A Storm Door Could Be Beneficial
If your home's front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem unnecessary. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if having a storm door is for you.
1. Noise Minimization
Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.
2. Energy Efficiency
The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.
Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.
The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.
Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.
Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows, allowing to switch between them, to get air flow, or maintain indoor temperatures.
Storm doors are durable and affordable. They can be made from wood, aluminum or other sturdy materials. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.
Let Our Fire Experts Take Care of You!
After a fire, the spread of smoke and other destructive effects can quickly compromise a home or business. Protecting your property means much more than reducing structural damage and focuses most heavily on what our crews can do to ensure that your personal belongings, treasures, and possessions do not become irreparably damaged by lingering smoke, soot, and debris. Content management is one of the cornerstones of our fire recovery efforts, and that begins with a team of qualified technicians.
Scoping the job before the bulk of our field technicians arrive can designate the full measure of the damage in the residence and what efforts must get taken to get the growing threat under control. The more extended contents and belongings remain exposed to these hazardous conditions, the less likely successful restoration becomes.
Content management is a safe solution for undamaged and even soiled contents from your home. Homeowners authorize our SERVPRO professionals to work to recover and restore these belongings through various techniques, including immersion cleaning, deodorization, and other practices. In some situations, we must dispose of your possessions that are too severely damaged to preserve – this only happens when any restoration practices would not improve the condition of these items.
Fire recovery is inevitable after a loss incident, and our team of trained professionals can help however you need. We have cleaning and content management professionals that can reduce restoration costs and overall losses after a fire emergency.
Inspecting a Fire Extinguisher
When was the last time you checked the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a dusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.
Check the label or tag.
Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.
Check the tamper seal.
If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin is missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.
Inspect for physical damage.
Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.
Check the pressure gauge.
Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.
Is the fire extinguisher full?
During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.
If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.
Write inspection date on tag.
Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.
Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.
How Does FEMA Work
FEMA can help individuals recover after they have been impacted by a major natural disaster. If you live in an area that has been declared a disaster zone and have expenses not covered by your insurance, then you may be able to apply for and receive Disaster Assistance. There is a limited time to apply after a storm hits, so you need to know how this program works ahead of time and what it provides.
The Disaster Assistance program does not provide immediate relief, although there are some ways that the government can help you. For instance, FEMA can assist you in finding:
- Medical assistance
- Temporary shelter
- Trusted relief partners
If you have lost your home due to a presidentially declared disaster, FEMA can help you. Whether you are a renter or homeowner, the Disaster Assistance program can help cover any damage that your insurance company did not pay for. This includes structural damage, essential household items, vehicles, and storm clean up assistance. However, this only applies to your primary residence. This program will not pay for any damage caused to your secondary residence.
After you apply for assistance, the evaluation process will begin, starting with an onsite home inspection. After you report your damage, you will promptly be contacted to schedule your inspection. This visit will simply check for flood, wind, or other types of damage. If your damaged property was insured, you will need to submit a copy of your insurance settlement or denial before you can schedule your home inspection. After your inspection, the agency will decide if you need relief. If you qualify for assistance, you will receive a check or a direct deposit and a letter explaining how you are to use the money.
Dealing with flooding and other damages from a storm can be a stressful time. Fortunately, the Disaster Assistance program can provide immediate services and financial relief for your primary residence.
Reasons for House Fires
You hate hearing about it and seeing it, but a tragic house fire is not an uncommon occurrence. Some of these incidents happen due to unforeseen circumstances or unavoidable mishaps. However, in many cases, you can prevent a home fire. As you learn more about the typical culprits in these tragedies, you can be better prepared to avoid them.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the house. It's a central gathering spot and also a leading cause of a house fire because of all the cooking that goes on. Fires can start here specifically when:
- People leave items unattended on a hot stove.
- People forget to turn off the oven or leave food in too long.
- Flammable materials are too close to the stove.
People love candles for their various smells and the ambiance they can create. When it comes to fire causes, they are near the top of the list. Never leave a candle burning when you leave a room. Also, keep candles up high so small children and pets can't get to them. All flammable items should be away from candles.
When is the last time you had an electrician inspect your electrical system? If it has been a while, it may be time to do one. Poorly wired homes can start large fires and lead to the need for fire cleaning from a professional disaster relief company. Also, be careful about how many cords you plug into outlets. Make sure you have surge protectors and power strips to accommodate your needs.
This habit isn't just bad for your health, but it can easily start a blaze at home. If you choose to smoke indoors, make sure you properly dispose of cigarette butts.
Dealing with a home fire isn't something anyone has to face. If you pay attention to these causes, you can take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of a fire in your house.
An Active Hurricane Season
THE NOAA is predicting around 13 to 19 named storms for the Atlantic this year. That being said the NOAA is predicting that there is a 60% chance for an above-normal hurricane season with a 30% chance that the hurricane season will be average.
With a possibility for an above-average hurricane season - we are here to remind you to reevaluate your Hurricane Preparedness Kits. When reevaluating your kit be sure to have a face mask and hand sanitizer to keep safe healthy practices in mind!
“Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more. With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now.”
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is here to help you prepare for whatever happens!
Musty Basements and How to Rid the Smell
Once you’ve found the source of your musty basement smell, you can then take steps to remediate and fix the issue. Take the following actions to help solve your mold smell in the basement:
Remove excess moisture.
The first step you might consider to fight musty basement odor is to dry out the basement. Removing excess moisture, the reason for mold and mildew growth is important for preventing further growth. You can dry out your basement by using dehumidifiers and fans. With less moisture in the air and better circulation, you will likely notice an improvement with the musty basement smell.
Kill the mold.
Because mold and mildew are the primary cause of musty basement odors, killing any that are growing is essential to remove the smell. Once you’ve found where the mold or mildew is growing, spray the affected area with undiluted white vinegar, a solution that is capable of killing roughly 82 percent of mold spores. After heavily misting all areas of mold, wipe away growth and dispose of in a sealed bag. Whenever cleaning or handling mold, always wear protective gear to limit exposure.
Use cat litter.
An unexpected solution to solving mold smell in the basement is actually cat litter. Placing open containers of cat litter around the basement can absorb unpleasant odor, helping to remove the musty basement smell. When using this solution, make sure to change the litter regularly to maximize effectiveness.
Use Baking Soda.
Similar to cat litter, baking soda can also be effective for absorbing a musty smell in the basement. In fact, baking soda is able to maintain its absorbency for up to 3 months. After you’ve resolved any causes of excess moisture in your basement, place containers of baking soda around your basement to catch the musty smell.
When Should I Replace My Water Heater?
When was the last time you changed your hot water heater? Has it been a while? It’s one of those appliances that may be remained unseen or hidden away in the attic. However, it’s important to make sure to keep up regular maintenance for many reasons. Homeowners can wake up in the middle of the night or even come home to water all over their home. Depending on the size, it can possibly leave up to 50+ gallons of water. Below are a few telling signs that it may be time to change out the hot water heater in your home.
- Typically, a gas hot water heater can last about 8 to 12 years, while an electric model will last slightly longer from about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater is getting up in years, it may be time to replace it before it breaks
- If a puddle surrounds the base of the hot water heater, it is important to act immediately
- If there is no hot water while using the tap, this may be an indicator it’s time to get the hot water heater checked
- Signs of tinted water coming from your hot water tap means there may be rust in the hot water heater, which may show possible aging and a signal of an oncoming leak
- Gurgling or popping noises coming from your water heater are caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside your water heater tank
It is always good to be prepared, because disasters may strike when we least expect it. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes.
The Classes of Water
Without warning, emergencies can strike. An immediate response is critical especially when it comes to water damages. Did you know there are different classes of water that can cause a loss in a home? The classes of water are defined as the following:
Class 1 – A single room is affected, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.
Class 2 – This class effects and the entire room, wetness along the walls (12” or more), and moisture still in the structure.
Class 3 – Ceilings, walls, carpet, and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.
Class 4 – Water saturates in materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.
Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette we understand that dealing with a water damage is a very stressful situation. Our trained professionals are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property to its preloss conditions.
Help in Your Hand
Your business needs to be able to serve your clients and customers. Its why you went into business and why you do what you do. So if your property suffers from property damage from a fire suppression system break or pipe rupture. Or even a fire in the building your business comes to a standstill and a complete stop.
SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App to help you and your team prepare for a property disaster. When setting up the app and your profile for your building or buildings, it walks you through documenting important information like where the water shut off is, where the gas shutoff is if there is gas in the building. If a disaster occurs its important that everyone on your team knows what to do and who to call when disaster strikes.
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