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The Do’s and Don’ts During a Clean Water Loss in Your Burlington Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Do’s and Don’ts During a Clean Water Loss in Your Burlington Home

Did you just have a clean water loss in your Burlington Home? Call SERVPRO of Burlington East at 289-313-8888 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts while you wait for SERVPRO of Burlington East to arrive at your home. 

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water form wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don’t: 

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines and or other coloured items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other coloured rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where  the ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Christmas Fire Safety

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green; needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
  • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of foot traffic and do not block doorways.
  • Tree disposal after the holidays: When you’re ready to get rid of your tree, please do not burn it in the fireplace or wood stove. The rapid burning and excessive heat can damage the firebox and chimney creating a serious fire hazard. Instead, find out from your municipality the day when trees will be picked at your curbside. Many municipalities recycle Christmas trees into mulch.

Lights & Electrical

  • Indoors or outside, always use CSA approved lights.  Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples, not nails or tacks, to hold strings in place. Or, run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
  • For added electric-shock protection, plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold. GFCIs can be installed permanently to household circuits by a qualified electrician.

*Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

What To Do Until Help Arrives, Emergency Tips For Your Burlington Home!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do Until Help Arrives, Emergency Tips For Your Burlington Home!

These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action for Fire & Smoke damage until SERVPRO of Burlington East arrives!

Fire & Smoke Damage

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colourfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Change HVAC filter, and leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth (Cheesecloth is a cotton cloth that is loosely woven and resembles gauze. It comes in seven grades, from open to extra-fine weave), over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON’T: 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting SERVPRO of Burlington East
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Burlington East
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service which SERVPRO of Burlington East can provide you with
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may have been contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor

Please, if you have any questions about fire and smoke damage, do not hesitate to call us. When can answer any questions and/or come to your place to look at the damages.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington East today at (289) 313-8888 

How To Prepare Your Burlington Home For Winter!

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

By the time winter arrives, you want to make sure you have your home prepared to prevent anything bad to happen during such cold temperatures. The last thing you want to be doing in the middle of winter is trying to fix a leaky window, broken furnace, or even a burst pipe. Therefore, here are some tips that will help prevent any unfortunate events throughout the winter or water damage.

  1. Have your furnace professionally serviced. A routine maintenance check each autumn will help ensure your furnace is running properly and efficiently. Also, if you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable one to save money on heating costs.
  2. Inspect all windows and doors for leaks. In order to prevent heat loss, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check the weather-stripping around windows and door frames, and replace where necessary. Also check for drafts and caulk both inside and out where necessary, to keep the heat in and the cold out.
  3. Sweep the chimney. Before you use your fireplace, make sure the chimney and vents are clean and in good condition by having your chimney looked at by a professional. This will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from building up and finding its way into your home.
  4. Clean out your gutters. It’s important your eaves are free of any debris such as leaves, dirt and sticks. Clogged gutters prevent the draining of rain and melting snow which could result in household leaks. Also, make sure your downspouts extend away from your house by at least five feet to ensure that water runs away from your house and not towards it.
  5. Inspect the roof. While cleaning your eaves, inspect your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. If your roof needs attention call a roofer to help you with the repairs or maintenance. Also ask them to look at the caulking around the chimney and air vents.
  6. Turn off any faucets outside. Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water.
  7. Trim your bushes and trees. Make sure any overgrown bushes or trees are trimmed back away from your house and electrical wires. This will help decrease your risk of property damage and power problems.
  8. Pad exposed pipes in unheated areas. This is an easy and inexpensive method to help prevent water damage resulting from a burst pipe. Even the smallest of pipes can cause a lot of damage. Pipes in the basement, attic or crawl space are some examples of pipes you may want to cover.

Taking the time to do these tasks before winter to your Burlington home is a very small price to pay especially it helps prevent damages to your home and also to keep your families safe. Also, stocking up on winter supplies like sand and salt for ice on your front door step so people don’t fall and hurt themselves, or even your driveway. Make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blowers are in working order, the last thing you want is to have to shovel or snow blow your driveway and they don’t work!

Have a SAFE and WARM winter season. If you have any questions, or winter damage, call our  team of SERVPRO Burlington East at (289)-313-8888.

Happy Holidays!