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.
Is Winter Storm Damage Covered by Insurance?
It is important to cover your bases in and around your home before a winter storm hits.
Preventative action will be the best way to ensure you did everything you could to avoid damage to your home and protect your family and your wallet. Follow this checklist to ensure you are taking the right steps before the snow and ice hit:
- Inspect your roof and check or any damages to leaks
- Clean out your gutters to avoid snow and ice build up and avoid a potential ice dam on your roof
- Check your property for dead tree limbs that could fall from the weight of the snow and damage your home.
- Go around the home and feel your windows and doors for drafts - apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows if needed.
- Detach outdoor hoses, drain, store the hose in a shed or garage and cover your faucets with an insulated faucet cover.
Make sure to review your insurance policy or contact your insurance agent to find out exactly what is covered or isn’t ahead of a storm. Some policies could have exclusions for damages that result from a home not being winterized properly, so follow these tips and do your homework!
If you experience damage following a winter storm, call the experts at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
Cover Your Outdoor Water Faucet This Winter
Our team at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North wants you and your family to avoid potential disasters this winter. It's important to take the proper precautions when it comes to your outdoor water faucets to prevent frozen pipes and water damage in your home or crawl space.
Follow These Quick Steps Below:
- The first step to prepare your outdoor faucets is to remove the attached hoses
- Second - drain what's left inside the hose and then store in a shed or garage to avoid freezing.
- Purchase a simple and affordable faucet cover from your local hardware store as seen in the picture.
- Place the faucet cover over the faucet and make sure it is secure up against the wall to keep the faucet insulated, avoiding it from freezing.
If you experience burst pipes this winter causing water damage to your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
How Smoke Hurts Your Home
House fires are reported to fire departments about every 24 seconds and cost thousands of lives each year and thousands to homes and buildings.
Smoke and fire damage can be severe and if the home survives the fire, it should be inspected, quickly, cleaned and recovery actions addressed to avoid permanent damage.
When you've been told it's safe to return to your home, call your insurance company and ask for a cleanup and restoration company to help you with the fire and smoke damage to help restore your home.
Thankfully, your home is still standing, but you must get an inspection of the foundation and the structure for safety.
If the fire consumed your furniture and belongings, you have a wet, scorched mess left behind. Leather, fabric, and wood can trap smoke smells and usually can be restored. In addition, smoke and soot particles can get trapped inside of your HVAC system.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North will remove the wet, burned, scorched mess and take your salvageable contents to clean in our warehouse. We also have the capability to help restore your fire and water damaged documents and photos. When this process is completed, then we can address the soot, water, and fire damage restoration to your home and to your HVAC system.
If you have fire damage in Chesapeake, call us at 757-465-9700.
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
When was the last time you had your business's duct system cleaned? Regular maintenance to your air duct system can help improve the productivity of your HVAC systems and the quality of your air.
The truth is, a facility manager may not even think about the air ducts until the system stops heating or cooling properly. A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire commercial building. This encompasses the air that is sucked from the whole building in the air conditioner/heater where it gets cooled or heated and then pushed back via the ducts into your working space. These systems can collect contaminants over time and could possibly circulate dust and other allergens.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North has National Air Duct certified technicians who will inspect your HVAC air duct system and give an estimate for a total cleaning. We offer scheduled maintenance cleanings that will help to keep your system running more efficient and help to provide good air quality.
Think you have dirty ducks? Call us at 757-465-9700.
Prepared for Winter Storms
With the likelihood for severe winter storms increasing, we here at SERVPRO Chesapeake North want you, and your home or business to be prepared ahead of the storm.
Frozen pipes that burst can cause catastrophic damage to any home, business or apartment complex. To prevent pipes from bursting there are several preventive measures that can be followed:
- Drip your faucets! Even a small trickle of water moving through the pipes can prevent them from freezing.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Keep garage doors and other doors that lead to the outside closed to prevent the influx of cold air.
If you will be leaving your home during the cold weather make sure that you leave the heat on in your home (55 °F or higher)
If you experience bursting or leaking pipes this winter, we here at SERVPRO are Here to Help. Our franchise professionals are on standby 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We offer emergency water extraction, electronic drying, document drying and restoration, as well as mold prevention and mitigation.
Is Your Home Prepared In Case of Fire?
More often then not, the sound from a smoke detector is more reliable than your senses to alert you of a fire when you are sound asleep.
Many people think that they will wake up because they will be able to smell the smoke. This more often times not true, because your sense of smell shuts down when you sleep, and your sense of hearing is more active.
The National Fire Protection Association reported that 2 out 5 home fires that sustained fire damage, either did not have smoke alarms or they were disabled.
Make sure that your alarm is placed properly and in every room of the home. It is also important to make sure the alarms are installed correctly to ensure it's effectiveness and efficiency. Test your alarms every year or so to make sure they are in working order.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North can answer your questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage at 757-465-9700.