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Fire Restoration Process

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, we understand how devastating a fire event can be. You can count on your fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury to rush to your property for initial emergency services, assessment and clean up. Below are high-level phases for restoring your property immediately after a fire.

Emergency Service

In many cases a fire may cause structural damage to the property. At initial emergency
services stage, the restoration professionals check the property and ensure that the building is secured from further damage.

Damage Assessment

During the damage assessment phase, the fire restoration professionals will assess the damage on structure, walls, ceiling, and contents. This will allow the team to develop an action plan for cleaning the property which results in a more accurate estimate and timeline for restoration.

Eliminating Secondary Damage

Many fire events may cause water damage in terms of extinguishing activities. Furthermore, there is a higher chance for pipes or water tanks bursting due to higher temperatures. The restorers will always ensure the source of any leaks is stopped and prevent the water spreading within the property.

Cleaning

Once the restoration professionals ensure all the secondary damage sources have been stopped, they will move on to cleaning activities. They will ensure all the smoke and soot is cleared from all surfaces. When necessary, they will move the contents out of the property for cleaning.

Repairs and Renovations

The goal of restoration activities is to bring back the property to its original condition before the fire event. Any malfunctioning or damaged appliances or utility fixtures needs to be replaced. The renovation activities may include cabinetry replacement, carpentry, painting, flooring, or roofing.

After all fire restoration activities are complete, SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury ensures to brief our clients at a final walk through and leave them with few
tips and tricks on preventing fire.

Call us today at (905) 717-9279 for more information.

Prevent the water leaks from the source

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent the water leaks from the source Indoor Water Shut-off Valve

As property owners, it is in our best interest to monitor our property for water leaks. This not only protects our property but also reduces our monthly water bill. The most common water leaks sources in your home are:

Water Softeners

Water softeners are one of the most common sources of water loss. The best way to detect a malfunctioning system is to listen for running water inside the unit when the taps are not running. 

Humidifiers

Most of us may have humidifiers running in our house or mounted on our property furnaces which come very handy specially during winter season in Ontario. With increased humidity during summer months, most of us do not use our humidifiers until the next winter. Humidifiers may leak when not operating. Ensure there is no water drainage when humidifiers are not in operation. The supply valve can be closed off during summer months. 

Outdoor Taps

We all look forward to summer to attend to our yard and plants, don’t we? Specifically in summer months, leaving the garden hose and sprinklers running unattended may cause unwanted leaks and water running into our properties. 

Underground Leaks

Unfortunately leaks may happen in harder to find spots. Water can find its way into the property from service lines leaks or a foundation crack. Finding wet spots in basements or crawl spaces regularly is a good indicator of a leak. 

If you detect a leak at your property contact your service provider immediately. Contact us, your neighbours from SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury at (905) 717-9279 if you need to clean or dry a leak!

Landscaping to prevent home flooding

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can be one of the costliest forms of damage that can happen to your home. We advise homeowners to do their part to prevent water damage with regular maintenance and inspection of their home plumbing and HVAC systems. With summer fast approaching, here are some tips in landscaping to help direct the water away from your home and prevent flooding.  

Means of Drainage

Always grade your yard and driveway to slope away from your home to avoid incoming water in all directions surrounding your home perimeter. Include for diverted rain spouts. These useful instruments divert the excess water from outside flooding away from walls and down inclines

Low-Maintenance Options

If you are on a budget and looking for a quick resolution, add mulch in the flower and garden beds around your home. Mulch has the capacity to absorb and hold much of excess water. Adding swales or depression channels help divert the water away from your home rather than it stagnating on top of the lawn.

Long-Term Plants

Planting grass and choosing native plants for your garden is a great solution for rainwater/stormwater management. Try planting the thirstiest plants in the centre of a declined space to allow the water filter into the soil.   

There are many other options that homeowners can use from the outside to prevent water damage. However, it’s always a good idea to seek out professional help at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, if more information is needed about how to prevent damage due to outside flooding.

Call SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury today (905)-717-9279 or (416) 912-1038