Heavy Rains and Water Damage
Ground water over septic area after heavy rain
Winters in the South consist mostly of rain instead of snow. Sometimes rain can set in for days and this can impact your septic system. It is common to have septic back up after or during heavy rains making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go it will eventually back up into drains and toilets in your home that can cause water damage. Signs of stress to your septic system would be surface water is showing ponds of water in the drain area, drains inside your home are not draining as quickly as they should be, toilets are flushing slowly or making sounds. You can relieve pressure on the system by using less water and reduce water going down the drains until the drain field dries out. If you experience water damage in our home, you and trust the experienced team at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Washing Machine Water Damage
Washing machine water damage!
How often do you check the water line to your washing machine? If you are like most people hardly ever until you walk in the utility room and water has covered your clean flooring. Weather you have had a small leak over time or a complete overload of water damage, your washing machine can cause some major damage if not checked often. Small leaks can cause mold to gown in places you cannot see. Water supply lines that are faulty will open your eyes quick! Most washing machines are installed with a rubber supply hose connected to hot and cold faucets behind the unit. Over time, these hoses can deteriorate and cause leaks. Inspect hoses monthly and replace if you see any signs of deterioration. Never start your washing machine if you are planning on leaving your home. If you experience water damage call SERVPRO – We are there for you!
HVAC Winter Tune Up
HVAC Technician Servicing a Commercial unit
HVAC Winter Tune Up
When the winter temperatures begin to drop, you turn up the heat in your home to keep your family warm and cozy. HVAC units suffer from regular wear and tear – without preventative maintenance you couldn’t possibly know about an issue big or small until its too late. Investing in a winter tune-up significantly decreases the chances of an unexpected repair. We have listed a few steps to avoid HVAC repairs this winter.
- Have your air conditioner’s pressure checked.
- Clean and replace filters and equipment
- Test your thermostat often
- Check doors and windows for any air leaks
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries
Having your unit checked can help prevent repairs, heat loss and potential home fires from faulty equipment. Be safe and stay warm this winter season
Winter Storm Travel
Motorist traveling during a winter storm with snowy road conditions.
Winter is approaching quicker than we think so make sure your vehicle is prepared when a winter storm hits. Now is the time to make certain your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to be able to maneuver through snowy and slushy roads. Check your tires often during colder weather. Always keep at least a half of tank of fuel in your vehicle during the winter months. You will be glad you did in the event you get stranded on the highway due to a winter storm and vehicle accidents that could delay you for hours and even overnight. Keep blankets, ice scraper, snacks, water, cell phone chargers and any medication you may need. –This is very important during longer traveling trips. Remember the weather can change quickly – stay informed with local weather alerts and your local (DOT) Department of Transportation alerts. Be safe and if you don’t have to travel – Don’t!
Winter Storm Preparedness
Winter Storm of a home
Throughout the US most states have proclaimed the week of December 2 through December 8th as Winter Preparedness Week. State agencies along with the National Weather Service encourages everyone to prepare for severe winter by checking supplies and safety plans before the real weather hits.
Residents should prepare for winter weather now during the milder temperatures while winter emergency supplies are in low demand. Shovels, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water and nonperishable foods should be a part of your household emergency kit. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during freeze warnings. This will prevent any busted pipes and water damage to your home. Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to burning any fires in your fireplace. Chimneys can be filled with highly flammable layers of creosote so having your fireplace inspected is imperative to avoid a potential house fire.
Being prepared can save you and your family from any unneeded stress over the cold winter months.
Inspect your Christmas Lights!
Now that our tummies are filled with Turkey and another Blessed Thanksgiving is in the books it’s time to break out the Christmas Cheer and begin decorating for the Holidays. Check your lights and decorations to assure they are operating correctly to prevent from any disasters in advance. We pack up our decorations and think all is well, but you never know what little creatures (squirrels – chipmunks etc.) that’s had some fun chewing on your lights while you’re on vacation. Always inspect your wiring on your lights and other decorations for frayed cords and broken wires. Replace any strands of lights that flicker on and off. Keep live trees away from any heat sources and turn out your lights when leaving your home or turn in for the night. Better to be safe than sorry!
Turkey Frying Tips
Turkey Fryer fire inside a home garage
Thanksgiving is only a few days away which means some families will take cooking to a whole new level. This is the time that safety should be key when it comes to frying a Turkey. According to the National Fire Protection, there are three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Follow these few safety tips if you decide to deep fry your turkey this year!
- Make sure your Turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to spill over which can cause a fire.
- Be extra careful when you are placing the Turkey into the oil
- Place the fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and be sure to watch out for your pets and children while cooking is going on.
- Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking
- Have a multipurpose – dry powered fire extinguisher on hand in case the oil ignites and DO NOT use water to cool down a grease fire.
Following these few steps will help keep your family safe during the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Preparing your Pipes for Winter
Prepare your pipes from freezing this winter.
Prepare your Pipes for Winter
Winter is slowly approaching and below freezing temperatures have already begun. It’s important to make sure your pipes are ready. Now is the time to implement procedures that stop pipes from freezing, which can lead to burst pipes and major water damage or flooding within your home.
- Have your plumbing inspected for any leaks or damage. During winter months the water in your pipes gets colder and is more prone to freezing which places more pressure on your pipes. Having your plumbing inspected prior to insulating your pipes.
- Get your water heater checked – in the middle of winter is not the time you want your water heater to go on the fritz. Your plumber can check to assure your water heater is running efficiently. Its also a good idea to insulant your water heater along with your pipes to prevent any additional heat loss which will also help you conserve energy.
- Adding pipe insulation is the best way to protect your plumbing during winter. Pipe insulation can prevent pipes from freezing and conserve heat loss. Pipes that run through any unheated area of your home should be covered with insulation.
Following these few precautions can cause you from a potential disaster – But you can trust knowing SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here if you need us!
Holiday Decorating Safety
Decorating for Christmas
It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas and that means let the decorating begin! While all your Christmas Cheer has been packed up for the summer it’s that time of year when we pull out the decorations and begin decorating our homes for the Holiday Season. Inspect all your electrical decorations and lights to make sure there are no lose, frayed or disconnected wires. Inspect electrical drop cords and power strips for any broken sockets or loose connections. Inspect electrical outlets outside to make sure no insects or critter have set up a residence. Keep live trees away from any heat source and make sure you check your tree daily to ensure proper hydration. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap. If you chose an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. It’s the most wonderful time of the year so be safe and enjoy this special time with family and friends.
Space Heater Safety
Space heater fire
Space heaters on average cause about 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths per year! Mostly caused by a space heater being to close to curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture. This doesn’t include the people who end up in emergency rooms from encountering space heaters.
When shopping for heaters look for heaters that carry a safety certification label form an independent testing company. Check for automatic shutoff and tip over features – smart sensors that automatically shut off a heater when it overheats or is knocked over.
Never plug a space heater in a power strip – this can cause overheating. Always make sure the heater is located on a hard level and nonflammable surface and make sure you never leave a space heater unattended. SERVPRO is here to help!