Meet this week’s Master of Disaster from the sales/marketing team, Ernie!
In some situations, it isn’t preventable. The least we can do is reduce the risk of suffering from a water loss by checking on the most common sources of water damage: appliance leaks, broken pipes, water overflow, and sewer backup.
Malfunctioning and/or clogged appliances often leads to a leak. For example, even the smallest dishwasher leak can cause water damage. You can expect damaged cabinets, warped floors, and even mold damage. A rule of thumb is that if there is water where you can see it, there is likely water where you can’t. It’s best to clean up the water and any damage and replace or repair the faulty appliance.
Tis’ the season for burst pipes! Sometimes, all it takes is freezing temperatures or a change in water pressure to force a pipe to burst. A hint towards a pipe that might be close to failure is simply searching for leaks and water damage. If you catch a pipe in this stage, you can repair it and prevent the mess of a burst pipe.
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of water damage in the home is simply human error — leaving the faucet on. Water overflow, whether it’s from the sink, toilet, or tub, can wreck flooring, and even break through floors/ceilings. Preventing this seems simple enough, yet it happens every day. Keep an eye on running faucets and know how to turn off the water supply on the toilet.
Sewer backups can be caused by severe storms or even tree roots blocking your house’s pipes. Both situations are fairly unpredictable, but you can have a sewer expert clean out your sewer line every other year. It’s a good idea to discuss your homeowner policy’s coverage on water damage caused by sewer backups with your insurance agent.
As mentioned, there’s only so much we can do to prevent a water loss and subsequent water damage in our home. When your home does suffer from water damage, call on ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720 to act quickly, mitigate the damage, and restore your home.
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Keep in mind anything that might pertain specifically to you and members of your family, such as medical devices that require power or medications that need to be refrigerated. For more information, go to https://www.ready.gov/power-outages.
As always, test your smoke alarms and ensure that they are properly located and in working order. If your home does end up suffering from fire damage, call the experts at ServiceMaster of Tacoma for quick fire restoration services.
Winter is almost here in the Pacific Northwest! You’ve probably already kicked on your heater. Don’t forget that your heating system needs regular maintenance— don’t wait until it goes out and you’re left in the cold! Plus, read on for some tips on conserving heat and making your system work as efficiently as possible.
Ways to conserve heat…
If you think that there is something wrong with the heating system in your home, do not hesitate in calling a technician to come take a look. Stay warm, folks!
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget regular home maintenance. You can easily prevent fire or water damage to your home if you take preventative measures. Now’s the time to purchase your 2019 calendar, and pencil in time throughout the year to do these home maintenance checklist items:
Sometimes taking all the preventative measures in the world can’t protect your home from water or fire damage. Call ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720 to restore your home or business and peace of mind.
This year, you might have noticed the social media trend where young adults send the following text message to their mother: “Mom, how do I cook a 25-pound turkey in the microwave?”. In return, these mothers typically reply with something like “Don’t do it” or “Please just use the oven”. Hopefully this remains a light-hearted prank this year, which takes us to our first turkey tip:
1) Do not cook your turkey in the microwave. Some might argue that there is a method to cooking it in the microwave (if it even fits), but best-case scenario you end up with a “bleh” tasting turkey, with no flavor and rubbery skin. Most likely, the turkey will not cook evenly, and your dinner guests could get some nasty food poisoning. Turkeys need to reach 165°F internally in order to be safe to eat.
2) If you choose to deep fry your turkey, you need to defrost it first. The short explanation is, if you drop a frozen turkey into hot oil, the ice turns to steam. The rapidly expanding steam causes the oil to boil over, and thus an explosion potentially ending with fire damage to your home. Days before the big meal, you will need to begin defrosting your turkey in the refrigerator. Allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. When it comes time to deep fry the bird, place the fryer outside, and away from any structures. Don’t overfill the pot with oil and keep the oil under 350°F — the hotter the oil is, the more combustible it is. Turn off the flame before lowering the turkey into the pot and be sure that you have a working fire extinguisher nearby.
3) This might seem like a no-brainer, but keep an eye on your turkey and whatever else you’re cooking. You might not realize how into the football game you are, how long Uncle Dan has been blabbing on, or how much you’ve been fussing over your table décor until your unattended food catches fire. Try to keep yourself contained to the kitchen area, or assign a trustworthy adult to food-watching duties.
If your home or business does endure fire or water damage over the holidays, know that the pros at ServiceMaster of Tacoma are available 24/7/365, to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Happy Thanksgiving!
The holiday season is right around the corner! Whether you’ve had your Christmas decorations up since the first of November or you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving, make sure to follow these tips to avoid any fire damage this holiday season.
While making your holiday feast, remember: turn pot/pan handles away from the front of the stove to help prevent knocking them over. Don’t leave the house, even just to run to the store for your missing ingredient. Don’t fall asleep while cooking — your nap will be even more rewarding after you stuff yourself with turkey and pumpkin pie. And lastly, always turn off cooking equipment when not in use.
Have you taken a trip to the Christmas tree farm yet? Live trees should be green and have sap at the trunk. Dry trees can ignite much easier. Keep the tree well-watered once inside your house. If you’re not in the market for a live tree this year, look for fire resistant artificial trees.
When it comes time to deck the halls,check decorative lights for frayed wires or broken bulbs. Don’t overload outlets and read instructions for proper surge protector use.
Make sure it’s only the chestnuts roasting by the open fire. Only burn wood in your fireplace. Keep the screen closed while using the fireplace.
The holidays are hectic, and sometimes these safety tips can be forgotten in the hustle and bustle. If your home or business does endure some fire damage, give a call to the experts at ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720. We’re available 24/7/365, ready to get your life and holiday festivities back on track.
Before you make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and curl up by the fireplace this fall or winter, make sure that you take these precautionary measures in order to avoid a disastrous home fire:
1) Call your chimney sweep. Have your fireplace cleaned when necessary, ideally in late spring or early summer.
2) Open the doors. Fireplace doors should be open when you’re burning a fire.
3) Burn the right wood. A well-seasoned hardwood, like oak, produces less creosote, a flammable bi-product that builds up in fireplaces.
4) Stack firewood near the back.
5) Use a spark guard. It helps prevent sparks, and thus fires in your home.
6) Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and never leave a fire unattended!
If you do suffer from a home fire, call the masters of disaster at ServiceMaster of Tacoma, (800)339-5720, to give you peace of mind and get things back to normal.