How to Reduce Your Heating Bill With Winter
Keep Your Furnace System Clean
SERVPRO of Lapeer is not just a restoration company. We specialize in cleaning as well. If your furnace gets dirty it has to work extra hard, using extra power and possibly still performing less than a clean unit would. Our specialists can come out and properly clean your duct system and evaluate the dirt buildup on your blower blades. Excessive build up on your blades can severely decrease efficiency.
Check your Homes Insulation
Insulation in the walls of your attic actually play a big part in keeping your home warm. Allot of cool air can be trapped up there, causing the furnace to work double time to heat your house. Make sure that the vents in your attic are clear so air can easily flow where it is needed.
Before Turning on your Furnace
The ups and downs in temperature seem to be at an end, leaving us with only the cold days. Many families are thinking about or already have turned there furnace on. Below are a few things you should check for when you do.
You should consider having your duct system cleaned before turning the furnace on because dust will settle in your ducts during the warm months and inevitably burn off when the furnace is turned on, causing an odor. If the smell persists for more than a few days or if any smoke is coming from the ducts you should turn it off right away and call for assistance.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause severe health issues and even lead to death. Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed if you do not already have one. Pay close attention to it when turning on the furnace and if the alarm goes off or you get a reading that is over 30, turn the furnace off right away and call a technician. Some professionals suggest leaving your home until it is assessed if the alarm goes off or at the very least open any and all windows to air out the space.
Your furnace can tell you allot by how it sounds. Does it seem like it is working to hard to run by making new and intense noises? Is the furnace not blowing warm air? The first thing you should do is check your breaker to make sure the furnace is receiving power.
SERVPRO of Lapeer is dedicated to helping your family have a safe and happy fall season.
If you need help finding a technician or someone to clean your ducts give us a call anytime. If a more serious matter should arrive and you need a restoration team, we are ready for your call 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.
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What you Should Know about Sewage Backup
All sewage backups are an emergency and should be treated as such. The water may contain viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. SERVPRO of Lapeer has trained professionals who come in to your home ready to quickly and efficiently take care of the problem.
When describing the damage and severity of a sewage back up, three categories are used
Category 1 or Clean Wateris water that comes from a clean source such as a faucet or clean water supply line. If left unattended this type of water can quickly move to a category 2 or 3.
Category 2 or Gray Watermay contain bacteria and would cause illness or discomfort if digested.
Category 3 or Black Water is extremely unsanitary and can cause death or severe illness if ingested. This type of water comes from the toilet bowl with feces or water from beyond the toilet trap.
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House Fire Causes and Prevention
The most common cause of a house fire is cooking equipment. You should never leave your stove unattended while cooking.
Did you know that smoking in a bedroom is the leading cause for fire related fatalities? Smoking outside of the home is the best way to insure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.
Children are naturally curious about everything and if given the opportunity they may light something on fire just to see what happens. It is important to keep lighters and matches out of reach. Dont leave fire education up to your children. Teach them the importance of fire safety, create a fire escape plan and always remember "stop, drop and roll."
Faulty wiring can cause electrical fires and lamp shades can easily over heat if they are tipped over or too close to the light bulb
BBQ's are a summer time favorite but make sure that your grill is never used inside the garage or too close to the outside of your home.
Fires can travel incredibly fast and are extremely dangerous.
Things to Look for After A Major Storm
Storms of any size can cause major damage to your home. Obvious damage may include shingles being blown off the roof or flooding in the basement.
More severe damage may be power line damage that leads to a fire or a tree falling into your living room.
SERVPRO of Lapeer has an extremely fast response time so no further damage will come to your home. Our trained professionals will quickly asses the situation, board up any broken windows and provide coverage for any exposed part of your home to keep rainwater out.
No matter how big or small the damage may be SERVPRO of Lapeer understands how important your home is to you and we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."
how Can you Prepare your Children for A House Fire?
Many children like sleeping with their doors open in fear of the boogeyman hiding under there bed. However this picture shows why it is so important for bedroom doors to stay shut at night time. A shut door can keep out smoke and eventually fire and save a life.
- Routine at home fire drills are a great way to keep your kids ready and aware. Kids practice them at school, why wouldn't you teach them at home?
Stop, Drop, and Roll is universal. Also teach them to stay low, and how to check with the back of their hand to see if a door is warm. Pick an easy place outside like the swing set for everyone to meet.
-Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and properly maintained.
As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Lapeer for your Water or Storm Emergencies?
SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and that is why we are "faster to any size disaster!"
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lapeer has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
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Questions about a Basement Flood?
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently 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 NW Genesee County basement could flood, including:
* A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
* Heavy rain 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
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If floodwater is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
-We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
-We’re 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 s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
-Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
What Can SERVPRO of Lapeer Offer your Business?
Shutting down your business because of a disaster can really put you in the negative. That is why SERVPRO of Lapeer has specially trained professionals who will arrive on site within hours and minimize the disruption to you and your customers.
Let SERVPRO of Lapeer help with any fire, water and mold needs you have.
- Small office buildings
- Large office/High rise buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large retail/Big Box-Stores
- High Rise Residential
- Manufacturing and Industrial
If your business has not been affected by a catastrophic event and you simply just need some deep cleaning done in those hard to reach areas we have a specialized team for that as well. We will leave you with a beautiful and clean business so you can worry about the hard stuff.
Fire Prevention in the Laundry Room
While kitchen fires are still the leading cause of house fires in the United States, an average of 42 families are affected by laundry room fires per day.
The most frustrating thing about these fires is that they could have easily been prevented with just a few simples rules to follow.
Always make sure that both your washer and dryer and plugged into an outlet with the correct amount of voltage and never use an extension cord to run your machines.
Your lint screen needs to be cleared out after every use and once a month it should be cleaned with warm soapy water (make sure it dries completely before putting it back into the dryer).
Be sure to keep the floor free and clear of any cleaning chemicals or other flammable items.
Installing a fire alarm in the laundry room or in the hallway outside of the laundry room can help keep your family safe incase anything was to happen.