Do you have travel plans this holiday season?
It's a common affair to travel cross state or country to be with family for the Holiday season, but doing so can put you or your family in a dangerous position! In the lead-up to Christmas and the New Year, millions of people will be on the roads, leading to the busiest time of the year. Keep your eyes and ears open while traveling for the Holidays, and be on alert for possible issues that could impact your commute!
Inclement weather, traffic, and even drunk drivers all see a sizable increase in occurrence during the months that the Holidays find themselves in. Make sure to properly prepare by planning your routes and keeping up to date on weather and traffic reports.
Finally, as we find ourselves another year into the global pandemic, it is important to follow any restrictions or mandates that are active where you intend on traveling. While travel restrictions have eased up this year, there are still plenty of rules and regulations that should be followed to ensure a safe trip for everyone!
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 Winter Water Damage!
The temperature outside is starting to drop, so it is a great time to take the initiative and inspect or make changes throughout your home so that it is safe from potential winter 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.
First, it's important that you take the time to thoroughly check the water pipes situated throughout your home. It is important to figure out whether or not they are insulated so that you know if they are protected from the cold winter temps. If they already are, you are a step ahead of the curve and have much less to worry about as the cold weather moves in!
Second, if you've discovered that the piping throughout your home is not already insulated then you should take the time to look into it. Insulated pipes help prevent freezing and pipe bursts by keeping them and their contents from getting too cold.
Lastly, there are other precautionary measures that you can take to prevent potential winter water damage. By running your tap at a trickle the water in your pipes will continue to flow at a rate that makes it much harder for it to freeze and lead to a pipe burst!
By using these few tips you can help ensure that your home is protected from wintertime water damage!
Halloween 2021 Fire Safety
Its time to break out the cobwebs and jack-o-lanterns! Halloween marks a special time of year where people can dress up as their favorite super hero or brain eating zombie and not get any weird looks. Where the spooky is turned up to 11 and everyone has fun! But it also has a noticeable increase in property fire damages, specifically during the "Halloween" period, Oct 30th-Nov 1st.
During these 3 days of the year approximately 9,000 fires are reported nationwide. Of those 9,000 fires, approximately 9% are spread from Halloween decorations! That's not all though, property damage that occurs in this window sees a rough increase of 15% in the cost to repair when compared to the rest of the year. There is also an unfortunate 8% increase in fatalities that occur in these fires when compared to the yearly average.
Now, what can you do to prevent Halloween house fires? Primarily, you need to be cautious and aware of where you place decorations around your home. If you and your family enjoy making Jack-o-lanterns, use battery operated LED lights instead of a lit candle to light them up, but if you do end up using candles make sure that the pumpkins are far away from any flammable decorations, like string or paper, you may have strung up!
Do you know the different types of water damage that can affect your home?
When your home or business faces a water loss it can be rough. When estimating the damages, the category of the water is extremely important. Dirty, polluted water can lead to an increase in damages and often requires more work to restore and clean than if the damage was done by relatively clean water.
The first type of water damage is the one that occurs the most, as it comes from a clean or sanitary source. For example, leaky water pipes, faucets, and fountains. This type doesn't bring about as many variables when it comes to cleaning and restoring the damage done.
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 third and final water damage type comes from water sources that are deemed to be dangerously unsanitary/heavily contaminated. Water from these sources can cause serious illness and even lead to death if unknowingly ingested. Examples of water sources that can lead to this type are things like sewage backup, floodwater, rising waters from rivers or streams, and dirty toilet water.
Knowing the differences between the types of water damage can aid you in the future. Knowing what to avoid and what is safe to work on clearing can keep you free from potential illness and allow you to properly react to any possible water emergency!
2021 Cooking Safety Precautions
You may think that safety while cooking has become second nature to you at this point, but that doesn't mean that you don't need to be cautious and aware while making your favorite foods! Being aware of the different objects and utensils that you're using while in the kitchen is important, making sure that your station is organized and clean can go a long way in preventing a fire. Most cooking fires start due to negligence, and while not intentional they spread quickly and often take you by surprise!
The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, which is a lot of fires caused by something easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% being caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that can only be dealt with by properly educating people on the ways to prevent it.
Being a head chef or a complete newbie doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely. Be sure to never leave an active stove or other potentially dangerous appliances unattended. Additionally, learning about the different types of fires that can happen in the kitchen (e.g. grease, oil, etc) can go a long way in ensuring that you aren't taken by surprise and know exactly what to do should a situation present itself! Lastly, be sure to have fun while cooking. Making food for friends and family is something that people all around the world enjoy doing in their pastimes, so make some of your favorite dishes and practice safe cooking while doing it!
It may not be the end for your damaged papers and documents!
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.
The faster that important paper documents are salvaged from the water loss the higher the likelihood that the process to restore them will work! By keeping your documents in our facilities, we're able to keep a close eye on them to ensure that the restoration process goes off without a hitch.
If you ever do find yourself with water damage and damaged documents in your home it is important that you do NOT touch any of the papers that may need restoration. Any paper that has been damaged will be extremely fragile and can be easily damaged further accidentally!
Is your home ready for a disaster when you least expect it?
Safety is often the priority for new home/apartment buyers. Homeowners around the country have plans and actions that they have created and practiced so that they are ready for certain unexpected scenarios, like a house fire during the night.
Ensuring that your property is properly set up with detectors and alarms can go a long way in giving you and your family the time you may need to escape from an unexpected disaster. Check the batteries and functionality of all safety devices on your property every couple of months so that you know they are working correctly.
If you're moving into a new home or apartment then checking the safety devices in the property should be added to your to-do list ASAP! It's impossible to know how often the previous occupants inspected the devices throughout their stay. You never know how they were left and when you may need them!
Make safety and precautionary checks a habit that sticks with you for life!
SERVPRO is faster to the scene than any other!
We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek take it upon ourselves to get to any disaster as soon and as quickly as possible, no matter the conditions or time of day. Rain, sun, sleet, or snow will always be there for you.
We are strategically positioned around the nation to be able to quickly and effectively respond to any and all calls for fire, water, mold, or commercial damage restoration and repair. On top of that, we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you need our expertise we'll be there for you before you even know it.
If your home or business has suffered fire, water, mold, or storm damage or if you need commercial cleaning you know exactly who to call. We'll make the damage to your home look "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster!
Has your home encountered flood damage? We're here to help!
Here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek, we pour countless hours of training into all of our specialists so that they are reading for any and every type of possible loss your home or business may experience. This training includes vast arrays of equipment and gear to help them in their fight to restore your property! We know exactly what to look, listen to, and smell for.
Taking all of that into account it is easy to understand why we are always prepared for unforeseen events like flooding, severe rain, and harsh weather while others are not. Flooding in your home or business from a flash flood can be both dangerous and costly. With little time to prepare or react to flash floods many important documents or valuables are in the line of fire and will likely be damaged by water. Due to this people will often try to save their belongings before saving themselves, we urge anyone that is in such a situation to please think of themselves and any others first as we can always retrieve your belongings later.
SERVPRO comes prepared for any flood with trucks and equipment like pumps and hoses to clear your property of its uninvited guest. This allows us to clear out the property quickly and effectively, which in turn means that we can begin restoration work much faster. A quick breakdown of the steps that the restoration might take are as follows -
- Dehumidification and drying
- Removal of contaminated contents, flooring, and walls
- Further moisture removal in all hard to access areas
- Drying of all documents and photographs
- Restoration of your home
We work tirelessly to ensure that your home or business is back in your hands as soon as possible after the events of flooding. Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is here for you!
Is your home suffering from odor left over from fire damage?
Putting out a fire is no easy task, especially when it grows large enough to spread throughout your property. Once the battle to contain the flames is over, there is another to be waged, the one to restore your property to preloss conditions. One part of that battle is the odor that is left behind from the fire fighting chemical mixture and from the fire/smoke itself. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek have dealt with property fires and the odor left behind for years and know just where to start to remove it.
It is important that these odors are dealt with quickly and properly as they can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc, and can begin to affect your health if not treated.
We have industrial scrubbers and much more similarly advanced equipment that we can use to rid your home of the odor and return it to its smell when it was first built. If your home or business has been affected by a fire or you need odor removal from previous fire damage, look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek.