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April Showers Can Bring Home Headaches
Make sure your rain gutters are clear
Did you know that something as simple as clogged gutters can cause major damage in your home. Now that winter is almost over and Spring is coming it is important to check your gutters. With the high winds branches and debris could have filled your gutters you had cleaned just before winter. Cleaning out gutters in the spring might seem like a menial task, but failure to do so can cause major problems for a home. From foundation damage to roof leaks, clogged gutters can lead to expensive repairs when left untreated.
Here are some potential disasters that can happen due to a clogged gutter.
1. In colder climates, ice dams can form on the gutters or the lower edge of the roof, causing water to pool and eventually seep into the home. While ice dams can form on homes with clean gutters, clogged gutters prevent water from draining, which increases the chance for ice dams.
2. The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters clog and fill with water, the boards start to deteriorate and rot. If a home has wood siding, clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home.
3. The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home's foundation. A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation, potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn't fail, the water can still cause mold growth.
4. A roof replacement can be expensive and it's important to maximize the value of your current roof. When you let your roof sustain continuous damage every time it rains, the clock is ticking and you greatly diminish its lifespan. Something as simple as cleaning out your rain gutters can help you get the absolute most of your roof and will make sure that you're not having to get costly repairs in the meantime.
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
2018 Weekly Themes
- Week 1: Sept 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
- Week 2: Sept 9-15* Learn Life Saving Skills
- Week 3: Sept 16-22 Check Your Coverage
- Week 4: Sept 23-29 Save For an Emergency
- September 15 is a National Day of Action
Deodorization – Getting Rid of Unpleasant Odors
Life is full of unpleasant smells. Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of East Central Morris County provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.
Along with our proprietary line of cleaning products we use various techniques and equipment to treat odors. These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include:
Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator (shown above) is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke and more without the use of chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors.
Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process; though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke, as well as biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations and animal odors.
Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors.
Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority.
Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 973-887-9100.
Understanding the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
Each year, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends another 15,000 people to hospital emergency rooms around the country for treatment. While the temperatures drop, and you and your family turn up the heat in your home and car, remember there are several everyday items that can put you and your family at risk, including gas-fired appliances and wood-burning fireplaces.
Consider installing at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal. Follow these tips when installing a Carbon Monoxide detector in your home:
• Install it in a location that it can easily be seen and heard.
• Put it near bedrooms, the living room, main hallways or where you and your family spend a significant amount of time.
Do not put a Carbon Monoxide detector in the following locations:
• In the garage.
• Near your furnace or kitchen stove.
• In excessively hot, cold, damp, or dry areas.
• In the corner of a room, near the floor, in the peak of vaulted ceilings, or near open windows or doors.
Since CO alarms measure CO levels over time, the alarm will sound before an average, healthy adult would be experiencing symptoms. If you are not experiencing symptoms when the alarm sounds, please consider ventilating the home and contacting a service professional to check the CO level.
If you are experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, experts say to evacuate immediately and contact emergency personnel. And, of course, never run your vehicle inside your garage with the door closed. Even with doors open, refrain from running your vehicle for extended periods of time, as garages with a door on only one side often do not provide adequate air flow.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding safety and preparedness in your business or home, give us a call at 973-887-9100.
Back To School Home Safety
As we are nearing the end of August, and parents are enjoying their last few days before school we can only think of the many safety tips that parents should consider around the house.
In the Kitchen:
-Are knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch?
-Are glass objects and appliances with sharp blades stored out of reach?
-Are matches and lighters stored in a locked cabinet
-Are window blind and curtain cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?
-Is there a smoke alarm outside the bedroom?
-Are razor blades, nail scissors, and other sharp tools stored in a locked cabinet?
-Are all medication bottles, loose pills, coins, scissors, and any other small or sharp objects out of reach?
- Are all bleaches, detergents, and any other cleaning products out of reach?
-Have you checked for and removed other potential electrical fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets?
-Are all unused outlets covered with safety plugs?
Excessive Heat Warning
Excessive Heat Warning
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, in effect until 7pm Saturday.
Temperatures near 100 with heat index of 110 degrees can be expected daily.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temp and high humidity will occur. In addition, nighttime conditions will remain warm and muggy, providing little relief. This combination will create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are likely. Especially for those living in un-air conditioned homes or apartments. People are advised to avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun.
Remember to hydrate hydrate hydrate...
Emergency Supply Kit
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:
10,000 severe thunderstorms
5,000 fl oods or fl ash floods
2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.*
Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can aff ect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Water (one gallon per person per day)
Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
Manual can opener
Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust masks or bandanas
Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
Matches in a waterproof container
***MARK YOUR CALENDARS***
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
WHERE: Stop & Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.
WHEN: April 30th, 2016
TIME: 10:00 A.M. TILL 2 P.M.
All Prescription and Non-Prescription medications accepted.
SERVPRO of East Central Morris County would like to wish all of our friends and family a very safe and happy holiday season!
It's National Preparedness Month
SERVPRO Press Release
SERVPRO® Wants People to Be Prepared
It's National Preparedness Month and a restoration service company is offering tips for expecting the unexpected
Morris Plains NJ (August 26, 2009) -- SERVPRO is proud to be participating in the sixth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September. Sponsored by the Ready Campaign, NPM is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness as well as encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies.
With that in mind, SERVPRO wants to help people be ready in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The restoration service is joining with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to recognize National Preparedness Month.
"Natural disasters take many forms, and while they may be inevitable, they don't always have to be devastating," said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. "By taking action now, people can potentially lessen the impact they experience from catastrophes. Being prepared is the best defense one can have."
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there were 75 declared disasters in 2008, which was a 19 percent increase from those reported in 2007. So far, in 2009, the Agency has recorded 42, and the number is expected to rise as hurricane season approaches the southeast.
"Whether it's with a tornado, torrential rains or heavy snow, Mother Nature can wreak havoc at all times of the year, and oftentimes, the events can come without warning," said Isaacson. "That is why we are urging people to designate National Preparedness Month as a time to sit down with their families and make a plan."
Isaacson says that the following three action steps can help families prepare for the worse:
- Create an Emergency Supply Kit – Start by thinking about the basics for survival – fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. In addition, be sure to include a battery-powered radio (with extra batteries), flashlight, first aid kit, a can opener to open canned food, and a cell phone with chargers.
- Make a Family Emergency Plan – Your family may not all be together when a disaster strikes, so it is critical to establish an out-of-town contact to facilitate communication. Also, when using cell phones, know that text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
- Be Informed – Visit your state and local government Web sites to learn about the particular emergency plans that have been established in your area. You can also download tools to better prepare your family for a disaster at www.ready.gov.
"National Preparedness Month serves as a good reminder that we all have a responsibility in protecting ourselves, our employees, our families and our communities," said Isaacson. "Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives."
Isaacson goes on to add that even if a family has an emergency preparedness plan in place, this month is an ideal time to update it and make sure that all members of the family are familiar with its contents. In addition, individuals would be wise to make sure that a similar plan is in place at work.
In the event of fire or water damage caused by a natural disaster, SERVPRO offers an assortment of services to help people quickly recover and restore any damaged property. Within four hours of the initial notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start the mitigation process. Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a catastrophic event or a storm situation.
For more information on SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at 973-887-9100. You can also visit http://www.SERVPROeastcentralmorriscounty.com/ to learn about your local franchise.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,400 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated.
We have new course offering in our Continuing education series:
‘Biohazards and Bio-Recovery for Property Insurers’
Course Date: May 6, 2014
The course is offered free of charge to insurance agents, property managers, adjusters, and other interested parties.
Attached is information regarding the location and course content.
Please call our office if you or your associates would like to attend and if so how many will be attending.
Note: While not overly graphic, this course contains images of hoarding, human blood; human and animal waste; infected body parts; and crime scenes. If you are sensitive to these types of images or subject matter, please do not sign up for this course!