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.
Lending a Helping Hand
Helping pack Blessings in a Backpack with the GIAR.
SERVPRO of Brunswick proudly supports our community and Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings in a Backpack is a organization that provides food items for school aged children to take home on weekends or holidays. Did you know that some kids only have access to food when school is in session? This is why having organizations like Blessings in a Backpack is so crucial for our community and school aged children. We hope that the bags we packed are able to meet needs and truly be a blessing to many children in our community.
Interested in learning more about Blessings in a Backpack? Click here:
Special thanks to the Golden Isles Association of Realtors for continuing to give and meet the needs of our community members.
Keep a Warm and Safe Fireplace
Avoid hazardous chimney fires by maintaining a clean chimney.
As cooler air roles into South Georgia, many people will start cranking up the heat or starting a fire in their fireplace. A fireplace can be a unique feature adding lots of character and charm to a South Georgia home. Fireplaces can also pose a danger if not maintained and used properly.
Maintain a safe and warm fireplace by having your chimney swept and practicing fire safety.
Sweeping your chimney should occur yearly. It is best to get a professional to sweep your chimney to ensure the best results. Having your chimney swept clears the chimney of debris that can build up and catch fire over time if not cleared. Chimney sweepers also look for hazardous cracks that can cause a fire to start inside the chimney.
Chimneys should be only lit by an adult and never left unattended. The glass or screen door should always be closed when not interacting with the fire to prevent sparks from escaping into the home. Another way to remain safe is to make sure the fire is out before going to bed.
Enjoy a warm and safe fireplace.
Need any assistance from SERVPRO of Brunswick? We are always here to help! Reach us 24/7 at (912)264-6094
Extinguishing a Fireplace Fire
Avoid unwanted smoke by avoiding water to extinguish a fireplace fire.
Fireplace Safety should be top of mind during the colder months. You should never fall asleep with a fire in the fireplace. To quickly extinguish a fireplace fire, don’t throw water on it. Throwing water on the fire will create a cloud of smoke and contaminate your home. Instead of pouring water on a fire you should:
- Spread out the embers with a fireplace poker
- Smother the fire with the ashes.
- Pour a thin layer of baking soda over the fire.
Why baking soda? Baking soda is a common ingredient in fire extinguishers. Baking soda is also used when putting out grease fires.
While water can be used to extinguish the fireplace fire, it will take more water and create a larger mess.
If your home suffers from a smoke or fire damage, give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call! (912)264-6094
Crawl Space Affecting Your Indoor Air Quality?
When it comes to crawl spaces- we are most likely talking about dirt, rocks, beams, and duct work. But did you realize your crawl space can be negatively affecting the air you breathe in your home. Unwanted moisture in your crawl space can cause health risk for you and your family.
How does moisture get in?
Moisture accumulates in your crawl space because of high humidity, changing temperatures which leads to condensation. For this reason, it is important that the moisture content of your crawlspace is monitored properly. When moisture in your crawl space is not monitored, mold and rot will begin growing on beams, joists, and insulation.
When mold is growing beneath your home take action; up to 40% of the air in your home seeps up through the crawlspace.
In a nutshell, when your crawl space has a mold issue, your indoor air quality will be negatively affected in your home.
Crawl Space Encapsulation!
Crawl Space Encapsulation means that a crawl space is protected from moisture by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls.
Why choose encapsulation?
Crawl Space Encapsulation allows you to control the environment; unlike open crawl spaces. Crawl Space Encapsulation allows you to keep that space closed off to outside factors as well as keep it at a steady and controlled temperature. Once crawl space encapsulation is complete your home is not only cleaner, but healthier for you and your family.
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Nominate Your Local Hero!
We need your help Brunswick! Help us in finding a local hero that has gone above and beyond for our Golden Isles Community!
All nominees will be entered to be a Honorary Observer at The RSM Classic! Being a Honorary Observer is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any golf fan! Walk inside the ropes with PGA Tour Players, meet professional athletes and celebrities of The RSM Classic.
How to nominate your Hero:
Email us with a brief description of why this local hero deserves to be a Honorary Observer at this years event!
We look forward to reading all of the submission. Our community has MANY heroes that reside within it, it will be hard to choose just one!
Nominations end on 11/4/2019 at NOON!
As a reminder- all First Responders and Emergency Response Personal will gain free admission to the RSM Classic each day. Just show your badge or I.D. at the will-call booth. We look forward to treating all of our First Responders at our Heroes Outpost near hole #9!