Some Tips to Prevent Water Damage
Dripping pipes mean a problem needs to be fixed before it leads to a larger issue
Water damage is one of the most common issues homeowners must face. Therefore it is good to know some basic steps to prevent it. To make sure water doesn’t wreak havoc on your property, you have to be on top of possible water leakage at all times. It’s easier than you think to monitor and protect your home from water damage. Here’s a few things you should remember to do often, to keep your home dry.
Find the Drip
Drips are often hard to detect, especially since they can occur in places that are hard to see or hard to reach. Thing is, they are strong indicators of leakage or busted pipes, so it is important to deal with drips as early as possible. First observe and locate where the drip is coming from. You can turn the water valve on and off to help you map out the area. When you finally locate the source of the leak, cover the crack immediately and call in an expert like a plumber in order to ensure no further leaks.
Sweating pipes are not exactly leaking pipes. If you notice your pipe lines have some sort of condensation present, it is because the temperature inside is much colder than the air surrounding it. It does not have a direct effect on the pipe itself, but it can lead to drips, which may eventually lead to damages. Make sure the pipes are properly insulated to avoid such from happening.
As your first line of defense against the elements, your roof should be kept always in good condition. Make sure there are no cracks or crevices, especially in valleys and roof pockets, as water tends to collect there. Keep the gutters free of obstruction, too, so that there’s efficient water draining.
Keeping an eye on appliances such as your dishwasher, water heater, washing machine, etc. can often help you detect early on if there’s a problem before it becomes a serious issue. Looking for wet spots, or condensation, too much moisture on or around the appliance, or if it’s not working or draining properly are signs of what may become a larger problem. Be sure to always maintain your appliances and monitor how well they’re working often.
If you experience any water damage to your home or office then call us at SERVPRO Greensboro North at 336-379-1772. We are here for you 24/7 and 365.
Smoke Detectors Are Important
Fire Alarms are an important part of keeping your family safe in case of a fire
Smoke detectors are something you have installed throughout your home. They are an important part of safety in a home, as they will automatically detect and warn you of the presence of smoke which can save your life in the event of a fire.
Having smoke detectors placed in various locations throughout your home allows for fast and effective detection. The smoke detector has a siren that will warn you, day or night, that there is a potential fire. This allows you to quickly check the nature of the problem, or if need be allows for you to try and evacuate before the fire spreads.
When placed in the right location, the smoke alarm can help firefighters quickly locate the fire in the home, allowing them to better focus their efforts. According to the U.S Fire Administration, you should install smoke alarms on every single floor of your home, as well as in every bedroom, and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area. You should also consider installing smoke alarms in often-forgotten places like basements, attics, utility rooms, and/or garages.
Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for further information regarding the best place to install your smoke alarm. If you choose hardwired smoke alarms, be sure to have them installed by a qualified electrician so that you’re ensured they’re installed properly. If not installed properly, you run the risk of them not working when you need them to.
While it can be easy to forget to check and test smoke alarms on a regular basis, it is important to ensure that they are not only properly maintained, and kept with fresh batteries but also correctly installed.
if you experience fire damage to your home, then call us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North. We can be reached 24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772. Once the fire dept has cleared the home for you to go back in, that’s where we come in to remove spot, ash and debris. We make sure the air is safe to breath again, and we clean up. We also help to salvage items and to clean them when possible.
It's grilling season! Here's Some Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Memorial Day, a day in which we honor and remember lives lost, kicks off grilling season each year.
Grilling season is officially underway! We just kicked it off celebrating Memorial Day in honor of, and with gratitude for those who passed serving our country. Unfortunately, safety is something that often goes overlooked during grilling season. While many of us know how to “throw down” on the grill or smokers, there are potential dangers which should never be overlooked. Before your first grill of the year and often throughout the grilling season, you must be sure to take precautions. Protection against fires can be relatively simple and inexpensive. Here are some safety tips to help prevent fire fatalities and injuries at your home this summer
- First and foremost, NEVER use a grill indoors. Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, on balconies, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
- Make sure your grill is ready for the job. Start off the season with a clean grill and throughout the season periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by the heat while cooking.
- Inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways.
- Position the grill far away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when it’s in use.
- Keep children and pets far away from grills: declare a minimum three-foot "safe zone" around the grill to avoid any potential injuries to children or pets.
- If using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluids designed specifically for barbecue grills and do not add any fluid after coals have been lit. even if you do not yet have the flames you desire just let it all sit and eventually your coals will all be hot enough. NEVER use gasoline in your grills! You can also build the fire by adding tightly wound paper (just twist it with your hands and ball it up) and twigs to your charcoal. That is an alternative to lighter fluid. It may not start your coals going as quickly but they will take.
- With gas grills, make sure that the hose connection is tight and check the hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks. If you find any leaks make sure to repair or replace the hoses BEFORE use.
- If using propane, and your propane cylinders are manufactured after April 2002, then they must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached. OPDS are easily identified by their triangle-shaped hand wheel.
- Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
- Never attempt to move a hot grill.
- In case of a flare-up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you are using propane.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto grill and catch fire.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the grill and have the grill. repaired by a professional, if repairs are necessary.
If you should experience a fire and fire damage inside your home, then once it is extinguished, give us a call. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year in order to assist you with your fire damage. We are also here to assist you with any water damage which can arise from fires as a result of the fire department needing to come in to extinguish your fire. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Celebrating 20 Years in the Triad!
We are proud to be serving Greensboro Triad Area for 20 years.
We are excited and proud to be celebrating our 20th year of serving the Triad in Greensboro, NC. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North we are an independently run, family owned business.
Our range of services include water and fire damages, mold remediation, restoration, cleaning such as biohazards, soft contents, and carpet cleaning.
We aim to provide the highest level of service to our clients in their time of need.
Our technicians and managers are highly skilled and trained in both restoration and reconstruction techniques. Their training is ongoing as we stay up to date on all new technologies and procedures in the industry. As a matter of fact, we are proud to also be a trainership for many new SERVPRO franchisee owners and their technicians.
Without our team of dedicated employees, our business simply wouldn't be what it is. From those of our team who are in our office, to our managers and technicians, each one are a vital component to our operation. Our great team consists of people from all different walks of life. Some are from right here in the Triad and others are from cities farther away. All have one thing in common though, they have a passion for what they do and they enjoy helping members of the Triad community to put their homes and businesses back together after an emergency situation. Our current team has many new faces, and our seasoned employees are mentoring a new generation. Everyone works together to get the job done! We are proud to have such a great team, proud of the work they do and grateful for their dedication not only to us but to our community. Our office members and technicians respond to calls at every hour of the day, everyday including on weekends and during all holidays.
Often due to major storms such as hurricanes, we and our technicians have had the honor of extending our services to communities outside of just the Triad. Some of our team has spent sometimes nearly a month or more working in those areas who’ve experienced devastating floods due to hurricanes. Most recently we’ve helped out in FL and Wilmington, NC. Communities in some areas are still recovering. We admire their resiliency and determination to rebuild and are glad to have had our part in helping to make that happen.
From a water damage at a large business or a fire at a home to a major storm hitting our community or in a portion of our country, we are always ready when our phone rings!
We are incredibly grateful to have been part of the Triad community for the past 20 years. We appreciate the support from the community and are very grateful we get to serve them. We hope to continue making it "Like it never even happened." for many more years to come.
If you find yourself in need of our services for water damage, fire damage of mold remediation than give our team at SERVPRO of Greensboro North a call at 336-379-1772. 24/7 and 365 we are here for you!
How to Help Your Community After a Major Storm
Donation bags and bins are great to prepare ahead of time
Often times after a major storm, communities pull together in order to take care of one another. Now with Hurricane Season approaching, is a great time to prepare for the storms. There will be areas impacted.
At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, our sense of community far extends beyond just Greensboro. In times of need we are there to go in through the floods to do our part to help areas recover.
We like to encourage everyone to gradually, maybe over a few weeks time, to put together some bags or bins of items for donation that can then be sent to any affected areas. Depending on where a storm hits, our own community may even need the donations. These prepared bags or bins, are also great to have in case you are affected by the storms.
Wondering What to Gather for Donation Bags or Bins?
- First off, make sure that all products you intend to donate are new or unused.
- Second just choose a category from below.
- Third then just any or all items from off that specific category to get for your bin or bag. That way when you make your donation you can label it specifically as baby supplies, or pet supplies or non- perishables etc. Once your donation is received it is then that much easier for those on the receiving end to know where the items will be going. With lots to sort through, it just helps make things easier.
Non – Perishable Food Items
Plastic Food Containers
Easy Open/Pop-Top Foods
Bottled Water or Gallons of Water
Plastic Service Products (Plates/Cups/Cutlery/Etc.)
Personal Care Items
Feminine Hygiene Items
First Aid Kits
Antibacterial Wipes of Hand Sanitizer
Plastic Totes w/Lids
Food – Cans/Bags
Trash Bags - All Sizes
All items for donation will be collected by non profits such as the Red Cross for instance. Typically when making your donation, depending on to who or which organization you are making a drop-off to, you can receive a receipt so that your donation would then be tax deductible.
Should a weather incident impact our area leaving you with any storm damage, water damage, fire damage or mold, than give us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North a call. We are available 24/7 and 365 and can be reached at 336-379-1772
Beach Music for the Community
It's that time of year where community gathers for FUN!
Who doesn't love to have fun for a great cause?! With summer approaching us here in Greensboro, that means that things like ballgames and events like Beach Music are underway or about to be.
This year marks the 16th year of Beach Music, which raises money each week for the local Children's Home Society. They have a great lineup of bands who are ready to rock out for our community and that you can get your dance on to. Sponsored by our friends at Bill Black Cadillac, Beach Music starts May 30, and goes on for 5 weeks, every Thursday night. Beach Music night is held at LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro! Check out the schedule and pricing below.
LeBauer Park (208 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC 27401)
Gates open at 5:30, concert begins at 6
Event tickets can be purchased online using the links below.
Season Passes are $40. If you are interested in purchasing a Season Pass please visit here.
***Tickets will not be mailed. Prepaid patrons will check in at the gate.***
May 30: Sleeping Booty| purchase tickets
June 6: Band of Oz | purchase tickets
June 13: Chairmen of the Board| purchase tickets
June 20: The Embers feat. Craig Woolard | purchase tickets
June 27: The Tams| purchase tickets
Grab up your friends and families and dance the Thursday nights away. Don't forget the Greensboro Grasshoppers are also right nearby Beach Music. A great place to go afterwards or on any other home game evening. We are going to a game soon ourselves. Stay tuned for that blog! For a complete schedule of Greensboro Grasshopper Home Games, click here.https://www.milb.com/greensboro/schedule
At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are here for members of our community in their time of need. Be it do to storm damage, water damage, fire damage or mold, we are here for you! We can be reached 24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772.
North Carolina Hurricane Emergency Management
Emergency Management for Greensboro and NC offer emergency notices for our community.
History indicates that families and communities who prepare in advance for hurricanes and other disasters are generally able to recover more quickly. In NC, Gov. Cooper is urging families not to wait until a possible hurricane is in the forecast and to make time now to discuss their emergency plans, review their homeowners and renter’s insurance policies, and update their emergency supplies.
For those of us living in Guilford County, hurricane preparedness is much different than for those living close to coastal areas, such as Wilmington, Carolina Beach, or the Outer Banks. Many of us living in the Triad or other areas inland, don’t typically live in flood zones, so we often don’t tend to prepare for hurricanes as readily as our coastal neighbors.
However, understanding what to do in case of a hurricane and for how to prepare for a hurricane is still incredibly important. Guilford County is often a safe destination for coastal evacuees as we are inland and yet still close, while being far enough away. It’s important for us to know evacuation routes, where shelters will be open in our city, and where we can drop off food and supplies for shelters and affected areas. If evacuation for coastal areas are in order, people often leave without some necessities. Knowing and anticipating the needs that may arise is key for neighbors being able to help other neighbors.
Emergency Management offices are important sources of information and news for information and planning in Guilford County and surrounding counties. Log onto their websites for more information:
Greensboro Emergency Management
North Carolina Emergency Management https://www.ncdps.gov/ncem
Download the FEMA App for nationwide information such as alerts, tips, and shelter locations. The app allows you to input up to five (5) locations to receive emergency news from.
Information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found on the ReadyNC mobile app and online at www.ReadyNC.org
SERVPRO of Greensboro North is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Greensboro North Carolina, We also perform mold inspections and mold remediation. If you experience flooding from a Hurricane or other storm, we are here for you! Our highly trained technicians are available for dispatch 24/7 and 365 days a year! Just give us a call at 336-379-1772
What You Can Do To Prevent A House Fire
Most house fires can be prevented
Fire Departments in the U.S. respond to house fires every 86 seconds! That equates to over 1,000 house fires a day. The number one cause of house fires is they are due to unattended cooking. The second is due to portable or fixed space heaters.
Fires in your home can occur for a variety of reasons, but many home fires are entirely preventable. While they aren’t 100 % preventable, you can take steps to reduce your risk of a fire occurring in your home.
Here’s what you can do:
- Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of deaths due to house fires occur during the night while people are sleeping. Make sure that not only are they installed correctly but that batteries are changed out often.
- Don’t ever leave food cooking unattended. Be it on your stove or deep fryers and other frying equipment you should always be keeping an eye on your food while it’s cooking.
- Avoid the use of portable and fixed space heaters, as heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Have a fire plan for yourself and your family that gets you all out of your home in less than two minutes. Practice this plan often in case of a fire.
- Avoid smoking in your house. Some ways smoking can cause fires, is if ashes land in the wrong place, if someone’s falls asleep while smoking or if a match is not properly extinguished.
Should your home experience a fire you will need professionals to tend to your home in order to help restore any damage. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we not only come in to help restore, but we also get rid of soot and debris which spread throughout your home and are left behind long after the flames are put out. We are also able to take care of any water damages incurred from attempts made to extinguish the fire. Just give us a call 24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772
What You Can Do to Try and Prevent Mold
If Mold isn’t Prevented it Will Grow and Spread Rapidly
Mold in a property, be it your home or business can be scary. If you own the property it can seem even more scary because the responsibility to get rid of it is yours, not a landlords. You either need to properly handle it yourself depending on the size of the problem, or need to call in the professionals like us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North.
Mold is certainly becoming more of a problem now. Because homes are now built more with energy-efficient in mind, they are designed to be well sealed and insulated. This allows mold to grow more easily should the property not have proper ventilation or enough air circulating in areas where high moisture is present.
Some ways you can try and prevent mold growth in your home or business include the following:
- Use a Fan to Improve Circulation
- Use a Dehumidifier to Keep the House's Humidity Levels Below 60%
- Replace Air Filters Regularly and Often
- Keep Walls and Soft Furnishings Dry
- Wipe away Condensation from Walls and Windows Especially After a Shower or Bath
- Insulate Cold Surfaces
If you feel that you have a problem with mold in your home or business than give us a call at 336-379-1772. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year.
How To Treat Mold on Your Own
Don't let mold creep into your home
Mold has many different varieties, one of which can also be toxic. People respond to mold differently depending on their own sensitivities to it. Where allergies are concerned some may have reactions, while others may not experience any affects from it. When mold is a toxic mold however, it will affect anyone even without showing immediate symptoms of mold exposure and can cause some serious health concerns. It is best to therefore remove all and any type of mold before it spreads.
You can remove some mold yourself. However, it must be done properly. Using a wet cloth may make it disappear visually, but it will not be effective. Mold will grow back again and again unless it is properly removed. In some cases, even if it is properly removed, so long as there is not enough ventilation, and you don’t improve your ventilation, then new mold can still grow back.
The best way to try and get rid of mold on your own is to use a mix of detergent or bleach. You must eradicate the spores. It’s the spores which you can’t see that get left behind. If you only wipe the mold away with a wet cloth you aren’t going to kill them off. The spores are what grows back the mold which you can then see. Always be careful when removing mold as the spores can and often do become airborne. You should wear a mask for safety.
If your mold problem is significant, you would be best advised to hire a professional to clean away the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having professionals come in when the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are available to be reached 24/7 and 365. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772. We can determine the type of mold, the cause of the mold and will remove it safely and completely.