2020 Spring Foundation Inspection
Spring is here and with it comes the perfect time to get outside of your home and check your foundation for any imperfections or potential dangers. During the winter months it is possible for water to seep into cracks in your foundation and freeze and expand, creating larger gaps than there were previously. This significantly increases the chance of flooding or water and mold damage during the rainy Spring time months.
Flooding can occur at any time and in any place, one way to help mitigate the possibility of having water seep into your basement is to make sure that your downspout is at least 3 feet away from the foundation of your home. Doing this will help make sure that any water from the excess Spring rains and the melting Winter snow will be deposited awake from the foundation of your home and absorbed by the dirt.
When checking your foundation for possible issues be sure to be on the look out for things that you don't remember being there before the Winter season. These could be freshly cracked areas that could possibly grow larger and create a bigger structural issue in the future.
Be Ready for Winter Storms!
Do you know the true power that Winter storms possess? Heavy snowfall, flooding, ice, extreme wind speeds, and much more can cause severe damage to your home during a time where being caught without shelter or power could potentially mean life or death. It is always wise to have a plan set in place and one or more "go" bags ready to be used in a moment's notice!
Excessive snow can quickly pile up and cause damage to your home by collapsing the roof. This can further lead to things like water and mold damage now that it has entered your home.
Extreme winds can lead to shattered windows and damaged roofing/vehicles. The last thing you want during a powerful winter storm or blizzard is to have a broken window in which snow and water can accumulate and cause damage!
Ice can build up on your walk-ways and driveway and become a dangerous obstacle for you to face when leaving for work or shoveling. The last thing you need is to take a hard fall and injure yourself.
These are just a few of the ways that winter storms can leave both you and your property damaged and in need of repair. Pay attention to your weather channels and any alerts that are issued by your state/district, these could help you prevent damage to your home. Put together a plan with your family and practice it a lot if you have little ones, make sure to keep long shelf life supplies ready to go and stored away as well! Stay safe and stay warm this winter!
Water damage from ice dams can be costly!
Ice dams are quite literally dams of ice that form during the Winter months inside of your property's gutters or roofing. The water runoff from any snow that has accumulated on your roof can pool in your gutters and build up as ice. As these areas build up they end up creating what we know to be ice dams. Ice dams will continue to block the path of any water that is running off of your roof and can force it to begin pooling in and around the shingles of your roof. Once this has begun it is only a matter of time before the water is able to force it's way inside your roofing and beginning to damage both your roof and potentially deeper inside of your home.
There are ways to prevent this though. Get heating cables and running them along the opposite side of any problem locations, throughout your attic. This will keep the areas where pooling and ice forming to a much smaller degree. Instead of gradually building in size it will be able to now properly drain out of your gutters.
The forming of ice dams also tends to mean that the attic of your home is not keeping the heat where it needs to be. This can be fixed by having professionals come in, take note of the area, and installing more insulation where needed to help lock in the heat your house is already producing. This is a natural way to combat ice damming, as the increase in average temperature in the attic can be the one thing that is preventing any water from icing over.
Stay safe this winter season, and if you intend on directly dealing with any problems you or your family are facing be sure to be careful. Many instances of people getting hurt while they are attempting to help themselves or their family are due to negligence.
Are you ready for Holiday traveling?
Traveling during the Holidays can be both taxing and dangerous. The time leading up to Christmas and the New Year has multiple millions of people going out to visit friends and family all across the country and is some of the busiest time of the year. In some places snow is already falling, in others the partying has begun early. It is important that while traveling you keep your eyes and ears open and alert to spot any potential issues that could impact you.
Things like inclement weather, traffic, and even drunk drivers will be abundant. Preparing properly, planing your route and checking up on weather and traffic reports and other such things can help you avoid a lot of the trouble that you could find yourself in.
At the end of the day we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek want you all to have a wonderful Holiday season with friends and family and to simply stay safe.
Take action and prevent Winter water damage in your home!
Prevent frozen pipes in your home!
As the weather begins to cool down over the winter months it is a great idea to take the initiative and begin making some changes or simply get some things checked out to make sure that your home is safe from unwanted water damage.
Firstly, checking your home's water pipes to see whether or not you need to make some changes is important, checking for insulation should be where you start. If your pipes have already been insulated then you're already a step ahead of the curve and your home is safer for it.
Secondly, if you don't have insulation on your piping you need to look into getting it done. This will help keep your pipes warm enough so that they don't break due to extreme cold.
Thirdly, take extra precaution by running your tap at a trickle, this will keep water flowing and help mitigate ice forming in or around your pipes!
Use these few tips to help ensure that your home is protected from winter time water damage.
The Different Categories of Water Damage
Water losses in a home or business can be rough, the amount of damage can rise significantly depending on the type water that caused the damage. Dirtier water can lead to more damages and require more restoration and cleaning than if the damage was caused by clean water.
The first type of water damage that is most common is a water loss that comes from a clean or sanitary water source. Some examples of this would be things like water pipes, faucets, fountains. This type of water damage normally doesn't cause extra damage other than the initial water damage.
The second type of water damage is a water loss that contains some contaminants inside of it. These contaminants can cause illness and discomfort if ingested. A few examples of water loss sources that would be classified under this type are things like dishwashers, toilet overflows with urine, and other "used" water sources.
The final type of water damage is a water loss that comes from sources that are deemed to have dangerously unsanitary contaminants. These water sources can cause serious illness and even possibly death if ingested. Water damage sources that provide this category of damage are things like sewage backup, flood water from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces in it.
These types of water damage and their differences are important to know for all home and business owners. This knowledge will give you the ability to properly act if a water loss knocks on your door.
Fire Safety when Cooking
Safety when cooking should always be something that is on your mind, being aware of potentially flammable objects and being knowledgeable on how to deal with them when cooking can help keep a fire from starting. Most fires that start while someone is cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared are left in serious danger.
The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, that is a lot of fires caused by something that is easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with by properly educating people.
Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving a active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.
Is your home setup to detect a fire?
Safety is often the number one priority that people have when looking at purchasing a home or apartment. People go out of their way to plan for all sorts of disasters or unexpected issues, one such thing is the possibility of a house fire while asleep or preoccupied.
The best way to ensure that you and your family are alerted to a potential fire in your home is to properly set up smoke alarms throughout it. This includes inside every room and in every hallway. If this was done for you when the house was built or by the previous owners then it is always a good idea to check your alarms and make sure that they have new batteries. The last thing you want is for a fire to break out but have no way of being alerted.
It is best to make it a habit to check your alarms frequently and consistently to ensure that you and your family are properly protected from a surprised house-fire.
Water damaged books and personal records CAN be repaired!
Water damage leaves nothing untouched and most things un-repairable. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are often able to be restored however.
SERVPRO specializes in mold remediation and that means that we are able to come to your place of work or home and gather the items that need to be restored. We can then bring those items to our offices/warehouses to properly go over them and make sure that they get the proper attention they need to be fully restored and to help you avoid losing hours of work. Make sure that if you do have a water loss, and you know that you have paperwork that was damaged, to NOT touch the items that you wish to be restored as they are extremely fragile and can easily become much more damaged than they originally were.
Fire Damage Odor Removal
Fire Odor Removal
We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek know first hand just how much odor is left behind after a fire has been dealt with in your home or business. It is important for both you and your family/employees that this is fixed as soon as possible. These odors can cause headaches and make those inhaling them feel ill. That's why we're here!
We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek use industrial scrubbers and other similar equipment in order to make your home smell like it did before the fire loss occurred. If your property has been affected by a fire, no matter how large, and you need odor removal look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek!