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9 Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans behind wet window SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle' experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

How much does water damage restoration cost? 

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle provides an initial consultation/estimate. We base our quote on this consultation. This professional estimate is determined by the size of the affected area, equipment required, building materials that may need to be removed, and how much containment we may need to set up. 

What is the drying process for water damage?

The drying process begins with the crew and homeowner first establishing the source of the water or leak and stopping it. The crew also checks for any electrical safety concerns. Our technicians can extract any standing water from the affected area and use moisture-detection and measuring equipment as well as psychrometrics to determine the moisture in the walls and the air. Then, we establish a drying plan to determine the best means of restoration. We deploy a variety of drying systems and equipment, including air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers, to thoroughly dry the materials and environment. The entire drying process typically takes 3-5 days to complete. 

May I stay in my home during the drying process?

The answer is “yes” if your home is safe. Much depends on the severity of the damage. If your residence is deemed unsafe, we can ask your insurance company to provide you with a temporary relocation. You may also wish to stay away from your home—at least during sleeping hours—if you feel the drying equipment is too noisy, as it must run continuously for several days during the dry-down period.

How soon can mold growth show up after water damage?

It varies depending upon the conditions, but in most cases, mold growth can be present within 72 hours of a water damage event. Quick response time is key to preventing the spread of mold and secondary water damage.

Does all water damage cause mold?

Every water damage event presents an opportunity for mold or other microbial growth. The type of water (clean, gray, or black), severity, ambient temperature, and duration that moisture has been present all directly impact the amount and types of microbial growth species.

What product sanitizes the affected areas after a water loss?

We use SERVPRO's proprietary decontamination products on affected areas to reduce the likelihood of mold growth. The primary decontaminant product is SERVPRO Oxide, an EPA-registered, chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and stabilizer. This product requires no personal protective equipment during application, is safe for use on all surfaces, and is safe for humans and pets.

Can you communicate directly with my insurance company?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is happy to help you; we’ll simply need your claim number and the name of your insurance company. We can then directly deal with your insurer, releasing you from undue worry. You are responsible for the deductible and a deposit if no coverage is available. 

How fast can the SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle crew get to my home?

Our average time is within 2 hours after receiving the phone call. We can arrive on site to do emergency services and start the mitigation process right away. We just need a signed Service Authorization Form. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s goal is to ensure your family’s health and safety. Contact us today at (302) 392-6000.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has specialized in water damage repair and restoration. Our highly trained professionals use state-of-the-art equipment and document every step of the drying process, ensuring the job is done correctly.

Learn How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing, and How to Thaw Them If They Do Freeze

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Red Pipe SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm?

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. With over 20 years of emergency response experience, you can trust SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to be faster to any size disaster.

Space Heater Safety Tips

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Electric Space Heater SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle is dedicated to responding immediately to your fire damage emergency.

Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire hazards if not used properly. Fire hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.
 
Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

If a Space Heater Has Caused Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage to Your Property Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life. Our certified professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with specialized equipment, expertise, and empathy to get you through this crisis.

Does My Insurance Policy Cover Mold?

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Magnifying glass over a homeowner's insurance policy Have a Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today – (302) 392-6000

It's a nightmare for many homeowners: after dealing with water damage in your home, you discover mold. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t always cover mold growth. To get full mold coverage, you may need individual mold insurance. Here’s what every homeowner should know about mold and insurance. 

Mold Is Not Covered in Standard Policies

If you purchased a standard insurance policy for your home, chances are that your insurance won’t pay for repairs needed due to mold growth. Standard plans consider the growth of mold to be a home maintenance issue, which these policies don’t cover. However, if mold is a result of an insurable peril, you may be in luck. 

Secondary Mold May Be Different

While most home insurance policies don’t reimburse for the cost to get rid of mold when fungus is the primary problem, you may be covered if mold is results from a different issue. For instance, if a pipe bursts in your home and causes fungus to pop up, your homeowner’s insurance may pay for the repairs. 

Flood Insurance May Provide Coverage

You may be surprised to learn that flooding caused by rain is not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies. If a storm causes mold in your home, the question of insurance covering the cost becomes more complicated. If you have flood insurance, the policy will likely pay out for mold removal. However, if you don’t, you may be stuck with the bill. 

You Can Prevent Mold

The best strategy may be to prevent mold altogether. While this is not always possible, here are things you can do to guard your home against the fungus: 

  • Clean gutters regularly
  • Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Use bleach to clean your bathrooms
  • Leave carpets out of the basement, bathrooms, and kitchen

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle – (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in New Castle County, DE

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Plow truck background with text Winter Weather Alerts SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle's professionals respond quickly to winter storm damage emergencies.

Winter Weather Alerts and What They Mean

Winter weather alerts are issued by your local National Weather Service office.  Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. 

A Winter Weather Event

Is a winter weather phenomenon (such as snow, sleet, ice and wind chill) that impacts public safety, transportation and/or commerce.  It typically occurs during the climatological winter season between October 15 and April 15.

So, What Do These Alerts Mean?

Weather Outlook

Winter weather that may cause significant impact in the 3 to 7 day forecast and eventually lead to the issuance of a watch or warning is contained in the Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Forecasts in the 3 to 7 day time period typically have a lot of forecast uncertainty.  Uncertainty is generally in the 30 to 50% range that the event will occur and reach warning criteria.  It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

Weather Advisory

Advisories are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. 

Weather Watch

A watch is generally issued in the 24 to 72 hour forecast time frame when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased (50 to 80% certainty that warning thresholds will be met).  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. 

Weather Warning

Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can respond immediately to storm and flooding emergencies.

What Families Should Know About Winter Storms in New Castle County

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Female walking in a snow storm SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather

What Is a Winter Storm?

A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain).

What Can I Do to Prepare for a Winter Storm?

  • Learn the winter storm risk in New Castle County.
  • Sign up now to receive text messages and optional emergency alerts in our area. Stay tuned to local television or radio station or community alert system for emergency information.
  • Service vehicles and snow removal equipment prior to winter storm season.
  • Fuel up vehicles and equipment for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Make sure your emergency survival kit is stocked with essential items and kept in an easily accessible location.
  • Fully charge portable electronic devices.

What to Do During a Winter Storm Watch?

  • Listen to local radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged.
  • Have a car charger available in case of a power outage.
  • Make sure pets and animals are safe.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

What to Do During a Winter Storm?

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home, without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their cars. Attempting to walk for help can be a deadly decision.

  • Listen to local radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm. Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
  • Eat regularly and stay hydrated. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • If you lose electricity, do not use a generator indoors or in an enclosed space.

What to Do After a Winter Storm?

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations for updated information and instructions.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance.
  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside.
  • If your property has been damaged by cold weather or winter storms, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

4 Ways To Reduce Christmas Tree Mold Levels

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree with a mushroom ornament Safe holidays are happy holidays!

Live Christmas trees may bring more than the fresh pine scent of the holiday season into homes.  With most trees cut in advance of the holidays and stored in a moist environment for fresh keeping, this makes them a likely mold source. 

Here are a few tips to help you cut the Christmas mold level in your home, without giving up the fresh tree:

Wash Your Tree

Before bringing the freshly cut tree inside of your home, wash it first using the garden hose.  Set the nozzle to a hard-spray level to get into all of those little nooks and crannies of the trunk.  Then, wipe the trunk thoroughly with a solution of warm water and bleach (1 part bleach to 20 parts water).  Let it dry in the sun before bringing it inside of your home.

Use an Air Purifier

Run an air purifier in the same room as the fresh tree.  Cleaner air is key during the holidays, and helps to reduce your mold exposure and lessen the effects of your tree allergies.

Limit the Time You Leave Your Tree Up

The longer the tree is inside of your home, the higher the mold level may be.  If those in your household are prone to mold allergies, but don’t want to give up the fresh Christmas tree, consider putting the tree up Christmas Eve and taking it down on New Year’s Day.  Try to keep a live tree in your home between 4-7 days at maximum.

Go Fake

The best way to avoid the mold infestation is to buy an artificial tree.  Unless you store your artificial tree inside of a sealed plastic bag, it will still need a good shaking outside when it’s brought out of storage each year to relieve it of dust.  Also, store all of your Christmas ornaments and decorations in plastic containers (instead of cardboard ones) to keep the dust off of them.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle today – (302) 392-6000.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

Water and mold damage affect not only the structure of your home, but also your belongingsSERVPRO of Bear/New Castle understands that your home is more than a structure.  Your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes and other belongings help to transform a house into a home.

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Gold upholstered chair on fire SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle is dedicated to responding immediately to your Bear fire damage emergency.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle  understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle specializes in restoring contents damaged by waterfire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning: Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning: An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe: Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning: Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • A quicker remodeling process

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of firesmoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Electronic Cleanup

Fire damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics.

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today – (302) 392-6000

How to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

House and yard covered in snow When a winter storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before snow and excessive cold have arrived.

Stay warm, save money and prevent damage to your home from the cold and snow with these simple winterization tips.

Clean Your Gutters

Clear leafs, tree branches and debris from your gutters. Failure to do so can result in leaks and the overflow of water whenever rain falls or snow melts. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. 

The benefits of cleaning your gutters before winter will help you avoid the unfortunate event of your basement being flooded with water, rotted fascia boards, cracked walkways or patios and many other potential areas of damage.

Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free.

Winterize Your Pipes

When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take precautions now to avoid a major water damage. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes.

Cost: Pipe Sleeve $5 to $12 per sleeve; Insulation Tape $10 per pack;  Heat Cable $20 to $150 depending on length

Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. 

Cost: 100% free if you do it yourself!

Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fans to move in a clockwise direction. The gentle updraft pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back to the floor. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter can save as much as 15 percent on heating bills.

Cost: free if you have a fan.

Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film is a plastic film which can be applied to glass windows to reduce heat transfer. Window insulation film can keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of the windows.

Cost: $5 to $15 per kit.

Weatherstripping

Place weatherstripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in. Weatherstripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill. Choose a type of weatherstripping that will withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location. 

Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

Draft Guards

In a drafty room, heat escapes under the door. A Draft Guard is a flexible, rubber strip that seals the gap at the bottom of the door to keep out drafts and prevent heat loss.

Cost: $10 to $20 or free if you place a rolled towel at the bottom of the door.  

Replace Filters

Well-oiled, clean HVAC machinery uses less energy and provides more effective heating and cooling than dirty equipment. A dirty filter will restrict airflow through the heating or cooling system.

Throughout the winter, evaluate the filters monthly and replace them if there's any accumulation of debris. Furnaces and heat pumps are operating constantly to stay ahead of the cold, circulating more air through the filter, leaving behind ample dust and debris to coat the filter. 

Cost: $20 to $35 for a pack of filters.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation slows the spread of heat, cold, and sound in structures. The material does this by trapping pockets of air, keeping rooms warm in the winter. For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units. Make sure your attic floor is insulated to stop heat from escape through the attic as it rises! 

 Cost: around $25 per roll.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat relieves homeowners of that responsibility, enabling them to configure a heating and cooling cycle that corresponds to their daily schedules. The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat to save money by keeping the temp down when you're not at home. 

Cost: prices vary from basic versions $35 to $60 to smart-home options in the $100 to $200 range.

Caulking

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. 

Cost: $10 for a caulk gun and less than $5 for a tube of caulk.

Chimney Balloon

A chimney balloon is a balloon made of special heat reactive, durable material. Its purpose is to block the opening of a chimney that is not in use. If you do not regularly use your fireplace, a chimney balloon is the ideal solution to stop chimney drafts and save energy.

Cost: $25 to $60 depending on the size of the balloon.

Have Winter Storm Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

When you are dealing with winter storm and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Avoid A Water Damage In Your Commercial Property By Making Your Appliances A Priority

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Appliances under an umbrella SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business.

Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a top priority, but a small leak can quickly cause a great deal of damage to your business. Paying attention to your appliances—and keeping them up to date—can save you money in the long run and ensure your business avoids interruptions. Here are a few tips for making your appliances a priority:

Schedule Time Every Friday Afternoon

A small leak over a two-day weekend can create a large amount of damage, possibly even forcing you to temporarily close your business. Block out time every Friday afternoon to walk around your property and inspect your appliances. Make sure they’re hooked up to a water source, and check for any blockages or leaks.

Don't Procrastinate

When you discover a problem, have it fixed immediately. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it causes damage to your property. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money in your business.

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar for all expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on the appliance parts and hoses. Check the owner’s manual for expiration and replacement time frames.

Have Water Damage Caused By An Appliance?  Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle 24/7 – (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle?

Because emergencies don’t keep regular business hours, neither do we – we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. The professionals at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle have specialized in commercial water restoration for over 20 years. Our experience and expertise means you can minimize lost revenue and productivity and feel “Like it never even happened.”