3 Winter Roof Damage Issues Business Owners Need To Know
Winter can be a hard time for business owners. Winter can cause damage to their homes but they also have to worry about their business. Here are some common issues that business owners need to be aware of as winter approaches.
Ice Dam Formation
When the warm air is rising from the inside of your building, it loosens the shingles as well as the snow on top of the shingles. The melted snow travels to colder parts of the roof where it freezes once again. That creates a blockade for the other snow that melts and falls which causes the water sitting there to seep through the lose shingles or any cracks on that roof. This will lead to water leaking into your building. One good way to prevent this is to keep the gutter clean and install a heat trace cable in the gutter to melt the snow and keep that flow going.
Similar to the ice dam formation, icicles are formed when the snow on the roof travels then freezes up on the edge of the roof. They can cause damage to your shingles and gutter and fall on the pedestrians walking by. The simple tactic of using a rake and removing the icicles should do the trick.
Heavy Rooftop Snow Loads
All roofs are designed and built differently, which means they all support different weights. If a huge snow storm hits and your roof is left with a very large load of snow on it, your roof is running a very high risk of collapsing. And if it is bad enough, it can all fall through into your building and damage the contents in your building. If you see any signs of this problem call SERVPRO immediately.
With all of this being said, having a roof inspection before anything hits is a good idea to keep the building in good shape and everything inside that building. These points can also apply to your home as well.
Winter Time Fires
The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.
Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.
Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions.
The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.
To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.
7 Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits
In these cold winter months many of us find it hard to stay warm; our sweaters, wool socks and blankets just aren’t cutting it. So, we resort to other methods to fix the problem. One common method is a portable heater; especially for those sitting at a desk all day! If you are using a portable heater, here are some effective safety habits to keep in mind…
- Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire
- Never fun the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip
- Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet
- Place the heater on a stable, level, surface, located where it will not be knocked over
- Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping
- If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician
- Check SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled
Commercial Plumbing Issues
It is that time of, leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, but work must continue. The temperature is dropping which can affect your commercial building.
It is important to keep your pipes in your building in good shape to prevent any problems. As the days get colder, you are running the risk of your pipes freezing over which can cause crack and leaks. This can happen no mater the material. Plastic, copper, or steel can freeze which will make the pipes crack or even burst. A pipe burst can let go around 200 gallons in just one day which will cause major water damage to your commercial building.
If you are expecting freezing temperatures, be one step ahead and close the water supply lines and washer connections. To circulate heat to the hidden pipes underneath all sinks, make sure to leave those cabinets open to allow the heat in your home help prevent those pipes from freezing.
A pipe bursting in your business could be a huge problem. It could restrain you from working. There will most likely be standing water inside the building. Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall immediately after you discover the problem and we will be there to take care of the problem and cut that time that you are not in business way down.
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What to do in case of frozen pipes and indoor flooding
Winter is Coming...and water damage from frozen pipes might occur...do you know what to do?
Weather is getting colder and the risk of frozen pipes bursting will increase.
Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Water Damage:
Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
• Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
• Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
• Don't use the television or other household appliances.
• Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Home Safety Tips around the Holidays
Now that Thanksgiving has come on gone, its time for most of us to deck the halls.
However, some of us get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays, we can forget important tips to keep our homes safe.
Here are some helpful tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and your house safe this holiday season...
- Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
- Inspect your lights before you hang them
- Replace out lights
- Never connect more then 3 strings of lights at a time
- Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
- Use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
- Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
- Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
- When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use
Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!
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SERVPRO of Howell/Wall 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
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.
Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch
Flooding caused by storm damage in Spring Lake, NJ.
When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.
As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens.
Flash Flood Watch
A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flash Flood Warning
A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.
A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
Remember, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are just a phone call away, 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like it never even happened".
Make This Fall Fire Free
The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe, and fire-free. By following these safety precautions, your fall festivities will be safe and fun!
- Fall decorations such as dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
- Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric, and if you choose to make your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
- It is safest to use a flashlight, or a battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you are going to use a real candle, use extreme caution, and don’t forget to put it out if you are not going to be around. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.
At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we wish you a happy and safe Halloween.
Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
It’s that time of year again! Autumn is here and before you are stuck inside there are still a few fall yard and home cleanup chores that must be done. Yes, we all have spent the whole summer outside pulling weeds, cleaning the deck and watering the flowers. You deserve a break, but we need to properly do our home maintenance before we start our winter hibernation.
So roll up those sleeves one more time so you can witness your home blossom when the warm weather returns. Here are some helpful fall clean-up tips!
Here is a Fall maintenance checklist for your home:
HVAC: Vacuum and dust
Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens); baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
Garden: Rake leaves, dispose of or mulch, trim branches and shrubs, winterize perennials, clean annuals out, put lawn decorations and outdoor furniture in storage or cover
Sprinkler Systems and Garden Hoses: Turn off and disconnect water hoses and clear all pipes and systems of water before first freeze, insulate any outdoor or exposed faucets/pipes
Roof and gutters: Clean and check for damage
If you do end up with any water or fire damage this winter, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010. Our specialized technicians are ready to help you!