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Fire Prevention Tips

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire prevention month is in full swing, so what better time to start developing your family's Fire Escape Plan.  Creating a fire escape plan that everyone in your household knows and has practiced can make all the difference if a fire threatens your home.  Below are some facts on Fire Escape Planning provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Escape Planning:

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one in every three American households has actually developed and practiced a home fire-escape plan.
  • While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of them have practiced it.
  • One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home became threatening. The time available is often less. And only eight% said their first thought upon hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

The NFPA Fire Month

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire prevention month is in full swing, so what better time to start developing your family's Fire Escape Plan.  Creating a fire escape plan that everyone in your household knows and has practiced can make all the difference if a fire threatens your home.  Below are some facts on Fire Escape Planning provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

Escape Planning:

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one in every three American households has actually developed and practiced a home fire-escape plan.
  • While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of them have practiced it.
  • One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home became threatening. The time available is often less. And only eight% said their first thought upon hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Prevention Tips

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

You cannot predict when water damage may occur, but there are prevention tips you can follow to try and keep it at bay.  Paying attention to your plumbing and fixtures can make all the difference.  These tips from the Water Damage Defense website can help guide you what to focus on in order to prevent water damage from occurring.

1. Pamper your Water Heater

Have a plumber come to your home and inspect and maintain your water heater on a regular basis.

2. Replace Appliance Hoses

Make sure you replace the hoses on your appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and ice makers at any sign of a wear!  They are cheap to replace, so use the highest quality replacements to ensure the best results, and replace them even before the manufacturer's suggested timetable!

3. Pay Attention to your Toilet

Make sure you stay in the room until your toilet finishes refilling.  Also, make sure you are getting your toilets inspected by a plumber regularly.

4. Know How to Shut off your Water

When a supply leak occurs, turn off the water as soon as possible!  Make sure everyone in your house knows how to do this.

5. Pay Attention to your Plumbing System

Watch your plumbing systems for signs of wear.  This could include noisy pipes, signs of moisture on your walls or floors, and rust-stained water.

6. Make Sure you have a Reliable Sump Pump

Make sure your sump pump and backup sump pump are reliable and working to protect your basement!

Emergency in Your Office? Call the right Professionals for the job

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in the New River Valley or Pulaski County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.  Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.  In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Present Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.  We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Water Bill Savings Tips

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

It may be hot outside, but that doesn't mean your water bill has to skyrocket. Here are some helpful tips on how you can lower your water bill this summer!

Fix Those Leaks!
Go around your house and make sure none of your appliances, faucets, hoses, or any plumbing are showing signs of leaks. We've talked about how harmful even the smallest of leaks can be to your home in regards to leaving water damage behind, but they can also drain thousands of gallons of water from your home along with the money you could be saving on your water bill.

Keep Drinking Water in Your Fridge
Fill pitchers or re-usable water bottles with water and store them in your fridge. Not only is this better for the environment by not using wasteful plastic bottles of water, but it will ensure you always have a nice glass of cold water waiting for you without having to run your tap waiting for your sink to get cold. This is a great way to save on your water bill and help keep waste out of the environment.

Fill Up That Dishwasher
Running your dishwasher utilizes less water than washing dishes individually in the sink. Make sure you fill your dishwasher completely to ensure maximum water savings.

Insulate Your Water Pipes
By insulating your water pipes with foam you can buy at a hardware store, you will help your water be able to heat up faster. The foam comes already cut in the shape of the pipe, and all you have to do it tape it up; you will be surprised at the difference it can make. This way you will not waste as much water running your faucet until it heats up.

Trash Those Scraps
The disposal on your sink may save you a trip across the room to the trashcan, but it may be the reason your water bill has increased. It requires water to be running while it is in use, which may be adding on to your bill without you even realizing it.

Use Cold Water For Your Washes
Washing your clothes in cold water gets them just as clean, and it will actually keep colors better than washing in warm water. Cold water washes will save you in water and energy as well!

By starting to implement these tips into your everyday routine you will see how these small changes can make a big difference in your water bill!

Swimming Safety

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

For many people, the summer means swimming! And while swimming can be a great way to cool off in the summer heat, it is important that we are keeping an eye on all and any children tempted by the cool water, no matter how hectic and busy the parties may get.

Here are some tips provided by CPSC.gov to ensure your child's safety this summer!

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Always keep an eye on your children around any body of water, and never leave them unattended!
  • Make sure your child is aware of basic water safety tips
  • Keep small children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapment
  • Make sure to keep a telephone close by whenever you are near a body of water
  • If a child is missing, look for them in the water first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors, so everyone will be alert

Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Make sure both you and your child know how to swim if you will be in the water
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in any water emergency

Following these tips and being aware this summer will not only keep your child safe, but it will give you peace of mind, so you can enjoy the holiday to the fullest!

The 411 on Smoke and Soot

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are both very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke And Soot Facts

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper level of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types Of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke: wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during the pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Platic and Rubber

  • Low heart smoldering
  • Pungent odor, sticky, smeary
  • Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • High temperatures, fast burning
  • heat rises therefor smoke rises

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible
  • Discolors paints and varnished
  • Extremely pungent odor

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect as well as treat your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties TODAY!

540-731-3080

Children and Storms

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

When preparing for a major storm don't forget to make sure children know the plan and what to do and when. For some kids a bad thunderstorm is enough to keep them up at night so a major storm may cause major fear in little ones. A good idea is to explain to them what is happening with the weather and what the impact is expected to be. The adults should make sure to have plans in place and supplies for the storm depending on how major the storm is planned to be. It would be a great idea to go over this with children so they feel safe and they know what to do. If they are old enough maybe give them a small responsibility like being in charge of their flashlight. The main goal is everyone feels confident and safe in the plan and getting through the storm. 

HVAC Cleanings are Important and Here's Why !

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Like anything else that remains stationary in a business, your Air Ducts and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems get dirty over time.  And as these systems gather large amounts of dust and particles, the quality of air is affected.  While many people are more apt to notice the quality of air in their homes, many overlook the importance of keeping these systems clean in their businesses.  

Benefits of Cleaning your Air Ducts or HVAC Systems:

Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy reported that 25-40% of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted due to contaminants in the systems.  The contaminants cause the system to have to work harder to keep up with the temperature you desire.  When your HVAC systems are cleaned properly, they do not need to use as much energy and, therefore, are more cost-effective.

Indoor Air Quality

With the weather warming up, allergies are in full swing.  Pollen and dust are running rampant through the air, and it is not hard for those particles to find their way through an opening door and straight into your business.  Pollutants such as dander, dust, chemicals, and even pollen are all pulled into HVAC and Air Duct systems and re-circulated an average of 5-7 times a day.  Over time these particles start to accumulate in the ductwork and cause a build-up of contaminants.  No one wants to feel uncomfortable in their work environment, and the quality of air due to a dirty HVAC or Air Duct system can do just that for an individual.  

Keeping up with cleaning out your Air Duct and HVAC systems will not only improve the quality of your work environment, but it will also save on your business's energy costs in the long run.  

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties at 540-389-3753 to set up your Air Duct or HVAC cleaning appointment today!

Dirty Building Blues?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

The pandemic has brought a new level of issues for business. Cleaning and disinfection is key for safety and health of the staff and customers . Daily sweeping and mopping can help to alleviate some of the damage but a professional cleaning to your building can really make all the difference. Here at SERVPRO we are trained and ready to bring out the best of your workplace with a professional cleaning. 

For Businesses in need we are able to work on carpet and upholstery as well as drapes and blinds. We can clean your ceilings, walls,floors and even provide odor removal if necessary. Don't let the burden of clean get you down call us today to discuss how we can help you. We can now offer the Certified SERVPRO Clean option for commercial and residential locations. Call us today for more details.

SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties

                         540-731-3080