Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Tips To Prepare Your Pipes For Winter

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

White piping system running together along a wall inside a building. Prepare your pipes for winter.

Have you prepared your plumbing for winter?  Damage caused from burst pipes can cost you thousands, of dollars.  Not all damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance.  We want to make sure you know some simple steps to get you prepared.  Follow these 7 simple steps to get off to a great start.  Find yourself in a bind?  Brogdon Plumbing is here to help!  Give us a call.

  1. Prepare your outdoor faucets.  Remove and drain your water hoses and store them indoors before the first freeze.
  2. Fix leaks now.  Inspect your pipes and have any/all leaks repaired.
  3. Wrap any pipes in unheated areas of the home.  This is crucial, for mobile homes.  Visit the hardware store and grab some heat tape and/or pipe insulation.  There are also easy to install kits, that include a thermostat. These kits can help you in the event of frigid temps for long periods.  Don’t hesitate to ask an employee for recommendations.  Protecting the pipes in your home, from low temperatures is THE single most important thing that you can do.
  4. Tune up your water heater.  You will want to drain and maintain your water heater at this time every year.  
  5. Service your furnace.  Make sure you have clean filters and call a professional to help. 
  6. Selling your home or heading south for winter?  Shut off the water, in your home, completely and consider draining your pipes.  Any water left in your pipes is at risk of freezing and causing pipes to bust.  If nobody is home, the damage can be widespread and severe.  Don’t take chances.
  7. Call SERVPRO at 423-745-4165.

http://www.brogdonplumbing.com/prepare-plumbing-for-winter/

Stop A Leaking Toilet Quick

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

White tiled bathroom with small white toilet with lid open facing forward. Stop a leaking toilet quick!

Got a leaky toilet? Believe it or not, it’s a common problem. Continue reading to find out the likeliest causes and the easiest ways to remedy the situation.

First, some of the washers between the bowl and tank may have failed. Shut off the supply valve, empty the tank with a flush, then remove the nuts, bolts, and washers from the underside of the tank. Lift the tank, position it on its side, and see if the washers need replacing.

Another culprit may be faulty fasteners securing the fill valve and ballcock to the bottom of the tank. Before you replace those parts, however, first try simply tightening the nuts and bolts holding them in place—that often solves the problem.

On the other hand, if the leak seems to be coming from the base of the tank, chances are the wax ring that seals the toilet to the floor has failed. Replacing the wax ring is a much bigger job, since it involves removing the entire toilet from its base. If you decide to replace the wax ring yourself—preferably with a friend to help with the lifting—take the extra step of also replacing any bolts that show signs of corrosion. And, once you have the toilet back in place, don’t forget to add a bead of caulk around the base.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/toilet-leaking/#.Wnxo75M-e35

Keep Heating Costs Low This Winter

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Electric heating and cooling system with screen reading 63 degrees on white wall. Keep your heating bill lower this winter with these easy tricks!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on energy bills – with nearly half of that going towards heating and cooling.

And as the temperature begins to fall, the cost to heat our homes starts to rise.

Now’s the time to make sure your home is well-insulated. A properly insulated home will keep the warmth inside, reducing your heating costs and improving comfort.

Use the five tips for insulating your home below to save on energy bills and keep you and your family nice and cozy this winter.

1. Seal Gaps Around Doors

Doors that aren’t correctly fitted to the frame form gaps. One of the simplest ways to insulate your home is to seal the gaps, typically found at the bottom of the door. These can easily be fixed by:

  • Using weather strips: Weather strips are an easy, inexpensive way to stop air leaks.
  • Installing draft stoppers: Also known as a door snake or door pillow, draft stoppers sit beneath the bottom of your door and can be made out of socks.

2. Cover or Repair Windows

Another tip for insulating your home is to cover or repair windows that are letting cold air in. For a quick fix, tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames and seal tightly. For a more long-term solution, replace old windows with new ones. Older homes that have single-pane windows lack proper insulation, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. To save money and keep those drafts from coming in, consider replacing with double or triple-pane windows.

3. Use Your Curtains

Curtains provide us with a sense of privacy, but they’re also good for insulating homes, especially if you have drafty windows. When the sun is out, open your curtains to let heat and light in. When it’s dark, close your curtains for an extra layer of insulation.

4. Insulate Your Attic

Proper insulation is not only key to finishing your attic, but increasing your energy savings as well. And when it comes to heat, about 25 percent is lost through the roof. You can reduce this by insulating the ceiling and walls. Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in attics, but according to the U.S. Department of Energy, loose-fill insulation is best because it provides better coverage when properly installed.

5. Close Your Fireplace Damper

Fireplaces are a great source of heat, until they’re not. Unless a fire is burning, make sure you close your fire damper. An open damper is like leaving a window open, and if your damper is open, you’re letting heat escape. If you have installed gas logs in your fireplace, however, leave the damper open. Gas fireplaces release large amounts of carbon monoxide and therefore must always have an open damper. If your pilot light is not lit, close the damper to ensure you’re not losing any heat, but be sure to open it back up when your gas fireplace is in use.

Source: https://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/insulate-home-cut-heating-costs/

Moving Checklist

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

New tan bricked home facing the street on a sunny day. New home awaiting its new owners!

Packing up your entire home and relocating can be extremely overwhelming. In order to make the move a smooth transition, there are a few things to check up on at your new home prior to moving in. Avoid any extra stresses by checking off these five tasks for your new home.

Change the Locks

Changing the locks on all your doors is an important step to feeling safe in your new home. As kind as the previous owners may have been, it’s nice knowing there isn’t anyone out there but you that has a key to your home. It’s best to schedule this task before moving all your belongings in to avoid any time period of unsecured doors during the transition. 

Deep Clean the House

Hopefully, the previous owners took care of cleaning and preparing the house when they first moved out, but there are some areas to check on just to be sure the place is in pristine condition. It’s easiest to clean the hard-to-reach places before you move in and there aren’t any objects in the way. Some areas to deep clean might include inside cupboards, the washer and dryer, fridge, oven, stove, and dishwasher. 

Inspect for Mold

The last thing you need is to settle into your new home only to discover it has a mold issue. The minimum you should do is at least inspect for leaks, odors, or visible signs of mold throughout the house. However, now is the prime time to schedule a mold inspection and cleanup to detect the air quality of your home and find any hidden mold. 

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Speaking of air quality, make sure to check the carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms throughout the house. It’s a relief knowing that your home is equipped with up-to-date and working monitors for you and your family’s safety. If the house doesn’t have a carbon monoxide detector yet, then now is the perfect time to purchase and install one before moving in.

Inspect the Plumbing

Make sure that the plumbing is in mint condition before moving in rather than discovering it too late. Check for leaks and any signs of water damage, and make any appointments you need to fix leaks and issues. This will not only make things run smoother, but it will also save your water bill. While you’re at it, take a look at the water heater as well. Now is a good time to flush your water heater of sediment and check if it has a water softener as well.

There is already a long list of to-dos when it comes to moving out of your house, but many things go overlooked and forgotten when it comes to the new house. Give careful consideration to the different tasks listed to make your new major change a little easier. You will feel confident and relieved moving into your new home knowing you’ve changed the locks, deep cleaned the place, inspected for mold, checked the air and alarms, and inspected the plumbing.

Source: https://www.hewnandhammered.com/hewn/2019/10/new-home-move-in-checklist.html

We Enjoy Serving Our Community

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Front of baptist church with doors open and SERVPRO equipment running to dry out the water damage. First baptist church faces water damage and SERVPRO comes to the rescue!

Recently, a local baptist church faced some water damage issues due to a leaky pipe inside their first floor restrooms. The leak was unnoticed until a few days after the problem arose, and the members were overwhelmed with where to start in the restoration process.

They called us at SERVPRO after they realized the problem, and we were able to be there quickly and were able to remedy the water damage and to prevent future mold growth.

We enjoy serving our community residents, businesses, and non-profits. Together, we all make our community strong and what it is today. We are privileged to serve our community in any way possible.

Together We Are Better

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

East Tennessee mountains at sunset with SERVPRO logo. The beautiful mountains of East Tennessee.

Our little community may be small in size but large in impact and culture. Our small but thriving areas make living in East Tennessee possibly one of the greatest places in America to live.

One great thing about our little community is that we love big. We stand behind one another in good times and in bad. We support and encourage one another. When one part of our community is struggling or faces disaster, we come alongside them as one unit in helping restore them to their previous state.

At SERVPRO, we are proud of our community. We are privileged to come alongside it and to serve the people that live and do business inside the county lines. We are sure that there are tons of other small towns and communities like ours, but we wouldn't trade ours for the world.

We hope that our community knows that if they face fire, water, mold, or storm damage, that we will be there fast to get them back on their feet in no time. But, the best part is, we are better together