The Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of North Morris County is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.
If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of North Morris County will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of North Morris County has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of North Morris County has the training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer
You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the Silent Killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.
All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups— including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide. An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration.
- Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
- Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
- Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
- Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
- Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home
SERVPRO of North Morris County wishes you good health and safety
BE PREPARED: Tsunamis
Did you know tsunamis can hit ANY U.S. coast?
While they are more likely to hit states on the Pacific coastline or in the Caribbean, it is good to know what to do if a tsunami does strike where you live, or even where you may vacation.
Ready.gov says “tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite.” Areas within a mile of the coast and less than 25 feet above sea level have a greater risk of being hit.
As with any emergency, be sure you have a plan. Know the evacuation plan and move inland or to higher ground and avoid the beach. “The first wave may not be the last or the largest,” according to the National Weather Service.
After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe. While drowning is the most common hazard, there are many aftereffects such as flooding and contaminated drinking water. For more information on preparing for a tsunami, visit ready. gov/tsunamis.
SERVPRO of North Morris County wants you to stay safe
Don't Forget About Summer Safety
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. As this summer winds down, people can start to relax some important safety habits.
Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to keep you and your family safe all summer long. n When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
- Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
SERVPRO of North Morris County wishes you a safe and happy summer!
Hurricane Season 2017
Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30.
Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall.
Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.
- Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan
- Take inventory of your property
- Take steps to protect your home or business.
For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
If You RENT, This Is For YOU
Having owned SERVPRO of North Morris County for over ten years now, there are certain things we have experienced and we feel it important to pass along to the community.
For generations renting was what twenty-something’s did. You got a degree, you got a job, you rented for a little while, and then you bought a house, had some kids, lived that American dream.
Now with the job market where it is and the mortgage crisis still in our short-term memories, renting’s looking like a solid option to more and more people (beyond their 20’s).
But even if you choose to rent instead of buy, it’s still important to protect your assets. That’s why homeowners get Homeowners insurance. And that’s why as a renter should get RENTER'S INSURANCE.
Protect Yourself and Your Stuff
Renters insurance works much the same way Homeowners insurance does…except it’s tailored to renters (thus the name). See, when you rent, some think that the Landlord’s insurance covers you and your stuff too. But no dice. Your Landlord’s insurance is only there to cover them and their property…not yours.
That’s why Renters insurance is so important! It works to cover your:
- Personal possessions – coverage for your things (clothes, furniture, electronics…that kind of stuff) up to your coverage limit.
- Personal liability – coverage if you’re ever legally responsible for an injury or property damage, like if you drop some water and a guest slips and sues.
- Medical payments – coverage for medical expenses if someone (other than a resident) gets hurt in an accident at your place.
- Additional Living Expenses – coverage for extra temporary living expenses if your place is damaged and becomes uninhabitable.
It Filling the Gaps
Renters insurance can also fill gaps left by your other policies, like your Auto insurance. Let’s say, for instance that you leave your laptop in your car one night after work. At some point, a criminal walks by and thinks “Man, I could really use a new laptop.” You come out the next day to a broken window and a laptop-less car. Thankfully you have Auto insurance right…so you’re covered! Again, no dice. While the window might be covered, most Auto policies don’t cover personal items left inside. But Renters does! In this case, your Renters insurance could help replace your stolen laptop.
If you needed another reason to consider Renters…here it is. It’s incredibly cheap! Much cheaper than other coverage types, and usually only a couple of cents a day (yes, we said “cents”). And if you add it to your other existing policies, like an Auto or Life insurance policy, you could save even more dough.
Fires, theft, water damage…these things happen, and they’re just as likely in a rented apartment as they are in a house. To protect themselves, Homeowners get homeowners insurance. So if you rent, consider Renters insurance. It’s a good precaution in a risky universe.
SERVPRO Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf
SERVPRO of North Morris County says the season’s first major golf tournament is a great time to “master” Fantasy Golf skills
There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.
We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,
SERVPRO of North Morris County is a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.
The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.
With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—just around the corner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour. If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league. The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.
SERVPRO of North Morris County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of North Morris County, please contact Joseph Brizek at (973) 983-5657 or SERVPRO9173@embarqmail.com.
Ice Dam Prevention Tips
Call SERVPRO of North Morris County for more information at: 973-983-5657
Icicles can signal the formation of ice dams on your roof, which can lead to water damage and even mold growth within your home. Use these tips to prevent them.
ICE DAM PREVENTION TIPS
1. Add insulation in your attic - measure width and length of space to be insulated. Lay down boards or plywood sheeting to help you be able to walk safely in the attic space. Do not cover soffit vents with insulation. Work around recessed lighting.
2. Remove attic heat sources - you don;t want to have a potential fire hazard
3. Insulate attic access doors - prevents drafts and assists with heating efficiency
4. Check the exhausts - proper ventilation also prevents mold
5. Check flashing around the chimney
SERVPRO of North Morris County
Smoke Alarms: Save Lives
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
In HOMES, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and COMMERCIAL environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
- Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.
- Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years.
- If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.
- Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).
In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home or workplace has a FIRE EMERGENCY PLAN in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of North Morris County
Is Your Property WINTER READY?
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS to protect your property before colder weather hits.
- CHECK YOUR PROPERTY for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- ROOFS, WATER PIPES & GUTTERS should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property, especially WALKWAYS & DRIVEWAYS, for PROPER DRAINAGE to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- INSPECT ALL handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- PROTECT WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
When winter weather strikes, call your SERVPRO of North Morris County to strike back.