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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

soot on ceiling and walls If you have soot from fire damage don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting us! SERVPRO of Burlington East 289-313-8888

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. We can answer any questions and/or come to your home or business to assess the damages.

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

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

decorations on evergreen tree Enjoy your decorated tree safely - be sure to turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house

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

Fall Maintenance Tips

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

city street with houses and snow Before winter arrives, make sure you have your home prepared to prevent anything unfortunate events during such cold Ontario temperatures.

Before winter arrives, make sure you have your home prepared to prevent anything bad to happen during such cold Ontario 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 safely 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 and area home can prevent damages to your home and also to keep your families safe. Also, stocking up on winter supplies like sand and salt for ice for your pathways and 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 SERVPRO Burlington East 289-313-8888.

Why SERVPRO of Burlington East? We are an IICRC Certified Firm

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC logo The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry.

SERVPRO of Burlington East 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

The 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.

About SERVPRO of Burlington East

SERVPRO of Burlington East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For professional, experienced service, Call SERVPRO of Burlington East TODAY 289-313-8888

Restoring Your Burlington and area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

commercial building with disaster banner below SERVPRO of Burlington East can restore your Burlington and area Commercial Property After A Water, Fire, Wind Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at Burlington and area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of Burlington East works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. SERVPRO of Burlington East understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Burlington East

SERVPRO of Burlington East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington East TODAY 289-313-8888

When Storms or Floods hit Burlington and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Burlington East is ready!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

dark stormy sky over city Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO ofBurlington East specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Burlington and area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. SERVPRO of Burlington East can access equipment and personnel from a network of Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout North America.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Burlington East Today 289-313-8888

CALL THE FIRE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

fire clean up in industrial machine shop Our team of professional cleaning experts worked after hours/weekends to remediate the problem, in order to minimize manufacturing disruption.

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals arrive on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results— including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professional will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals will pretest to determine the extent of the damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s home.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all of the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood, furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for your insured.

Deodorization

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that rid your insured's home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals do not merely cover-up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the source of the odor and remove it.

SERVPRO of Burlington East Professionals are here to help.

Call us TODAY at 289-313-8888

CARBON MONOXIDE: A SILENT KILLER

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

image showing sources on carbon monoxide in a house Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide

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.

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:

  • 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 own oven or stove top to heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning 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 barbeque 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.

If your Burlington and Surrounding Area home or business has any damage or residual odour from a fuel-burning appliance Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Burlington East 289-313-8888

Does Your Burlington and Surrounding Area Home Have A Mould Problem?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mould spores in attic on roof trusses and sheathing SERVPRO of Burlington East can help remediate mould in your home.

Microscopic mould spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mould from a home or business. Therefore, mould remediation reduces the mould spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mould removal” and even guarantee to remove all mould, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mould facts:

  • Mould is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mould spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mould spores thrive on moisture. Mould spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mould remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mould may return.
  • Mould often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mould problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mould growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your Burlington and Surrounding Area home or business has a mould problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mould infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Burlington East 289-313-8888

TIPS to Manage Humidity from SERVPRO of Burlington East

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

If you have humidity problem and suspect an issue with mould or dampness SERVPRO of Burlington East is here to help. Call us TODAY at 289-313-8888

Our summers seem to be getting hotter! Excessive humidity can get trapped in your home and affect your comfort, your health and your property. Too much home humidity can create a breeding ground for mould and bacteria that can decrease air quality, aggravating allergy or asthma symptoms. Excessive moisture in the air can also be the source of problems with your home’s furnishings and even cause structural damage.

Tips for Managing Home Humidity

  • Keep windows and doors closed and use the air conditioning system
  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets
  • Keep surface areas dry
  • Use ceiling fans to help with air circulation
  • Air dry clothes or make sure dryer is vented outdoors
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Use your outdoor BBQ
  • Keep interior doors open to increase ventilation
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep relative humidity between 30-50% (below 60% in Summer)

If you have humidity problem and suspect an issue with mould or dampness SERVPRO of Burlington East Professionals are here to help. Call us TODAY at 289-313-8888