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Safely Heating Your Home All Winter | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

img src =”heater” alt = "a small electric heater in a living room” > Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties if you experience any smoke, soot or fire damage.

By now, the weather has let us all know that winter is here and ready to stay. It’s likely you have switched your home to heat full-time now, and probably stocked up on firewood as well.

These are certainly regular tasks we all do; however, if you do them without proper preparations, you could be setting yourself up for a fire disaster.

You deserve to stay warm and cozy all winter. Take action to ensure your equipment runs well and your home stays safe.

Furnace Basics

Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in homes around our area. In order to function properly long-term, your furnace will require regular maintenance.

Since our cold weather arrived in October this year, there is a good chance you have already given your system a solid inspection. If you haven’t, take the time to clean it thoroughly and make sure it is clear of excess dust.

If you haven’t already done so, you should also replace the filter in your unit. Every 90 days is typically the recommended timeframe for this, but you may want to increase that if you have four-legged children. Use the start of each season as a reminder to change the filter and ensure everything is running well.

The air filter not only helps keep your unit running properly, it also helps clean the air inside your home of dust and other particles that could contribute to your allergies.

Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces can be real statement pieces in your home, and offer the benefit of warmth and coziness. They can be huge fire risks, though, when they are not cleaned and inspected regularly. Both wood-burning and artificial fireplaces that have a chimney or piping need servicing every season.

Wood-burning fireplaces should have ash and soot cleaned, and the chimney and flue should be inspected to ensure there is nothing creating a blockage. Artificial fireplaces need regular dusting, which should include any removable logs and the exterior covering you may use.

Portable Heaters

Space heaters are a great way to heat a room quickly, especially early in our winter season when the temperature often takes a lot of swings. They do pose a high fire risk, though, so you will need to use them wisely.

Space heaters should be run on a flat surface at least three feet away from any materials. Never leave them running while you sleep, and always plug them directly into a wall outlet. Anything with a heating element requires a high power load that extension cords are not designed for.

Teach your children how to stay safe around space heaters and other heating units. Install child proofing that will keep the youngest and the furriest safe. One single accident can leave your home in complete chaos. Enjoy the cozy season with a fuzzy blanket and the security of knowing your home is fire-safe.

If you experience fire damage this season, give us a call at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties for immediate assistance. We’re here 247 when you need us!

Protect Your Home From Water Damage in the New Year | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

mg src =”water” alt = "water failing from a sink do to a clogged drain” > Have water damage in your home? Contact SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties for quick and professional restoration.

A new year means new possibilities and the opportunity to plan for big and small projects that will make life just a little easier. This year, let one of the small projects you focus on be protecting your home from water damage by adding simple changes into your regular routines.

Water is one of the top ways homes are damaged, and a hole the size of pinhead can cause extreme damages overtime. Make a resolution to protect your home and avoid the need for costly repairs.

What Causes Water Damage?

In order to prevent water damage, you need to understand how it starts. Water leaks can come from inside the home or outside of it.

Gutters and heavy rains are two of the common sources from outside, while bathroom fixtures and large appliances are often leak sources from inside.

When pipes wear out or caulk around doors and windows break down it can lead to excessive moisture. Left unattended, this buildup of moisture can lead to mold growth or even cause rotting in your floors and walls.

If an appliance with a water source begins to leak, it can cause rusting or even a complete failure if the drip affects electronic components of the appliance. The faster you are able to catch a problem where it starts, the more you can decrease the risk of damages.

How to Prevent Damage

A little bit of water can do a whole lot of damage, but you can take steps to prevent total disasters. Finding a leak early will always be the best way to stop damages, and by adding preventive steps to your regular routines, catching an issue quickly will be simple.

To find water where it shouldn’t be, check your bathroom and kitchen for signs of mold growth or wet spots. The next time it rains, make it a point to run your hand around window seals to feel for moisture. Give the kids a reason to ask what you are doing by sniffing your home for musty odors.

Keep a close eye on your roof once a month or after a wind event to check for missing or loose shingles. In our moist environment, you should also note any soft spots in your roof that could lead to damage in your attic.

Make sure your gutters and downspouts stay clear year-round so that water can flow away from your home during a storm.

Living near the Mississippi River means we are consistently keeping an eye on river levels. Use your landscaping to ensure water is flowing away from your home and into the proper drainage channels in order to aid in flood maintenance. Add soil to increase the grading and sloping in your yard as needed.

Adding these simple steps into your everyday life can mean mitigating potential damages from water and saving yourself from the need for costly repairs. Plus you can feel great about finally making a resolution you kept!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Can Handle Odor Removal | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

< img src =”cleaning.jpg” alt = "a SERVPRO crew setting up machines to clean a kitchen " > If you experience an odor or any other damage inside your home, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties day or night.

SERVPRO’s network of experts across the country offer cleaning and restoration services that will meet the needs of every home and business after they have been affected by mold, water or fire. You may not realize that odor removal is another professional service that we are available to handle the moment you need it.

When it comes to handling damages after a disaster, the road to recovery may become long, tedious and full of stress. The way your home smells once all is said and done might be the last thing on your mind.

Unfortunately, with every kind of a disaster, there is usually an odor issue that comes along with it. Even a home that looks sparkling clean and bright and new could have hidden smells that will only persist if remediation isn’t handled promptly.

If you spend most of your days wondering where that smell is coming from, it might be time to call in the pros and kick odors out of your house permanently.

Odor Removal Techniques

Odors are caused by airborne chemicals, gasses and other tiny particles. The source of the odor will need to be removed, and then a mixture of deodorization techniques and various products can be employed in a scientific fashion to wipe the smell out completely.

Some of the products that are commonly employed in odor removal include:

Masking agents. Masking agents do not remove odor; instead, they cover the smell in order to allow our professionals to work in a more pleasant atmosphere as they execute their plan to eliminate the odor altogether.

Filtration agents. Highly absorptive compounds are often employed on soft surfaces like furniture and building material to such the smell out. They also trap and filter odors in the air.

Disinfectants and sanitizers. These products kill odors at the source by eliminating bacteria and fungi that are responsible for releasing the smelly air particles.

These are not the only techniques or products that will be used in the process of remediating odors, but they are commonly used in the restoration process.

The Signature 4-Step Process

The process SERVPRO uses for removing odors has four main parts:

1. Remove the source. Odors cannot be eliminated until the source has been identified and removed. Our experts will first seek out the source in order to stop the spread of the smell.

2. Clean residue from surfaces. Once the source of the smell is removed, anything affected will need to be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized in order to stop the unpleasant smells.

3. Recreate what caused the odor. When we are ready to deodorize, we will deploy it in a similar manner as it was originally caused in order to penetrate all the same surfaces. This means that if the odor is a result of smoke damage, we will use “deodorizing smoke” to eliminate it.

4. Seal exposed surfaces. When a space has had a significant event, sealant may be necessary to block odors rather than remove them. This step is used when odor removal becomes too costly or is not practical to complete.

Effective odor removal will always require fast action. If your home or business faces an emergency situation that leaves behind nasty smells, we can respond quickly to mitigate extensive and deep damages. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties is locally owned and operated, which means we are just around the corner when you need us.

If you experience an odor or other damage inside your home or business, call us at any time, 247. We have the training and equipment to quickly get your property back in operation.

The Many Ways Water May Enter Your Home | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

< img src =”water.jpg” alt = "a white ceiling showing signs of water damage from a leak " > If you experience any water damage inside your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.

Water could be seeping into your home largely unnoticed. If you have noticed a musty odor or cracks and stains in the walls, you could have a leak somewhere causing havoc and leading to foundation issues.

Extra moisture can also cause your interior appliances to rust. There are several signs to check for when investigating your home for leaks, but the most obvious one will be puddles on the floor.

Water can do a lot of damage, so the more you know about where it comes from and what to do about it, the safer you can keep your property.

Water Fixture Leaks

Your water fixtures are a common source of leaks in the home. A hole in the water supply or worn-out caulk around sinks, tubs, showers and toilets can lead to water seepage and wall damage.

Get into the habit of checking around these areas every time you clean. If you catch any signs of water in the wrong places, take care of it right away. A small leak can lead to the loss of thousands of gallons of water each year.

Water From Appliances

Appliances are another common source of water leaks in the home. Refrigerators with ice makers or other water sources and dishwashers are high-risk appliances for unseen leaks that could lead to floor damages and the need for extensive and costly repairs.

In order to check for a leak with large appliances, unplug them and pull them away from the wall. Check behind and under them for standing water, damp spots or mold growth. Call us right away if you notice any issues to get things taken care of quickly and correctly before damage can get worse.

External Sources

Not all water damage happens internally of course. External sources can also lead to either a slow leak through windows and doors or a sudden flood in the basement when the weather turns severe.

Living near the Mississippi River will always come with a flood risk. While our levee systems protect from catastrophic flooding, the river and tributaries still overflow. Heavy rains are also a threat in our area that often lead to saturated soils and damp basements.

You can take steps to manage these external leak sources. Prepare your home and keep it well-maintained in order to protect your property and keep water out.

Your first step in protection should be keeping a close eye on gutters, downspouts and your roof. Clean leaves and other debris out of your gutters and away from your downspout in order to prevent overflows that could trickle through your roof, walls and into your foundation.

The seals around your windows and doors are another weak point you should check on a regular basis. Loose or decayed seals allow moisture inside your home that could cause mold growth and other damages.

Additionally, update your landscaping to ensure there is a slope away from your home to keep water flowing in the right directions. Use soil or other organic materials to protect your foundation and prevent excess moisture. When your home is protected, you can rest easy with the knowledge that you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us, 247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

Winter Is Coming. Are You Ready? | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

side by side view of a hot and cold thermometer If you experience damage due to a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We have the experience and equipment for any issue.

The winter season may officially start on Dec. 21 in 2022, but if you travel across the nation, it will look very different each place you go. While our temperatures have started to fall, areas like ours tend to slip into winter quietly with mild and comfortable weather. Other areas take a headfirst dive into winter with snow and ice that starts early and stays late.

Anywhere you live will have unique challenges in the winter as the weather brings different threats to your home that could send your family out into a chilly (or rainy or foggy or snowy…you get the picture) night.

When you know what to anticipate, you can prepare your home and loved ones for the season and mitigate the chances that your home will be damaged in a winter storm.

Winter Around the Nation

Snow-filled, cold, drenched and mild are all words that have been used to describe the winter weather forecast across the nation this year, and when you split the United States into two halves, you can clearly see who can expect what.

In some parts of the East Coast and the Midwest, winter is expected to bring freezing temperatures and heavy snowstorms for almost the entirety of the season. Out on the West Coast, winter will be much more mild as temperatures only drop a little and rain dominates over snow.

Things could look slightly different than these two predictions region to region, but it is always best to be prepared for everything in order to protect your property and the ones your love the most.

Winter Around the Cape

Our weather in the Show-Me State is always a bit unpredictable, but we can anticipate winter being colder than normal with the chance to see more snow and less rain throughout the season.

November could be one of the coldest months, but we will likely be dealing with the winter season well into February. We typically average 10 inches of snow in a three-month period in the Cape, which can sometimes lead to a swollen river. The more prepared we are now, the better we can weather the season.

Get Prepared

In order to get yourself prepared, there are a couple of steps everyone should take ahead of the season. The first thing you should do is get familiar with the different kinds of winter storms. that could blow through the area.

Next, make sure you always have two different devices on which you can receive weather alerts, including one that doesn’t require external power in case a storm knocks out your electricity.

A kit with emergency supplies is another great way to prepare for the winter. Store this in a safe space near an interior room, and review its contents periodically. Pack one with seasonally appropriate supplies for the car as well in case you are ever caught out in the cold.

Even if the temperatures don’t drop to extreme lows, adding some weatherproofing to your windows and doors is a great way to protect your home from moisture invasions and lower your electric bill. Cover your outdoor faucets as well as our colder months approach to avoid frozen pipes.

Your roof does a lot to protect your home year-round, but take a special look at it before winter really sets in and repair anything necessary. Trim trees that are near your home, seal windows and doors and consider adding a little extra insulation to your attic to make a big difference in how well your home weathers the storm.

The magic of winter can wrap you in a big cozy blanket with a steaming cup of hot chocolate when you know your home is ready. Put SERVPRO in your emergency contact list and use our 247 availability anytime your home is damaged in a storm for a fast cleanup that gets you back to all things comfy.

If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal

Decorating Basics for Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

a small Christmas tree in front of a burning fireplace Should a fire issue pop-up during this holiday season, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties will be on call ready to assist.

Isn’t this a beautiful picture: glowing holiday lights, sweet smelling pies and music wafting through the air? This is the time of year to catch the lights at the Nature Center or grab a sweet gift at the Christmas Craft Fair.

The holiday season is so full of magic, but it is also one of the top seasons for home fires.

You can take preventive steps and decorate carefully to ensure that your home stays safe. Enjoy every moment of the season with your family peacefully when you know that your home is safe from the risk of fires.

Top Seasonal Hazards

There are an average of 790 structural fires responded to each year that are started by decorations.

Many fires started when a decoration was hung or placed too close to a heating source like a fireplace or space heater. Christmas trees and candles are also frequent causes of blazes that can completely ruin your holidays.

If you keep a live tree in your house, water it frequently and sweep up any fallen needles. Check for fire-resistant tags on artificial ones, and if yours is several years old, consider replacing it. Don’t overload your power strips or outlets, and turn your decorations off in the evening and when you are away from home.

Take Preventive Measures

Remember that line, “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care? Use that line as a motto when you hang items around your home and avoid putting anything near an open flame.

There are an average of 20 house fires a day that originate from a candle. Always blow them out when you leave the room and burn them away from any materials. If you have a fireplace, make sure it is inspected and cleaned before you light it.

Any decorations you place outside should be rated for the outdoors. String lights should be hung tightly with insulated nails to avoid brush fires. If there are local guidelines in your area that dictate outdoor decorating safety rules, be sure to follow them.

Check the batteries in your smoke detectors while you are decorating, and make sure you have plenty around your home. Talk with your family about your emergency fire plan, and write down SERVPRO’s number to make a quick call in the event that your home is damaged during a fire.

Have smoke or fire damage in your house? Contact us today to get cleaned up fast.

Commercial Water Damage in Your Business | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help clean up and get you back in

The impact that a flood can have on your commercial property is huge. Flooding can originate inside or outside, and even a small flood can create complete chaos.

Burst pipes, a leaky roof, a flooded bathroom or backed up sewer can destroy your inventory, shut down a floor or even cause the need for the entire building to be shut down.

Natural causes can also have the same devastating effects. Living so close to the Mississippi River and its tributaries, we understand the constant threat of flooding.

Even with the recent updates to the flood wall, the more prepared we are before a flood happens, the safer and faster we can respond. That means keeping your business on track no matter what happens.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Learning the layout of your building is one of the best ways you can mitigate and protect it from water intrusion. Know where the shutoffs are for the sprinkler system, restrooms and even the main water valve so you can turn water off quickly when there is a leak or other failure.

Make sure multiple people in your building know where these valves are, and train them to respond quickly when there is an emergency.

Know the Types of Water Involved

When your building does take on water, it is important to understand the source of flooding and the kind of water you are dealing with in order to keep everyone safe.

White water. White water is the kind of water that comes from plumbing issues. This type of intrusion is not considered dangerous and in small amounts can be handled on your own.

Gray water. When a toilet tank or sink overflows, it results in a gray water flood. This water is considered contaminated, but it is not dangerous.

Black water. Storm flooding and sewage backups are the most common sources of flooding that are considered toxic. This kind of flood requires a professional response in order to be handled safely.

Take Action Quickly

When a flooding event occurs, timing is the most crucial part of mitigating damages. Find the source of the water and shut off any plumbing valves involved.

Open as many windows and doors as you are able in order to increase air circulation, and alert everyone in the building to avoid the flooded area.

Once you have gotten a handle on things, start documenting as much damage as you can see. Pictures and notes will not only help when you work with your insurance company, but they can also help you determine areas of your building that may need additional reinforcements to prevent another event.

Remember to Be Patient

The damage that you can see in a flood is likely only part of the overall destruction. Check for signs of hidden damage by watching for wet wall studs, buckled floors and moldy frames.

When you experience a flooding disaster, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties as quickly as you are able. We are available 247 with the experience and equipment to start drying out your business right away.

Cleanup and sanitation during the drying process can take a week or more depending on the severity of the event, so remember to be patient. Our team will lay out a plan and walk through each step with you in order to get your business back to normal as fast as possible.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Choose Your Neighbors—Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

10/13/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO crew unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties today to schedule your estimate.

When you choose SERVPRO as a partner for your restoration needs, you are getting a company that can handle everything. We are experienced in fire, water and all kinds of storm damage cleanup, and we offer expertise and industry-leading equipment in all we do.

We are certified to remediate mold in your home or business, which means we can get an issue taken care of before it has a chance to spread and create structural damages. We are also available for specialty cleanups, including graffiti removal and biohazard removal.

But what stands out the most about SERVPRO is that we are locally owned and operated. We are your neighbors.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

When your home or business needs repairs and restoration, you want a company with a solid reputation that you can trust. You need a company that is close by and won’t put you on a long waiting list.

1. We Can Respond Fast

Time is of the essence when a disaster happens. The longer you wait to begin restoration, the longer water, fire or storm damage has to wreak havoc on your home or business.

When you make SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties your restoration partner, you have an experienced team in your own backyard. We are available 247 to respond quickly and start your restoration process as soon as the storm rolls out.

2. We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

Because we are your neighbors, we are watching the weather as it rolls in right along with you. We prepare our homes and families as well as begin to gather resources so that we can start restoration in the community as soon as it is safe to do so.

There are a lot of us on staff who have lived here our whole lives, so we have seen everything our weather here has to offer. We have the experience to handle the heavy rains and strong thunderstorms in the warmer months as well as the occasional snowstorms and cold temperatures during the winter. We have dealt with the flash flooding and the frozen pipes and everything in between over the years.

3. We Know Cape Girardeau and Scott County Front and Back

There are plenty of restoration companies, but many of them operate one central location, towns or even states away from your home. When they come into our communities, they don’t always know where to go or who to reach out to for help.

Our team has worked in every corner of the Cape and Scott County, and we know where all the local government offices are and who to speak to in order to keep your project moving forward. We know most of the insurance agents by name and understand how to navigate local streets.

We love our City of Roses and want nothing more than to get our neighbors back into their homes quickly.

An Extra Benefit

Most disasters that happen in our little town can be handled by our professional, trained staff right here at home. Working with SERVPRO does give you one extra benefit, though, and that is an entire network of help we can call on when we face a big, damaging event.

We are locally owned and operated, but we are all backed by a national brand that has been in the restoration business for years. When a huge storm or wildfire rips through our area, we can get assistance in just a few hours from neighboring SERVPRO locations.

SERVPRO simply has everything you need to get back to normal fast.

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!


Avoiding a Lightning-Caused Fire | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

 "multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to learn about a restoration solution

Fires in the home are generally preventable, but sometimes Mother Nature can cause unexpected hazards, including fires caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning was responsible for 70,000 damage claims in 2020, and it is estimated to strike 6,000 times per minute. Strikes can take out trees, fry electricity and start a fire, so protecting your home is essential to mitigating your risks.

What Is Lightning?

When electrical currents build up between the sky and the ground, a spark or lightning strike occurs. Lightning occurs during a forest fire, volcanic eruption or a heavy snowstorm as well as thunderstorms.

Lightning can also spark up in dry weather, which leads to a high risk of wildfires. While threats always vary seasonally, it is wise to stay prepared.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

If lightning strikes your house, it can leave behind a good deal of damage and start a fire. This can happen due to the heat of the strike or after an electrical surge that results from the strike.

You may not notice a fire that results from lightning right away, but you will likely hear the strike itself.

If you hear a loud boom, check your home for burn marks and smoke, particularly in the attic and walls. Call the fire department, and once you have been given the all-clear, check with an electrician to ensure your wiring is safe to turn back on and avoid other fire possibilities.

To protect your home from lightning, installing a metal rod can add a layer of protection as it conducts electricity through the ground rather than through your house.

A surge protector added to your electric panel can also add a good deal of protection from fire caused by electrical surges. This may also mean your lights stay on longer in the midst of a storm, allowing you to check for fire faster after a strike.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lightning causes an average of 9,000 wildfires a year. When a strike sparks a fire, it burns hotter and faster due to the extreme heat of lightning, meaning it threatens a wide area.

Clean up your landscaping and clear out dead trees, and look into defensible zones for your yard that can divert fire away from your home. Check the smoke detectors in your house, and ensure there is one on every level of your house so that you can quickly move to safety no matter where you are.

If your home is damaged in a fire, call SERVPRO. We have the tools and experience to handle every step of your restoration and get you back in your house faster.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast

Take Care of Your Property and Prevent Flooding | SERVPRO® of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

 a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties to get the restoration process started right away

Anyone who owns property needs to prepare for flooding. Just an inch of water in your house can do an enormous amount of damage that in the end could cost you a lot of money.

For those who live in an area that isn’t considered high risk for floods, you may not be eligible for assistance through insurance or federal programs, which means the more risks you can mediate, the better.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do both inside and out to protect your property. Being close to the Missouri River means that our risk of flooding is fairly high.

We also have heavy storms to contend with that can leave yards and roads flooded. It is crucial to not only understand our regional risks, but to also know your individual concerns in order to start putting preparation into action.

<h3your-home-from-the-outside">Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Even a completely unexpected rain can leave yards and gutters overflowing. Take the time to get your home ready from the outside in so you can lower the risk of costly damages.

Clear out your gutters regularly so that water can flow quickly away from your house. An extended downspout can help keep water moving well and can be an inexpensive way to protect your house.

Landscaping is another great way to protect your home.

Gardens absorb water fast by pulling it down through soil and into roots. Mulch or other organic materials added to the base of your home in a slight slope can also ensure that water does not enter your home. Both of these can help you avoid puddles and protect the foundation of your home.

You might also consider investing in some upgrades that will help you avoid damages from weather events. Anchoring fuel tanks if you use them and having your electrical outlets raised are both effective ways of avoiding disaster when waters begin to rise.

While these additions can cost a lot out of pocket, a simple rain barrel that collects rainwater directly off of your house is an inexpensive way of keeping water out. It also means you have a free source of water for all those plants you added, too!

<h3protection-from-the-inside">Flood Protection From the Inside

The single best form of protection for your home from external flooding is a strong foundation and completely sealed basement.

A sump pump in the basement can also add a layer of protection from water. In areas that are at a high risk for extreme weather, it may be wise to invest in a battery-powered pump that will stay on even if the power is out.

For flooding that does not come from outside, protection is as easy as basic home maintenance.

Your pipes are one of the top causes of flooding in the home. Keep an eye on your plumbing, especially if it is aged or worn. Stop leaky faucets quickly, and add checking your pipes to your regular cleaning schedule to catch problems before they cause damages.

A leak sensor may also be a great choice in mitigating damages. This device will let you know when water is flowing somewhere it isn’t supposed to. Some home security systems offer this as an upgrade, so if you are thinking about adding one, take the leap and add the upgrade. It will offer you a lot of peace of mind.

No matter where the water starts, floods will damage paper goods and photographs immediately. Keep documents and other irreplaceable items stored on a high shelf or waterproof container. Make sure your emergency contacts are also stored somewhere safe, and add SERVPRO to your list. We are available 247 to start cleaning up after a flood fast.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.