Preventing Tree Hazards
Fallen Tree on a House
Tree hazards should be a main focus for homeowners. Falling trees can cause major damage to houses. There are aspects to look for as a homeowner that will prevent tree hazards from happening. The first aspect is age. Tree age is important in hazard tree management. Every tree species has an inherent life span. Risk of failure increases with age. Another, aspect is the roots of the tree. Root integrity and health cannot be over emphasized. If the roots are damaged in any way, tree vitality and health are affected and the likelihood of failure increases. The probability of failure increases as the amount of the root damage increases. The final aspect is observing the trunk. If there is any fungi on the tree have it removed. Fungi can increase decaying of the bark and will increase the chance of a falling tree. These aspect will help to prevent trees from falling on top of houses. However, tree hazard are unpredictable. If a tree hazard was to happen to your home contact SERVPRO Society Hill for any tree hazards that happen.
Immediate Fire Restoration and why its Important
Begging of restoration from a kitchen fire.
Fires can be a devastating when they occur. It is crucial though when a fire strikes that you get the restoration process started immediately. The longer that it is put off the harder and more repairs will be needed. This also means the price of repairs goes up as well. SERVPRO of Society Hill specializes in fire damage and restoration. Contacting us is the first step in getting the restoration underway. SERVPRO will try to save as many of your home and personal belongings that we can. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until SERVPRO professionals arrive. On arrival we perform a thorough cleanup using our industrial-grade products and equipment, such as dry cleaning soot sponges to remove loose soot and specialized vacuum filters to clean carpet and upholstery. Unfortunately fires happen, but when they do make sure you act quickly to get the damage cleaned up. SERVPRO of Society Hill takes fire damage and leaves it "Like it never even happened."
Flood Safety Tips
Floods can happen at anytime, and be caused from a variety of circumstances. Whether it's from rain, or from an inside source in the building. Here we will provide a list of safety tips for before, during, and after a flood.
- Make sure any cracks or openings to the building are sealed securely.
- Clean out all gutters, drains, and downspouts.
- If there is a sump pump in the building, make sure to have an automatic secondary backup.
- Create an emergency plan with a designated meeting place
- Move any valuables or items that you don't want damaged to a higher area.
- Shut off electrical, furnace, gas and water, and disconnect appliances if safe.
- If serious enough not only move items to raised area, but move yourself to higher ground.
- Always remain calm and listen for any updates if the flooding is serious enough
- Clean, disinfect and dry every flood-contaminated room.
- Look for signs of mold contamination.
- Keep fans running to dry affected areas
- Remove pooled water and damaged materials
- Report the damage to your insurance provider and local municipality.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay safe when floods do occur. Don't forget that SERVPRO of Society Hill is always on duty to help clean up when flood's try to wash you out!
Burst or Leaking Pipes
Leaking Pipe in a Basement.
Bursting or leaking pipes is one of the most common ways that houses get water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and blocked can cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak. Garbage disposals that aren’t working properly are another common reason for pipes to burst, as are roots that grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Old or rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking. If your pipes do burst and cause water damage call SERVPRO Society Hill. They will come and fix the damage fast and efficiently, so everyone can get back to there regular lives. SERVPRO Society Hill will make sure that the room looks like it did before the water damage happened.
Here are some ways to prevent any of these situation from happening in your home.
- Ensure that any outside taps and piping including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps fitted covers are available.
- Any piping that are in unheated areas such as lofts, basements and garages all need to be lagged with good quality pipe lagging.
- Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes to garages or sheds need to be buried deep enough and/or lagged.
- Insulate your cold water tank, this is so often forgotten and can be the major cause of Burst Pipes.
- Leave your heating on at least 12 degrees centigrade at all times throughout cold spells. This will keep the system warm enough not to Burst Pipes and the water flowing.
- Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many Burst Pipes happen because of leaks.
Hurricane Florence Relief
The damage that hurricane Florence left behind was just disastrous! Many families lost everything, and if all was not lost there was destruction all over. People returned home to find chaos and no direction to turn. All though many crews and people have responded to help bring relief to the Carolina's. SERVPRO of Society Hill was one of the many SERVPRO franchises to send out crews to help out in this troubling time. With are experienced staff we are just trying to help out in anyway. No matter how small or big the help may be SERVPRO is up for the task. With the extent of water damage throughout the regions, our team is rapidly working to get that water out and start restoring. Loaded with all the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. This isn't a job that will be done over night, or in a few days. It will take time, but with all the help from countless SERVPRO teams working together. Its only a matter of time before people and families are living their lives again "Like it never even happened."
Electrical Outlet on Fire
Electrical fires are the most common fires in houses. They also are one of the hardest fires to put out due to the constant charge that the electric gives out. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electricaloutlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. The amount of electrical fires increase in the months of December and January due to the increase of heating appliances and the increase of lights used. Therefore, to prevent this disaster from happening use newer appliances and make sure that the outlets in your house are updated. If this disaster does happen SERVPRO Society Hill will clean and restore your house back to the way it was. SERVPRO Society Hill will make sure your house looks like nothing even happened.
If you thought that SERVPRO of Society Hill only dealt with the water, fire, and mold damages, you thought wrong. We also specialize in detail cleanups. From local residents to commercial size buildings. Got a dirty rug or large area of carpet, no problem we deal with any size or type. Recently just moved into a new apartment or home and all the appliances are dirty, and there's a nasty odor throughout. We'll have those appliances looking brand new, and a fresh smelling living space in no time. Large buildings have massive air ducts that need cleaning every so often. Our team can get to these hard to reach areas, and have the ducts all clear pushing out clean air. Graffiti can be an issue anywhere, and to many people can be a nuisance, and also offensive. Without proper cleaning tools its almost impossible to fully remove the graffiti. SERVPRO has all the right supplies to make it look like the graffiti never happened! So no matter what type of detail cleaning job is needed. SERVPRO can wipe that mess away just like that!
Schools Exposed To Mold
School Ceiling With Mold Damage
With the second week of September almost over. All schools should be in full swing of the school year starting. However, there have been many incidents of mold being discovered in schools delaying their start date. The biggest concern of mold is that it can impact the health in students and teachers. Therefore, it is wise to get your schools treated and eliminate the mold from all the schools. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Call SERVPRO Society Hill for all your mold problems.
Preventing Water Leaks During the Fall and Winter Seasons
An ice dam built up in this gutter causing it break away from the home, and leaving it open to water leaking in.
Imagine leaves falling, or the first beautiful snow fall of the season. While these may be some wonderful sights of nature. They could also become problems for your home. First off when the weather gets cooler, we will all see the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Most of which make it to the ground. While some get trapped in the gutters of homes. Left unattended, gutters and drains will become clogged. Leaving nowhere for water to flow, and could potentially leak into the house . The same of which can go for snow an ice. If snow is melting and than refreezing. It could be causing ice dams to build up, and doing further damage to the gutter. Ice dams put weight stress on gutters. Which then could also pop up shingles, an this leads to water damage to the roof, and ceilings in the home. So its always important to have your gutters properly cleaned and secured. Especially before the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Just know that if any of these problems do occur, SERVPRO is ready no matter the damage or weather!
Space Heater Safety
Always keep objects at least 3 feet from the space heater!
With colder weather on the way, many people will be bringing out their space heaters. An if you don't take the right safety measures, they can be a huge fire risk. Space heaters are the second leading cause for house fires in the United States. Up to 65,000 house fires a year are started from these heaters. Here are some safety measures that should be taken when using a space heater.
- Inspect the heater for any broken plugs,and loose or damaged wires.
- Putting your space heater in the proper place is very important. Make sure its 3 feet away from any furniture, clothing, paper, rugs, or anything that can burn
- Whenever leaving the room make sure to turn off the heater.
- Keep out of high traffic areas to prevent a tripping hazard, or possibility of knocking it over
- When not in use, unplug and store in proper place
From all of us here at SERVPRO of Society Hill. Have a enjoyable and safe fall and winter seasons!