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Fire Safety Plan For Your Elkhart Business

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can be a catastrophic event, leading to destruction of property or loss of life. To ensure that your staff and employees are protected in the event that a fire breaks out, it is essential that every business have a fire safety plan in place. Fire suppression systems are complex devices that are strategically placed in different areas of the office building or kitchen. They will automatically trigger when the temperature changes to certain degrees or they can be manually turned on by pulling an emergency switch, which will then release chemicals onto the fire-prone locations to extinguish the fires. 

If you have a fire in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! 574-343-1397

Keep Your Elkhart Business Safe From Water Damage

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Should you find yourself in a situation where your business has been affected by flood, here are some ways to prevent flood waters from entering your business:

  • Seal cracks, use high quality urethane-based caulk to seal cracks and utility pipes.
  • Connect sump pumps to a battery back-up or generator.
  • Install backflow valves on main waste drain pipes that leave the structure.
  • Protect openings; keep a supply of water-absorbent barriers to divert water away by installing watertight shields over all doors and windows.
  • Evaluate the drainage of the property to make sure the ground slopes away from the building.

If you have a fire in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! 574-343-1397

Mold in your Elkhart Basement?

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded basements are very difficult to properly dry-out quickly which makes them a common area for mold growth. Lifting up carpeting and cutting holes in the dywall might be necessary to properly dry-out and prevent mold growth. Mold in the basement is usually caused by seepage from a crack in the foundation. The mold growth is often localized near the crack. Being that this is generally the place where storage occurs, items should sit at least 6 inches off the ground on a shelf or rack, and be at least 6 inches from the walls. Should there become a mold problem, personal belongings are safe.

If you have mold in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! 574-343-1397

SERVPRO of North Elkhart has Mold Advice

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Molds are living microorganisms and forms of fungi like yeast; it comes in about any shape, size, and color. Molds reproduce by releasing microscopic airborne spores that find their way to a habitable surface. Mold can grow on almost anything especially drywall, insulation, and wood. If water is present on these surfaces, mold grows into active colonies and spread. Mold can also grow on surfaces like metal, plastic, and glass if moisture is present. Some people are not affected by mold, but for others, mold symptoms include allergies, fatigue, headache, runny nose, and dry throat.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! Our business hours our from 9AM-5PM weekdays. 

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How To Prevent Water Damage

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is the #1 thing that weakens your homes foundation. When water damage hits the core of your home, it eventually causes serious structural damage. By repairing water leaks such as dripping pipes, cracked caulking, loose, missing, or damaged shingles, you can prevent water damage. Nature outside of the home can also be a culprit for water damage. Certain plants, trees, shrubs, and leaves can contribute to water damage. When the water is not draining properly the dirt around the foundation can separate and pool around the home. Downspouts should be at least 5-10’ away from the house.

If you have a water problem in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs!

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Steps to protect your home from water damage

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

  • Make sure the caulking around the tub and shower is water tight. If there are cracks in the caulk, replace it. The cost of caulking is less cheap than the potential water damage that could be caused from water leaks down the road.
  • Check the hoses that lead to the dishwasher, refrigerator, and washing machine annually to be sure there are no cracks or water leaks. Hoses should be replaced every 5-7 years.

Shower/tubs, toilets, sinks, water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers are the common causes of water leaks that could lead to water damage. Checking these often can prevent potential disaster.

If you have a water problem in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs!

574-343-1397

Summer Fire Safety

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is an exciting time for fireworks, but it is also a time for accidental fires and burns. We look forward to vacations, fireworks, and picnics during the summer; however, this is the prime time for fires due to outdoor cooking and fireworks. Here are some things to keep you and your family safe

  • Only use your grill outside at least 3 feet away from the home.
  • Keep a 3 foot safe zone around the grill, this will keep kids and pets safe.
  • Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs, and other material that burn.
  • Attend public firework displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

If you have a fire in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! 574-343-1397

Smoking and Fires

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

The place where we feel safest is at home; that is also where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable. If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes. If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.

If you have a fire in your home or business then call SERVPRO of North Elkhart County for all your restoration needs! 574-343-1397

Storm Safety

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t underestimate the power of strong thunderstorm winds known as straight-line winds – they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 mph. Hurricane-force winds start at 74 mph. If a severe thunderstorm warning contains hurricane-force wind speeds seek shelter immediately. Stay away from windows and go to the basement or interior room/hallway. Do not use electrical appliances. Be aware that tall trees near a building can be uprooted by straight-line winds – that tree can come crashing through the roof of a home and crush a person to death. A downburst can cause damage equivalent to a strong tornado! Be smart and stay safe!

Kids Storm Safety Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

  • There’s a strong possibility that the lights could go out during storm; here are some tips to keep you safe while playing in the rain.
  • Stay inside during thunderstorms, lightening and wind can damage power lines and trees.
  • Remind grown-ups to stay away from downed power lines, especially when they are outside cleaning up after a storm.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles they are a lot safer.
  • Try not to open the refrigerator or freezer unless you have to; it could take a few days for power to be restored.
  • Ask grown-ups to unplug appliances, this will prevent damage when the power comes on.