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
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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.
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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."
5 Things To Do After A Basement Flooding
Few things are more stressful and disgusting than basement flooding. Whether it’s one inch or one foot of water, the effects can be detrimental to your home. And while damage to things like carpet, drywall, and furniture are immediately noticeable, something more serious could be lurking underneath your floors.
Five Things to Do After Basement Flooding
Whether it’s just a couple of inches of water or a few feet, you must respond quickly to basement flooding. Here are a few things you’ll need to do:
- Kill the Power
If there’s standing water in your basement, then you shouldn’t attempt to walk or wade through until you’ve shut off the power and made sure that open circuits aren’t covered by water. This can obviously be an electrocution hazard and isn’t something you want to mess with.
If you’re unsure of whether the electricity is cut off, can’t get to the circuit board, or simply don’t feel comfortable with the situation, then don’t attempt to go anywhere near the water.
- Get Rid of the Standing Water
The next order of business is to get rid of the water. The longer the water sits in your basement, the more damage it will cause. Make sure you put on a pair of sturdy shoes or boots and pants that cover your legs. You never know what’s lurking underneath the water and don’t want to risk hurting yourself.
If the standing water is high, your first step is to get a bucket and start manually removing the water (be sure to dump far away from the home’s foundation). Once you extract most of the water, you can use a wet vacuum to suck up the moisture from the floor.
- Call in the Professionals - Like SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County
Once the standing water is removed, you should call in the professionals to take a look. Depending on the extent of the damage and how meticulous you want to be, this may include calls to an electrician, a flood cleanup crew, and a general contractor. Fortunately, a single call to our office at 810-732-3298 can handle all of those repairs
Any carpeting or absorbent materials that were affected will need to be ripped up or replaced. If appliances spent any time sitting in the water, they should be looked at by a professional before being used.
- Call Your Insurance Provider
Once all of the time-sensitive issues have been handled, take a few minutes to call your insurance provider to let them know about the problem. If the flooding happened as a result of one of your home’s plumbing systems, then your home insurance policy may cover some or all of the damage. However, if the flooding was the result of a natural disaster, then you’ll most likely need flood insurance. Regardless, place a couple of phone calls to see what can be done.
- Protect Your Home
As soon as everything gets repaired and restored, you should begin taking proactive steps to protect your home from similar issues in the future. The ground next to your basement and foundation should slope away from the home. Gutters and downspouts should slope away too while discharging water a minimum of five feet away from the home. All windows and vents should be sealed and your basement walls should be waterproofed with an appropriate product. If flooding is common, consider installing special French drains or even a sump-pump.
Shutting down your business because of a disaster can really put you in the negative. That is why SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County has specially trained professionals who will arrive on site within hours and minimize the disruption to you and your customers.
Let SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County help with any fire, water and mold needs you have.
- Small office buildings
- Large office/High rise buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large retail/Big Box-Stores
- High Rise Residential
- Manufacturing and Industrial
If your business has not been affected by a catastrophic event and you simply just need some deep cleaning done in those hard to reach areas we have a specialized team for that as well.
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Water Damage Timeline
We all get very busy with our day to day schedules and water damage can really put a wrench in your plans. As inconvenient and time consuming as it may be, leaving water damage for even 1 day can make things significantly worse.
Within Minutes water will spread throughout your property soaking into drywall, upholstery and other belongings.
Within the first 24 hours drywall will spread and break, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and a musty odor becomes present.
Within 48 hours to a week mold and mildew grow and spread, paint blisters, wood flooring swells and doors and windows swell and warp.
After 1 week of being untreated, the time and money needed for restoration significantly increase and the home or business may no longer be structurally sound.
If you travel south for the winter have a friend or family member check on your home every few days and if your business has a basement be sure to check it regularly.
We are here to help!
SERVPRO of NW Genesee County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and that is why we are "faster to any size disaster!"
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of NW Genesee County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
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