Important Reasons Why Every Home and Business Needs a Humidifier
We all know about humidifiers, but most of us do not know the benefits of having one in our home or business. Here we are going to mention seven reasons why should have one or consider to get one.
Reduce Airborne Illnesses
Germs are not fans of moist air, therefore using a humidifier in your home or business will reduce the risk of spreading viruses that normally thrive in dry air. We do not think about prevention often, but we should because taking precaution against spreading illnesses can make a big difference for the members of your family or your staff. You want a healthy family and healthy employees.
Save Money during the cold months
Everybody wants to save money, especially during the holidays and cold months. Another benefit of using a humidifier is that it add moisture back into the air and this makes your property (home or business) feel warmer. This means that you can turn down the thermostat and save some money on your bills.
Soothe Dry Skin
Cold weather can be harsh on your skin and lips. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from cracked hands and lips during the winter time. A humidifier can be a good and helpful tool to alleviate symptoms and soften skin. Your family and your employees will feel better without suffering this conditions.
Protect Wood Floors and Furniture
If you have wood furniture in your business or home, you know that dry air can easily damage it. It can make this furniture split and crack, or cause gaps in hardwood floors. Therefore, using an automatic humidifier to maintain a stable level of moisture in the air can protect your floors and furniture from damage.
No More Static Shock
Have you shake hands with one of your coworkers before and found both of you moving apart because you felt the static shock? Or have you walked around in your home in your cozy socks when suddenly you feel shock with static? One way to help to reduce this is to bump up the humidity levels at your place of work or home, this will help to reduce the charges that causes these shocks.
Reduce Allergy and Sinus Problems
One important benefit of having a humidifier is that an increased moisture in the air can soothe sinus tissue, alleviate allergy symptoms, and reduce asthma attacks. It is essential to mention that it is necessary to check the humidifier settings in order to avoid too much humidity (and promote other problems). Once you make sure that you are adding the right amount of moisture into the air at your work place or home you will realize that most people who suffer of allergies and sinus problems will feel better.
Happy Indoor Plants.
The weather in the cold months can be especially hard for the plants in your business and at home. Therefore, it is important to create the ideal conditions for your indoor plants to survive, most of them thrive in moist conditions and a humidifier will help to create a good environment for them.
Kitchen Preventive Measures to Avoid a Water Loss
Many of the emergency calls that we get for water losses started at the kitchen. Think about it, multiple appliances that we use to cook and to clean in this area use water. The most common ones that cause problems related with water in the kitchen are the sink, the dishwasher, and the refrigerator. The appliances and the area that we use almost every day. Therefore, it is always good to learn some preventive measures about these three that could help us to avoid a water loss.
Dishwasher Problems; We recommend that you check your dishwasher regularly in order to spot any water leaks, it is also important to make sure that the main filter is not blocked and that the dishwasher is emptying completely when is done. Once in a while check that all the joints and hoses are working properly and listen for any particular sounds while the machine is running.
Sink Water Problems; Make a habit to check underneath the sink every week to make sure that you do not have any leaking problems down there. If you noticed a dripping faucet make sure to repair it soon even if it is a little one. Also, check the pipes under the sink for any dripping or blocked drains. All of these preventive measures can save you money and time in the long run.
Refrigerators Water Problems: Most people forget about their refrigerator’s maintenance, but like any other machine it is important to clean it and to inspect it to make sure it runs properly. One way to inspect it is to check for water or mold behind it, if any one of them is present its time to act and find where the water is coming from. This action will help to prevent a major water problem later on.
We hope that these preventing measures are helpful to you and your family and that they help you to avoid any water losses in your kitchen. If you ever have an issue please call us we are here to help. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater 973-810-2825 and SERVPRODoverStillwater.com.
It is important to understand what the weather (Flood) warnings mean
The winter season is here, we all know that because we have experienced the cold breeze in our faces and the snowflakes falling in the last weeks. We also know that it is hard to predict the weather and its dangerous storms, but we should know that there are a couple of warning signs that are designed to help us to be prepared and stay safe. It is our responsibility to learn their meaning in in order for them to be successful. For example, in a large snow storm, besides the common dangers there is also the possibility of flooding once the snow melts. Therefore, the National Weather Service will issue some flood warnings and understanding them could make the difference to keep your family and property safe.
Please review the following description of the four main flood warnings:
- Flash Flood Warning: This flood warning is issued when the flood is imminent or it is already occurring. You will need to move to a higher ground because this type of flood can be sudden and a violent one, it hard to predict how long it will last it could take from minutes to hours to develop, and it can happen even in areas that are not immediately receiving water. It is important to understand the meaning of the warning signs to know what to do when one is issued. In this case when you see or hear this warning take action and stay safe.
- Flood Warning: This kind of warning is issued when flooding is either occurring or is imminent. You need to take action and find a safe place for you and your family.
- Flood Watch: This warning is issue when the conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to happen and for flooding to be in the area. It is a preventing warning because it does not mean that flooding will occur, but is a possibility that can happen.
- Flood Advisory: This type of advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be severe enough to issue a warning, but it may cause inconvenience and therefore people should take caution because the situation could change.
We hope that these information is helpful to you and to your family. If you ever have an issue with flooding call us we are the professional team that you can count on, we are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.
Smart Gadgets that could help you to reduce the utility bills of your business
If you are a business owner you know how important it is to reduce your utility bills in order to save money every year. Keeping a budget while paying your bills in a business can help you to reinvest, acquire new equipment, and grow your company. One way to reduce your bills and help you to save is to utilize the new technology available in the market. Here we will describe some of the smart gadgets that can make the difference in your annual spending.
Thermostat options: This is an important feature that you could add to your business. A smart thermostat is connected to your Wi-Fi and controls your businesses temperature and can even adjust itself automatically. One popular thermostat option is Nest, it is popular because by learning your habits in about a week it can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 10 to 15 percent (more money saving for your business). Nest also has a feature that sends you text message when your property reaches unusual temperatures (hot or cold), this allow you to set your temperature levels and reduce your bills.
Security Lighting: These is a great option for every business. Lights that are connected to Wi-Fi not only help you to save money, but they also add security to your property. With multiple features that allow you to turn the lights on and off, turn the lights when someone comes at the door, and even some of the smartest systems will use a battery-powered backup that will keep the lights on if the power goes out. In some cases these lights will turn on if the smoke detector is activated, so people can see clear for an exit.
Washer and Dryer: We know that some business do not have these appliances, but others (like ours) do. For those businesses, there are new smart technology options that allow you to use your smartphone to start, stop, and monitor your washer and dryer. Also, this type of smart technology allows you to view your energy usage, and if paired with Nest thermostat you could save energy and money by delaying your laundry until after your peak energy hours have passed.
These are just some of the smart gadgets that you could add to your business to increase your savings in the long run, there are many more on the market that you can find and can modify to the needs of your business.
Some of the Most Common Causes of Fires in our Community
There are multiple reasons why a fire can start in your home at any given time. Knowing the most common causes of fires in homes could be helpful to try to avoid a disaster. Please read the following causes and take the necessary precautions to protect your family and your property.
- Electrical failures:
Every year we received emergency phone calls about fires losses in our neighborhood and one of the most common causes of how they started are electrical failures. Some things that you could do to minimize a potential electrical failure that leads to a fire are: During the Christmas season turn off your Christmas lights and trees overnight, always make sure to use proper electrical cords and do not overload electrical outlets. Finally, consider hiring an electrician that can inspect the electrical wiring at your home at least once a year.
- Lighting Dangers:
In a previous blog we mentioned how common fires caused by lighting are. Therefore, it will be beneficial to follow some of these tips to avoid one: During a storm unplug any major electronics, avoid taking baths and using any of the plumbing in the house, do not use a corded phone or corded electronic devices, and avoid to stay close from doors and windows because they can conduce energy.
- Light Candles
Most of us love to light a candle because they smell good, they are calming, and they look pretty during the season. The problem is that they can start a fire at any time, to avoid this you should: Never leave candles unattended (blow them out before leaving the room or going to sleep), make sure they are in a flat surface and away from any flammable items, kids, and pets.
This is one is one of the most common causes of fires in homes and businesses. Some safety tips to prevent a fire are: Always smoke outside of the premises, make sure that cigarette butts are not lit when you disposed them, and make sure to used sturdy ashtrays.
These are just some and the most common causes of fires and some tips to help to prevent them. We hope that you can practice some of these preventive measures and avoid to have a fire loss. However, if you ever have one, please know that we are here to help you. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater and we have the experience, the team, and the equipment to help you to restore your home after a fire incident. Please call us 973-810-2825.
Important Snow Shoveling Lessons for the Winter Season
Snow Removal Lessons
Now that the winter and snowing season is here, it seems like the perfect timing to talk about some snow lessons that will help us to get through the season safe.
If snow is on your weather forecast do not make the mistake of waiting until it passes to start shoveling. This will only make your work harder and you increase the chances to suffer an injury. What you should do instead is to start shoveling snow as it lands, you should prepare yourself to do it as often as every hour if the snow storm is a heavy one, this will allow a faster and safer snow removal.
Most people do not think about the importance of choosing the right snow removal tools and materials. Some of the recommendations to follow are for example not to use rock salt on concrete to avoid cracked walkways, instead use calcium chloride. Use plastic shovels instead of metal ones in surfaces that could get damage. Keep shovels and blades from snow blowers at least a half inch to the grown to avoid to damage the driveway
During the cold months it is not uncommon to hear about the winter injuries caused by shoveling. In order to avoid this it is necessary to learn how to shovel snow properly. The best way is to keep the shovel close to your body preventing overreaching and causing strain to different parts of your body.
There is a helpful tip to remember when you are getting ready to go outside to shovel some snow. Before you go outside try to apply a generous amount of cooking spray to the front and back of your shovel, this will let the snow slide of the blade of the shovel which translates in an easier job for you.
We recommend that you have a plan when you start shoveling snow. Making not only your job easier, but avoiding the risk of injuries (So common during the winter season). One excellent strategy is to start shoveling from the center of the driveway and work your way out. This will allow you to move lighter loads of snow, move faster, and avoid injuries.
Why is it so important to dry water damage quickly? Mold growth is your answer.
A water damage can be a costly and unexpected issue that could happen at any time. We know about this because we have helped multiple customers in our area who never thought that they would have to deal with a water loss and the possibility of mold growing in their property. Thanks to our experience with water loss remediation, we know that once a customer call us and let us know that they are having this type of issue, we need to act fast! Not only because the customer wants his property free of water, but because every minute counts when trying to stop mold from growing and becoming a worst problem.
Most of us know that mold can grow easily if it finds the proper conditions, such as a humid environment and some dark space. Therefore, after a water damage, flooding, or any type of water loss, it is important to the start the drying process as quickly as possible. We have the proper tools to get hands on as soon as we arrive to the customer's property. Usually the first thing that we do is to stop the water source, we identify the type of water (to decide the best course of action), we inspect the property, and (depending on the job and the amount of water that we are handling) we remove items, carpets, etc. before we start the water removal process. Once we complete the first part of the remediation, we set up extraction vacuums to remove the excess water. In the mean time we determine the type of drying equipment that we are going to use next. Our highly-trained technicians will determine how many air movers and dehumidifiers are needed or if any specialized equipment, like air scrubbers, will need to be in place in order to avoid any mold spores to spread. Throughout the drying process we will be monitoring the levels of moisture and will make sure to clean any contents that can be restored. Later in the process we will make sure to use the most effective sanitizing treatments to clean your property and avoid mold to appear in the picture. Finally, if needed we will start the restoration to pre-water damage condition. Even though we tried to summarize the process here, we want to clarify that it takes a couple of days to get your property dry and to fix the issue.
Water damages are a common issue and you need professionals that know how to handle it. Also, you need a company committed to be there on time and who understand the importance of getting the job done before mold takes advantage of the conditions and becomes a bigger problem. We are that company give us a call and we will help you to handle any water loss and prevent mold. SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.
Learning More About Your Water Loss
Learn about the different classes of water in a water loss.
When a pipe bursts in your house, a washing machine over floods, or a water heater malfunction happens and you end up with an unwanted amount of water in your home you know that you need to act fast. Most homeowners know the drill, they will need to contact their insurance company and then a restoration company, like SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, to start the extraction, drying process, and restoration process. While this is important information to know, and we will explain as much as we can about the process, it never hurts to learn a little bit more about the steps that we need to take in order to do a professional job at your property so you are 100% satisfied.
One of the things that we would like to share with you today is how to determine the class of water that we are dealing with and why it is an important part of the process.
Once in your property our highly-trained technicians will determine the category of water that they are working with, but they also need to determine the class of water. This is very important because the class will aid to choose the cleaning and disinfecting protocol to follow for that particular job. Also, with this information a specific drying plan, with the right equipment (dehumidifiers, air movers, etc.) will be in place and the drying process will begin. The four classes of water that our team will identify are:
Class One: This class of water has a slow evaporation rate. The technicians will understand that only part or a room is compromised and the carpet could be little or no wet at all. This is the easiest class to work with in case of a water damage.
Class Two: This class has a faster evaporation rate than class one. Our technicians will know that the whole room was affected, as well as the carpet, the walls are now compromised, and there is moisture in the structural materials of your property.
Class Three: The class with the fastest evaporation rate. This class means that the walls, ceiling, insulations, carpet, and sub floors in your property are affected. In most cases the kind of damage for this class started from overhead or the roof of your home.
Class Four: This is the special class that will need a special drying process. When our technicians determine this class they understand that it has passed enough time for different materials (like hardwood and stone) to be compromised. Special methods of drying will need to be used and more likely this will take longer to dry than the other classes of water.
We hope that this information helps you to learn a little more about our process and how we determine the right drying plan for your specific situation. If you have any questions give us a call we are here to guide you and help you in any emergency situation. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.
Fires and Damages Caused by Lightning.
Fires caused by lightning.
Most homeowners do not recognize some of the threats that nature may impose to their properties. For example, one element that could cause damages and even a fire in your home is lightning, if your house has been hit by it you should call your fire department, and you should be concerned for the damages even if you do not see them right the way. Lightning poses the following three important hazards to consider:
- Power Surge Damage: Say goodbye to most of your electronic devices if they were connected. If lightning hits a home and it chooses the electrical wiring as its path, the explosion could damage most if not all the appliances that are connected. The damage to the electrical system will be substantial and therefore anything connected to it will suffer significant damage.
- Fire Damage: One of the biggest fears when a house is hit by lightning is the possibility of starting a fire. Most houses are built with flammable materials, which makes it the perfect environment to start a fire after a house is strike. Most of those fires start either in the roof or in the attic.
- Explosive Shock Wave: The waves created by lightning can be really destructive. In many cases these waves can cause damages to stone, brick, and concrete. This could be very dangerous because you could see some shatter glass, destruction to chimneys, and cracks in the foundation of your property.
Besides caring for the material destruction of your property you should understand that even though is not common, it is possible to receive an injury from lightning while in your house. Therefore if there is a storm that involves lightning your best bet is to stay away from any pipes or wiring that can be used as a path for the lightning. For example, you should avoid taking showers, using a computer, using appliances, and using wired phones.
There is a high potential of a fire starting because of lightning, therefore if your house has been affected by one do not hesitate and contact your fire department. If no fire started have a professional electrician to check your electrical system to avoid future complications.
Do you have a mold problem? Here are the steps of how to handle it.
Learn how to handle a mold problem.
If you suspect that there is mold in your home (even if you cannot see it), maybe because you have been feeling sick without any reason, or maybe because there is a particular smell, you should be proactive and do something. We will explain the steps that we recommend that you follow if you think that you have a mold problem.
- This first step is important. You should get a professional home hygienist to inspect your home. In order to treat the problem you will need to know the type of mold and the amount that you will be fighting. A professional company can provide those results and sometimes guide you in which is your best option of treatment, if it is fine to take care of it yourself or if you need a professional remediation company to do so. Make sure to agree that a final testing is done after any remediation is completed, in this way you will make sure that your efforts to eliminate mold were successful. This should be done by two separate companies so that there is no conflict.
- Find the cause of mold and make sure it is repaired. The last thing that you want is the mold to come back after you cleaned it. Therefore, is important to identify what caused it in the first place and to fix it.
- We recommend to contact your insurance company and find out if your policy covers any mold removal. This is a step that could save you money.
- Base in your Mold test results you will have to decide if is it safe to clean and remove the mold yourself, or (as we recommend it) if you are going to hire a professional mold remediation company. A company like ours, SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, is specialized in this type of remediation, we can make sure to eliminate the problem, avoid to spread the mold to other areas, and clean everything while following safety guidelines so no one gets sick from breathing mold during the process. Make sure the company that you choose has a good reputation and are committed to help you to solve the problem.
- Once the mold remediation is done, make sure the mold hygienist comes back to have a final testing done. Base on their results you will know if it is safe to complete the process or if you need to do something else.
- Finally, we recommend to take preventive measures against mold. Make a habit to inspect your home, your appliances, and those places where water can become a problem in your property. Â Also if you have an area high humidity like a below grade basement have an auto pump out dehumidifier.
If you have a mold problem, we can help. We have managed multiple mold remediation jobs in our area. We have the equipment, a highly-trained team, and the experience to guide you and help you to handle this issue. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you. SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.