It’s almost winter. That means snow, ice and deep freezes. Harsh winter weather can lead to a multitude of challenges for your property. If anything can ruin your holidays, it’s a leaky roof or chimney. You certainly don’t want to spend your winter setting out pots to catch the rain or looking toward your ceiling for big water spots. It’s time to brush up on your chimney and roof leak detection techniques. It’s always easier to deal with maintenance issues now than an emergency water damage situation later.
Fires, flood and natural disasters can all wreak havoc on our homes. To prepare for and in the event of a property disaster we make sure to take steps to protect our families; our pets are not an exception. While they don’t really look like us, they are as much family as their human counterparts. Many disasters are spotted ahead of time; watches and warnings are issued by authorities in advance. If you have time to include your pets in the evacuation – please do. Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can endanger pet owners and first responders, and could mean the difference between life and death for your pet. Your furry companions rely on you; make sure you know how to prepare a disaster plan for your pets.
Fires can happen at any time. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Preparing a meal takes concentration. Steps include the following: gathering all the ingredients, preparing all the measurements and assembling all the pots and pans. This takes up much of your attention but you must also focus on keeping an eye on what you’re cooking and being careful not to leave it unattended. It is easy to get distracted. You check your phone and all of a sudden grease splashes onto the burner and begins to spread. After a bit of a struggle, you manage to put it out. Luckily no one was hurt, however your dinner was ruined and you’re stuck having to deal with kitchen fire cleanup.
Summer days are here! Along with the sunny, fun-filled days (relaxing outdoors enjoying a tall glass of cool lemonade; barbecuing; going swimming or fishing), come thunderstorms. While we can appreciate the moisture and coolness brought by the change in weather, thunderstorms can be dangerous – at times – deadly. Don’t let thunderstorms ruin your summer. You must learn how to stay safe from lightning.
Fire and smoke damage can be disastrous to your home or office. Fire travels through the building in mere minutes and penetrates flooring, walls and ceilings. Smoke is a combination of particles and chemicals caused by incomplete burning of carbon-containing constituents. If your home or office has been through a fire you need to know how smoke damage can affect your business.
You’ve followed all the steps to protect yourself and your family before the hurricane hit. Now it’s over, you’ve survived the storm. Your family is safe. Now you must deal with the aftermath; repairing your home. Hurricanes cause approximately $10 billion in damages in the United States every year. It’s important to know how to repair your home after a hurricane has ravaged it.
Every season in New Hampshire brings weather challenges. Spring rains can cause flooding. In the summer, thunderstorms appear out of nowhere, at times leaving us without power. Fall is the time for hurricanes. Winters bring nor’easters burying us in snow and knocking down trees. No matter what time of year it is, we are not really completely safe from Mother Nature’s wrath. We can’t stop Mother Nature, but there are precautions we can take and ways to stay safe during violent storms such as a hurricane or a nor’easter.
After being exposed to heat, smoke, and the chemicals used by firefighters to put out the fire not everything should be salvaged. The items that you toss should include food, medicines, cosmetics and burned clothing.
A flood in your home or business is never a good thing, but the damage that the water can do to your electronics can be irreparable. The best way to protect your electronics from water damage in the future is by taking some proactive steps now.
A landlord heads down to his basement to find that there are small pools of water under a dripping pipe. The damage is minor from what it appears. The landlord dries the wet areas with a fan and checks the pipes for a possible leakage. He patches up the areas on the pipe where dripping occurs without noticing any major issues. The landlord is uncertain if he truly has a leakage and believes a “quick fix” is all that is needed to fix the pipe and water damage.