Ways to Prevent Fire Damage Part 1
Soot covered walls after a Christmas Eve grease fire.
With the holidays behind us hopefully everyone has put up their Christmas decorations. As homeowners it is essential to be mindful of the presence of fire hazards and to minimize the possibility of them causing a structure fire. A good example is keeping around a severely dehydrated, and highly flammable Christmas tree too long. SERVPRO of Western Lake County has compiled the following prevention tips for some areas in your home to help keep you and your loved ones safe from possible fire hazards throughout the new year.
In the kitchen:
• Avoid leaving cooking food unattended. If a grease fire occurs, use baking soda to extinguish it. NEVER use water on a grease fire. You can smother the fire in the pan by starving it of oxygen by placing a lid over it. Always supervise children that are cooking and educate on the dangers of fire and cooking appliances.
• Be aware of where you leave pot holders, dish towels, aprons and any cooking utensils.
• Ensure that electrical appliances are far from sinks, flames or hot plates
• Invest in carbon monoxide detector if your home does not already have one if you use natural gas for heating and cooking.
In living areas & bedrooms:
• Make your home a smoke free environment if possible, or at least ensure that cigars, cigarettes, and pipes are properly extinguished prior to disposal as they may continue to burn and may reignite.
• Recycle and replace appliances with damaged electrical cords
• Avoid running electrical wires or cords under the weight of heavy furniture and rugs
• If you feel that you often have to unplug an appliance to plug in another because your outlet is overloaded, reconsider spacing out appliances to other outlets
• Be aware that clothing or draperies do not rest atop lighting such as desk lamps.
Take a moment from your day to check the areas in your home and see if there are any possible fire hazards.
Check out our next blog for fire safety prevention tips for your bathrooms and garage from SERVPRO of Western Lake County
Ways to Prevent Fire Damage Part 2
Fire damaged bathroom after Christmas Eve grease fire.
In our previous blog SERVPRO of Western Lake County covered some fire safety tips for the kitchen, living areas, and bedrooms. Here you’ll find more suggestions on locating possible fire hazards that exist in your home and reminders of how to keep you and your loved ones safe from structure fires.
In the bathroom:
- Ensure that proper care is taken when using candles in a restroom for deodorizing and that they are snuffed out before you leave
- Use appropriate incense plates or burners; do not leave cones or sticks lying on counters, shelving or windowsills
- Turn off hair styling irons before you walk away from it and invest in fire resistant holders
- Do not use, or charge, electronic devices near you while you are showering or bathing
- Before leaving home turn off any wax or oil potpourri pots
In the garage/storage:
- Chemicals such as fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints could ignite or explode due to improper storage. Make sure you take time to organize chemicals and to properly store them, preferably away from the house if possible. Dispose of anything that is damaged or leaking.
- Do not use stoves or barbecue grills inside the garage; you could not only start a fire, but also die from carbon monoxide inhalation
- If fire extinguishers are present in the home, ensure that everyone knows its location and how to use it. We also recommend having a fire plan in place.
Now, this is not a comprehensive list by any means, but these tips should be covered with family and/or roommates so that everyone understands where fire hazards exist for everyone’s safety and well-being. SERVPRO of Western Lake County hopes you never have to experience the effects of a fire loss where you live, but we are here to help if you ever need our services. Call us 24 hours a day at 440-975-9585
Don't wait when water damage hits!
Big or small, water damage to your home or business is nothing to be taken lightly. What may seem to be a small problem could cause large structural or air quality issues over a period of time.
How a water problem is handled is of the utmost importance. The last thing a property owner wants is for a seemingly small problem end up being a long-term threat to a home or business. That is where SERVPRO of Western Lake County comes in the picture. Using the proper tools and expertise to identify and dry unseen water will prevent further damage to your property. Technology and equipment combined with the knowledge and training of SERVPRO professionals will ensure that you and your property are getting the best treatment possible.
Moisture sensors, moisture meters, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal imaging cameras are some of the tools your SERVPRO professionals will use to properly test and inspect your water damage. Put your trust in SERVPRO and their equipment and training to take care of your water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage is not a DIY Job!
Without question, the most important step a homeowner needs to take when faced with flood or other water damage is to waste no time in drying the area out. The old standby of setting up all your house fans to dry out a flooded area really isn’t very effective in the long run. It may do a satisfactory job on the surface, but deeper water damage to walls, wood, carpet and furniture, along with insufficient drying, can lead to more serious consequences such as mold and mildew growth, the flourishing of harmful bacteria, bugs in rotting wood and in extreme conditions, actual damage to the structural integrity of the home itself. To combat all these harmful possibilities and to prevent further costly damage; the best thing you can do is to call in a licensed water damage restoration specialist to tackle the job, like SERVPRO of Western Lake County. We are your flood damage and water damage specialists.
If you find yourself with a flooded basement, call SERVPRO of Western Lake County ASAP! 440-975-9585
First Responder Bowl Game Challenge
Presenting the check to Make A Wish
SERVPRO sponsored the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Game in December. In line with that game, we wanted to honor our local first responders as well.
We created a bracket challenge set up like March Madness. Our local first responders had to pick a winner for each bowl game and whatever department had the most points at the end of the National Championship game, would win $1,000 to the charity of their choice.
Throughout all the Bowl games being played out, our leader board changed often. We had 17 brackets submitted to participate. Medina Fire and Medina Police were tied for first for awhile and then Brunswick Police and Brunswick Fire took over first. Eastlake Police were in the battle for 1st place as well.
After all bowl games had been played, Brunswick Fire, Brunswick Police and Eastlake Police were tied for 1st place. It came down to the National Championship game. If Alabama won, it was between Eastlake Police and Brunswick Police which would come down to a total point tie breaker. If Clemson won, Brunswick Fire would win.
By now, you know Clemson shocked everyone and won! Brunswick Fire Department was our winner. They selected Make A Wish to donate their $1,000 to. On January 28th we presented the $1,000 check to Make A Wish at the Brunswick City Council Meeting.
This was a fun opportunity to partner with our local first responders and we’re looking forward to the 2019 First Responder Bowl Game!
Frozen pipes cause water damage during arctic weather
When pipes freeze in extreme winter weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, these pipes tend to crack and burst, causing leaking and flooding. A frozen pipe bursting can cause a lot of water damage in your home.
A home in Willoughby without a working furnace, even for a couple of hours can cause serious risks. Recently SERVPRO of Western Lake County was called out to a home that was for sale in the area to mitigate a water damage. Upon entering the home, the technicians discovered several feet of standing water in the basement. Moisture from the basement caused extensive damage to the upper floors. Most of the materials including walls, ceilings, floors, and cabinets removed due to the water damage.
Prevent frozen pipes from damaging your home by keeping your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If you will be out of the home for a lengthy period, consider shutting off and draining your water system.
SERVPRO of Western Lake County Professionals have the experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.
If you have water damage due to bad weather, Call SERVPRO of Western Lake County 440-975-9585.
Flooded Basements and Water Damage are not a DIY Job
Flooded basement repair is not a DIY job.
Despite the magazines, television shows, and Internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Western Lake County technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and even mold.
Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:
- Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Black water, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
- Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
- Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you the peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.
If you experience a flooded basement, leave the repair to our certified professionals.
What to know about water damage
You've seen the signs - a soft spot in the wall here, a strange splotch of color there. Signs of water damage can pop up at any time in your home and they're not something you want to ignore. Water damage can lead to foundation damage and subsidence but can also pose a health concern to the people in your home, too. This type of damage can be serious business, oftentimes. With that in mind, let's take a look at five things you need to know when dealing with water damage in your house.
You're not always going to see it - You've made it through the worst of it and several inches of water have drained out of your home. After a few days of airing and drying out, you feel as if your house is almost back to normal. Chances are, however, it's not. Signs of such damage are not always apparent- mold, rot, decay, and structural damage can be happening below the surface, without you even being aware of it. Even visual signs of mold may not be present.
It's not just about property damage - To put it plainly, water damage can be a health risk. Once mold is airborne it can damage the respiratory system of anyone in a house, but especially children and the elderly. Taking care of damage from water in your home is not just about keeping up your property- it's about preserving the health of your family and loved ones, too.
You want to catch it early - Water damage spreads, and what was once a small spot of damage can quickly escalate into a much larger issue. If you suspect that there has been damage from water to your home, even on a small scale, it might be best to get a damage survey done by a professional who can quickly assess your problem and take steps to reverse damage as early in its progress as possible.
The source won't always be obvious - Short of having an all-out flood in your home, there are still several "smaller" events that can cause water damage to your home, including faulty pipes, cracks in the foundation, and even the lightest rain.
It takes professionals to fix it - Fixing water damage in your home is not a DIY project. Due to some of the severe after-effects of water damage, including health risks, it's always best to have the professionals take on your water damage repair. A restoration expert can survey the damage and give you an estimate of the work and cost you're looking at, allowing you to get a thorough picture of what you need to do to get your home safe and sound once again.
If you are in need of flooded basement repair we are your local certified water damage restoration experts.
Things not to do after Fire Damage
If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you should NOT do while waiting for your remediation team to arrive.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Western Lake County
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Western Lake County
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create a secondary damage.
- Send garments to dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
SERVPRO of Western Lake County has a group of certified and trained professionals that will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”
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SERVPRO of Western Lake County is here in your community and Here to Help®. We have teams of certified professionals that are ready to help when disaster strikes. Our crews are certified in water damage repair and fire damage repair. We also have certified teams to assist in mold remediation. When the storms strike Northeast Ohio, we are ready to deploy our storm damage teams. Whatever you’re facing, we are faster to any size disaster.
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Western Lake County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage loss. From the time our crews arrive on site to the time they pack up equipment, you will be kept in the loop of what’s happening in your home or business throughout the entire restoration process.
There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Western Lake County today! 440-975-9585