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Dryer Fire- Don't Be a Victim.

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

An electric or gas clothes dryer is nearly an essential part of life in most homes. In families with children, the laundry can seem a daunting task, going on forever with washing machines and dryers churning and turning away slowly at a never-ending mountain of laundry.

But, all that convenience carries with it the possibility of a deadly hazard -- a dryer fire -- the leading cause of home fires in this country at the rate of about 15,000 every year.

*Don't dry dangerously*

While today's clothes dryer is in itself a safe piece of machinery and a feat of modern technology, it isn't fail-safe and requires regular preventive maintenance to prevent fires that could start in your lint trap or anywhere within your dryer's venting.

When lint traps aren't cleaned as often as they should be, the resulting build-up in the screen or other areas can cause the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat -- with dangerous consequences. Vent systems must also be checked and cleaned to maintain proper air flow for the same reasons.

Problems may also occur if consumers place improper items in their dryers, such as foam backed rugs or athletic shoes, or vent their appliances with plastic or vinyl exhaust materials. Make sure that whatever you put in your dryer is approved and safe to place in a dryer. When in doubt, check the washing instructions on the tag of the clothing or consult the manufacturers website for more information.

Please follow these useful tips to avoid a dryer fire. In the unfortunate event that you encounter a dryer fire and the damage left in its wake, please call us at SERVPRO of Virginia Beach and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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How To Prepare for Winter Weather, Avoid Frozen Pipes!

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

As seasons change, so do property owners preparation checklists.  With winter weather upon us, it is important for homeowners and property managers to do everything they can do to reduce risks of costly water damage caused by frozen pipes. 

                When water freezes, it expands.  That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and then forgotten.  When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way.  If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and water escapes leaving serious damage as a result. 

                Pipes in attics, crawlspaces, and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow the cold, outside air to flow across the pipes.  Holes in an outside wall where television, cable or telephone lines enter can provide access for cold air to reach pipes. 

                The Red Cross warns that pipe freezing is likely to occur after consecutive days and nights of freezing (32 degrees) or below conditions.  Taking the following precautions ahead of time can help you prevent potential pipe catastrophes:

  1. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home. Allowing cold water to trickle from a faucet can alleviate pressure and prevent a rupture even if freezing occurs.
  2. If a vacant home, keep the temperature above 65 degrees.
  3. Cap outdoor water fixtures. By placing a cover on outdoor spigots and faucets, it reduces the possibility these fixtures build up with ice.
  4. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

If you have done nothing to prevent frozen pipes and you have water leaking or you have no water pressure, it likely means your pipes have burst.  According to State Farm Insurance, this happens to more than 50 million families each year in the United States.  If a pipe has even 1/8” crack, it can release 250 gallons of water a day.

You must act fast to prevent further, and more costly damage.

  1. This first step is to always shut down your property’s main water supply.  (Depending on the amount of water and location, you may want to first turn off electricity.)
  2. If it’s heated water that’s coming from the broken pipe, you should also close the valve attached to your hot water heater.
  3. After you’ve shut down the water, call a plumber for help with repairing or replacing the burst pipe.

Make SERVPRO of Virginia Beach your first call to help you and your local insurance agent assess the damage.  We will work for you to restore your property and your life to make it "Like it never happened."

Frozen Pipe Prevention

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Virginia Beach to help clean up after a water damage.

When you think of winter weather you probably think of school closings, slippery roads and a driveway to shovel.  Winter weather can cause a lot more issues then those listed above.  If we have below freezing temperatures for 3 days in a row you are at risk for frozen pipes, which can create a major disaster at your home or office.

Typically, frozen pipes are the ones exposed to the cold weather such as basements, attics, garages, and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe will usually rupture because of the backflow pressure between the blockage and the water source; this can cause catastrophic damage to your home and office if not addressed quickly.

According to the American Red Cross there several steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • Keep your heat set both day and night
  • Be sure to completely drain the water from sprinkler lines as well as outside hoses
  • Open your kitchen cabinets to let the warm air to circulate near the pipes
  • When weather is extremely cold, let water drip from your exposed faucets

If you experience water damage from frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Virginia Beach at 757-431-1400 

SNOW What?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Snow is a lot like liver and onions. You either love it or hate it. After Mondays SNOW event  paralyzed vehicles for 48 miles south of Washington, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded — many for more than 24 hours without food or water while temps dropped into the teens then chances are that, you hate the fact that you weren't prepared for it, or love that you are.

S'now what...

Mother nature can be a real beast. In fact, she's a killer. And when it comes to a snow event, the best idea for safety is to stay off the roads and keep warm and safe at home. However, that isn't always possible. When you find that you must venture out on snowy and icy roads, you know to stay alert, drive a little slower, brake according to road conditions... But what if your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck and you must wait for help in a disabled vehicle in dangerously cold, wet weather?

SERVPRO of Virginia Beach wants you to be prepared in the face of any hazard that may cross your path, whether flood, fire or treacherous travel conditions.

Please take a moment to look at the list (below) of suggested items to keep in your vehicle. Just a little bit of preparation can keep a little emergency from becoming a catastrophe.

Stay warm and carry on! And tune in to AM 1310 on radio to stay alert to the latest weather conditions.

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Keep These Things in Your Vehicle

Cell phone

Car charger

LED flashlight

Bag of rock salt

Shovel

Wool blankets/one for each passenger

Ice scraper

Leatherman or Swiss Army knife

Jumper cables

Two quarts of oil

Extra fuses

Fix-a-Flat

Paper towels

First aid kit

Prescription and OTC medications

Winter boots, scarves, hats and heavy winter clothes for each passenger

Water

Snack bars

Toilet paper

Music/games for young passengers

Five Things To Do After A House Fire

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

House Fire aftermath of a house fire

A house fire is traumatic event that can certainly leave you with a mix of emotions. You’ll be nervous, worried, scared, upset, wondering what to do next, and just how to do it.  First things first…take a deep breath, try to relax, and know that everything will be more than fine. Ultimately you need to make sure that your family is safe and sound. Once you can confirm that, then you can tackle the recovery process of your home and belongings.

We’ve compiled a list of five things that you should do and be aware of after a fire.  This way, you can approach the rebuilding of your home in a cool, calm, and collected manner!

(1) Review with the authorities and the professionals as to when it is safe to enter the home after the fire.  The fire department will make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and then will go through their precautionary measures in order to deem the area ‘safe’.

(2) Know who to contact. First, contact any family members to let them know of the occurrence and the fact that you are safe. Review, and then contact your insurance company. A clean-up team, such as G.W.Savage, should also be one of the first calls made.  We can efficiently and professionally get you back into your home – it will be as if nothing happened!

(3) Get the fire report. Typically coming to you from the fire department, this correspondence will review the facts of the fire – the home structure, the area of the fire, as well as the time and date. In some cities and towns, you may need to call the fire department directly in order to get a copy of this report.

(4) Make sure to secure your property.  If you are not securing the property, you could potentially be making a bad situation into a terrible one – your home could be robbed of it’s remaining property, or, in some cases, another individual could be injured on the property (becoming your responsibility). You can ask the authorities and emergency services on the best methods in securing what is yours.

(5) Begin the clean-up process. Interior and exterior clean-up will most certainly be required, and more often than not there is damage that you cannot locate with the naked eye.  That said, you should definitely hire a professional service like SERVPRO to do a thorough cleaning of all areas and of all soot, smoke, and odor.

Call us at 757-431-1400

Holiday Fire Safety in Virginia Beach

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen on fire Cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires. During this time of year, you will find that you are using your cooking equipment more often while hosting family and friends, and fire precautions should be top of mind.

You may experience a flood of emotions if a fire damages your home or business. There might be fear, stress, and uncertainty about the future of the property. Here at SERVPRO of Virginia Beach, we have a restore not replace attitude and our number one goal is to get everything back to preloss condition. We strive not only to restore your property, but your piece of mind as well. If you experience a fire, the following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted services.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls and holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. Then protect these surfaces with a light coating of a lubricant.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting into the HVAC system.

After the first wave of heroes have secured the building, Call SERVPRO of Virginia Beach professionals and let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” 757-431-1400

Start the NEW YEAR off Right with an ERP

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

ERP mobile app ERP

With 2021 coming to a close, SERVPRO of Virginia Beach would like to remind you about the advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

A no-cost assessment of your facility.

A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Profile is viewable online or on your SERVPRO READY APP and is secured with a login and password.

Don't wait until a disaster strikes. Contact SERVPRO of Virginia Beach to establish your Emergency READY Profile.


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Make a plan to stay in business

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Plan to stay in business Make a plan and be prepared

As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow. This September, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

It can happen... Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business; encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment. This year, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, with support from Coalition Members across the nation, including a wide range of businesses and organizations, is focusing National Preparedness month (NPM) on encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready.

Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The Business section of Ready.gov contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business and their unique needs during an emergency.

For more information on NPM, or for help preparing your business, call 1-800-BE-READY, 1-800-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visit Ready.gov/business where business owners can download or order free Ready information, publications, and much more. 1,2,3 - GO!

Recommended Items for a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water: one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing: Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags
  • Duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

It's always best to call SERVPRO of Virginia Beach directly  757-431-1400 

Knowing the Class of Your Fire Extinguisher in Virginia Beach

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Woman using fire extinguisher Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can save your home.

Understanding Fire Extinguisher Classes

There are four classes of fire extinguishers – A, B, C and D – and each class can put out a different type of fire.

  • Class A will put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood and paper
  • Class B are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil
  • Class C are suitable for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D are designed for use on flammable metals

Multipurpose extinguishers can be used on different types of fires and will be labeled with more than one class, like A-B, B-C or A-B-C.

Purchasing Your Fire Extinguisher

Now that you know how many extinguishers you need and what types to get, you can head to the hardware store. Look for fire extinguishers that you can easily lift. Larger extinguishers may pack more power, but you must be able to use it properly.

Learning How to Use Your Fire Extinguisher

Once you have made your purchases, familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher directions so you will be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:

  • P. Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher to break the tamper seal.
  • A. Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire. 
  • S. Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointed at the base of the fire until it is extinguished. 
  • If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.

SERVPRO of Virginia Beach professionals have the training and the equipment to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 757-431-1400.

How to prepare for winter weather and avoid water damage from FROZEN PIPES.

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

avoid frozen pipes Winter weather worries

As seasons change, so do property owners preparation checklists.  With winter weather upon us, it is important for homeowners and property managers to do everything they can do to reduce risks of costly water damage caused by frozen pipes. 

                When water freezes, it expands.  That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and then forgotten.  When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way.  If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and water escapes leaving serious damage as a result. 

                Pipes in attics, crawlspaces, and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow the cold, outside air to flow across the pipes.  Holes in an outside wall where television, cable or telephone lines enter can provide access for cold air to reach pipes. 

                The Red Cross warns that pipe freezing is likely to occur after consecutive days and nights of freezing (32 degrees) or below conditions.  Taking the following precautions ahead of time can help you prevent potential pipe catastrophes:

  1. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home. Allowing cold water to trickle from a faucet can alleviate pressure and prevent a rupture even if freezing occurs.
  2. If a vacant home, keep the temperature above 65 degrees.
  3. Cap outdoor water fixtures. By placing a cover on outdoor spigots and faucets, it reduces the possibility these fixtures build up with ice.
  4. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

If you have done nothing to prevent frozen pipes and you have water leaking or you have no water pressure, it likely means your pipes have burst.  According to State Farm Insurance, this happens to more than 50 million families each year in the United States.  If a pipe has even 1/8” crack, it can release 250 gallons of water a day.

You must act fast to prevent further, and more costly damage.

  1. This first step is to always shut down your property’s main water supply.  (Depending on the amount of water and location, you may want to first turn off electricity.)
  2. If it’s heated water that’s coming from the broken pipe, you should also close the valve attached to your hot water heater.
  3. After you’ve shut down the water, call a plumber for help with repairing or replacing the burst pipe.

Make SERVPRO of Virginia Beach your first call to help you and your local insurance agent assess the damage.  We will work for you to restore your property and your life to make it "Like it never even happened."