2021 Spring Foundation Inspection
Spring is upon us and its bringing the perfect weather to spend time outside in! Take advantage of the nice weather and do a quick yearly check-up of your foundation for any cracks or imperfections. 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 increases the chances of water making its way into your basement which can lead to mold growth or cause water damage to stored items.
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.
Are you prepared for Winter storms?
Do you know how much damage Winter storms can actually cause? Heavy snowfalls, flooding, icy roads and walkways, extreme wind speeds and much more that can cause severe damage to your home or property. Being caught out without shelter or power and no preparation could potentially mean life or death. Having a plan in the event of an emergency is always a great idea along with multiple "go bags" ready to go ASAP!
Excessive snowfall can cause damage to your home by adding excess weight to the roof and potentially causing it to cave in on itself.
High wind speeds have the possibility of throwing dangerous objects at your home or through your windows, while also damaging any vehicles left out in the storm. 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 while shoveling. You don't want to take a hard fall and injure yourself.
These examples are just a fraction of the ways that Winter storms impact people across the country yearly. Pay attention to your weather channels and make note of 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 frequently 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!
Happy New Year!
If you or your loved ones are planning to celebrate New Year's with family or friends it is important to set some guide lines.
If you plan on cooking food for family and friends be sure to be extra vigilant when doing so, most cooking fires start due to negligence while cooking. Don't let the night's festivities distract you!
Be sure to keep track of the weather in your area, especially if you or other attendees don't plan on staying the whole night. Icy roads don't mix well with night driving.
Finally, make sure to abide by the rules set in place for your county in regards to COVID-19. The last way you want to start the New Year and the end of the year that will go down in history is to get sick.
From our family here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek, have fun and stay safe!
Take Care of Ice Dams and Stop Winter Water Damage!
Ice dams are built up walls of ice that normally form when snow is beginning to melt and is then refrozen. These walls have the possibility to form in a way that makes them direct the flow of other melting snow into places where it can cause damage, under the shingles on your roof for instance. These large walls of ice are something to be on the lookout for, taking note of where the sun tends to hit your roof is step one of the process. If you notice that the lower areas of a specific part of your roof don't receive much sunlight that means that it is prime ice dam forming territory. If your roof has any areas like this then it is only a matter of time before water makes its way in and causes damage to 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 planning on traveling this holiday?
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, planning 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.
It is also important that you abide by any rules or mandates that are currently active in your state or town in regards to COVID-19. We know that visiting family across the country is likely not possible this year but that doesn't mean that you can't talk with them for a bit on the phone or in a video call. It is important to keep both yourself and your family safe!
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.
Prevent water damage in your home this Winter!
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, it is important to take some time and check your home's water pipes to see whether or not you may need to make some changes, 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 will be safer for it.
Secondly, if you don't have insulation on your piping you need to look into getting that changed. This will help keep your pipes warm enough so that they don't freeze over and eventually 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!
By using these few tips you can help ensure that your home is protected from winter time water damage!
Water Damage Categories 2020
Water losses in a home or business can be rough; the amount of damage can rise significantly depending on the type of 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, and 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.
It is important to know the differences in the types of water damage and what potential dangers they pose to you or your family. This knowledge should hopefully give you the ability to properly react at a moments notice to whatever water damage you are facing.
Fire Safety While Cooking 2020
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 prevent a fire from starting. Most fires that start during the process of cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared can be caught by surprise and 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 can only be dealt with by properly educating people in the ways to prevent it.
Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving an active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. Even if the fire is caught in time, lacking the proper education on how to quell the type of cooking fire that it is can then put you in even more danger if you attempt to put it out. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.
Books and personal records damaged by water aren't a lost cause!
Water damage leaves few things unscathed. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are often able to be fully or even partially restored however.
By acting quickly, if we gather any important documents that have noticeable damage done to them and begin work on restoring them the likelihood of the process worked increases exponentially. 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.
Is your home properly set up to detect a fire?
Safety is the number one priority for new home or apartment buyers. 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 number one way to ensure that your home alerts you and your family in the event of a fire is to make sure that any and all smoke alarms / detectors in your home are properly set up and ready to go. 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.