Hail storm safety
Back in 2005, it had been a year since Canada became my home. I remember just standing on my aunts balcony and suddenly I heard a loud clanging noise. To my surprise it was ice fall from the sky. Now I’m a stranger to snow, I mean I had been in Canada a full year and some, so I knew what snow was. But we were no where near winter. Ice was falling from the sky in the middle of summer. I remember wondering why, how could this be possible. After looking it up online I received my answer. Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to bring water droplets well above freezing levels. Amazing as this was, ice falling from the sky in the middle of the summer. I quickly realized that it can also be extremely danger to people and also things it comes into contact with. The size of the hailstone can grow exponentially bigger depending on the amount of water it comes into contact with, after becoming a hailstone. “Hail the size of golf balls”, the news article read. The article went on displaying the destruction caused by falling hail. People’s car roofs were dented, a few people were knocked out cold. It almost seemed apocalyptic. People were running for their lives, desperately trying to find some kind of shelter. Windows shattered from the sheer weight and force of the hail. Here are a few things to consider, always be sure to check your local weather network for updates or development. That doesn’t necessarily mean its a for sure method of avoiding it, but it does truly help. If caught in a hailstorm try to find shelter under dependable structures, meaning avoid glass shelters, such as bus stops. Do not take refuge under trees, the branches won’t be able to properly protect you. Stay indoors, close drapes to protect you from possible broken glass. Use garage or underground parking to protect your vehicles. Store patio furniture in a safe place when not in use. A hailstorm can be extremely dangerous, and can cause a massive amount of damage, but more important can cause fatalities. Stay a step ahead and be prepared, it could just save your life.
When storms or floods hit Southern Ontario, SERVPRO is there!
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today: (905) 864 - 9544
Finding the right plumber
A backed up shower is not only a plumbing emergency, but also a restoration emergency
Dealing with the trades can be challenging at the best of times and finding the right plumber is no different. If you don't already know someone, how comfortable are you inviting them into your home or business?
While most plumbers know how to fix the pipes and will tidy up after themselves, very few are trained to correct whatever damage the water may have caused.
Are the walls wet? The carpet? The hardwood? Is there potential for mould growth? Spread of disease from sewage?
At SERVPRO® of Milton & North Oakville, we are trained to answer those questions. And we have a network of reliable and trustworthy plumbers available throughout the region. So if you have a plumbing repair problem please give us a call first and we will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Why choose SERVPRO?
In life we often face many adversities. With so many “what if’s”, it really starts becoming more and more difficult to prepare for those what if’s. SERVPRO of Milton and North Oakville provides ERPs (Emergency Ready Plans) to alleviate the stress of what to do in these situations. With an ERP, we can customize your plan to suit your exact needs. The emergency ready plan helps the home owner accurately locate all major shut-offs and electrical boxes. The emergency ready plan comes to you in a convenient method, as a mobile application. With the ERP being a simple but detailed application you can have on your cell phone or tablet, the information is just at your finger tips. SERVPRO of Milton and North Oakville is proud to bring you this service free of charge! Imagine being able to simply pull up an app with all the information you need in seconds. So if someone asks “Why SERVPRO?” just remember we are constantly looking to improve our services to tailor them to our customers needs. That’s “Why SERVPRO?”!
24/7 Water Damage Emergency Services
SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville Provides Expert Water Damage Remediation Around the Clock
We truly are Faster to any size disaster. Whether it's a broken pipe, a dishwasher leak, a laundry leak, or a sewage backup, the faster we can get to work, the faster we can help you get things back to normal.
The longer the water is left to sit, the more damage will occur. Maybe you haven't decided to file an insurance claim, so a timely response will save you money. Even if it ends up going through insurance, a faster response will mean a shorter restoration process, minimizing the disruption to your life.
Our standard of care is to respond to water damage emergencies anywhere within a 4-hour drive. While the majority of customers are in Milton and Oakville, we also regularly assist people in surrounding communities of Burlington, Mississauga, Georgetown, and Brampton.
Among water restoration companies, SERVPRO stands out with professionalism, fast courteous service, and advanced techniques that will help you save money in the long run.
- Not sure if you want to file a claim yet? Check out our video blog discussion: Video Blog
Restoring your commercial property after a water damage event
Flooding and water damage events at 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.
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and Soot Facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smouldering, pungent odour, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood
Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (905) 864-9544
Nicotine Odour Cleanup
Nicotine odours are some of the most difficult to counteract. A very typical scenario is that a seller wishes to maximize the value of their property, but the occupants had been heavy smokers for years. Smoke odour molecules can get everywhere, including behind kitchen counters, and embedded into painted surfaces.
Ordinary latex interior paint is porous and will trap nicotine odour molecules, so even after a deodorization, the embedded nicotine molecules may continue to emanate odours. Options include cleaning the affected surface, applying an odour blocking sealant to the surface, or removing and replacing the surface.
When opting to clean a painted surface, it is advisable to raise the temperature in the room to 29C (85F) for 24-48 hours prior to the work. This elevated temperature will open the pores in the painted surface, allowing the trapped nicotine odour molecules to be removed.
The application of an odour blocking sealant is not as labour intensive as cleaning, however it takes longer. After the sealant dries, the surfaces will need to be re-painted.
Removal and replacement is reserved for those situations when there is no viable alternative. For example, most textured ceilings (popcorn) are unpainted plaster and can trap a lot of nicotine odour molecules. Application of a sealant may lead to deterioration of the plaster. Removal of the texture and conversion to a smooth ceiling may be the preferred option.
Climate March On Parliament Hill
Gillian On Parliament Hill During The Climate Rally
Our very own Gillian participated in the climate march on Parliament Hill Sept 27th. Gillian worked here over the summer managing some of our marketing activities. She is back at school learning how to change the world and she is participating in the climate march with her peers.
Students want to become global citizens who model ethical leadership and are ready to find innovative solutions to tackle the problems of the future.
Approximately 10-15 thousand people are expected on Parliament Hill today, essentially shutting down the core of the city.
The government seems supportive, "I encourage everyone to come out, not just the kids but their parents and grandparents because we're all part of this," according to Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.
Water Seepage in Foundation
At this time of year, we tend to see a lot of wet basements due to foundation seepage. 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, 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 mould 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.