Fire Safety Tips During Holiday Barbeque Events
Summer and fall brings family and friends together for good times over the barbecue. Great food and great company make great memories and the professionals from SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles want to make sure those memories are not marred by an out-of-control fire.
People getting together for a good time hardly seems like something that can turn into a disaster, but these interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Association can make people much more aware of barbecue safety:
A few precautions and a watchful eye can help keep flames and hot coals in the barbecue and away from guests, pets, dry vegetation, and other flammable surroundings. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire.
- Always check the tank and connections for gas grills before starting.
- Set up the grill in a clear area outside away from flammable materials, including dry grass, trees, umbrellas, and covered patios.
- Allow plenty of room for people to move around, reducing accidental contact with the hot barbecue, or even tipping it over.
- Don’t allow children and pets to play too close.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. A fire extinguisher can be used with gas or charcoal/wood grills. A water hose can be used with charcoal or wood grills.
- Trim excess fat. Meat that is too fatty causes flames to flare and can cause serious injury. Keep a spray bottle handy to stop flare-ups.
- Never leave fire or hot coals unattended.
- Keep the grill clean, including the cooking surfaces and grill pans.
- Check the barbecue for rust spots or holes. Make sure it is well supported with no danger of being easily knocked over. Don’t use damaged equipment.
- Let the barbecue cool down completely before covering it.
- Dump the ashes into a metal bucket and hose them down until there are completely cool with no embers of smoke before disposing of them.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles ERP
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles is a 24/7 emergency service provider. When fire, water, or mold damage affects your home or business, our crews respond promptly to restore your property to pre loss condition. But what can you do to prepare for property damage?
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles is committed to providing our community with resources to prepare for disaster. One way we help facilitate preparedness is through our Emergency Ready Profile, or an ERP. Whether you own a home, a business, or both – our ERP preparedness folder gathers important information, resources, and photos that are tailored to you and your property, which can be crucial when responding to a restoration emergency.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.” Our ERP service is at no cost to you and includes a walkthrough of your property with one of our restoration professionals.
Tips on how to decrease the chance of having a water damage in your property
- Increase grade around your property: The dirt around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow dirt from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating a slope.
- Rain Gutters: Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.
- Rerouting down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.
- Maintain you roof: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
- Repair damaged windows: Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.
- Clean any debris: Especially during spring and fall seasons, when leaves start to fall, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.
Fast Response from SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles specializes in storm and flood damage restoration throughout the north part of the Central Coast. Our technicians are highly trained, and they use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Which will bring a sense of relief knowing that we are able to do that to your property.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We are available 24/7 to help you out.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When Storm weather hits your property, we are able to scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams are strategically located throughout the United States.
How to protect your property pipes from freezing
As Autumn descends into Winter, temperatures really begin to plummet, and storms become more frequent. Before it gets too cold to take precautions, now is the time to prepare. SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles has a few tips to prevent your pipes from freezing—these important tips can help you prevent water damage from harming your home or business.
How to Protect Pipes from Freezing
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
- Drain and bring all your outdoor hoses to inside storage (garage, shed, etc.).
- Close all valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.
- Insulate your attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will keep these areas warmer.
- Sometimes water supply lines are in unheated areas. Check garages and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. All pipes in these areas should be insulated/wrapped.
- Consider installing pipe sleeves or installing heat tape on exposed water pipes. Even something as simple as newspaper can provide some protection to exposed pipes, at just ¼” thickness.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- If there are any water supply lines in the garage, keep garage doors closed.
- To allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, open kitchen, and bathroom cabinet doors.
- When it’s EXTREMELY cold outside, let water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running even the smallest trickle of water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Set thermostat to the same temperature 24/7. You might end up with a higher heating bill, but by temporarily ceasing lower nighttime temperatures, you could prevent a much more expensive repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
Ways to prevent a water damage in your construction site.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles explains some ways to avoid water damage on construction project.
Water systems can have monitoring devices attached, enabling their mains to be monitors for any signs of water leakage. Set up these devices to signal you by an alarm when there is a leak detected. This will allow you to catch leaks early so remediation can be done immediately.
Maintain items at risk carefully. Inspect all pipes and related equipment regularly to catch issues before start.
To ensure water damage will not occur on construction project, everyone on the site should be experienced and qualified so that accidents don’t happen.
- Any contractors you are working with are fully qualified to complete the construction components they are responsible for safety and professionally.
Having a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan in place is key to preventing water damage during construction. Planning is the best way to prevent damage from happening
SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles Locally Owned
There are so many different companies that provide cleaning, mitigation, and restoration services on a professional level. An unexpected water or fire disaster takes place, and it is unclear who to call in your dire need of help. It is hard to decide which company will help you, what company can take on the task of completing the task from inspection to completion?
- Now SERVPRO has over 1700 franchises nationwide. If the job is too big for one franchise, multiple franchises will come together quickly to address the emergency. Not many companies have this option.
- SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles is locally owned. This location was opened over 30 years ago and operates with over 20 employees and has a wide range of vehicle types and equipment types to work in the field effectively.
- We will work directly with your insurance company to ensure the work completed is covered. If it is not covered by your insurance company, we will let you know pricing and what to expect next.
- Our technicians are highly professional and trained. They will work quickly and efficiently.
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SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles team will help you out
The Central Coast can bring many different weather conditions producing fire, flooding, and mold on top of unexpected incidents that can take place. When these events happen to your home, the anxiety and stress about the damaged conditions can last much longer. Our trustworthy and highly trained SERVPRO technicians use their training help make your recovery from tragedies, stress free and organized. We understand that safety and communication with your family is key, and it is maintained throughout the entirety of the restoration and recovery process.
Our business staffing model is extremely strict and selective through the background evaluation and training process. We always look at every situation as if we personally are going through the disaster. Our goal is to make sure all customers have a seamless, stress-free experience when disaster strikes.
Let our team of professional’s help eliminate concerns when it comes to navigating your insurance claims with agents and adjusters. SERVPRO Atascadero/ Paso Robles experts can guide your family in the right direction with both the work we complete and the outside professionals that we network with such as, framers, plumbers, and electricians.
Potential Water Damages Homeowners May Experience
- PLUMBING SUPPLY SYSTEM FAILURE
- Some indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, and moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
- Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
- Consider installing water alarms or a whole-house automatic water shutoff system
- TOILET FAILURE
- After you flush, wait for the valve to finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, turn off the supply valve.
- Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line.
- Consider upgrading the toilet’s supply line to a sturdier braided steel hose.
- WATER HEATER FAILURE
- Check the life expectancy and warranty for the water heater and replace accordingly.
- Proper maintenance, such as flushing sediments and inspecting the heater’s anode rod, can increase life expectancy.
- Inspect valves to ensure proper operations and use ball valves in place of gate valves whenever possible.
- DRAIN SYSTEM FAILURE
- If the home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system – a particular problem for older homes – or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into the home’s sewer system.
- Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
- Never pour grease down the drain.
- WASHING MACHINE FAILURE
- One burst inlet hose, and your laundry room is flooded in a matter of minutes. Replace rubber hoses every three years and consider upgrading to sturdier braided steel hoses.
- When leaving the house for an extended period, turn off the hot and cold-water supply valve to reduce failure risks.
Leaky Pipes are more common than you may think
Pipe leaks are a common thing to happen in any home. They can cause a lot of damage if not taken care of quickly. Luckily, most of these types of leaks can be found quickly.
Water damage from this type of leak within the walls ranges from small, localized stains and soft spots to large areas of soft wood and problems with flooring, tile, and caulking around the leaking pipe. Water damage of this type can be found around toilets, tubs, and sinks, and is caused by the water pipes or the drainage pipes.
Signs to look for in Pipe Leaks:
Depending on where the pipe leak is coming from, there can be a few different signs of water damage that can indicate where the leak is and how severe it is. The wood in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen sink is a usual place to find some water damage if there is a leak in the drainage pipe. If there is any softness, there is a leaky pipe under your sink.
The drain in your tub is a bit of a different story since the drainpipe is not easily exposed. A good place to start is the other side of the wall that the tub is on. This wall and the floor around it may seem soft and damp after a shower. This usually means that the water is draining improperly and seeping into the wood, drywall, and flooring around the tub.
Does it take long for water damage to start appearing?
Water damage from burst pipes can be spotted almost instantly in most cases. In the instance of a sink drain leaking, you will see the wood softening and discoloring in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen countertop after a few hours of dripping. The signs show right away, but unless you look for them regularly, you may not catch it until later.
You will be able to find a tub drain leak right away in some cases. However, in most cases, it could take months to a year to notice any water damage. The wood and insulation in the wall will soak up most of the water and soften for a while before the drywall and paint begin to show signs of water damage.
What to do to fix a pipe leak
Pipe leaks from under the sink are easy to repair. This repair usually just entails replacing the pipe under the sink. In some fringe cases, the pipe is fine, and the rubber seals are the only thing that needs to be replaced.
Pipe leaks from the tub drain are much more complicated to repair. Most of the time, they require a professional team to take care of the repair. With all the different types of materials involved, the skill needed to do the repair goes up significantly.