Water Heater Damage
Water Heater Damage in Newberry SC - Location in Attic -
No one ever thinks about their water heater until suddenly your floors are flooded and you are trying to determine where it came from! A leaking water heater may seem like a minor problem, but it can quickly turn into a major source of water damage in your home. A water heater leak will not go away on its own – it will only get worse so you should not delay getting it checked. The best way to protect your home from water damage is to install an automated emergency shut off valve to your system. This valve will stop the flow of water if a leak is detected. A less costly alternative to contain a leak would be to install a secondary drain pan with a wet switch alarm. Preventing water heater damage will depend on proper maintenance – Don’t neglect your water heater – check for leaks!
Water Supply Lines
Major water damage caused by a supply line to a toliet in Clinton SC
No one ever thinks of checking their water supply lines in their home – but here is one reason why you should! Supply line leaks can be a costly and hazardous problem. Supply lines are a part of your water system that brings water into your plumbing appliances Ex: washer, toilet, sinks etc. When these types of pipes have leaks or even burst it is very difficult to stop the flow of water – you must shut off the water main to the house or business. The water damage can cause foundation issues, mold problems and cause major damage to the entire living spaces within your home or business. Become familiar with the supply lines in your home – know what to look for that might indicate a potential leak. Ceiling stains, rust, unexplained wet flooring are signs of a potential problem with a supply line. The sooner you address the problem the less damage it can cause. Know SERVPRO is here to help!
Are You Tornado Ready –
Tornadoes can be a devastating act of nature. These storms can reach winds of 300 mph and can level homes, business and entire towns in within minutes. Your best defense is to be ready and know what to do if a tornado should strike. Discuss a plan with your family and practice it. Set up a means of communication and make sure each family member stays in contact with each other and know the closest evacuation center. Make sure you have an emergency kit that includes food, water and medical supplies in the event of injuries. Stay informed – pay close attention to weather alerts - it’s always a good idea to have a weather radio on hand. The most important is to find shelter – if you are in a structure, find the most interior room of your home and stay away from windows and doors. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Following these safety tips can help protect you and your family in the event a Tornado should strike.
Summer Thunderstorms – Safety Tips and Preparedness
Summertime thunderstorms can come out of know where and sometimes with very little warning but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your family when one hits. Keep an eye on the sky and have weather alerts activated on your phone. Find a sturdy building or your car and stay away from trees and powerlines. If you’re in a group stay about 15 feet away from each other. Stay out of water so if you’re enjoying a swim in the pool get out as water is a great conductor of electricity. If you are inside the same rules apply – do not shower or take a bath – avoid water all together. Stay away from windows and doors and avoid using electric equipment like your computer or appliances.
Thunderstorms are a part of summer – so be extra aware of the weather and stay safe!
Storm Preparedness- How you can be ready!
Nature brings Storms!
As hurricane season is slowing approaching and the warms days of summer have already started here in the South – we must get prepared for severe storms. Although our area rarely gets hit with a full-blown hurricane the remnants of a costal hurricane can significantly affect us. The best line of defense is to be prepared.
Protect your property. Cover windows with tape and keep your blinds closed. Secure outdoor items by moving them into a shed or garage or basement. Park cars on higher ground and away from trees. Stock up on essentials buy building an emergency kit to keep in your home and be sure to have an emergency kit available for any injuries. Make sure your phone is charged and you have an external battery back up in case your power is out. It’s also a good idea to have an analog phone if you currently have a LAN line in your home. This will allow communication in the event cell service is lost. Have some extra cash on hand. power outages mean no ATMS or banks are operating. Make sure to have nonperishable foods (don’t forget the manual can opener) and water on hand.
Simple preparedness is key to riding out a major storm. Stay safe and know that you can count on SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to be there for you!
Fire up the Grill this Summer - Not your House
As we all begin to kick off summer for the Memorial Holiday weekend – it’s is a good time to talk about Burgers – Hotdogs -Grills and safety!
Three out of five households own a gas grill – unfortunately, about 8,900 home fires occur each year as a result of gas grills. If you have a grill master in your home, they may think they have everything under control but its more often an equipment malfunction that causes a fire to happen, more so if you have not done much grilling over the winter months. Propane gas, fire dry air and dry grass can cook up a disaster you were not planning on serving for your weekend cookout.
Simple Precautions can save your home from a fire disaster. Always grill outside and keep the grill away from your house, deck and patio furniture. Check your propane tank hose for leaks. Keep your grill trays cleaned regularly. Always keep your pets and children away from the grill. Remember grills are not an oven, you cannot leave them unattended. Stay safe and enjoy these long awaited summer nights!
Leaves and Mold
Old Leaves n Mold
Many forms of mold grow and live in grass, on rotting logs, compost piles and falling leaves left on the ground and trapped in your gutters. While they do not die with the first frost like several other allergens, they lay dormant during the winter. In the spring, they grow on plants that were killed by the winter's cold temperatures. For those who enjoy composting, the soil-enhancing leaf mold is a welcomed part of fall. Even on their own, fallen leaves will still grow mold. If you are cleaning up this Spring from the leaves of Fall - Wear gloves and a protective mask - this will help protect you from coming in contact with any mold that may be growing from the leaves of Fall! Your allergies will certainly Thank You too!
Are your Ducts in a Row?
Before and After
Do you have your Ducts in a Row? Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?
Air quality in your home is important but unfortunately this is something we probably don’t think about as often as we should! Keeping dust, pollen and pet dander or what I like to call “Magical Fibers of Joy and Love” out of the air you breathe involves more than changing your air filters on a monthly basis. Do you ever think about your air ducts? I sure didn’t until I found myself dusting daily! Who has time for that?? Contaminants collect in the duct system too so that $10 air filter cannot not do it all…Who knew? Listed below are 5 top reasons to Clean Your Ducts.
- Improves your health – poor indoor quality is a risk to your health
- Energy Consumption – clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill, helps your HVAC unit function better and last longer
- Smelly Air – Ever found a dead mouse in your house? Without clean air ducts the smell can linger for months
- Mold – Who wants that? Microbial growth can grow in your duct system without you even knowing it! Especially if your home as been affected by water damage from flooding or foundation cracks.
SO… Who ya gonna call?? News flash ..Ghostbusters can’t handle air ducts… but SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties can!! Call us today at 803-276-0290 or 864-833-4411 to schedule an appointment!
Clean Your Gutters
Clean your Gutters!
Be sure to remove leaves and debris from your gutters on a regular basis. Something as simple as a heavy rainfall or melting snow (not that we get much of the white stuff in South Carolina) can get backed up and cause severe and unnecessary water damage when it has no way to drain from your roof! Clogged gutters and the weight from heavy rainfall can also rot the fascia boards and pull the gutter from the roof structure causing water to enter your home and damage your ceilings, walls and attic space. Overflowing gutters saturates the ground and forms pools of water that penetrate cracks in the concrete and deteriorate the foundation which can result in water damage to basement walls.
Check your gutters regularly - If you need us -SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here!
Be Prepared - Have a Plan
Warm fires feel nice in the cold weather but remember that a house fire can strike at any time and almost out of nowhere. There many ways to prevent house fires from happening to you but he best way is to be prepared and have a plan! Have your chimney cleaned and inspected yearly before fire season. Never leave your dryer running when you are away from your home and never leave your stove unattended - especially when cooking with oil. Test you smoke detectors monthly. Be aware of electrical problems and faulty outlets. Store any combustible items in a well-ventilated area and in proper containers. We here at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties specialize in restoring your home to preloss conditions and making any damage "Like it never even happened." We are here for you!