Clogged Dryer Exhaust Ducts: A Common Cause of House Fires
Most of us don’t think about the maintenance of our dryers, but we should! The U.S. Fire Administration reports that every year there are thousands of home fires started by clothes dryers.
Lint and debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing airflow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, which can result in a fire hazard. It is recommended you have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year.
How to tell if your dryer vent is clogged
- The normal drying cycle is not drying clothes
- Clothes are hotter at the end of the cycle
- A large amount of lint accumulates in the lint trap
- Your laundry area is more humid
- The burnt smell in your laundry room
- The outside dryer vent cover is not lifting
There are tips online on how to clean your dryer vent system, but it is recommended you hire a professional. In addition to the reduced threat of fire, a cleaning can pay for itself in less than a year through improved efficiency with less drying time required.
SERVPRO of Brunswick is here for you should you do have a loss from a dryer vent fire.
Space Heaters - Safely Warm Your Home by Avoiding
Colder weather has already hit SE Georiga. As the temperature continues to drop, many of us will find ourselves indoors where it’s warm. It’s around this time that we bring out our space heaters. While these heaters keep us warm and cozy, they can pose a serious threat to you and your home. In fact, the National Fire Protection Agency reports that space heaters account for more than 44% of home heating-related fires. If you plan on using your space heater this year, you should be aware of the potential dangers!
- Space heaters should be away from flammable materials. True to their name, space heaters can produce a lot of heat. In many of the fires they are associated with, they were too close to flammable materials and caused them to catch fire. That’s why it’s strongly advised that they are kept at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
- Space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall. Because they draw a lot of energy, space heaters should never be plugged into an extension cable or a power. And even if they are plugged into the wall, nothing else should be plugged into the same outlet. Otherwise, they can cause a fire and/or electrical hazard.
- Space heaters should never be left unattended. For the above reasons, you should never leave a space heater unattended, even for just a few minutes. While they are great for supplemental heat, they are potential fire and electrical hazards.
As you start to use your space heater in the coming months, it’s important to remember that it carries a risk. If you’re responsible and remain aware of your surroundings, you can safely keep warm.
If you do experience a fire, know that you have a team of experienced fire restoration professionals ready to assist you 24/7! SERVPRO of Brunswick is HERE to HELP!
Kitchen Mishaps that Lead to Fire Damage
With one small mishap, cooking in your kitchen can lead to disaster, and all fire safety measures can go out the window. A small bit of grease can escape a pan somewhere, and fire can ignite into something devastating. Soot and ash now cover everything, and your kitchen has fire damage as well as material burns. Cleaning will no doubt become a hassle, but where to begin? SERVPRO of Brunswick has some tips for you on how to clean after a kitchen fire, especially if there is some serious fire damage.
What to do after a fire damage:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change the HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
SERVPRO of Brunswick has trained professionals waiting to assist you in your time of need. Kitchen fires can be dangerous and hard to clean up. Call the professionals at (912)264-6094. We will work to make it "Like it never even happened."
Set Your Sights on a 2020 with a Cleaner Home
You have made New Year’s resolutions before only to cower in defeat halfway through the year. Why not make this upcoming year one in which you do everything you set your mind to do, which includes giving your home a thorough cleaning? SERVPRO of Brunswick is your number one choice for all cleaning and restoration needs.
We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning
No matter how many times you tell guests to take off their shoes before entering your home, there is always at least one person who fails to do so during the holidays. Beyond the rebel during the family gathering is the everyday dirt that comes with residing in close quarters. Your carpet needs to be thoroughly cleaned at least once per year.
Upholstery is another area in the general living space that becomes dirty rather quickly. What better New Year’s resolution to fulfill than to give yourself the peace of mind in knowing that your family will not be exposed to dust mites every time they sit down to watch television?
Odor removal is available
Pick up the phone and solicit our services when you have cleaned all that you know how and yet the odor remains. We have the expertise needed to deodorize your home efficiently. You do not want to enter the new year with the same smells that hindered productivity these past twelve months. Let us improve your attitude by removing the odors that bring down the atmosphere of your home.
We provide air duct services
Heating during winter months is essential. Your home’s central air and heating system cannot work efficiently without proper maintenance. Our air duct services can clean one of the most intricate parts of your system so that it provides heat during winter and air in summer. Air duct service also provides better air quality, which may reduce the probability of illness during the year.
New year, new you
You can make this year different by starting off on a clean foot. Call SERVPRO of Brunswick today to set up an appointment for a thorough cleaning of your home.
Trees Falling? Rely on SERVPRO to recover your home
SERVPRO of Brunswick. We are HERE to HELP!
Trees offer countless benefits to a home's landscape. Their appearance, shade and animal habitats are such an important and valued part of a property that many people are reluctant to remove trees. However, when tree limbs or the trees themselves become damaged or diseased due to age, invasive insects or storm damage, they can become a liability rather than an asset. The importance of including trees in a home maintenance plan can't be overstated.
Tree limbs that have died or are diseased are much more likely to cause damage to a property or home if they're ignored. Most limbs typically come crashing down during strong thunderstorms or high winds. However, it's not unheard of to have a large limb or even an entire tree fall at a random time. To help prevent these accidents from damaging your yard or, even worse, your home, it's best to cut off diseased, dying or dead limbs as soon as you identify them.
If a tree comes crashing down on your home call the restoration professionals at the SERVPRO of Brunswick at 912-264-6094
5 Tips for Dealing with a Leaking Roof
Leaking roof causing damage to your home? Let SERVPRO of Brunswick help.
The rain is coming down and you have a roof leak. It wasn't there last time the rain came through, but it sure is there now. Hopefully, you caught it as a minor drip instead of a major leak. If you sustained water damage from that leak, you need to take steps to contain the damage and start getting this right.
5 Tips for Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
- Deal with the water. Leaks usually pool on the nearest horizontal surface. For attic leaks, the water tends to pool on the ceiling below. The water will find the path of least resistance like a light fixture or vent opening. That is where you will see the drips. Get a bucket under the drip to keep the water from doing more damage. If the water is causing a dip in the ceiling, use the tip of a pencil to open a small hole in the dip to drain the water into a bucket.
- Locate the location of the leak. Get up into the attic to find where the water is getting in. It may be right above where the water is pooling, or it may be higher in the roof line. It could be near a vent or chimney opening as those are vulnerable locations for water leaks. If possible, get a bucket under the leak point, that will prevent any further damage to the ceiling below.
- Make temporary repairs if possible. If you can access the roof safely, draping a tarp over the leak can help prevent water from getting inside. If you cannot access the roof safely, use roof tape or cement to patch the hole. That will provide a temporary patch to keep the water out until the roofer arrives.
- Call in the pros. You need to call in two types of professional help. First, get a roofer in to fix the leak in the roof. The roofer has the equipment to do the job safely and effectively. Second, you need to bring in water restoration specialists to deal with the damage the leak caused. They can get the water out and start drying out your personal possessions. Doing this quickly can prevent mold and mildew from developing and minimize further damage.
These steps will help you minimize the damage the leak has caused and start getting your home back to normal. If you need assistance with water damage restoration, give us a call here at SERVPRO of Brunswick.
Don’t Let a Water Damage Drain Your Holiday Spirit
The Holiday Season is upon us. With all of your decorations out on display don’t let a dreadful water damage take away your joy. Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Brunswick.
SERVPRO of Brunswick prides themselves on highly trained professionals and industry leading technologies. The most common types of water damages we see are: fridge, washer machine, dish washer, ice maker, and plumbing leaks. These are most often caused by normal wear and tear on the machines. But it is always a good idea to regularly check the connections to all major appliances in the home.
If you suspect a water damage in your home or business reach out to the SERVPRO of Brunswick. We are in your community and are ready to assist our neighbors.
Give us a call at (912)264-6094
Increased Risk for Kitchen Fires
“When most of us think about Thanksgiving, images of turkey, stuffing and time spent with loved ones typically come to mind, not fire hazards. However, an increased risk of fire is, in fact, a reality of Thanksgiving. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.” (Source:NFPA)
Why is Thanksgiving such a fire risk?
- Host are cooking for multiple people and forget what’s on the stove. Mishaps easily occur.
- Frying turkeys and different items are sometimes out of peoples comfort zones. Not knowing the dangers of grease fires is a leading cause.
Here are NFPA’s top five tips for cooking with fire safety in mind on Thanksgiving and beyond:
- Remain in the kitchen while you’re cooking, and keep a close eye on what you fry!
- Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Regularly check on food that’s simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- Keep things that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the cooking area.
- Be alert when cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stovetop and decide to fight the fire:
Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you’re cooking a turkey using a disposable aluminum pan, consider doubling up and using two pans to avoid a puncture, as dripping turkey juices can cause an oven fire.
If your Thanksgiving cooking plans turn into a disaster give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call (912)264-6094.
Energy Conservation Tips for Winter Chill
Keeping you cozy and safe this Holiday Season.
The winter's chill is approaching fast, so now is the time to take precautions and lower electricity bills by creating an energy-efficient atmosphere. By making simple changes to everyday habits, your home will be toasty while frosty air remains outdoors.
- Ensure the thermostat, HVAC, fireplaces, and heaters are working properly. Clean or replace air filters, remove dust and dirt from the unit, get fresh wood and coal for the fireplace, and/or ensure buttons/switches are functioning.
- Set the thermostat and heater at one temperature all season. A good temperature is 70 degrees. Alternatively, invest in a programmable unit.
- Insulate the home with weather stripping, plastic sheeting, and caulk. Wrap this around all entry doors, screen doors, and windows in the home and garage. Insulate the attic, basements, and crawl spaces too. This prevents air leaks from seeping in.
- Let the sunshine in on sunny days, particularly around the afternoon. The heat will warm the house to reduce dependence on heating items.
- During nightfall, reduce heater, fireplace, HVAC, and thermostat dependence and rely on comforters, sheets, blankets, and pajamas to warm you up. Turn off fireplaces, heaters, and HVAC's in unused rooms. Close the fireplace damper to conserve energy.
- Ceiling fans are a great way to stop heat from rising. Simply set the ceiling fan to turn clockwise on low speed. The warm air will circulate the rising heat down to the floor to reduce dependence on heating products. Continued use of ceiling fans means heat will travel to other occupied areas of the home.
A toasty home in the wintertime sounds wonderful. Turn this dream into reality through proactive measures like the information above. SERVPRO of Brunswick is always here to help. When using heaters and fireplaces be sure to use all safety precautions to avoid fires.
2019 ‘Sole Jam’
Riley who started changing the world at age 9 stands proudly at 11 with a large box of donated shoes at the 2019 ‘Sole Jam’
The 2019 ‘Sole Jam’ was a benefit concert to raise Awarness and donations for Riley’s Soles 4 Souls. The concert was held at the beautiful Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick. 2019 ‘Sole Jam’ was a huge hit and had several bands playing all the hits like: 3 Day Weekend, Squirt Gun, and Idle Hands.
Along with the great music the 2019 ‘Sole Jam’ had a great raffle going on with a bundle of items donated from local businesses and vendors.
At the end of the event we were able to present Riley with Riley’s Soles 4 Souls with 512 pairs of shoes and $1,769 that was all raised at the event. We are blown away at the community support and would like to further thank all the bands, vendors, donors, and everyone that attended the concert. We know Riley’s Soles 4 Souls will put these new donations to good use. We look forward to this being a annual event in Brunswick.