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January 2012

Greetings!

As we ring in the New Year, we here at ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington would like to thank you for your business and support in 2011.  We are continually amazed at how blessed we are for this opportunity to assist and take great pride in knowing that we can make a difference in a time of need.  As we embark on the new year we wish you a prosperous and rewarding 2012!

Happy New Year!!

ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington
(509) 922-2500  (208) 667-7670

Mold Damage After a Winter Storm

As we finished up 2011 here in the Pacific Northwest we have yet to see our first severe winter storm.  However, just when you think Spring might be around the corner we know that on average our area receives 48 to 50 inches of snow a year.  With January averaging around 15 inches of snow per year we still have a ways to go.   In addition to be cognizant of the potential snowfall levels we also need to be aware of potential mold growth after a winter storm.  The best way to prevent mold damage from melting snow and ice is to check the construction and condition of your property after the storm hits. Checking for winter storm damage on the outside of your property can prevent damaging molds from spreading into your structure and home.

Following are some areas to check to help prevent mold damage to your property.  In all cases please consult your ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington professional for all your mold damage questions. We are here to assist you 24/7.

Roofs
Do you have any loose/missing shingles? If so then you need to get them repaired.  Leaks are particularly common around chimneys, plumbing vents and attic vents. Check the flashing of your fireplace to see if water has entered in. Also check the seals around your skylights (if you have any) to ensure you don’t have areas that water can get in.  Trim any tree limbs that are brushing against your roof or are at risk of falling through your roof should they break during a storm.  Finally inspect the upstairs attic to verify you have no leaks or moisture damage that can stain ceilings.

Gutters & Downspouts
Are your gutters and downspouts correctly attached to your roof?  Make sure your downspouts are clear of leaves and twigs.  If your downspouts aren’t plumbed into your storm sewer, be sure that they empty away from the foundation of your property.  If you have standing water around your foundation or your crawl space, consider getting a sump pump to move the water out of the area.

Siding, Windows & Doors
Inspect siding to ensure no areas have come loose.  Check your door and window seals and outside caulking to ensure no water leakage.  Look for  peeling paint, which can be a sign of water getting into your property.  On the inside of your windows, wipe up any window condensation in the sliding track to avoid mold growth, particularly with metal windows.

Basements & Crawlspaces
Make sure there is no moisture seepage and that all walls and floors are dry, if you have a basement.  Consider purchasing a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the area.  Seal any cracks and holes in external walls, joints and foundations.

Fire Safety Tips:

Hopefully by now your holiday decorations are put away, thus eliminating one of the major causes of winter fires.  However, as the United State Fire Association (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) point out that property fires are more prevalent in winter than any other season.

Putting a Freeze on Winter Fires

In the current economic climate the high cost of utilities and fuels has caused many Americans to search for alternative sources of home heating.  Wood stoves, fireplaces and space heaters are now a major cause of property fires.

In addition to providing reminders and tips for fire prevention regarding heating sources the   USFA Fire Prevention website also includes information regards electrical, candle and winter storm fire prevention.

With Winter residential building fires resulting in an estimated average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1,708,000,000 in property loss each year, taking a few moment to review this information could be worthwhile!

To help get you started checkout these Top Ten Tips from the NFPA and enjoy a safe, warm and fire free winter.

Visit Our Partner

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 a Clean Trust certified firm specializing in smoke, fire 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.

Covington Construction and Restoration Builders Inc. – We Build Quality!
(509) 891-0056

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