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How Can Thunderstorms Produce Damaging Winds?

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms often come with strong winds which have the ability to uproot and knock down trees.

Thunderstorms can be damaging in many ways. Thunderstorms come with lightning which poses the risk of getting struck by lightening or of a tree being struck down with lightening. Where a tree falls when it’s struck can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to your home. If it falls into your roof water can get into your home causing not only roof damage but water damage. Thunderstorms can also cause flooding rains, and hail. Strong thunderstorms often produce gusty winds. Sometimes, these winds are even strong enough to cause substantial damage. Like lightening, they can cause trees to fall. However they can also blow down complete structures, tear apart gardens and more. 

Thunderstorms themselves are just reflections of currents of wind that move up, down, and around through our atmosphere. An upward moving air current that cools and condenses as it rises is what results in the thunderstorm forming. A downward moving air current develops as the storm matures and precipitation begins to fall. Eventually, a downward moving air current will intercept the ground. When it does, it spreads out, just like how the updraft spreads out when it encounters the stratosphere. The spreading out of the downdraft when it reaches the surface is one reason that gusty winds often accompany thunderstorms.  

The second reason gusty winds often accompany thunderstorms is closely connected with the first. As precipitation (moisture) falls through previously unsaturated, dry air, it cools through evaporational cooling. The now cold air becomes much heavier and denser than its surrounding environment and negative buoyancy kicks in. The cold air parcels accelerate towards the ground just like the buoyant air parcels accelerated away from the ground in the updraft. This pocket of cold air will eventually hit the ground and spread out rapidly. This phenomenon can help to intensify bursts of wind associated with downdrafts and, in extreme cases, can result in microbursts- very localized areas of extreme winds that can cause extensive damage.

In extreme cases, a combination of the factors mentioned combined with air temperatures, results in gusty winds that can become very damaging. Winds well over 100mph have been recorded in thunderstorms that have never produced any tornadoes. Straight line winds which lack tornadic rotation, can produce just as much damage as low-moderate strength tornadoes can. It is for this reason that you must watch out if you’re under a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds. Thunderstorms can really do some damage! 

If you experience storm damage to your home then give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336/379-1772. We are here 24/7 and 365 to assist with flooding, and water or roof damage caused by storms. 

Source: Jack Sillin 

What to do When There’s Water Damage to Wood Flooring

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage can cause cupping to your wood floors, especially if not taken care of quickly and appropriately.

Flooding can damage wood floors quickly. This is because wood floors have several permeable access points: between seams, breaks in top coating, under baseboards, and through heating registers.

When wood gets wet it swells and cupping can set in. Cupping is easy to spot: the sides of the boards will bow above the center. In many cases, cupping is a sign that flooring will require replacement. The goal though is to try and get to the problem before it can cause cupping or other damage to your flooring. 

As much water as possible needs to removed as quickly as possible. This is where we at SERVPRO of Burlington come in. With our state of the art equipment we get up excess water, then dry the room and your flooring in an attempt to hopefully save your wood floors. 

Depending on the size of the area and what’s available to you at home, towels, mops, and squeegees may be helpful to try and eliminate some water on your own.  However, if the water source is unknown or the result of a sewage backup, do not attempt to remove the water on your own. Flood waters may contain dangerous pathogens, bacteria, and organic matter. Instead, call us at SERVPRO of Burlington to ensure a safe and thorough cleanup.

If you are able to entirely remove the water on your own, and want to try and mitigate the problem on your own, then the next step would be to vigorously scrub the same areas with a dry brush or broom to loosen any dirt or debris that remains. Next you’d want to clean and sanitize your floors before you can begin to dry them. 

When cleaning your floors, make sure to avoid all soap-based (sudsy) cleaners, wax, or steam cleaners to disinfect your hardwood floors. Mix your preferred detergent according to package directions. Wash the floor in sections to avoid further water damage. Apply the detergent mixture to all affected areas. Remove any residual water as you go.

Even after all standing water has been removed, there’s still plenty of moisture left to cause damage. You’ll need a professional-grade dehumidifier to begin the drying process—a personal use dehumidifier will not suffice. You’ll have to call around to rent one or call in SERVPRO of Burlington. You may need more than one dehumidifier depending on the size of the space and the damage to it. They’ll need to be left on and running undisturbed for at least 24 hours.

Along with dehumidifiers, you can arrange several large fans to encourage more air flow. Direct the fans toward the floor and move them around as needed. If you have central AC, turn that on as well. Depending on the weather outside, open the windows. Don’t forget though that that the purpose of this step is to dehumidify. So, if humidity is high outside, open windows just a few inches. The drying process can take weeks, depending on several factors. The only way to know it’s completely dry is to buy a moisture meter and test the affected areas. 

If you’re unable to successfully mitigate water damage on hardwood floors, you may need professional assistance in removing damaged flooring, mitigating mold and mildew, and restoring your property to like-new condition.

At SERVPRO of Burlington we make it “Like it never happened." Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 336-379-1772 for immediate relief and emergency water damage services.

Steps To Take After Experiencing a Storm With Storm Damage

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can cause damage to your home such as flooding, roof damage and downed trees

Storm damage can occur at any time since storms themselves can occur at anytime and are often at times unpredictable. Storms can build up strength before arriving, and even the smallest of storms can have unexpectedly high winds. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. In part of this, storms can cause an extreme amount of damage to your home.

Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a plan in place to deal with damage, for if you stay or for when you return, will help you to be ready to take any necessary steps immediately after a storm.

It’s important to take safety precautions both before and after a storm. For your own safety it is best to evacuate prior to any major storm if told to do so. Definitely heed all warnings and take them seriously. While with their unpredictability storms can also diminish or turn course and avoid you, the risk is far too great and not worth taking. Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Never walk (or drive) through any flood or standing water after a storm. Hazards such as broken glass, sharp broken pieces of wood or metal or other sharp objects such as nails can be hidden within the water. Serious injury or worse, can be a result of walking through (or driving through) any flood or standing water after a storm. If you smell gas and the gas line is accessible then shut off the main gas line. If it is not accessible then call for help and remove yourself and anyone else from the property if possible. Already having evacuated to, or having an alternate place to stay in case of damage is a good idea as it may be necessary for you to live elsewhere while your property is being restored to safe and inhabitable conditions. 

Contact a reputable and experienced restoration company such as us here at SERVPRO of Burlington. We will help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use and live in again. We will also take photographs for you of the damage so that it is recorded for your insurance company and can be provided to them for compensation. It is not usually safe for you to risk moving around the home in order to take photographs, so at SERVPRO we do this for you. 

Reach out to your insurance company. Contacting your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately even if you cannot provide photos immediately is important to do. The sooner they know of any damage, the sooner they can send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance through FEMA. The federal government may have declared the area your property is in, if widely affected by the storm as a disaster area. You may then be eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans if they are being offered.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, and you might feel stressed or hopeless. However these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal.

If you experience storm damage know and remember that at SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365. We are here to provide you with emergency disaster service and restoration. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 

Contact SERVPRO of Burlington for Your Restoration Needs

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we make it “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO of Burlington, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke disasters. 

Our highly trained technicians along with our state of the art equipment and our having over 20 years of experience, makes us the ones to call if you experience water damage, storm damage, fire damage or have mold. No job is too large or too small for us and our team. At SERVPRO we make it “Like it never even happened.” 

We work efficiently, safely and effectively to restore your property to its pre damage condition. We also will take all necessary photographs to be provided to your insurance company so that they may reimburse you for any damages. 

If you experience any water damage, storm damage, fire damage or mold then just give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336-379-1772. We are able to be reached and can assist you 24/7 and 365. 

To Insurance, Is It Flood Damage or Water Damage?

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing if it’s flood damage or water damage makes all the difference in making your insurance claim

To an insurance company, there is a very big difference between what’s considered flood damage and what’s considered water damage. Your basement has flooded but is that considered a flood or will they consider that water damage? 

Floods are caused by nature and generally effect more than one home (there are exceptions for large rural properties). Everything else, from broken pipes to leaking HVAC equipment, to drains not working properly, is water damage.

While most homeowners insurance policies cover water damage, not all policies cover flood damage. So it’s important to be very clear with your insurance company about which type of damage your home has experienced so that they can guide you to the right forms and provide you with the right coverage. If you aren’t clear you may not only receive the wrong forms but may also have your claim denied. 

If you experience flood damage or water damage then give us a call at SERVPRO of Burlington at 336-379-1772. We are here for you 24/7 and 365 in order to assist you with restoration. We also photograph the damage for you so that it is recorded for you to provide to your insurance company.  

Types of Fire Alarms For In Your Home

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarms should be installed in many locations throughout your home

When looking to purchase and instal fire alarms, you’ll notice there are many different brands of smoke alarms to choose from. Mainly they fall under just two categories: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms activate quickly in response to flaming, fast moving fires; while photoelectric alarms are quicker at detecting smoldering, smoky fires. Because fires are so unpredictable, manufacturers have also developed smoke alarms that combine both ionization and photoelectric technologies into one unit. These are called dual sensor alarms. 

According to the U.S Fire Administration, you should install smoke alarms on every single floor of your home, as well as in every bedroom, and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area. You should also consider installing smoke alarms in often-forgotten places like basements, attics, utility rooms, and/or garages.

Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for further information regarding the best place to install your smoke alarm. If you choose hardwired smoke alarms, be sure to have them installed by a qualified electrician so that you’re ensured they’re installed properly. If not installed properly, you run the risk of them not working when you need them to. 

Smoke alarms are either battery operated or hard-wired to your home’s electrical system. Regardless if whether your smoke alarm is battery operated or hard-wired, NFPA recommends that you test your smoke alarm regularly, on a monthly basis. It’s also important to know that battery operated alarms can either utilize 9-volt batteries or long-life lithium batteries. The batteries in 9-volt alarms should be replaced at least once a year, but you should consider changing them every six months instead. A good rule of thumb is to replace your 9-volt batteries when you set your clocks for the start of Daylight Savings Time and then again when Daylight Savings Time ends. Batteries in hard-wired smoke alarms should be replaced once a year, while long-life lithium batteries (as the name implies) can last up to 10-years. Note – you cannot and should not replace lithium batteries. Instead, replace the entire smoke alarm (according to the manufacturer’s requirements). 

Should you experience a fire resulting in fire damage then give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336-379-1772. We are available 24/7 and 365 in order to assist you in restoring your home after a fire. 

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Burlington

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365

At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here 24/7 and 365 with our fast response time. We understand that a fast response time is crucial when dealing with a fire or water damage event. A fast response can limit further damage to your property, and potentially reduce restoration costs.

At SERVPRO of Burlington we know that you'll need to continue on with your lives as cleanup and restoration is performed. We'll coordinate with you to best allow for your normal routines to continue and will safely isolate the cleanup area from you.

SERVPRO of Burlington we also provides a host of other restoration services in addition to water and fire restoration. We’ve become experts in dealing with mold removal, storm damage, and even the isolation and cleanup of biohazards. No job is too big or too small for us at SERVPRO. We scale our response teams and equipment to best suit any given situation. 

There's no way to know when disaster will strike, costing you money in damages and disrupted operations. When and if catastrophe finds your home or business, you'll be glad to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the experts at SERVPRO of Burlington are here for you 24/7 and 365. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772. 

Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Building

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365

Ensuring that your business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority. Water damage can pose a major threat to business operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to invasive and extensive damage such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of you and your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as with natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures in order to do so. Follow the tips below and do your best to prevent water leaks in your commercial property.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.

Maintain Your Property With A Professional 

The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser the chance you have for any issues arising. While you may not notice any alarming concerns on your own, it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas, behind walls, and can cause water damage to your property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of. 

Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters

Just as you should around your home, you should constantly check and clean your rain gutters around your business. Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property but when they are not cleaned regularly they can get clogged with leaves and other debris causing them to clog and not be efficient. This can cause water to leak into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.

Upgrades and Repairs

Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the frequent and excessive usage so that they do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.

In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should contact us at SERVPRO of Burlington. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more. 

How to Best Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Building

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

For commercial water damage just give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call

Ensuring that your business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority. Water damage can pose a major threat to business operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to invasive and extensive damage such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of you and your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as with natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures in order to do so. Follow the tips below and do your best to prevent water leaks in your commercial property.

Schedule Routine Inspections

Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.

Maintain Your Property With A Professional 

The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser the chance you have for any issues arising. While you may not notice any alarming concerns on your own, it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas, behind walls, and can cause water damage to your property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of. 

Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters

Just as you should around your home, you should constantly check and clean your rain gutters around your business. Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property but when they are not cleaned regularly they can get clogged with leaves and other debris causing them to clog and not be efficient. This can cause water to leak into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.

Upgrades and Repairs

Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the frequent and excessive usage so that they do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.

In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should contact us at SERVPRO of Burlington. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more. 

How to Help Prevent a Fire In Your Home

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Taking the proper precautions and being prepared for a house fire are key to preventing a fire and ensuring safety

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire every 24 seconds. That’s over 1,000 fires a day! Home fires can occur for a variety of reasons, but many are preventable, Cooking that’s left unattended accounts for more than half of home fires, followed by heating equipment, electrical malfunction, intentional fires and smoking materials are the top and most common causes of house fires. While house fires are not 100 percent preventable, you can take some necessary steps today and every day to reduce your risk of a house fires in your home. 

Here’s how to reduce your risk of a house fire:

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of house fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.
  • Never leave food cooking unattended, especially deep fryers and other frying equipment.
  • Avoid using portable and fixed space heaters, as heating equipment is the second leading cause of house fire deaths.
  • Have a fire plan that gets you out of your home in less than two minutes and practice it. Ensure that your family and anyone else living in your home know the fire plan and how to evacuate quickly and safely. 
  • Avoid smoking in the house.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended. 
  • Never leave fire places with lit fires or embers unattended. 
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children. 
  • Store flammable liquids or materials properly and away from children, heat sources or appliances. 

Should your home experience a fire it’ll result in fire damage. At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you in case of fire damage. With our state of the art equipment, and highly trained technicians, we are able to assist with cleanup, soot removal, cleaning the air in your home, removing debris and restoring your home and belongings. Just give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336-379-1772. We are available 24/7 and 365.