Preparing for Colder Weather NOW
Residential HVAC System
Heat Pump/Furnace Maintenance
With the official kick off the Fall season; now is the time to prepare your home for the colder weather that awaits us all! Most of the US has seen temperatures already beginning to drop lower than normal for this time of year – which most may indicate an early winter – so making plans now can save your family from costly repairs.
Have your heat pump/furnace checked and inspected prior to flipping that switch over to heat mode. Scheduling this maintenance now could save you from a long line of customers waiting for repairs during the coldest time of the year. The demand for technicians is much higher and the wait time is much longer during peak season – schedule an appointment now to avoid being cold this winter.
National Preparedness Month
Are you prepared?
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). This is recognized every year in September to prepare and promote family and community disaster planning now. This was introduced in 2004 and is observed each September in the United States. SERVPRO has joined with other agencies such at the American Red Cross, The Weather Channel, and the EPA to promote safety and disaster preparedness for families across the country.
Disasters have no boundaries – everyone is subject to a disaster but being prepared can be a matter of life and death. Being prepared and having a plan is essential for the safety of you and your family. Depending on the type of planning caring for you family and belongings should be your first priority. Follow your local news channels, have extra food and water on hand. Keep important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates and important paper documents in a safe area that is easily accessible. Most of all be prepared!
Fireworks- Fun and Safety
Holiday fireworks display
Our last summer holiday is slowly approaching – as we wind down this crazy COVID-19 summer with fireworks and barbeques let's also remember Safety First. Fireworks start an average of 19,500 fires each year. Having a safety plan before your festivities begin can prevent fire damage and injury to your family and friends. Plan an area that is clear, level, and free of trees and structures. Never point or throw fireworks at another person and maintain a safe distance between you and the lighting area. Children should not be around the fireworks area; fireworks are dangerous and should only be handled by adults. Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby just in case and never set off fireworks if your area is in a drought state – your chances of a fire are much greater. Keep your pets inside as they can be scared easily, and you do not want to take a chance of losing your 4-legged family member. Enjoy the last hooray of summer but keep your friends and family safe.
Trees and Storm Damage
Tree branches hanging over a home that could cause damage in the event of a severe storm.
We all take pride in our home and curb appeal – mature trees can bring shade, beautiful landscaping and a sense of tranquility to our homes. We work hard to maintain our landscaped homes, but one storm can blow through and do more damage than one can even fathom. Keeping your trees healthy can potentially avoid damage to your home in the event of a thunderstorm, tornado or hurricane. Keeping your trees trimmed will reduce the amount of damage that your home can incur when a storm strikes. Overhanging tree branches can fall and cause major roof damage to your home. Make sure to evaluate any branches that are weak or cracked and have them moved to avoid further damage. Grooming back dead and damaged trees can help promote better growth and keep your home safe from damage.
Refrigerator Water Damage in Prosperity, SC
Hardwood floor removal after water damage from a refrigerator leak at a home in Prosperity, SC
Do you ever think to check the water line to your ice maker? If not, then you should start. This home in Prosperity, SC experienced what damage that little hose can do when it breaks. Ice maker burst can be caused by a clogged or frozen defrost drain, a damaged line or even a loose plumbing fitting. Supply lines should be checked regularly. Most ice makers come with a plastic line. Replacing the water line with a braided or woven steel reinforced line will be safer and last much longer. When moving your refrigerator out to clean – make sure there is enough slack in the water supply line and don’t move it out to far out as you could damage the connection. Check regularly around and underneath the refrigerator for any pools of water or leaks. Taking the simple steps can prevent flood damage from your home.
Water Damage Demo at a home in Newberry, SC
SERVPRO technician removing the flooring after a water damage in Newberry, SC.
Water Damage is no joke! The destruction it can leave behind after the water has dried up can be overwhelming for many homeowners. A water line break in the bathroom caused major water damage to this homeowner in Newberry, SC. The shower had to removed to access the problem and once the team started the demo – the issue only got worse. The water damage was seen throughout the home was not only contained to the area of the line break. Checking your plumbing in the summer months is just as important as in the winter. Water can protrude areas that are not seen by homeowners. You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to make sure the job is done thoroughly! We will see you through the damage!
Summer Heat and Water Damage
A leaking water hose can cause water damage and the costs could be even worse.
It Summertime we go on vacation, have cookouts, enjoy time with our family and friends not thinking of a possible water leak. Leaky pipes are not only a problem in the winter months when they can become frozen and burst. Leaks can occur in the hot summer months just as they can in the winter months. There are many reasons leaks can occur in the summer months – high water pressure, foundation shifts, tress roots, a compromised water supply line or a simple hose bib leak. Summertime also brings increased rainfall and sometimes severe thunderstorms. The ground can become saturated quickly causing damage to your septic system – especially older systems.
Check your foundation often for cracks – inspect underneath your home for standing water and if your water bill seems higher than usual – chances are you have a leak somewhere.
Safety Tips for Thunderstorms
Severe storm moving inland on the coast.
Its that time of year again – Sweet Summertime! Hot humid days can quickly turn into afternoon evening thunderstorms and sometimes without warning. Protecting yourself and family from the dangers of these storms can be done by following these few safety features.
Know the 30/30 rule. When you see lightening flash, start counting to thirty. If you don’t make it to thirty before hearing thunder, its time to head inside. Avoid using corded and cell phones and any electronics including computers and TV’s. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not shower, wash dishes or laundry during a thunderstorm. Electrical wires and metal pipes in plumbing can conduct lightening.
Being proactive prior to storm season can help reduce damage to your home. Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could have the potential to cause damage to your home. Have a surge protection system in place in your home. This will help prevent lightening damage to your electronic and household items.
Storms are a part of summertime. Being educated and proactive can help you and your family stay safe!
Hurricane Season - Being Prepared
A Hurricane making landfall to the coast.
Hurricane Season is upon us and being prepared can help save you and your family stay safe. Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan and your evacuation route in the event a Hurricane is predicted in your area. Paying close attention to local weather reports can help you better prepare before the storm. Make sure you have the supplies on hand to secure your home prior to an evacuation. Protecting your windows with plywood boards or storms shutters can help reduce extensive damage. Secure outside furniture and objects that could cause further damage during a hurricane. Have food, water, a first aid kit, cash, and medical prescriptions on hand. Being called to evacuate can come quickly if you live near the coast or in low lying areas. Being prepared and ready to go can make it easier on you and your family.
Fire - Soot and Cleanup
SERVPRO team removing soot damage from the walls and ceilings in a home in Newberry, SC after a kitchen fire.
A small kitchen fire can cause damage to several rooms and personal items without you even calling the Fire Department. No matter how big or small the fire was – the damage is done. Smoke damage is a health risk and should not be taken lightly. The smoke may clean quickly but its most likely found it way in your HVAC vents, walls, and your furnishings. Soot damage is common after a fire – it's black and it can cling to surfaces such as walls and ceilings and the contents of your home. Being proactive and quick on the removal of soot and smoke damage is imperative. This task is not an easy one and having your home professional cleaned is your best alternative to making sure your home is clean and safe for your family.