Lightning and Thunderstorm Damages - Part 2
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How Is Lightning Damaging to a Home?
Understanding how a lightning strike affects a home will help you take precautions when it is a possibility.
Lightning can start fires. Because lightning typically strikes buildings or structures, it can often cause fires. Not only do its high temperatures have the potential for igniting a home on impact, but it can also cause severe wiring damage within the walls of the home. If your house has been struck, the fire department can perform tests to ensure the wiring is not a fire risk.
Lightning can damage electronics. When it travels through a home’s wiring system, lightning can transfer its charge throughout the electrical network of the home—causing significant damage to anything plugged in. A surge protector is a good precautionary measure for protection.
Lightning creates shock waves. Lightning striking across a cloud produces shock waves that we know as thunder, but it can also cause these on the ground. These shock waves are powerful enough to explode cinder blocks and shatter windows, so it is wise to inspect the foundation of your home if lightning struck nearby.
If your home or office experiences a lightning fire related dame, SERVPRO of North Huntington is always here to help!
Lightning and Thunderstorm Damages - Part 1
With floods, heavy rains and high winds, thunderstorms can cause damage in so many ways. One of the most dramatic of these can be through lightning, which can lead to fires, power surges and other property damages. Because a single lightning bolt can be as hot as 500,000 degrees, their strikes are often highly dangerous.
Though there is no way to prevent lightning strikes, it is important to understand the types of damage they cause in order to be aware of what to look out for.
How Is Lightning Formed?
Electricity is at the heart of every thunderstorm, which is what causes thunder and lightning. A lightning bolt is the discharge of electrical energy in a short burst, either striking across the clouds or below the ground.
Lightning attempts to reach the ground as quickly as possible because the atmosphere is such a poor conductor. Instead of traveling through the air for longer, it will typically strike an object on its way to the ground. If this object is a house or building, it will make use of the electrical wires and water pipes to get where it is going.
If your home or office has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! SERVPRO of North Huntington are the experts in fire damage cleanup and restoration.
Commercial Property Cleanup & Restoration Challenges
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water or fire cleanup scenario or a larger, more involved event, SERVPRO of North Huntington will 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. Damages to commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.
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 SERVPRO of North Huntington a call. We’ll be there fast with the help you need!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.
How to Prevent House Fires
Understanding the dangers and prevention methods for house fires is essential for avoiding the costly damage they can cause.
Naturally, the best method to stay safe against house fires is through keeping smoke alarms operational, but there are many other ways homeowners can avoid a fire starting around the house.
The Frequency of House Fires
Many people do not fully grasp the risk house fires can pose and how often they occur. The National Fire Protection Association reports that every 24 seconds, a house fire occurs, meaning there are a shocking number of fires each day.
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, but there are many other causes that can spark a flame.
Steps to Prevent House Fires
Because fire is so powerful, one simple mistake can lead to a full-on house fire if one is not careful. The best thing to do is to learn about house fire prevention steps to keep flames at bay:
Test smoke alarms. Though the hope is that one will never have to use a smoke alarm, it is important that they are working in case the need arises. Perform monthly battery checks and replace them every 10 years.
Prevent dryer lint buildup. Dryer trays can hold an excessive amount of lint, which provides the perfect combustible material if allowed to collect. After each load, clean out the tray to avoid combustion from the dryer’s heat.
Keep an eye on flames. Because most of us use flames every day for candles, cooking and more, it can be easy to forget the risk they can cause. It is best to not leave flames unattended.
Keep cables in good condition. Electrical cables and household wires should be inspected frequently and replaced if fraying is found.
Protect household supplies. Because many household supplies contain flammable materials and come in aerosol cans, it is best to keep these products away from heat sources or direct sunlight.
If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 24⁄7.
We Have The Resources to Handle Floods and Storms.
SERVPRO of North Huntington Has The Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. If needed, we can access additional equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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 cost. SERVPRO of North Huntington specializes in storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Musty odor? Is it mold?
Do you smell "mold" in your home? If you smell something not quite right near an area that is prone to dampness and constant moisture, you may be smelling mold. Mold has a particular musty, earthy smell. Check for leaks both inside and outside of the wall to help you track down the source of the smell. Mold feeds on both wood and drywall, so if you smell a strong, musty odor but don’t see any discoloration, the problem may be inside of your wall.
If you suspect you have a mold problem we are here to help! SERVPRO of North Huntington are professionals in mold cleanup and remediation. We will examine your home or business and determine the next course of action needed. Call us today to get started!
Fire Damage? SERVPRO of North Huntington can help!
Fire Damage Cleanup should be left to the professionals!
You can trust the SERVPRO of North Huntington team of professionals to protect your home or business. Trained and certified members of our team along with using the proper cleaning technique and products can minimize the cleanup and restoration cost. Attempting to clean or deodorize on your own after a fire or smoke damage will likely result in a more costly process. It's not worth the risk, so call us today!
SERVPRO of North Huntington will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect different types of surfaces found in your home or business. As a home or business owner, you have so much invested in your property. Let us make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."
The Potential For Water Damage At Home
Water—we certainly cannot live without it, but we could live without the potential for water damage at home.
There are many different things that can cause water damage. Are you familiar with some of the most common causes?Typical Causes of Water Damage
For the period covering 2009–2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that the five top causes of home claims were:
- Damage caused by wind
- Water damage not involved with the weather
- Water damage related to weather
Water damage is included two times. It is either caused by the weather or some other accident within the home and is listed as such. Non-weather-related issues can come from things like plumbing and appliances, while weather-related damage naturally consists of issues from rain and snow.
The top five causes for water damage are plumbing issues, leaky washing machines, bursting water pipes, older water heaters and bad weather.Protecting Your Home From Water Damage
We can see that water damage is an expensive occurrence, but what if none of it was covered by your homeowners policy? The best practice is to review your policy so that you know exactly what is covered. A standard policy will usually cover:
- Winter weather damage
- Water from discharge and overflow, including accidental
- Failing pipes for a steam heating system
- Frozen pipes
Avoiding water-related issues and potential damage situations can be done with a bit of work and preparation.
There are ways to keep water damage from occurring, thereby saving yourself some headaches in the future. Here are some ideas for proactive preventive maintenance to aid in the protection of your home from the damage caused by water:
- Hire a plumber to install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains.
- Raise your appliances and personal items up off the basement floor.
- Clean all gutters and downspouts.
- Never place grease down the kitchen drain.
These preventive tips and solutions can help you clear up a multitude of potential water damage problems at home.
Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of North Huntington on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.
Do you think you have a mold problem? We can help!
Do you think you have a mold problem? We can help!
SERVPRO of North Huntington can schedule an assessment with one of our certified technicians who are professionally trained in mold cleanup and remediation.
If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home or office building, it is important to look for the following:
- Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
- Excessive moisture
- The presence of visible mold
Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly and properly. Call SERVPRO of North Huntington to get started! 631-423-1734
Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?
Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?
SERVPRO of North Huntington is here to help with your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. We will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care throughout the entire cleanup process. 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 also provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. We don't mask or cover the smell, we remove it.
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