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Is Water Tricky?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Water is a really tricky thing to clean up at times. Due to its state of matter, being a liquid, it can literally get into every spot of any area. This can cause severe damage if it is not mediated quickly.

Since it can go basically anywhere, it is really hard to get it out from underneath carpets and from inside of the walls. However these are spots that must be remedied because water left in a dark, confined space is bound to create mold, and mold tends to spread rapidly within 24 to 48 afters after its initial growth. Once the mold grows and spreads, your water problem turns into a mold problem. This tends to be more troublesome and costly for you as a customer.

At SERVPRO of Morgantown, we take action quickly to prevent mold growth by taking the measures necessary to dry and mediate all the water in your household, no matter where it may be.

We make it "Like it never even happened."

Please contact us for any questions.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

304-291-3434 

Droughts Cause Damage Too!

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

We normally associate storm damage to flooding, high winds, and hail. What we forget, is that no storms can create issues for you and your property, too!

On the other end of the scale if you don’t have rain or water for days, weeks, or months, then your community can go into a drought. The main effects of drought are actually something you would never think of - flooding.

When a drought occurs all of the moisture dries up causing clay heavy soil to shrink. This means the foundation that your home is built on begins to shift and crack from the changing movement. In turn, your foundation is not able to withstand the force of the movement and may start to crack under pressure. These cracks are silent and won’t affect you during the drought. Only until the drought is over and your area begins to bring rain will you discover the cracks to your foundation. From there water can enter your home causing the cracks to erode and make bigger openings. From there you can have moisture entering your home causing mold and even worse full blown flood.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

304-291-3434 

Safety Tips For Fire Pits

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a lit fire in a fire place. Safety Tips For Fire Pits

Fire pits are a great way to accessorize your yard and they are perfect for gatherings! When you use your fire pit, make sure you are keeping you and your property safe by following these safety tips!

Location:

  • Make sure you keep your fire pit AT LEAST 10 feet away from any structures. This may help prevent sparks from hitting your home and excessive smoke from entering your or your neighbor’s home. Do NOT put your fire pit under tree branches or on a covered deck. Make sure your fire pit is in a location where the flames and sparks will not hit any objects.

Under the Pit 

  • If your fire pit is not built into the ground, make sure you have stone, brick, gravel, or concrete under the pit. This will help prevent the area below the pit from burning. You should NEVER place your pit over dry grass or over a wooden deck. This is because the heat from the base of its pit may spark a fire to the ground below it. 

Weather 

  • Do not use your fire pit if it is windy. The wind may push sparks from the fire to an area that is flammable.  When you are using your fire pit, you should notice the direction the breeze is blowing. You should move any object out of the way of where the breeze is blowing to help prevent a fire from occurring. 

Lighting the Pit

  • When lighting your fire pit, use a commercial fire starter pack. Do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline to light the pit or to relight fires. You should always keep water nearby just in case the fire inside of the pit spreads. Before you use your fire pit, you should check your town’s laws on fire pits. Some towns require a permit and an inspection.

If the unfortunate happens, call the experts at SERVPRO. We will restore your property and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Planning A Vacation?!

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Planning a Vacation?

Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Morgantown would like you to follow to help save you from hassle and stress when coming home from a relaxing vacation.

SERVPRO of Morgantown wants to give Homeowners/Renters some guidance regarding planning your vacation. It is important to be aware of what to do in your home before leaving for your vacation. This is to protect your home from burglary and protect from internal damage.

  1. Have a family member, close friend, or neighbor checking your home daily
  2. Provide that person with emergency contact names and numbers
  3. Leave your porch light on
  4. Cancel mail or have it collected daily
  5. Leave written information on alarm codes
  6. Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages
  7. Check smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly
  8. Shut off gas and water at the meter, supply, or appliances
  9. Turn off water valves to washing machine, sinks, and dishwasher
  10. Adjust your thermostat to 75-80 – should help with control usage

If something unforeseen occurs from weather, SERVPRO of Morgantown  is always available to help.   We can be reached 24/7 at 304-291-3434.

Follow these tips and it will put your mind at ease so that you can have a relaxing vacation!!!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434 

Do you know the difference between a tornado WATCH and a tornado WARNING?

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a tornado in a field. Do you know the difference between a tornado WATCH and a tornado WARNING?

Do you know the difference between a tornado WATCH and a tornado WARNING?

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They start out as powerful thunderstorms and build up into funnel-shaped clouds that reach from the thunderstorm to the ground. These whirling winds can reach up to 300 miles per hour and have the capability to destroy everything in its path. Tornadoes develop quickly and there may be little to no advanced warning before one hits your area. The best thing to do is know the basics and be sure to plan ahead. 

A tornado WATCH is the term used to identify that the weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. This is a time to stay alert and prepare for a possible tornado. When experiencing a tornado WARNING, that means a tornado has been spotted and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in its path. This is a time to act and find shelter. Everyone should have a way to receive a tornado warning even while sleeping.

Emergency alerts can sound an alarm on your smartphone when a warning is issued for your area. When a warning is issued, it is best to seek shelter in a small interior room of a sturdy building; a basement, closet, hallway or a windowless bathroom.  

Knowing the difference between the two can prepare you for the necessary steps to take when considering the threat of severe weather.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Reasons Not To Drive Through Flood Waters

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

3 Reasons Not To Drive Through Flood Water

The temptation to drive through flood water can be difficult to resist. Perhaps you are eager to get home to deal with your flooded basement, or maybe you just don’t want to take the time to go around. Driving down a flooded street can be dangerous, so consider letting a professional storm damage restoration service clean up your basement, while you review these three reasons not to drive through floodwater:

1. You could damage your vehicle. Most cars only have a few inches of ground clearance and even a large truck or SUV may not have more than a couple of feet. Flood water can damage the engine, electrical system and interior of your vehicle. Additionally, flooded roads may have potholes, debris and other obstacles concealed by standing water.

2. You could lose control of your vehicle. As little as six inches of standing water on a flooded street can cause you to lose traction, skid off the road and cause an accident. 12 inches of water can cause most cars to float. A floating vehicle won’t respond to your attempts to steer or brake, which could lead to an accident, or even cause your vehicle to be washed away. Floodwaters can also stall engines. A car with no working engine can not be driven out of floodwater or maneuvered to avoid potential collisions.

3. You could drown. A vehicle that is stalled or washed away by floodwaters can fill with water and cause drowning or be washed into a river or creek. The people who may attempt to rescue you from your flooded vehicle are also at risk of drowning. In almost all cases, the risks of driving down a flooded street outweigh any time or inconvenience you might save by not taking a detour.

If there is a potential for flood conditions in the forecast the travel tips may help you successfully navigate areas at high risk for flooding

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434 

Actions To Take For Your Business

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

In some office buildings it is not uncommon for a fire sprinkler to be triggered without a fire present. If a light is pushed too close or someone burns some popcorn in the kitchen, you may have a small flood on your hands. What should you do if this occurs?  

Actions To Take:    

When your fire sprinklers go off with no apparent reason, it may be startling. Your first reaction might be to run away from the water to keep your hair looking pretty. However, you're going to need to take some steps to prevent too much water damage from occurring: 

  • Confirm that there is indeed no fire.     T
  • Turn off water  
  • Move what hasn't been damaged from the area.    
  • Dry off what you can.      
  • Ventilate area if possible.   

Calls To Make Next, you're going to need to contact somebody who can take care of this mess for you. Hopefully you've identified a water damage restoration service that you can trust, they will have the best chance of restoring as much of your office as possible. Before they get there be sure to document all damage and take multiple pictures for your insurance company. Flooding of this nature may be covered under your all-peril insurance. You will also want to gather all you can to prove the value of damaged items for compensation.     

Mitigation Techniques:  

The remediation company you call has the equipment and the expertise necessary to combat the water damage that has occurred. It is not recommended to try to clean it yourself, you might end up with a mold problem that will be much harder to get rid of. First, they will need to remove the water with powerful pumps and vacuums. Then they will dry what's left with dehumidifiers and various air moving devices. All items that have been affected can also be restored, including electronics and documents.

Flooding in your commercial building may seem like a show-stopper, but if you are ready you can minimize the amount of time that your business is shut down. Time is money, so try to be prepared for anything!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

April Showers

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a house roof while it is raining, April Showers

Here are some facts that SERVPRO of Morgantown wants to relay to you. Statistically speaking, April is not the rainiest month, but rainfall is more frequent in the month of April. More rain increases the chance of water entering your home or business which can cause damage.

The most common and destructive type of water damage is most often rain related. Some of the more common ways rain can enter through cracks in basement walls, from around windows and doors, or from a roof leak.

Once moisture enters your home or business, mold is sure to follow if immediate action is not taken. It's very important to respond to these emergencies promptly, so we can increase the chances of restoring what has been damaged as opposed to replacing which can be costly.

Our response team at SERVPRO of Morgantown is available 24/7 to provide you with exceptional service. We will arrive fully prepared with our extraction and drying equipment. SERVPRO of Morgantown will do all we can to make it "Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Tricks To Help Cleanliness In Your Building

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

There are a few simple tricks a company can do to help improve the cleanliness in their building.

One way is to place a door mat right on the outside of the door, and right at the entrance of the home. That way when people come to visit, they can scrape off their feet and leave whatever dirt and particles they have on their shoes behind. Just make sure to wash the door mats regularly otherwise those particles will linger.

On hardwood or tile surfaces mopping regularly is a must. It may seem like extra work, but it will help clean up dust and mold spores left behind.

Also, do not forget the walls. Oftentimes people forget walls when it comes to their cleaning routine, and it can be important because dirt and particles stick to walls just like any other piece of furniture or flooring.

Having a mat outside the doors is just the first step to keeping a clean building. Cleaning of floors and walls regularly is the next step and your building will be cleaner.

Any questions, call us today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Problems That Are Caused By Fire

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

A fire on your property often causes significant damage. The building, your equipment, and any furnishings could be seriously damaged by the fire:   

  1. Heat  
  2. Smoke
  3. Water  

Smoke and water are particularly problematic; they often reach into rooms otherwise unaffected by the fire. Restoration efforts tend to include water cleanup as well as smoke cleanup steps.

How Fires Cause Water Damage

  • Flooding may not be one of the first things you associate with a fire on your property, but water does cause a lot of damage after a fire. This is because the fire department uses a lot of water to put out the flames and to ensure the safety of everyone involved. After the smoke settles, however, furnishings may be soggy, and water may be hiding within your equipment. Fire damage and cleanup professionals offer water cleanup services that protect your building and belongings from ongoing harm.

Smoke Stains and Odors Are Problematic

  • Without the proper response, smoke and soot will continue to leave stains and unpleasant odors long after the flames are gone. Professional smoke cleanup services involve the use of specialized equipment that deep cleans your carpeting, walls, furnishings, and other porous surfaces. These steps prevent further damage that smoke particulates could cause. 

Hidden Structural Damages Lead to Injuries 

  • During the fire and ensuing fire-fighting efforts, holes in the roof and walls are fairly common. Additionally, floor beams and similar structures may have been weakened by flames and/or water. Other dangers include chemicals and microbes in water and soot. One of the best ways to avoid serious injury is to stay out of the building until fire cleanup efforts are complete, and you've been given permission from the appropriate authorities. If your Morgantown property has been affected by fire, there are probably water and smoke damages as well. In addition to providing fire damage cleanup, professionals will also address water cleanup needs. Be sure to schedule these cleanup efforts right away to prevent serious and lasting damages.

Any questions, call us today! 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434