Getting Your Home Ready For Winter
Since severe weather has made an appearance across the country for this winter’s arrival, it is only right that we give you awesome, point-form TIPS on how to keep your family homes safe
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through the faucets, especially if the pipes for those faucets run through unheated or non-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper, professional and seasonal maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
Whether you take these actions or not to prepare your home for severe and cold winter weather, be sure to have your local experts at SERVPRO of Barrie’s contact information nearby, for fast-acting help if needed. Call us on our Emergency Hotline for immediate support 24/7 at (705) 733-7767, and we will make it ‘Like It Never Even Happened’!
Choose The Right Restoration Company For Your Home
Unexpected home damage is always a shock for homeowners. It can be difficult to determine what to do next or how to react in the moment.
That is why, we always recommend that homeowners plan ahead for these types of situations, so if the damage occurs, they’ll know immediately who to call. But how do you know you’re choosing the right restoration company?
There is a lot of information surrounding the restoration industry, so it is important to narrow it down by determining what is actually important. Here are some key points to consider when making your choice:
Their Areas of Expertise
It is not uncommon for home damages to require more than one aspect of restoration. For example, cleaning up fire damage involves ridding the air of toxic particles and water damage often involves restoring structures. SERVPRO of Barrie is certified and experienced in all aspects of damage, making us the forefront leader in making sure all of your needs are met and exceeded, from start to finish.
Their Night and Weekend Availability
Damages have a knack for occurring at the most inconvenient times, so it is important to pick a company that will be there whenever you call. Because we have a 24⁄7 emergency line, we are able to guarantee we’ll always be there when you need us.
Their Level of Training
It is important for a company to invest in the training of their technicians to guarantee they will be prepared for any damage situation that arises. The restoration industry has high standards for training, which is what we use as our guideline for all educational materials.
Their Ability to Scale
Because we are a local franchise with a massive network of 1700 other locations in North America alone, SERVPRO of Barrie can scale as needed for larger disasters. This ensures that we can treat a single-home fire with the same level of care as we would a city-wide disaster; providing exceptional service in both cases.
If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 24/7 so we can address your damages quickly and make it ‘Like It Never Even Happened’.
Disaster Recovery Team
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is here to help! Whether you are dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, flood or major fire, the SERVPRO Team is comprised of a giant network of strategically positioned storm teams, who are on standby 24/7, 365, should a disaster strike near you. Making sure to be ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster!’
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises across North America, no disaster is too big or too much.
SERVPRO of Barrie has a disaster recovery team transport truck packed with equipment and gear that allows us to be ready to attack whenever and whatever mother nature throws at you. With our crew of highly trained and skilled professionals, natural disasters are no match for us.
We are proud to do business with honesty, respect and unparalleled expertise. SERVPRO of Barrie will make your disaster "Like it never even happened."
When Water Damage Strikes Fast, SERVPRO of Barrie Strikes Back Faster!
Speed is KEY when dealing with water damage events. The longer water has to seep into your floors, walls and furniture, the more exposed you are to further damages from mold and rotting. Prolonged water soaking could make your home or business uninhabitable for quite some time, meaning you will spend that much more time out of your living or working space. SERVPRO of Barrie is ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’ so that we can mitigate any further damages or harm caused from water damage events, getting you back into your home or business as quickly and safely as possible.
Our expert SERVPRO technicians get to work mediating water damage in your home immediately upon arrival; determining saturation levels and densely penetrated water damage areas to focus on. This ensures the least amount of total and potential future damages caused by disaster water events and gets you back in your home or business as fast and confidently as possible.
Our goal for you is to minimize the damages and return your property to its preloss state, as quickly and efficiently as possible. We do this by employing water extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification procedures. All the while, ensuring that you and your house or business are respected and well-treated throughout the entire process, leaving you feeling relaxed and confident that your space will be returned to its original state and that you will be covered from any potential future harm or damages caused by that event.
SERVPRO of Barrie covers all of your residential and commercial needs, from emergency restoration and repairs to cleaning and maintenance. For immediate or emergency assistance, please call (705) 733-7767 and allow our expert and professional technicians make your property “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Fires: Main Focus Points
If a fire breaks out in your commercial building, you may very well be overwhelmed with what to do next. Keep in mind, that most of the things that need to be done immediately are the job of the fire restoration team. There are three main things you need to focus on after the fire has been put out:
- The Calls to Make
Your insurance company needs to know what happened to your building. Give your agent a call so an adjuster can come out and survey the fire damage. More importantly, start mitigating your loss as soon as possible by calling your restoration experts at SERVPRO of Barrie to start the cleanup process. They can arrive just a few hours after you call, and they can help you with your insurance claim by mitigating the loss as much as possible early-on and will provide an estimate for the repair costs.
- Do Nothing
It can be difficult to watch your workspace being affected by fire and water damage and do nothing, but that is exactly what you need to do. Your fire restoration professionals have the training and experience needed to address the damage safely, promptly and correctly. If you try to do it on your own, you may put yourself in danger or make the problem even worse.
- Have Your Building Secured
A fire can leave your building vulnerable. Windows are likely broken, and your roof has probably sustained fire and smoke damage. It is important to secure your building during the cleaning and repair process. Make sure to ask for board-up services when your SERVPRO of Barrie technicians arrive. They can securely cover broken windows and put tarps on your roof to keep out rain, debris, animals and looters.
Fire restoration duties mainly fall under the purview of the experts, but as the building's owner, these are the few things that you can do to make the process go more smoothly. With timely reporting and responsible treatment, you can expect a faster resolution to your fire damage problem.
Preparing Your Commercial Building for Potential Storms
When a storm rolls into Simcoe County, will your building be able to withstand Mother Nature? Being prepared in advance with exterior maintenance is a good way to ensure that you will be ready for the unexpected. Here are five steps to help your business handle even the worst storms:
- Know Your Enemy
Know the types of storms that are likely to affect your building and the area it is located in. The more informed you are about the meteorological conditions you can expect to see in your geographical area, the better you can tailor your building’s exterior maintenance needs to withstand potential damages caused by those conditions.
- SWOT Analysis
Once you have a better understanding of what kind of climate to expect, it is time to assess your building’s exterior and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Focus especially on the integrity of your windows and doors, as these can be the most vulnerable to damage. Analyze your drainage pipes and gutters, ensuring that they are all clear, so that you are prepared for excessive storm water. Any outstanding potential threats/weaknesses should also be addressed immediately, as there is no way to predict potential storms and what damages they could bring.
- Fix the Flaws
After you have taken a good look at your facility, focus on reinforcing and strengthening the exterior. Keeping your building maintained will go a long way towards minimizing damages sustained during a storm. Consult your SERVPRO of Barrie professionals who have the storm damage expertise, to ensure that all of your bases have been covered.
- Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
Have your SERVPRO team setup your tailored Emergency Ready Plan, so that they can arrive ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’ and minimize potential future damages with their risk mitigation and repairs. This thorough Emergency Ready Plan will also provide you with a detailed list of locations and instructions on which shut-off valves and electric panels you should access, as well as providing your staff with Emergency Exit Routes and Assembly Points to head to for safety during a storm.
- Stay Alert
You now have a solid plan in place, and your building has been reinforced in preparation for the worst. Keep alert and check daily for signs of storms and other bad weather heading your way, so that you can act immediately at the first signs of danger.
Keeping your building maintained and prepared means that you have taken more than the appropriate measures in mitigating potential damages caused by storms. Stay watchful but rest peacefully, knowing that you have taken the appropriate precautions and that you are covered by your SERVPRO of Barrie team!
Commercial Fire & Smoke Damage
Fire damage is just the beginning when your commercial or office building catches fire. Smoke and fire do more damage than most people realize. More often than not, it is unsafe to enter your place of business even after a fire has been put out, because there could be major structural damage. It is crucial for smoke and fire damage to be mitigated as soon as possible in order for the building to be returned to its safe, pre-fire condition.
The types of materials that are burned in a commercial fire leave behind powerful odors. Electronics, carpets, plastic, metals, and engineered-wood furniture are all burned and create odors and ash that can corrode, etch and discolor as well as cling to the remaining structure. These types of fumes from fire seep into the walls and floors and may contaminate the indoor air much later if they are not removed. These cannot be removed with a typical cleaner. It takes special equipment and the expertise of professionals to mitigate smoke damage, so the building is odor-free.
The different types of damage include:
- Metals that tarnish or corrode
- Plastics that melt and change color
- Fiberglass that cracks
- Wood that may need refinishing/replacing
- Finishes on appliances that turn yellow
The situation worsens the longer you wait to call a professional mitigation contractor. After the fire is out, the smoke and ash remain. It is also more cost-effective to get the repair started as soon as possible. Even if the fire damage is contained in a small part of your commercial building or office space, smoke damage can permeate a greater area.
Getting Smoke Damage Cleaned
Smoke and heat will distribute ash through the home and it can remain in cracks and crevices. One of the best ways to remove smoke odor is through thermal fogging. This technique opens the pores in the walls and floors to neutralize the odor from the smoke that has entered deep into them. Then, use dehumidifiers and high-powered fans to thoroughly dry the water damage cause from putting out the fire.
Professionals Know the Job
The best fire-damage professionals are expertly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They take extensive coursework to get their certification. They will identify all the affected materials in your home and find the source of any odors. Experts know what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. They use specialized detergents that have been designed to treat specific types of odor.
Professionals can also increase the possibility of saving property rather than needing to replace it, and they can clean out your vents and ducts. Some of the services offered are:
- Removal of smoke and odor
- Cleaning and sanitizing
- Professional deodorization
- Temporary protection of surfaces already cleaned
- Removal of carpets and pads if required
Fire damage is devastating, but it is not over when the fire is out. To get your business back to pre-damaged condition, professional fire and smoke mitigation is essential.
SERVPRO of Barrie is proud to serve Simcoe County and surrounding area. Based out of Barrie and with the full backing of our corporate partners, we are always 'Faster to Any Size Disaster'.
Our fully certified, expert staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your commercial building, warehouse or office area, and implement top-industry standards to get your workspace restored to its original state, ‘Like It Never Even Happened’.
SERVPRO of Barrie is a 24/7 emergency restoration, repair and cleaning company. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every fire and water damage situation; from water leakage to total flooding, fire, smoke and mould damage, and catastrophic events cleanup and restoration.
Commercial Mould Removal
A recent call from a restauranteur to check out an old restaurant he purchased in hopes of giving it a new life resulted in quite a large mold job for SERVPRO. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mould remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to be sure they were protected! Mold remediation is a very tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, it is even more so. Containment must be set up so as to not contaminated unaffected areas. All items with mold exposure had to be disposed of properly. And then at the end of the demo and clean up, an industrial hygienist was brought in to ensure that the commercial property checked out!
Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, especially when we get to see a building be brought back to life!
Common Water Issues for Businesses
7/28/2019 Water Issues
For a commercial property owner in Montgomery County, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.
Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.
Storm VS Flood
The most general distinction is that storm water comes from above, whereas flood water usually overspills natural bodies or courses of water and covers at least two acres of ordinarily dry land. Storm damage to a commercial property may originate from a variety of causes such as
Property owners may have a hard time differentiating storm damage from flood damage. Commercial properties can sustain water damage from either source. There are a few major differences to keep in mind that may help you manage these risks.
• High winds
• Heavy rain
Most business insurance plans provide protection from damage caused by storms. Property owners will need additional coverage to offset the expenses of flood damage. If your property is located on a flood plain, you should make sure you carry the policies necessary to protect your investment.
Flooding occurs when water overflows a body of water or watercourse such as
• Storm-water channels
For water to be considered a flood, it must not only cover two acres but affect at least two properties. If a commercial property is located in a high-risk zone and the owner has a mortgage from an insured and federally-regulated lender, he or she is required to maintain flood insurance. Damage resulting from either flooding or storms can cause severe problems and should be planned for, prevented, and handled as soon as possible. Regardless of the source of moisture, the risk of mold and other secondary damage within a building can be just as severe.
Restoring Damage From Storms and Floods
Restoration specialists can help property owners determine the precise causes of damage and the best solutions. If a commercial property in Barrie On experiences flood damage or sustains damage during a storm, contact a commercial damage restoration company as soon as possible