will want to stay inside and avoid skylights or any other glass windows/doors in your home. If you haven’t yet, check with your insurance carrier to see what is covered on your current policy and consider adding hail damage.
SERVPRO cleaning the inside of an educational training facility.
At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we understand the importance of a continuous, uninterrupted class schedule. Even in the event of an untimely disaster, school cancellation should be a minimal concern for an educational facility. SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist with fire and water cleanup and restoration for all types of schools. From Kindergarten, to elementary schools, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, dormitories, libraries, day cares, and event or sporting arenas, SERVPRO has them covered. Here's what sets SERVPRO apart from other emergency restoration companies:
- Around the clock availability
- Timely response and assessment of damage
- Proven track record of quality service with other educational facilities
- Clear, concise communication with school officials
- Industry leading equipment and technology
- Industry trained and certified technicians
- Mindfulness of legal and environmental concerns
- Isolate damaged areas from unaffected areas of the facility
- Ability to limit class and schedule interruption
- Confirmation of client satisfaction at time of job completion
Whatever the situation, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is here to ensure the main objective of the school staff is to provide valuable lessons and information to its students, and cleanup & restoration can be left to the pros.
Water Loss, Big or Small
A dishwasher overflow or leak can cause serious water damage.
When you think of a water loss at a residence, what probably comes to mind first is a flood, storm or other natural occurrence. Or maybe you think of a leaky roof or a basement filling with ground water from a heavy rainstorm. The kitchen is usually home to a lot of the appliances that can cause serious water damage such as the sink, refrigerator or the dishwasher. Other things in the household that may not come immediately to mind is a broken aquarium, a leaking waterbed mattress- does anyone use those anymore? Water damage can be caused by all sorts of unfortunate events, big or small. Regardless of how a property starts taking on water, SERVPRO is here to help. Our crew will act fast to assess the situation, prevent further damage and extract the water. Using our state of the art equipment and moisture meters we will quickly restoring your property following a water loss.
Emergency Water Damage Tips - Before Help Arrives
We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency water damage restoration services.
A household flood can be devastating and it’s easy to give in to panic. Take a deep breath, make sure everyone is doing ok and tackle what needs to be done one step at a time. Below are important things to do following a flood in your home:
- Shut off the water source. If you are able to do so safely, shut off the water source immediately or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source for you.
- Cut power to wet areas of building. If access to the main electrical panel is safe from electrical shock, turn off all breakers for wet areas of the building.
- Avoid unsafe areas. Do not enter any areas where electrical equipment, outlets, breakers or switches have been exposed to the water. Always keep away from anything that poses a threat of electrocution.
- Do not use your household vacuum to try to clean up the water. Our equipment is specially designed to suck up water where a regular vacuum is not and may lead to electrocution.
- Use caution with rooms that have wet ceilings and walls. Do not enter a room that has a ceiling sagging from retained water. Also, don’t turn on any light fixtures or fans that are in a wet ceiling or wall.
- Check that any vital medications are safe.
- Save any items of value/sentimental importance that are safe to get to and move them to a dry location.
- Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet if you are able.
- Call for help. We are available 24/7 to assist with emergency restoration services. (800) 352-7251. The first 24 hours following a water loss are critical because being proactive helps in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Also contact your insurance carrier ASAP. Write down anything that is important (i.e. a claim number) to remember and keep that information handy.
- While you wait for help to arrive, remove as much access water as you are able by mopping and blotting.
Untreated Water Damage at You Home or Business
A ceiling being torn down after water leaked from above.
When assessing water damage, an important thing to remember is that a small leak that may appear minor can actually lead to a large scale mold issue. There are many things to consider when deciding if water damage is worth the money to repair such as; corroding pipes, a decrease in the value of your home, damaged ceilings, damaged flooring, and many more issues. It may seem like a quick fix to paint over a water spot on your ceiling or wall, but molds could be growing in the dry wall underneath which can cause health effects. Electrical shorts are another side effect of unattended water damage which can be a huge fire hazard. When it comes to your flooring, wood is very absorbent so the longer the water sits, the worse the wood will get resulting in a much more expensive fix. This goes for carpets too as carpets can actually begin to break down the longer they are left wet. The safest and most cost efficient thing to do when you realize you have water damage is to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Here are some helpful SERVPRO tips on what to do after flooding occurs:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a cleaning and disinfecting program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has changed what it means to be clean and being open for business is just the beginning of everyone’s new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they visit are safe. If a building or structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left there, as well as a separate window decal which should be dated by the franchise to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected. This can be scheduled as a one time or recurring service. This is a level of clean that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. Beyond fire and water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in bio hazard decontamination. When businesses choose SERVPRO, their employees, customers, and community can rest assured that they have selected a “higher standard of clean.”
Preparing for Heavy Rain
Heavy rain storms can cause serious damage to your property, be prepared!
When a heavy rainstorm is on the horizon, the first thing to do is to check the outside of your home and make sure it is protected. Start by inspecting your roof for any areas that may be missing shingles, or aging/sagging. Clogged gutters can cause issues if they overflow, so check to see if your gutters are fully intact and clear them of any leaves or debris that may be piled up. While walking around your house, check to see that all windows and doors are closed, and that all lawn equipment is stored inside. Once the storm hits, plan on staying inside and avoid driving anywhere unless completely necessary. While checking weather reports, be sure to stay away from windows and doors as they can break or blow in if the wind is strong enough. Once the storm has passed, you should survey your property to check for any damage from fallen branches or to see if any power lines. It is very important to not touch any power lines that are down, and call professionals to repair it.
Generators are helpful to have on hand, especially in the event of a power outage during a storm. For those new to using generators or feeling rushed to get the power on during a storm, it is especially important to slow down and ensure proper use of the generator. Using a generator incorrectly is dangerous. Below are steps from the American Red Cross regarding safe handling of a generator:
- Keep your generator dry and do not use in wet conditions (i.e. a flood) to avoid risk of electrocution. Have it running on a dry, flat surface under a shelter such as a canopy-like structure (i.e. a tarp supported by poles). Do not touch the generator if your hands are wet.
- Never use a generator inside your home, basement, garage, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. This rule also applies to any camp stoves, grills, or other propane, natural gas, charcoal or gasoline-burning equipment.
- Turning on a fan or opening a door or window won’t prevent carbon dioxide (CO) buildup in your home. CO can’t be seen or smelled so it is crucial to avoid and be aware of the signs of exposure when operating a generator. If you begin to feel unwell, dizzy, nauseated or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
- CO alarms should be installed on every level in your home in central locations as well as outside sleeping areas. The alarms will provide early warning signs of rising CO levels.
For these and other tips and information regarding health and safety, visit redcross.org
Helpful Tips During Severe Wind
Palm trees during a severe wind storm.
Preparedness is a very important when it comes to protecting your family & property from any severe weather or storm. Winds can reach up to more than 100 miles per hour during severe weather such as a tornado, but a high wind advisory is issued when winds of over 25 miles per hour are predicted. The first thing you will want to do during severe winds is find shelter and move towards the middle of your home or the basement if that is an option. Try to avoid being near any windows or glass doors, and bring belongings such as a grill, garbage cans, and patio furniture inside as these are wind-borne objects that could cause more damage to your home. Severe wind can happen anywhere, regardless of where you live so being informed on how to be prepared is important.
In the case of an evacuation, go to the nearest shelter if possible and follow these helpful tips:
- Lock all doors and windows at your home before you go.
- Bring a survival kit and other supplies such as food & water.
- Let family & friends know where you plan to be.
- If there is no time to get to a shelter, stay in the middle of your home or basement, away from windows, and try to take cover.
Is Your Home Fire Safe?
Is your home fire safe?
The American Red Cross is a great resource to help ensure you and your home are safe. Below is their Home Fire Safety Checklist. Take a moment to read through the list and see if there is anything that could be done differently at your home to make it safer.
- “Keep an eye on what you fry.” Whenever you are cooking or using an open flame it is important to never leave it unattended.
- “3 feet from the heat” is the golden rule for heating safely. Anything that could catch fire, such as furniture, towels and curtains, should be kept at least 3 feet away from any heat source.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Plug appliances, both large and small, directly into wall outlets.
- Keep matches, lighters and fire starters locked away from children who tend to be curious and may not understand the risks.
- Regularly check that your smoke alarms are functioning properly. It is recommended to swap out the batteries every year (unless the alarm has a long-life battery). Also, it is recommended to replace smoke detectors about every ten years.
- Different types of smoke alarms detect fire in different ways. Experts recommend utilizing both types in your home.
- Having a sprinkler system working in combination with smoke alarms is another safety measure that can help save lives.
- Have a home fire escape plan and practice at least twice a year with all your family members.
For more information, visit the American Red Cross’s website: redcross.org
If you ever experience a fire at you home or business, call us anytime at (800) 352-7251.