When it storms, are your furry 4 legged family member ready?
Days like today in Southern Ontario, we are getting Hail, rain and freezing rain, these are important things to remember. Are your pets included in your storm emergency plan? Every storm unfolds in different forms and intensities. It requires a unique approach every time. But some level of preparedness can keep you and your pets protected.
1. Maintain safe spaces at home.
Get your pets indoors at first sight of a storm. Ensure the house is tidy and there are no obstacles that can cause them harm or barricade their movement. Pre-determine the rooms where your pets can stay out of danger until it is safe to move out. Also, be well-stocked with emergency supplies for you and your pets.
2. Arrange an emergency shelter for your pets.
Never abandon your pets in a storm emergency. If the property feels unsafe for you and your family, it probably is equally dangerous for your pets. You can request a friend or family member outside your area to care for your pet until your house is safe if for some reason you cant bring your pet with you!
3. Prepare a travel kit with essential supplies.
As you would do for yourself, prepare a travel kit for your pets too. We love our pets, so why not include them!
Pack sealed and dry food, water bottles, first aid supplies, medical records, bowls, blankets, and towels. Also, keep plastic bags for waste, pet-friendly sanitizer, hygiene essentials, extra harness, leash and collar, crate (if necessary), toys, and anything that will help them survive the difficult conditions.
4. Keep medical records up to date.
Overcrowding and hygienic sacrifices during an emergency can get your dog sick and spread contagious diseases or viruses. Ensure your pet is always current with vaccinations, and you prioritize preventative care.
It can be very stressful when you are in the moment. For this reason, having an emergency plan can save you time, energy, expenses, and, most importantly — your pet.
Remember, if you own exotic pets like reptiles, birds, or hamsters and not just cats or dogs, you should plan to care for their unique needs.
While we restore, heres some tips for you
SERVPRO Of Milton & North Oakville are dedicated to make your fire restoration process as easy as possible. Heres some what to do and what not to do for your peace of mind!
SERVPRO will be taking picstures of everything as well, but if youd like you are more then welcome to. Prepare an inventory of your damaged property with the quantity and description of everything. This will be helpful when communicating with your insurance and SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to make sure all of your belongings are accounted for and properly cared for. Some items will be salvageable and some will not depending on the level of damage, so this inventory list will help simplify this process.
Hire A Professional
Yes! that's right, SERVPRO is here and ready to help! some things a homeowner can do, but jobs like this its good to hire a professional mitigation contractor from start to finish like SERVPRO! You may need help boarding up and securing your home before cleaning and restoration can even begin, and SERVPRO can help with that as well!
Things To Avoid
While there are certain things you should do to make the process easier for yourself, there are also several things you should try to avoid in the fire restoration process.
Don't Wait to Get Started
While fire restoration doesn’t typically have the same urgency as water restoration, you still don’t want to delay getting started. As soon as the fire is put out, make sure to call SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville and we will come out as soon as we can.
Don't Downplay Your Contents and Belongings
Don’t under report your contents to your insurance company. When you take your inventory, be specific, SERVPRO can also help with you list, to make sure everything is documented properly. Assuming you have the appropriate insurance coverage, everything in your home that was damaged will be either replaced or repaired.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make and SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville will make sure that we take care of everything as if its our own.
Call us today for all your post fire clean up and restoration needs at 905-864-9544
Here are some water tips!
As professionals working in the business of water damage mitigation, we are often asked for advice about what to do when there's a water intrusion at a home or business. The first priority must always be safety. A flooded basement, for instance, poses a risk for electrical hazards from electrical devices that are plugged into outlets. If you have any doubts, call a professional right away. If it is sparking, smoking, or a suspected electrical fire, get out and call 911.
Another concern is the type of water. For example, grossly contaminated water from a sewage backup must be treated differently than clean water from a burst supply pipe. Turn off the water at the source, if possible. And please remember that a burst pipe is not a plumbing emergency: it is a drying emergency. Once the water has been shut off, the plumbing can be repaired at any time. However, the structure needs to be dried ASAP to minimize damage and prevent mould growth; mould fungi can begin to form in as little as 48 hours, so time is of the essence.
Here are a few more DOs & DON'Ts.
- DO: Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage,
- DO: Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items,
- DO: Seek medical attention if exposed to harmful waste,
- DO: Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water,
- DO: Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if it is safe to do so,
- DO: Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping & blotting,
- DO: Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items,
- DO: Remove and prop up wet cushions for even drying,
- DO: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting,
- DO: Relocate paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture,
- DO: Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors,
- DO: Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors,
- DO: Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature,
- DON'T: Walk in areas with grossly contaminated water in order to minimize the spread of contaminants,
- DON'T: Turn on the HVAC system in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Use household fans in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Use products for personal hygiene in areas with grossly contaminated water,
- DON'T: Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist,
- DON'T: Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards,
- DON'T: Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other coloured items on wet carpeting or floors in order to prevent staining,
- DON'T: Leave Oriental rugs or other coloured rugs on wet carpeting,
- DON'T: Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water in order to avoid electrical shocks and prevent damage to the vacuum,
- DON'T: Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpeting or floors, including wet concrete floors,
- DON'T: Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Keep and eye when its heavy storming
Water Seepage in Foundation
At this time of year, we tend to see a lot of wet basements due to foundation seepage due to storms and heavy rain falls. This may or may not be covered by insurance. Depends on your insurance company and coverage. With the temperatures going up and down, snow melt pools around around the foundation of a home, gravity does its job, and water eventually finds its way into the basement.
This is often caused by two very common problems:
- Landscaping - Over time, the grading around the house settles, this can also be caused by heavy amounts of rain over and over, or perhaps some incorrect modifications allows the ground to slope towards the house, instead of away from it. Unfortunately, it's very hard to fix until the ground thaws in the spring. A professional landscaper should be able to correct the grading issue and may even recommend the installation of a French ditch.
- Downspouts - We often see incorrectly installed downspouts, that fail to drain water away from the foundation. This can be corrected with the addition of inexpensive downspout extensions, or by ensuring the downspouts are correctly draining into the storm-sewer system.
Once the water is in the house, the water needs to be extracted in a timely fashion and the structural elements need to be dried. Unfortunately this type of water intrusion is often not noticed for several days or weeks, leading to concerns that mold may have started to grow under carpeting or behind walls. Appropriate precautions are essential to prevent the spread of contaminants to other parts of the home.
Call us today for your drying needs 905-864-9544
cleaning tips when remodeling your office
Thinking about doing some home renovations? Dust control is often overlooked. Not only will it get on and embed itself in any uncovered furniture, it will also spread throughout the house, get in your clothing, hair, lungs, eyes, nostrils, and just about every other point of entry.
Cover the furniture with drop sheets, or even inexpensive plastic sheeting. Also consider containing the area using 4-6 mm poly sheeting. When we do jobs, we will also consider putting the area under negative air pressure to minimize the potential for dust and other contaminants spreading. If the area is small enough, you can do this yourself using an ordinary cylinder vacuum cleaner (like a Shop-Vac), by placing the canister outside the contained area and placing the end of the hose inside the contained area.
Of course don't forget dust masks and eye protection.
owning a commercial property can be tricky, knowing what to do is key!
it’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mould exist! Yikes, that's a lot and yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mould is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mould and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mould that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mould will grow!!
These conditions include:
Water - Different mould types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mould growth.
Time - Initial mould colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Mould growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mould activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mould growth.
If you suspect mould in your home, call SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mould in your home or business.
If you suspect mould in your commercial business, call us today at (905) 864-9544
Restoring Your Ontario Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at southern Ontario commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
After a fire, who do you call? SERVPRO of course
House fires are an emotional and traumatizing time for anyone, but it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage to your home. Flames are the culprit for the most visible damage to your property after a fire, but smoke, soot, and water share in the responsibility of damage too. Odors from smoke and soot settle quickly into surfaces and materials, causing permanent damage in a short amount of time. It might be hard to think quickly when you’re stressing about the potential damage or loss of your home, but hiring SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville to come in and clean and restore your home to its previous state as safely and quickly as possible will be your best idea yet! we are here and ready for your call!
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville
Wild fire damage event
The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville is Here to Help®.
About SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville 905-864-9544
what you didn't know as a tenant!
Renting a house or apartment in this day in age seems to be very common, for people in every age group. A lot of the time, renters take insurance for granted.
Here is an example of a true story:
A young new mother was ready to get out on her own with her baby boy. A friend had just bought a house and thought it would be a great idea to get help with the mortgage, while, at the same time, allowing this mother to start a new journey. The owner of the house had house insurance (of course!). It never occurred to the new tenant that maybe tenant insurance would have been a smart idea!
Not even a month later, while in the midst of having the roof re-done, came a MASSIVE downpour of rain. To say that some water came in and did some damage, would definitely be an understatement.
All of the contents in the house were affected, and almost all was not salvage-able. From a crib, to photos, to beds and dressers, none of it was covered under the owners insurance, as it did not belong to them.
What started out as an amazing new adventure for a new mother, ended up in extreme grief.
We cannot reiterate enough, the value of what insurance providers can do in times of need. Tenant insurance is so important, so don't take it for granted!