Troublesome Water Damage
A water emergency can come out of nowhere and in many forms, a broken supply line, a busted water heater or a slow leak from a dish washer, in any case water damages can go from manageable to uncontrollable and very troublesome! Water can quickly seep into the drywall and other materials and that could threaten the structural integrity of your home. That’s why and immediate response is so critical. That could be the difference between being able to keep insulation, drywall and carpeting or of the affected area being damaged beyond repair. There are many situations where a homeowner isn’t aware that there is a water damage to tend to, these cases can be very costly and time consuming due to the demolition and restoration or build back process. If you find yourself dealing with a water loss, call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
A Warm Safe Space
As the temperature drops this time of the year, many people rely on space heaters to add a little extra warmth to their living space. Space heaters are a good option for a few reasons, they are a portable and they quickly make even the coldest room warm and comfy. That being said, there are some additional risks and they need to be handled with caution.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using a portable heater:
-Never use extension cords with a portable heater. While it may be tempting to use an extension cord with your space heater to increase its portability, space heaters require more electricity than extension cords are designed to handle, so you should never plug your space heater into an extension cord.
-Only use heaters that have a tip over switch. A tip over switch will automatically turn the heater off if it ever tips over.
-Purchase safe heaters that have been approved by Underwriter Laboratories (UL,) a global safety consulting and Certification Company. Products with a UL certification have passed very stringent requirements and are proven to be trustworthy, so make sure you look for that when you’re shopping for one.
-Only use kerosene and propane heaters in ventilated areas
-Keep combustible materials at least 24″ away from all sides of the heater.
-Do not leave the heater on when not in the room.
-Never leave young children unattended near the heater.
-Always read and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
From the SERVPRO Team, to you and yours, stay safe and warm!
SERVPRO understands what is needed to keep a business running, even when small disasters arise. When your business is dealing with a minor emergency we will provide your employees and customers with piece of mind, knowing that we are focused on your comfort and safety as you continue to carry out your business and keep your customers happy! Whether you are dealing with water, fire, mold or even a biohazardous situation, we can help you get through it, with as little impact to your business and customers as possible. Our SERVPRO team is trained and certified with plenty of experience to take care of any situation that you may face, big or small. Call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we'll make it "Like it never even happened." 276-632-7276
Winter Weather Watch
In the upcoming winter months, with freezing temperatures approaching, as well as the accumulation of snow, winter weather can cause significant water damage to your home or business. Lower temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze and burst, ice dams can form on your roof, and thawed snow can cause the ground to become over saturated, causing water to seep into your home or business.
Because pipes in the crawl space, outside walls, and in the attic are more vulnerable to freezing and bursting, it is recommend that you insulate these pipes to prevent freezing. You can wrap them in insulating materials such as foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves. Faucets that connect to pipes in unheated spaces are prone to freezing as well, so if possible let cold water drip or even a trickle of water through pipes to help prevent them from freezing.
Inspect your home or business and close all cracks, holes, and openings in the outside walls and foundation or near water pipes, with caulk. When outside temperatures drop below 32 °F allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors. Move the contents stored in these cabinets up, out of the reach of children and pets.
Keep the thermostat the same temperature during the day and at night. Your heating costs may rise a bit, but you’ll prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. If you’re leaving home for more than two days, set the temperature to no lower than 55 °F. Shut off the water supply and drain pipes and appliances that use water. In addition, when possible have someone you trust check your home every couple days.
When cold weather approaches we crank up the heat! Whether you are using a fireplace, space heaters or just a few holiday candles, it is important to know how to maintain these items safely. Residential fires are more common in the winter than any other season.
Naturally, you are probably using your fireplace more frequently in the winter months and because fireplaces produce creosote, which can easily ignite, it is important to take all of the proper safety precautions. First, check for any damages to your fireplace and make sure it's clean, it may require an inspection before use. Always use a fireplace screen to protect from any hot embers popping out into your space. One rule to always follow, make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the room or your home, this includes any small embers that may still be burning.
Finally, check your smoke detectors! Make sure the batteries are good and if you have any doubts, change them just in case. You should also be sure to have fire extinguishers placed throughout your home. To keep up with when the batteries were change in the smoke alarms, write down the dates on an index card to keep near or on the fire extinguisher.
Commercial property can be tricky, you want to keep the business running but need your emergency dealt with immediately. Here at SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County we will do our best to keep your business running while we deal with the dirty work. Whether you're dealing with a water, fire or even mold loss we will be there for you! We have had multiple businesses applaud our ability to maneuver around the daily work schedule while still tending to the details of the emergency at hand. Our certified and experienced technicians can help you navigate the best route for your business and customers. Call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County to make sure the job is done well and with as little impact to your business as possible. SERVPRO, “Like it never even happened.”
You Can Count On Us!!
As a business owner, you won’t always have time to deal with the emergencies that could affect your workspace, and we all know the customer is counting on you for service. When water, fire, or mold emergencies go beyond the scope of your regular clean-up crew, that's when SERVPRO is here for you! Whatever your business may be, you can always call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County for prompt service, day or night. Whether it’s removing an odor problem, cleaning carpets, or even dealing with a water or fire emergency, you can rely on us to make your business look its very best. Call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County for all of your cleaning and restoration needs! SERVPRO, we'll make it "Like it never even happened.”
We Clean-up, So You Don't Have Too
There are so many situations that can arise at a moment’s notice. One of the most common causes of water damage in homes is due to leaking or burst pipes. Many factors can increase the odds of a water damage in your home or business. These can include unregulated water pressure, temperature changes or general deterioration of old pipes. Uninsulated pipes also can freeze quickly in the winter, causing pipes to burst. These issues, among many others, can quickly make you feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Leave it up to SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, trained and experienced in water damages of all kinds. From leaking pipes to sewage backup and even appliance and HVAC leaks. We will take care of the cleanup and restoration, so you don’t have too! Our SERVPRO Team is here for you no matter the cause. SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Standing the Test of Time Throughout the Years
Ted and Doris Isaacson created SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business, located in Sacramento, California. Since that time they have worked wholeheartedly to build a reliable franchise with a proud history and with positive and consecutive growth over the years. SERVPRO continues to grow on, becoming the premier cleaning and Restoration Company in the world. SERVPRO works closely with The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses as well. SERVPRO of Martinsville & Henry County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge and efficiency in the field of emergency mitigation. SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we are here to help during your time of need, you can count on us!
Advanced Technology, Advanced Results
We have recently seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO Professionals of Martinsville and Henry County to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets above par standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometrics, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively. Our SERVPRO Team is trained and experienced in this service as well as many others, and we are happy to help with any emergency need that may cross your path! Call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."