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How do we even name our storms?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Katrina.  Harvey.  Sandy. Andrew.  These aren't just any names - these are some of the most costly and deadly storms in our recent history.  But just how do storms get their names?  Read along to find out!

Prior to 1950, storms were not formally named.  In 1950, storms began being named for men.  In 1953, meteorologists switched to women's names, and in 1979, included both.  Today, the naming of storms is controlled by the World Meteorological Organization.  For Atlantic storms, the names go on a six year rotation.  Names are retired if the storm is particularly destructive. Here's a list of retired storm names.  

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire

Determining that you can or cannot refurbish after a fire damage incident is critical when you need to prevent further damage. However, how can you start doing that when at the first place you do not know whether you can safely re-enter your home? That is why you need the input of professional fire restorers as a resident of Dover. The moment we arrive at the site, we perform an inspection that allows us to identify any existing hazards and device appropriate restoration procedures.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need of enhancing air movement when attending to fire damage. To do this, we install fans to improve air circulation, and when the area is so warm, we may close the windows set up dehumidifiers to absorb the additional moisture. We normally use refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers at this stage. The dehumidifiers and fans also play a significant role when we are drying your carpets and draperies. It is important to thoroughly dry the items to reduce the chances of mold growth.

After a fire, the oily soot and land on draperies, carpets and other textiles and leave behind stains. To remove the stains from such items, our SERVPRO technicians perform heavy-duty vacuuming. After running the vacuum cleaner, we usually cover the textiles to prevent the surfaces from tracking other soil particles.

Almost all fires leave behind odors that settle on your upholstered furniture, clothing, draperies, and carpets. Despite that, there is nothing like having the same types of odor sources in all fires. That means our type of material that the fire burned helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose the deodorants we use to eliminate the odors. In some cases, we may run an ozone generator to break up the smoke molecules with the aim of eliminating the unpleasant smells.

Who are we?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Your commercial property's appearance is the first thing your clients will notice.  This can be especially important in the days after an emergency, such as a flood or fire.  SERVPRO of Huntington has the staff, knowledge, and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

Some of our previous clients include:

  • Retail stores
  • Education facilities
  • Churches
  • Warehouses
  • Government buildings
  • Banks
  • Rental properties

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Smoke Damaged Item Treatment
  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Restoration
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

HVAC Maintenance

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

The main function of the HVAC system, whether in a commercial building or residential home, is to exchange the air and regulate comfort. Putting off routine maintenance of the HVAC system impacts not only building operations but occupant safety as well. If the filters are not regularly changed, they become dirty and clogged- thus restricting airflow and static pressure. When this occurs, it is harder to regulate the temperature and humidity in the building.

Additionally, HVAC units that are under constant stress are more likely to fail due to wear and tear of belts, bearings, and bushings. Clogged drain pans may overflow and cause water damage- something we’ve seen often in our industry. Wiring may overheat or short circuit, which could result in fires. These are only a few of the risks associated with deferred maintenance of the HVAC system in your commercial building. So, how do you avoid these issues? Keep an inventory list of the HVAC equipment in your building. A good inventory list provides insight into the specifications, age, and history of the equipment. This is helpful for routine maintenance and planning for a replacement.

HVAC systems are key to maintaining optimized building health. It is highly recommended to contact a professional when dealing with duct cleaning and air handling units because of the risk of cross-contamination. The certified professional will know how to clean every component associated with the duct system, including reheat coils and VAV terminals. SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in duct cleaning for both residential and commercial buildings. Make sure you are checking your HVAC system regularly and hiring a professional to perform routine maintenance.  

How to storm-proof your home

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Although it's not common, hurricanes have hit our area before.  Here's a handy list.  As well as the occasion hurricane, we've also been hit with derechos and other harmful weather patterns.  If you find one on the way this summer, here's how to prepare your house:

  • Reinforce your garage door
  • Fix any loose tiles
  • Trim your tree of any dead limbs
  • Take inventory of your home
  • Reinforce your windows with plywood
  • Don't forget to reinforce glass doors too!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Why We Are Essential

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

The disaster recovery, emergency mitigation, disinfection, and restoration industries provide essential services necessary to protect public health, safety, and essential operation of homes and businesses.  When water or fire damage drives a family from their home, the SERVPRO network, which is comprised of more than 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises, mitigates the adverse effects and restores the residents for occupancy. When dangerous toxins or pathogens, such as microbes and viruses, contaminate a structure, the professionals in the SERVPRO franchise network employ products approved by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to clean, disinfect and restore the property. 

Your Any Time Water Damage Heroes

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Floods don't operate on a 9-to-5 schedule and neither do we! When dealing with water damage, timing is of the essence.  The sooner you have professionals clean your home, the more likely it is to salvage your belongings and home and prevent growth of mold.  

When you call, we will ask several questions to help determine how many technicians and what equipment we will need to bring.  

Here are some of the questions SERVPRO of Huntington will ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water you doing?!

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

   There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.  

  Considering taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

· Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.

· Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel as safe from potential electrical shock.  Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.

· Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.

· Remove and prop up upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 

· Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place. 

· Do not leave books, magazines, newspapers or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.

· Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner

· Do not turn ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from the retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

· Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.  Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

· Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

· Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

· Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

  When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Huntington to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Avoiding A Water Loss While You're On Vacation

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what time of year it is, if you’re going to be away from your home for an extended amount of time – even just overnight – it’s a smart idea to turn off your water until you return home. Why? Because it doesn’t take very much water to cause a whole lot of damage! If your pipes freeze and burst while you’re gone, or if a washer hose ruptures or a supply line leaks, major water damage can occur! There are a few things you can do before heading out of town to give you peace of mind when it comes to the state of your home’s water.

Shut off the Main Water Valve

Your safest bet is to turn off the main water valve. Make sure the adults in your home know where the main shutoff valve is and know how to turn it on and off. (Knowing this will also come in handy if you’re at home during an emergency, so the water can quickly be shut off!) Locate the main water valve near your water meter usually located in the basement, near the front of the house, attached to the outside of the home’s exterior, or in an underground box in the yard.

There are two types of main shutoff valves. You’ll probably find what’s called a “gate valve” if you’re in an older home. Turn the rounded handles a certain number of times to open or close the valve. The “ball valve” is more common today. Turn the lever-like handle 90 degrees to turn the water on or off. If this valve crosses the pipes, it’s closed; if it’s parallel to them, it’s open.

Test shutting off the valve ahead of time by locating the main shutoff valve, turning it off, and running a faucet. If no water comes out, you’ve successfully turned off your home’s water supply!

Turn off Individual Water Valves

But what if you’re leaving during the summer and you can’t turn off your entire water supply because you have automatic sprinklers? If this is the case, you can simply turn off individual water valves to the water sources with the highest damage risk. These sources include the dishwasher, washing machine, and ice-maker. Individual shutoff valves tend to be located directly on the supply lines leading to most appliances, including toilets and faucets. Usually, this will be a small rounded handle that you’ll turn clockwise. Doing this will turn off the water to that source. (Take note that the ice-maker shutoff valve may be under the sink or in the basement!)

If you’ll be shutting off individual water supplies, it’s a good idea to kill two birds with one stone and check your supply lines themselves. They can become weak over time, resulting in leaks, cracks, or bulging. If you notice these or other forms of corrosion, you may want to repair or replace them before leaving.

Turn off Water Supply to Outdoor Faucets

If you’re leaving during the colder seasons, it’s a good idea to also shut off the water to your outdoor faucets as well. Their shutoff valve will most likely be located inside your house. Shut it off before you head out the door. Once you’ve shut off the valve, turn on the exterior faucet to drain any excess water. And remember to detach the hoses, too!

Everything You Need to Know for Power Outages

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

As summer continues and fall approaches, we may see some major power outages across the nation. Power outages can not only be dangerous to you and your family; but they can also cause immense stress if you are not properly prepared.

According to ready.gov:

Before a Power Outage:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full; gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

During a Power Outage

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four (4) hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.

If you experience a water damage after a storm, call SERVPRO of Huntington at (304) 429-2233 to remediate your damage and restore you home to pre-storm damage condition.