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Choose Storm Damage Experts for Your Business

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Lighting strikes in dark stormy clouds After a devastating storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga as soon as possible. Our job is to repair your home to its pre-disaster condition.

After a big storm, you probably want to get back to business as soon as possible. But you also may be out some money if you had to close for the storm, or if the bad weather reduced your number of customers. So you may not feel inclined to pay extra money for professional storm damage remediation for your business or facility.

However, expert remediation after storm damage can provide a multitude of benefits. Discover some reasons why you should choose a storm damage expert after such an event, whether your business is large or small.

  1. Avoid Nasty Surprises From Compounded Damage

If water gets into your building (say through an open window or roof leak), the damage could continue to worsen even after you have cleaned it up. If you dry up the visible water, you could still have water under the floor or inside the walls, damaging the structure of your building and even creating a humid environment.

Hiring professional remediators can avoid this issue. For one thing, professional remediators have the expertise to know where to look for hidden damage. For another, they have equipment such as large fans and dehumidifiers to help remove any excess moisture in the air that could lead to damage.

  1. Get Back to Business Fast

Although professional remediators cost more, they are also fast and efficient at what they do. This means that if you choose an expert rather than, say, a general contractor or handyman, you could clean up your storm damage on a tighter schedule, allowing you to reopen your facility for business as usual.

  1. Clean Up Not Only Surfaces but Also Air

Although the ideal is to clean up any water damage from a storm within 24 to 48 hours, the truth is that you may not even spot the damage right away. For instance, the storm could happen on the weekend, or you may have evacuated before the storm. In this scenario, your facility could already have contaminated air when you start the cleanup process.

Storm damage, especially water damage, can contaminate your indoor air in a variety of ways. For example, water damage raises the humidity in the air. This humidity can lead to increased off-gassing of chemicals or spikes in airborne allergens and germs.

Professional remediators have plenty of equipment on hand for scrubbing contaminants out of the air as well as cleaning up the surfaces in your building. Moisture meters, dehumidifiers, and air cleaning machines can rapidly restore your indoor air quality to normal.

  1. Don't Miss Hidden Damage

If you have considered professional storm damage remediation, you probably have at least some storm damage sitting out in the open, such as a shattered window. However, this obvious damage can come along with some hidden damage, which you may need an expert to find and identify.

For instance, smaller leaks may go unnoticed until they have caused considerable damage. A professional storm damage remediation expert can help assess the condition of your roof and siding to see if any less-obvious leaks or damaged spots are hidden there.

As you can see, hiring a storm damage expert is the best way to get peace of mind, clean up your storm damage quickly and thoroughly, and get back to business as usual.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga is a highly experienced remediation company that offers water damage, fire damage, and storm damage cleanup. For more information on the storm damage services SERVPRO of East Onondaga can provide, get in touch today to discuss your specific storm damage situation. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your restoration needs.

Protect Your Commercial Property From Water Damage

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain failing down on top of water and creating a splash If you are dealing with any water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga. We have the experienced and resources to handle any size disaster.

As the owner of a commercial business, you have a lot on your plate. Your responsibilities are even greater though if you are responsible for the upkeep of the building that you operate out of. A commercial building can have a lot going on, with plumbing and drainage systems that are much more complex than what you have at home.

Suddenly sustaining water damage is every business owner's worst nightmare. You could suffer damage not just to your building but to your inventory, materials or supplies within it. If you want to minimize the chances of this happening, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Get a Tax-Deductible Pump

A sewer or flood backup pump can help remove water from your property as it arrives and hopefully before any significant damage is done. Some cities and towns even offer tax rebates or other beneficial programs to businesses like yours who work to keep their property flood free. 

But even if you won't be getting a rebate or deductible out of the job, installing a backup pump is still a good idea. The money you put towards it now could pay off by saving you thousands of dollars in the event that something does go wrong.

Get Every Employee on Board with the Shutdown Plan

You are just going about your day as normal when suddenly, it happens. A pipe bursts or backs up and overflows, and suddenly there is water pouring in where it should not be. After you get over the initial shock, your first priority should be to get to the shut off valves. But a commercial building can have shut off valves in multiple locations.

Make sure as many employees as possible are aware of the location of each shut off valve to use in an emergency. You can’t prevent all damage at this point, but you can limit the damage by thinking quickly and acting fast.

Get Insulated

Plumbing in some commercial buildings will be exposed. If the piping for your plumbing or your manufacturing process is out in the open, this could leave it more vulnerable to freezing, especially if part of your commercial building is not heated in the winter.

If you want to reduce the chances of a pipe bursting and flooding your building due to the frigid cold, pipe insulation can help. Contact a local professional and get every exposed pipe on your property properly insulated.

Get the Number of a 24/7 Emergency Service Before You Need It

Something went wrong and now there's water where there should be none. You can't undo what's already happened, but you can work to get your property restored before further damage occurs. Research the number of a local water damage restoration company now before you need it.

For best results, find a company that offers a 24/7 emergency service. You don't want to let standing water linger over the weekend or a holiday because your chosen contractor is not available. A 24/7 emergency water damage service will leap into action quickly and put you back on the path towards re-opening your business before too much revenue is lost.

No one ever expects water damage to occur, but you can reduce the negative effects by planning for a worst case scenario in advance. Educate your employees on where the shut down valves are located, install a backup pump system if it will help, and reach out to a local water damage professional now to start a relationship before you actually need them.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga provides water damage repair and other disaster restoration services. Contact us today to get help fast.

Electrical Damage After Flooding

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Household furniture and tv floating in flood water inside living room If you experience any damage after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga. Our goal is to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood water comes from just about anywhere: outside your home, inside your home, and even directly from the ground. When your home is exposed to floodwater, it experiences major damage fast, including to the electrical system inside your home.

Water and electricity do not mix, and a wet system can cause major injury or even death. If you want to better protect your family and home after a flood, check out these three common types of electrical damages.

  1. Appliances

Some appliances may be salvageable after a flood. The first step, however, is to wait until the water has receded and the power is off to the entire home. Then you can begin drying the appliance. However, you should not use it until after it has been inspected by a professional who can determine if the water damage created a risk of fire or electrocution.

When it comes to a refrigerator, the effort necessary to salvage the fridge may be too much work. Not only do you have to ensure the electrical components are intact, but contaminants may also be inside the fridge's water dispenser and/or ice maker. This will need to be cleaned, and the filter will need to be replaced, especially if your area is under a boil alert due to contaminated water from the flood..

Another problem with appliances like refrigerators is insulation. Fridges use insulation to help keep the items inside naturally colder without using so much energy. If this insulation gets exposed to water, it will soak up a lot and take a long time to dry, increasing the risk of mold and future electrical damage or shocks.

  1. Electrical System

Most of your home's electrical system is inside the walls. If water gets inside the walls, it can damage wires and other electrical components. This increases the risk of a fire because even a small spark can ignite the wall's insulation, giving the fire lots of fuel to spread. Damage to wires can also cause electrocution.

For this reason, you need to ensure your entire electrical system is off before you go inside your home, especially before you walk into any standing water. Standing water alone can be dangerous because of the bacteria and viruses it may contain, but even if you've turned off the power to the room, standing in the water puts you at risk of shock if other wires are live.

To protect yourself from potential electrical shock, your local utility company will have to come and physically remove your electrical meter from the socket, which fully removes you from the power grid. Only then will your home be completely void of electricity, but you'll still need a professional to examine the system.

  1. Outlets

Outlets are often positioned near the floor, which increases the risk of water damage during flooding. Any outlet that gets wet can begin to corrode. You may think the outlet is working fine, but behind the scenes, rust is spreading, causing the outlet to slowly lose power, making it obsolete.

Similarly, trying to use a wet outlet puts you at a high risk of electrocution, especially if the house is still wet and has standing water.

When in doubt, if an outlet may have been exposed to flood water, you should consider having it replaced. Luckily, you won't break the bank doing so because outlets are often an affordable purchase. Plus, the work involved is minimal, so you won't have to pay a fortune in labor costs. Last, many newer outlets are better, safer, and more energy-efficient.

If your home was exposed to flood water, it may have a lot of underlying damage that can put you and your family at risk for major injury or accidental death. If you would like to know more about repairing your home after a flood, contact us at SERVPRO of East Onondaga today.

How to Spot and Repair Storm Damage

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain falling on metal roof and going into brown gutters If you experience any damage or are in need repairs down after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County.

A large storm can wreak havoc on your home. Roof damage and other exterior issues can lead to water damage inside, such as attic leaks or mold problems. Whether you are dealing with high winds, hail, or ice, you can mitigate storm damages by identifying and addressing problem areas as soon after the storm as possible.

Roof and Gutters

The roof is designed to protect your home, so it often takes the brunt of any damage that is caused during a storm. Gutter and drainage systems are also prone to storm damage, which can be a huge problem since these systems are necessary for routing away water during storms.

What to Look For

The most obvious signs of roof problems are missing or damaged shingles. Large branches or pieces of debris on the roof could also indicate damage. You can typically spot these from the ground or the top of a ladder — you don’t actually need to get on the roof. Hail damage is less obvious. You may find roofing granules in the gutters, or you may notice sampling or shiny spots on the shingles.

Gutter damage is another issue. Walk the perimeter of your home and survey all the gutters to make sure they are still firmly attached and not sagging or otherwise damaged. Look for debris blocking gutters or downspouts, particularly if the storm produced high winds.

Restoration Tips

Prompt repair of any damage will prevent water from getting into your home and causing more extensive problems. Damaged shingles can be replaced, although it may be more cost effective to have entire roof replacement if your roof is reaching the end of its expected service life or if it has hail damage.

Gutters can also be repaired, with replacement usually only necessary if the guttering has holes in it. If the gutters were torn from the eaves, you may also need to repair damaged soffits or fascia boards.

Siding and Windows

Hail and wind cause most siding and window damage. Hail can break windows or put holes in vinyl siding. Metal siding isn't immune to damages, either, as hail can dent it badly. Wind may force water up and under siding or through poorly sealed windows. The water that gets in can lead to rot and mold problems.

What to Look For

Siding damage is often obvious, as you will see the hole, crack, or loose siding. Water may be under the siding if you notice any gaps at the siding seams. Another sign of water underneath the siding is the appearance of mildew or algae stains that appear to be leaking from beneath a siding panel.

Window damage is usually obvious if you perform an inspection right after the storm when things are still damp. Look for water inside the house around the window. If you have wooden frames or sills, probe them gently to see if the wood feels soft. If you can insert an awl more than 1/8 inch into the wood, rot may already be setting in.

Restoration Tips

You may be able to patch or replace a length of vinyl or metal siding if you can find a color match, otherwise full replacement may be necessary. Gaps and holes, in both siding and around windows, can be repaired with caulk and sealants.

Wood rot that has affected window frames or siding can't usually be repaired, so replacement will be necessary. In some cases you can have only the damaged areas cut out and replaced, which lowers your repair costs.

Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County for more information on what to do if your home experiences storm damage3

Spots to Find Hidden Fire Damage

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Charred chairs and burnt bedroom sets are visible signs of fire damage. But some of the aftermath may remain hidden from view SERVPRO of East Onondaga County knows exactly what steps to follow a fire. Give us a call and we will guide you through the process.

The Top Spots to Find Hidden Fire Damage in Your Home

Charred chairs and burnt bedroom sets are visible signs of fire damage. But some of the aftermath may remain hidden from view long after you think the cleanup is over. Take a look at the top spots for hidden fire damage and what you can do about them.

Air Ducts

Your home's HVAC system pulls air from the house into the heater or air conditioner and through the ducts. Whether you have the heat or AC on, your system forcibly pushes the recycled air around your home. If the fire damage extends into your ductwork or the furnace/air conditioner pulled smoke in during the blaze, the ventilation system could have soot in it.

What happens to leftover soot that's hidden in your home's ducts? When you turn the HVAC system on again it can carry the soot throughout your home. Along with coating your walls, floors, and furniture with a fresh layer of debris, soot can cause or aggravate respiratory issues — especially in young children or anyone with a breathing or cardiac condition.

If you suspect soot in your ducts, discuss this potential hidden problem with a qualified fire damage restoration professional. The expert can evaluate your home's damage and recommend a treatment plan to eliminate this issue.

Wall Spaces

Fire damage on the walls is obvious. But it can also penetrate the outermost layer and cause problems under the surface. An electrical fire that started inside of a wall can char wires, burn wooden studs, and seriously damage the interior structure of your home. Along with this type of damage, the fire fighters may have cut holes in the walls during the extinguishing process.

Damage inside of walls can pose a serious safety risk. Charred wires can lead to additional electrical issues (and possibly another fire) and burn-damaged studs or wood can cause structural problems.

If the extinguishing process results in water damage to the interior of the walls, the studs/frame and other components could rot or grow mold. You'll need a professional fire restoration service to inspect and repair the walls before you take the next step.

Attic Areas

Do you use your attic space? If you rarely to never go into your attic, you may forget to check the area for post-fire damage. While soot in the attic or smoke damage isn't plainly visible, you shouldn't ignore it.

Even though your attic is unused or storage-only space, it can still sustain serious damage — even if the flames don't come near the top floor area. Smoke from the fire will rise and eventually make its way to the attic. This traps potentially toxic gases in the area that, over time, can cause respiratory or heart disease. Whether you use this area or not, the health risks make restoration necessary.

The restoration contractor should inspect your attic from damage and create a treatment plan that includes a complete cleaning.

Carpet Padding

The carpets are singed and soaked. But again, the visible damage isn't the only problem you may have to deal with. It's possible the fire damaged the padding under carpet. If the fire itself didn't burn the padding, the extinguishing process may have left a damp mess behind. Moisture trapped under the carpet's surface can result in mold growth or cause problems, such as wood rot, with the subfloor.

A fire damage and restoration contractor can remove the top layer of flooring and check what's underneath. If the padding is damaged, moldy, or unusable, you'll need to remove and replace it. When the contractor removes the padding, they can clean the floor underneath and remove leftover debris, moisture, or mold.

Do you have fire damage? Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga for more information.

Do You Have Hidden Water Damage?

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

mold and water damage on white interior wall If you are dealing with any water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County. We have the experienced to take care of any restoration needs.

Small leaks can have huge repercussions, especially if the leak goes unnoticed for a while. For this reason, homeowners need to know the signs of hidden water damage and what they can do if it has occurred.

Common Sources of Hidden Damage

The first step to addressing hidden water damage is to locate where it has occurred.

Roof Leaks

The roof is often the culprit of water damage. Often, water that gets in through the roof drips into the attic, where insulation absorbs the moisture at first. Water damage can accumulate for weeks or months before it is severe enough to drip through to the rooms below.

Inspect your roof regularly for leaks, especially if you have noticed issues like missing or damaged shingles. Go into the attic during a rainstorm, or have someone spray the roof with a hose while you perform the inspection.

Shine a flashlight through the dark attic and look for the glisten of water. You may also be able to spot wet insulation or water damaged joists. The musty odor of mildew or mold may also indicate a leak.

Plumbing Issues

Not all plumbing leaks are obvious. Sometimes leaks happen where drain pipes and water supply lines run through a wall, which keeps the leak hidden from view until the damage becomes severe. Water supply leaks can be more obvious than drain leaks, because you will likely notice increase in your water bill or usage amounts with supply leaks.

Other symptoms of a hidden leak may include water pressure loss or the sound of running water in your walls when the tap is turned off. Walls or flooring near pipes and drains may begin to warp or feel soft. Sometimes mold spots appear on a wall or the paint begins to bubble.

External Factors

Foundation, basement, and wall leaks are also common. These leaks can be caused by storms or from drainage issues around your home. Wind and rain pressure from a storm, for example, can drive water underneath damage siding or through poorly sealed windows. Water runoff, particularly from misaligned gutters or downspouts, can accumulate near the house and seep through foundation and basement walls.

Basements, in particular, are prone to water damage. High water tables and flooding are the most common issues. A moldy or damp odor indicates that water is getting in somewhere. You may also notice visible mold or rotten wall boards or wood.  

Damage Restoration Methods

Fortunately, most water damage can be addressed and repaired. Once you fix the cause, you can begin restoration.

Cleaning Advice

Mold and mildew are the main concerns with water damage. You can usually clean mold up by first drying out the affected area and then cleaning it thoroughly with a bleach solution. Wear a mask and eye protection, as mold can be an irritant for some people. The most challenging aspect of cleanup is accessing everywhere that is affected, such as inside carpet padding or the backside of walls.

Restoration Possibilities

Many items in your home can be restored once cleanup is complete. These items include hard flooring, some furniture, and your counters and walls. Hard surface can be wiped cleaned. Stains that can't be removed can be painted over.

If wall board damage is minimal, a fresh layer of drywall compound followed by primer and paint can save the wall. Even wood can be saved from minimal water damage, although it may need to be sanded and stained.

Replacement Needs

Carpets and upholstered furniture are the most difficult items to save after extensive water damage. If you catch the damage early and dry out the textiles quickly, you may be able to avoid damage. Otherwise, mold and mildew can grow deep in carpet padding or inside upholstery. If professional cleaning doesn't remove stains and odor, you’ll likely need to replace these items.

Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga to learn more about your options after water damage.

All About Mold Infestation After a Water Disaster | SERVPRO of East Onondaga

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Hands with blue gloves on pointing at mold on the bottom of a white wall After a water disaster, the time starts ticking to prevent mold from taking hold on your property.

All About Mold Infestation After a Water Disaster

The cause of mold is well-known — an excess of moisture. Well, unfortunately, after a water disaster such as a flood or hurricane, you'll have a lot of excess moisture in your home or business. Even after you've gotten rid of the water itself, the moisture will have likely seeped into the crevices. And that's where you can get mold.

The disaster doesn't have to be huge for your property to be in danger. If you've seen any signs of excess moisture from a bad rainstorm or a water line break, you might have a mold infestation in your future. Find out about the negative effects of mold and what to do about potential infestation.

Mold Damage to Your Property

If your property went through a water disaster big or small, you should expect to have hidden mold. Water from flooding can get into the corners of your home, affecting areas between walls and inside vents, which means that you need to be concerned with more than just what you can see.

Even if you can't see the mold, you might be able to smell it. Mold has a distinct musty odor. If left alone, this odor will sink into permeable surfaces, such as fabrics and drywall, even if the surface itself never got wet.

The more obvious sign of mold on your property is the visual damage it creates. Mold ranges in color from white to black, with gray, brown, yellow, and green mold making an appearance. When you see mold on impermeable surfaces, such as glass or metal, it might not cause as much damage.

However, mold will stain permeable surfaces. Mold stains can be difficult to remove completely, especially if the mold is left to grow for long periods, so have it removed by a professional as soon as you encounter it.

Mold Prevention Directly After a Water Disaster

After a water disaster, you have a small window to prevent mold from taking hold on your property. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give the timeframe of 24 to 48 hours. Your main objective is to dry out your property to prevent the mold infestation. You should open all your doors and windows and use fans to dry out the rooms. Make sure the fans are blowing outside, not inside.

Unfortunately, you'll need to get rid of all porous items that got wet and couldn’t be addressed during the 48 hour window. This list will likely include carpets and rugs, but clothing, furniture, and textiles are probably on the list, too. You can clean any non-porous items with a solution of bleach and water.

Unless your water disaster was small — like a washer overflow — you'll probably need professional help to prevent or clean up mold from your property.

Mold Removal After a Water Disaster

Restoration experts will take a comprehensive approach to restoring your property after a water disaster to prevent a mold infestation. For instance, they may inspect your appliances and advise you to discard them. Appliances can harbor mold spores.

Some bigger steps they'll take include removing and replacing damaged wall board. These types of porous surfaces often wick up moisture higher than the water line, so they may have a big project. Wooden trim that got wet will also have to be replaced. They'll probably also examine your duct system for signs of moisture or mold.

You have a lot of problems to overcome after a water disaster. Don't let a mold infestation become one of them. SERVPRO of East Onondaga professionals can get your property dried out and mold free quickly. Visit our website to learn more.

Water Damage? Consider Applied Structural Drying | SERVPRO of East Onondaga

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Exposed pipes in basement SERVPRO of East Onondaga County offers structural drying. Applied structural drying was created to provide rapid drying. If you experience any storm/w

Storm-Related Water Damage? Consider Applied Structural Drying

Severe storms threaten homes throughout the country each year. A severe storm can take a serious toll on the structural stability of your home. One of the most dangerous elements associated with severe weather is water. Excessive amounts of rain can lead to flooding.

The removal of standing water left behind by a storm inside your home is critical to preventing lasting damage. Skilled storm restoration specialists can employ a process known as applied structural drying to help you eliminate moisture from your home quickly and efficiently.

Applied structural drying utilizes data monitoring in coordination with high-tech equipment and manual water removal to get results. 

Rapid Drying

One of the important principles on which applied structural drying was created is a rapid drying process. This is essentially the process by which restoration specialists get water out of your home as quickly as possible.

A number of different methods are utilized in coordination with one another to help reduce the amount of time required to clear water after a storm. Vacuum squeegees can be utilized to pull water from carpets and hardwood floors. A pump can be used to eliminate standing water in a basement, and a structural cavity drying system can be employed to reach water in your home's building envelope.

Using each of these approaches together helps to reduce drying time and allows remediation specialists to focus on restoring your home to its pre-storm condition.

Humidity Reduction

Most storm restoration companies will offer services designed to dry out a flooded home following a severe storm. Only companies offering applied structural drying can offer you the added bonus of humidity reduction.

It's not just the standing water in your home that can cause serious damage following a flood. The moisture released by this water into the air inside your home can contribute to secondary water damage in areas of your home that weren't touched by flood waters.

Axial fans and centrifugal air movers are used in the applied structural drying process to ensure high humidity doesn't become a hindrance while restoring your storm-damaged home.

Ongoing Monitoring

Since the major selling point of applied structural drying is its data-driven approach, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that ongoing monitoring occurs once water has been removed from your home when an applied structural drying process is being utilized. Technicians will use high-tech equipment to engage in psychometry.

Psychometry is the process by which sensitive instruments record data pertaining to the environmental conditions within your home. Some equipment commonly used in ongoing monitoring includes a thermo-hygrometer to monitor relative humidity levels, water sensors to detect moisture levels in various areas throughout your home, and borescopes to gain visual contact on hard-to-reach structural voids where water may enter.

You will be able to receive real-time updates on the status of your storm restoration project as a result of the data-driven methodology associated with applied structural drying. Technicians can use this data to adjust their approach to your restoration project. New equipment can be introduced into or eliminated from the equation to help achieve the desired results.

Ongoing monitoring helps reduce drying time and improve efficiency, which usually results in more affordable restoration services for your home.

Storm damage is nothing to take lightly. You need to ensure that you are taking immediate action to address any water that may have flooded into your home during a recent storm. Work with a company that offers applied structural drying. This technique will help you achieve the greatest results while minimizing repair costs and lasting damage.

Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga to discuss your options if flood waters have affected your home.

Best Tips for Preventing Fires in Your Home | SERVPRO of East Onondaga

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

White smoke/fire alarm on ceiling A smoke alarm can alert you to smoke and fire in the house. If you experience any damage from a fire contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga Count.

Is there anything that a homeowner fears more than a fire breaking out in their house? A fire cannot only do significant damage to your home, but it can also endanger the lives of you and your family. Because of the harm that fires cause, homeowners should take all reasonable steps to prevent a fire from starting. Here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Use Smoke Alarms Effectively

Smoke alarms alert you to smoke and fire in the house quickly, which gives you time to get your family to safety. A smoke alarm also lets you call the fire department sooner to put out the fire as soon as possible, which can limit the amount of damage to your home. 

If you have a newer home, regulations require that these houses have alarms in every level of the house as well as in and outside of each sleeping area. If you have an older home, make sure you have smoke alarms on each level and outside of each sleeping area or bedroom at the very least.

Naturally, you want to make certain that your smoke alarms are working properly in case an accident happens. Use the test button in your alarms once a month to ensure that everything is in order. If you have alarms that require batteries, replace the batteries every six months.

Practice Good Kitchen Safety

Research shows that most house fires start in the kitchen. Practice good kitchen safety to reduce the chances of a fire breaking out in this area. For example, avoid leaving any flammable material, such as dish cloths or towels, near the stove or oven. Clean the oven and stove top regularly to keep any debris from catching fire.

Do not leave the kitchen when a hot cooking surface, such as a griddle or stove, is in use. When you need to leave the area for any reason, always remove the pot from the stove and turn off the griddle. Another good idea is to keep all pot handles turned toward the stove and do not let them hang over the edge.

Keep a Close Eye on Electrical Cords

Another frequent cause of house fires is electrical cords that are not in good repair. Inspect all of your electrical cords on a regular basis and replace any cords that are frayed or appear damaged. If you use an extension cord, do it only temporarily. Using extension cords long-term is dangerous because they can fail quickly.

Maintain Your Fireplace

If you have a fireplace and chimney, keep them well-maintained as fires can easily start in this location if you are not careful. Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned regularly to remove soot and creosote.  Place a mesh screen in front of the fireplace so that no sparks land on any nearby carpeting or rugs. Never leave any wood fire unattended.

If you have a gas fireplace, ensure that you have two separate ways to turn off the gas in case of an emergency. 

Have Fire Extinguishers on Hand

A fire extinguisher can prevent a small fire from getting out of hand, so it's a good idea to keep an extinguisher near any area prone to fires, like the kitchen or fireplace. Review the operating instructions of the extinguishers with members of your family so that everyone understands how to operate them if the necessity arises.

Unfortunately, even if you take all reasonable precautions to prevent a fire, one can still break out due to some unforeseen event. If this happens to you, the best course of action is to have the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of East Onondaga County help you get your house back to its original state. Contact us for more information. 

SERVPRO Cares

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Our team takes pride in our community! We care about the people in our community and want to help out in any way that we can. 

Our owner, John Halko, has a huge heart and makes sure to take time to donate to causes that he believes in. John is a long time supporter of the Rescue Mission. In addition to monetary donations, our team has participated in coat drives and donated furniture to support those in need through the Rescue Mission.

We currently hold a Jean Day on Fridays that those in the office are able to participate in. Office employees are able to wear jeans to work on Fridays as long as they donate $2. Currently, the money is being saved to buy toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Additionally, we are collecting bottles and cans to go towards buying toys for the cause. Last year we were able to donate many toys thanks to our staff. 

If you would like to donate money or toys to the cause, please feel free to drop off at our office. We hope to fill a truck with as many toys as possible to make Christmas grand for children in the area who don't have much.