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Prevent Fires This Spring and Summer!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Spring & Summer is usually filled with cook outs, BBQs, and family get-togethers! While this is fun it also brings the possibility of fire hazards. Here are a few precautions we can take!

Precautions to take while grilling Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap & water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

Fire Safety for Business Owners

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

 

 

Whether its giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Anson, Stanly, and Richmond County is here to help! For information on fire damage repair and restoration call today at (704) 474-7190.

Always There, 24/7

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

As a 24/7 business that's ALWAYS available, SERVPRO of Union County is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs in the case of an emergency.  Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from downpour, fire from a Stove, or even the event of a vandalism: SERVPRO of Union County is ready to respond! Like the motto states: “Faster to any size disaster.”

 

The reason is simple: The sooner restoration begins, the less time for more damage to occur.  Over time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents.  Also with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.

 

Call SERVPRO of Union County any time to handle those emergencies making them, “like it never even happened.”

Own a Business?

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster can also make sure your business stays clean all year around!


What cleaning services do we perform?
* Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Deodorization of Spaces
* Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC Cleaning
* Drapes & Blinds
* Carpet & Upholstery
*Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism


Interested in something that is not mentioned on the list? Just give us a call and we can see what we can do for you.


Our trained professionals are available to remove the stress from your work load to allow you to worry about maintaining and growing your business!


 


Reach out to our office with any questions you may have & we will make sure you speak to someone that can help!


SERVPRO Of Anson, Stanly, & Richmond : 704-474-7190

Spring Giveaway!

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

The employees at SERVPRO of Union County LOVE Spring, do you?


To celebrate ringing in the new spring season our franchise held a SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Giveaway! Our office staff put together two buckets filled with SERVPRO cleaning goodies and held a Facebook Post Giveaway! The only rules were to “Share” the post with your friends, “Like” the post, & “Comment” your name!


The Spring Cleaning Bucket included:



  • A 14 Quart SERVPRO Branded Bucket

  • SERVPRO Spotting Kit

  • SERVPRO Multi Purpose Glass Cleaner

  • SERVPRO can of Deodorizer

  • Pack of SERVPRO Green Rags

  • Cleaning Gloves

  • A Cleaning Brush


After the time period was up our Executive Marketing Team each pulled out a name and announced who the winners were!


Congratulations again to Cassie Bennett and Sydnie Kidd for winning!

Water Categories!

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

There are 3 different categories of water:

 

Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.

Examples of category 1 water are:

    • burst water pipes
    • failed supply lines on appliances
    • vertically falling rainwater (water that does not hit the ground before entering the structure)

 

Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.

Examples of category 2 water:

    • Washing Machine Over flow
    • Water from dishwasher
    • Used bath water

 

Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans.

Examples of category 3 water:

    • sewage
    • rising flood water from rivers and streams
    • ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes 

 

There are many different factors that could contribute to the category of water, it may not always be clear. If you have any questions be sure to always ask a qualified professional. SERVPRO of Union County would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Flood Water Dangers!

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Once flood waters set in you may be tempted to splash around and have a little fun in a seemingly hopeless situation. The water is here to stay a while so... why not? 

Whatever you do, stay out of the water! 

Flood water can be hazardous to your health even when properly vaccinated. 

Flood waters can contain runoff from fields, bacteria from almost everywhere, and contaminants such as toxic chemicals (like gasoline or oil) or wastes (from animals and humans).

That is why in areas of the world where there is flooding from tsunamis, etc., those villages generally have a large outbreak of cholera, dysentery, and other water borne diseases.

And I haven’t even mentioned snakes yet! No one should ever treat flood waters like a stroll through your swimming pool. They are a health hazard, and can cause acute illnesses, particularly in children. You should never let your children play in flood water.

Here are some of the top reasons to stay out of flood water:

  • Raw Sewage- Raw sewage is germ infested and could contain disease causing micro-organisms including but not limited to E Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A Cholera and more! Open cuts and wounds can become severely infected by contaminated water.
  •  Sharp and Dangerous Objects- Flood water picks up everything in its path and is generally murky and muddy. Sharp and dangerous objects pose potential risks as they are hidden from site and can puncture the skin.
  • Hidden Rocks, Ditches and Potholes-  Hidden rocks, ditches and potholes may cause you to lose your footing and fall.
  • Storm Drains, Storm Pipes and Manholes- During a flood, as water recedes, storm drains storm pipes and manholes become powerful suction devices that can sweep away a child even an adult in an instant!

Keep your family safe. When water is on the rise remind them that though it looks tempting to play in, that it is important to stay out of the water as much as possible.

If for any reason you have no choice but to come in contact with flood water be sure to wash everything as thoroughly as possible. 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes!

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Every homeowner’s nightmare is waking up to water damage from frozen pipes in the Winter! If you take these few simple, proactive measures it can protect your pipes and your home from this risk. SERVPRO of Union County is committed to providing efficient and thorough water restoration services to families in North Carolina, while also educating people about ways to prevent water damage in the first place.

Here, they share four crucial tips to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter:

  • Leave The Heat On When You’re Out Of Town: While it might be tempting to turn off the heat when you go out of town to cut down on your energy bill, don’t do it. You should set your heat to at least 55 degrees to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Close Your Garage Doors: If you have a garage, keep the garage doors closed as much as possible during the winter to preserve heat. This will help any water lines that go through the garage from reaching dangerously low temperatures.
  • Let Your Faucet Drip: When it’s extremely cold outside, turn on any faucets connected to exposed pipes to just a drip. Having water run continually through the pipes reduces the risk of your pipes freezing.
  • Open Cabinet Doors: In many homes, plumbing lines run near cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. Keeping your cabinet doors open when temperatures are freezing helps warm air circulate around your plumbing.

When temperatures plumet, protect your home from the risk of your pipes freezing and causing significant water damage to your home. Call (704) 474-7190 to speak to an experienced professional at SERVPRO of Union County about how to reduce the risk of frozen pipes!

Importance of Mold Remediation

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Exposure to mold and repairs after damage related to mold can be quite costly both to the health of you and your family, plus your home itself. If you know the warning signs and what kind of damage to look for, however, it is possible to catch a mold problem before it causes property damage that is widespread, or even serious adverse health effects.

Warning Signs of Mold Damage

Mold needs the right conditions to start growing and creating mold damage to your structure. The growth of mold will begin when a spore reaches an area which has enough moisture, the right temperature range, and a food source. Paper sheathing, insulation, wood moldings, carpeting or ceiling tiles all can act as sources of food for mold.

If you believe you have a mold problem, the earlier you contact a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO, the better chance you have at preventing or reducing widespread damage. There are several physical warning signs that can lead you to have your home checked for a possible mold infestation. These can include:

  • Visible growth of mold
  • Water stains or discoloration on internally facing ceilings or walls
  • Water stains or discoloration on externally facing walls
  • Musty odor
  • Areas of condensation or standing water on walls, floors or window sales

Damages from Mold Exposure

If mold is left untreated, it will grow and spread, creating a variety of problems including physical damage to the structure itself, plus the contents of your home.

Structural components and building materials: Mold can cause major structural damage to your home since it feeds on and breaks down matter of organic origin. When mold infests insulation, walls, carpeting, or paper backing, these materials, therefore, need to be removed. Clean up, and removal can be a big inconvenience, but our staff at SERVPRO will work thoroughly and quickly so your home is back to normal as soon as possible.

Personal property: Besides causing structural damage, mold could destroy property inside your home. When mold adheres to personal property, it can be quite difficult or even impossible to clean. Many times, the item must be disposed of since the spores cannot be totally removed.

Ventilation and heating systems: Mold might also enter ventilation and heating systems. A lot of sections of the system could be inaccessible for a visible cleaning or inspection, so that is again where our technicians at SERVPRO can help. It is very important that ventilation and heating systems be thoroughly cleaned since spores can use the systems as ways to get to other areas of your home. If it cannot be cleaned or a moisture problem cannot be fixed, the entire system might have to be removed and replaced.

Be Prepared for Fire Damage

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

No one can predict when an emergency will arise. More than one third of fire home deaths occur as a result of fires where no alarms are present. Most of these smoke alarm failure are usually the result of missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that could prevent a fire disaster from occurring in your home:

-National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Emergencies can happen 24/7/365. Keep you and your loved ones safe all year round. 

Where Does Mold Hide?

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Think your home is pristine? There is no way mold can be infesting your sanctuary, right? You may need to reevaluate your thinking. Mold may be hiding within your residence. Mold problems can occur anywhere if conditions are ideal for growth, and some portions of your home may be home to mold, as well. You may try to maintain a clean environment, constantly dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing, and doing a thorough cleaning of your property, but you may have missed a spot…or a few. There may be some parts of your home you do not consider, and you are not alone in making this mistake.


Kitchen


The kitchen is a location that may have moisture issues which can contribute to mold growth.



  • Check under your sink. A small pipe leak may go unnoticed, letting the moisture and water damage sit untreated. Leaks combined with dark spaces are the perfect environment for mold.

  • The sponge dish may have a mold problem. You use your sponge to wash dishes every day, but when you put it back in its dish, moisture may begin to collect and mold begin to form.

  • Under your fridge isn’t safe either. Yes, even your refrigerator may have moisture issues. The refrigerator can leak without you knowing. There is a drip pan under your refrigerator that can collect excess water, but if left untreated, mold can form.


Laundry Room


Your washing machine may be a hot spot for mold. Check the door of the washing machine, inside the gasket. Dark, warm, moist areas are ideal for mold growth. Make sure to wipe under the door gasket after each wash to prevent mold growth. Also leave the door open to air-out the washing machine.


Bathroom


Your shower or tub may be hiding mold without your knowledge.



  • Check under lids and bottoms of shower products. You may forget to pick these products up and clean underneath. Moisture can become trapped under the lids or under the products and mold can form.

  • Bath toys may be fun for kids, but they may also be housing mold. Water may get inside the toys and be unable to get out. This is a difficult location to discover mold. You may need to open up one of the toys to see if mold is growing inside, and if there is mold, replace all of the toys, as there most-likely will be mold within them as well.


Mold does not discriminate and may develop in any property as long as ideal conditions are met. Mold can cause health issues with excess exposure, so it is important to remove any mold you discover. If you suspect mold may be in your property, contact a professional home inspector. A home inspector will be able to conduct mold tests which will be able to identify moldy areas within your home. Once mold is officially discovered, contact a qualified mold remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Union County, to remediate the mold and restore your home to the haven you work so hard to maintain.

SERVPRO History

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ever wondered where SERVPRO originated from?


 


Well, let me tell you!


 


SERVPRO was launched in 1967 by Ted & Doris Isaacson of Sacramento, California. It was started as a painting business but slowly transformed into a franchiser company that handled restoration and cleanup jobs as well. 


 


In 1969, SERVPRO had sold it's first franchise and continued to grow rapidly. By the year 2000, the company had grown to 1,000 franchises! SERVPRO now has over 1,700 franchises spreading across the United States and Canada!


 


SERVPRO of Union County, is pleased to provide these services for you.


 


Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Anson, Stanly & Richmond Counties.


 


SERVPRO continues to grow and make your emergencies a priority to this day!