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Cold Weather Emergency Kits

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for Putting Together Cold Weather Emergency Kits

If you’re left without power during a heavy winter storm, it’s important to have a cold weather emergency kit prepared for your home to stay warm and safe until the heat comes back on. Depending on the severity of the storm and length of the power outage, you may need to seek alternate shelter, but in most cases you will only be without power for several hours. Whatever the case, having a plan in place and an emergency kit on hand will alleviate some of the stress of the situation.

Stock your emergency kit with the following items. You may not need every item in the kit, but being prepared is the best way to cope with an emergency situation.

  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottles of water
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Heavy plastic sheeting
  • First aid kit
  • Duct tape
  • Blankets
  • Kerosene space heater
  • Wood and kindling for the fireplace
  • Home generator

In addition to preparing a cold weather emergency kit for your home, it’s also a good idea to prepare one for your vehicle. If your car breaks down and you have nowhere to go, a cold weather emergency kit for your car will ensure you stay warm until help arrives. Because the temperature inside your car will drop much more quickly than inside your house. It’s even more critical to be prepared with an emergency cold weather kit. Your kit for your vehicle should include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Chemical light stick
  • Blankets
  • Folding shovel
  • Cat litter
  • Weather-proof jacket
  • Extra gloves, hat and scarf
  • First aid kit
  • Utility tool/knife
  • Bottles of water
  • Protein bars
  • Extra cell phone battery
  • Distress flag
  • Reflective tape or reflective triangles

Most of these items are inexpensive and easy to find, and having them on hand during an emergency can make a bad situation a little safer and less stressful. Before the heavy lake effect snow that we’ll be getting arrives, put together your home and vehicle winter safety kits and ensure you’re prepared for whatever winter brings your way. 

Prepare Your Statesville Home Against Flood Damage That May Occur

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Statesville Home Against Flood Damage That May Occur Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO for remediation efforts and/or prevention tips.

SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage and Provides Prevention Ideas to Homeowners

While most homeowners living in an area constantly affected by flooding take the proper precautions to limit the losses they suffer, should an accident occur, it may be impossible to prepare your home for each and every circumstance.  
You should give a local environmental emergency restoration company a call to help protect your Statesville area home against flood damage that may occur. It makes sense to take the necessary precautions to protect your investment; everyone should.
However, SERVPRO feels that you have much more to worry about than natural disasters, or the amount of inclement weather you may experience this year. Several of your household appliances have pipes, feedlines, and connections that constantly feed water into your home, potentially developing clogs or leaks that may cause significant problems, even if you maintain them properly.  
Your refrigerator produces excess moisture, especially when operating in warmer environments. Every time anyone opens the door, air passes over the condenser coils, creating condensation, pooling water underneath your refrigerator. While most models these days come fitted with drain tubes that siphon excess fluid into drains, they can clog, break, or even crumble over time. Having a model that includes an ice maker, gives you, even more, connections to maintain.  
If you have a dishwasher, it can malfunction, overflow, and flood your entire kitchen within minutes. That does not include concerns about slow leaks causing significant damages behind or underneath that you cannot see until it is too late. SERVPRO technicians find that these problems often affect your flooring, walls, cabinetry, and countertops, not to mention structural damages if placed into an external wall or near a window.  
These are just a few of the appliances found in your home that SERVPRO has found to cause significant flooding issues. Think about your other devices, with a constant water source, that you should pay close attention to if you want to avoid things getting out of hand. Your clothes dryer and washing machine, water heater, and plumbing fixtures found throughout your home all pose risks that you must maintain on a regular basis to avoid damages.  
Get help from SERVPRO of Iredell County today. Professional IICRC certified technicians are waiting for your call. (704) 872-7466

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The Effects of Standing Water in Mooresville

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Effects of Standing Water in Mooresville Call SERVPRO for fast water removal services after a storm or home flooding event.

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly to Prevent Possible Secondary Damage

Standing water is one of the most destructive forces in a flood. Although significant initial damage can occur from rampaging storms or unmitigated internal flooding, standing water becomes a far larger problem if it is not dealt with in short order. Fast water extraction through the industrial-grade pumps and extractors used by SERVPRO helps to avoid significant damage from mold, freezing in the winter months, and erosion and oxidation. These are some of the most devastating effects of standing water, and the top factors that make its removal an urgent task.
If your home has taken flood damage in Mooresville in the colder months of the year, it may be only a matter of time before the water freezes over and creates a much bigger problem. Most urgently, frozen water expands, cracking wood, concrete, rock, and even metal in your home. Furthermore, a layer of ice may form and coat your home. This ice can react negatively with many materials and force the replacement of otherwise easily restored items.
Mold Growth
In all months of the year, SERVPRO ends up in a race against the clock to remove standing water before mold growth can occur. Mold will almost always grow after a flood if water is not removed promptly, creating a potential biohazard in your home as mold may cause health effects. Mold remediation is an additional and time-intensive process to add to your home's restorations, so a fast response is critical to avoid more work in this vein.
Oxidation and Erosion
Simply having water on top of them causes many materials to degrade over time. Metals and especially iron can rust and oxidize, causing severe and sometimes irreversible damage to that metal and anything attached to it. Other materials such as concrete and drywall can be eroded quickly by the water, especially if it is particularly acidic (not uncommon in a flood). Getting the water out fast helps to avoid most of this type of damage, and we can usually handle restorations on the rest.
SERVPRO of Iredell County is a local expert when it comes to flood damage. For our assistance and restoration services, call us 24/7 at (704) 872-7466.

Storm Damage Recovery In Statesville

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Recovery In Statesville Flooding in Statesville Means Calling in SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Works Fast to Preserve Your Storm Damaged Possessions

Water kept pouring down, it moved around the side of the house and filled the entire area surrounding your home with water. It just wouldn't stop raining; everyone felt helpless. However, there was simply nothing anyone could do to prevent this event from happening. Even though most of the water is gone now, homeowners now face the task of cleaning up mud-soaked areas of their home and are hopefully dealing with their insurance companies to get some assistance in addressing their current situations. Just remember that it is far easier these days to find help during these types of situations; you're not alone.

We have several teams of highly trained technicians that specialize in performing storm damage repairs to your Statesville home. We're available to assist you at any time, day or night, and work hard to ensure that your home gets returned to a quality pre-loss condition. We'll even help you communicate everything to your insurance company and get the proper paperwork started for your claim.
After our SERVPRO technicians arrive on site, we carefully inspect the entire area affected by the storm and begin mitigating the losses you suffer immediately. We identify any possible hazardous situations that could develop and limit them by turning off the electricity and checking for falling ceilings or deteriorated subfloors. Once we've performed this initial inspection and determined that the area is safe, we'll explain which services we plan to provide and answer any questions you may have.
SERVPRO offers water removal services to pump out any standing water that still exists in and around your home. We use moisture meters and other equipment to determine the extent of water penetration within your flooring, walls, and crawl spaces; and extract as much water as possible. Your carpeting, furniture, and other personal belongings are all handled with great care and moved to a dry location where they can be properly taken care of to prevent secondary damages from developing.
Our technicians at SERVPRO remove all furniture as quickly as possible to prevent stains from forming on your carpet. We'll then examine your carpet for damages and determine if it is possible to dry and reinstall them. But before we do, we treat the floor and back of the carpet with deodorizers and antimicrobials to help protect it from further damage.
Once we've taken care of all of the standing water and your personal belongings, we position the proper drying equipment to begin fully drying the affected areas. We follow IICRC recommendations to use air movers that deliver a warm, dry rapid airflow to wet surfaces. There is a lot more to our services than described here and even more situations that we can assist you through.
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Iredell County today, (704) 872-7466. We're ready to make your situation, "Like it never even happened."