Would you let an untrained technician work on your heating system or an unlicensed plumber work on your plumbing? We bet the answer is “Of course not”. Then you would not want an untrained, unlicensed water restoration company to do the water restoration on your home when you have experienced a water damage or sewage backup.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is a nationally known water damage restoration company. We are licensed, insured and bonded. Our technicians have had criminal background checks and are trusted employees.
Training is a must for SERVPRO® employees because drying is more than putting a few fans in a room--it is a science. Our technicians use calibrated moisture meters to do readings. Does your restoration company use the IICRC standards for Water Damage Restoration? If not, you should ask why not?
Call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for Professionally-Trained, Insured, Background Check and IICRC Trained Water Damage, Sewage Damage and Fire Damage Remediation Services 540-373-7000.
Fire Pit Safety
Apple cider, hot cocoa, s.mores, hayrides and fire pits.
Sounds like so much fun but we also must remember the safety that comes along with fire.
Fire pits are pretty to look at and fun to sit around but safety pre-cautions are a must, here are a few simple rules to follow to keep everyone enjoying the activities.
~Keep all fire pits a safe distance from surrounding plants and buildings. Check with your local city or county to make sure you are observing the distance required by law.
~Never use a fire pit under a structure over-hang or an awning.
~Make sure all wood you use is seasoned for the proper length of time.
~It is best to cut wood so that it will fit inside the fire pit leaving very little remaining outside.
~Never use lighting fluids to help get a fire started.
~Never burn composite wood, plywood, painted materials or treated lumber as these materials release toxins into the air.
~Get a screen for your fire pit-it will help contain sparks.
~It is best to avoid wearing loose hanging clothes near the flames.
~Please never leave children or pets unattended around fire pits.
~It is a must to have a bucket of water and a fire blanket nearby for emergency.
~Always extinguish your fire pit before leaving it.
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When you think of SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg many people think of water damages, sewage back-ups, mold and fire damages but there is so much more to SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg.
- The Certified Technicians that take to the streets day and night. They are in uniform, driving company vehicles, insured and have had criminal background checks performed.
- The knowledgeable and trained staff that answer the phones to help you when you have an emergency in your home or business and to schedule non-emergency services for you.
- The billing specialists that go through extensive training for individual insurance company billing procedures and specialty programs’ billing.
- The marketing team that keeps the community aware of everything SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has to offer and attends community events on SERVPRO’s behalf.
- The Management Team that keeps the departments and business running smoothly and all of the team members up to date on certifications and classes.
Please remember SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is not just another restoration company, we strive to be your Premiere Restoration Company.
Prepare To Spruce Up Your Home For The Winter
In preparing to spruce up your home for the winter, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000 to provide you with all our expert non-emergency home services. Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning and HVAC/Duct Cleaning Services.
Here is a list to help you prepare your home for the winter months ahead.
• Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Take down screens and put down storm windows.
• Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
• Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
• Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
• Have a professional inspect your heating system.
• Schedule a chimney sweep company to inspect your fireplace for soot or creosote build-up and cracks.
• Inspect gutters and downspouts for clogs and make sure they are secured to the building.
• Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
• Start your generator and prepare it for winter.
• A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans.
It's Finally Fall!
It’s finally Fall!!! The fall season brings colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. Here are a few tips for this fall to make sure that we keep fall fire-free.
- Keep Fall 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 and make sure they know in case of a fire to stop, drop and roll if they are in a situation in which their clothes may catch on fire.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the ways of doorsteps, walkways and yards.
The Science of Drying A Water Damage
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. If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will:
• Inspect the property 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.
• Set up professional drying equipment, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.
• Use monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
If you need help with a water damage call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today at 540-373-7000.
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Are You Prepared for Power Outages?
Are You Prepared for Power Outages?
Are you prepared for power outages, whether it is at your home or your place of business? Do you have a designated area that has a supply bin with items that are needed in case of a power outage? This is something every business and household should have in case of a power outage. Below is a guide that we have put together to help get you started on being more prepared should a power outage event strike your area.
Remember that a business and a home will have different needs. For example, a business should have either emergency backup lights or possibly something as simple as a flashlight at each employee’s desk or work area.
Depending on the time of year that the power outage happens it may require that you find a way to stay warm or a way to cool down. Emergency blankets are a helpful way to stay warm, and you can put on extra clothing.
If it is hot and you experience a power outage cover the windows to block the sun from coming in and go to the lowest level in the building. Wear the least amount of clothes as possible and stay as hydrated as you can but remember you may have a limited supply of water.
Here are some items that should be in your emergency power outage bin.
- Phone Number for The Power Company
- Flash Lights
- Emergency Candles
- Power Bank for cell phone (Make sure it stays Charged)
- First Aid Kit
- Snacks (Please keep in mind anyone that may have allergies or may be diabetic)
- Battery powered radio
- Hand sanitizer
- The name an address of the dedicated emergency shelter for your area
- Emergency Blankets
- Have an inventory check list on the top of the bin and make sure it stays current and nothing is expired
Please remind everyone to keep the refrigerator and freezer closed, to only open when necessary. Water must be conserved as much as possible.
Designate an employee to inventory the bin, make sure nothing has expired and that all supplies are there.
Tips For Storms and Flash Flooding
Tips For Rain
Tips for storms and flash flooding
Rain is in the forecast for the end of this week and most of next week. Here are some tips on being prepared for storms and flash flooding in our area:
- Always have an emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go with items like flashlights, first aid kit, whistle, non-perishable food, bottled water, battery powered radio, extra batteries etc.
- Make sure to have an emergency plan in place and make sure everyone is aware of that plan.
- Be sure to stay informed of the current weather, traffic, power outages etc. Visit http://www.fredericksburgalert.com/ to sign up for free for emergency alerts and notifications.
- In your home or business check the following before the heavy rain comes: Roof, Gutters, Doors, Windows, Sump Pump and Outdoor Equipment.
Flash floods can occur in a county or city, where runoff from buildings, parking lots and streets can overwhelm municipal storm water sewers. Please be on alert and be prepared for the upcoming weather! If you or someone you know has flooding in their home or business please call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000.
Pet Safety Tips During The Summer Months
Pet Safety Tips During the Summer Months!
For most of us that own pets, they are part of our family and when we think of our pets we treat them the same way we would treat family members. Sometimes people who own pets forget how dangerous the summer months can be for our furry family members and we need friendly reminders that they are not able to take care of themselves—our pets trust us to take care of them.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together a list of friendly reminders to help you give your pets a safe and happy summer.
~Make sure your pets are vaccinated for parasites and have flea and tick treatment.
~Do NOT shave your pets, you can trim your pets but shaving them leaves them susceptible to overheating and sunburn.
~Always walk your pets with caution when not walking them on grassy areas, concrete and asphalt gets very hot and can burn their paw pads very quickly.
~Make sure they always have access to cool, fresh water.
~NEVER Leave them in a car alone.
~Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if your pet suffers from heat exhaustion – Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly legs. DO NOT place your pet in ice cold water, instead move to a cool area, drape a cool wet towel over their head and get them to a vet as soon as possible.
~Never leave them around pools unattended and pets should always wear life jackets when swimming in lakes, ponds or any open body of water.
~During the summer months we use chemicals and products around our homes that are toxic to our pets. Please be careful when using insecticides, rodenticides, citronella candles, tiki torches products, insect coils, etc.
~ When having friend and family gatherings ask them not to share food with your pets and make sure hot charcoal is never emptied where your pet can step on it.
~Keep it cool inside for your pet to enjoy with you.
~Remember your pet can have a heat stroke when temperatures are high.
Commercial Water Damages
Water damages can occur in commercial buildings affecting the structure, content and daily operations of a business at any time. Commercial buildings vary from a free standing individual business, a one-story strip center, to a multi-level building that contains many suites and many different businesses.
There are many different components in a commercial building that can contribute to a water damage. A few are:
~Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems (Usually Rooftop)
If you are in a multi-level building your business could experience a water damage from water that originates from a unit on another floor, on the same floor, the roof, or other areas of the building.
It is important to understand the terms of your leasing agreement and know what you are responsible for repairing if your business were to experience a water damage. Go over your insurance policy with your agent, making sure you understand the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as knowing your deductible. Keep your insurance company contact information readily available outside of your business just in case your building has a damage that does not allow you to re-enter the building.
If you would like to have a no-cost mobile Emergency Response Plan done for your business, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000.