Winds of Change
Summer is the time for rain in Florida and we do get it quite often. It is important to check your home after a heavy rain. With all of the moisture it is a great time to get out and check your roof, exterior of your home, and even your gutters.
If you have anything wrong with your roof it is normally easiest to check after a heavy rain because there will be signs. Be care when checking as you will need to get on the roof to visually see the whole roof, the ground will not work to see everything.
The exterior of your home means checking any siding, paint, or stucco. Rain will hit anything hanging off or already coming off. If Stucco has holes in it or siding is coming off it should be fixed ASAP to avoid any further damage to both the exterior or interior of the home depending of the severity.
Lastly check your gutters to see if they are clogged or need to be cleaned. Clogged gutters can cause water to back-up and go onto the roof or pool over and affect your yard. Pooling and dripping water can also affect any windows near or around the gutters and cause more damage.
As summer continues keep your eye out on your home and make sure to promptly take care of any issues.
Are You Buying a Commercial Building?
If you are starting a new business or maybe even looking to move a current business to bigger or better location you need to first inspect it. Most people go in and just start looking to see if they like the location and the building in general.
The first time looking at a building it has a star quality of being something new and it is easy to gloss over anything that could be troublesome down the road.
Once you like the place and its' location it is always good to go back for a second look and be much more skeptical to see anything that could cause issue down the road.
Somethings to look for include growth, any unpleasant smells, stains, old carpet, paint, or ceiling tiles. All of these things have potential for trouble down the road. It is always good to have them checked before signing to own or lease the building, even renters have some rights.
Restoration Services You Can Count On
If your home or business has recently experienced water damage, it is crucial to get professional help immediately. The longer water sits, the more extensive the damage can be. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville has the resources and tools to remove any moisture in the home and be able to protect your property. Our highly trained technicians have the proper training and tools to get your property back to looking new. "Like it never even happened."
What you can do yourself
There are many ways you can experience a water loss, from burst pipes, to overflowing toilets. The best thing to do is call your local and trusted SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville to come out and do what we do best. In the mean time there are a few things you can do yourself to help the process.
- Look for any potential electrical hazards.
- Open up your windows and turn off ac or heater.
- Turn off your water line.
- Try to mop up as much as the water you can.
While we have the proper training and equipment to clean up these messes, these few steps can help expedite the process.
What our Services Include
- Water Restoration
- Water Removal and Extraction
- Flood Damage
- Burst or leaking pipes and amenities
We have the professional tools that will determine your moisture and humidity levels, asses the water category responsible for the damage, dehumidify, extract water, and move air thought your property to dry up the water. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville is local restoration company that can help you with all of your restoration and mitigation needs and we ensure that your property will look "Like it never even happened."
Homeowner's Guide to Checking your Plumbing
A plumbing problem can happen out of no where and can cause massive damage. Here are some tips on how to periodically check your plumbing without being an expert.
- Checking your Faucets. Check all of the faucets in your bathrooms, including your sink, tub, and shower. If any of these faucets are leaking, replacing and bad washers or cartridges may take care of the problem. If you do not have good pressure running through the faucets sometimes that means you may have a leak in the pipes in your walls.
- Checking the Drains. Check all of the drains in your bathroom. The drains can easily get clogged by soap and hair. An easy fix is to disassemble the head of the drain and clean out hair and debris every six months.
- Toilet Checks. Take off the tank lid of your toilet and flush it to see what happens. If the water is continually running that means you are wasting water and an easy fix for that is to tighten up chain that is in the tank. Check to see if your toilet is leaking from the bottom and if so it may mean that its time to replace the wax ring at the base of your toilet.
- Check the Caulk around Tile and Tub. The Caulking stops water from getting into the walls of your bathroom. Make sure that the caulking is good will make sure that water is sitting in your walls, and that will help stop mold growth in your bathroom.
- Dishwasher. If you notice that your dishwasher is slow to fill up with water then that may mean there could be an issue with the valve that controls the water supply.
- Check the Garbage Disposal. If the connection between the disposal and the sink comes loose then water can begin to leak. It can go on for long periods of time when not noticed.
- Sink Drains. if your sink drains slowly hen you can get snake to remove any issues. Using drain cleaner is also a good option to periodically use to help break up any debris or buildup in the drain.
A water loss is not always expected but hopefully some of these tips can help you stay ahead of the game. If you do fall victim to a water loss then you can always call your local and trusted restoration company. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach/Titusville specializes in Water, Fire, and Mold restoration and mitigation. Check out some of our other blogs and before and after pictures to see why our slogan is: "Like it never even happened."
Should I Turn My Water off When I'm Gone.
It's the summer and kids are out of school, we know what that means. SUMMER VACATION! Are you planning a summer vacation soon? If so, here are some tips on how to preserve your home by a few simple steps of just turning off your water.
How to Shut Off Your Water Valve
Most homes have a main shut off valve inside. The valve is always located near the water meter and it looks like a large round flat knob or long handle. It my be painted a different color like red to grab your attention. Make sure to grab handle and turn clockwise until it can't turn no more.
You may also want to shut off the individual water supplies to your appliances, sinks and toilets.
If you own a Condo you may be required by your bylaws or HOA agreements to shut off valves in your unit while gone for a certain amount of time.
Turning off your water supplies is a vital part of preventative maintenance for your home. Unfortunately accidents still happen and if you suffer a water loss you can always reach out to your local and trusted SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach/Titusville. We have expert technicians and staff to help you in your stressful time of need. Check out our other blogs for more tips and tricks to take care of your home this season.
Professional and Friendly Team Always Here to Help You
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville our team of professional technicians and supervisors love what they do. We come in ready to work and have a great attitude. When duty calls for it they are ready to suit up and get the job done right.
Here we are getting ready to go under a large hospital building in Daytona for an inspection. We were able to secure the job after inspection.
We needed to climb under the building, clean up the piping, lay plastic and a layer of lime.
Our team is always ready to do what it takes to get the job done right and you home or business back up and operational.
Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202
Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/
All About SERVPRO
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is locally owned and operated. All of our Team Members live and work in your area. We are your neighbor, your friend, and we are always here to help.
We have certified - trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and the resources to handle any loss any size 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We care about the people we work with and it reflects in our workmanship. When a disaster strikes, whether it be a flood, a hurricane, or even mold damage we want to be there for you and your family to help restore your home or business to preloss condition.
When a disaster happens you only want your life to get back to normal as quickly as possible, SERVPRO is here to help that happen.
See us at: https://www.SERVPROnewsmyrnabeachtitusville.com/
Or call us at: (321) 264-0205
How to Prepare for Hurricane Season
The hurricane season is now upon us and that means it is time to prepare for it. With any storm it is good to have a plan and a list of things that need to happen when a storm is arriving. In today blog post we want to talk about 6 easy steps to help you prepare ahead of time.
1. Have an evacuation route planned ahead of time
Living in a mobile home or within close proximity to the beach buts you at a greater risk for damage as well as a quick evacuation. It is important to know where you will be directly to, where your animals and loved ones will go, and what important documentation you need to take with you.
2. Keep supplies on hand in case of emergencies
Supplies should be nonperishable and changed out depending on the situation. Some of these would include:
- Extra Batteries
- Candles or lanterns
- Non- perishable foods
- First aid supplies
- Portable weather radio
3. Inventory all personal belongings
It is important to inventory all personal belongings for insurance and tax purposes. If you have to evacuate your home it is important to know what was lost if a catastrophe does happen to your home. Having pictures of your valuable belongings before the storm and after will make the claim easier for your insurance company.
4. Know your Insurance Policies
Review your homeowners insurance to see if they cover temporary housing, what your deductible is, and what exactly is covered for your home. Read the fine print to know if there are exclusions in your policies.
5. Protect your home
- Use shredded bark instead of gravel or rock in your landscape because it will cause less damage
- Trim trees appropriately
- Install storm shutters or board up before leaving
- Secure your mobile home before leaving
- Anchor your boat or trailer securely to the ground
6. Protect your business
- Put an emergency response plan into place so both employees and the insurance company knows what to expect and take care of.
- Keep all contacts up to date so there is always someone available to talk to.
- Review and understand your insurance policies to know what is covered and what would fall on your the owner to take care of.
What to do in case of a flash flood
In the midst of storm season there is always a possibility of flash flooding. This can happen from a hurricane or large amounts of rain, among the possibilities. We would like to tell you some of the do's and don'ts of this situation.
Lets start with the do's of a flash flood.
DO shut off the water as soon as possible to avoid any further flooding
DON'T use a vacuum cleaner to remove standing water
DO Turn the main electricity supply off as soon as possible
DON'T leave furniture on wet carpet - DO please small saucers underneath furniture legs to lift it off the wet surface
DO take photographic evidence of the damage caused to your premises
DON'T attempt any repair work or redecorating until everything has fully dried out
DO use buckets and towels to remove and mop up any standing water
DON'T use ordinary cleaning products to clean up flood water
DO open windows and doors to let the air circulate the room and dry it out
ALWAYS call SERVPRO to help clean up and repair all damage
Hurricane and Storm Preparation
Don't Wait To Prepare for Hurricane Season
The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.
By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.
You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container—suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.
Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies.