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Cooking Fires And How to Prevent Them

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking Fires and How to Prevent Them

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires, and they’re responsible for almost half the injuries from home fires. Most kitchen fires involve the stove.

  • Be sure to turn the stove off.
  • Timers that notify you when the time is done can lend a major helping hand. Always use timers so that you don’t lose track of time.
  • paper, packaging, towels, oven mitts and wooden cooking are all flammable items and should be kept away from the stove.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire.
  • If you decide to fight a fire, smother it by turning off the burner and covering it with a metal or glass lid or pot. If you can’t extinguish the fire, leave the room, close the door and call 911.

Flooding Safety Tips

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

During a Flood Watch or Warning

  • You would need to Gather all or as much emergency supplies you can get.
  • Stay updated by listening to your local radio or television station for updates.
  • Always have immunization records on hand or know the year of your last tetanus shot.
    • Storing immunization records in a waterproof container are helpful.
  • Prepare an emergency water and food supply. Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. Store at least a 3-day supply.
  • Incase water level are high enough to reach electrical circuits Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and also close the main gas valve because gas leaks are common. 
  • Leave areas subject to flooding: low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water.

Fire and Smoke Damage

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage doesn’t seem that bad on the surface. You may be assuming that you could probably use a household cleaner to get rid of any marks or stains. The dangers of smoke damage aren’t always about what is visible but what you can’t see. Smoke particles are very fine and have a knack for settling into the small cracks of your home. The burnt smell can linger in your home for a long period of time if not removed properly. In some instances, permanently. Also, the smoke particles can irritate your lungs and cause health problems if not cleaned up properly.

Respiratory issues are very much associated with improperly treated smoke damage. Knowing which areas of your home have been damaged by smoke can very difficult. This is the due to smoke particles being very fine, which can be invisible to the naked eye. With every breath you take, you may be inhaling soot and smoke particles. They contain toxic elements that can severely damage your lungs. You may notice that you are coughing or wheezing for no particular reason. Smoke exposure has even been linked to lung disease and other chronic lung conditions.

Eye irritation can also be a result of smoke exposure. Fine smoke particles can cause your eyes to feel a burning sensation. In some extreme cases the eyes can swell and it can affect your vision. Seek medical attention if this occurs.

Committed to Providing reliable Service

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of New Market/East Gwillimbury we understand your business. We understand that when
our services are required, we need to be there fast, get the job done quickly and most
importantly get the job done right. We would work closely with you to minimize the
impacts of a property damage and avoid any unnecessary interruptions to your

Whether you need us for commercial cleaning or catastrophe restoration; whether you
need to obtain reliable information about commercial cleaning and restoration
processes; and if you want quality cleaning with fastest response times call SERVPRO of
New Market/East Gwillimbury at (905) 717-9279. We are committed to
providing our clients with the most reliable information and most current technology to
complete our restoration services and reduce any interruptions to your business and
lower recovery costs.

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

Why Call the Professionals?

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

If a storm, fire or other type of disaster hits your home, the aftermath can be very stressful. It’s hard to know what to do and where to begin picking up the pieces. If there is significant damage to your home, the thought of the cleanup process can be overwhelming. You may ask yourself if you should do the cleanup yourself to save the cost of hiring a professional. How hard could it be? In actual fact, the cleanup and restoration process after a disaster is a huge job. It is not as simple as a DIY job. There are many factors that need to be considered, and many hidden dangers that can get worse if not handled properly. This is why it’s best to hire a professional restoration company after a disaster has struck your home.

Flood and Storm Damage

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of New Market/East Gwillimbury can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of New Market/East Gwillimbury specializes in Storm and flood restoration Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network Franchises across North America and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the Country.

Mould Remediation and Proper Containment

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

plastic hanging to create a space for mold containment Mould Remediation Containment

As a living organism, mould seeks for suitable environments to expand its presence and hence spores can live throughout the building envelop. The spores may then grow into colonies with exposure to humidity. Mould can grow visible on surfaces but also invisible impacting the indoor air quality. Therefore, avoiding the spread of mould with proper containment is a vital part of any mould remediation project.

At SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician) certified crew take all necessary measures to ensure proper containment is erected on every single project. They take into account the air movement within the building and contain all potential ways including but not limited to the power outlets and the HVAC registers to avoid the spread of mould.

In addition to removing all affected content and building material, SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury certified crew ensure all other affected surfaces are cleaned, scrubbed and cleared from mould. When necessary, we use air scrubbers, fog the building environment with safe water-based solutions to eliminate airborne particles and HEPA vacuum the affected area free of mould.

Rely on your neighbours at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury for any mould remediation project. Call us today at (905) 717-9279.

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.


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)

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. 


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