Preparing for Exreme Heat
As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months.
If possible, stay indoors inside the air conditioning.
Be sure to check out your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside.
Stay hydrated and limit caffeine and alcohol use.
If you do go outside, wear loose fitting light colored clothes and apply sunscreen often.
Did you know? On average, heat is the number one killer of weather-related deaths in the United States.
A few tips to help prepare your home
Install window air conditioning units snugly and insulate if necessary.
Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
Install temporary window reflectors to reflect heat entering your home back outside.
Weather-strip doors and windows to keep cool air inside.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
Keep storm windows up all year.
If you should smell a musky odor leading you to believe you may have mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a call today. (815)416-0075.
Spring and Unpredictable Weather are in the Air
Spring is the time of year when things change. The flowers are frowning and the weather is getting warmer but with that comes some risks.
Temperatures can sway back and forth between warm and fridgid, sunny days may be followed by a week of storms, and sometimes we can see all those fluctuations during the same day.
Thunderstorms cause most of the severe weather in the spring. They bring lightening, tornadoes, and flooding.
Because Spring weather is so unpredictable, planning ahead makes sense. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather.Tell them where to seek shelter as soon as you are aware of an approaching storm.
Often times once we are aware of an approaching storm, there is no time left to prepare. But we do know when Spring arrives thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family and your home.
During these storms if you should have damage to your home our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa are just a call away.
Be Flood Smart
Flooding is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Floodsmart.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.
According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the US every year than any other weather-related disasters. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.
-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up to a flowing stream where water is above your ankles turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving waters can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and head to higher ground. Cars can be swept away by less than two feet of water.
-Keep your children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running or contaminated water.
If a flood should strike your home or business contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals. Even minor flooding can cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa prides itself in our community involvement. Our team of marketing reps work throughout the community to volunteer time, monetary donations, food, or other items to organizations and events that allow us to help.
One of our favorite things to do is our annual corn boils at local Fire Departments. We enjoy showing a small appreciation to any Fire Department that will have us.
We bring fresh grown local corn and boil it right there at their fire house. We also bring fresh cut watermelon and cookies to show a small thank you for all they do in our communities. Some departments even bring out the grill and cook up hamburgers and hot dogs.
We offer these to insurance agencies and police departments as well. If you know a department who would like for us to come out and offer this appreciation to them please give us a call and let us know. (815)416-0075.
Is Your Commercial Building Ready For Spring?
Spring is the time to get your building clean and ready for the warmer weather. Dusting, cleaning floors which may have salt and residue from the harsh winter months, as well as washing windows. Landscape also comes to mind as the snow and ice can be particularly harsh on those areas.
Doing a full inspection of your property is very important to reduce the risks of water or mold damage after the harsh winter. Inspection of concrete and all outer walls of the property is necessary to prevent damage to the building. Freezing and settling of the building can cause cracks in walls or concrete. Those cracks will allow moisture to enter your building and can cause water damage or mold growth.
Also make sure to check gutters and drainage pipes to ensure water is properly being directed away from the building. Irrigation lines and exterior hose shit offs should be carefully inspected as they can easily be damaged by harsh winter weather.
Doing these inspections can help reduce the risk of water or mold damage in your business. If you cannot find the source of water in your building SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can help. We use thermal imaging cameras to detect moisture that is inside the wall. Give us a call today for more information. (815)416-0075
Flood Season is on its Way
According to the National Weather Service approximately 75% of all presidential disaster declaration’s are associated with flooding. NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as
-Burn Scars/Debris Flows(Caused by wildflowers)
-Dry Wash9Caused by heavy rains in dry areas)
-Dam Breaks/Levee Failures
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were in low risk communities. On average floods cost $3.5 million in annual losses in the US and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
When catastrophic water damage happens to you SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help get you back to normal quickly. We can also help you prepare for an emergency with an emergency ready profile. Give us a call today for more information.
Maintaining Your Fire Sprinkler System
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa had several calls during the extreme cold from businesses suffering from a water loss due to a malfunction or pipe break in their sprinkler systems. Below are a few helpful tips to help ensure your sprinkler systems continue to work correctly.
1. Keep your system in service. Limit the amount of time your systems are shut down. Always know why they are being shut down and how long they will be out of service.
2. Consider your Fire Safety System while making changes or upgrades to your facility. Remember that adding extra office space or rearranging appliances can have a significant impact on your systems ability to control a fire event.
3. Don’t Alter the System. Sometimes during remodels the system can get overlooked. Do not paint the system or any part of it. Some functions of the system will not properly work if altered.
4. Maintain adequate heat. Make sure to maintain adequate heat for wet sprinkler systems. It is important to make sure all auxiliary drains are drained and continue to drain during freezing weather for all types of sprinkler systems.
5. Conduct all required inspections and testing. Make sure the system is routinely tested and maintained.
Why Is There More Mold Around Now?
Have you ever wondered why there is more talk about mold these days? Has more mold come around these days? The answer is yes, but why is that?
Around 1945, after the war, there was a need for faster and cheaper houses to be built. During this time the use of drywall began. Drywall is comprised of compressed gypsum between two layers of durable paper.
Gypsum readily absorbs water and dries very slowly. Since mold can start to grow on wet materials within 24-48 hours, this is the perfect place for mold to begin to grow.
The housing boom which still continues today, has created a nationwide opportunity for mold issues. Back before 1945 there was not as much of an issue with mold because homes were comprised of plaster, brick and stone. Mold cannot daily grow on these materials.
Although mold is generally not covered under your homeowners policy with insurance, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa has several payment options available should you find mold in your home. Give us a call today for your free estimate. (815)416-0075
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Equipping your business with portable fire extinguishers can help put a fire out quickly in the event of an emergency. It can also help minimize damage caused by the fire. Below are tips on how to properly use a portable fire extinguisher.
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Production Association suggests remembering the word pass
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Should you have a fire in your business SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is available to assist 24 hours a day. Please give us a call at (815)416-0075.
Polar Vortex 2019
Life-threatening weather with extreme wind chill and subzero temperatures had the weather service on high alert for record breaking, historical numbers at the end of January. Chicago had a subzero temperature for 52 straight hours. The frigid marathon beat out the last subzero streak in 2014 by 14 hours. Although no all time records were broken in Illinois the low temperature of -23 was close to clipping the record of -27° On January 20, 1985.
Along with the record breaking temperatures came devastation to many homeowners in the area. With the frigid temperatures many waterlines broke in homes, as well as sprinkler systems in many businesses in our area busting. Our professionally trained staff were on high alert and responding quickly to calls for help. After the temperatures rose again and all the snow melted homeowners experiences basement flooding. Our professions are trained to respond quickly and put your mind at ease
Remember SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here and ready to help when Illinois throws us any kind of storm,