You might need to know how to prevent water damage as it can happen at any time. From plumbing leaks to faulty or broken appliances, water overflow has the potential to cause some serious damage, especially if it’s not taken care of right away. To protect your home from issues that can be caused by water such as mould growth, flooding, and damage to the foundations of your property, it is best to be prepared for the worst. That’s why we have put together a list of the top causes of water damage and how to prevent them.

Broken or leaky pipes

Leaking or broken water pipes are among the most common causes of water damage to a home. If a pipe ruptures in your home, serious water damage can occur. Sometimes, all it takes is a change in water pressure or freezing temperatures to cause pipes to burst. Even a minor dripping leak can lead to substantial water damage over time. However, not all water damage is visible. Plumbing or drain damage can often be unseen and can go unnoticed within the walls of your home or in areas that are not highly trafficked.

To guard against leaks, inspect your home often for signs of leaking pipes. Early moisture detection can prevent more extensive damage down the line. If a pipe does burst, call a professional immediately. Early moisture detection can prevent more extensive damage down the line. If you suspect there may be an unseen leak, there are some signs of water damage to watch out for including listening at night for any sounds of dripping water or looking out for water rings or stains that point to a leak in the pipes. While rings may be easier to notice, keep an eye out for smaller water stains on the ceiling or walls which are also common. Regularly go through your home and make a note of areas that are close to plumbing. Soft or sagging spots on the floor, especially near the tub, shower, and sinks may be signs of a burst pipe or leaking appliances in need of repairs such as dishwashers and washing machines.

If a pipe does burst and there is considerable damage to your home, call a water damage professional to ensure that the proper steps are taken to restore your property to normal.

Water Overflow

Forgetting to turn off the taps in your sink or bathtub can lead to a soggy problem fast. Water overflow caused by sinks or toilets can wreck flooring and carpeting and even break through a downstairs ceiling if ignored long enough. If not completely cleaned up and restored right away, you may also experience permanently damaged wood and mould growth. Remember to always keep an eye on running taps. To ensure your toilets don’t overflow, know how to turn off the water supply on each toilet at the valve located on the wall.

If you’re unable to reach it, or the taps won’t close, turn off the main water supply lines to your home to avoid further damage. If the damage is minor, you can call a plumber to help fix the issue and the related minor damage. However, extensive damage may require calling a water damage restoration expert. Acting quickly is key to avoiding costly damage to your home and belongings.

Faulty household appliances

As mentioned above, malfunctioning clogs can cause appliances to leak. A dishwasher leak, for instance, can cause water damage to cabinets and lead to warped wood or mould growth. Fridges and freezers may have a clogged pipe. Likewise, washing machines can become worn with time and start to leak unless they’re regularly maintained.

As a general rule of thumb, if there is water where you can see it, there is very likely water where you can’t. This is where serious water damage can occur. If your dishwasher or other appliance leaks, clean up the leakage as quickly as possible and have your appliance repaired or replaced. Calling a professional for regular maintenance is the first step to preventing water damage to your home. If the leakage is extensive, you’ll need to call emergency services to ensure that the water flow is stopped and the damage is contained and restored.

Clogged guttering

Gutters are meant to direct water away from your home but a clogged gutter can cause water to overflow and slowly seep into your property through roof leaks or a damaged foundation. Periodic cleaning is important to ensure that your gutters are free of any debris. Twice a year, take the time to remove any leaves, twigs, seedpods, and other blockages from your gutters. Remember, if you’re planning on cleaning your own gutters, please stay safe by following the proper safety precautions.

Preventing long-lasting effects from water damage

Even with the best precautions, water damage can still happen, be it from extreme weather or something else. If damage does occur because of plumbing leaks or water overflow, call ServiceMaster Restore to act fast and restore your home back to normal. Our experts will assess the damage and create a bespoke and comprehensive restoration plan to get your home up and running as soon as possible.

We are available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week, and can be reached in an emergency on 0845 762 6828, or by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore here.

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How ServiceMaster Restore can restore your property in response to a disaster.

In the aftermath of a disaster, it can be difficult to think of how to respond and what to do. You’re still in shock from the surprise of what has happened and might not have a plan of action for the situation. At ServiceMaster Restore we know what to do to help you get back on track after a sudden disaster. Be it from water and flooding, smoke and fire, or trauma, ServiceMaster Restore is on hand 24/7 and will be there to help and respond as soon as you need us.

Water Damage

Damage from water can come from many sources; a burst pipe, extreme weather, or a flood. No matter the amount of water, it’s always best to err on the side of caution as even a small amount of water can cause significant damage. If you’re unsure of what to look for, there are some easy signs of water damage to be on the lookout for.

And if you do suspect water damage on your property, our technicians have the specialist skills and equipment to resolve the issue as efficiently as possible, protecting your belongings and endeavour to leave your property as good as new wherever they can. And in severe cases, we are committed to reinstating damaged decor and furniture to ensure your property is fully restored to its former condition.

Fire Damage

Damage from a fire may not come just from the fire itself. In a lot of cases, smoke can cause significant damage due to the acidic residue that it leaves behind. In dealing with the initial aftermath, our goal is to help you avoid the cost of needing alternative accommodation. We work quickly, ensuring that your assets and belongings are protected from any further damage, whilst dealing with the more immediate fire damage.

With over 65 years as a leading disaster restoration service, we pride ourselves on having one of the quickest response times in the industry and all of the latest specialist products and equipment to deal with fire and smoke damage in all areas of the property. All our technicians are fully trained in fire mitigation, restoration and corrosion control to give you the reassurance and results you need in a difficult situation.

Trauma Response

Experiencing death and trauma scenes is something most of us are unprepared to ever encounter in our day to day lives. Trauma Clean Up services from ServiceMaster Restore can help minimise disruption and upset and also ensure the aftermath is dealt with hygienically. These traumatic events are, understandably very difficult for people to cope with. Our top priority is your safety, which is why we always endeavour to carry out sensitive, prompt, professional trauma scene cleaning services to restore the property to its original condition as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Once at a scene, our highly trained technicians will evaluate the extent of the damage and when authority is given we will immediately begin trauma scene clean up and restoration procedures. We sanitise, clean, and deodorise all affected areas for a wide variety of infectious pathogens including HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C and Tuberculosis. Once the infectious pathogens have been eradicated we take all steps to return the residence or business to its original state prior to the incident. We will then take swabs to thoroughly check that the property has been properly sanitised, to ensure that you are safe to return.

So if you need to restore your property in response to a disaster, ServiceMaster Restore will be there to support you in making sure that you can recover as soon as possible. We are available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week, and can be reached in an emergency on 0845 762 6828, or by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore here.

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It’s a good time to start taking on board some home BBQ safety tips now that the weather is getting warmer. As you’ve probably considered firing up the barbecue (if you haven’t already!) After all, nothing says spring or summer like the smell of burgers, steaks, hot dogs and chopped veggies fresh off the grill – until something starts burning, that is.

While barbecue grills are an easy way to cook up large amounts of delicious food, they can also pose a serious fire hazard to your home and family. But don’t worry, there are some easy ways you can prevent injury and keep your home safe. Keep your property out of harm’s way the next time you smoke, sizzle or sauté outside by following a few simple BBQ safety tips from ServiceMaster Restore.

Practice Good Grilling Habits

Whatever kind of barbecue you use, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of fire or injury. Here are some basic grilling safety tips to follow:

  • Set your barbecue up a safe distance away from structures and overhangs, including your main building, shed, garage, trees and other potentially flammable objects.
  • Never use your grill inside, in a tent, or under an outdoor awning. Doing so can pose a serious fire hazard and potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning if you’re using a gas barbecue.
  • Light any gas or charcoal BBQs using special long-length lighters or long matches to avoid getting burned. Keep all ignition sources out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave an actively burning BBQ unattended, and let the grill fully cool before you cover or store it.
  • Clean your barbecue thoroughly and often to reduce flammable build-up inside.

Be Aware of Proper Charcoal Barbecue Safety

Many people swear by the taste of food cooked on a classic charcoal barbecue. This popular way of cooking is fun, but it also poses unique fire risks of its own. Keep these important BBQ safety tips in mind if you own or use a charcoal barbecue:

  • Only add enough charcoal to cover the bottom of the barbecue. Don’t pile too much inside since it could cause ashes and sparks to become airborne, possibly catching nearby objects or even your home on fire.
  • Store extra charcoal in a secure place away from other potential fire hazards, and preferably in an airtight metal container.
  • Only use starter fluid specifically designed for charcoal. Apply it to cold coals only, and don’t add extra fluid once the BBQ is lit. Otherwise, the flames could get too high, resulting in possible burns or an uncontained fire.
  • Empty your used ashes only when they have fully cooled. Never store or dispose of them in a bin or leave them out on the decking. Even when cooled, ashes can still cause a fire. It’s best to dump them on garden soil or contain them in a metal receptacle for proper disposal.

Use your Gas BBQ Wisely

Gas barbecue grills are convenient and easy to use and require less refuelling than charcoal grills. But gas barbecues are also susceptible to fire risks, so it’s important to be aware of how to properly operate your gas BBQ. Remember these safety tips if you own a gas BBQ:

  • Open the lid before lighting the barbecue. This allows oxygen to escape and reduces the risk of fire or even explosion.
  • Check the gas line and tank fittings regularly for leaks. You can do this by brushing soapy water around these areas. If you see bubbles emerge, there could be a leak somewhere. Replace any damaged and/or leaking parts and make any other needed repairs before using the barbecue.
  • If you have spare gas cylinders, never store them under a stairway. Place them upright and outside, away from any structures to minimise fire risks.
  • Turn off your barbecue using the controls first, then close off the gas line at the tank. This helps to ensure any excess gas can escape safely.

If the worst should happen and you experience a fire during the warmer months, the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore are always available to help. We hope you never need to make that call but if you do, we’ll be available.

Find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore today or call 0845 762 6828 to see how we can help you recover.

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Read on for a very helpful Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to get your home ready for the Spring.

The clocks have gone forward, the daffodils are out, and the temperature is rising – spring is here! It’s a season of transformation as winter melts away and flowers start to bloom, and one that motivates many to start a home improvement project (or two).

If you’re looking to take proper care of your property, inside and out, a great first step is preparing your home for warmer weather and checking for any damage that may have been caused by departing winter’s ice, frost, and even snow. This not only helps you prepare for larger projects, but it’s also a great way to fix small issues before they turn into big problems.

Not sure where to start? We’ve organised tasks for different areas of the home to get you on your way.

  1. Inside the home
  • Look for leaks around windows. This means caulking and weather stripping may need to be replaced. If you see cracks, it might be time for new windows. Failing to do so could mean your home will take longer to heat or cool, which could be costly in the future.
  • Clean your windows. You may even consider fitting them with fly screens. These prevent debris from entering your home and can protect your home from unwanted insects that start to come out when the weather heats up.
  • Clean typically neglected areas, such as blinds, rails, cabinets, drawers, and closets. Give them a good cleaning by using the appropriate products for the material type. And to get the professional domestic cleaning treatment, book a spring clean from Merry Maids, a member of the ServiceMaster brand family, today.
  • Inspect your loft space for signs of rodents or other intruders. Their droppings could lead to wood rot in your attic and can have harmful health risks to your family.
  • Look for damp insulation or leaks caused by melting ice dams. During the winter months, your home can fall prey to a number of problems in the roof space. Ice dams will need to be removed since they may lead to leaks in your attic which could cause mould in your insulation. Water damage may also occur as it leaks into your home’s walls.
  • Go over walls and ceilings for signs of water damage. If you see some signs of water damage, contact ServiceMaster Restore for comprehensive water damage restoration services to help address the issue as quickly as possible.
  1. Outside of the home
  • Clean gutters to remove any blockages and allow water to flow properly. Having blockage could lead to overflow that can fall along the foundation of the building or even lead to structural damage.
  • Check the roof for missing shingles, damaged pipes, or anything out of the ordinary. If you’re not comfortable climbing on the roof, do a once-over with binoculars. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert for help if you notice anything out of the ordinary or are unsure if repair is needed.
  • Inspect your driveway for cracks or damage caused by thawing ice and frost. Ice and snow cause soil to expand, which can lead to unsightly damage to your driveway. Cracked concrete can also cause damage to cars and tripping hazards.
  • Check outside-facing walls for damage to stucco, brick, or wood. Look for stains that could indicate water damage inside the walls. Don’t panic if you spot any, stucco damage repair and damage to walls can be fixed by professionals.
  • Look for foundational cracks that may require repair. Not taking care of these now could lead to extensive water damage if there’s a flood. The water will spill into the cracks and could cause uneven floors or mould growth
  • Find your home’s sump pump and make sure it’s still in working order. Check to make sure that the water drains properly and away from your home by clearing debris and pouring water into the pit.
  1. Garden
  • Remove debris and leaves that can prevent new grass from growing underneath. This will also help prevent harm to children playing on the lawn and falling on hidden branches etc.
  • Trim bushes, trees, and other foliage that may have grown out of control. Pruning helps remove dead branches that may blow into your home during strong winds.
  • Check decks and patios for boards in need of repair, then clean the boards to extend the life of the wood. A damaged patio board could lead to injury if not fixed, and could also lead to extended damage throughout the patio.
  • Clean outdoor barbeques to get rid of old debris and mess. Excess grease can lead to a flare-up and possible fire damage to your home if it’s located near your property. Cleaning a grill also helps heat it faster.
  • Assess the state of your lawn furniture and equipment. Be sure to repair or wash it as necessary. If lawn furniture is broken or run down, get in touch with a furniture restoration business like ServiceMaster’s very own Furniture Medic to give it a new lease of life and prevent further damage. Chairs can wear down after being exposed to the elements, and children’s playground equipment may also need to be inspected to avoid injury.
  • Take inventory of your gardening equipment to make sure you have what you need for maintenance, flower beds, etc. Lawnmowers and other gardening equipment will require maintenance to continue functioning. For example, lawnmowers need oil changes once every spring or 50 hours of use to run well for years to come.

These are simple actions that can have a long-lasting payoff, so make sure you’re going through them on an annual basis. Failing to do so could result in costly damage to your home that will require home restoration services.

But should the worst happen, and your home experiences extensive water, mould, or other property damage, remember that you don’t have to struggle on your own. The experts at ServiceMaster Restore are here to help. We’ll work with you to address the problems you may have found during your inspection and make sure that your home is safe from damage.

Find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore today or call 0845 762 6828 and see how we can help you recover.

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Even the smallest fire can wreak havoc  through smoke damage on your business. And not just from the fire itself. Smoke can have lasting repercussions that span far beyond any damage you can see on the surface. Smoke damage repair is also a time-sensitive process, as smoke and soot contain high levels of acidity that can harm almost any material. Following a fire in your commercial property, it is imperative that you know the effects of smoke and take immediate action once the flames are extinguished.

Smoke Damage Timeline

Minutes after a fire breaks out in your commercial building, soot begins to destroy your property. That’s why it’s crucial to call in restoration experts as soon as the fire is out. The longer you wait, the more loss your business could have.

In minutes: Soot and smoke will leave a yellow stain on your walls and items made with plastic, marble and other porous materials.

In hours: The acidic content in soot can cause metal objects, grout, and other materials to become tarnished and stained.

In days: Your walls may be permanently yellow. Metals can corrode or rust. Wooden furniture destroyed. Flooring, upholstery, cubicles, and other fabric-based items will need replacing.

In weeks: When soot damage has a chance to permeate through your materials, it can cause permanent corrosion and release toxic fumes into the air. Office supplies, furniture and electronic equipment may need replacing.

How to reduce smoke odours

There are a few steps you can take before restoration arrive on the scene to reduce damage and costs to your business. Once it’s safe to enter your building, you can attempt to reduce the smell of smoke odours in your business by doing the following:

  • Open all doors and windows to air out the building, if the temperature is above 60 degrees.
  • Replace the air filters on your furnace if it uses forced air.
  • Tape some muslin cloth over returns, and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.

While you attempt to reduce smoke odours in your building, do not:

Touch anything in the building with your bare hands. Oils from your skin can permeate through materials like upholstery, walls and woodwork. As this can lead to extensive damage.

Attempt to wash yellowed or damaged walls. The wrong cleaning technique could compound soot residue. So, it’s best to leave the clean-up to the professionals.

Dealing with a disaster can be stressful, but you’re not in it alone. With over 65 years in the cleaning and restoration industry, you can count on ServiceMaster Restore to be at your side every step of the way. Our commercial fire and smoke damage removal services include expert processes for electronics restoration, document and data recovery, smoke and odour removal, and more.

To completely restore your company back to its pre-loss conditions, think ServiceMaster Restore. We’ll guide you through every step of our process to ensure you can get back to business as usual right away. Click here to learn more about our services by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business today. Or in an emergency, call 0845 762 6828.

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Storm Eunice has arrived, and with much of Britain now feeling its effects, it is vital to know how to protect you and your home from the strong winds and heavy rain.

Wind and heavy rainfall can be harmful to your property in a number of ways; In a downpour such as the ones experienced by many this weekend, the combination of strong winds and rain can lead to a build-up of moisture in your loft and roof space, which in turn can cause a heavy growth of damp and mould.

Mould in your roof space can be both detrimental to your health and the structure of your roof, as the moisture and mould can rot the timbers that make up your roof. Therefore, it is vital that you get it treated right away. This is especially true if you experienced hail this week, as dents that hail might leave in the tiles of your roof, or blockages in guttering can be a breeding ground for mould, as well as being a risk of leakage.

So, if Storm Eunice has meant that you have experienced hail in the last few days, it is a good idea to do an inspection of your roof tiles and gutters. Naturally, we understand that not many of people would feel comfortable to be traipsing around on our rooves to carry out DIY work. That’s why you can leave it to the professionals.

If your home has been the victim of damage from Storm Eunice this week – internal or external – give ServiceMaster Restore a call. Our experts are fully trained to carry out all manner of checks on your property, as well as restoration in certain circumstances. Whether it be damage from debris, the removal of mould, or flooding, we will be there to aid you in the aftermath.

Our support covers all elements of disaster recovery, and even includes aiding with claims and insurance. For example, if your home has flooded as a result of Storm Eunice, in completing a full flood clean up, we can also provide a moisture report to check for substantial moisture in your property. You can then send this to insurance companies for their report if put through insurance.

If you need our help, or just want to be prepared by learning more about our services, you can click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0845 762 6828 in an emergency.

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The Met-Office has officially warned that the wind and rain from the combination of storms Eunice and Dudley could cause more problems for UK citizens this week.

Following the problems of the past few weeks, it looks like parts of the UK may also have to brace for snow. The official word is a yellow weather warning for wind and snow in parts of the north of England and most of Scotland this Friday 18th February. As well as this, the strong winds from storm Eunice are set to sweep the rest of nation by this date, with the orange weather warning for winds that is currently in place in Scotland moving to the midlands and south of England by Friday.

For the rest of this week you can expect disruptions to roads and public transport such as air and ferry services. Also, be warned that some roads and bridges are likely to close, which may lead to longer journey times and further cancellations. As for the past couple of weeks, you may also need to be prepared for fallen trees and power cuts. And for those in coastal regions (or visiting them for half term), please be aware that the conditions may cause waves and material from beaches to be thrown onto roads and beachside properties.

For those travelling in storms this week, please note this guidance from the Met-Office on how to do so safely, and to keep up to date with the changing conditions, visit the Met-Office website. During the periods of high wind, please be careful of flying debris, as this can cause a danger to life, as well as damage to buildings and homes.

And if your property is the victim of damage during the storms, get in touch with us, and we will be there to aid in the aftermath and restoration. To find out more about our services, find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore branch today, or give us a call on 0845 762 6828 in an emergency.

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Preventing fallen tree damage is becoming more important as the UK continues to experience high winds and heavy rain. The MET office has issued 38 flood alerts nationwide and are suggesting UK residents prepare for potential power outages. Much like storms Malik and Corrie, previous storms have left particular damage to the nation’s forestry. Back in November, Storm Arwen caused winds to reach nearly 100mph and damaged around 8 Million trees in Scotland alone.

A fallen tree is one of the most common causes of structural damage after a storm. Since trees can topple in a matter of seconds, your home can be at serious risk for expensive, life-threatening destruction.

Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take now to check the durability trees near or on your property:

  • Look for large, visible cracks in the tree’s trunks and branches.
  • Be aware of potential rotting and look for things like fungus or mould on the bark of the tree.
  • Trees and branches that are leaning at a sharp angle are at risk of toppling over or at risk for branches breaking off.
  • Older trees or hollowed out sections of your tree should be assessed by a local arborist to determine if it should be removed.

What Should I Do if My Tree Looks Unhealthy?

Once you’ve discovered that a tree near your home is damaged, rotting or old, it’s essential that you take the following steps before it affects your home:

  • Trim cracked or dangling tree limbs, and prune any branches that are close to your structure.
  • Have a professional inspect trees that appear to be leaning or those that are older and more prone to disease.
  • Report tree limbs that are close to utility lines to your local power company.
  • Never try to cut a tree down yourself without the help of an experienced tree removal service.

What to do when a tree falls on your home

Evacuate Immediately

As soon as a tree hits your home, be sure you and your family get out as quickly and safely as possible. Be extra careful if there are phone or power lines down and wait to use your phone until you are out of the house.

Call Emergency Services

Do not attempt to deal with a fallen tree on your own. To ensure the safety of all involved, call 999. They will send the appropriate respondents to the scene. You need them to make sure your home is safe to re-enter and that no one has been injured. If the incident has caused an injury, stay calm and wait for an ambulance to arrive.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Make sure to call your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim for your home. Once you start the process, they can instruct you on how to proceed, as you will want to be sure the removal of the tree and your home repairs are covered before you begin any work. If your tree falls on a neighbours’ home, your neighbour will make a claim – but you will still need to notify your insurance company as well.

Get in Touch with a Roofing Contractor

Go ahead and call a local roofing contractor to assess the damage. Do not try to do the work on your own, even if it seems small, only a professional knows the extent of structural damage that has occurred.

Take lots of Photos and Secure Belongings

As is the case with most disasters, it’s a good idea to take photos of the damage. Be careful when taking pictures and don’t attempt to get on your roof. If you will need to be out of your home for some time, be sure to secure any valuables. Make sure your doors and windows are locked and take anything that you may need with you.

If your home has been affected by a fallen tree and you need help cleaning up the damage, contact ServiceMaster Restore by finding your nearest business here. Whatever the damage, we have the proper tools and expertise to get your home back to normal as fast as possible.

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A comprehensive power cut preparation guide to all of the things you might need during an extended power outage.

With storms Malik and Corrie currently sweeping the UK, many homes across the nation are set to be without power for as long as multiple days in some areas. But how can you prepare? Don’t be left in the dark: we’ve put together a list of things you’ll need to get by without power.

Before the storm

  • Fill up your car – You can use your car to charge your phone, listen to the radio, or get where you need to go in a pinch. You won’t be able to fill up your car after a power-cut, so make sure you do it beforehand.
  • Have a car charger for your phone
  • Make sure you know where your torches and batteries are
  • Have a battery operated radio at home – If you don’t have a radio, one in the car works great, but having one in the home means you can save your car’s A radio can keep you entertained and updated on the conditions of the power and the weather.
  • Stock up on water and non-perishable food. Make sure you have a manual can opener
  • Buy paper plates and utensils
  • Have a battery operated clock on hand
  • Have a cooler/freezer bag ready to store food that may go off in the fridge
  • Have blankets ready for the cold, especially as the power-cuts come at this colder time of year

When the power is out

  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible – By keeping your fridge and freezer door closed, any food left in there can be kept cold for at least four hours. After that, transfer food to the cooler/freezer bag you have at the ready.
  • Monitor candles closely – We recommend that you steer clear of candles and stick to only using torches. If you do choose to use them, be sure you don’t ever leave them burning overnight. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate an already difficult situation with a house fire.
  • If you have a generator, be sure to use it correctly and beware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use
  • Turn off and unplug all appliances and lights – This will prevent circuits being blown when the power comes back on. However, you may want to leave one light switch on so that you will know when power is on.
  • Do not use a cooker with an external source like a grill indoors – As was the case for using candles, you don’t want to be creating hazards by using a grill in an indoor space like the home or garage.
  • Find fun ways to pass the time – Play board games and check on your neighbours. Above all be patient and careful.

Should the worst happen, and your property becomes damaged as a result of storms Malik and Corrie, we will be there to help. Our ServiceMaster Restore operatives are equipped repair damage to your home from flooding, fire, and other types of home trauma.

If you are left struggling and unsure of what to after a serious incident, rest assured that we do. To get in touch, or learn more about our services, click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business, or give us a call on our 24-hour line by dialling 0845 762 6828.

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Is graffiti and vandalism a problem you’ve come back to?

With government restrictions easing again, more and more people across the UK are beginning to return to the office. But what do you do if you come back to find that your building has been vandalised with unsightly graffiti in your absence?

Unfortunately, graffiti and vandalism is a big issue in the UK. Graffiti can be seen wherever you go; in shopping centres; on the walls and doors of commercial businesses; to factories and healthcare organisations. Not only is it unpleasant, but it is also expensive. It is estimated that in the UK, graffiti and vandalism costs the over £1 billion per year to clean up!

We all know how much first impressions count, and an unsightly building due to malicious damage and vandalism will harm your image with potential staff, clients and investors. This could lead to a loss of business, a reduction in staff morale and negative public perception of your company.

So what can you do? Though local authorities will always work with the community to prevent graffiti wherever they can, they are not responsible for clearing graffiti on private property – which includes business premises. What is important is to act fast. Eliminating graffiti, or other malicious damage as soon as it appears makes it easier to remove.

But who should I call?

For high quality and effective graffiti and vandalism restoration, there is only one option. ServiceMaster Restore is prepared to handle any and all damage to your commercial property – including graffiti and other malicious damage and vandalism. Our specialist tools and expert technicians are equipped to remove unwanted graffiti from a number of different surfaces. It doesn’t matter if it is signs, walls, or something else entirely. Whatever your situation, ServiceMaster Restore will sort it.

To learn more about our graffiti, vandalism, and other disaster restoration services, find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore branch today by clicking here.

Preventative measures you can take

So we’ve cleaned up the graffiti and vandalism on your premises, but you are understandably worried about the same happening again. Luckily, another benefit of it acting quickly and getting graffiti and vandalism cleaned ASAP is that it reduces the risk of vandals doing it again.

You can also employ some natural deterrent like landscaping by planting shrubs or thorny plants, which can help to restrict vandal access. Similarly, using fencing and controlled entrances and exits, can work effectively.

For more information on our services, as well as useful tips and news on hazards, safety and disaster restoration, check out our other posts in the ServiceMaster Restore blog or call us on o845 762 6828

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