Giving Thanks this Year
Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County!
It is that time of year again and all of us at SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County cannot wait to spend time with our families while eating enough turkey to leave us in a Thanksgiving Day hays.
We want you and your family to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day festivities as well so just a few tips to keep you safe on Turkey Day...
- Don’t leave the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove top and never leave your home while the turkey is cooking in the oven
- Check all smoke detectors before beginning Thanksgiving dinner preparation
- Keep children and pets away from the kitchen and do not leave them unattended in a room with lit candles
- Keep the kitchen floors unobstructed to avoid tripping
- Don’t use any electrical appliances that have damaged or severed cords (use this as an opportunity to treat yourself to some new kitchen toys!)
- Keep all sharp knives out of reach from children
- Avoid using deep fryers (even in the back yard, the NFPA discourages ALL use of fryers)
As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike. Please take note of the steps above to protect your home and your family! Relax, kick back, enjoy some football, and give thanks!
Water Damage Occurs Even When you are Not on the Clock
Water damage events are never scheduled and they typically occur at the most inopportune time. It may be a busted pipe or a leak in the HVAC unit. Whatever the problem may be, a water incident can threaten the safety and welfare of your employees and customers, as well as sales and revenues.
Quick response times are critical when it comes to avoiding:
- Business interruptions
- Revenue Loss
- Costly Repairs
- Undue Stress
SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County has an ultimate goal to get you back to normal business functions quickly with little to no interruption. Our professionals have been trained to work quickly and efficiently to make it as if "it never even happened".
Call us today so we can go to work for you and your company.
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Let SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County go to Work for You
SERVPRO of NW Genesee County technicians are trained to safely and correctly clean and restore your home or business, utilizing the following procedures:
-Identifying the Source/Type of Water
-Measure the Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
-Survey the Extent of Damage
-Perform Emergency Water Extraction
-Move and Block Furniture
-Inspect Carpet pad/Carpet
-Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
-Utilize Drying Equipment and Monitor Dryingto ensure
-Disposal of Debris
Abiding by OSHA guidelines and all applicable health regulations, SERVPRO technicians remove moisture, sewage, and contaminants, disinfecting and deodorizing as they safely clean your customers home and restorable belongings.
SERVPRO of NW Genesee County is there for you when a disaster strikes, 24/7 365 days a year- even on holidays!
We make it "Like it never even happened."
How to Reduce Your Heating Bill With Winter
Keep Your Furnace System Clean
SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is not just a restoration company. We specialize in cleaning as well. If your furnace gets dirty it has to work extra hard, using extra power and possibly still performing less than a clean unit would. Our specialists can come out and properly clean your duct system and evaluate the dirt buildup on your blower blades. Excessive build up on your blades can severely decrease efficiency.
Check your Homes Insulation
Insulation in the walls of your attic actually play a big part in keeping your home warm. Allot of cool air can be trapped up there, causing the furnace to work double time to heat your house. Make sure that the vents in your attic are clear so air can easily flow where it is needed.
Before Turning on the Furnace
The ups and downs in temperature seem to be at an end, leaving us with only the cold days. Many families are thinking about or already have turned there furnace on. Below are a few things you should check for when you do.
You should consider having your duct system cleaned before turning the furnace on because dust will settle in your ducts during the warm months and inevitably burn off when the furnace is turned on, causing an odor. If the smell persists for more than a few days or if any smoke is coming from the ducts you should turn it off right away and call for assistance.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause severe health issues and even lead to death. Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed if you do not already have one. Pay close attention to it when turning on the furnace and if the alarm goes off or you get a reading that is over 30, turn the furnace off right away and call a technician. Some professionals suggest leaving your home until it is assessed if the alarm goes off or at the very least open any and all windows to air out the space.
Your furnace can tell you allot by how it sounds. Does it seem like it is working to hard to run by making new and intense noises? Is the furnace not blowing warm air? The first thing you should do is check your breaker to make sure the furnace is receiving power.
SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is dedicated to helping your family have a safe and happy fall season.
If you need help finding a technician or someone to clean your ducts give us a call anytime. If a more serious matter should arrive and you need a restoration team, we are ready for your call 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
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Laundry Room Fire Prevention
While kitchen fires are still the leading cause of house fires in the United States, an average of 42 families are affected by laundry room fires per day.
The most frustrating thing about these fires is that they could have easily been prevented with just a few simples rules to follow.
Always make sure that both your washer and dryer and plugged into an outlet with the correct amount of voltage and never use an extension cord to run your machines.
Your lint screen needs to be cleared out after every use and once a month it should be cleaned with warm soapy water (make sure it dries completely before putting it back into the dryer).
Be sure to keep the floor free and clear of any cleaning chemicals or other flammable items.
Installing a fire alarm in the laundry room or in the hallway outside of the laundry room can help keep your family safe incase anything was to happen.
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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your NW Genesee County basement could flood, including:
* A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
* Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
* Storm sewer backup
* Sanitary sewer backup
* Foundation drainage failure
* Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
-We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
-We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
-We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
-Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
-We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
-Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
What you Should Know about Sewage Backup
All sewage backups are an emergency and should be treated as such. The water may contain viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County has trained professionals who come in to your home ready to quickly and efficiently take care of the problem.
When describing the damage and severity of a sewage back up, three categories are used
Category 1 or Clean Water is water that comes from a clean source such as a faucet or clean water supply line. If left unattended this type of water can quickly move to a category 2 or 3.
Category 2 or Gray Water may contain bacteria and would cause illness or discomfort if digested.
Category 3 or Black Water is extremely unsanitary and can cause death or severe illness if ingested. This type of water comes from the toilet bowl with feces or water from beyond the toilet trap.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County today for any of your restoration needs.
Firework Fun after the 4th
The 4th of July is over but the firework fun has just begun.
Fireworks cause over 18,500 fires per year with an average of 43 million dollars in direct property damage.
Did you know that sparklers burn at 1200 fahrenheit? That is hot enough to cause third degree burns and start a fire with just about anything.
A few safety tips for you and your family this hot summer
Only adults should use fireworks- the vast majority of firework related fires and injuries are from children under the age of 15.
Light fireworks in clear, open areas- make sure the area being used to set off fireworks is clear from any dry and possibly flammable grass or debris.
Have fire extinguishers ready- it is always a good idea to understand how to properly use a fire extinguisher and have one readily available any time you use fireworks.
Know how to handle firework duds- if a firework does not "go off" do not try to re-light it. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes then throw water on it and allow it to sit for another 15 minutes before disposing it.
light fireworks on a flat surface- If the firework is let off on a slanted surface it could fall over and aim in an entirely different direction than intended, leading to possible injury or damage to near bye admirers and structures.
Light fireworks carefully- It is important to create as much distance between you and the firework when lighting it so try for an extended match or an extended butane lighter.
Do not experiment with fireworks- Never tamper with the original design of a firework.
Every one at SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is wishing you a happy and safe 2019 summer!
Storms of any size can cause major damage to your home. Obvious damage may include shingles being blown off the roof or flooding in the basement.
More severe damage may be power line damage that leads to a fire or a tree falling into your living room.
SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County has an extremely fast response time so no further damage will come to your home. Our trained professionals will quickly asses the situation, board up any broken windows and provide coverage for any exposed part of your home to keep rainwater out.
No matter how big or small the damage may be SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County understands how important your home is to you and we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."