Holiday Season Safety
It is that time of the year again! The temperatures are dropping, the snow is flying, and it is time to start decorating for the holiday season. We all like to have our house looking colorful and festive, but do not think about the safety concerns that come along with it. Here are some tips to protect your family and home this year:
- Inspect all electrical decorations for damage before use.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.
- Water your tree daily.
- Keep combustible decorations at least three feet away from heat sources.
- Protect cords from damage.
- Check decorations for certification label.
- Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.
- Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
The temperatures are beginning to drop below freezing, which means that frozen pipe season is upon us. Many homeowners in West Michigan fall victim to frozen pipes and experience thousands of dollars worth of damage. Here are some ways that you can prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Let the cold water drip from the faucet.
- Even when away, keep the heat on in your home.
- Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
If you do experience a frozen pipe, turn the faucet on and apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe. Continue to thaw until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area or unable to thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Gutter Cleaning Tips
When it comes to fall projects, cleaning your gutters should be high on the priority list. This can prevent multiple issues such as roof leaks and broken gutters from frozen water. Here are some tips for cleaning your gutters:
1. Always make sure that your ladder is placed on a sturdy surface.
2. Wear the appropriate attire since cleaning gutters is a dirty job.
3. Use the right tool for the job. A small, plastic gutter scoop often works best. A child's sandbox shovel or old plastic kitchen spatula are good alternatives.
4. Spread a tarp underneath your workspace to collect the gunk that you remove from the gutters.
5. Once the debris has been removed, use a garden hose to flush the gutters and downspouts.
6. Repair any sagging metal.
These tips will help your gutters be winter ready!
If you are a homeowner, you are probably familiar with puffbacks. With the temperatures in West Michigan beginning to drop, homeowners are starting to fire up their furnaces to keep warm. A puffback occurs when a furnace or boiler does not ignite properly and allows oil or gas vapors to build up in the ignition chamber. When it finally ignites, this creates a puffback and can blow smoke throughout your home. Puffbacks, especially from oil-firing equipment, make for a very messy cleanup. If you experience a puffback, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Our technicians have experience cleaning puffbacks safely to prevent further damage to your home. We will ensure that you understand the process every step of the way and make it "Like it never even happened."
With colder weather making its way to West Michigan and the holidays approaching quickly, we all love lighting our favorite fall candles. What many individuals do not consider are the dangers that come along with having them in the home. There are three primary safety tips for candles:
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. If you have to leave the house for any reason, be sure that the candle is blown out before departing.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire. Be sure to keep candles away from items such as curtains, towels, paper towel, tissues, and more.
- Keep candles our of the reach of children and pets. This will help prevent accidental burns as well as knocked over candles that can result in a fire.
Emergency Ready Profile
When it comes to commercial facilities, many individuals do not realize how important it is to be aware of where your utility shutoffs are. If you have never experienced a broken pipe, gas leak, electrical malfunction, or more, knowledge of your utility shutoffs might not be very high on the priority list. When something does occur, minutes can easily turn into thousands of dollars of damage. To ensure that our customers are prepared for what might happen, we create complimentary Emergency Ready Profiles. This free service is a tool that will house all the important information about your facility. A representative from our franchise will come in and take pictures of your utility shutoffs, write down locations, collect vendor information, and more to all be housed in an online profile. This profile can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, mobile app (iPhone & Android), and even printed off. If you are interested in this free service for your business, give us a call at:
Understanding The Process
There are a variety of worries one can have when experiencing a loss to their home or business. Probably the most common worry is "How is this situation going to get resolved?" We understand that the best way to put our customers at ease is informing them on what, how, and why. We make sure that they know what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, and why we are doing do it a specific way. This makes sure that our customers know what to expect when the job is finished. Since restoration is a complex process, our technicians take the time to answer any questions that the home or business owner may have. We want our customers to know that their property is in good hands!
What is worse than experiencing a loss to your home or business? Experiencing a loss and not being prepared. Although we do not like to think about it, we need to understand that anything could happen to our home or business at any given moment. Do you have quick access to contractor contact information? Do you know what steps to take when experiencing a loss? All of these are questions you should be asking yourself before something happens to ensure that you are prepared. During a loss, things can easily get chaotic and may leave you confused and not knowing what to do. As a business owner, the amount of loss time easily stems from how prepared you are to handle these sorts of things. We encourage all customers to ask yourselves the question "What would you do if...". Be prepared for whatever might come your way.
With summer storms often come straight line winds. Straight line winds, similar to a tornado, have the ability to cause serious structural damage. Fallen trees and large branches can easily puncture a roof. We have dealt with many cases in which a home has suffered roof damage during a storm resulting in large amounts of water pouring into the home. If your roof suffers damage during a storm, get it repaired as soon as possible. The longer the roof remains damaged, the more likely you will need water restoration. Once the roof has been repaired, ensure that no water has found its way into your home. Moisture has the ability to seep into drywall and other areas that are undetectable without professionally equipment. If you feel that your home or business has experienced water damage, call today!
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