Contents are Often Overlook in a Fire
Contents are often easily overlooked in a fire. Most homeowners or tenants, are worried about the damage and devastation that a fire calls to the property. They’re worried about their couch, they are worried about their vehicle and their wallet, but it’s easy to forget many of the little things that can add up and cost a lot of money to a customer. Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we make every effort possible to restore every item an article in your home or property that has been damaged or effected by a fire. This includes all of your electronics, DVD collections, clothes, shoes and all other personal items and keepsakes that can be restored. We know that our customers are in an uncomfortable situation with any type of loss, so that’s where SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus comes in to deal help you deal with the devastation of your loss. We are #HereToHelp
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Food Drive Competition
Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus we really do care about our community. We want to reach out to our neighbors and give back in every way possible. One of our SMRs, Brittany Washburn, decided that this year we were going to do a food drive to help get back to those who may be a need are hungry. The employees were divided up into six teams, she put together six boxes, and a point system to see who the winner was going to be. Each of us have a competitive spirit, and we all want to win. But the real winners in this effort, is obviously our community. We cannot wait until the results are tallied, and everyone we see who the winning team is going to be for this food drive. Our franchise owners, Ken Parker & Ron Pack, have decided to match our donation so this will double our efforts and go even further. We can’t wait to see just how much we can do to make an impact to end hunger. We know this effort is not going to solve every hunger problem, but we do hope that I can bring comfort in some way to our immediate community here in Columbus, Ohio.
1st Annual Chili Cookoff
Our company is more than just an office, we are made up of individuals and people who enjoy what we do every single day. One of our office personnel, Tina, put together our first ever SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus chili cook off. We had six chefs enter the competition, but only one come out on top. Chris James, an estimator with us, used to be a chef in his prior life. Chris came our victorious with a great pot of chili that had a jalapeño kick to get first prize. Everyone was so happy to participate, and we look forward to making this an annual event for years to come here at the office. It’s great to work with a company that shows appreciation for their employees and let them have a little fun while at work!
If you ever wonder what makes the difference between all of the contractors you can choose from, the answer is simple. It’s customer service! Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus we strive to make every job the quickest and best quality that it can be. This picture is just a quick before and after photo of the small carpet patch to a much larger job. This is an example of the careful and attention to details that our project managers pour into your projects. Next time if you ever ask the question: Why SERVPRO? It’s because we care about every little detail of our work and your property.
As a general contractor in Columbus Ohio, we at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus have the privilege to be part of many organizations. This particular picture is from the OHLA year end conference which we participated in right before Thanksgiving. We are also part of BOMA, CAI, IREM, and many other organizations to keep our skills in line with what is important to you as the customer. We have developed many great relationships through these organizations, as well as learned how your industry has changed so that we may better serve you. If you’ve ever wondered Why SERVPRO? Then just realize you’re picking a contractor that pays to learn more about your industry. We should make every effort possible to be involved in these organizations, not only is sponsors, but to educate ourselves on the industry that is so important to our customers.
Keeping Warm This Winter
Keeping Warm This Winter
As the winter season approaches and the temperature starts to drop more and more, we turn to anything that can keep us warm in our homes. From heating a certain room with our space heaters to cuddling up with your sweetheart in front of a warm fire, they can all potentially be dangerous. Here are some tips to keep you safe while turning up the heat.
Space Heater Safety Tips:
- Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from your space heater. That includes bedding, furniture, and curtains.
- Create a 3-foot “kid free zone” around your space heaters and never use a space heater in a child’s bedroom.
- Never use extension cords.
- Turn off your space heater when going to bed or leaving the room.
- Never use a space heater in a wet or damp area unless it is specifically designed for it.
- Never put a space heater on the counter unless it is specifically designed for it.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure they are tested monthly.
- Only purchase “UL Listed” heaters. This independent organization does safety tests.
- Never use gas or oil-burning space heaters inside. Those types of space heaters are only designed to be used outside or in open spaces like a tent or porch.
- Make sure to read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions before and during use.
Fireplace Safety Tips:
- Before starting a fire, make sure the damper or flue is open. Keeping this open will draw smoke out of the house. Using a flashlight to look up the chimney can check the damper. Never close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
- Use dry or aged wood in your fire. With dried wood, it burns with less smoke and burns more evenly. If you use wet or green wood, this cause more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney.
- Smaller pieces of wood positioned on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
- Make sure to clean out ashes from any previous fires. The levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less. A thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
- You should get your chimney check annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is very important to check for animal nests or any other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
- The area around your fireplace should be clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
- Never leave the fire in your fireplace unattended. Make sure the fire is out completely before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
Turkey Fryer Safety
Thanksgiving is known for having the most cooking mishap than any other day. In recent years it has become a Thanksgiving tradition to deep fry turkeys. Instead of taking hours to cook your turkey, deep frying turkey only takes around an hour. Thanksgiving is a special time for family and friends and a few precautions can insure a fun and safe holiday.
- Always use your turkey fryer outdoors away from anything that is flammable.
- Never use your turkey fryer on deck or in your garage.
- Do not leave your turkey fryer unattended.
- Your turkey will need to be completely thawed and dry to prevent the hot oil from flaring up.
- Children and pets should be kept away from the area where you are cooking.
- Do not over fill your turkey fryer.
- Monitor the temperature of the oil often to avoid overheating.
- Protective gear is recommended, such as goggles and oven mitts.
- Let oil cool completely before storing.
Enjoy a safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Things to Look for in Your Basement
Danger in the basement from foundation settling
Undetected problems can cause major issues that will lead to mold forming in unseen areas. This is a picture of a main water line that runs into a house in a basement closet. The house, over time had some settling to the foundation which caused the main water line to bend. Eventually, that bent pipe cracked and led to water leaking and seeping into the finished basement area. The saturation started to grow mold underneath the carpet and alerted the homeowner to call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus.
These types of problems are going to happen, and we perform remediation on these issues consistently. Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we realize that basements, if not finished, are not the place you look on a consistent basis. We urge you to look for some of these mishaps that can be very costly to maintain your home or office. We understand that everything is not going to be detected in time. This homeowner was very lucky to have caught this when they did and to minimize the damage!
If you catch yourself not so lucky, SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus is #HereToHelp Give us a call 24/7 (614) 888-5700
National Preparedness Month
Every year the month of September is recognized for National Preparedness Month. It is a time where we can focus our attention on the importance of preparing our families, homes, businesses, and communities for an unexpected disaster or emergency that may threaten our lives, property, and homeland. This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How”. Take time to look over these helpful tips to better prepare you and your family for an unexpected emergency or disaster.
10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be Better Prepared:
- 1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and check your access for emergency alerts
- 2. Create and practice emergency communication plans
- Assemble or update emergency supply kit
- Conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions with family for local hazards
- Participate in local preparedness training or class
- Refresh yourself on lifesaving skills, attend a training class (example: CPR)
- Make digital copies of all important documents
- Make sure you have appropriate insurance for relevant hazards (example: flood insurance)
- Make improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage
- Conduct an exercise to test your emergency plan
- Plan with your neighbors to help each other (example: create a group chat to stay in contact)
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit:
- Water: There should be one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food: At least a three day supply of non-perishable foods
- Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alerts
- First Aid kit
- Extra Batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust Mask to help filter out contaminated air, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to shelter in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or plier to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Thing to Do Before Leaving for Vacation
Fun in the Sun
Summer is now in full swing! The flowers have all finally bloomed, kids are constantly screaming, and each day is hotter than the last. But the best part about summer is…yup you know it… VACATIONS!!! A period of time where you can get away from work; if only we could take a vacation every week! If you’re like us, we like travel to far destinations, most likely with a beach. Since all the good vacations spots are a good drive from Ohio that leaves your home sitting unoccupied for a while. When we leave our homes to go on vacation, we hope everything will be fine and nothing happens to it, but that isn’t always the case. Follow these tips to prepare your home so you don’t have a disaster ruin your paradise vacation.
- Turn Off the Main Water Supply
When you close the valve on the main supply line, it cuts off water to the house but still allows your outside sprinklers to work. If you do happen to have a leak inside, the line will be under some initial pressure, but it won’t continue to spray water. Shutting off the main water supply takes a little time, but it will save you thousands of dollars in potential damage.
- Check the Sump Pump
Rainwater can be a nightmare. A lot of rainwater can cause your sump pump to back up and eventually fail altogether. If your sump pump fails when you’re gone and a major storm hits, you will be coming home to flooded basement. It’s important to check your sump pump before leaving. Dump a bucket of water in your sump pump to make sure it is working properly; the sump pump will turn on when the water fills it.
- Turn Up the Thermostat—Don’t Turn Off the A/C
If you have a programmable thermostat, set and hold the temperature to have the house at 85 degrees while you’re on vacation, and then the day before you get back, have it go back down to 72 degrees. Even if you have a manual thermostat, it’s still worth it to turn the temperature up while you’re away to avoid wasting energy. Make sure you don’t turn off the air conditioner. It keeps the air circulating so it doesn’t have time to condensate. It is important to keep the house from turning into an oven. When you have a tremendous heat buildup, it can have an effect on certain surfaces in your home.
- Unplug Electronics
If you have any of your televisions, computers, and other electronics plugged directly into the wall rather than into a surge protector, take the plugs out in case a power surge happens while you’re away. You can save money by turning off the surge protector and unplugging electronics. Even if electronics aren’t in use, they are still drawing power to them.
- Light Rooms with Timers
Put timers on in different parts of your home to make your house appear to be occupied. It will be less appealing for burglars. The timers will turn on and off the lights at different times of the day and night, as if someone in the house were flipping a switch.