Tips to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Tips to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open the faucet. It is important to open both the hot and cold handles to help relieve pressure. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process. If one pipe is frozen, there is a chance another may have frozen too.
Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could be a fire hazard. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.
If the pipe bursts make sure you shut off the main water line into your property.
If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.
After a plumber comes out, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington can help you out with any water damage that may have occurred.
Practicing Safety With Space Heaters
As you probably know the winter season is upon us. There are ways we can batten down the hatches and try to stay safer and warmer. Fires are a major winter hazard. It is important to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure your portable space heater is up to date, well designed and placed properly. The newer space heaters turn off automatically when they reach a certain temperature and if they accidently get tipped over. Choosing a place to put the portable space heater is just as important. Make sure it is clear and free of another object and it is placed on a hard, even, nonflammable surface. Avoiding extension cords with space heaters are a good practice. We always unplug them here at the end of the day. Unfortunately, some people do not heed or pay careful attention to these warnings and may have a fire that could have been preventable. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington cares about your safety.
Pipe in basement wall frozen
Winter storms can be blistery cold. When the temperatures drop down and stay down into the lower teens pipes tend to freeze. Water expands as it freezes and this put tremendous pressure on the pipe. It does not matter if the pipe is metal or plastic. Often times people do not know they have a frozen pipe until it bursts. One of the most common frozen pipes we find are pipes that are exposed to the elements of the outdoors like; hose bibs, water sprinkler lines and swimming pool pipes. If people winterize those pipes properly it helps eliminate those pipes from freezing. The number one source of frozen pipes we see are from water supply lines that are in the interior of the home but are not a heated space like; crawlspaces, basements, attics and garages. The second most common frozen pipes are from pipes that run along exterior walls of the home/building.
Water Damage from Storms
Using the right tools
When a storm blows through our area some homes and business can be affected. Whether the storm is from heavy rains or high winds water can infiltrate your property. No matter the source of water or where it finds its way too, the water should be removed in a timely fashion. Water can affect or impact everything it comes in contact with. Drywall and wood can deteriorate or warp. Fabrics and upholsteries can hold the moisture and become moldy. Carpet and padding also can hold moisture causing odors and delamination. Leaving the water damage unattended to may cause secondary damages. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington knows how to inspect and handle water damages. We use state of the art and the newest techniques available. We are a trusted company in the area that carries certifications and has emergency hour services. We are a local company that has been serving the area since 1990. SERVPRO is here to help at 302-762-8080.
Detecting Water Leaks
Sometimes detecting hidden water leaks can be difficult to do without tearing into the walls. If you suspect you have a water leak and do not see any evidence of water damage you can easily check your water meter. If all your appliances that use water (washing machine, dishwasher, ice maker etc.), and spigots are off inspect your water meter. If the water meter is still metering, there is a good chance water is still coming in. Monitoring your water bill is another easy way to detect surges in your water usage. According to the U.S. Department of Interior (Geological Survey) the average person uses 80 -100 gallons per day. That is approximately 3,000 gallons of water per month. Checking outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems are important too. Did you know a pin hole leak can account for 6,300 gallons of wasted water a month? Did you know taking a bath averages 36 gallons of water? Click here SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is here to help if you do get water damage in your home or business.
ULV Foggers are Great Deodorization Tools
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington has many types of deodorizing tools. ULV Foggers are fantastic tools in our arsenal. Our team likes to use this specific tool as a means of deodorizing. They are used to deodorize structures, vehicles, carpets and space that have malodors. These ULV machines are compact in size and handle our SERVPRO products whether they are water based or solvent based. The machine takes the liquid and atomizes it to a heavy mist. It is a fantastic tool we use as it gets into hard to reach spots where normal spraying cannot get to. The machine is light enough for the technicians to carry and of course is our signature color of green! These ULV foggers add to our extensive, robust inventory.
Classes of Water
Classes of Water
Classes of water damages relates to the evaporation rates. There are four classes on water damage restoration projects. Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means small areas with minimum moisture absorption. Class 2 is a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means significant areas affected with highly porous areas. Class 3 is the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means water may have come from overhead and basically the entire area is saturated. Class 4 is a specialty drying situation. Simply this means the water is trapped or hidden and has a low rate of evaporation. These usually require longer drying times.
Whether your home or business endures a Class one, two, three or four, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington is here to help.
Some Smoke Facts
Smoke and Soot Facts
Smoke and soot can be very invasive and infiltrate cavities within your home or business, causing odors and hidden damages. Did you know there are different types of smoke? There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. Different types of soot residue are left behind as a result of the different smoke.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood. These types of fires are fast burning, at high temperatures causing some to rise because heat naturally rises.
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber. These types of fires usually are slower burning, tend to smolder, pungent odors, sticky and smeary, carbon chains likely to form
Protein Fire Residue- Evaporation of a material. The smoke is practically invisible, varnishes and discolors paints, odors are pungent
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington can decipher with our expertise to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Looking For Loose Debris
Looking For Loose Debris
Winter season is right around the corner! Taking some preventative measures to help reduce damage if a snow storm hits can be helpful. Some tips to keep in mind as the weather gets colder are:
Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug
Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away
Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile
Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible
Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home
Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills. Improper use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or start fires
Keep extra batteries and candles handy
Pay attention to local news alerts
Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generator
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington has a few dozen Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generators. It is a newer piece of equipment that takes the place of the older ozone machines. Ozone machines are still used in some scenarios. These Hydroxyl’s are another great way to purify and clean the air whenever odors and germs are present. UVA rays are emitted form the lamp pass through the anatase – coated reactor sleeve. That forms electron hole pairs that react with oxygen and water. Hydroxyl radicals are then formed and dispersed by the fan and decompose pollutants. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington uses these machines mostly in fire and smoke damaged homes and in Category 3 water damages mostly. Although we can use them for other reasons too. Our hydroxyl machines are SERVPRO green too!