SERVPRO Tips: Summer Bonfire Safety
With the heat of the summer, please keep in mind that the sun and winds will have dried out a lot of the surrounding plants and bushes. So, if you plan on a bonfire, follow these tips in order to prevent a property or brush fire.
- Rake your yard or bag your grass clippings before starting a fire.
- Remove yard waste and dead branches around your property.
- Follow your local laws and regulations pertaining to burning and open flames.
- Dampen the ground around your fire pit and under it as well if you have a free-standing pit.
- Place your fire pit on pavers or cement.
- Keep a hose nearby.
- Never throw trash into the fire
- Don’t ever leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure children and pets stay 3 feet away from the fire.
- Fully extinguish the flames with sand and a bucket of water when the evening is over.
Embers stay hot for hours when extinguished. When the fun is over, walk through the yard to clean up chairs and garbage that could easily ignite. Run water on the pit until you are confident the heat won’t pose a risk. Be mindful that you don’t spray the fire with a strong jet of water. Doing so may cause embers to shower the area and ignite your belongings.
SERVPRO Is Your 24 Hour Emergency Services in Elkhart County
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Elkhart County area.
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today-
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Elkhart County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of North Elkhart County
SERVPRO of North Elkhart 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.
When Home Fires Hit - SERVPRO Is Ready To Get To Work
Surrounded by your soot-covered and flame-damaged possessions, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture: Everyone got out safe!
From the get-go, it’s imperative to stay organized amidst the chaos of your scorched surroundings. A three-ring binder with pockets is your new best friend. Take notes on every conversation and online correspondence with your insurance company and restoration professionals, because in any stressful situation, miscommunication can happen. Save all receipts and original documents; only give photocopies upon request. Binder in hand, your first call should be to your insurance agent. Here are a few tips on what NOT to do before the pros arrive:
- Do not wipe or attempt to wash fire residue from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces
- Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris
- Do not use food items or canned goods exposed to heat
- Do not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been professionally cleaned and checked
Do You Rent In Elkhart? If So, Read This...
Do you rent an apartment or home in Elkhart? Do you have renters insurance? Do you have enough coverage to cover all your belongings in the event of a fire or flood?
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County asks these questions based on our experience working with renters to handle their belongings after a loss. Most people are unaware of the amount of coverage they may need and how often to re-evaluate their coverage as time and purchases go on. We have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing tenants not having the appropriate amount of coverage to repair, clean or replace their damaged belongings.
There are a few things you can do to ensure you are protected if ever the situation were to arise. Start by compiling a list of all of your belongings, including housewares, furnishings, and personal items such as clothing, electronics, and personal care items for every member of you families household. Put a reasonable replacement cost to each of those items, that will give you a starting point for the possible amount of coverage you may require. Once you have done that contact your insurance agent or provider to discuss the items you want to have covered. They will be able to assist you with the types and amounts of coverages available based on your specific needs.
Let's Talk Storm Readiness! Does Your Vehicle Have The following?
Every vehicle should be prepared for a break down or a weather related emergency.
Supplies important for an emergency kit in your vehicle:
- First aid kit or supplies
- Car escape tool (seatbelt cutter and window breaker)
- Extra gloves, socks, hats
- Seasonal supplies ( ice scrapper, small shovel, umbrella, rain gear etc.)
Always drive safely, avoid driving through high or rushing water. Be sure to share the road bicyclists, motorcyclists, joggers and children may be out more frequently. Wild animals are coming out of hibernation looking for food. Damp and wet roads can be very slippery do to water mixing with the oil on the roadways.
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County hopes everyone has a safe and happy spring!
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County's highly trained and caring team is available 24 hours a day to assist you.
Call us at 574-343-1397
SERVPRO Is Here To Help Get You Come Back From Fire Damage Happens 24/7!
If your property suffers fire damage, quick action is vital to limiting the amount of damage that is inflicted on your property. You may think that once the fire is put out, the damage has been done and you can start getting things cleaned up at your leisure. Unfortunately, fire damage continues to eat away at materials even after the fire has been put out.
More porous materials often can’t be saved and have to be thrown out and replaced. Less porous materials can be saved if the ash and soot are removed from the surface in a timely manner. A matter of hours can make a difference between an item that can be saved versus one that cannot.
When we begin the restoration process for fire damage, we offer a number of services depending on the extent of the damage your specific needs. Typically, we begin by bringing in air filtering machines that will remove ash and floating particulate matter from the air to make your air safe to breathe again. As this starts working, we will remove ash and soot from your property and dispose of any materials that can’t be saved.
The amount of restoration you want and need depends on the amount of damage your property sustained from the fire. Give us a call for complete restoration from any fire damage on your property.
SERVPRO Is Here To Help 24/7!
The fire restoration process is where a team of professionals enter a burned home or business and begin to restore it to its former state. They will assess the scen and give you an estimate of the damage and the cost to restore your home after the fire. They will begin to clean up the damage; if any items are particularly difficult to clean and treat, they will be taken off-site for special care. There are special industrial grade treatments that they use to restore your home or business with no lingering fire smells.
This is also when water damage restoration will begin properly. Here any standing pools of water will be removed using submersible pumps and the areas will then be dried and sanitized. The next stage is to begin actually restoring furniture and repairing the damage caused by fire. The idea is to get your property looking as good as new!
Are You Ready & Protected From Severe Summer Storms?
Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained nearly 200 weather-related disasters in which overall financial damages reached or exceeded $1 billion.
While we are blessed to live in a part of the U.S. people flock to, we also are unusually vulnerable to dangerous summer weather in the form of tornadoes, hail storms, wind storms, lightning strikes, and more.
As you think about summer storms, ask yourself these 3 key questions:
- What can I do—that is in my control right now—to protect my home, auto, boat, and general property from severe summer-storm damage?
- What insurance coverage do I need to protect myself financially if anything I own is damaged by summer storms?
- What should I do if my home, auto, boat, or other property sustain any damage?
These things are in your control, and a smart way to typically minimize the damage from summer storms:
- Hire professionals to inspect your roof, to make sure it is fully waterproof and that rain runs off it properly.
- Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
- Install shutters to protect windows from high winds and hail (or, as a backup, use plywood covers).
- Install a sump pump in your basement.
- Make sure trees—especially those near your house—are properly trimmed.
- If possible, park your car, RV, motorcycle, and boat in a garage or otherwise under cover.
- Place a hail-resistant cover over your vehicles and boat.
- Complete a printed and/or video home inventory.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows the safest evacuation routes.
- Survey your property for flood potential, and make sure you have flood and sewage backup coverage.
Make sure you have the right insurance and know what is and is not covered. Understand that:
* Most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover flooding. This means you will need to get a separate policy for any damages caused by waters rising out of the ground or rivers, and by other bodies of water overflowing their banks.
* Most homeowners’ insurance does cover damage to your property resulting from hail, wind, and lightning.
* You must have comprehensive insurance coverage on your car to recover financial losses resulting from hail, flood, or damage from falling trees or limbs.
We hope you never have to deal with damage to your home, car, boat, or other property caused by summer storms. But here’s what to do if it occurs:
- Document—as specifically and rigorously as possible—the time, date, and severity of the storm. Do this using photographic and written documentation.
- Immediately call your insurance company.
- Work only with licensed contractors to repair damage.
Ask The Experts: What happens after the disaster in my business?
There's nothing quite as difficult for a commercial establishment as dealing with water damage. However, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary emotional upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers and mitigate the economic strain of lost business. There are many steps you'll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting a team of skilled water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is a good first step.
Quick Water Removal Mitigates Monetary Loss
The longer excess water remains on your commercial property, the more likely you are to suffer from costly water damage repairs to structural properties like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and flooring. Then there is the concern of water damage to your capital investments: inventory, furniture, carpeting, electronic equipment and paper documents. Having a team of skilled water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO to begin immediately removing standing water can prevent you from spending unnecessary money on repairs.
Quick Remediation Prevents Secondary Water Damage.
Another benefit of a quick reaction to the pressing problem of water intrusion is that fast extraction helps prevent secondary water damage. Unfortunately, water damage creates a moist, wet environment within your business. Moisture and high humidity offer mold an opportunity to grow and spread throughout structural materials and wood furniture and fabrics. If your business deals with food distribution, high inventory loss may be a costly negative effect. For this reason, it's critically important to have standing water removed as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can arrive, usually in about one hour, with water removal equipment to meet any problem.
Fast Restoration Helps You Get Back In Business
If the water intrusion, by way of a storm, flood, leak, or the aftermath of fire extinguishing causes severe water damage to your commercial business, you may have to relocate temporarily while water damage restoration work is being completed. Closed doors affect customer traffic, employee earnings, and your bottom line. Insurance companies normally work hand-in-hand with SERVPRO to come to a working agreement allowing the water extraction process to commence immediately.
Contact SERVPRO Today
If your commercial property has been subjected to water damage, getting fast, effective water damage restoration services is a must. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in optimizing and expediting each component of the restoration process to ensure that you can get your business back in business. Moreover, each of our IICRC-Certified technicians will provide you with the personable care and excellent customer service that keeps you in the loop throughout the water damage restoration process. We can quickly reopen your doors "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Building Restoration Services
SERVPRO of North Elkhart County responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources. Call us for assistance today!
Ask The Experts: Recovering From Water Damage
When people learn that you have a water spill in your home, the immediate assumption is that you only need to dry the affected items or areas, and life goes on as usual. However, water damage can involve problems more severe than wet materials. Professional restoration by SERVPRO addresses any advanced issues.
When a water damage incident affects wooden materials such as floorboards or furniture, physical deterioration can happen because of prolonged exposure, or even accelerated drying. Typical forms of deterioration due to extended exposure include warping, buckling, or even rotting. Fast or excessive drying can cause cracking. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their advanced training to avoid these problems when resolving the loss at your property. We use high-efficiency water extractors, which expedite the removal process limiting the physical deterioration that occurs. During drying, we monitor the process regularly with moisture meters to ensure it progresses at the right speed.
When the water spill is from a clean source such as a water supply line, there is minimal worry about contaminants. However, microbial growth occurs even in clean water situations, especially if the restoration takes long. Apart from working fast, our SERVPRO technicians take other steps to control contaminants. We apply disinfectants and antimicrobial agents on surfaces when we clean them to stop or slow down microbial growth.
Sometimes water spills lead to long-term problems such as mold development or rotting. If a minor leak goes undetected for a long time, mold is likely to develop. Failure to dry all wet materials to standard levels or reduce humidity levels can also lead to such outcomes. Our crews use different techniques to avoid such outcomes. We use thermal cameras to reveal hidden wet spots. We also perform different tests to determine moisture levels, including using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters. We also use thermo-hygrometers to check the humidity levels in the air. With the correct readings, we can know how long to run dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the property.
Water damage can involve a wide range of problems. Call SERVPRO today! We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We are ready to get you back to "Like it never even happened."