Electric Fire Prevention For The Winter Season
Christmas lights hanging on the roof of a house.
The holiday season is in full swing and homeowners will decorate their homes inside and out with an assortment of lights and decorations to contribute to the overall atmosphere of your residence. With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, it is very easy to lose track of everything going on; forgetting the finer details that will keep you, your family, and home safe. Increasing the electrical utilization of your home inevitable increases the likelihood of your residence catching on fire and following these tips may equip you to fully enjoy this holiday season.
All electrical equipment purchased or utilized is required to have a statement on the box stating this equipment is acceptable to use by the federal government. Utilizing government-approved equipment for your decorations is a key step and not doing so can put your family at risk. If the equipment instructions specify for indoor or outdoor use it is paramount that you follow those instructions and not just take it under advisement.
Be sure when setting up your lights and decorations that they’re placed away from any standing water or snow to reduce the risk of causing an electrical fire to your residence. The placing of electric equipment near any standing water may also cause electrocution. Also, keep any Christmas decorations away from community power lines to reduce the likelihood of over-usage.
Lastly, turn off the Christmas decorations or unplug them completely when sleeping or leaving your residence for an extended period of time. Although an inconvenience the inability to respond immediately if a fire was to occur when the amount to more damage overall.
SERVPRO of Greensboro North Participates in the Greensboro Holiday Parade
SERVPRO of WHOVILLE for Greenboro Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 7.
Massive hot air figurines, carefully crafted floats, and crowd-pleasing marching bands are just a few words, to sum up, Saturday’s Greensboro Holiday Parade. The SERVPRO of Greensboro North team participated in the parade with members of our staff who assisted in creating the float utilized to cruise down Greene Street onto West Market Street and back down Church street. Bringing inspiration from the famous holiday classic television special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the SERVPRO team constructed and crafted a SERVPRO of WHOVILLE float to represent our brand to the Greater Greensboro area. One of our SERVPRO employees chose to go a step further with the theme and dressed in a Grinch costume which was a might hit with the crowd especially the children who made comical remarks as the Grinch appeared down every corner.
SERVPRO of Greensboro North is there for people during some of the worst moments of their life, assisting them in returning to some sense of normalcy after a tragedy. Understanding that we take advantage of the opportunities to engage with the community in more positive circumstances including such events as the Greensboro Holiday Parade.
Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting us!
Preparing your home for Winter storms
Downtown Greensboro covered in snow. Including the Lincoln Financial Group building, Kress Building, and Washington Street intersection.
Though the official start of Winter isn’t until December 21 it’s imperative that property owners prepare now for severe weather including snowstorms, ice storms, and blizzards. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO Greensboro North team is here to offer you tips and advice on how to ensure your residence or office remains comfortable all season long.
First things first this Winter is to take a close look at the current status of your heating and air conditioning unit. It’s best to hire a certified HVAC technician to inspect your unit for any abnormalities. Routine maintenance is key to preventing a complete breakdown in your system.
Secondly, check around the outside of your property for any standing water. Check to see if there are proper channels for water to drain away from your property. The build-up of water around your property may contribute to the degradation of your home's foundation.
Lastly, evaluate the property itself for any damage, cracks, or holes where it may be possible for cold air to seep in. Sealing those holes throughout your property may help in lowering heating costs and keep you warm throughout the Winter season.
Causes and Signs of Water Damage
Peeling paint is one sign of water damage
Water damage can happen suddenly or over a period of time. If developing over a period of time, the condition will only worsen and continue to do more damage if not taken care of. It is good to know the most common causes and what to look out for.
Causes of Water Damage
Here’s a list of the most common causes of water damage:
- Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and floods
- Pipes that are frozen, have burst or are leaking
- Malfunctioning appliances, such as dishwashers or washing machines
- Groundwater seepage through cracks in your foundation or walls
- Roof damage, such as missing shingles or cracked flashing
Signs of Water Damage
The following list provides some of the telltale signs that you are dealing with water damage. Keep an eye out for these:
- Peeling paint
- Warping floors
- Ceilings and walls that show discoloration or sagging
- A strong musty smell
- Water pooling up in puddles in your yard, especially after a rainstorm
If your home experiences water damage then call us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365.
Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage During the Fall
Leaves are beautiful but when they fall from the trees they can clog your gutters
After Summer gives way to Fall and the bright colored leaves appear, water damage issues are also appearing. The shift in season temperatures from summer heat to cooler autumn weather presents certain seasonal conditions that can potentially impact your home and belongings.
Here are some tips to prevent potential water damage this Fall.
- In the fall is a great time to prepare for winter and the fact there will be snow and / or ice on your roof. Fall itself is not without many rainstorms. Have your roof inspected for loose or deteriorated shingles or other signs of leakage. Cut back any limbs or trees that could fall onto your home in high winds, damaging your roof or walls. Use caulking or spray foam insulation to seal any openings found in your homes exterior walls, such as points where conduits or pipes enter the house, garden hose bibs and around vents.
- Clean out your gutters. Those beautiful color changing leaves don’t stay on the trees. Leaves fall down and clog gutters and downspouts. When a substantial amount of rainfall occurs, gutters overflow and spill water down exterior walls, penetrating siding and seeping into wall cavities. That results in Indoor water damage and mold growth.
- Prepare the sprinkler system. Before the first freeze strikes, follow the manufacturer’s procedure to winterize your underground sprinklers. An underground rupture due to freezing in the main line or the shutoff valve connected to household water could affect the house foundation and/or cause basement flooding.
If your home experiences water damage then call us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North at 336-379-1772. We are here for you 24/7 and 365.
At SERVPRO of Greensboro North we highly trained technicians and state of the art equipment
- When your in an unexpected emergency situation and having to look for companies who can assist you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services then SERVPRO should be who you consider most. Don’t just take our word for it. Some facts to consider are as follows:
- SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. One of the top 10 franchises, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company.
- At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, our owner started our SERVPRO franchise over 20 years ago. We have the experience to go along with our state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians.
- All of our technicians are trained and specialists in the work that they do. Training is constantly updated for them when there’s any new way in the industry to best assist our customers.
- We help you work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete. If your insurance company does not cover a service we recommend, we will let you know the price before the work is done.
- We work quickly yet thoroughly to ensure that your home is restored, making it “Like it never happened”.
- At SERVPRO of Greensboro North we are here for you in case of fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage and biohazard cleanup. Not only are we here for you but we are available 24/7 and 365.
If you experience fire damage, water damage, mold, storm damage or need a biohazard cleanup then call us, SERVPRO of Greensboro North at 336-379-1772
Storms Can be Damaging to Your Home
Storms often bring with them heavy winds and heavy rain
Lots of storms come with high winds which can be damaging. Roof damage can be incurred from strong winds that may lift roof shingles, cause cracks, or remove part or all of the roof. Harsh winds and rains can shear away asphalt tiles. Flying debris can also cause cracks and holes in your roof. A small roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business.
With heavy winds and rains also come floods. If your home or business is near water or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage even being many miles from the coast or miles away from any large body of water. If the land around your home or business cannot absorb the additional water flooding may happen.
If your home experiences storm damage then call us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North. We can be reached 24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772
What Are the Four Stages of a Fire?
Flames grow during the stages of a fire
By basic definition, Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. (Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition)
By most standards including according to the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) there are 4 stages of a fire. These stages are incipient, growth, fully developed, and decay. The following is a brief overview of each stage.
Incipient – This first stage begins when heat, oxygen and a fuel source combine and have a chemical reaction resulting in fire. This is also known as “ignition” and is usually represented by a very small fire which often (and hopefully) goes out on its own, before the following stages are reached. Recognizing a fire in this stage provides your best chance at suppression or escape.
Growth – The growth stage is where the structures fire load and oxygen are used as fuel for the fire. There are numerous factors affecting the growth stage including where the fire started, what combustibles are near it, ceiling height and the potential for “thermal layering”. It is during this shortest of the 4 stages when a deadly “flashover” can occur; potentially trapping, injuring or killing firefighters.
Fully Developed – When the growth stage has reached its max and all combustible materials have been ignited, a fire is then considered fully developed. This is the hottest phase of a fire and the most dangerous for anybody trapped within.
Decay – The longest stage of a fire, is usually the decay stage. It is characterized by a significant decrease in oxygen or fuel, putting an end to the fire. Two common dangers during this stage are first – the existence of non-flaming combustibles, which can potentially start a new fire if not fully extinguished. Second, there is the danger of a backdraft when oxygen is reintroduced to a volatile, confined space.
If you’re home or business has experienced fire damage then call us, SERVPRO of Greensboro North at 336-379-1772. We are available 24/7 and 365 to assist you with cleaning up, salvaging and restoring your property.
SERVPRO of Greensboro North is Here to Assist With Fire Damage
Fire Damage can be devastating
Fire Damage can be traumatic and devastating. Your entire home or business can be completely consumed. Recovering from a fire can be an emotional experience as you’re grateful to survive, while also having maybe lost so much.
When it comes to fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of Greensboro North is here for you. Our team cares about what you’ve been through and we are here to assist you. Whether you’ve experienced a small kitchen fire, or a devastating house fire, we are able to help you restore your home.
We are here for
- Emergency Board up
- Packing, Cleaning and Restoring Content
- Structure Cleaning
- Smoke and Odor Removal
Our highly trained technicians aren’t only skilled and experienced, but also empathetic about your situation. They understand exactly what you’re going through, as does our entire office team. We’ll bring our compassion along with our state of the art equipment.
Fires can happen at anytime, day or night. We are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year. Just SERVPRO of Greensboro North a call at 336-379-1772
Fires Destroy More Than Just Surfaces and Structures
Smoke stays behind long after fires are extinguished
After the flames subside and surfaces cool what remains of your home can be coated with soot and ash. Even surfaces you can’t see, such as air vents and the fibers of fabric can trap soot and odors. Discoloration and corrosion can can be found throughout your home or office after a fire. The smell after a fire can also be so overwhelming that it is difficult for most to tolerate.
At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are here with our compassion, empathy, highly trained technicians and state of the art equipment.
After a fire has been put out and the structure deemed safe, then we come in to asses the damage. At SERVPRO of Greensboro North, we are here to help restore your home, and your salvageable belongings after a fire. We are here to remove ash, soot and smoke from not only surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings, but also from the air. Fires leave behind toxins and smoke which must be removed from your home entirely in order to make it safe for you and your family. Air quality is just as important as the surfaces you come into contact with, if not even more so. Our state of the art equipment along with our highly trained technicians ensure that your home and it’s air quality are restored.
Fires can happen at anytime, day or night. We are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year. Just SERVPRO of Greensboro North a call at 336-379-1772