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Holiday Cooking Safety

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that the day most likely for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving Day?

With holiday season in full swing, many people have gatherings for family and friends which means more cooking and more time spent in the kitchen. There may be a lot of cooking to keep up with and it could get a little hectic in the kitchen, making it easier for an accidental fire to start. Hence, the number one reason for a home cooking fire is unattended cooking.

Here are some easy safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the holidays:

  • Test smoke detectors to make sure they are working and replace batteries if needed.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and lids nearby. If you are frying food in grease use a lid to smother the flame, do not use water on a grease fire-it will make it worse.
  • Do not leave any cooking unattended. Set timers if you need to check on food.

Should your holiday cooking get out of hand, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville to take care of any fire or soot damage.

https://www.mrcooper.com/blog/2018/12/17/7-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-for-your-kitchen/

Frozen Pipes Can Cause Big Damage

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

The Wilson/Nashville area has begun to cool down and is in the transition from heat and humidity to cooler winter weather. With cool, freezing temperatures brings an increased chance of freezing pipes.

Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing inside a pipe creates a lot of pressure which can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there is no one around to turn off the water. If you notice your pipes have frozen, you will want to thaw them before they break. Thaw them by first locating the pipe and opening the faucet. Then apply heat near the faucet and work your way down. You can use a hair dryer, hot towels, a portable space heater or heat lamp, or electrical heating tape, but never use an open flame as that could cause your pipes to break.

If that seems a little intimidating, here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your water pipes from freezing during those cold spells.

  • open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • let cold water drip from a faucet, even a small amount of running water will prevent freezing
  • if you plan to be out of town, set thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F
  • for long term solutions, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawlspaces and seal cracks/holes around windows and doors to keep warm air inside

Should you ever experience flooding or damage from a broken water pipe in your home, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville.

Commercial Water Damage Services

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

sign on business door that says "CLOSED" text on photo saying "HOURS MATTER" We offer 24 hour emergency services, 365 days a year. SERVPRO is Here to Help!

When there’s a water damage emergency at your business…call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville!

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, we will be there fast with the help you need to get your property back to business as usual.

Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each situation and get the job done. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle commercial properties for flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a large warehouse, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville is skilled at working with businesses and owners of commercial properties throughout Wilson and Nash counties.

Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are more prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer pipe
  • Heavy rain that causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot water tank failure
  • And many more

A flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • We are a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
  • We bill the insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
  • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Trained and Certified Employees

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Rows of framed certifcates on wall To schedule services from qualified staff you can trust, call 252-291-4492

When you are faced with a disaster at home or in your place of business, you want to be sure that you are choosing a restoration company that can turn it back to new condition, making it look "Like it never even happened." At SERVPRO, our employees go through numerous classes, training, and certifications to be equipped with the knowledge and skill to provide the best quality service. Some of our certifications include:

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. This certifies that our staff is up to date and knowledgeable to provide the best work possible.

The Hero Ready Training Program is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and passing an exam. Categories for certification include: crew training, fire restoration, water restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning.

All of our staff have access to web-based training. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

5 Hidden Places Water Damage Could Be Hiding In Your Home

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage from a leaking appliance or from a flood can easily identified (although that doesn’t make it better). When water damage like that happens, it is very noticeable, but, there could be water damage in your house that you can’t even see. Here are 5 overlooked spots that could have water damage:

  1. In the wall beneath a window:Rain can seep in between the window sash and jamb and trickle down to the framing studs in the wall. Prolonged leaks can rot the studs and other framing, leading to expensive repairs.
  2. Under the siding:Unsealed gaps allow water to enter the siding and eventually rot the plywood beneath.
  3. The exterior door threshold:Since this is exposed to water every time it rains, eventually the wood will swell and become spongy. This damage may not be noticed until the wood rots and can no longer support the metal threshold.
  4. Beneath the dishwasher:Leaks can develop in the water supply line that runs to the dishwasher. Since you can’t see under the dishwasher, over time a slow leak can do serious damage to the subfloor. You may not notice until you move the washer to replace it with a new one, only to find you’ll have to replace some of the floor as well.
  5. Under a wobbly toilet:Water can leak from around the wax ring at the base of the toilet. It is likely you would not see any water at all but it will be soaking into the subfloor the whole time. Sometimes the first indication is the toilet starting to wobble due to the floor supporting it rotting away.

Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville for your water damage rescue 252-291-4492

Campfire Safety

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

campfire with two sticks roasting marshmallows Did you know August 10th is National Smores Day?

Whether you prefer your campfires in the great outdoors or at the comfort of your own home, it is important to be safe before, during, and after enjoying some time by a fire outdoors. Here are 5 safety tips to consider before your next fire.

Look Up and Look Around- When choosing your fire pit, make sure it is not under any low-hanging branches or near any brush or bushes which can easily go up in flames. You should also keep a radius of 8 to 10 feet around the fire pit clear of tents, chairs, food, and any other items.

Safety Proof Your Pit- Before starting your fire, clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a five-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space. If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within the borders of the fire pit. Keep any flammable items far from the fire, including aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

Keep Water Nearby- A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, always keep water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put the fire out completely if necessary.

Always Watch- Whether you are camping alone, with friends, or family, it is easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on around you, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. It is especially important to keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking near the fire.

Extinguish Before Bed- When it is time for bed, you need to put out the fire. You can do this by putting water or dirt on top, then stirring the embers around with a shovel to ensure another fire won't start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.

These tips will help keep your campfire or bonfire under control so you can sit back and enjoy some s'mores without worry.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are more prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer pipe
  • Heavy rain that causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: A flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • We are a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
  • We bill the insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
  • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Electrical Fires

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

When most people think "house fire", their first assumption is a fire starting from a pan of hot grease or an overturned candle. Very seldom does anyone assume a home fire could be started by an electrical source including but not limited to:

  • Portable electric heaters such as electric cookers, electric irons, electric bedclothes, sterilizers, welders
  • Stationary electric heaters such as ovens, electric dehumidifiers, electric furnaces
  • Electrical appliances such as distribution transformers, motors, generators, battery chargers, circuit breakers
  • Wiring such as service wires, interior wires, cords, wire connection
  • Wiring appliances such as switches, multi outlets, electricity meters
  • Wire exposures such as the connection point to walls, connection points of metal plates and pipes, wood in contact with high-voltage lines
  • Static electricity sparks caused by rubber film, rollers, liquid fluid in ducts

In cases of wiring or outlet overheating, there are usually a few signs prior to ignition.

Did you know? If an outlet is emitting heat or a smell it is sign that the outlet is overloaded. 

Overloading an outlet causes too much heat in one location and can cause a fire.  Some examples of this are running too many cords in one outlet or using an extension cord instead of an outlet. If your outlet emits a burning smell or is hot when you touch it, it could indicate there is a danger of electrical fire.

Make sure that the proper number of plugs is being used in each outlet. As an added precaution, do not run any power cords underneath combustible materials like rugs or bedding.  Make sure that all of your plugs fit into the outlets tightly to prevent excess heat. It is important to recognize warning signs of electrical fires to keep yourself and your home safe.

We're Hiring!

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations. We work with an array of emergency situations, therefore you must have or be willing to develop new skill sets. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who has excellent problem solving skills, communicates efficiently, and is a serious multi-tasker. Don’t miss your chance to join SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville as a new Production Technician.

In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day.


REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Previous or similar experience preferred.

Please come to our office at 3032 Forest Hills Road in Wilson, NC to pick up an application.