Operating Christmas Child at SERVPRO of Timmins
Our SERVPRO of Timmins crew memebers, and Mckenzie sharing the holiday spirit by packing their Operation Christmas Child boxes.
This year SERVPRO of Timmins participated in what is called Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for Canadians to bless struggling children in the developing world by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and other items. So our team did just that! After a routine staff meeting, our crew had the pleasure of preparing boxes during our Operation Child packing party! Our crew members each packed their own box with a personal note wishing the boys and girls a very merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Timmins!
Winter Water Damage Prevention Tips
Are your ducks in a row? Avoid having them float around in your home using the preparedness tips provided!
Freezing weather can cause serious damage to homes and properties. Water that freezes in pipes may lead to pipe bursts and flooding. Moreover, roofs are prone to water damage due to ice dams or heavy snow. Below are important tips to avoid these dangers throughout the winter:
Frozen Pipe Bursts
- Both hot and cold water pipes should be insulated with heat tape or another insulator.
- The areas where the water supply lines are located – such as basement, crawlspace, and garage – should be insulated.
- Kitchen cabinet doors should be opened to allow warm air to circulate around the pipe system.
- A faucet in the property should be allowed to drip slightly. Running even a trickle can help prevent pipes from freezing.
- When leaving the home, the temperature should be set to no less than 10 degrees Celsius. The master valve to the home should be shut off.
- Ice dams form at the edges of the roof when the heat in the attic causes snow on the roof to melt, which in turn refreezes at the gutters.
- The gutters and downspouts should be regularly inspected and cleaned, to allow melted snow to properly flow through the drain system.
- The temperature in the attic must be kept between five to 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature by providing insulation and ventilation in the attic.
- Having proper insulation in the attic prevents ice dams from forming on the roof. If insulation needs to be replaced, the damaged roof area should be repaired first.
Snow on Roofs
- Heavy snow on roofs can cause ice dams and structural damage (cave-ins) to the roof.
- Snow should be removed when it’s about 15 centimetres deep, otherwise the thick snow can lead to property damage.
- At least 5 centimetres of snow should be left on the roof to avoid doing damage to the roof covering.
- Those who live in a one-story home should stay on the ground and use a rake with a telescopic handle to remove the snow on the roof. Rakes can also be used to clear the overhangs in taller homes.
- Those who are about to shovel snow from a roof should make sure the ladder is stable and that they have a safety harness. For sloped roofs, shoveling should start at the ridge and end at the eaves.
Take control of your winter by using the following preparedness tips to keep you steering clear of any unwanted water in your home!
IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Timmins is an IICRC Certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Timmins
SERVPRO of Timmins specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Meet Our Crew https://www.SERVPROtimmins.com/employee-photos
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
For Immediate Service in Timmins, Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Timmins provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Timmins and surrounding area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (705) 267-1500
Whether your home or cottage needs general carpentry or emergency restoration services, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and years of carpentry experience. Our technicians can clean, restore, and renovate to make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Timmins or surrounding area commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: https://www.SERVPROtimmins.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Timmins Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Timmins and surrounding area Home or Cottage.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Timmins will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (705) 267-1500