Recent Posts

What Are The Dangers of Leaving Cooking Unattended?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

The holidays are right around the corner and while this is one of the most exciting times of the year it’s critical that you not forget all the information learned from Fire Prevention Week the first week of October. In the haze of hosting extended family from out of town and preparing a large meal for everyone, it’s easy to fall back into old habits. Thanksgiving according to the National Fire Protection Agency is the day where the highest rates on average of home fires take place, unfortunately. 

Fires can quickly spread throughout your home in a matter of minutes and while they can start from electrical malfunction or arson; cooking fires make up the plurality of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Agency. From 2014-2018, 66% on average to be exact. Kitchen fires from cooking may result in significant damage to your home. Leaving cooking unattended to welcome guests or attend to children, even for a few minutes is highly discouraged. Cooking a turkey especially should be done with the utmost care and attention. 

Fires from cooking left unattended may also cause large swaths of the interior of your home to fill with smoke. Smoke may damage your kitchen appliances and countertops requiring a professional fire restoration crew to attend to them. Smoke may also spread into other areas of the home layering furniture with soot. Soot may be difficult to get out of your home and contacting an experienced fire restoration to mitigate the damage is crucial to preserving the integrity of each item. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250. 

References 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/ThanksgivingSafety.ashx


https://nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Cooking

What Flood Damage Can Do To Your Basement

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

This year is expected to be one of the wettest years of record for Kernersville, Forsyth County, and the rest of the Piedmont Triad. With the number of tropical storms tracking through the area this past hurricane season, as well as rainfall, homeowners across Forsyth County may be experiencing water damage. Caused due to rainfall or flooding which may lead to mold in the future if not remediated by a qualified and reputable water restoration crew. 

Several inches of rain in your basement may not seem like a big deal, however, it’s quite the opposite. Water can begin to impact the foundation of your home impacting its integrity. Not mitigating and remediating the water damage may lead to mold growth in the future requiring a professional water cleanup crew to get involved if you are trying to resell your home. Along with impacting the integrity of your foundation through the basement; your personal items including furniture may also be damaged. 

It’s critical when your home or business experiences water damage to reach out to the SERVPRO of Kernersville team immediately. Our water mitigation crew is experienced and continuously trained throughout the year in industry-standard methods of water cleanup. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

Fire Safety Measures Everyone Should Take

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kernersville is closing out Fire Safety Month with important information and exciting news for next month. Partnering with local fire departments is critical to getting information out on fire safety. 

Rounding out the end of the month it’s crucial that homeowners check their smoke alarms to ensure the battery isn’t dead and it’s working effectively. Fires can spread within minutes throughout an entire home causing destruction of property and smoke to fill the room leaving a layer of soot in its wake. Having a fire extinguisher located in your kitchen is also a great purchase decision. While sleeping close your bedroom door as well as the doors of your children’s bedroom. It may inhibit the spread of a fire for the time being. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250.

How To Brace Your Home For The Next Hurricane

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

June 1 began the official start to the hurricane season with two named storms Arthur and Bertha forming in the Atlantic. Hurricane Isaias developed in late July crawling up the east coast causing power outages and property damage in its wake. While the hurricane made a minimal impact on local residents, homeowners should prepare themselves for the next hurricane that may travel further inland. 

Inches of rain can fall within hours as a hurricane track’s inland. Flooding a home’s basement and weakening the sewage system essential to any family’s well-being. To protect your home’s basement it’s critical you thoroughly inspect the pipes and sewage lines to see if years of wear and tear have impacted their reliability. 

Floodwaters can also infiltrate your home’s basement through the windows. Ensuring that they’re properly sealed is a critical part of your hurricane preparation plans not only for the summer and fall season but year-round. Outside of the basement creating a landscape surrounding your home that diverts water away rather than towards may also help to limit the amount of floodwater. 

If your property does experience damage due to flooding from a storm or hurricane, please call us. We’re staffed with an emergency team of water mitigation experts ready to assist you. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250. 

Facts About Homes Fires

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

The first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week which makes sense. As the colder weather moves inward pushing out the warm temperatures from the summer more people will be spending time indoors. Which, unfortunately, means the likelihood of home fires may increase. While your SERVPRO of Kernersville crew is here to assist you if you do experience a home fire we want to offer your tips and advice to prevent fires in the first place. 

First here are the facts on home fires. 

  1. 49% of home fires are caused by cooking.
  2. 14% of home fires are caused by heating. 
  3. 1-% of home fires are caused by electrical means. 

https://nfpa.org/News-and-Research 

To prevent home fires remember 

  1. Never leave cooking unattended. 
  2. Put out your wood-burning fireplace before going to bed. 
  3. Have all electrical work done by a professional, reputable electrician. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250. 

Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 4-10

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is an exciting time of year! With the season change, more people will be spending time indoors cooking and lighting the fireplace. All great occurrences to make memories and pass the time. Unfortunately, cooking can sometimes lead to kitchen fires and fireplaces can set homes ablaze which is why the first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week.  

October 4 - October 10 is Fire Prevention Week where organizations across America include the National Fire Protection Association, highlighting the importance of preventing fires and offering training, videos, tips, and advice to inform the public on practices that should be used in order to prevent fires. Protocols such as never leaving cooking unattended.

Fire Prevention Week also asks parents to take the initiative in speaking with their children on fire protection and prevention. Teaching them how to first prevent fires by not using the stove without a parent present. Calling 911 in the case of an emergency and how to get out of their home safely if there is a fire. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO o Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

Flooding Hazards Due To A Hurricane?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a major concern for homeowners as hurricanes track toward their area dropping inches of rain in a matter of hours. Floodwaters can infiltrate your home causing damage to its interior including the basement and the first floor. Preventing this sort of damage which may also lead to mold is at top of mind for property owners as a tropical storm moves inland. Flooding can also have life-threatening ramifications as well presenting a hazard to yourself, your family, and your community. 

There are a number of hazards posed to individuals and the public when flooding occurs and fails to recede for a substantial amount of time. Down power lines due to strong winds can fall into floodwaters endangering the public with the possibility of elocution if the wires are still live. Physical objects such as debris, road signage, and vehicles can become trapped in floodwaters as well which reinforces the need to avoid floodwaters at all possible until it recedes. 

Individuals who reside in rural areas and in some circumstances urban areas will also want to avoid floodwaters for health reasons. Human and livestock waste can be found in floodwaters diluting it. Various chemicals used in residences and industrial areas may also present a hazard to the public. It’s recommended to avoid floodwaters as much as possible to avoid coming into contact with contaminants to prevent risk to your health overall. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

https://www.ready.gov/september 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/general-information-disasters 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/floodsafety.html 

https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/hurricanes 

COVID-19 Cleaning: Reopening Study

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Business leaders across Forsyth County have stepped up tremendously in the past few months to combat coronavirus. Adjusting to “The New Normal” has been difficult for everyone, however, the SERVPRO of Kernersville team continues to have the opportunity to partner with businesses desiring to keep their customers and employees safe. 

Since March, our team has disinfected and sanitized businesses in Kernersville. In the midst of the pandemic, employers are asking if the proactive and reactive cleaning steps they’re undertaking are worth it. The simple answer is yes! It’s well worth the investment to go beyond the normal janitorial cleaning you’ve been accustomed to and hire a professional cleaning crew; such as SERVPRO to add a needed layer of protection to your space. 

SERVPRO’s corporate office has partnered with a highly regarded public relations firm that conducted a study two months ago concerning the public’s attitude to business safety protocols. Take a look at their findings below. 

  1. Consumers expect your business to be cleaner than their homes. (71% expect businesses to have higher cleanliness standards than respondents do in their own homes.)
  2. If you aren’t clean, your business will suffer great damage to its reputation. (76% say the way a business addresses cleanliness during COVID is a good indicator of how well that business is run in general.)
  3. This is the start of a new era for cleanliness and businesses. (73% say they are going to be more attuned to cleanliness once COVID is over.)
  4. Customer concerns about COVID are not going away any time soon. (68% are constantly thinking about avoiding COVID exposure when out in public.)
  5. All else being equal (product, price, service, convenience) customers trust businesses that are professionally cleaned over ones that self-clean. (64% are more likely to choose to shop at the store that has a decal stating the store has been professionally cleaned.)
  6. Surface cleaning remains a significant concern. (59% are worried about COVID exposure from touching surfaces that have not been sufficiently cleaned.)

www.SERVPROkernersville.com 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

Is Water Coming Out Of My AC Unit?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Blasting the AC feels like a great idea on a hot summer day in Kernersville. But after lowering the thermostat the temperature of your home continues to rise. Running upstairs to the attic you find watermarks staining the walls caused by condensation and a pool of water around the HVAC system. Come to find out water has been leaking from your unit. 

An overflowed drain pan, clogged drain lines, and a dirty evaporator coil are all potential reasons your air conditioning unit is leaking. Maintaining an AC unit and assuring it’s performing correctly is a homeowner’s responsibility. Checking in on your unit regularly is an important preventative measure as the cost to repair may need to come out of your pocket and not your home insurance company. A leaky AC unit located in your attic may also deplete the integrity of your roof adding to the cost overall, reinforcing the importance of upkeep. 

Responding promptly to the water damage that has occurred includes hiring a professional water restoration crew. Waiting may increase the severity of the damage to your attic and the investment needed in order to remediate once production begins. Our team is experienced both mitigating the water damage to your attic and effectively remediating the area impacted. We’ve also earned several certifications in water cleanup through the IICRC. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250. 

My Basement Is Flooded, What Next?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Walking downstairs to wash a load of laundry and after a few steps, you encounter water engulfing the lower level of your home. A boatload of emotions begins running through your mind as you reconcile your previous task with the present circumstance. Take a deep breath and let's work through this together as a team. 

The first thing to do in the event is to shut off all power to that area. Water is a conductor for electricity and attempting to inspect the damage beforehand is highly discouraged. Once the electricity has been shut off having the water damage mitigated is the next step. That’s where the SERVPRO of Kernersville team comes in. Our team of expert water cleanup professionals is equipped with an arsenal of tools to mitigate the damage before remediation and eventually repairs begin. 

It’s critical that you reach out to our team quickly concerning this sort of damage. Failing to do so may result in mold growth. Wet and dim conditions such as a flooded basement are the preferred breeding ground for mold. Mold may impact the integrity of your home and may cause negative health effects. Getting our team out to your property may be paramount to preventing this sort of scenario. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250.