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Take Control of Commercial Water Damage to Protect Your Business | SERVPRO® of Westfield

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Westfield are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help and get you back in business

Water damage can strike out of the blue and have a devastating impact on your workplace.

Commercial water damage can be an expensive mess for business owners. Internal flood sources like a leaky pipe or plumbing overflow can result in unexpected downtime, ruined equipment and compromised infrastructure. Natural sources of flooding are another unpredictable reason you might find water seeping into your commercial building.

Westfield businesses should prepare for local natural flooding threats like torrential rain, hurricanes, tropical storms and other weather conditions. The best way to get ready for these hazards is to assess your risk level based on where your building is located.

Whatever the cause of your water emergency, it’s critical that you understand how to react to safeguard your company. This guide can help you understand how to quickly get the problem under control and reduce your risk of damage as much as possible.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Figure out where the various water cutoff points are around your building. Make sure you understand where to find important places like your fire sprinkler system or your main water valve so you can shut them off when necessary.

It’s helpful if multiple members of your team know this information as well, so any emergency can be kept under control. This will ensure the source of your water emergency is found quickly to keep your building safe from any damage.

Know the Types of Water Involved

When faced with water damage, the kind of water produced can help you assess how dangerous the incident is. You’ll be better able to protect the people in your building if you understand what you’re up against:

White water: Plumbing issues are generally to blame for this kind of flooding. You can safely manage this water yourself in small quantities since it’s not regarded as contaminated.

Gray water: This kind of water is caused by overflowing toilet tanks and sink drains. Although it is contaminated, the water is not recognized as hazardous.

Black water: Black water that is severely contaminated is typically produced by sewage overflows and storm flooding. You should contact a professional to take care of this hazardous water.

Take Action Quickly

When water infiltrates your property, attempt to pinpoint the source and turn it off as fast as possible. To speed up the drying process, open your doors and windows. After this, notify anyone in the building and let them know that the impacted areas are off-limits.

Following these measures, you need to closely record any obvious property damage. This will make the insurance claim process much faster, and you’ll be able to determine which areas of your structure require reinforcement.

Remember to Be Patient

The apparent water damage might be only a small portion of an even larger issue. Your building might have hidden water damage in places you can’t see.

When water creates problems in your workplace, contact SERVPRO of Westfield for a rapid response. Our skilled restoration crew can quickly dry out your facility and get you back on track using cutting-edge equipment and years of expertise.

The degree of destruction will influence how long your restoration journey will last, so try to be patient as our team restores your building. You and your team will be back to a water-free business in no time!

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!

The Fire Hazard Created by Lightning | SERVPRO® of Westfield

10/20/2022 (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 Westfield to learn about a restoration solution for your issue.

House fires are devastating, but thankfully, most of them are preventable because they’re related to manmade causes. But while house fires are typically manmade, there are also natural threats that could damage your home—and they’re less preventable.

In 2020 alone, there were over 70,000 damage claims brought on by lightning strikes. Since personal lightning strikes are a rather uncommon occurrence, you don’t need to worry too much about getting hit, but your house is considerably more susceptible. When lightning strikes, it’s capable of destroying trees, blowing out your power and even starting fires.

About 6,000 lightning strikes are thought to occur every minute. We should all be prepared to defend our properties and ourselves before a storm approaches because no one is entirely safe from lightning’s impact.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is a huge bolt of electrical current that occurs between clouds in the air and the ground. Lightning is known to strike during thunderstorms, but it can also happen during a volcanic eruption, severe wildfires or even a major snowstorm.

We typically relate lightning to extreme weather, but it can strike even when the sky is clear and the air is calm. “Dry lightning” happens in the absence of rain and is a common cause of raging wildfires. As we prepare for storms, we also need to consider the possibility of fires.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

Lightning can substantially damage your home, especially if it sparks a fire. Fires can spark from either the heat of the strike or the electrical charge created by the strike.

It’s possible that a fire that results from a strike won’t be instantly obvious as it will usually ignite between your walls or up in your attic. But you are likely to hear the lightning strike, which will sound like an explosive boom. Inspect for burning after the strike, and notify the fire department as soon as you spot black stains or smell smoke.

A lighting rod is a helpful tool that can keep lightning from sparking flames. Installing a lighting rod could help direct the heat and energy of a strike away from your home and straight down into the ground.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lighting is a leading cause of wildfires and other fires that spark outdoors. Your risk of lightning fires is influenced by both where you live and the season, but close to 9,000 fires are created by lightning strikes every year.

Maintain a tidy yard clear of dead or dying plants, and think about utilizing defensible zones to shelter your house from flames. Your home should also include smoke detectors on every floor and in every bedroom so you can be aware of any flames that start.

If you’re facing the aftermath of a fire, our SERVPRO team can take care of the damage. With years of experience and the use of innovative techniques, we strive to make stressful situations like this quick and painless. We will keep you updated every step of the way as we restore your home to its pre-fire state.

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

Protecting Your Property From Flooding | SERVPRO® of Westfield

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Westfield to get the restoration process started right away.

Not everyone realizes how important flood protection is. Some areas that are at lower risk of flooding do not have resources available to help with cleanup and restoration, so preventing property damage in the first place is an important step in mitigating repair costs.

Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your home both inside and out. Understanding the regional risks we face is important to understanding how and why preparation is key.

Texas is at risk of severe storms, which can cause flood conditions. Excessive water can enter your home and create damage, potentially promoting mold growth over time.

Now that you understand why flood protection is important in Westfield, you can take the steps to protect your home and property.

Protecting Your Property Outside Your Home

Take the time to prepare your home outside to prevent damage to the inside of your home.

Keeping gutters clear of debris allows water to freely flow through them. Without an obstruction, water is less likely to puddle around the foundation and enter the home in the first place.

Creating a nice landscape on your property can also prevent flood damage. A large garden pulls water into the soil, to the roots and away from the surface. Mulch can also create a slope that pushes away from your home, which helps protect the structure and foundation of your home.

Financially investing in a few upgrades when possible is also a good idea. Anchoring fuel tanks and adding rain barrels can be helpful during severe weather. The rain barrels collect the rainwater, which can then be used to water the plants in your garden!

Protecting Inside Your Home

Shoring up your foundation and sealing your basement should be the first things on your list to protect the inside of your home. Seal the cracks in your home’s foundation as soon as possible and purchase a sump pump for your basement.

While these are financial investments, they are important for protecting your property from damage and reducing higher costs in the long run.

When it comes to preventing flooding inside your home, regular home maintenance goes a long way.

The top reasons that homes flood from the inside include failed and worn plumbing. A leak sensor, which may be offered with your home security system, can help minimize the risk of water damage.

Make sure to keep your emergency plan handy and easily accessible for when flooding occurs. Minimize damage to precious items, including papers and irreplaceable photographs, by storing them up high in waterproof containers.

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

Partner With a Restoration Team That Is Right Down the Road | SERVPRO® of Westfield

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

There are many advantages to selecting SERVPRO for your restoration needs. We provide a wide spectrum of restoration services, like cleanup and repair after a water emergency, a fire or storm damage.

If you detect mold growing in your home or business, our team can inspect your property and create a remediation plan to prevent further growth and safeguard the structure. And if you require specialist services, such as the disposal of biohazards or the removal of graffiti, our crew can take care of the mess.

But one benefit that comes with partnering with a team like SERVPRO—we’re local!

Why is that essential, and how does it separate us from other repair companies? Here’s why a nearby crew is so helpful.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

When selecting a restoration partner, you need to search for a variety of traits, such as reliability and a consistent track record. But the team you choose should also be local. Here’s why it’s vital:

1. We Can Respond Fast

When calamity hits, you must act quickly! Postponing repairs will only result in further damage and lead to a long and pricey recovery process.

This will never be an issue when you work with our team at SERVPRO of Westfield. Our 24-hour services allow us to respond instantly to any size emergencies. And since we are your neighbors, we can be there fast!

2. We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

We are locally owned and operated, so we follow the same weather reports you do. When dangerous weather is on its way, we get our materials and equipment ready to respond instantly after the storm.

Since we commonly respond to weather threats such as hurricanes, floods and thunderstorms, our team has plenty of knowledge when it comes to restoring the damage these hazards create.

3. We Know Westfield Front and Back

Many restoration providers will come in from entirely different cities or states and are oblivious to all the unique parts of our community. They might not even know how to get around town!

You won’t need to worry about this with our crew. We experience all the special attributes our city, region and state have to offer. Our region is full of interesting landmarks that will keep you entertained and educate you.

Westfield is home to a warm community and an array of unique opportunities. If you are an outdoorsy person, you might find yourself enjoying our beautiful botanical garden. If you are wanting something a bit more peculiar, our National Museum of Funeral History is a must-see.

Besides being knowledgeable about our lively town, we also understand local government rules and how to work with them. This allows us to get to work instantly to begin your home or business restoration journey!

An Extra Benefit

When calamity makes its way into our community, you can be confident that we can take care of the aftermath. While we are usually able to take care of all restoration demands through local experts and available materials, some disasters might result in massive damage throughout our region.

This is where the SERVPRO advantage comes into play: We are both locally owned and operated and supported by a nationally recognized brand with years of expertise. When a storm strikes and results in destruction throughout our area, we can reach out to nearby SERVPRO locations for a helping hand.

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!

Understand the Different Kinds of Weather Alerts | SERVPRO® of Westfield

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Westfield.

There are many different types of weather warnings, around 42 kinds to be exact. Each one is organized into one of seven distinct categories. It’s best to be informed about these alerts before severe weather strikes!

Understanding these weather warnings can help you prepare for any weather emergency that may affect our community. You’ll also know how to prepare your home to withstand any disaster.

Understanding all types of weather is important, but understanding what weather might strike Westfield is even more critical for staying safe.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, how are these weather alerts issued in the first place? How is the intensity, position and duration of a storm monitored if weather forecasts are just forecasts? The issuance of these warnings is influenced by a number of variables.

The National Weather Service is responsible for forecasting weather conditions and issuing any warnings when necessary. To ensure these warnings are location-specific, there are six regional offices and hundreds of sub-offices located around the country that send out these alerts. You’ll find your warnings in Westfield coming from the Southern Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

Satellite radar, weather balloons, seismic activity meters and even ocean buoys are a few of the tools used by NWS meteorologists and other employees to develop forecasts. While the type of data used varies depending on the intensity of the weather condition, the primary objective is to create a prediction that is as accurate as possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Understanding the distinction between a “watch” and a “warning” is critical when understanding these weather warnings. This is terminology that is used in most weather alerts, including thunderstorms, hurricanes and strong winds.

watch indicates conditions are being monitored and could become severe, so you should take necessary action to keep safe. A warning is given in a smaller community, like a county or city, whereas a watch is issued in a larger area.

A warning means that a severe storm is approaching your area and you should take shelter immediately.

Understanding the many types of weather your community encounters regularly can help you know what to do when these weather alerts are issued during severe weather. Because Texas is a coastal state, residents in the Westfield region are vulnerable to hurricanes. You’ll receive hurricane advisories as soon as conditions develop within our community.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

The best approach to protecting yourself and your property from weather threats is to become familiar with the many kinds of weather alerts, but there are a few other actions you can take to prepare your home for severe weather.

Cleaning your gutters and fastening any outdoor furniture is a simple way to safeguard your home for severe weather conditions such as flooding or strong winds. Prepare a shelter for your family with essential items and have an evacuation plan ready in case of an emergency.

Give SERVPRO a call if your home has been damaged by severe weather, such as hurricane-force winds or a flood. We can devise and carry out an effective restoration plan to restore as much of your home as possible.

Understanding what kinds of weather threats might impact our hometown is the best way to prepare for severe weather. Learn the many warnings that may be issued during severe weather so that you and your home are prepared for any crisis.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Keeping Any Backyard Fire Contained With These Safeguards | SERVPRO® of Westfield

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Westfield.

There’s no better way to spend the summer evening than relaxing by the fire with your family in your own backyard. S’mores, scary stories and hot dogs are just a few ways you can enjoy this special night.

We use these backyard fires and campgrounds for many reasons, such as our own entertainment, preparing a meal, keeping bugs away or as a way to clear our yard of debris, but even the most contained fires still have their own set of hazards. The National Park Service states that nearly 85% of wildfires are ignited by humans.

Texas is the second most common state in the United States for wildfires to burn. In 2021, there were around 5,600 wildfires. Many of these fires are started by careless debris burning, but dry conditions allow these flames to get even more out of control.

Of course, you’re still able to burn your debris, toast your marshmallows, light your tiki torches and barbecue your burgers, if local laws allow it. Having safeguards in place every time you burn can allow you to minimize the accidental spread of flames and enjoy your backyard fires.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Any open flame can be hazardous, but campfires, fire pits, grills and fireworks are some of the most prevalent ways outdoor fires are ignited. Grills are responsible for an average of 8,800 home fires annually, usually caused by improper usage due. Before starting up your grill, check the gas lines and propane tanks that fuel it, and always be sure to supervise your grill before and after use

When constructing a campfire, place it in a safe area away from any buildings or vehicles, and only use a match or lighter to light your fire. Once your campfire is started, make sure you only use wood to keep the flames going, and always watch the embers even after you’re done with your fire.

Fire pits are an easy way to create a camp-like feel in your own backyard, but this equipment should be used with the same precautions as you would a normal campfire. If you’re able to move your fire pit, keep it off of a wooden deck and away from areas with an overhang.

While it may seem like a convenient way to get rid of construction or household debris, you should only burn approved firewood.

And if plan on lighting fireworks to celebrate, make sure to set them off in an open area and give them room to land away from vehicles, buildings or other debris. Westfield’s firework laws allow you to buy and possess fireworks, but you should refrain from using them in certain areas, like near hospitals, churches and schools.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Fire and flammable materials still have a purpose even with their hazards. During the fall, if your yard collects a number of leaves and you don’t have a convenient way to dispose of them, burning your yard debris may be the easiest way to keep a tidy yard.

Before you begin burning, make sure your local authorities allow you to burn debris in the first place. Understand your area’s burn bans, and apply for a permit if necessary. In Westfield, conditions are particularly dry at the moment and officials have issued a burn ban until further notice. So, hold off on burning until local regulations say it’s safe to do so.

Clearing your yard of dead leaves and yard trimmings is actually a beneficial way to safeguard your home from wildfires, as well as strategic landscaping to slow the spread of flames before they reach your home. Knowing what is safe to burn and understanding the basic fire safety principles can help you keep any outdoor fire contained.

We all utilize our sheds and garages to store materials like gasoline, but irresponsible storage can have a devastating impact. Be sure to only store your gas in approved containers, and keep these containers in an area where kids can’t reach them.

Gas should only be used for its intended purpose as well, so even if you’re having trouble lighting that backyard fire, don’t turn to your gasoline can for any help.

Before lighting any fire outside, check our local weather forecast and regulations. If conditions are very dry or if winds are strong, save your marshmallows for a better day and reschedule your campfire.

And if a backyard fire inflicts damage on your home, contact our experts at SERVPRO. Our team has experience in dealing with the damage left over from smoke and flames, and we make it our goal to restore your home to its pre-fire condition as fast as we can.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Our SERVPRO Team Has the Answer to Any Damage You’re Facing | SERVPRO® of Westfield

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van. No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Westfield is only a phone call away.

As an independently managed SERVPRO, we are familiar with the challenging situations that business owners endure regularly. As you attempt to manage a thriving company, you should consider a multitude of variables, and the worst thing that might happen is a catastrophe that halts your business productivity.

While you cannot anticipate and almost definitely cannot avert a natural disaster, you can be ready for one.

And where disasters affect businesses, they will also affect homes. Trying to recover after a disaster, regardless of the degree of the damage, can be stressful.

Establish an emergency plan to help prepare your household for dealing with a disaster. Knowing the most frequent disasters in your neighborhood is the first step toward building an emergency plan.

The American Red Cross has built a beneficial tool that uses information from resources all across the nation to assist you in preparing for any size disaster. There are plenty of Red Cross locations near Westfield that can help you prepare and train for whatever may come.

Whether you manage a business or own a house or both, you will eventually be affected by a disaster at some point. In any instance, you must begin restoration as soon as possible to avoid significant consequences. Here are some of the reasons why our team is the one to choose for any of your repair needs:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We know that no two scenarios are the same. While disaster repair incidents are pretty prevalent throughout the United States, each case is unique.

For example, over 14 million houses are at risk of flooding every year, yet the harm inflicted to each property differs.

This is why our professional team is trained to take on the damage of any magnitude so that you can feel safe knowing your home or business will be efficiently restored. We will inspect your unique situation and execute an effective restoration plan.

We are here for you seven days a week. You shouldn’t wait too long when it comes to damage restoration—it’s crucial to act quickly. This is important to not only repair your home or business back to its pre-disaster state but also to keep the damage from worsening

When water infiltrates the home, it can lead to significant damage to any important belongings inside. And if the water is left unresolved for a long time, mold and mildew can find a place in your home and begin weakening your home’s walls and floors. This is why we operate 247!

We provide more than just damage repair. In addition to repairing the destruction a disaster has brought to your home, we handle every step of the process.

We can help you collect your belongings to prevent additional damages, and we can make the insurance process stress-free by speaking with your agent to get the most out of your claims. We strive to provide you with any help we can during this tough time to make the recovery process a breeze!

No matter the severity of the disaster, your local SERVPRO professionals are ready to jump to action with our experience and knowledge of damage repairs. Our restoration experts use advanced technologies and practices that can restore your property to its preloss state before you know it.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

3 Ways Storms Can Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Westfield

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Westfield your first call.

Hazardous storms frequently cause major concerns for homeowners. While most current homes are constructed to take on these severe threats, most every home or property will experience some type of damage when severe weather rolls through town.

Depending on the time of year and the type of storm, strong winds and wind-related calamities can create lightning, flash floods, cold rain and snowstorms, which all present a serious risk to your property and the structure of your home.

Based on the kinds of storms and events taking place, various sorts of damage could affect your home. The surrounding terrain of your property, the region’s geography and the quality of your home’s base or construction materials are just a few of the many variables that affect how much damage could occur. (We’ll admit, there is also a component of chance.)

While being aware of the various weather dangers that could arise is beneficial, understanding the potential effects on our particular area is far more crucial. Your Westfield home is vulnerable to weather such as severe thunderstorms, floods and hurricanes.

Living in a storm-damaged home is never recommended unless safety experts give their approval. Various kinds of damage will be apparent straight away, but other kinds may not be visible to the naked eye.

To help you better plan for them, let’s explore the three primary forms of storm damage:

Wind

When violent wind gusts that blow at absurdly high speeds strike buildings, wind damage can occur. The most frequent cause of strong winds is tornadoes and hurricanes, although even thunderstorms can generate gusts of up to 100 mph.

Debris scattered throughout your yard may be lifted by strong winds and tossed into your home or cars. You must remain indoors during storms and stay away from any windows and exterior walls in case glass breaks or the walls are pierced by flying debris.

You can also take precautions ahead of the storm to reduce the amount of wind-related damage. Reduce the amount of material a storm has to work with by keeping your property free of any limbs, big rocks, loose furniture and dead trees.

Water

Water damage is a very frequent occurrence both during and following a storm. Even a small storm can produce rain showers that cause water to collect around your home and then seep inside through the seals on your doors and windows.

If there is enough water present, it may potentially seep into your foundation and severely damage its structural integrity.

Consider using creative landscaping methods that send water away from your home instead of amassing next to it to reduce the amount of damage that water may do to your property. Alternately, you may put in a rain garden, which is a smart way to brighten your yard and keep all that rainwater from becoming a major issue.

For your gutters to function as intended and keep the weight of water off your roof, you should regularly clean them out. Water can gather in clogged gutters and make its way into your house from the top, seeping down to the bottom.

Impact

Another typical form of storm damage that can have disastrous effects on your home is “impact damage.” Strong winds can cause trees to fall or debris to be blown into your property, causing significant harm. In essence, this type of damage encompasses anything that hits (or impacts) your home or other items on your property.

Trimming branches near your property and making sure any dead trees are cleared are the best ways to prevent this kind of catastrophe from happening.

Weather-related catastrophes cost more than $145 billion in destruction in the United States alone in 2021. By preventing these common disasters before they start, these techniques can help you safeguard your home and save you a ton of time and money.

Give SERVPRO of Westfield a call if your home is impacted by the hazards of a severe storm. Our restoration specialists are prepared to handle any size damage with cutting-edge technology and years of expertise.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

Combat Storms With These Steps | SERVPRO® of Westfield

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

"a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance"   If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Westfield right away.

Severe weather is a scary issue to confront as a homeowner. In the United States, there are approximately 100,000 thunderstorms each year. This means it’s likely you will encounter severe storms a few times in your time as a homeowner. In Westfield, they are likely to occur 60 days out of the year!

Westfield can expect the most severe storms to occurring between May and October, so they’re straight-ahead. These strong storms are accompanied by flooding, hail storms, heavy rain and occasional tornadoes. This type of extreme weather is known for wreaking havoc on homes and the people caught in its path.

The unfortunate truth is there’s nothing we can do to prevent severe weather, but we can take steps to prepare for the impact. That might include putting together an emergency kit, a communications strategy and a plan for the aftermath.

No doubt, preparing for these things will at least give you a better shot at reducing their impact on you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

When the weather turns bad, keeping in touch with your family and being able to receive communications from authorities is crucial. You should have multiple ways to receive alerts from officials, including a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

In addition, you should recognize the difference between warnings and watches so you know when to seek shelter as quickly as possible.

You also need to work on a communication strategy for your household. Include important items like where to go when the weather turns bad (perhaps a basement or bathroom). Moreover, plan for communication in case one or more household members are away from home during a storm so each person knows when and how to check in.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Take the time to put together an emergency kit that holds all your essentials. Include food, water and first-aid supplies, preparing for at least three days of sheltering in place.

That way you will not have to worry about having enough necessities to last until authorities rescue you. Keep the kit stored in your at-home storm shelter area.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Here are the steps you want to take after the storm: Evaluate your storm safety plan and figure out which areas could be improved for the next time severe weather happens. Ask for everyone in the household’s input on each element.

Next, once it is safe to do so, go around your property and look for any damage. You may notice water damage in vulnerable areas like your roof or window and door seals.

If there is damage, don’t fret! SERVPRO of Westfield is available 247 to meet all your restoration needs. We provide a quick response to save as much of your home as possible.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

A Clean Home Is an Effective Way to Prevent Fires | SERVPRO® of Westfield

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

"interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire  "   If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Westfield is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

House fires are without a doubt one of the most common and disastrous catastrophes in the country. Around seven fire-related fatalities occur each day in the United States, thus taking safeguards is vital. Since the beginning of the year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 residential fires.

The first step in preventing fire threats is to take action to protect your Westfield home. Paying attention in the kitchen and checking your smoke alarms are two of the more obvious fire prevention measures, but you may not realize that tidying your house can also help to limit the spread of flames:

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Westfield residents are at high risk of wildfires. Creating a fire-prevention layout on your lawn and cleaning up around the yard are two steps you may take to prevent outside fires from reaching your home.

Due to the prevalence of wildfires in California, the state has developed defensible space zones, requiring a yard arrangement that works as a protective barrier against fires.

Practice this in your Westfield yard by planting trees and plants away from your house and removing any branches that may be hanging over it. Utilize fire-resistant landscaping, such as hardwood and maple trees or yucca plants, to help keep a wildfire from spreading.

Clear the Clutter

Everyone’s house gets messy now and then, but allowing the mess to compromise your safety is potentially deadly. Too much clutter in your home creates a safety risk to you and everyone else in the house in the event of a fire.

A cluttered home with excess storage might hinder a speedy escape in the event of a house fire. Piles of clothes or towels also act as fuel to a flame; in the event of a fire, these materials will only help it spread.

Take care to clear out piles of anything flammable, including clothes, paper and books. This is especially important around appliances, outlets and heating devices.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

A clean home can be difficult to achieve, but keep in mind that your efforts to clean your space can result in a safer living environment. Making it a habit to toss things away and dust around the house are simple actions that will make a significant difference if an unexpected fire occurs.

Dryers cause thousands of fires each year, with a dirty lint screen being the most common cause. Lint is flammable, resulting in a deadly combination of heat from your dryer. Dryer lint should be cleared from your dryer screen after each load of laundry.

Remember, a clean home is a happy home! A clutter-free environment will not only provide you with peace of mind, but it will also significantly minimize your risk of accidental fires occurring.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.