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Vacation Home Prep

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Vacations are supposed to be a stress reliever. What happens when you come from vacation and you realize that you had a supply line burst and flooded your house, or you left a window open and a critter has made your home into theirs? I’ll tell you what happens your stress levels go from vacation mode, to full on stressed out!

There are a few simple ways to prepare and protect your home for a while you go on a vacation.

  1. Shut off your main water line. This will prevent any supply lines, or pipes, that may be on their last leg of life to burst while you are out of town. Imagine how long it would take for someone to notice that your house has been flooding if your gone…
  2. Double check that you have closed and locked all your windows and doors. This helps prevent little creatures and thieves from turning your home into their personal playground.
  3. Leave a car in the driveway. To the best of your ability make your home look like you haven’t left. Leave a car in the driveway, leave a strategic light on in the house, etc. Also another good deterrent is to let your neighbors know that you’ll be out of town. They can pick up packages/newspapers that are left on your doorstop that may give the impression that no one is home to pick them up.
  4. DO NOT POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA TILL YOU GET HOME. “OMG! On my way to the airport! Ready for this ten-day Hawaiian vacation to start!!” You might as well be saying “OMG! Now would be a really good time to rob me because you’ll have ten days where I won’t be home and you can take your time!!”.
  5. Don’t turn off the heat. You may think that now would be a great time to save some money on your energy bill. If you turn your heater off and your house drops in temperature you could do some serious damage to your home. Water in pipes can freeze, expand, break the pipes and cause thousands of dollars in water damages to your home.

I will never forget the first time I realized how important it was to take proper steps to prepare your home for vacation. I was on the emergency response team, and we were called out to a water loss. When we arrived the entire bottom floor of a 2500+ SF house had been flooded for over a month. The homeowners had gone to Europe for a vacation and they did not turn their water off. A supply line behind the refrigerator burst and flooded the house. The water ran for over 2 weeks. They had over a thousand-dollar water bill, and the entire downstairs floor 4 feet tall and below had to be cut because of the damages. There was mushrooms growing out of the outlets. Between the mitigation and the repairs it took them three months to get their home back to preloss conditions.

Getting ready for a vacation can be so exciting, to the point that we forget about our responsibilities. Taking a few hours to prepare your house for your vacation can eventually save you not only thousands of dollars, but it can also save you from unnecessary stresses!

Good bye Summer, hello Fall

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

As Summer winds down and Fall quickly approacher, have you looked at what you need to do to prepare your home for the winter months?

Here are some friendly tips and reminders:

* Check those gutters, make sure they are clean and ready for rain.

* Is your sump pump in working order?

* How is your roof looking?

* Remember in the colder months critters search for warmth too, that could mean tearing up your insulation in your crawl space. Nasty critters!

* Outside leaky faucets can lead to burst pipes.

* Any overgrown tree limbs that could break in the windy times?

Walk around your house and make a mental check list. Because before you know it, Fall will be here. It will be colder, darker and you'll wonder where the time has gone.

If you are a business owner, call our office today and ask about our ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) special!

(253) 851-6711

Supply Lines and general information on them

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Okay, I know what you're thinking. Mold and now Supply Lines? Where's the snooze button? BUT, here at SERVPRO of Mason County we want to help educate you on the basics before you have a catastrophe on your hands. So here is some general Supply Line information in a Q and A format....ready? Set, go!

What is a Supply Line?
A supply line is a main water way from the plumbing in your wall into your faucet.

Where can you find Supply Line?
Sinks, dishwasher, washer (clothing), toilet, refrigerator and hot water tanks.

Supply Line materials (made out of):
*Metal braided
*Plastic
*Rubber
*Copper

Here's what you can do and what you should know about your Supply Lines:
*Hot water tanks- look for rust and leakage
*Plastic Supply Lines- are not durable and crack with age
*IMPORTANT- make sure your braided metal Supply Line does not have plastic in the middle of it.

Supply Lines should be checked once a year and replaced every 3-5 years.

What happens when a Supply Line breaks:
Basically what happens or what this means, a burst pipe with full water pressure spilling out into the area it is in.

Supply Lines are super easy to replace- connected to a supply line you'll find an angle stop and that will turn off the water for the only that supply line, you screw off the existing supply line and screw on the new one. Easy peasy, right?
New Supply Lines cost about $20 give or take.

Are you reading this blog post a little late? Are you currently dealing with a broken Supply Line, which is causing a water damage as we speak?
We are so sorry to hear this, give us a call and we can get you back in your daily routine. SERVPRO of Mason County is here 24/7, 365 days a year for your reassurance. We go above and beyond to make these messy situations "Like it never even happened."

Got mold?

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

When I hear the word "mold" I think of gross, green, fuzzy, squishy mounds of questionable matter. It's not a topic that gets my "motor running" if you know what I mean?

But, in reality not all mold is dangerous. Mold comes is all shapes, sizes, colors, and levels of toxicity. Mold is an ecological substance and can produce some of our favorite foods. Fungi/mold is used for baked goods/bread, blue cheese, some alcoholic beverages, and penicillin.

Now when it comes to unhealthy mold, this is what we want you to know:

Our summer has been particularly warm with higher levels of humidity.

When dealing with water damages: dish washer or washer overflow, toilet "black water", storm flooding, a leak in your roof. These can all lead to mold if not treated properly.

Some common places/spaces to find mold: storage units, crawl spaces, or in organic materials (wood, dry wall, and insulation) All of these are where? Homes and business buildings.

Here are some signs or things to look out for:

* Visible mold (brown, black, red, green, white)

* Strong musty/ stale air

* Questionable effected areas (water spots on your ceiling, warped dry wall, bulging floor boards or molding)

* Excessive humidity

If any of these are a concern to you, give us a call. Our water technitians are certified and trained to handle mold. We are happy to put your mind at ease.

Cleaning up mold is not an easy DIY project. It should be evaluated, tested and treated by a professional. This is purely for your safety and health and those who can be affected.

We know mold is not a fun and happy topic BUT we want to educate you on something that happens naturally and can spiral if not looked at immediately.

We do our best to put you at ease when dealing with these kind of matters. It may be your first encounter, but it certainly is not ours and we are the best professionals to make mold "Like it never even happened."

When life throws you rain, sport your rain boots and jump in some puddles!

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When life throws you rain, sport your rain boots and jump in some puddles! Splashing in puddles can be fun but not when it's in your downstairs basement.

When Storms or Floods hit Mason County SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Mason County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response:
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms:
When storms hit Mason County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We know your personal rain storm is not the ideal circumstance. That is why our trained staff will help clear away those storm clouds and bring the sun back into your everyday lives.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today:

1.253.851.6711

Good bye Summer, Hello Fall!

9/18/2016 (Permalink)

As Summer winds down and Fall quickly approacher, have you looked at what you need to do to prepare your home for the winter months?

Here are some friendly tips and reminders:

* Check those gutters, make sure they are clean and ready for rain.

* Is your sump pump in working order?

* How is your roof looking?

* Remember in the colder months critters search for warmth too, that could mean tearing up your insulation in your crawl space. Nasty critters!

* Outside leaky faucets can lead to burst pipes.

* Any overgrown tree limbs that could break in the windy times?

Walk around your house and make a mental check list. Because before you know it, Fall will be here. It will be colder, darker and you'll wonder where the time has gone.

If you are a business owner, call our office today and ask about our ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) special!

(253) 851-6711