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Fireplace Fire Safety

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fireplace “1 of every 6 home fires,” according to the American Red Cross, is the result of heating equipment, including fireplaces.

Winter and its chilly temperatures bring ample opportunities for us to put our fireplaces to use. While effective in heating our homes, fireplaces can also present fire hazards for your home. With a thorough understanding of fireplace fire hazard statistics and preventative measures against dangerous fires resulting from fireplace mishaps, you can protect your home from devastating and unexpected fire damage this winter. 

Overview of Fireplace Statistics

“1 of every 6 home fires,” according to the American Red Cross, is the result of heating equipment, including fireplaces. They also assert that from December to February, the height of winter in the United States, “1 in every 5 home fire deaths and half of all fires caused by home heating” take place. But what exactly is it that causes such devastating consequences to homes and those living in them? “The leading factor to home heating fires,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fire Protection Agency, “was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.” In fact, fireplace complications account for 87% of heating equipment fires in residential buildings, according to the EPA. Clearly, fire safety must be exercised in homes when interacting with fireplaces in order to minimize consequences.

“So, What Can I Do?”: Chimney Fire Prevention

We’ll cover a few preventative measures that you can take as a homeowner in order to decrease the likelihood of a fire igniting as the result of a fireplace fire. Flammable household items, such as clothing, newspaper, and, especially during the holidays, wrapping paper, are all considered “fuel” for chimney fires, according to the Red Cross. These items should always remain at least 3 feet away from your fireplace. Utilizing a fire screen is another way to make sure that embers, sparks, and other elements of your fireplace fires do not readily escape your fireplace or make their way towards flammable objects within the room. Once finished with your fireplace fire, be sure to extinguish the fire thoroughly, leaving no possibility for it to reignite while unattended. Once per year, according to the Red Cross, it may also be helpful to enlist the help of a fireplace expert in checking and cleaning your home’s fireplace. Lastly, consider installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and keep a fire extinguisher handy in the event of an emergency. 

What To Do If Your Fireplace Instigates a Fire

It is somewhat rare for a fireplace fire to escape the chimney and cause objects in the room to catch fire, but as we have seen through the statistics shared at the beginning of this blog article, it can happen and, when it does, the consequences can be catastrophic. In the event that the unexpected comes to fruition, give SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall a call. You can contact our local SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East office at (412) 672-5400 in order to speak directly with one of our team members. Our team of fire damage specialists has seen it all and is always prepared to tackle any size or type of fire emergency. We will restore your home to its preloss condition through our acclaimed Fire Damage Restoration services, as well as our Water Damage Restoration services, which can be helpful in cleaning up when hoses and water are utilized to extinguish the fire. Fires can also leave behind cosmetic damage and unpleasant odors, both of which we combat with our Cleaning services and Odor Removal service. On our website, you’ll also find a few of our favorite Fire Damage Tips, which provide information concerning what to do before our crews arrive on the scene. No matter what happens this winter, know that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is always standing by, ready to help. 

3 of Our Favorite Advanced Technologies

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Advanced technology SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall takes advantage of these advancements through our utilization of various advanced technologies.

There have been significant technological advancements in the restoration industry over the years. SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall takes advantage of these advancements through our utilization of various advanced technologies. This blog will investigate 3 of our team’s favorite advanced technologies used to facilitate the moisture detection, drying, and sanitation processes. Let’s take a look at infrared cameras, air movers and dehumidifiers, and OSHA-approved cleaning agents: 

Moisture Detection and Measurement: Infrared Cameras

In a water damage emergency, the first step is to detect, measure, and monitor moisture levels in the affected area(s). Advanced technologies, such as infrared cameras, can help make this process faster, saving you from additional water damage, as they identify the locations of moisture inside of flooring, ceilings, and walls that must be extracted. In addition to infrared cameras, devices such as hygrometers and sensitive motor detectors measure the saturation of the moisture. 

Drying: Air Movers & Dehumidifiers

Immediately upon extraction of the moisture, affected areas must be thoroughly dried in order to prevent further damage. To facilitate this process, our team utilizes industrial strength air movers, which work to quickly evaporate moisture, as well as powerful dehumidifiers, which extract water vapor lingering in the air. Together, air movers and dehumidifiers protect your home or business’ flooring, walls, and furniture from warping and swelling. 

Sanitization: OSHA-Approved Cleaning Agents

Affected surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized after the drying process is complete in an effort to completely eliminate odors and contaminants that could lead to issues in the future. The cleaning agents used by our crews are approved by OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. We utilize two different types of cleaning agents: disinfection and deodorization. Disinfection cleaning agents work to prevent the growth of dangerous microorganisms, including mildew, fungi, and other types of bacteria. Odors that result from excess moisture are combated with the help of deodorization agents. 

SERVPRO’s Advanced Technology Gets the Job Done

In the aftermath of an emergency, know that SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East and our 24-Hour Emergency Services are standing by, ready to help restore your property to its preloss condition. Call us today at (412) 672-5400 for more information about our residential and commercial services. Visit our web pages to read more about our Commercial Cleaning services and read some of our Customer Testimonials to discover how we made  it “Like it never even happened.” Trust SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, our experienced team members, and our advanced technologies to get the job done.

An Overview of a Master Service Agreement With SERVPRO

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Master Service Agreement What you can expect after signing a Master Service Agreement with SERVPRO Team Wall?

Here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, we offer a wide range of 24-hour damage restoration and cleaning services for our customers. Additionally, we offer Master Service Agreements for commercial business owners. This blog will provide an overview of what you can expect after signing a Master Service Agreement with SERVPRO Team Wall. You may be wondering: What is a Master Service Agreement? How can it impact your customer experience? Why sign a Master Service Agreement? Keep reading to find out. 

What Is a Master Service Agreement (MSA)?

A Master Service Agreement, often shortened as MSA, entails a contract that is signed between your company’s team and our team here at SERVPRO Team Wall. This agreement ensures that your commercial business is assigned a direct point of contact with a member of our team. Available to you 24/7, your assigned account manager facilitates a rapid response in emergency situations. This personal connection between our team and yours builds a relationship that enables a detailed and thorough understanding of your business’ facility and unique needs. 

Overview of the MSA Process

Picture this: Your commercial business’ facility endures a loss- whether it be the result of a storm, a flood, a fire, or mold growth- and you turn to SERVPRO for assistance. When you pick up the phone and call us, you will be placed in contact with your assigned account manager who will be knowledgeable about your facility. After asking questions specifically related to your loss, including the location and scope of the damage, they will schedule a crew from the most geologically appropriate SERVPRO Team Wall office for a speedy response. You will remain in contact with your account manager, however, until your property is fully restored to its preloss condition, as they will verbally and electronically communicate with you, providing updates from the jobsite. At the end of the job, our centralized SERVPRO Team Wall office will handle the billing process, which simplifies the customer’s experience. 

Initiate Your MSA Today

By signing a Master Service Agreement with SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, your commercial business will have a direct point of contact already knowledgeable about your facility’s unique needs on call 24/7. With an MSA, our team can tailor their response without compromising the speed at which they arrive at your facility and increase communication, keeping you up to date on everyday progress. To initiate your Master Service Agreement with SERVPRO Team Wall, give our Metro Pittsburgh East office a call at (412) 672-5400. You’ll talk to a knowledgeable team member and learn about the wide range of commercial damage restoration services that we offer, which includes fire, water, storm, mold remediation, as well as commercial cleaning services. You can also check out our website for more information about who we are and the many ways in which we can help your commercial business make it “Like it never even happened.”

Snow Squalls: A Winter Safety Concern

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Snow Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of a winter storm event can be stressful, which is why it’s important to remember that we have your back.

The probability that you have heard the term “snow squall” in a weather report or forecast is likely, but how many of us thoroughly understand what, precisely, a snow squall is? Snow squalls are severe winter weather events that can create safety concerns. Therefore, we will explain what happens during a snow squall and discuss ways in which you can stay safe this winter.

What Is a Snow Squall?

An “intense short-lived burst of heavy snow” lasting anywhere from just a couple minutes to half an hour is how the National Weather Service defines a snow squall. Their gusty winds also reduce visibility, creating a major concern for drivers on the road. Additionally, you may experience one long snow squall or multiple snow squalls back to back. These weather events are also not limited to daytime, so nighttime snow squalls can occur and, when they do, they can be even more dangerous, as visibility is already limited in darkness. Snow squalls may sound intimidating, but it is important to acknowledge that they are rare events. 

Hazardous Driving Conditions

In the event that a snow squall appears in the forecast, drivers should take precautions, as such storms can create hazardous conditions for driving. Because snow squalls are short bursts, snow accumulation on the ground may not be overwhelming, but roads can quickly freeze and become slick. Instead, snowfall, which may be intense and sudden, would be a greater threat. Snow squalls can create blizzard-like conditions, but are sustained only for a fraction of the time.  

Staying Safe During a Snow Squall

When driving during the winter, be sure to check the forecast before hitting the road and if winter weather is predicted, it may be beneficial to stay tuned to the radio in case conditions suddenly worsen. In the event that conditions worsen while you are driving, you can prevent an accident by pulling over when it is safe and waiting it out. When driving in the snow, drive slowly, avoid slamming on your brakes, and keep your headlights on to increase visibility. 

SERVPRO Offers Professional Storm Damage Restoration Services

Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of a winter storm event can be stressful, which is why it’s important to remember that SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East has your back. Call us at (412) 672-5400 at the first sign of damage. Here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, we are equipped with advanced equipment and our storm damage restoration professionals are knowledgeable and experienced. To learn more about the year-round, specific storm damage restoration services that we offer, visit our website and check out our commercial storm damage services, designed specifically for commercial properties. We’re standing by, ready to make it “Like it never even happened,” for your property after any type of storm damage any time of year. 

3 Reasons To Hire a Mold Damage Professional

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy wall We take the time to completely eradicate your property’s mold growth and ultimately prevent additional mold growth.

Mold is notorious for the human health concerns that accompany it. Due to its potential effects on the health of those living in your home, it is imperative that any mold growth is removed and remediated as quickly as possible. Water damage, as well as areas that are moist and humid, present the perfect conditions for the growth of mold. As a homeowner, you may feel tempted to get the job done quickly by taking matters into your own hands. However, attempting to remove mold without the proper training, equipment, and expertise may prove to be more harmful to your family than helpful. Trust the mold damage remediation experts at SERVPRO to protect your loved ones and safely restore your home to its preloss condition. In this blog, we’ll explore 3 reasons as to why calling a professional to eradicate mold growth will best protect those living in your home from mold’s dangerous consequences.

1) Effective Mold Removal is Difficult and Complicated

When attempting to remove old growth on your own as a homeowner, there is an increased chance that your actions will cause the mold to spread. Health effects of those living in the home and exacerbation of the mold infestation are both common outcomes when mold is remediated without the proper tools and techniques. Mold damage professionals are highly trained to contain mold growth during the removal process, which keeps your family and the rest of your home safe from mold exposure. 

2) Professionals Can Identify the Source and Cause of the Mold Growth

Because mold growth can have serious consequences to human health, it is critical to enlist the help of a skilled professional. With their extensive expertise and training, a mold damage professional can assess the extent of the mold damage in your home, as well as locate the cause and source of the growth. With this information, you can be sure that mold growth will not occur for the same reason again. 

3) Prevent Future Mold Infestations

Other companies may stop after mold removal and cleanup, but here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, we are committed to protecting your property from mold growth in the future. That’s why we take the time to completely eradicate your property’s mold growth and ultimately prevent additional mold from growing in the future as best we can. 

Trust SERVPRO’s Team of Mold Damage Restoration Professionals

It is unsafe to downplay the severity of any mold growth situation- large or small. Regardless of the scope of your property’s mold damage, our mold damage experts here at SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East are standing by and are ready to treat your property with the utmost respect and care. When your home or commercial business experiences a mold damage emergency, you can place your trust in our team’s extensive training, years of experience in the field, and top-of-the-line equipment to take care of your property. Call SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East at (412) 672-5400 at the first sign of mold damage. Visit our website to learn more about our Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration Services and our Commercial Mold Damage services, as well as our other blogs on the topic of mold, including “Bathroom Mold,” “Mold Remediation 101,” and “What You Should Know About Black Mold in Your Shower” By picking up the phone and giving SERVPRO a call, you can be assured that your property’s mold damage will be “Like it never even happened.” 

Keep Your Business Safe with an Emergency Ready Profile

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile When disaster strikes, make sure that your business will be protected with an Emergency Ready Profile.

No matter what your emergency, SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East is always prepared to make it “Like it never even happened.” We provide both restoration, including fire and water damage, and reconstruction services, such as drywall installation and roofing, so that your commercial business can get back on track as fast as possible. It is always important for commercial businesses to have unique, tailored emergency plans in case disaster strikes unexpectedly. That’s why SERVPRO offers Emergency Ready Profiles, which ensure that our teams of restoration and reconstruction professionals arrive on the scene prepared with the necessary knowledge specific to your commercial property that will help us get the job done faster. Continue reading to learn more about the ways in which an Emergency Ready Profile can protect your commercial business.

What Is an Emergency Ready Profile?

Among the many benefits of establishing an Emergency Ready Profile- also known as an ERP- with SERVPRO is that you can create a plan that is entirely customizable and free of cost. The details about your commercial property that you make accessible to us in your ERP facilitate our team’s ability to be as prepared as possible when we arrive onsite. In this way, we protect your commercial business from further damage and reduce any additional interruptions to your business’ schedule. 

How Do I Create an Emergency Ready Profile for My Commercial Business?

When disaster strikes, make sure that your business will be protected with an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East. All you need to do in order to get started is call us at (412) 672-5400 and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. Next, we will work in cooperation with you to create an emergency response plan tailored to your commercial business and its property’s unique needs. No matter the time of day, the 24-Hour Emergency Services and reputable water, fire, mold, and storm damage restoration services custom-fit to commercial businesses offered here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall are here to help get your business back on track. For a restoration and reconstruction company that will get you back in business fast after any emergency, look no further than SERVPRO.

Checking in with Our Owners: Owner's Corner

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Our Owners I find that it’s always when I least expect it when I read or hear the words I need the most.

“Hey mom, can I ask you something?”

“Yeah, sure.”

“Who are the two people in your life that you want to make the most proud?”

“I can only pick two? There are so many more.”

“Only two.”

“Hmm…” *Moments of thought and deliberation* “I’d say my mom and dad???”

“Nope, wrong. The two people should be your 8-year-old self and your 80-year-old self. Your 8-year-old self should think that you had an awesome life and you want to make your 80-year-old self believe you had a worthwhile life.”

I’m speechless and mesmerized by the unexpected wisdom flowing from my 12-year-old. Where did he come up with this? Maybe TikTok??

He snaps me out of my silent daze and asks, “What do you think they would think of you?”

After a thoughtful, deep breath, I answer, “I guess my 8-year-old self would think that the adventures I’ve been on and the places I’ve seen were cool?”

“And your 80-year-old self? What about her?”

“Gosh. I’m not completely sure. That one’s much harder.”

“Thanks okay because you have 40 more years to figure that out.” 

He was dead on and I was astounded.

In case you didn’t catch onto the subtle math in the above conversation, I just turned 40 this year and let me tell you, I dreaded it. In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was expecting once I entered this new decade of my life because honestly, I don’t feel different physically. On the other hand, I do feel different mentally, but it’s a good kind of different. With age, you gain wisdom and confidence, knowing that you have learned many lessons that have ultimately made you a better person. 

Some of you may be rolling your eyes at me for preaching after only having lived 40 years so far. Or, maybe you’re in the same boat and feeling the same way. Regardless of where you side, I wanted to share five sentiments I’ve learned along the way that I find helpful. It’s difficult to fulfill them every single day, but if I check them off, I believe that one day, 80-year-old Trish will be impressed when she looks back. 

  1. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – As they say, “it don’t come easy.” If something presents itself as being too easy, proceed with caution. Anything worth pursuing should have at least a little bit of work involved. 
  1.     “Do What Scares You Until it Doesn’t” – Last year, I wrote a blog about this topic. In life, other people have successfully attempted and completed any number of endeavors. If they can do it, so can you! Yes, it might be daunting and failure is certainly a possibility, but you’ll get there eventually. Suddenly, you’ll wake up one day and realize that the thing you used to find so terrifying is no longer a big deal.

  1. “Be the Buffalo” – Have you heard of this phrase? The metaphor of being a cow or a buffalo is intriguing because they face approaching danger in polar opposite ways. While cows run away from storms, buffaloes charge straight ahead into it. The storm always catches up with the cow, so their strategy never works, only increasing the frustration and pain they must endure. So what’s the lesson here? Instead of running from your problems and prolonging your suffering, deal with them right away. 
  1.     “It takes twice as long to build bridges you’ve burnt” – On Christmas day in 1988, my sister and I found ourselves in a nasty fight. My mother’s punishment for me was forcing me to write “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” one hundred times. It’s “The Golden Rule.” In my life, I’ve watched others burn bridges and I’ve even done so myself. In the aftermath, you feel horrible and keep replaying moments over and over again in your head, wishing that you could go back in time and deal with the situation differently. Ultimately, it’s best to confront hard things with honesty, transparency, and empathy. Live with the Golden Rule close to your heart and you’ll find peace of mind without so much weight on your shoulders. 

  1. “No one wears the jersey of a Monday Morning Quarterback” – Recently, I stumbled across Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena”. Have you read this or heard anything about its history? You can find critics everywhere you turn, but no one really understands exactly what another person has been through unless they’ve worn the exact same pair of shoes. Therefore, it’s unfair to critique others when you don’t know what it’s like to live their life. The true hero is the person who, in spite of the voices of the “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” of the world, keeps inventing, attempting, failing, and picking themselves back up. Which would you rather be?  

I find that it’s always when I least expect it when I read or hear the words I need the most. This article is just my small way of paying it forward. If it helps even one person learn to look at life differently, I would consider it a success. 

What sentiments motivate you to become a version of yourself that you’ll be proud of when you become your 80-year-old self? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Trish Wall

Employee of Quarter: Joe Medwick

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Employee of the Quarter We are excited to announce that Joe Medwick is this quarter’s "Employee of the Quarter" recipient.

With every new quarter, we select an exemplary member of our SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East team with our distinguished “Employee of the Quarter” award. We are excited to announce that Joe Medwick is this quarter’s recipient. Keep reading for more information about Joe:

Joe has been employed by SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years.  He was one of the first hires of the previous ownership and was retained by SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall. He began as a Production Crew Chief and excelled in that position, being the first of two staff members at the time to obtain National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) Certification for duct cleaning. His paperwork was always exceptional and as a result, he was one of the first to be promoted from within, moving from a field position to an estimator position. 

When Team Wall purchased the franchise, Joe continued in his previous estimating position. However, his organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently led to his promotion, taking on the role of Job File Coordinator for the Rebuild Division. Today, he continues to excel in that position.  He fields all calls from rebuild customers, answers those questions, and resolves issues as he can or refers the caller to the correct individual when needed. Joe also tracks all rebuild jobs from FNOL until job completion and final payment.

Because Joe is one of our “experienced” voices, newer mitigation technician’s listen to him when he speaks, knowing that he has been in their position. He has the knowledge and experience to help mentor younger technicians, even though “mitigation” is no longer part of his daily tasks.

Outside of work, Joe has been a long time member of one of the local volunteer fire departments. He has also been heavily involved in an annual motorcycle ride in honor of one of our deceased members who was an avid biker. It’s clear that Joe is passionate about his work and is an exceptional role model to his fellow SERVPRO Team Wall team members. Words cannot express how appreciative of Joe for all that he has done for SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East and Team Wall as a whole. Thank you, Joe!

Warehouse Fire: Job of the Quarter

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged warehouse Approximately 170,000 square feet of warehouse space had been impacted by smoke and soot.

Not a quarter goes by that we don’t stop and take a moment to recognize a specific job that exemplifies who we are and what we do here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall. For this quarter’s “Job of the Quarter,” we would like to highlight our large loss fire damage restoration work with that we completed this past July. What made this a stand-out job was the cooperation of team members from every division of our company, which enabled us to complete the job quickly and efficiently, getting our customer back into their warehouse as soon as possible. 

A Large Loss Is Never Too Large

On June 28th, a call came through to our office notifying us of a large warehouse fire located on a commercial property. Within 24 hours of that initial call, our Harrisburg West team members arrived on the site in order to complete a damage assessment. We were able to convince our potential customer that SERVPRO Team Wall was the right fit for the job thanks to our 24-Hour Emergency Services, advanced technology such as Matterport, and our extensive experience with large loss commercial restoration and reconstruction work alike.

Making It “Like it never even happened.”

These types of jobs are labeled “large loss” due to the significant amount of damage that they leave behind and the aftermath of the fire damage inside the warehouse was no exception. Approximately 170,000 square feet of warehouse space had been impacted by smoke and soot. Because of the fire’s proximity to the warehouse’s HVAC unit, the spread of the smoke and soot was even more profound. Our mission in any job is to make it “Like it never even happened,” so we got to work right away by tarping the roof and cleaning ducts on the same day that the contract was signed. Additionally, we committed to working through the 4th of July weekend, which allowed us to clean offices while employees were not working and reduce distractions. Business could not stop for our customer, so our team was faced with the challenge of sectioning off work areas and coordinating schedules in order to cause the least amount of disruption to their daily operations as possible. Every day, we had at least 40 crew members working morning, noon, and night. To restore the warehouse to its preloss condition, we also rented a scissor lift in order to clean the high ceilings, which had also been impacted by the fire. By July 26th, the warehouse was ready for the final walkthrough, which meant that we had completed the entire project in just 22 days.  

Teamwork Makes All The Difference

We complete many jobs each quarter that showcase the kind of company that we are and what we strive to achieve with every job, but what made this specific work especially worthy of the “Job of the Quarter” title was our company-wide commitment to teamwork that enabled the job to run smoothly. Our digital marketing made the opportunity possible through advertising. Our sales team and specifically commercial account manager Jannene Miller kept the customer up to date throughout the entire process. Owner Jim Wall, Harrisburg West Vice President of Operations Jason Quick, and Large Loss Production Manager George Readinger, also developed a personal connection with the customer by visiting the job site. Letters of recommendation were sent from the office thanks to the help of our other owner, Trish Wall. With such a large job, we would not have been as successful as we were if members from every aspect of our company had not pitched in where they could. Our strong sense of team cooperation also helped us make certain that our customer was happy at every point throughout the restoration process. 

Have a Large Loss? Call Team Wall

Large losses can be overwhelming due to their size and the disruption they impose upon commercial businesses' daily operations. In the event that your commercial business falls victim to a large loss of any variety, you can take comfort in the fact that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is always ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Our team of professional commercial restoration experts and our advanced technology are standing by to deliver our fire, water, storm, and mold damage restoration services that are specifically designed for commercial properties. It was a pleasure to help Henry Molded Products get back up on their feet after their facility’s large fire loss. We hope that your commercial business’ property will never endure a large loss, but SERVPRO Team Wall is just a call away and always ready to help in the event of an emergency. 

Our Top Generator Safety Tips During Storms

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Generator in use Our generator usage is generally limited. As a result, our knowledge about generator safety is often lacking.

When a storm rolls through your neighborhood and knocks out the power, we often turn to generators to restore a sense of normalcy in our lives. By restoring electricity, generators can charge our phones, keep our refrigerators cold, and give us light. Thankfully, power outages are not a common occurrence and that means that our generator usage is generally limited. As a result, our knowledge about generator safety is often lacking. Generator usage can increase the risk for safety hazards such as fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Consumer Reports. In order to protect your home or business from such concerns, understanding general generator safety is crucial. A great way to start is by taking our top generator safety tips into account, which will be outlined in this blog. 

  • Keep Your Generator Outside

When your generator is stored indoors or in any enclosed space, such as garages and basements, you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is beneficial, according to the American Red Cross, for generators to be stored outdoors and a safe distance away from potential entrances to your home or business, like windows and doors. Inside, you can further protect your property by installing a system that will alarm inhabitants of potential danger, which can be fulfilled with a carbon monoxide detector. In this way, you will know immediately if a risk for carbon monoxide exposure emerges.

  • Store Fuel in a Safe Location

The location of your generator’s fuel supply is also an important component of generator safety to consider. Generator fuel is flammable and can become a fire hazard if it is stored near items that can instigate fire. Be sure to keep fuel located in a well-ventilated, cool, and dry space that is a safe distance away from living areas. 

  • Consider Installing a Transfer Switch

When it comes to reducing your home or business’ risk of an electrical fire as a result of generator usage, it may be beneficial to install a transfer switch. When you plug your generator into an extension cord is a known fire hazard and if you opt to plug your generator directly into a wall outlet, a practice known as “backfeeding,” you put yourself and others at risk for electrocution. Both of these dangerous situations can be avoided with the help of a transfer switch, a device that permits your generator to be plugged into your property’s circuit panel. A transfer switch, which may display the generator’s wattage usage levels, can reduce the risk for fire and prevent overloading in your home or business.

SERVPRO Is Standing By

While generators can restore a sense of normalcy to your life during a power outage, caution should be at the forefront of your mind in the event that you use one to power your home or business. Having an emergency plan can make a world of difference when it comes to protecting your property and minimizing damage. Calling SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East at (412) 672-5400 should be your first step in the event that an emergency occurs. Our team of highly-trained, residential and commercial damage restoration professionals are standing by, ready to respond to your property’s fire damage emergency resulting from generator usage. Visit our website to read more about the Fire Damage Restoration, Commercial Fire Damage Restoration, Storm Damage Restoration, and Commercial Storm Damage Restoration services that we offer. No matter the size or scope of your emergency, know that SERVPRO is always just one call away, prepared to restore your property to its preloss condition.