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Working Fire Alarms Save Lives

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working Fire Alarms Save Lives Working Fire Alarm

Smoke alarms save lives. There are many smoke alarms you can have in your home or business. It is easy to take smoke alarms for granted if you have some already in your property. Protecting what matters most, your life and your property, should make you stop and think about the last time you had yours serviced or replaced. There are many types and brands available on the market today. Most smoke alarms run on batteries. Have you changed your batteries lately? It is up to you to make sure they are working batteries. Perhaps making it an annual “to-do” item may help resolve this. Some smoke alarms are hardwired into the electrical system of your home or business. These fire alarms have different features you can utilize. Just because you may have hard wired fire alarms, you may still need to change those batteries as well. Again, setting up reminders to complete this task is a good thing to do. Help keep your family and property protected by keeping working fire alarms.

Efflorescence

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Efflorescence Results were perfect.

Efflorescence, something that many of us come across but may not be sure of what it is. It’s a crystalline deposit of salts than can be seen on floors, or walls or other surfaces made of concrete or stucco, or brick and stone. This is commonly found in basements, but can be seen in other areas as well. Here is a recent example that SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere, Delaware found on an outdoor water wall where the salt and water found in the grout and cinderblocks behind the glass tiles created the efflorescence found in picture.

The way SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere handled this was to use a dry brush and a diluted solution of muriatic acid as to not damage the glass tiles. The homeowner was made aware that this will be an on-going solution, but not a cure. Very happy homeowners!

Some Fire Prevention Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Fire Prevention Tips Clear Stove Top

When one thinks of fire it may remind them of destruction and loss. It may be hard to think what we can do to prevent fires however, in some cases we may be able to prevent some. Accidents happen. That is why they are simply called accidents. A bit of common sense can aid help us. Some examples would be: such as not leaving candles lit, forgetting about them or placing them near something too close, leaving food or containers on the stove while walking away, plugging in too many cords into the same receptacle, cooking barbecue too close to the house or trying to light it with gasoline. Simple precautions and thinking ahead before we do something are good rules of thumb. If you see something that you think could cause a problem fix it or get rid of it. Those of us who are old enough to remember, there use to be a little TV cartoon, Smoky The Bear. The cartoon told of how you can help prevent forest fires. We can use the same mantra when it comes to helping prevent housefires. Be careful, think what you are doing and hopefully, prayerfully, you never will have an event that causes destruction of property damage or even perhaps personal injury.

Storm Safety

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Safety SERVPRO Cares

Once again, we here in the Hockessin / Elsmere area will be dealing with potent storms this winter season. Dealing with rain, snow and sleet storms usually we can expect them to bring along flash flooding and unload some heavy rain and snow upon us. Some simple tips to do and precautions to take can often times help us be safer. Make sure your gutters are clear and free of debris, allowing water to properly flow.  Make sure outdoor furniture is put away or secured keeping it from blowing. Your outdoor hoses should be disconnected and turned off to help from freezing. Sump pumps in lower levels of the home should be checked to see if they are working properly and if they have a battery backup. If you are a person who lights candles during storms, be sure to practice candle safety as well. We here at SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere care about your well-being.

Commercial Services

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Services Graffiti Clean Up on Commercial Building

Commercial cleaning and restoration services is something that SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere excels at. SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. We are available 24 /7 /365. SERVPRO responds quickly to your business’ fire, water and mold damage emergencies.

Here are some commercial services we provide:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage
  • Commercial Duct Cleaning
  • Commercial Bio-hazard Clean Up
  • Commercial Sewage
  • Commercial Post Construction Clean Up
  • Commercial Carpet & Upholstery
  • Commercial Vandalism

Our trained and certified technicians use specialized equipment and technology to effectively get the job done right. When the need arises for professional cleaning and or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is her for you to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO means Service

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO means Service SERVPRO is here to help you.

SERVPRO of Hockessin represents service at a professional level. SERVPRO knows what is to be expected when you have a disaster. Remember that a disaster is relative of what your definition of a disaster is. We may categorize a disaster on a scale of between one and ten. Number one would be based on a lower type of disaster. The owner may look at the same issue and believe it to be a different number of how we would identify it. Everything is relative but the point is we will handle the situation regardless of how they are perceived. This is what our company and SERVPRO is all about, to service to the customer in a professional and truthful way. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is here to help.

Preventing Dryer Fire With Maintenance

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Dryer Fire With Maintenance Preventing Dryer Fire With Maintenance

Dryer Fires are common all year round and simple cleaning maintenance can help prevent them. Keeping your dryer vents clear and free from lint plays an important part in fire prevention. Did you know lint is extremely flammable? People keep lint from there lint screens and keep it in bags so they can later use it to start fires in fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and campfires. This is a wonderful technique, especially for outdoor fire building. However; since it is extremely flammable, keeping it in your dryer can cause problems. Lint build up can become hot and ignite a fire. Keeping your lint screens clear and having a cleaning on dryer vents will help. Some people do not want to call upon SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere to have their dryer vents cleaned because there is a cost associated with this. In the long run simple maintenance out weighs the risks.

Helpful Snow Storm Tips

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helpful Snow Storm Tips Making an Outdoor Grill in the Snow

Although winter season is not officially here it sure does feel like it! By taking some preventative measures, it may help reduce damage if a snow storm hits. There are many helpful tips you can find and may already know. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere has some tips to keep in mind as this cold weather is here are:

  1. Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug
  2. Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away
  3. Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile
  4. Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible
  5. Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home
  6. Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills. Improper use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or start fires
  7. Keep extra batteries, candles and blankets handy
  8. Pay attention to local news alerts for safety information

Soot on a Clock

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot on a Clock Soot on a Clock

Soot and smoke clean up can be a tedious task. Soot is very invasive and penetrates a lot of nooks and crannies of a home. When the smoke goes into all these cavities it causes odors. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere specializes in accurately assessing the extent of damage and helps develop a comprehensive plan of action. Each smoke and soot damage situation are different therefore requiring different techniques. Depending on what caused the fire from what actually burned or melted in the fire makes a difference. There are different types of smoke that will play a factor in determining which cleaning method is best to do. Wet Smoke, mostly from plastic and rubber will differ from Dry Smoke, mostly paper and wood and they both will differ from Protein Smoke. Since every situation is different calling upon a specialist and trained company such as SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can help restore your property properly.

Commercial Properties

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Properties Crew Waiting On Approval

Commercial Properties can sustain considerable amounts of water damage through a weekend. If is often times a business will close on a Friday and no one will enter or check the property over a weekend or the extended weekend. When Monday evening came for this business owner he did not know how it happened. In this scenario, a toilet was flushed at the end of the day, on the previous Friday, and the back of the tank never quit running. This meant the water kept coming and flowing into the bathroom, through the bathroom into the hallways and into the offices. This is a picture of our crew waiting approval from the crew chief on the scope of the work. The SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team is ready to go and just waiting on the sign off.