Prepare for Fall
As we all begin to tackle cleanup chores, please dont lose sight on safety. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County wants to remind our readers that this is a good time to be aware of safety and health.
Now is a good time to test, clean, and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors as outlined by the manufacturer.
While you're at it, check your fire extinguishers. Businesses are required to inspect their extinguishers annually. You should be doing the same.
Change out those furnace air filters as well. After a long hot summer, a fresh filer helps reduce stress on the furnace or heat pumps fan.
Pay attention to the tools and cleaning chemicals you may be using. Keep them away from children and pets.
Finally, remember to use proper lifting techniques. After a relaxing summer, we need to remember our limits!
Happy and Safe Cleaning from your local SERVPRO!
Dont forget those pipes!!
Sometimes we forget that our pipes are just as important as any other season preparation for our homes or business properties. Here at SERVPRO North Central Mecklenburg County, we are the people to call when this happens! Before the summer ends, we have a few quick tips to make sure you avoid your pipes from bursting as well as getting them ready for Autumn!
- Wrap outside faucets
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
- Disconnect garden hoses
- Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
- Let a stream of water run, if the temperature dips below freezing.
- Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.
UH-OH! There's water at my property! What do I do?
When these types of situations occur, it is possible that your commercial property will suffer from commercial flood damage, requiring you to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. The combination of water and damage can create many problems with your company's building. Once a hole, flood, or leak happens in your business' structure, it is likely that commercial flood damage took place inside your property.
When water enters a area in the building, problems can get caused that are best treated by a professional and highly trained team like our SERVPRO technicians. We know how to mitigate many types of commercial flood damage here at North Central Mecklenburg County. Being that we are local, we have experience in dealing with issues created by leaks, burst pipes, & storms.
Flood Damage and moisture can then create several issues with substances that make up the structural components of your commercial property. Saturated building materials can lose their structural integrity and deteriorate. Also, then if organic substances stay wet for more than 48 hours, fungal growth can occur.
Whenever any H2O enters your home even if it is in the form of snow, it can cause your place of structural business issues. If you ever notice water inside your commercial property, call SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County at (704) 596-9700 24/7.
Summer Time in Charlotte
Summer has came along once more and your local SERVPRO of North Mecklenberg County is here to provide some quick tips!
- Hydrate in Advance- Try to prepare your body by drinking plenty of fluids beforehand. Of course on those days you will need to stay extra hydrated, but having your body prepared for the amount of sweat it will be giving off is a start to staying cool!
- Dress for the heat- Some days we dont remind ourselves that we can stay cooler by simply wearing the right gear. Sun hats, UPF 50 shirts, etc are some of our favorites to keep around for these hot days!
- Reduce heat by setting up a misting system- While this obliviously doesn't cool down the temperature of the air, this does help to keep your skin moistened and cool you down by evaporating. You can make most of these systems for about $15.
- Set up a shade Canopy- For those cookouts, pool parties, or even just social gatherings. The better shade you have from the sun, the more you can enjoy these events comfortably.
- But all in all, have some summer fun! There are so many places around Charlotte to spend with your family to stay cool!
Why SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County?
As many of you know working in different job fields the behind the scenes often goes unnoticed. A year and a half ago I- Nichole began working for SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County. Working in the office has always seemed easy to me. For years I worked in higher education, but this has been different. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County isn't just a "job" to me. Why SERVPRO some might ask? Well, it all starts with community, communication, and customer service. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County has showed me how important it is to get involved with the customers. Many places of employment people are often simply just a number. The first week on the job it was great to see how personal the office staff and production teams can get. When I say personal NOOOO not being nosey, but just checking on the customers. A simple call, Hello this is Nichole from SERVPRO I just wanted to check on you. We have been doing some work at your home how are things going. Yeah it seems little, but it goes a long way. Not only is customer service and communication a big factor for SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County, but community. I have never worked for a company that the owner loves to support local businesses, schools and all about bettering the area. When someone asks me where I am employed or what makes our franchise different from the rest, I have so many things to share and for that alone I know this is where I am supposed to be.
Lake Norman Residents, are you Hurricane Prepared?
We at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County want to remind residents of Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, NC that now is the time to start preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
-Make sure you have bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, personal hygiene supplies, and a small amount of cash or traveler’s checks.
-Take proactive steps to protect your property from loss. Install storm shutters or cover windows prior to a hurricane. Be sure there is no loose siding on your home and no damaged or diseased trees growing over your home.
-Take an inventory of your personal property, such as clothes, jewelry, furniture, computers and audio/video equipment. Photos and video of your home, as well as sales receipts and the model and the serial numbers of items, will make filing a claim simpler, leave a copy of your inventory with friends or relatives, e-mail it to yourself, and/or store it in a safe location. In addition, add insurance information to your inventory information – the name of your company and agent, policy number and contact information.
-Move all of your important documents to a safe location. Take them with you when you evacuate or store them in a safe deposit box outside the area.
-Make a plan for your pets. Not all emergency shelters will take pets. Check with your local veterinarian for help with plan.
-Review your insurance coverage. What does your insurance policy cover? What does it exclude? The standard homeowners’ insurance policy does not cover flood damage. Check if your policy covers debris removal and sewer back-up.
Above all else, stay safe!
Know who to call,Cornelius, for your Water and Flooding Needs
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 704-596-9700
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County
SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.
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Sign In for Continuing Education Class
Here at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County we value learning and education. Dealing with restoration and construction there are always changes to rules and guidelines. Rules and guidelines don't just change for those completing the work, but standards change for insurance companies as well. April 26, 2019 we hosted a continuing education class at Davidson College. The topic of this class was Fire and Property Damage. The attendees of this class were insurance agents, adjusters, relators, and some of our very own technicians and supervisors. This class was a great learning experience to all and it was a great way for insurance adjusters to get education credits to keep license up and our technicians to stay certified with the IICRC. When people say WHY SERVPRO this is just one of many reasons.
Thunderstorm Safety Tips
Severe thunderstorms can be dangerous and even life threatening. Being prepared beforehand can keep you safe and secure during a thunderstorm. Here are some safety tips that you can do before, during, and after the thunderstorm.
- Keep an up to date medical kit within your home in an accessible area.
- Keep multiple flashlights with extra batteries, you don't know if you could lose power.
- Be stocked up on extra food and water
- If anyone in your family takes a special type of medicine, keep an extra stock with your medical kit.
- Check the weather forecast and be up to date on the storm around your area.
- Take shelter in a safe and sturdy area and stay inside.
- Turn off your air conditioning and anything else that uses a large amount of power
- If flash flooding occurs, get to the highest ground possible.
- Check around your home to see if you have any damages to your structure or property.
- Avoid any downed power lines.
- Be neighborly! Check in on your neighbors, especially anyone who is elderly or requires special assistance.
- Continue to monitor the storm and watch its path.
Grease Fires and How To Prevent Them
This kitchen suffered fire damage from a grease fire in the local Charlotte area.
Grease fires are one of the number one causes of home fires and home injuries. A grease fire can potentially cause you to lose your kitchen, our even your home if they are not dealt with properly. Here are proper ways to deal with a grease fire and ways you can prevent a grease fire.
First off, how does a grease fire start?
- A grease fire can occur when cooking oil becomes too hot and begins to ignite itself. Vegetable oils commonly have a smoking point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
I've created a grease fire, what do I do?
- DO NOT PUT WATER ON A GREASE FIRE. Some may think the number one way to put out a fire is with water. As that may be correct in some situations, within this situation it is not. The water instead will cause the burning oil to splash which will cause the fire to spread instantly.
- Instead of using water, you want to starve the fire of oxygen so grab a metal lid or baking sheet and cover the fire.
- Turn off the heat source
- If the fire itself is small ,you can pour baking soda or salt to put it out. If you don't have those, you can use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.
IF YOU CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911
How do I prevent a grease fire?
- If you are ever cooking, frying, boiling, or any type of cooking, it is best to stay in the kitchen at all times to keep an eye on everything
- Keep anything flammable away from your stovetop
- If you exceed recommended grease temperatures and notice it begin to smoke, turn off the burner and let it cool.
- Keep a lid near the pan you are cooking in
Remember anytime you are cooking with heat, be smart and be prepared!