Stay Warm This Winter!
As the temperatures begin to drop and winter closes in, it can sometimes be difficult to keep warm with the wrath of winter against you. However, we have a few tips to help keep you warm all winter long!
The use of area rugs can be extremely helpful in the winter. This simple addition helps to insulate rooms with hardwood or tile floors and regulates the temperature inside your home.
In addition to using an area rug, a helpful tip is to close the fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use. By closing the fireplace damper, you are preventing the warm air from escaping from your home.
By utilizing these couple tips, you can make sure you and your family stay warm all winter!
Space Heater Safety
When the weather begins to cool down, the use of things like space heaters will continue to increase. If used improperly, they can cause some serious damage. Luckily, there are a few ways to try and avoid this!
When using a space heater that burns fuel, like a kerosene heater, always use the manufacturer's specified fuel.
Another important idea to remember is to always turn of portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. If not, an unsupervised space heater can cause an unpleasant surprise.
The last tip to remember is to plug the space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
By following these simple tips, we hope you are able to avoid a visit and call to us here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee!
What To Do When a Pipe Bursts
A pipe burst can happen at any time. When it does, people are often left unsure of what to do. Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we are equipped to deal with that type of situation in the best way possible. While you wait for us to get to the scene, there are a couple of things you can do:
- Turn of the water to your house. If the water remains on, odds are the water will continue to leak or even flood. By shutting off the source, you are reducing the amount of damage done to your house.
- If the pipe continues to leak or drip, use a bucket to collect the water to contain the problem.
- If the pipe breaks in a wall or ceiling, switch off the power at the main breaker and avoid electrical fixtures or wiring. The mix of wires and water can be extremely dangerous.
We are trained to help and deal with these kinds of situations. If you ever find yourself in that place, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.
Categorizing a Water Damage
When our crew gets to a water damage, they identify the extent of the damage by categorizing the risk and immediate threat the water poses.
Water is categorized to describe how dirty and unsanitary the water is.
- Category 1 - The source of the water is sanitary and it does not pose a risk. However, if left untreated, it could change categories and become unsanitary.
- Category 2 - The water is significantly contaminated and it can cause a human to become sick if they come in contact with it.
- Category 3 - The water is the most unsanitary and contaminated and contains harmful pathogenic or toxigenic agents.
Water is categorized not only for the safety of the homeowner but for our crew as well. By categorizing the water, it also allows us to use the proper chemicals and equipment to deal with the task at hand. If you find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call at (201) 496-6024.
Classifying a Water Damage
When our crew gets to a water damage, we not only categorize it, but we classify the damage as well.
Water damages are classified based on the amount of water as well as the material involved in the damage.
- Class 1 - This is the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. Only a portion of a room is affected or a larger area with minimal moisture absorbed. There is little to no wet carpet present.
- Class 2 - This involves a large amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. At least an entire room with carpet is affected. There is moisture in structural materials and substructure soil.
- Class 3 - This involves the greatest amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. In this class, the water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpets, etc. are saturated.
- Class 4 - This class relates to special drying situations. For example, some materials may require longer drying times and even different methods.
Classifying water damages is vital to our evaluation. It lets us know what type of equipment we need to use, the extent of the damage, and how long we can expect it to take. If you find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call at (201) 496-6024.
Fire Restoration Process
Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, one of the things we pride ourselves on is our process after someone experiences a fire. We work tirelessly in order to get their life back.
- Call Us - Once we receive your call, we have a manager come and evaluate the extent of the damage.
- Emergency Board Up - We have our crew tarp any damaged portions of your roof, windows, or doors. This tarp creates a waterproof barrier and protects from break-ins.
- Mitigation - We extract any water from the property that might be left from the fire department.
- Pack Out - Once we have the approval from the insurance company, we pack the contents of your home and move them to our cleaning facility.
- Cleaning - We have our crews clean different parts of the home. Our crews can clean furniture, clothes, toys, electronics, and more.
- Pack Back - Once your home is ready, we have all of your belongings delivered back to you.
We take pride in this process and the success we have had in the past. If you ever find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call at (201) 496-6024.
Common Breeding Grounds for Mold
Mold tends to grow in warm, dark, moist environments. It feeds off moisture and only needs about 24-48 hours to begin to grow. It is important that you regularly check these locations in your home to avoid mold growth.
- Bathrooms - Mold tends to grow in bathrooms due to the increased temperature as well increase in moisture. Regularly check around your tub, shower, and sink.
- Kitchen - Kitchens are also a popular place for mold to grow because of the increased temperature and moisture. Check by the sink as wells as behind the refrigerator and dishwasher.
- Basement - Basements are common for mold due to the increased temperature and darkness. Check regularly.
- Laundry Room - Like the bathroom, kitchen, and basement, laundry rooms are susceptible to mold because of the humidity and moisture from laundry machines.
Although these are common places for mold to grow, it is still possible for it to grow elsewhere. We recommend checking the entire house regularly. If you do encounter mold, give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call at (201) 496-6024.
Signs of Mold in Your Home
Often times, mold goes undetected in homes. However, there are a few signs that might point to mold as an issue in your home.
- Smelling a Mold Odor - If mold is hiding in your walls or other places you may not see, the only clue that mold is there is the smell. If you think you smell mold, inspect your house immediately.
- Signs of Water Problems - Water stains or discoloration on walls, floors, or ceilings in your home could show that you have a moisture problem. If you have a moisture problem, it increases the chances of you having a mold problem.
- Seeing Signs of Mold - Although this might seem like an obvious one, sometimes we disregard mold and think it is dirt or soot.
If you see mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO of Fort Lee immediately at (201) 496-6024.
Classifying a Hurricane
With hurricane season approaching, it is important that you know the difference between the each type of hurricane.
- Category 1 - Very dangerous winds that will produce some damage. Winds range from 74-95 mph. Falling debris could strike people, livestock, pets, and homes.
- Category 2 - Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Winds range from 96-110 mph. There is a bigger risk of injury or death to people, livestock, pets, and homes.
- Category 3 - Devastating damage will occur. Winds range from 111-129 mph. There is a high risk of injury or death to people, livestock
- Category 4 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds range from 130-156 mph. Falling and flying debris poses a very high risk of injury or death to people, pets, livestock, and homes.
- Category 5 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds are 157 mph or higher. Flying debris can pose a severe threat to people, livestock, and pets, even if you are indoors.
It is important that we understand how hurricanes are categorized so we know the severity of it when it occurs. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm and need help, give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call at (201) 496-6024.
Dealing With Damage After a Storm
In 2012, New Jersey and its bordering states were rocked by Hurricane Sandy. The high winds and heavy rains produced numerous problems in the tri-state area. We dealt with flooding and downed trees, among other things. A storm of that magnitude shocked the area because it does not occur often. However, here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we were ready and equipped to deal with the aftermath.
We had numerous homeowners call us to report flooding in their homes. All over the state experienced flooded basements and then eventually, mold. We were able to help each customer and give them the care they deserved.
Not only did we deal with flooding, but problems related to downed trees as well. This created a variety of issues that we adapted to. We tailored our work depending on the needs of the customer and the severity of the damage.
Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we are here to help no matter what. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.