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Smoke Detector Tips for Your Greenville, NC Home

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

How Many Fire Alarms Do I Need in My Home?

The number of detectors needed can vary greatly depending on the layout of your home. The National Fire Protective Association, however, recommends fire alarm placement:

  • In every bedroom
  • Outside the sleeping areas on all bedroom levels
  • On all levels of the home including the basement
  • At the bottom of stairways, including the basement stairs

What Type of Smoke Alarm Do I Need?

Ionization smoke alarms are the best at detecting hot, fast-moving fires, whereas photoelectric smoke alarms are best at detecting slow-burning smoky fires. If a fire alarm equipped with both technologies is available, strongly consider opting for it. If not, using a mixture of the two throughout your Greenville, NC home should work nearly as well.  

Make sure your detectors are connected.

In the event that you have a house fire, having connected fire detectors can give you an even faster alert of trouble. This is especially important in loud environments or larger homes, as you may not be able to hear the alarm in the affected area until significant fire and smoke damage has occurred.

Be sure your detectors haven’t expired.

Smoke alarm manufacturers place the build date on the back of the detector. You should replace your detectors after 10 years from that date has passed, unless the manufacturer recommends a different replacement time.

Keep your batteries fresh and ready to go.

Many people replace their batteries on a set schedule, such as a specific day to remind themselves. Others wait until their detector begins a low-battery beep. If you prefer waiting until the alarm, be sure to replace all batteries at the same time.

Fire alarms are a must-have safety device in any home. They are very low maintenance, provide years of service, and can give you and your family peace of mind.

Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene Counties are #HereToHelp. For questions or information, give us a call at: (252) 329-7205, or visit our website.

Space Heater Safety Tips for Greenville, NC Residents

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

As the temperature outside continues to drop, we respond with heating our homes more frequently, or even by introducing new heat sources such as a space heater. As warm and cozy as this might make you feel, there are some important considerations you may want to review.

Heating equipment fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires in 2011-2015—or over 25,000 residential fires related to space heaters. The following guidelines can help you choose the right heater to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Second-hand goods are a great way to be frugal, but purchasing a newer model heater branded with the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label should ensure that all of the current safety features are present.
  2. Heater size can make a big impact on your energy bill. Typically, manufacturers will have a guide on the box to help you choose the optimal sized heater for your needs, so be sure to pick the right size.
  3. If available, choose a thermostatically controlled heater to further reduce energy costs.
  4. Place the heater you choose on a stable, level surface where pets and children cannot accidentally harm themselves. Also, be sure not to place your heater anywhere near materials that can combust.        

Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene Counties are #HereToHelp. For questions or information, give us a call at: (252) 329-7205, or visit our website.

Always Here for Greenville, NC Residents

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties are available 24 hours a day for fire and water emergencies. If you have suffered from water damage, our crews can get to you fast to take care of the situation. This fast response is important, since just a few hours can make a huge difference.

Always here for you

Dealing with an emergency can be a stressful, frustrating, and emotional experience. We here at SERVPRO understand this, and are here for you throughout the process. If you need experts that are compassionate as well as capable, call us at: (252) 329-7205.

Prepared to help

If you do call us for an emergency, we will ask you a few things to gauge the situation and to prepare our responding personnel with the correct equipment. We may ask questions such as:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The address we are needed at
  • If you have applicable insurance coverage, and through what company
  • The estimated time of emergency (remember, time is crucial!)
  • The cause of the emergency, if known
  • What steps have been taken already
  • Is there power available for our crews to use

If you or someone you know finds themselves needing professional cleanup & restoration services, the compassionate experts you can trust at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene counties are Here To Help® 24/7 at 252-329-7205. #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp

Cold weather tips for Greenville NC residents to keep you warm and safe for the holidays

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

With winter nearly upon us, the temperature is starting to drop to some uncomfortably low levels. Make sure you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable with these helpful tips.

For Outside

Cooler temperatures mean even quick trips to the store can be enough to give us the chills. While making us look cool, what we choose to wear when we go outside can also make a huge difference in how well we regulate our temperature and maintain our comfort level.

  • Being one of the more well-known methods for a reason, dressing in layers is an effective way to keep your body insulated and warm. Just be sure not to bundle up too much if you’re going to be active—if you start to sweat, it can siphon the heat away from you when you stop to rest.
  • Aside from headgear, such as hats and beanies, another common piece of winter attire many of us wear is gloves—but did you know that mittens are actually more effective at keeping your hands warm? If you are prone to getting cold and staying outside for more than a quick walk, mittens might be a great way of keeping those digits delightfully cozy.
  • Along with the cold temperatures comes dry air which accelerates dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids, especially warm ones if possible. This will help you regulate your body temperature as well so maybe it’s time to consider that hot cocoa! In fact, staying warm takes a lot of energy from our bodies, so a little extra sugar in your beverage of choice might seem a little less concerning. Just enjoy in moderation.

For Your Pets

Animals get cold in the winter time too—try and keep them indoors as much as possible to keep them happy, healthy, and ready to put a smile on your face with their unique charm.

  • If it proves impossible to bring an animal inside or if a pet will be exposed to cold conditions for a prolonged period of time, be sure to provide a dry, windproof shelter that is capable of keeping them out of the elements.
  • When bringing a pet back inside during wet conditions, be sure to dry them thoroughly so they can warm back up and look their best for all your holiday photos.
  • Just like you, pets can become dehydrated quickly in winter conditions. Be sure your pets have a fresh, clean and unfrozen water source to keep them going strong.

For Your Home

Preparing your home for cold weather is an easily (and often) overlooked consideration that can quickly escalate into some serious problems. Try some of the following tips to keep your home and family protected.

  • One of the most common heating sources for houses and apartments is gas-powered furnaces. While effective at their job and generally reliable and safe, like any mechanical device, there is a chance for different kinds of failures. To avoid the risk of carbon monoxide building up, be sure to put new batteries in existing carbon monoxide detectors or install new ones if your home is not yet equipped.
  • Make sure to shut off outdoor faucets and insulate them with foam, as they are more directly exposed to temperature drops. Don’t forget to drain and disconnect any hoses to keep them in good condition for when you need them.
  • Cold temperatures can also put your pipes in danger of freezing and consequently bursting from the pressure. Pipes in your outside walls, crawlspace, and attic are especially prone to this, so be sure your pipes are adequately insulated. This could potentially save you and your home from an unexpected repair.

Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene & Craven/Pamlico are #HereToHelp.

Keep it Cool Greenville When Things Start to Heat Up

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

General Keep it Cool Greenville When Things Start to Heat Up Fires can get out of control easily so be prepared!

Fire Safety for Warm Weather

With the weather warming up, it's good to know some tips regarding how fires can start. Below is a list of ideas to prevent outside fires.

Grilling & Campfires

  • Only grill outside; at least 10 feet from siding/railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Clean your grill after every use. Grease buildup can cause spontaneous fire growth.
  • Keep matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
  • Establish a 3-foot caution radius around grills and campfires. (a “kid-free” zone around grills)
  • Try to use long-handled grilling tools in order to prevent overexposure to heat.
  • When grilling, wear short sleeves or roll them up.
  • When using a gas grill, always open the lid and allow excess propane to dissipate before lighting burners.
  • For campfires and charcoal grills, keep a water bucket or hose and a shovel within reach (a fire extinguisher is preferable for gas grills due to possible grease buildup on grill surfaces)
  • Tents should be set up up-wind of any fire source and at least 15 feet away.
  • Never leave a grill, fire-pit, or patio torch unattended. Make sure it is fully extinguished!
  • Place coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.
  • Stay informed on local laws and fire regulations.
  • Read any warning labels and instructions when using charcoal, lighter fluid, or any equipment involving the use of fire.

Wildfires & House-fire Preparedness

  • Know to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if an article of clothing catches on fire.
  • Check fire alarms, extinguishers, and sprinklers at the beginning of every month to make sure they are up to code.
  • Know how to use a fire extinguisher! Pull the pin, direct nozzle toward the base of flames, and spray in a sweeping motion.
  • Assemble an Emergency Kit with three days' worth of food, water, and medical supplies in case of wildfire.
  • Sit down with your family to decide an escape-route plan and meeting location in the event of a house fire. Write down the plan and keep it in the emergency kit.
  • Create a Safety Zone of 30 to 100 feet around your home. Clear away dry vegetation and brush to prevent fire from spreading.
  • Make sure your home and address are clearly visible to help firefighters locate you in the event of an emergency.

Practice these precautions instead of just talking about them! It’s the best way to make sure everyone remembers what to do in an emergency. If you would like to know more, call us today at (252) 329-7205.

Why you should Clean Your Gutters!

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fall is here and leaves are beginning to fill your gutters. The main purpose of gutters is to collect rainwater and direct it away from the house. So, when your gutter is clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris they are no longer functional. If your gutter becomes clogged it can lead to the water finding a different way to drain from your roof. Water taking a different course can cause:

Leaking Basements. If gutters are clogged the extra water will collect around the basement and eventually leak in. A leaking basement can be extremely dangerous because it can cause gas leaks and other pollutants inside of your home.

Cracked Foundation. Foundation cracks occurs when water is absorbed into the home. A cracked foundation isn’t easy to spot and can lead to damage in between walls and eventually cause mold.

Wood rot. Sometimes the foundation of home can be made out of wood. A clogged gutter can cause water to accumulate and overtime the wood will rot.

Staining. Water can overflow from a clogged gutter and cause exterior damage to the home.

It is recommended that you clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and a second time in the fall. Taking time to focus on cleaning out your gutters may help keep water out and prevent damage to your home. If your Greenville property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205

Do You Have Renters Insurance?

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that 95 percent of homeowner’s have a homeowner’s insurance policy, but only 37 percent of renters have renters insurance? In most cases, property managers have insurance on the structure, but not the items inside the structure. So, when a tenant gets renters insurance their policy protects them in several different ways.

Personal Belongings. A basic policy will reimburse you if your property is damaged, lost or stolen.

Fire/Wind Damage. Costs associated with fire and damage caused by high winds is covered by a renter’s policy.

Liability Protection. Renters insurance provides liability protection that covers you against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage done by you or your family members.

Additional Living Expenses. If something were to happen to your apartment and it became unlivable. Renters insurance will pay or help pay for other living arrangements.

Coverage may vary depending on who you have the policy with, but the average renters insurance policy is only $144 per year or $12 per month! So, if you don’t have renters insurance you should look into a policy today. You never know what could happen. We hope you never have to experience damage to your apartment! Luckily, we work with your insurance for a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205