Fall is Finally Here
Fall is such a fun time of the year! The crisp autumn air makes you want to curl up on the couch with apple cider, with the fireplace going, and having your favorite movie on the television. Here are few safety tips to keep in mind while enjoying this wonderful season.
- Have your heating and cooling company come out and service your furnace
- Use space heaters in a well ventilated area, and keep three feet of area around the heaters
- Never go to sleep with a candle still burning, and always keep candles away from children and pets
Driving Safety Tips
- Be aware of poor visibility from falling leaves, rain, fog, and darker afternoons from the time changing
- Watch for children playing in leaves close to the street, and pay attention to school buses picking up and dropping students off at their homes
- Have sunglasses handy for those bright mornings
- Keep an eye out for potential ice
Home Maintenance Tips
- Look up for low hanging power lines before trimming trees
- Wear appropriate footwear when climbing ladders to get leaves off of the roof
- Keep driveways and walkways clear of fallen leaves
Fires Cause Unpleasant Odors
If you find that your home has been damaged by a fire, you know that the smoke and soot has created unpleasant problems throughout. It is important to get these problems taken care of quickly and properly.
When the materials start to burn, the smoke that is produced will start to travel throughout the home or building. The smoke will leave odorous residues and deposits on various surfaces. Unless fast and professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to your items and contents. This will also result in the odors lingering around and resurfacing at times. These types of damages can be made more sever when the property owners are unprepared and try to clean their items and building by themselves.
All of your restorable items that were in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. These types of items include furniture, curtains, electronics, art, floors, walls, ceilings, and HVAC systems and ducts. Here at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties do not just come in and cover up the odors, we seek out the problem and eliminate it completely.
A Fire, Where?
Do you ever remember to check under your home in the crawl space? There are many important things under there such as water drain pipes and electrical wiring. Have you ever thought of the chance of a fire breaking out from underneath? The possibility of that is slim usually, but you cannot rule it out completely. There is always a chance that the wiring or equipment could malfunction and cause a fire to start. In additions to the potential of having a fire damage, there might also be water or mold that you did not know about previously.
It is important to make sure that you have enough fire alarms throughout your home. A fire in the crawl space will not give off smoke, so they can burn undetected for hours or even days. The fire would eventually move up into your HVAC system, and only then would you know there is a fire.
It may seem like a pain, but it is important to check under your home periodically for any potential hazards. If you have fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties, today!
Thunder Rolls and Lightning Strikes
Have you ever wondered what you would do if your home or business was struck by lightning? A lightning strike is so power and can reach temperatures that are hotter than the sun, and voltages that reach well over 100 million volts. Keep reading to find some tips on what to do if this happened to you.
Lightning strikes can do major damage to any building that it strikes. It is very important to have a plan on what you should do, should this happen to you and your family. Knowing what to do in the event of a lightning emergency could save you a lot of money and possibly even your life. Thankfully, most houses and buildings can withstand a lightning strike without suffering too much damage.
If your home does get struck, you will hear a very loud boom, and it might even shake your home. You might also experience a power surge, or even a fire.
What to Do:
- Call 911 (even if you do not have a fire)
- Let the emergency crews clear your home so you can go back inside
- Call your insurance company
- Call an electrician so they can check the wiring in your home
Why Choose Us?
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration professionals are the best choice when dealing with any type or size disaster.
From small leaks to major damage, tour professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, and extensive knowledge. They have the rights tools and equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Our goal is to make it, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.
Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.
SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have extensive water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.
• Advanced equipment and techniques
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties’ water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to handle your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties has a wide variety of professional equipment. We will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.
No job is too big, or too small. Call us today, we are here to help.
Mold Can Cause Allergies
Fall is right around the corner, and while for some that means cooler temperatures, but for others is means that allergy season is coming quick. Fall is best known for ragweed pollen. With all the dry leaves, grass, and hay, these are home to several different types of mold spores and other pollen. The allergy seasons can be so unpredictable and can vary from year to year on how intense they are. Ragweed is the most common culprit of fall allergies. Ragweed is a type of plant that grows in the South, Northeast, and Midwest regions of the United States. Peak ragweed seasons runs through mid-August all the way through October. In addition to ragweed, pollen from other plants, trees, and grass can trigger a person’s allergies. Mold can also be a culprit during the autumn months. Here are some tips to help you easily manage your fall allergies!
- Use a dehumidifier
- Maintenance your yard regularly (raking leaves, mowing)
- Keep windows shut
- Shower after being outdoors to keep pollen down inside your home
- Call SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties if you notice mold growth in your home or business!
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
The worst thing that can happened after a water emergency, is letting the water sit for a period of time. The longer the water sits in your home or business, the more damage that is actually being caused. When you notice water damage, the first thing you need to do is locate the source of the problem. Once the problem has been located, the next step is to get the water shut off. If the problem exists in place you cannot physically reach or get to, you will need to call a plumber. Once the water has been shut off, call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to come out and assess the problem. Our professional experts will be able to make it “Like it never even happened." It might be hard to spot a water damage at first, but here are some key signs to look for:
- Water rings on the ceiling and walls
- Soft/sagging ceilings and walls
- Wet and soggy carpets
- Warping in floors
We would be happy to help with any water damage needs you might face. Give us a call today!
Flooded Basement? No Problem.
You go down to your basement to pull out some old boxes to go through, and you notice there is standing water. You’re unsure why this happened, or how? What do you do now? A basement can flood at any time- especially after a heavy rainfall. Besides storms, there are many other reasons as to why your basement would be flooded. Here are some more reasons why:
- Storm sewer back up
- Blocked or failed sewer pipe
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply line break
- Hot water tank failure
If the flooding is not handle quickly and properly, it can lead to many serious health and safety issues. The sitting water can also cause major structure damage to your home. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
Call the pros at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties! We respond faster to any size disaster. We are available all day, every day. Do not hesitate. We are here to help!
Do You Know Your Policy?
When it comes to mold, that is something that is not usually covered in your insurance policy. There are many different reasons for this. Most policies will say that mold is only covered if it is from another covered danger. What this means is, if a leaky or busted piped in your bathroom causes mold growth, then that would be covered under your policy. Mold that has formed from high humidity in your home, or a flood, then it would not be covered. Insurance companies see those things as maintenance that the homeowner would be responsible for.
Most insurance companies want to keep costs down for all homeowners so they can protect their homes. They do this by not covering things like mold, etc. If the homeowner does want mold coverage, they will have to pay a premium for that.
SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties can help give you peace of mind if you discover mold growing in your home. Don’t panic, and call the guys in green. We are always here to help. Call us today at 205-387-7656!
We are the Cleaning Professionals!
A clean office is a happy office. There is a great difference between your every day cleaning of the office, and a good, deep general cleaning of your office. You and your staff might not even notice the set in dirt and grime on the carpets and floors. Once there are set in soils, the job and work goes way beyond what your every day janitorial staff can tackle. You need to call the cleaning professionals so that we can make it “Like it never even happened”. When you call SERVPRO of Walker/Winston Counties you will be met with prompt and courteous service. You can find out more about our general commercial cleaning and our specialty cleaning by calling us at our office number which is 206-387-7656. We are always here to help! No job is too big or too small.