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Mold Tips

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

The dreaded "M" word. Nobody likes to see that they have growth and not knowing the amount of money it is going to take to fix the problem is stressful. Here are a few tips on how to prevent mold growth from starting in the first place:

  • keep the humidity as low as you can- condensation creates a breeding ground
  • be sure your home has enough ventilation
  • fix any leaks in your homes roof, walls, and plumbing
  • clean up and dry out your home within 48 hours after flooding
  • add mold inhibitors to paint before painting
  • clean with mold killing products
  • Remove and replace carpets that cannot be dried promptly

Nothing is 100 percent preventable, but with a few preventative measures you can significantly lessen your chances for losses. If you suspect a growth, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Knoxville. We will be glad to assist you. 

What to do to prepare for a storm

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Strong gusts of wind? Dark, fast moving clouds? Downpour of rain? These are a few warning signs that a storm is headed in your direction.Here are a few helpful tips on what you can do to prepare for a storm:

  • check the forecast- know what to expect
  • watch for signs of approaching storm- clouds, wind, rain, etc. 
  • check on neighbors who require special assistance- ensure they are in a safe zone and ensure they are prepared 
  • have flashlights and batteries on hand
  • have a battery operated radio
  • have a first aide kit
  • get manual can opener and canned foods
  • stay away from windows and doors

There is no way to be 100% prepared for a storm but you can increase your chances for survival if you take a few preventative measures. 

What to do during a storm

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you can hear thunder, remember that you are close enough to be struck by lightening. Seek shelter immediately and do the following:

  • move to a sturdy building or car
  • get out of boats and away from water
  • unplug unnecessary appliances
  • do not take a bath or a shower
  • stay away from windows
  • if flooding is happening, get to higher ground.

One way to ensure you are safe during a natural disaster is to always be prepared.Emergency readiness plans are very useful and come in handy. Practice emergency drills and always think "what if." To help keep children and the elderly safe, practicing these drills will give them the tools to know what to do in dire situations. There are many variables that come in to play and you want to be sure that you are ready for as many as possible. 

Tips to Prevent Water Damage

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Plants around your home? Gutters full of leaves? Downspouts unattached? High water bills? These are all signs of potential water damage. 

  • be careful where you plant trees and plants- some plants have invasive roots
  • clean out roof gutters- debris causes build up of water with no place to go
  • keep an eye on your water bill- extreme differences could show a leak
  • us a drain snake instead of chemicals- chemicals can potentially eat through your pipes
  • NEVER POUR GREASE DOWN YOUR SINK- even if the water is running, it can and will clog your drains

Damage from water is hard to prevent. With the knowledge discussed in this post, you may be able to lessen your chances of water damage or lessen the amount of damage caused by the water. 

Signs of Mold in House

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

It is awful to find out that what you thought was just a spot of dirt, is actually mold growth. Have you ever moved something, and underneath found what you suspected to be mold? Appliances leaking provides a breeding ground for growth. Here are a few signs that you have mold in your home:

  • smelling a mold odor- sort of like an old book store smell or a basement smell 
  • mold growth- can be confused for dirt spots
  • previous water leaks- under and around the area where there were previous leaks can potentially cause mold growth
  • past flooding
  • excess condensation- bathrooms, kitchens, and any other room that there may be excess moisture are potential hazards

The best way to confirm growth is to call a professional. Mold growth is one of the many things that is best handled by a professional.The trusted team at SERVPRO of North Knoxville will be happy to help!

Water Damage Prevention Tips

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Here are a few tips to prevent water damage:

  • check hoses and faucets on a regular basis- be sure hoses and faucets are not leaking
  • check tubs and showers- be sure that showers are caulked and shower curtains are tight against the walls
  • know how to shut off your water main- if a leak occurs be sure you are able to shut off the water
  • install flooring pans under appliances to catch any water that could be leaking
  • consider purchasing point of leak alarms- water alarms that work like fire alarms
  • consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system- will let you know how much water you are using at any given time

These are just a few tips to water damage prevention. ALways be aware. 

CHristmas Safety Tips

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Its Finally here! With less than a week until Santa makes his arrival, it is crunch time. It is easy to over look minor details that could potentially cause HUGE problems. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe this holiday season:

  • Check all strings of lights to ensure there is no damage and they are working properly
  • Be sure to water your Christmas tree often; dry trees will catch fire
  • Be sure to put all candles in a hurricane glass and out of the reach of children and pets
  • Never leave your fireplace unattended and be sure to keep the screen/door closed to prevent hot coals from popping out
  • Be aware of holiday plants that are poisonous to pets and people; keep them out of reach 
  • Make sure you wash your hands after handling strings of Christmas lights as they contain high amounts of lead
  • Be sure to place carbon monoxide alarms around your home 
  • Keep hard candy and nuts out of the reach of small children as it is a choking hazard

With the busyness of the holiday season, it is easy to over look small details or cut corners to get more done. Be sure to be cautious of potential holidays disasters to keep your loved ones out of harms way this year!

What to do and not to Do with Fire Damage

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, people tend to get emotional and do things they wouldn't if they had been in their right state of mind. The best way to eliminate some of these issues, is by practice. Being prepared for emergency situations enhances the likeliness that you will not be at a total loss. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in a fire damage situation:

Do-

  • air out the house to reduce the smoke odor
  • discard any open food packages
  • limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being integrated into your upholstery and carpeting
  • keep hands clean
  • place clean towels on carpet to prevent more soiling
  • clean and protect chrome with a light coat of vaseline or oil
  • wipe residue from porcelain to prevent etching
  • if electricity is off, empty refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • wash off house plants on both sides of leaves
  • change air filter on furnace
  • remove pets to clean environments

Don't-

  • attempt to wash walls without consulting SERVPRO
  • use any food or beverages in the home as they may be contaminated
  • use upholstered furniture
  • turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • attempt to clean carpets or upholstery 
  • use electrical appliances withing the home
  • send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner
  • touch anything

It can be overwhelming to see your home is despair and you want to try to do anything to make the situation feel as if it not so bad. Be sure to contact your local SERVPRO to help lessen your stress. As trained professionals, we are here to help and will try to salvage what we can. 

What to do and not to Do with Fire Damage

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, people tend to get emotional and do things they wouldn't if they had been in their right state of mind. The best way to eliminate some of these issues, is by practice. Being prepared for emergency situations enhances the likeliness that you will not be at a total loss. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in a fire damage situation:

Do-

  • air out the house to reduce the smoke odor
  • discard any open food packages
  • limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being integrated into your upholstery and carpeting
  • keep hands clean
  • place clean towels on carpet to prevent more soiling
  • clean and protect chrome with a light coat of vaseline or oil
  • wipe residue from porcelain to prevent etching
  • if electricity is off, empty refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • wash off house plants on both sides of leaves
  • change air filter on furnace
  • remove pets to clean environments

Don't-

  • attempt to wash walls without consulting SERVPRO
  • use any food or beverages in the home as they may be contaminated
  • use upholstered furniture
  • turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • attempt to clean carpets or upholstery 
  • use electrical appliances withing the home
  • send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner
  • touch anything

It can be overwhelming to see your home is despair and you want to try to do anything to make the situation feel as if it not so bad. Be sure to contact your local SERVPRO to help lessen your stress. As trained professionals, we are here to help and will try to salvage what we can. 

Company Holiday Party Tips

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Tis the season for holiday fun and cheer.. and your annual Company Holiday Party! Most people go out of obligation...not want. So this year try a few tips to make your holiday party fun!

  • Choose a location that can accommodate all employees and their family easily
  • Choose a few fun games for employees to play
  • Have fun and get to know each other on a more person, un-work related level

Sometimes, you get so caught up in work, you forget the people you work with are people to. Leave work at the office, let lose, and have some fun! Create an atmosphere that people actually want to be in.