Storm Safety Tips for the Upper Valley
Walk into Fall safely
Fall tips for the Upper Valley
Fall brings with it cooler temps, pumpkins and beautiful falling leaves. Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Upper Valley and we don't tend to get a lot of storms, but when we do; they often bring high winds and rain with them.
As New Englanders, we need to make sure that we are prepared for the upcoming Winter storms as well as all of our Fall duties.
Here are some tips to help with your Fall and bring you into Winter.
- Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check the batteries frequently.
- Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly.
- Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
- Keep gutters free of leaves and debris.
- Make sure that your yard is kept free of items such as, tree limbs and yard tools. These can become projectiles in a wind event.
- If you haven't already, have your furnace serviced before the cold weather hits.
- Reconsider Leaf Burning! According to the EPA, burning leaves produces air pollution which can lead to health problems.
- Be sure to use caution if using space heaters,always allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.
Above all else, let's have a safe and a happy Fall season! SERVPRO cares!
How to prevent Ice dams in your Lebanon home!
Prevent ice dams in your Lebanon home
Water damage issues can be a year round problem in New England, but Winter is right around the corner,and that presents it's own set of challenges that homeowners need to deal with.
Ice dams being one!
According to Wikipedia "An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof".
Prevention is the key to tackling this problem and there are precautions that we can take.
- Remove snow from roof using a roof rake.This eliminates a key component in ice dam formation.
- Assure that you have sufficient insulation your roof to prevent freezing at the roof surface under a deep snow pack.
- Make sure to have sufficient ventilation in your attic so that the hot air can escape. This is needed to have a cold roof (below 30 F) to prevent melting.
- Make sure to have plenty of insulation in your attic floor as well. This will minimize the warming of the attic through heat loss of your living space.
- Wherever possible,especially in ceilings; seal possible air leaks. This works in conjunction with the insulation.
- Before Winter strikes, clean those gutters. Keeping them free of debris will allow a place for the melting snow to go.
- Keep some Calcium or Magnesium Chloride on hand. This can be used on an ice dam when you see it starting.
Northeast winters can be really hard on homes and even with all of these precautions, ice dams can happen; and with it comes the potential for water leaking into your home.
If you suspect that you may have water leaking into your home or find evidence of wet insulation, give SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton a call today at 603-298-6942. We're available 24 hours a day.
Like it never even happened
Winter Storm Preparedness Part1
Are you winter ready?
Be prepared before a winter storm hits by planning ahead.
During really cold weather or winter storms, staying safe and warm presents many challenges! Storms bring with them very cold temps, power outages,icy roads and loss of communication. With some planning, you cab be prepared!
Weatherproofing your home will help to keep you warm, Some tips on this are..
- Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Make sure that your homes walls and attic are properly insulated.
- Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
- Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
- If possible, having a generator when you live in colder climates is a plus.
- If you are using wood as your source of heat, have your chimney or flue inspected every year. Always make sure to have battery operated smoke and carbon detectors.
Have a list of important phone numbers in case of emergency. This should include your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist, and veterinarian.
Other important numbers to have are:
Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
Animal Poison Control Helpline: 888-426-4435
Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
According to FEMA, over 60% of people do not have an emergency plan in place. Start yours today!
Winter Storm Preparedness Part 2
Is your car prepared?
In winter storm preparedness Part 1 we discussed preparing your home..
Let's discuss you car and Emergency kits in Part 2!
You may find yourself having to travel in the winter at some point or maybe there is an emergency and you have to go out in stormy weather. Don't get caught off guard without the basic things that you need.
According to the CDC, here is a list of items that you should have in your car during the winter months.
- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
- Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets.
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Water and snack food
- First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife
- Tow chains or rope
- Tire chains
- Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
- Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
- Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
- Hazard or other reflectors
- Bright colored flag or help signs, emergency distress flag, and/or emergency flares
- Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water
Make sure that your cars maintenance is up to date before the cold weather hits!
- Replace windshield wiper solution with a wintertime solution.
- Check the antifreeze levels
- Make sure that your tires are winter ready
- Keep gas tank near full to avoid ice in the fuel lines.
Having an emergency kit in your car is a great idea because you never know when you may be stranded in your vehicle or you may have to leave your home quickly and you can't grab your emergency kit from there.
Here are some personal items to have in your emergency kit in addition to what you already have stored in your car:
- Prescription medications.
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives.
- Glasses and contact lens solution.
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Cash or traveler's checks.
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes.
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils.
- Paper and pencil.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
These are recommendations and suggestions, personalize your kits to your special needs.
Being safe and warm during the winter months is vital both in your home and car!
Building and Reconstruction services all in one!
Reconstruction is underway!
If your business has suffered from a disaster like a fire or a storm that has caused damage to the structure; First and foremost the building needs to be secured and tarps need to be placed to prevent further damage.
The building should be boarded up to secure it and debris should be removed.
Once that is done; Restoration can begin. SERVPRO can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas.
Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has over 20 yrs experience in building and reconstruction services and is prepared to supervise a full range of restoration services that will get your home or business back up and running. Some of the services offered are:
- HVAC services
- Board Up
- Document Drying
- Roofing Services
- Drywall Removal
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Hardwood floor Repair
- Linoleum floor Repair
- Tree Removal
- General Contracting
- Move out
For a complete list of services available to you, Click here .
Or give us a call at 603-298-6942 and let us answer your questions today!
Out with the old and in with the new!
It's Summertime, and we all know what that means; It's time to RENOVATE!
Many businesses, large and small begin renovations and remodels during the warm Summer months. A time to freshen up your business both inside and out. To make this as smooth and quick a transition as possible, Here are some useful tips before you begin.
Have a plan before the actual renovation starts.
Identifying your priorities is crucial as it will help you stay on track and save you money on the commercial renovation project. Creating a plan before the actual renovation starts will help you and your team members stay on track and get the job completed efficiently.
Think long term.
It’s best to keep in mind that the purpose of your space might change over the years. A few things to think about for the future are more space for company growth, more offices if you take on more employees and more storage options as
the company grows.
Take your customers and employees opinions into account when planning a renovation. Their surroundings play a huge role in their emotions and the way they feel within the space.Employees and customers will appreciate the updated
look and feel to the space.
Reduce energy bills.
If you're renovating as opposed to just remodeling, consider updating your windows, lighting and HVAC systems to help save you money on your energy bills.
Hire a professional.
An experienced general contractor can be valuable when it comes to renovating commercial spaces. A general contractor can be your adviser, designer and builder as they have experience in all of these fields.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton offers a full range of commercial cleaning services. From Post construction clean up to the Specialty Cleaning Services listed below:
Air Ducts and HVAC
Biohazard and Sewage
Carpet and Upholstery
Drapes and Blinds
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Give us a call today at 603-298-6942, and let us help you through your remodel or renovation process! Or visit our website for a full list of commercial services Here.
Summer is here, and with it; Summer storms!
Living in the Northeast means Summer storms that can include strong wind gusts,hail,heavy rain and lightning. We usually concern ourselves with our home or our car during storms, and how we can protect them. That is great, and it is
important to take all precautions during a storm. We can't forget ourselves though. We can't always be under the protective roof of our home when a storms rolls in. We need to know how to protect ourselves from the dangers that a
storm can bring.
Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.
If you find yourself caught outside during a storm, look for a substantial building like a school, office building or home to shelter in for the duration of the storm. Once inside, you should stay away from windows and doors and
anything that conducts electricity such as corded phones, wiring and plumbing.
If you are caught outside without a safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions can reduce your risk:
- Never shelter under a stand alone tree or utility pole. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects that are in an area.
- Lower your elevation, if you are hiking or on a hillside, immediately make your way down.
- Stay away from sources of water, such as ponds, lakes etc. If you are swimming, get out of the water asap and seek shelter.
It's always best to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel your outdoor activities accordingly. “If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat,” said FEMA Region V Acting Administrator Janet M.
Odeshoo. “Seek shelter as quickly as possible. There is no place outside that is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area.”
For additional information on storm safety visit,https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning. You can also find very helpful information on storm preparedness Here.
Spring and Summer storm tips
Spring is here and summer is not far behind..Spring and Summer are very unpredictable when it comes to storms. It can bring rain, wind and even hail!
In the Northeast we're used to temps going from 80 one day to 50 the next, This does take it's toll on us! This is why we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to preparing for the storm season inside and out.
Here are some tips for preparing for storm season.
- Assess. Take a walk around your property often to see if there is any damage. Especially after Winter!
- Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris and don't neglect to check the roof and chimney for damaged shingles and potential areas where leaking can occur.
- Trim and prune trees of all dead limbs and pick up any that may have fallen over the winter. These can become projectiles in a windy storm.
- Make sure that your sump pump is in working order; Winter thaw and Spring runoff can really wreak havoc in your basement.
- Always make sure that your outside items are secured or better yet; picked up and put away in the case that a storm is coming.
In the Northeast; we have many rural and secluded areas that are beautiful to live in; but with that beauty comes some sacrifices. Many of these homeowners deal with power outages on a pretty regular basis.
So, whether your preparing for a potential storm or are frequently without power; it's always good to plan for the power to be out for an extended period of time.
Think ahead. Make ice, lots of it. This will come in handy with coolers to keep your food fresh and also to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold.
Have a battery powered radio for updates on when the power may be restored to your area.
Make sure that your cell phone is charged.
These are just a few tips to help you have a safe and happy Spring!
Can water damaged insulation be saved?
Removing wet insulation
My insulation is wet! Can it be saved??
There are two types of insulation that most homeowners use. These are known as fiberglass batts, AKA "The pink stuff" and blown-in cellulose loose-fill.
Both are susceptible to attic water damage but in two specific ways.
Cellulose loose-fill, made of pulverized particles of paper and cloth, absorbs a large volume of water and compacts, losing the fluffy characteristics that make it an effective insulator.
Soaked Cellulose insulation will simply retain water and is very resistant to drying. Generally, wet cellulose is not salvageable and will need to be replaced.
Fiberglass is technically waterproof, inside an enclosed attic the thick batt retains moisture which degrades its thermal resistance properties.
Saturated insulation typically loses at least 40% of its insulating R-value.
Mold is another thing that should be taken into consideration.
Depending on how long your insulation has been wet; Mold growth may have set in. Be prepared to inspect your insulation before deciding between trying to dry or simply replacing.
Drying a large area of soaked insulation as well as detecting mold is a labor-intensive process that should be left to professionals. Due to the chance of contamination.
Chances are you're going to want to just replace the affected insulation. Mold is quick to grow and spread, leading to a potential health hazard.
If you find evidence of water leaks in your attic, don't hesitate to reach out for help because time is of the essence and mold is not far behind.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has got you covered! If you have questions regarding water or mold, Give us a call at 603-298-6942!
Fire Damage Restoration basics
Fire is a destructive force and can leave many types of damage in it's wake!
The obvious damage comes from the fire itself as it burns, but where there is fire; there is smoke,soot,water,chemicals used to put the fire out and a host of other problems.
SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has the equipment and experience to handle your unique situation, and with a restore vs.replace mentality; it's our goal to get you back into your home asap!
Although each fire is unique and poses it's own set of problems, there is a general process that is followed.
- Emergency Contact (When you first call us).
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment.
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces.
- Cleaning and Repair.
For a more in depth look into our fire damage restoration process; Click on this link.
And for questions about fire,smoke or soot damage; give us a call at 603-298-6942.