Spring Home and Safety Checklist
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SPRING AHEAD WITH THESE HOME SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TIPS
The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.
- Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
- Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation. Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
- Clean or replace your furnace filter
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
- Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
- Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures. Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
- Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.
- Check for damage to your roof.
- Remove dead trees in your yard
- Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
- Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
- Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
- Have your sprinkler system serviced
- Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
- Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.
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We are an ICRC Certified Firm
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SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Clifton
SERVPRO of Clifton 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
What is an Air Scrubber and Why Do We Use Them?
Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton remediate your Mold.
What is an Air Scrubber?
In simplest terms Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine. It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters. These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.
Why do we use Air Scrubbers?
The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer.
Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odiferous (smelly) gases. These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials. An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.
Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air. These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants. Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles. The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores. HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.
Think you have a mold situation? Let our highly trained staff remove and remediate safely and efficiently
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Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?"
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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood
Prevent further damage after a flood
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Take steps to protect yourself, your family and your home from flooding.
Before a Flood:
- Purchase flood insurance - flooding can cause significant damage to homes and businesses. Flood insurance will protect you from the financial burden.
- Protect your possessions - Create a file containing a list of al your possessions and important documents. Store them in a waterproof container.
- Prepare your house - place the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and any other electrical components on cement blocks. (at least 12 inches above flood elevation). Make sure the sump pump is working and also has a battery backup in case of power outages.
During a Flood:
- Go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding
- Do not attempt to walk or drive through flowing streams or flooded roadways
- Listen to the direction of local officials and stay updated by following local news reports
- If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
After a Flood:
- If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim.
- Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
- Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
- Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
- Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
- Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
- Prevent further damage by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate and restore your home
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Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?
Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road.
- Practice your winter driving skills
- Change your wiper blades
- Fill wiper fluid
- Check tire pressure
- Track your tire tread
- If necessary, change to winter tires
- Check battery and change oil
- Keep coolant fresh
- Check you brakes
- Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)
Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.
Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Tire Chains
- First Aid Kit
- Battery Powered Radio
- Flashlight (With extra batteries)
- Jumper cables
- Sand or kitty litter
Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it Hits
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Winter is on us and winter storms are expected in the Clifton NJ areas.
The best way to keep your family and yourself safe is to plan and prepare before the storm hits.
Listed below are tips and suggestions for preparing your family for upcoming winter storms.
Communication: If a power outage should occur, make sure to have the following:
- Cell phone, portable charger, extra batteries
- Battery powered radio with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
- Find out how your community warms you about severe weather (siren, radio, television, websites)elderly neighbors and family members
Heating: Turning on the stove for heat is not safe
- Have at least one of the following heat sources available in case the power goes out:
- Extra blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats
- fireplace up to code and extra dry firewood
- portable space heater or kerosene heaters
- Have the following safety equipment:
- Chemical fire extinguisher
- Smoke alarms in working order
- Carbon monoxide detector in working order
- Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent and in a space where it will not get wet from rain or snow (Never use generators indoors or inside garages or near any intake to the home.)
- Do not store gasoline indoors
Food & Safety: Have a weeks worth of food, water and supplies
- Drinking water
- Canned/ no-cook food
- manual can opener
- baby food / formula (if baby in house)
- first aid kit
- ice melt for sidewalks or walkways
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- battery powered lamps. Avoid using candles if possible
Household Water Supply:
- Leave water taps opens slightly so there is a continuous drip
- Keep indoor temps warm
- Open cabinet door under sink to allow warm airflow
Should your pipe freeze and burst during a storm, call the service professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to clean and dry your structure to prevent further damage,
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Get Your Home Winter Ready
Making preparations ahead of time can prevent fierce winter storms from causing havoc to your home.
Getting the Outside Ready for Winter Storms
Trim or Remove Trees
- Trimming: Trimming is far less expensive than full removal. Crews can thin out the branches to reduce the “sail effect” when those high winter winds blow. Trimming can also can balance out the tree’s load and keep one side from being heavier than the other, a condition that may topple the tree.
- Removing: Tree removal can entail a significant cost, especially in dense, metro areas where mobility is limited.Many communities require that you apply for a tree removal permit or at least put in a written notification. In many cases, the permit or notice must be accompanied by an arborist’s report stating that removal is required.
Check Roofing and Flashing Stability
High winds can loosen roof shingles. Walk your roof and inspect it carefully. Shingles that are obviously loose should be replaced by a qualified roofer.
The condition of the flashing – the metal sleeves around the chimney and other roof protrusions – is more difficult to visually determine. Have a contractor or roofer inspect these areas.
Promote Drainage Away from House
When storms hit, massive amounts of water are directed at your house over a short period of time. Re-grade the soil around your house so it declines away from the foundation.
Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts
One source of water damage to foundations and basements is downspouts that force water straight into the ground. This can be easily and cheaply fixed by adding plastic downspout drainage lines that deposit the water away from the house. Fix or replace gutters in the summer. Clean gutters early fall, as soon as all the leaves are off the trees.
Remove Air Conditioners
By the end of summer, window unit air conditioners are no longer needed. A/C units are weak points for water intrusion. Even if there is a tight seal between the unit and the window, water can still enter through the back of the unit.
Clean Wood Fire Burning Chimneys
Wood-burning fireplaces build up an oily substance that can cause chimneys to ignite.
Call the experts if you experience Water, Soot, Smoke or Fire Damage
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Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year
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Candles are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor, but if not properly used, they can be cause serious damage to your home. Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the winter holidays than any other time throughout the year. The top 3 holidays for candle fires were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the month of December being the peak month when candle fire incidents nearly doubled.
Following these candle safety tips to keep you and your family fire-safe during the holiday season and throughout the year:
- Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily and are made from a material that cannot burn, such as metal, ceramic or glass and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
- When lighting candles, be sure to keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
- Protect candle flames with glass covers/chimneys or containers.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from things that can burn/catch fire, like clothing, books, curtains, silk and dried flower arrangements, holiday decorations and Christmas trees.
- People are fascinated by a flickering candle and children and pets are no exception, therefore, keep children and pets away from burning candles.
- NEVER leave a child or pet unsupervised in a room with a lighted candle.
- Keep matches and lighters safely out of a child’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet
- Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
- NEVER use a candle when oxygen is present.
- Keep candle wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish the flame when they get to within 2 inches of the holder.
- Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last ½ inch of wax starts to melt.
- For emergency lighting, use flashlights NEVER use candles.
Flameless candles are fire-safe, However when using flameless candles, remember to secure the battery compartment and keep them out of reach of children.
Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday season ~ From SERVPRO of Clifton
Fire Restoration Process
Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?
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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Clifton, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Clifton Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
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