December 2010

Greetings!  ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington

Whether your source for forecasting the weather is the Old Farmer’s Almanac, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service or it looks as though Old Man Winter has arrived a little earlier than anticipated here in the Inland Northwest.  Despite the beauty of this winter wonderland tis the season where we see a substantial increase in disasters such as frozen pipes, collapsed roofs, fallen trees and holiday fires.  This month we are providing some advice and tips that we hope will help to make your winter and holiday season memorable for all the right reasons.

Happy Holidays!

ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington

Advice to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

The best way to avoid freezing pipes is with some preventive maintenance before the onset of freezing weather.  Making sure all hoses are disconnected from outside faucets and winterizing your underground sprinkler/irrigation systems are tasks which become more difficult after the first freeze (and maybe too late).

Recently the City of Spokane’s Water Department provided a media release with some sound advice on how to avoid frozen water pipes.

First and foremost, advise all members where the main water shutoff value is located in case of an emergency.  Here at ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington we provide FREE tags to identify your water shut off values.  Give us a call at 509-922-2500 and we’ll get those right out to you.

Next ensure all pipes in unheated areas of your home/facility, especially near windows are insulated.

Make sure to heat all area’s of your home/facility that have plumbing fixtures.  If your pipes are located on an outside wall behind a cabinet, make sure to leave the cabinet doors open to allow heat to enter the room.

If in the past you have had freezing pipes, one solution is to leave a trickle of water running from the highest faucet in the property.

In the event you have a frozen pipe, NEVER thaw it with an open flame, this may start a fire.  Use items such as a hair dryer, heat lamp or an electric heater to thaw the pipe.

For additional advice you can contact the City of Spokane Water Department at 509-675-7800 or check out the complete media release at Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes.
About ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington

We are a highly reputable, licensed, insured and endorsed water damage service provider.  In addition to our years of experience our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and have completed advanced training in water mitigation, dehumidification systems, mold remediation and corrosion control.  In the event of a water loss it is our goal to restore your property as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our Value to You

Emergency water and fire damage is emotionally upsetting enough for you, your customers and your business.   Couple this with a confusing and/or substandard restoration process and the frustration, stress and anxiety simply may be too much to handle.
At ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington, we know that keeping you, your customers and your business up and running is vital to our success.  As someone who has been affected by an adverse circumstance you need to know what to expect when the unexpected happens.  Our goal is to walk you through our Emergency Water Recovery Guide and/or Emergency Fire & Smoke Recovery Guide so that you fully understand the steps we will take to return your situation to a pre-loss condition and restore peace of mind.

In addition, our team here at ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington will work with you, your management team,  your insurance company and  our partner’s to provide clear communication and support, so we are all better equipped to support you and your needs.

In the event you experience water and/or fire damage we would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our value and earn your trust, respect and business.
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Covington Construction & Restoration Builders Inc. is a full service general contractor licensed in Washington and Idaho with offices in both states.  We specialize in residential and commercial insurance repairs with extensive experience in both areas.  Whether it’s a small repair or a complete loss (re-build) we will treat your home and office building like it is our property.

We are an IICRC certified firm specializing in Applied Structural Drying, smoke & fire damage and water damage restoration.  We pride ourselves on being available 24/7 to help you with your needs and to answer any questions.

All team members go through extensive back ground checks, drive company vehicles and wear company identifiable clothing when they arrive on site.   In addition, we do the majority of all repairs with our own employees thus ensuring control over scheduling and quality.

We have an extensive list of reference and work with all insurance companies.

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