Is Your Chesapeake Home Ready for Winter Weather?
With winter fast approaching and colder weather on the way, is your home ready to keep you and your family dry? Check out these best practices to help prevent winter water damage to your home!
- Prevent frozen pipes and pipe bursts
- Any faucets that are connected to pipes in areas that are unheated (attic, crawl space, outside) are more likely to freeze when the temperature drops. Be sure to let cold water drip from those faucets to help prevent freezing.
- If you plan on leaving your home for multiple days during freezing temps leave your heat on. Heating costs may rise a bit, but comparatively to a burst pipe in your home you’ll be happy you did.
- Prevent ice dams
- When warm air from your home heats the roof and melts the snow on the roof it collects in unheated areas and refreezes, making ice dams that limit drainage off the roof and can cause damage to your home.
- Make sure to clear your gutters and downspouts so that water can drain off the roof and doesn’t collect anywhere to refreeze
- Install gutter screens to help keep out debris build up in gutters
- If you live in an area with especially large amounts of snowfall, consider installing snow guards to prevent snow accumulation on your roof and lining under your shingles to prevent leaks as snow melts
- Ensure you know where and how to shut off your water in case of an emergency
- When pipes freeze or burst it is important to be able to respond immediately and prevent the issue from getting any worse. Make sure that you know where your water shut off is and turn it off the second you discover a leak
While the cold weather can bring potential damage to your home, taking the proper steps to get ready can help you enjoy the winter wonderland stress free, and if disaster does happen rest assured that us here at your local SERVPRO are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Prevention Week - Apartment Safety
This week is National Fire Prevention Week. Our SERVPRO of Chesapeake North team wants you and your family or household to be fully prepared in case of an emergency. A lot of times when we talk about smoke alarms and escape plans, we are referring to what to do when you’re in a home. But a vast population dwell in apartment buildings and escape plans can look a lot different. Check out these tips and facts from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Always know all the exit locations from your apartment floor
- If you hear the fire alarm, touch the exit food before opening. If it’s hot, use another way out, if it’s cool, exit through that door
- Always close doors behind you as you leave and make sure you grab your keys
- If fire or smoke is blocking all your exits, keep the door shut in your apartment and cover cracks around the door with towels. Call 9-1-1 and signal to the fire department that you’re inside your apartment with a flashlight flickering or waving a cloth.
- Everyone in the building should know where to find the manual fire alarm boxes (alarm boxes on the wall with a pull bar). Most are found within five feet of an exit door
- If there is a fire, pull the manual fire alarm box handle on your way out of the building.
- Stay outside at your meeting place until you are told the building is safe.
- Meet with your landlord or building manager to learn about the fire safety features and plans in your building.
Use SERVPRO to Handle Your Water Damage
Water Damage must be addressed by professionals.
Using a restoration company with the experience, knowledge and certifications to handle extensive water damage is extremely important to consider. The professionals are able to dry out your home as soon as possible and do it properly. If you decide to do the remediation on your own, you can easily make mistakes that can cause more challenges, unaddressed damage, higher costs, and even mold growth. Moist and wet areas that are left for more than 48 hours are the perfect conditions for growth to form.
Our SERVPRO of Chesapeake North team will use specialized drying equipment to dry out the damage properly and efficiently. Our team of professionals will closely monitor the process, while keeping you updated every step of the way. Your home’s moisture and humidity levels will also be taken into consideration to ensure that everything will be restored back to its normal condition as soon as possible.
If you’re experiencing water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
SERVPRO Does Covid-19 Cleaning
With Covid-19 lasting longer than we all had hoped and flu season just around the corner, the cleanliness of your business has never been more important. Here at SERVPRO, we strive to make sure that our commercial cleaning services are a bar above the rest, and that you know when you use our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program that your establishment is as clean as you want it to be.
We work directly with your business to help understand your specific needs and build a custom commercial cleaning program for your facility. At SERVPRO of Chesapeake North we use Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions to be positive that your business is disinfected and the level of cleanliness adheres to CDC standards. With over five decades of biochemical cleaning and decontamination experience, our proactive viral pathogen cleaning is backed with the knowledge and confidence to do the job right.
With a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your window, you’ll be sure to inspire confidence in customers that your facility is safe and clean and encourage more in-house visits to your business.
Make sure you get the most out of your commercial cleaning services and contact us at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North to get started on your custom cleaning plan.
New Hire Spotlight - David Powell
New Hire Spotlight! David Powell started in April as a Sales and Marketing Representative. “I was born in Portsmouth, VA and I attended Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University. I used to work for a local home improvement company going door-to-door for almost 5 years. I also sold security systems for ADT, and I worked in pest control for nearly 4 years. When I am not working, I enjoy weightlifting. I wanted to join SERVPRO of Chesapeake because of the structure, teamwork, and brand recognition. Since starting with SERVPRO of Chesapeake, I’ve enjoyed the freedom to build relationships with my fellow community members and have had great support from the SERVPRO of Chesapeake team to support those relationships. What I’m looking forward to the most is growing in my role and adding to my Franchise’s bottom line on a consistent basis. I am excited about the growth opportunities with SERVPRO of Chesapeake and look forward to expanding my role with the organization.” Welcome to Team Bahen, David! We are so fortunate to have you!
Hurricane Season is Coming
The peak time for the Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1 - November 30. However the most activity is reported around late August and through September. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is predicting this year to have above-average hurricane activity and us at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North want you to be prepared in case a storm hits your area.
How to Prepare:
- gather supplies - water, flashlights, medication, pet supplies
- prepare your home - clean out your gutters and collect outdoor furniture and other items
- review documents - make sure you understand your insurance policies and purchase flood insurance if your home is susceptible to flooding. Also collect personal documents
- help your neighborhood - get in touch with elderly neighbors and make sure they are set on supplies before the storm
- make an emergency plan - create a plan that your whole family is familiar with and practice it
- know your evacuation routes - listen to local authorities and pay attention to your escape routes
For more information visit: ready.gov
If your home is affected by storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700. We will respond 24/7.
Team Building At SERVPRO
Strong teams are important in businesses of all sizes. Why might you ask? The purpose of creating a strong team is to provide a foundation that will continue to increase the ability of employees to participate in planning, problem-solving, and decision-making to better serve our customers.
Here at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North, we work hard to encourage collaboration with our employees and work as ONE TEAM. One way of doing that is team building. Team building creates a strong team through forming bonds and connections. One way to create a bond is Axe Throwing. Yes, you heard that right. We went out with a few of our employees across different departments to an Axe Throwing Range! We wanted to do something with people on our team that was new and have never done before. This outing was the perfect way for our employees to see each other in a different light and get to know each other a little more. Our goal for this activity was to make our employees feel valued and have a little fun!
SERVPRO Teams Up With Red Cross to Install Smoke Detectors
Did you know that home fires claim seven lives every day in the U.S.? However, working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half.
On Saturday, SERVPRO of Chesapeake North teamed up with the American Red Cross to help install smoke detectors in our local community.
The American Red Cross has been installing free smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information through their Home Fire Campaign - Sound the Alarm, Save a Life. Since the campaign launched more than five years ago, they have helped save lives across the country.
We are so proud of our SERVPRO of Chesapeake North team who volunteered to install these smoke alarms in vulnerable homes. We had a blast handing out important fire safety information and hanging these necessary, life-saving tools!
If you experience a fire in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North! We are always here and happy to help!
Firing Up The Grill: Safety Tips
When the weather gets warmer, more and more people are looking to be outdoors. Whether you are looking for a reason to be outside or the cravings are just right, grilling can be one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately, sometimes simple activities that bring us joy can lead to potential safety issues.
For example, did you know that leaving the grill unattended, not cleaning the buildup on the grates and trays properly, or placing the grill too close to your home or any structures can cause injuries, fires, and property damage?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year on average. About 19,700 patients went to the ER per year because of injuries involving grills, including 9,500 thermal burns.
Regardless of the type of grill you own, here are some safety tips that will keep you and your family safe while barbequing at home:
Grill OUTSIDE and away from any structures. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Be cautious of the clothes you are wearing, scarves, aprons, anything dangling can easily catch on fire. Keep an eye on any children or animals when near the grill. Grills should never be used on a balcony or under an overhang. Also, look out for overhanging branches. Never use a grill in a garage, vehicle, or other enclosed spaces. Even if these are ventilated, you can still be at risk of harmful carbon monoxide buildup.
- Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 600 outside fires annually. (NFPA)
Keep your grill clean and stable. Always set up your grill on a flat surface and make sure that it cannot be tipped over. Be sure to clean and remove grease or fat buildup both from the grill and the tray below the grill. If you using a charcoal grill, be sure to allow the coals to completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.
Check for propane leaks on your gas grill. Before your first grill of the season, be sure to check the gas tank hose for leaks. You can apply light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a leak, you will see the solution bubble. Also, be aware of the smell of gas near the grill or a flame that will not light, these can also be signs of a propane leak.
- Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks. (NFPA)
Be ready to put out a fire. Never use water to put out a grease fire. Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and always have a fire extinguisher nearby. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill.
We hope these tips will help you and your family have a safe grilling season and summer.
If you experience fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist
This time of year homeowners get the urge to clean up around the house and prepare for spring, opening those windows and enjoying the warmer weather. It can get a little overwhelming thinking of all the areas in and around your home to tackle, but check out this list to get you started:
- Clean out Your Windows – dust, dirt and other contaminants build up in the panes of your windows over time. Take a vinegar solution and towel to wipe away the grime and freshen the scent that will blow into your home.
- Clean your Dryer Vent and HVAC – cleaning out your vent will improve drying and help with energy efficiency. Call our SERVPRO of Chesapeake North team to fully clean the duct system in your home, preventing dust, allergens and other contaminants are circulating.
- Clean Carpets and Rugs and Drapes/Window Coverings – blinds, shutters, curtains and drapes collect dust and other allergens very easily so giving these some much needed attention will make a huge difference. Vacuuming and deep clean carpets and rugs in your home will also help freshen up your space and give you the satisfaction of clean floors.
- Clean Your Grill – springtime calls for more outdoor grilling and inspecting your grill is a must before the grilling season kicks off. Give it a good scrubbing to clean off the old grime and prepare for cooking great meals!
If you would like a deep, professional cleaning inside your home, call the cleaning and sanitizing professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.