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4 Things To Do If Your Home Floods

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, and more rain. They’re moments in the year, sometimes too many where our community goes days on end with rain. Then changing over to snow and ice in the winter if the temperatures manage to drop below freezing for a substantial amount of time. While snow is pretty to look at, what often accompanies it is a fearful weather condition. Ice can cause trees to topple over onto your roof creating a hole where water can seep into all areas of your home including the basement. 

Falling trees can rupture the pipes of your home as well which may cause hundreds if not more gallons of water to spew out into your basement, flooring, walls, and ceiling. Any amount of standing water in your home may spell disaster if not mitigated promptly. Significant water damage can begin to warp your hardwood floors, stain your carpeting, and create a mold growth situation.

Calling an experienced water cleanup crew with IICRC Certification and experience in restoration is key to beginning the process of getting your home back to normal. Our team is trained in proper drying methods and mold testing to help keep your family safe. We’ll also reconstruct your house after it’s been restored to streamline the process. 

When many customers call our office to request our services it’s critical you’ve already completed a few tasks beforehand. Listed below are a few key steps homeowners should take if they experience water damage. 

  1. Shut Off The Water Source
    1. Locate the cut-off valve in your home. It’s likely underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. 
  2. Do What You Can In Order To Mitigate The Damage
    1. Try to soak as much water as you can on your own using towels. 
  3. Call A Water Cleanup Company
    1. Available 24/7 with 20+ years of experience and contractor license for repairs. 
  4. Speak To Your Home Insurance Provider  
    1. Save your insurance agent’s contact information on your phone, or write it down. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, 336-379-1772.

Steps to Help Prevent Trees from Falling on Your Home?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

When people are looking to purchase a new house the curb appeal, amount of acres and layout are the primary focus. Counting the number of trees that surround the house is possibly the last thought on a prospective buyer’s mind. It’s essential, however, that house hunters do take into account how many trees there are near or on the property for the protection of their investment. Severe weather may pose the most likely risk to that investment through the possibility of ice storms in the winter and powerful winds in the spring. 

An ice storm and powerful winds may cause weakened trees to fall on your property; through a window or even the roof. Pertaining to ice storms a quarter-inch of ice may begin to weigh down branches and a half-inch of ice may even lead to them breaking. Likewise, powerful winds from a hurricane, tropical storm or any other strong system that has the potential to spawn tornadoes may result in down trees. Especially if the ground is saturated from recent rainfall.

To help reduce the possibility of a tree falling on your home our team has listed several steps you can take below. 

  1. Look to see if there are any trees on your property or even near it that may be weakened and pose a risk to your home. Perform this task regularly especially at the beginning of the winter and spring. 
  2. Consider having a professional tree service company cut down trees that are weakened or are in close proximity to your property. 
  3. Continuous severe storms can cripple a tree’s integrity leaving it vulnerable to a strong ice storm or hurricane completely toppling it over. After every storm makes sure to examine the trees around your home for abnormalities. 
  4. Check with your home insurance provider to ensure you’re properly covered if a tree does fall on your roof. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

5 Common Causes of Fires In The Workplace

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

We all can do our part to reduce hazards in our respective workplaces including fire prevention. While the coronavirus has rightfully placed public health at the forefront of workplace safety it’s critical that people don’t forget other dangers in the workplace. According to estimates from the National Fire Protection Agency, fire departments across the United States responded to 3,340 office fires from 2007-2011.

Any sort of interruptions in your business whether in or out of your control can hurt your bottom line. Compounded by the pandemic, your business set ablaze may only add to your stresses. To help you think of potential fire hazards in your place we’ve listed out five common causes of fires according to NFPA.org. All of the common causes listed can be applied to warehouses, factories, office spaces, restaurants, and other commercial properties. 

  1. Cooking equipment including ovens, stovetops, microwaves, and burners. 
  2. Heating equipment including space heaters. 
  3. Electrical equipment including computers, printers, and other electrical office items. 
  4. Smoking on the premises.
  5. Fires that are intentionally set. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks 


https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes

What Are The Main Causes of Restaurant Fires?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foodservice industry has become one of the most negatively affected industries. With mandated government closures and limits on capacity, there is much on the mind of restaurateurs. Covid-19 has forced restaurants of all shapes and sizes to think outside of the box to best stay afloat and serve their community. Colliding with those thoughts are worries that are always a concern of business owners which are fires. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are  7,410 structural fires pertaining to restaurants every year. Causing thousands of dollars in fire damage. 40% of restaurant fires occur in the kitchen caused by stoves, ovens, and other electrical as well as gas appliances. Lighting equipment and smoking are also contributing causes to restaurant fires. 

A few tips to help prevent restaurant fires whether it’s a fast-food establishment, fast-casual, or fine dining. 

  • Include in your new employee training fire prevention and safety rules to be followed.
  • Regularly train current employees on kitchen safety. 
  • Instruct all servers, cooks, and bussers on the fire extinguisher utilization. 
  • Have a designated area for smoking a safe distance from the building. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx 


https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Eating-and-drinking-establishments

Rising Numbers of COVID-19

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Greensboro for the ending of 2020 and beginning of 2021 was one of the top 10 cities per 100,000 for confirmed coronavirus cases according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It’s critical even with the rollout of the vaccine that individuals and organizations continue to follow public health guidelines from your local and state officials as well as the C.D.C. 

SERVPRO of Greensboro North has performed hundreds of proactive and post cleanings for commercial spaces since the beginning of the pandemic. Equipped with our corporate patented SERVPROXIDE disinfectant our Production Technicians have disinfected small office spaces to large industrial plants. Each of our crew members is trained in effective sanitization methods to grant you and your employees peace of mind as you head back into the workplace. 

2021 is a promising year with many heading back into the workplace for the first time since early spring 2020. Coming together as a community was necessary in order to combat the pandemic and show that we’re #greensborostrong. Please continue to wear your mask, practice socially distancing when required, and if you do have an employee test positive at your facility please give our team a call. 

If your home or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References 

https://www.wxii12.com/article/coronavirus-greensboro-north-carolina-covid-task-force/35164895


https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/health/coronavirus/professional-cleaners-phase-two-disinfecting-deep-cleaning-businesses-phase-two/83-d8886d0a-7ae8-45f1-8771-a8b27f860f27

What To Do If Your Hotel Catches Fire?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

graph showing the main causes of structural fires for hotels/motels from 2009-2013 and deaths associated with them. Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Hotels and Motels" (PDF, 2 MB) Author: Richard Campbell Issued: September 2015

Whether traveling for business or pleasure hotels and motels try to make their customers as comfortable as possible during their stay. Most people let their guard down when staying in a hotel believing nothing bad while away from home. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association on average, one of every 14 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year.

If you’re planning a vacation or going on a business trip soon check to be sure the hotel has working fire alarms in every room as well as a sprinkler system. Once you get to your room review the escape route if there is a fire. When you’re sleeping Keep your key card on the nightstand then you won’t forget it if the fire alarm goes off. Lastly, stay low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation and take the stairs not the elevator. 

Structural fires located in hotels and motels can result from cooking accidents to cigarette smoking which is why it’s critical you stay on guard during your stay. If you’re unable to escape your room dial 911 and hold a light source by the window for the local fire department to locate you. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

References 

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/HotelsFactSheet.ashx

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/HotelMotelSafety.ashx 


https://nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Hotel-and-Motel-Structure-Fires

What’s Your Ideal Room Temperature?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

graph showing the main causes of structural fires from 2007-2011 and deaths associated with them. Report: NFPA's "U.S. Structure Fires in Office Properties" Author: Richard Campbell Issued: August 2013

The battle over the coveted thermostat isn’t a fight just reserved for people’s homes. Heading into the thick of winter now offices across the Piedmont Triad will have to balance costs with worker productivity. Several studies have been conducted in the past decade surveying the effects of office temperature on employee productivity. Theorizing that room temperature does impact the productivity of a company’s employees. 

Whether you own a building with hundreds of office workers or a small business with a dozen it’s impossible to satisfy everyone with the current thermostat setting. Therefore some of your employees will take it upon themselves to find a way to warm up during the working hour. One choice is the use of a space heater if your building permit permits it. While space heaters may be great for workers who prefer it to be warmer there is also a potential fire hazard as well. 

Heating equipment was the cause of 11% of structural office fires from 2007-2011 according to the National Fire Protection Association. If employees are allowed to utilize a space heater in their office there are multiple fire safety and prevention tips you should be aware of to help keep everyone safe. 

Information from the National Fire Protection Association(nfpa.org): 

  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people. 
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface. 
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over. 
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit. 
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord. 
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room. 

With over 20 years of experience in the fire cleanup and restoration industry mitigating the effects of commercial fires. We’ve acquired a great deal of information on how to prevent one from occurring whether you own or manage a retail space, restaurant, plant, factory, or warehouse. We regularly post content concerning fire safety and prevention on our website and social media platforms. Informing the local community on the dangers of fire from the smoke odor, soot, and the impact on furniture, appliances, and other items.

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

References 

https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-news/pages/toohottoocold.aspx#:~:text=When%20it%20comes%20to%20the,difficult%20to%20concentrate%20at%20work.

https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/hot-temperatures-decrease-worker-productivity-economic-output/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PortableHeaterSafety.ashx 


https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2018/Space-heaters-account-for-43-percent-of-US-home-heating-fires-and-85-percent-of-associated-deaths

Is My Space Heater A Fire Hazard?

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

As the winter season sets in and temperatures prepare to plummet, thousands of families across Guilford County will be utilizing different forms of heating equipment to remain warm. Space heaters may be one mechanism homeowners use and although it may be great at creating a comfortable environment inside your home it may also present themselves as a fire hazard if not properly applied in their given area. According to the National Fire Protection Association. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

To protect yourself, loved ones, and property from the potential fire hazard posed by spaces heaters the SERVPRO of Greensboro North team has listed several points below. 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment including spaces heaters. 
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Providing useful information to keep your family safe this winter season is important to our team. If you do, however, experience a home fire damaging portions of your property or all of it in its entirety our team is ready to respond to mitigate the damage. The SERVPRO of Greensboro North team has performed thousands of fire restoration jobs in our twenty plus years of existence. Whether it’s staining soot damage, a lasting smoke odor, or varying contents such as furniture, toys, and precious family keepsakes you need to be taken care of. We’re here to help! 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candle-fires 

https://www.esfi.org/news/5-things-you-should-know-about-space-heaters-638#sthash.LTHHLmhN.dpbs 


https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx

Candle Fires This Winter Season

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple candles all with lit candles going out of focus as their distance increases and burst orange background.. Lit Candles

The cool crisp air reminds us to layer up for the elements before we leave our homes for the day’s activities. Pulling a sweater over your head or zipping up your coat isn’t ideal when you’re staying home the majority of the time. With recent temperatures dipping near or below freezing thousands of homeowners are finding ways to stay warm this winter while also limiting their heating bill expenditures. 

Candles while not a primary heat provider is commonly used to add emotional warmth to a person’s home. Scented candles in particular perform this task truly well, however, it’s critical that you take precautions. Candles may quickly become a fire hazard potentially leading to your home becoming ablaze with flames causing smoke and soot damage. Remember to keep candles at least a foot away from any flammable objects including curtains and furniture. Blow out any lit candles before you leave the room for the evening. Lastly, consider utilizing battery-operated flameless candles which can offer the same effect as authentic candles with a minimal fire hazard. 

Here are more facts on candle fires to emphasize the importance of taking safety precautions to protect your family and loved ones this season.

During the five-year period of 2014-2018 according to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • December is the peak month for candle fires in the United States. 
  • Christmas is the peak day for candle fires in the United States. 
  • ? of candle fires began in the bedroom. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candle-fires 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating  

Trauma Scene Safety & Clean-Up

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

biohazard symbol on yellow-orange square with black stripes horizontal and warning on the top, biohazard on bottom. Biohazard Symbol

Handling the aftermath of a death on your property is a sensitive ordeal. Although a mortician or coroner will remove a body from your home the matter of cleanup is left to the homeowner or landlord. Contributing to the emotional agony loved ones are feeling there are serious health risks and barriers to clean-up that must be considered before moving forward. Recognizing that as a human body begins to decompose the entire house becomes a biohazard scene containing potential infections and diseases throughout. 

Health Risk

  • Human waste including bodily fluids, urine, and feces can contain E. coli, norovirus, and pinworms. 
  • Bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, and HIV can be found in the area where the body was found including the floors, walls, mattresses, and furniture. 
  • Along with the physical health risk of individuals cleaning up after a death has occurred, there is also the mental health risk if the person was a loved one. The psychological damage should not be discounted. 

PPE & Clean-Up 

SERVPRO of Greensboro North is your area leader in human waste clean-up including crime scenes and biohazard remediation.

  • Each of our crew members is equipped with the necessary PPE to complete the biohazard remediation process including hazmat suits, goggles, respirators, and disposable gloves. 
  • Adding to the IICRC training, biohazard remediation equipment, and readiness our team possesses; SERVPRO has industrial-grade chemicals to properly disinfect and deodorize your home. A decomposing body can also leave a foul smell in your home which may harm the potential resale value. 

If your home or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/workers_handlingwaste.html

https://www.osha.gov/bloodborne-pathogens