Fridged temps cause broken pipes.
When pipes freeze it can cause severe damage to your home and belongings. Be prepared and proactive to avoid this costly issues.
With the thermometer dipping into the teens the probability of frozen and broken pipes is super high. The fridged cold caused the water in your pipes to expand and crack or break causing water damage in your home. When pipes crack or break it can cause massive damage to your home and belongings and in this kind of weather it can lead to further problems. It's always wise in this weather to follow a few helpful tips to avoid any costly damage to your home due to the cold temperature. First tip would be to leave your water drip just a little. This will keep the water flowing instead of just sitting in the pipes. Second, try to keep your heat between 62 and above. If you keep the heat in your home above 62 it will help to keep the pipes in your walls warm and help avoid freezing and cracking. You can also use heat blankets to wrap around your pipes to keep them from freezing. We are due for a warm up next week so that also brings flooding to the area. It is wise to make sure any sump pumps are working properly to avoid any back ups or flooding.
Winter Storm Update for this Weekend
Use extra caution on the roads during and after a winter storm
Storms on are on the horizon this weekend in Buffalo. Winter storms have been hitting us left and right it seems, and this weekend is no different. There’s a chance for precipitation on Friday that may freeze over in the night. Be especially cautious on the roads, because black ice will form right above the pavement, creating hazardous driving conditions. Saturday is predicated to have both rain and snow throughout the day. Another day to be careful for icy conditions. Monitor your sidewalks and driveways and make sure to salt them to avoid any ice forming. On Sunday, look for snow showers throughout the day and a flurry or two throughout the night. It’s important during these winter storms to use extra caution outside and while driving. Also be sure to keep your home safe by taking preventative measures to mitigate any storm damage. Pruning dead branches and salting your driveway are two great ways to prevent storm damage. If any storm damage occurs, SERVPRO has a highly trained team that can help you clean up any and all messes.
Water damage to commercial office building
A faulty sump pump can cause your business many issues, give SERVPRO a call today.
When a sump pump fails in your business it can be devastating to your day to day operations. It can cause a decrease in sales, production and cause hazards for your employees in the work environment. some jobs are just to big to handle on your own, if this happens give SERVPRO of BUffalo/Tonawanda a call we can handle any commercial job. From small drain clean up, to broken or frozen pipes and faulty sump pumps. Let SERVPRO make it like it never happen. Give our offices a call and will can help in almost any situations and get your business back up and running. No one likes to loss money so when your business experiences a water loss give us a call our 24/7 service is always here to help. Call us today for your free estimate an consultation. We have many locations to serve our community.
SERVPRO Can Help Clean Your Business
No mess is too big for SERVPRO
While SERVPRO specializes in fire and water restoration, we also offer many other services including commercial cleaning. Sometimes your business needs a good cleaning, beyond the usual cleanup. Unknown odors, stained carpets, and dust buildup are all problems SERVPRO is equipped to deal with. Our trained teams and custom equipment can help remove odors, deep clean carpets, flooring and much more. SERVPRO responds promptly and will make your workplace look its very best! Our crew is well equipped to handle a commercial cleaning of any size, big or small!
Other services include:
- Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
- Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
- Carpet and Upholstery - Sewage
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Prevent Frozen Pipes at your Business
Don't let frozen pipes slow down your business
The weather has been chillingly cold lately. It’s seasons like this winter that we must be proactive about preventing frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can be disastrous for your business and can bring the whole building to a standstill. Frozen pipes will rupture from the pressure buildup due to the ice blockage. It’s most important to check the insulation around your business, including attics, basements, and crawl spaces. An insulated building will keep the water in the pipes at a consistent temperature. Next, keep the thermostat the same temperature night and day. During extreme weather, drip water from your faucets, to keep water circulating. Make sure you have a backup source of power or heat to keep temperatures above freezing. These tips should help prevent water from freezing within your pipes during these cold months. If the worst does occur however, SERVPRO is actively ready to help clean up the mess and make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Belongings
SERVPRO can restore belongings from fire, water, or mold
Water and fire damage can damage much more than your home or businesses structure. It also can damage your belongings. SERVPRO is equipped to help restore your objects and contents that are damaged by water and fire. Restoration can save you money in the long run, rather than replacing everything that has been damaged. Some objects can’t be replaced and we at SERVPRO understand this. That is why we take great care to restore and clean. Our team can quickly move-out your objects from the fire or water, to our facility where they will be properly handled. Here, our specialized team decides the best method to restore each individual item and then cleans it. All objects are neatly wrapped in plastic and stored until the building restoration is complete. SERVPRO is well equipped to handle any type of object and restore it “Like it never even happened”.
Common Causes of Home Fires
It takes less than 5 minutes for an entire house to be engulfed in flames.
A disastrous house fire can start easily by misuse of heating equipment and household appliances. Here are some common causes of house fires and how to reduce risk.
- Although candles make a room smell good, they should never be left unattended. Always blow out a candle when leaving a room. Keep flammable objects away from the candle to avoid spreading the flame.
- Heating Equipment. Keep all objects clear of your heaters and vents. Curtains, blankets, and laundry can easily catch fire if they are too close.
- Be sure to smoke outside, if you smoke. A cigarette butt not properly put out can remain lit for hours!
- Electrical Equipment. Be aware of faulty or frayed wires on your appliances. Get them repaired as soon as possible, and unplug them and avoid using them. Overloading a power point can also cause an electrical fire, so be sure to check your adapters.
These are of course only some of the causes of house fires and other situations may put you at risk. It’s always good to check with your local fire marshal code to ensure your home is safe.
What can a Blizzard do to my home?
A picture from the Blizzard of 77 in Buffalo - There was as much as 199 inches of snow that season
Buffalo has seen a pretty tame winter so far in terms of snowfall, but last year was the roughest January in over twenty years. We had as much as 63.4 inches of snowfall in January alone! To prepare for the snow, it’s best to know what damage a snowstorm could cause to your home. Snow is one of the biggest causes of home damage during blizzard storms. If enough accumulates on a roof or other structure, it can collapse under the weight. Snow can also buildup on tree branches causing them to collapse. It’s best to prune your trees to help keep your home safe. Ice can form on your sidewalks and driveways, creating a dangerous walkway. Make sure to salt these areas after a storm. High winds can also cause a great deal of damage to your home. Objects caught in the wind can strike your home causing damage to your siding or even shattering your windows. With all these forces combined, a lot of damage can occur to your home. However, SERVPRO can help cleanup any damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
The Importance of Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Check your smoke detectors regularly
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are important safety devices for every home. It’s absolutely necessary to have both in your home or place of business. Smoke detectors will detect and warn you about the presence of smoke. Carbon monoxide detectors will detect and warn you about the presence of carbon monoxide gas. These sirens will help you quickly become aware of the issue and hopefully ensure that you are able to get out safely or prevent damage. Make sure that you have detectors on each floor of your home. Make sure your detectors are properly installed by regularly testing them. It is recommended to test your detectors once a month to ensure the batteries have not drained. To test a detector, hold the test button until you hear a loud alert sound. These simple tools will make your home much safer. Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are both serious issues that you should be aware of. And of course this cannot be said enough but be sure to check your detectors regularly.
The Dangers of Water Damage
Water damage puts you and your family at risk
Water damage to your home can pose more than just property damage, it also poses a health risk to you and your family. It is important to get things dried as soon as possible if your home has recently been flooded. Water damage is often accompanied by contaminated water. This is most likely if a sewer pipe has busted or a natural body of water has overflowed. Contaminated water puts you at risk of the bacteria and micro-organisms that are in the water. The dampness of the water is also the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold spreads rapidly across surfaces and is very contagious. When dealing with water damage, the first step is to remove the water. This allows the SERVPRO team to disinfect and sanitize the affected area. Our team is equipped to handle the drying process from start to finish. SERVPRO will work rapidly and tirelessly to ensure that your home is free of water damage in as little time as possible.