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Preparing for Winter Driving

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

People think about preparing their homes for winter weather but may forget about getting their vehicle ready for winter driving.

You should prepare your car for winter weather:

  • Have a mechanic check your fluid levels, battery, wipers, heater, and defroster.
  • Make sure there is enough tread on your tires and if check to see if chains or studs are needed.
  • Keep your gas tank full in case of emergencies, this will also help keep gas lines from freezing.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle, include jumper cables, ice scraper, blanket, cell phone charger, cat litter (to aid in traction if you get stuck), flashlight, flares, and a first aid kit.
  • Keep an emergency bag supplied with water, snacks, and extra batteries to grab when leaving when weather is bad in case of getting stuck in snow or ice.

Some Signs of Hidden Water Damage

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

When a sink, toilet or tub has overflowed, or when rainwater has invaded your home a water damage is obvious. Did you know that water damage could also be hidden? Hidden leaks can cause structure damage as well as cause microbial growth.

Signs of hidden water damage may include:

  • Cracking, flaking and bubbling drywall or paint or dark or wet spots on ceiling or walls
  • Puddle or pool of water that comes back after cleaning it up
  • Unexplained water bill or electric bill that has suddenly gone up
  • A dripping sound or sounds of running water
  • A smell of dampness, mustiness, or mold

Hidden water damage can happen to both a new and an older home at any time. Any sort of water damage whether hidden or not needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Water Heater -Water Damage

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water Heaters can cause a water damage in several different ways from a slow leak to a burst pipe. A slow leak can develop and go unnoticed for days before the damage is found. If the water heater is located on any floor besides the bottom floor or basement of your home, the damage can be extensive. When a slow leak happens, the water can seep through the walls, flooring and even the ceiling of the rooms below. Sometimes the leak is found when the ceiling below shows water stains or collapses.

It is a good idea to inspect your water heater on a regular basis in addition to flushing it out twice a year.

If/when you notice that a puddle of water under your water heater, the water doesn’t get as hot as it used to, it is making popping or cracking sounds, and if you see any rust in the water when using the hot water, you should contact a plumber for assistance.

If you experience a water damage, contact SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties for assistance. We can be reached at 540-433-6100 anytime of the day or night!

Checklist to Aid in Preventing Water Damage

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

  • Check the hoses to your appliances: washing machine and dishwasher, be sure to include any faucets
  • Check the water lines: refrigerator ice maker and water heater
  • Check the caulking around your tub, shower, and windows
  • Check your downspouts and gutters
  • Check to make sure that the water drains away from your home or building
  • Check your sump pump (if one is installed)

Upon inspection if you found any damage to your hoses or water lines, have them replaced. If the caulking is damage, you will need to reseal the areas. Make sure that your downspouts and gutters are clear of any debris and/or damage to would allow water to get into your home or building. Make sure that your sump pump is working correctly by pouring water into the pump pit allowing the float to rise and the pump to turn on. Also be sure that after the water is removed, that the pump turns off.

Causes of Dishwasher Leaks

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwashers usually leak at the door or underneath the washer.

If your dishwasher drainage system is clogged or the float valve fails, water will escape through the door. A leaking door seal can also cause water to escape as well as failure to level the dishwasher properly during installation. Water leaks can also come from damaged hoses and loose hose clamps. The tub itself could develop a hole due to corrosion issues from hard water and/or detergents used.

Be sure and inspect your dishwasher regularly for worn out parts and be sure to clean the filters at least once a month.

If you experience a water damage in your home, whether due to a dishwasher leak or other damage, contact SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100. We are here to help!

Different Forms of “Snow”

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Snow can be seen as flurries or snow showers. Flurries are light falling snow for a fleeting period and there is unusually no accumulation. Snow showers have snow falling for brief periods of time and with varying intensity of snowfall, some accumulation is possible.

Sleet starts out as snow then partially melts when going through warm air as the flakes fall towards the ground. Before hitting the ground, they then go through a layer of freezing air and eventually land as sleet. Sleet is nothing more than frozen rain drops!

Freezing rain also starts out as snow. The snowflakes completely melt as they fall through warm air. Then the rain refreezes upon impact with anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a glaze of ice on trees, power lines, etc.

Ice Storms and Freezing Rain

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Avoid driving if freezing rain has been forecasted. Roads can be extremely slippery with just a small amount of accumulation of ice. Wait to drive until after the highway maintenance crews have had time to treat the roads with sand or salt and it has started to melt. Better yet, wait until the temperature gets above freezing so as not to have the roadway refreeze before you arrive at your destination.

Check tree branches and power lines for ice buildup. The weight of the ice could cause the branches and power lines to break causing damage to yourself, car, or residence. Never touch power lines as they could cause you to be electrocuted.

It is better to stay put and stay inside, if possible, until after the ice has melted from the roadways, trees, and power lines when an ice storm occurs.   

Ice storms and freezing can also cause damage to your home. Falling trees and branches as well as an ice dam backup in your gutters can cause not only water damage but structural damage. If you experience any damage during a storm, contact SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-434-4100. We are here to help!

Sewage Damage in Your Commercial Building

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

When a toilet containing sewage or a sewage drain backs up in your commercial building, it should be considered an emergency. The damage could include viruses and/or bacteria that could cause illness.  Since sewage is a hazardous material, it should be handled by professionals who will clean up the sewage and remove it in a safe manner. Damaged items will need to be removed, unsalvageable items will need to be discarded, and salvageable items will need to be disinfected, along with drying out the structure. By having a professional handle the sewage damage, you can limit the damage that sewage causes.

Contact SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties to handle any sewage damage that occurs in your commercial building. No job is too big or too small. We can be reached at 540-433-6100 anytime of the day or night.

Fire Safety Tips for People with Functional Needs

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

When life happens and we need to use a walker, wheelchair, or other mobility device (crutches, scooter, etc.), to get around, we may tend to not think about fire safety.

In such cases, we should consider the following:

  • Check to be sure that paths are clear, and you can get through doorways
  • Widen doorways and have ramps installed, if needed
  • Have a fire safety plan, practice it, and let others (family, neighbors, building manager) know what the plan is.
  • Let your local fire department know ahead of time any special needs you have so that they can keep it on file in case of an emergency, contact them on their non-emergency line to provide them with the information.
  • Always keep a phone handy and call 911 when an emergency occurs.

Commercial Residential Properties -Water Damage

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages in commercial residential properties have increased due to the increasing use of water in our daily lives. Water is used with dishwashers, water and ice dispensing refrigerators, water heaters, toilets, and washing machines as well as showers and bathtubs. Any of these could cause a water damage to occur. Other water damages can be caused by the building’s supply system (pipes) and storms.

Residential buildings that sustain a water loss and not properly dried become less attractive to tenants for leasing and/or could result in lower rental income. Carpets may need to be lifted for drying or removed, along with other affected materials depending on the type of water loss.

If you would happen to have a water damage in your commercial residential building, call SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100.