Smoke Alarm Safety
Safety for you and your family while sleeping or in situations where you are preoccupied with other things is extremely important. One of the many things the you can do in your home to make sure that that safety exists is to either install smoke alarms on every level of your home or if that has already been done to your home for you and your family make sure the ones that were installed were installed correctly and work properly. Doing this will give you and your family the much needed time to escape a disaster scenario where your home catches fire. Make sure to check the alarms monthly and replace the batteries yearly to keep the safety that they provide in place. Doing all of these things will drastically increase the likelihood that you and your family will be safe and sound in the event of a fire.
Books/Records with Water Damage
Water damage leaves nothing untouched and most things un-repairable. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are able to be restored however. SERVPRO specializes in mold remediation and that means that we are able to come to your place of work or home and gather the items that need to be restored and bring them to our offices/warehouses and make sure that they get the proper attention they need to be fully restored so that you don't lose hours upon hours of work. Make sure that if you do have a water loss, and you know that you have paperwork that was damaged, to NOT touch the items that you wish to be restored as they are extremely fragile and can easily become much more damaged than they originally were.
Summer Heat Safety
During the Spring and Summer the temperature outside begins to get hotter and hotter, and in some parts of the country heat waves become common and unrelenting. To help combat the unrelenting heat here are a few helpful tips for home use.
1). Cover your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This helps cool down the room.
2). Use fans strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air in the room.
3). Cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill helps minimize the heat.
4). If you know that you have some elderly neighbors and are able to you should check on them every once in a while. Summer heat waves leave the elderly in a tough spot and it can be more dangerous for them during it.
Summer Grill Safety
On average 9,000 fires are caused by grilling accidents every year. These accidents increase in frequency a lot over the summer due to things like increase in barbecues and the foliage and grass getting much dryer in different places around the country. There are a few ways in which you can help prevent things like this from happening. The first would be to make sure to pay more attention to your grilling setup, make sure it isn't near dry grass or bushes, especially if you're using a charcoal grill. If your setup is indeed near a location like this then you should take one of two actions, either move it to a safer location or take the time to water or remove the dangerous spots. The second way to help prevent this is to take more care in paying attention to what you're doing when grilling. A lot of these accidents happen due to carelessness.
Hurricane Categories Information
Here at SERVPRO we deal with all types damages to property, one of the most common types that we deal with is water/storm damage. On the topic of water and storm damage the hurricane season is beginning soon and with that it is important to know and understand the differences between categories and what type of damage they can produce.
Category 1 - 74-95 mph winds - Can cause damage to roof, gutters and siding. Trees may snap and there could be extensive damage to power lines.
Category 2 - 96-110 mph winds - Can cause major roof and siding damage, trees will snap and uproot, near-total power loss.
Category 3 - 111-129 mph winds - Can cause removal of roof decking, roads will be blocked by trees, power and water will be lost.
Category 4 - 130-156 mph winds - Can cause severe damage to homes, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Category 5 - 157+ mph winds - A high percentage of homes will be destroyed, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Use this information for when a potential storm is coming your way, and be sure to evacuate if directed to, your life if more important than your home. SERVPRO will always be there to help in the clean up.
Help Prevent Water Damage
Statistics show that 93% of water damage losses can be prevented before they occur. With training and experience that the specialists at SERVPRO obtain and the utilities that they are given to deal with it help make SERVPRO inform others in dealing with water damage losses we know how to properly prevent. Not only can SERVPRO prevent damage from occurring but we can restore and replace things that were.
Losses involving leaky roofs, windows seals needed replacement, flooding, malfunctioning sprinklers and many more are the types of things to be on the lookout for. It's important to take some time every few months or years to make sure that your home or business is in the safest condition it can be when dealing with the unknown, from checking roof tiling to making sure water pumps are working 100% correctly, all of the possible steps you can and should take will leave your home and business in a safe and comfortable place.
Sprinkler Head Break at Senior Living Home
Some of our specialists were recently called out to a senior living home to help fix a sprinkler head break that caused some water damage to the home. It is important to know that during the winter the cold air outside often causes the pipes in our homes to get very fragile, which in turn causes them to break easily, often times caused by the pipes being heated back up and not being able to withstand the pressure in the pipe due to the cold. Our crews were called out and were able to quickly deal with the water both it was able to cause any severe or permanent damage to the home.
Water Pipe Break at Local Church
With the cold winter air affecting your pipes its important to maintain them properly! We recently got called out to help a local church that lost heat and suffered from multiple pipe breaks. Water pipes that break due to the cold weather can cause severe damage to your home or business if left unattended or unnoticed. If you notice a loss in pressure to some of your appliances that use water or notice water damage or mold in specific areas of your home/business it is important to get it looked at as quickly as possible. We were able to get to this local church in time to fix the problem for them and be on our way! Remember to stay observant and to be wary of anything that could be wrong in your home or business.
SERVPRO Christmas Donations
We recently donated some Christmas gifts to the kids of the Nanticoke Head Start program for kids in need. After they received the donations they decided to send us thank you cards and pictures of the classes enjoying them. Christmas is about giving to friends, family, and most importantly those in need all around the world. It is important to take a look a round this time of year to see those that are truly in need of some extra help and spread some holiday joy and cheer by giving them something they could use. Whether that something is a nice lunch or even some nice warm clothes for the cold weather, anything that can help people is always appreciated. We strongly encourage all those that can to spread holiday cheer and donate to those in need wherever possible!
Carbon/NW Monroe 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of 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.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -(570) 722-5700
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 Carbon/NW Monroe 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.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Carbon/NW Monroe
SERVPRO of Carbon/NW Monroe specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.