Severe Weather Can Affect Your Thomasville Home
Living in the heart of the Triad has its benefits but is has its drawbacks as well. While we can drive to the coast or the mountains in a couple of hours we can also experience the same types of damage as those regions as well. Hurricanes, tornadoes, major snow storms and ice events are just of the few catastrophic storms our region can face. That’s why it’s so important to have a name you can trust when storm damage hits your Thomasville home. No matter how your home is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is prepared to respond to your emergency with best practices, advanced gear, and with the goal to ease your mind and get you back into your home as soon as possible.
Understanding the Hazards After a Storm
The National Weather Service is constantly at work trying to create a better warning system for thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters that can affect our region. While warning times have steadily increased to help people take the step to protect their family and property knowing who to call after the storm hits your Thomasville home or business is critical. That’s why SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are the professionals you know and trust. As a family owned and operated business we have a stake in this community. We not only work here but live here as well so we know we will be working with our friends and neighbors. Unlike other restoration companies we pride ourselves of being life long residents of this community and know the value of calling Davidson County home.
Severe storms can cause a number of issues such as flooding, fallen trees, tornadoes, and even hurricanes that come in from the coast. While you cannot prevent the storms from impacting your region there are things you can do to respond if a crisis like this occurs. Keep an eye on the weather. Some storms such as major winter events and hurricanes are slow moving and can give you time to prepare your home for the upcoming event. Other things like tornadoes and severe thunderstorms strike with out warning. With our 148 Guidelines we can be on site within hours. Our guidelines are as follows:
148 Emergency Response Guidelines:
1– Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact your Insured to arrange for service.
4– Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
8– Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster by a SERVPRO franchise Professional.
If your home or business experiences a loss due to storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at (336) 224-2565. No matter what type of damage your home has been affected by, you can count on our specialists to respond to your emergency. With our 24-hour emergency service we are here to help any day, any time.
Establish A Fire Home Safety Plan in Your Lexington Home
Cooking accounts for the greatest percentage of residential fires.
People rely on fire and smoke detectors to help keep them safe in their homes. Though fire and smoke alarms are effective, a firm fire safety plan that will keep everyone calm should a fire occur could make the difference between life and death. The U.S. Fire Administration says that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, while roughly 18,300 more men, women and children are injured each year. Cooking accounts for the greatest percentage of residential fires, followed by arson. Dryer vent fires are also a big concern. FEMA says that smoke, rather than the fire's flames, is responsible for 75 percent of all deaths by fire. In addition to physical injury and material damage, fires can cause a host of problems. Psychological distress, monetary damages and loss of pets may come with fires. Loss of irreplaceable personal items is also a concern. Although fires can be devastating, they're also highly preventable, and smoke alarms and a home fire safety plan are two precautionary measures everyone should take. Creating an evacuation plan doesn't have to be complicated. Such a plan can be established in a few minutes and then reinforced through practice every so often to keep everyone fresh on what to do. * Begin by assessing the layout of the home. Figure out the two best exits from the home. * If your home doesn't have two doors, invest in a fire ladder so that one of the windows can be a point of exit. * Know how to gain access to the exits, including the best path to take to avoid injury. It's a good idea to consider a few different scenarios. A kitchen adjacent to the upstairs staircase may become engulfed in flames and make exit by way of staircase impossible. Just because you have doors to the outside doesn't mean they'll present the best type of exit. * Sketch out the layout of the home and the escape plan. Smoke can make it difficult to know up from down. Be sure everyone can reach the exits even if vision is obstructed. Try it with your eyes closed. * Check fire alarms routinely, and change batteries at least every year. * Make sure windows can be easily opened if they are an exit point. * Make note of who will be helping children or the elderly out of the home. * Establish a place where the family will meet outdoors. This area should be far enough away from the home so that everyone will be safe from smoke, flames and falling debris. Fires may ignite fuel explosions, so be sure the meeting spot is a good deal away. * Children should be instructed to run to the meeting spot immediately without waiting behind for anyone to catch up. No one should reenter the home after arriving at the meeting spot. * Do a few practice runs so that everyone will be accustomed to getting out quickly.
How to protect a coastal property
Many people dream of owning coastal properties. Some aspire to have a home away from home for vacations or long weekends, while others move to the coast to be nearer to family or when they reach retirement age. Living close to the water can be relaxing, and it's hard to beat the fresh air and the relaxing sound of the waves. However, coastal homes require some unique upkeep that prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with before buying a property. Salt water Salt buildup is one of the pitfalls of living close to the ocean. Salt is corrosive to metal components, so homeowners are advised to avoid metal parts in various areas of construction on their homes. Windows and doors are particularly at risk because they face the constant onslaught of Mother Nature. Fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum are less corrosive than other metal parts and should be considered in window framing. Homeowners may need to apply lubricant to moving parts, locks and fasteners to keep them moving smoothly. Consult with a lawn and garden expert about which coastal plants thrive with high levels of salt in the air. Professionals can make recommendations on low-maintenance landscapes that will not be damaged by the sun and salt. Humidity and salt concentrations also can cause concern indoors. Mold likes damp, dark conditions, so homeowners should do their best to keep their homes dry and well-ventilated. Rely on dehumidifiers to take moisture out of the air. Install more vents to draw air outside and create fresh air flow. Coastal flooding Coastal flooding is another concern for homeowners who live close to the water. Prospective buyers should first determine if the house they want to buy is in a flood zone or an evacuation zone. This is information that may come up when applying for homeowner's insurance, as flood insurance is a separate policy. Individuals may have to take special measures to protect their homes from incoming tides or high waters during storms. The National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator to predict the total cost of flood repair based on the height of the water. For one to four inches of water, the estimated repair cost is $7,800. For nine to 12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285. Homeowners may want to invest in lifting their homes or taking other preventative measures if coastal flooding is common. Privacy and safety Living by the ocean can be great, but coastal towns are often a magnet for tourists. Homeowners with seaside homes or homes in popular tourist areas may want to take extra steps to create privacy and security. Fencing and natural windblocks can block the view of backyards and other outdoor spaces. An alarm system can offer peace of mind in areas close to resort towns. Adequate lighting can deter trespassers as well. Living by the ocean is a dream for many people. The increased upkeep required on a coastal home is often a small price to pay for such luxury, but it's something prospective buyers should consider before buying a home.
Water Damage Businesses Can Count On SERVPRO
An outside drain backed up at this local restaurant flooding the kitchen.
There is a very famous quote from Ben Franklin that states ‘Time is Money’. That is especially true when your Lexington business experiences a loss due to water damage that would require you to close your doors. For every hour your business is closed that is money that you’re not making. Getting your doors back open is quickly is critical to your bottom line. That’s why choose a company you can trust with your Lexington business is so important. SERVPRO has over 50 years experience in water restoration and mitigation. We can not only restore your business quickly and effectively we can help you get your doors back open faster and get your business back to preloss condition which can save you time and money
If you’ve never experienced water damage in your businesses knowing what will happen will help understand what will take place. When disaster strikes our highly trained professionals will arrive and assess your damage. From a broken pipe to flood damage our skilled team will walk your property scope the loss and develop a customized plan of action for your business. Once an action plan has been developed our skilled technicians will begin the drying the process. Once the loss happens water will begin seeping into your floors, walls and ceilings. Drying your property quickly will prevent secondary damage which means getting your business doors open quickly. The science of structure drying is much more complicated that dropping a couple of fans in the room. SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, portable and truck mounted water extractors, vacuums, and more. The quicker the water is extracted the less likely mold or other microbials can begin to grow.
While the structure is drying SERVPRO will begin the contents restoration process and other services such as:
- document drying
• mold remediation
• odor removal
• smoke removal
• vent cleaning
• air duct cleaning
If you experience commercial water damage in your Lexington Business contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville. We are an IICRC-certified restoration firm and can handle any size loss. We can get your business doors back open and make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to recognize water damage in my Clemmons home?
Plumbing problems may ultimately result in costly water damage.
Homes are potentially susceptible to a host of problems. While unforeseen problems can prove costly, homeowners who keep attentive eyes on their homes can oftentimes discover small problems before they escalate. Water damage is a potentially costly problem that can afflict any home. Old homes tend to be most susceptible to water damage, and that damage can manifest itself in various ways. The following are some telltale signs of water damage that should give prospective home buyers pause and compel current homeowners to seek professional assistance as soon as possible. Stains Many prospective home buyers have been disappointed by the sight of water stains during an open house or home inspection. Water stains tend to be on ceilings and/or walls. Stains on ceilings tend to be round, while wall stains are straight lines down the wall that may or may not have forced paint to peel. Water stains are not necessarily indicative of a major problem, but homeowners should have the stains examined by a professional while potential buyers should direct their home inspector's attention to the stains. Deteriorating wood Wood around windows or doors that is deteriorating may indicate water problems. The wood might be deteriorating because water is infiltrating the wood during storms. Baseboards and molding that is dilapidated or beginning to deteriorate may also indicate water damage. Buckled drywall or wood Drywall or wood that is buckled or beginning to buckle is another potential indicator of water damage. Drywall buckles when it gets wet, and that is often a sign that there is a leak behind the drywall. Severely buckled drywall will feel as if it has ridges. Wood also buckles when it is exposed to excess moisture, and this can usually be felt when walking on the wood barefoot or in socks. Odor Sometimes water damage is best detected by the smell test. Homeowners who notice the smell of mold or mildew in rooms that previously never emanated such odors might have homes that are in the early stages of water problems. The water damage might be behind the walls, where mold is beginning to form thanks to water damage. Older homes tend to be musty, but call in a professional such as SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville if you notice that mustiness if more pungent than usual. Water damage is a potentially costly problem, especially if it goes unnoticed for months or even years. Homeowners and prospective home buyers should be on the lookout for signs of water damage before problems escalate and require expensive repairs.
The basement is wet in my Lexington home; now what?
Few things can cause more damage to a home than water. Leaks and flooding can cause various structural insufficiencies and may lead to unsafe conditions in a home. Panic often sets in when water enters a home. Some homeowners live in areas where a high water table inevitably forces groundwater up and into subterranean living spaces. Others may live close to coastal areas or rivers and streams that can overflow and cause home flooding. Still others who may not have had a water problem before learn that a heavy rainfall, and perhaps inadequate drainage outdoors, can cause water damage to a home. Compounding these issues is the fact that very often a home's utility systems are located out of the way in basements, or these spaces may be finished to create additional living space. Water in a basement can be much more than a nuisance. Water can lead to thousands of dollars in damage. Moisture or several inches of water in a basement is nothing to take lightly. Furnaces and water heaters damaged by water can be costly to replace. Wires that come in contact with water can become hazards and cause an electrical fire, and water in a basement may be a harbinger for bacteria and viruses, creating unsanitary living conditions in the home. Mold spores that have developed in a damp basement can spread to other areas of the home thanks to a heating and cooling forced air system. And a cool, damp spot can be the perfect habitat for insects. When a basement develops a water problem, it is best to call in the professionals of SERVPRO. Although it might not be cheap, calling a professional can help you to remedy the situation faster than if you try several methods to fix the water problem yourself. We at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are licensed professionals who are willing to give you a free assessment.
Hydrostatic pressure, poor foundations and cracks can each cause water to enter the house. Each situation is different, and a combination of exterior and interior changes may need to be made. In order to alleviate some water problems, certain modifications must be made. While the following solutions may not be applicable in each situation, they are some of the more common modifications plumbers suggest when fixing flooded basements.
Sump pump: In some cases, the installation of a well and a submersible pump may be all that's needed to keep basements dry.
Vapor barriers: Vinyl, plastic and paint encapsulation systems may be applied to the interior of foundation walls to serve as a barrier system. This prevents water or condensation from reaching the interior of the house. A vapor barrier may extend below the foundation to direct water runoff into a drainage system.
Plumbing repairs: Sometimes water issues may be the result of a pipe backup or a faulty appliance and not necessarily an outdoor water issue. In these cases, repairing the source of the leak may be all that's needed.
Get The Facts About Mold In Your Wallburg Home
Mold can grow in many areas of a home. Though not always dangerous, mold can, in certain instances, cause serious illness. Experts estimate that there are tens of thousands of different types of mold in the world. A type of fungi, molds are single-celled or multicellular organisms without chlorophyll that reproduce by spores and live by absorbing nutrients from organic matter. Some of the common types of molds found indoors include cladosporium, alternaria, penicillium, and aspergillus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that molds can be a health hazard to some people. Some individuals are more sensitive to molds than others, and may experience anything from a mild allergic reaction to severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or other complications with their lungs. Mold spores travel very easily through the air and can also travel on people and pets. Coming in contact with mold in one location and then traveling to another can cause spores that hitched a ride to dislodge in the new area. People who may have never had mold problems at home before can find that mold quickly takes root if mold spores have been accidentally brought into a home. The only thing mold needs to survive is moisture, poorly ventilated air and warmth.
Mold's versatility to live in a variety of areas and feed on just about anything make it a formidable foe. But there are natural ways to tackle it. Mold thrives in moist conditions, so removing the source of moisture is the primary way to control mold growth. Invest in a dehumidifier if your home is plagued by moisture. Dehumidifiers are especially useful in basements and crawlspaces where moisture tends to be a problem. It's also good to avoid using bleach to address a mold problem. Although bleach is an excellent disinfectant, it is not always successful in killing mold spores. The most it may do is whiten areas where the mold is growing. Plus, bleach has its own strong aroma and can be noxious to breathe in at high doses. Instead of bleach, consider all-natural methods of controlling mold.
Before attempting to remove mold in your Wallburg home contact a professional to make sure it is safe and to help prevent contaminating your whole home. We offer no cost assessments of your home and business.
Employ simple fire prevention measures to maximize safety
Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, most people have a false sense of security regarding house fires, believing that they would have approximately six minutes to evacuate their home in the event of a fire? In reality, smoke and fire spread rapidly and can overcome occupants in less than three minutes. When a fire occurs, there's no question that time is critical. The good news is there are several important steps you can take to maximize your escape time. With the following measures in place, you'll create critical protection for what matters most; your home and family. 1. Install smoke alarms. You should have one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 2. Inspect and clean smoke alarms monthly. Replace batteries in spring and fall. To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior. 3. Prepare and practice a fire escape plan. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room - especially sleeping areas. Discuss the escape routes with every member of your household, and agree on a meeting place outside your home in case of emergency. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. 4. Select building materials that provide passive fire protection. Passive fire protection is part of the core of the building and helps control fire by limiting its spread. One very effective form of passive fire protection is the installation of insulation. When adding or upgrading insulation, look for products made from naturally fire-resistant, inorganic materials. When every second counts, allowing more time for safe evacuation and for first responders to arrive.
Asbestos Danger in your Welcome Business
Did you know? Though the importing and use of asbestos has decreased dramatically since the mid-1970s, asbestos is still used in some products. According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, more than a million American employees, many of whom work in the construction industry, face significant exposure to asbestos on the job. A group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers, asbestos has been linked to cancer, a connection that was ultimately discovered after evidence in the first half of the 20th century increasingly showed that breathing in asbestos caused scarring of the lungs. The most common way people are exposed to asbestos is through asbestos inhalation. Inhalation of asbestos occurs during the mining and production of asbestos and when people are involved in the making of products that contain asbestos. While such products are banned in many countries, including throughout the European Union, some countries have yet to ban the use of asbestos. Asbestos also can be inhaled when people are exposed to insulation that contains asbestos, which is generally found in older homes.
How to tame indoor odors in your Thomasville home
A clean home interior can make a strong first impression on prospective buyers, but only if that home is accompanied by pleasant scents. Odors can make a strong impact on buyers' perceptions of a home, including its level of cleanliness and upkeep.
Although dirt and other grime can contribute to the odor of a home, additional culprits can contribute to foul smells as well. Everything from pets to the foods cooked in the kitchen to the hidden presence of mold can impact air quality and odor inside a home. Fortunately, there are ways to remedy stinky problems and come away with sweet-smelling solutions.
It's important for homeowners to realize that foul air inside a home can be the result of poor indoor air quality - which can be a health hazard. The United States Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies found indoor air pollutants were generally two to five times greater than outdoor pollution levels. In some cases, indoor air pollution was 100 times greater. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says the following can contribute to poor indoor air quality and also to some interior odors: combustion sources; tobacco products; building materials and furnishings; wet or damp carpet; cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance and even outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides and outdoor air pollution.
So how does one remedy poor indoor air quality and odors inside a home? These tips can improve conditions.
· Ensure adequate ventilation. Open windows and doors when weather permits to eliminate the concentration of pollutants and help air out odors. Use exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to pull indoor air to the outside.
· Increase the number of plants. Plants can brighten interior spaces, and they're also remarkable at cleaning indoor air. The Clean Air Study conducted by NASA set out to find out the best way to clean the air in space stations. The association found that the Boston fern, spider plant, Chinese evergreen, weeping fig, variegated snake plant, and English ivy, among many other plants, were ideal for filtering air and removing harmful contaminants.
If the odor is still prevalent even after thoroughly cleaning the area then it may be time to contact a professional. Odors in a home can be embarrassing and set a poor tone when inviting company over or showcasing a home for prospective buyers. Keep odors at bay by identifying the sources of smells and taking action.