How to Test Your Smoke Alarms and When to Replace Them
Smoke alarms are crucial to preventing fire deaths and injuries during a home fire. However, you need to maintain and test them regularly to ensure they're working properly at any given moment. Here are the steps involved in testing a smoke alarm in your home.
First, make sure everyone in your household test.
Have someone stand in the room farthest way form the alarm you are testing to ensure that the alarm is heard in all rooms of your home.
When everyone is ready, use a sturdy chair or ladder to reach the alarm. Locate the test button, then push and hold it for a few seconds to trigger the alarm.
In addition to testing your alarm manually, you should also check that the sensors are working. Use an aerosol smoke detector tester and spray it towards the alarm; it should go off after a few seconds.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you should test your smoke alarms monthly and replace them every 10 years. Batteries should also be replace at least once a year.
Garage Fire Safety Tips!
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, residential garage fires tend to spread faster than fires which start in another area of a home. Check out these tips to learn how to prevent tires in your garage:
- Store flammable substances, such as paints, gasoline, oil or varnish outside the garage an home, preferably in a shed.
- Always keep items which can catch fire on high shelves and away from appliances that produce heat.
- Use electrical appliance or tools carefully.
- Install a heat alarm that will sound when it detects dangerously high temperatures.
- Don't fill portable gasoline containers inside.
However, if a fire happens in your garage contact SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore & Montgomery to make your garage look "Like it never even happened."
Is Water Damage Hiding From You?!
Signs of Water Damage
No one ever truly understands the power of rain or water and the damage it can do to your home or business. Once water has found its way inside your house, it can travel anywhere, creating hidden problems. So, even after that big puddle recedes, there may be some underlying problems lurking behind the scenes. here with some helpful tips on how to identify water damage, SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, & Montgomery urges you to pay attention,
- Smell the air!
- Spot the stains!
- Peeling pain.
- Sagging spaces and finicky floors.
If you notice any of these signs, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore & Montgoemry to investigate and avoid further damage. SERVPRO is here 24/7 to help you breath a little easier.
Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoor and outdoor, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration business advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all the mold. This is a fallacy. We understand that mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, & Montgomery has the training and expertise to re-mediate the mold in your home or business.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
- Contact SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, & Montgomery!
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Content and Belongings
Tips for the ice storm!
If you have any questions about the upcoming ice storm give us a call at (910)-428-5280! Our lines are always open!
- Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you. Ice sheets could also do the same.
- Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
- When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
- Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia. If you live on a farm, move livestock promptly to shelter where feed is available. Forage is often temporarily inaccessible during and immediately after ice storms. Animal reactions to ice storms are similar to that of blizzards.
IF you have any questions or concerns with the up coming ice storm don't hesitate to give us a call at SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, & Montgomery! Our lines are always open!
How Fire Damage Can Continue to Affect Your Home or Businesses Contents and Structure!
Fire damage affecting your home needs quick remediation or secondary damages will result. Call SERVPRO because we are available 24/7.
Fire damage does not end the moment the firefighters leave your home or once the fire has been successfully put out. More damage may result from the water that was used to extinguish the fire; therefore, our restoration team employs specialized techniques to attend to the various challenges that arise. Though the restoration procedures may sound the same, your New Hope property requires unique solutions after such experiences.
The Fire Damage Restoration process begins the moment you call our SERVPRO team. We understand that such situations require an immediate response, and our representatives usually ask questions regarding the event. By responding to our questions, we are in a position to immediately respond with appropriate resources and equipment. To determine the extent of the damage caused by the soot, smoke, and fire, we perform a careful inspection of the building. The examination helps us to formulate a relevant plan of action.
Some fire incidents may compromise the roofs, walls, and windows of your property. By offering immediate roof-tarp and board-up solutions, we can attend to such concerns. Such services ensure the security of the building is maintained and help in minimizing further damage. If water is present, we employ appropriate water removal techniques. For instance, pumps to physically extract the water, as well as using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry wet areas.
When soot particles are mixed with water and penetrate hard to reach areas, rotting may take place, and the odor challenge may result. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to locate and eliminate the unpleasant odors through a process known as deodorization. We can use thermal foggers to dispense deodorants into target locations and neutralize the odor causing particles. Where possible, we physically remove any decomposed particles to control the odor problem.
SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, and Montgomery is a trusted industry leader in residential and commercial fire damage cleaning and restoration. Call (910)-428-5280 today to have your questions answered, and your property returned to its preloss state.
How Water Damage Can Create a Mold Issue in Your Home!
Water damage inside the drywall can cause mold. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.
The goal during any water damage situation is to remove moisture as quickly as possible and preferably within 48 hours so that fungi cannot form. When your home in Raleigh gets negatively affected by moisture, professional companies like SERVPRO can help reduce the severity of the issues created. In most cases, we speed up the natural evaporation and drying process by utilizing air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create air flow so that water keeps evaporating from wet surfaces while dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and provide the fans with hot, dry air. However, when certain building materials receive water damage, other measures must be taken to drop moisture levels and prevent mold growth quickly.
When water leaks into your home, it usually accumulates on the floor first. Then, it soaks into your drywall and starts to wick its way up your walls, possibly causing extensive water damage to your home. If wall cavities get wet, fungi can form on the paper backing of the drywall and the wooden studs to which the drywall is attached. In some scenarios, our SERVPRO technicians cut the drywall a foot or two up from the floor so that air can get pushed into the wall cavity. In other situations, we use advanced technology to dry out the drywall and the wood trapped behind it without tearing up your walls.
When your walls get wet, we often use injectidry systems to get air behind the drywall material by drilling holes into your drywall. We then connect the tubes coming from the injectidry unit to the holes in the walls so that the machine pushes air into the wall cavity, thus speeding up the drying process. The use of injection drying can save you and your insurance company the cost of replacing a large amount of drywall.
Our highly trained team always strives hard to provide fast 24/7 service if you ever suffer a property disaster. If you ever notice that your drywall got wet after a water leak, Contact Us here at SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore & Montgomery.
New Year! New tips!
From our SERVPRO family to yours at home, we wish you a Happy New Year!
With the ball dropping us into a new year, this is a great time to learn more tips and tricks to practice throughout 2019 to prevent damages to your home.
-Cook with caution and never leave any turned-on stoves unattended.
-Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen
-Clean out your dryer vent often and remove any lint after each load. This will also help your clothes dry faster!
-Hire an inspector. This will ensure that your house has a lower chance of catching on fire. You might save a lot of money and time by taking safety precautions.
Bursting Frozen pipes
-Always keep the heat on even if you are on vacation. Leaving your thermostat around 50 degrees Fahrenheit can prevent your pipes from freezing.
-Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
-Allow your faucet to drip a little during cold days to release the pressure.
-Dry out a wet area properly. If the damaged area is too large or in areas that cannot be easily accessible, you can Contact Us to mitigate the damaged area.
-Add a dehumidifier to your house to remove extra moisture.
-As soon as you have found mold, call a professional to remediate the mold.
SERVPRO of Pinehurst / Moore & Montgomery Counties can assist you with any of these damages. It is best to Contact Us as soon as possible, to prevent the damage from increasing.
Protecting Your Home from Damage in Heavy Rain
Stay dry during the storm with us here at SERVPRO of Pinehurst / Moore & Montgomery Co.
Sometimes when it rains, it pours.
While rain water in and of itself doesn’t pose a huge threat, rainstorms that are heavy and occur over several days can expose your home to long-term damage. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce water damage risks:
Have A Healthy Roof
The best protection for your home in stormy weather conditions is your roof – think of it as your first line of defense. Make sure your roof is in good condition by looking for things like loose shingles, surface divots, soft spots, and cracks. Roofs that exhibit any of these can cause leaks, leading to potentially serious internal damage on your walls on ceiling. If you don’t see any problems with your roof but are still wondering if it’s up to standards, it never hurts to call a professional to come out and give it an inspection.
Inspect Your Gutters
Having well running gutters in place can be critical when experiencing heavy rainfall. Gutters help keep water off your home’s walls, so it’s important to keep them clean and clear of debris.
Direct Water Away from Your Home
This may seem like an obvious one, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Directing rainwater runoff away from the foundation of your home prevents the formation of puddles around it. As water seeps into the ground, it can crack your foundation, creating an opening for more water to get in and attract mold and mildew. Downspouts that direct water five to ten feet away from your house play a big role in preventing that kind of damage.
Following these steps will help you keep your home safe and protected from water damage during the rainy season. As always, if you do experience any type of water or storm damage, Contact Us here at SERVPRO of Pinehurst / Moore & Montgomery Co. and our response team will be there to fix it in no time.
Tips For Stress Free Holiday House Cleaning
The holiday season can be a time of joy as we spend time visiting with friends and family, creating memories and sharing the moments that make life special.
However, there is often a lot of stress that proceeds all these wonderful moments.
One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is having family members coming to visit. It can be like having a group of inspectors stopping by to give you're home the once over.
This can cause any host, to go overboard trying to make sure that their home passes inspection!
So, let's look a few tips to help you find a happy medium and avoid added holiday stress by going overboard.
1. Look at Your Home With the Eye of a Visitor - We may hate to admit it, but how often do we go into a friend or relatives house and we notice those things that are out of place or need repair... TOO OFTEN!
Well, now is the time to put our "visitor's eye" to good use. Start outside of your home and walk in as if you were coming to visit. Walk through all the areas of your home where visitors are likely to be during their visit. Make notes about the imperfections you see.
2. Prioritize & Create a Plan - Once you have your notes of the areas that need to be taken care of before your guests arrive, prioritize them. Number the items in the order of the "must complete" to "it would be nice" to complete before the holiday arrives.
Once you have your plan of attack, next is to schedule when you will attack it. We all lead busy lives and by adding new things to the day, we runt the risk of creating more stress for ourselves.
By scheduling when you will do these things gives you structure and allows you to slowly and methodically complete your list. As you schedule your list, consider only tackling 1 major project a day and spreading the list over a week or so.
3. Concentrate on the Most Important Areas - Sometimes when we use our "visitor's eye" we are still overly critical because it is our home. We sometimes fail to cut ourselves any slack and feel like everything is a priority.
Well remember, these tips are supposed to help eliminate or at least limit the amount of stress you feel when getting your home clean and ready to greet holiday guests.
So, if your list makes you overwhelmed or you're not sure what is the highest priority, them focus on the main areas your guests will see.
Focus your cleaning efforts on the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room and guest bedrooms.
Let's face it, these are the places where your guests are likely to spend the most time during their visit. By concentrating your efforts in these areas, you put your best foot forward where you need it most.
Are You In Over Your Head?
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try or home much we prioritize, getting our home into visitor shape may be more than we can handle before a holiday. If that's the case, don't hesitate to reach out to the professionals.
Contact Us we're just a phone call away from being able to help put your holiday cleaning mind at ease.