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7 Ways to Prevent Ice Build Up on Your Vehicle Windscreen - from A Few Dollars to FREE!!

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention is always better than cure. This is definitely in the case of ice on your windscreen. These prevention measures take less than a minute verses up to 15 minutes to warm water and scrape ice off in the morning. Which is very handy when you’re needing to leave quickly in the morning for work or seeing friends.

We’ve listed 7 different options for preventing ice build up on your vehicle windscreen. Starting at roughly $20 down to something that is free. But before you skip down to the free option, make sure to read all of them. You might find out that 3 is a better option for you than number 7.

Option 1: Roughly $20 - A Windscreen Cover

Ice cannot develop on the windscreen if it is covered. A cover takes less than 30 seconds to apply each time you park and (when attached correctly) you will save so much time. Say that it takes 10 minutes each morning to remove the ice. That’s 50 minutes each week wasted cleaning your screen! That’s almost 4 hours a month spent on cleaning your windscreen! No thanks.

Option 2: Use another item as a windscreen cover

Sounds silly, but it works. As long you have something to cover the windscreen, the ice cannot easily set. Items that could work include carpet remnants, old table cloths or even shower curtains. Personally we’d just take option 1 over this, but sometimes people prefer something that can be re-used rather than purchasing another item.

Option 3: Rubbing Alcohol - roughly $2-5

Simply pour 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part water into a spray bottle and mix thoroughly. Spray this all over the windows each night when you park. This will make it much harder for the water or snow to settle on the windscreen at night. This process takes roughly 2-3 minutes each night.

Option 4: Vinegar Spray - roughly $2

Similar to Rubbing Alcohol, mix 3 parts white vinegar, 1 part water into a spray bottle. Spray each night.

Option 5: Onion - $0.50 per use

This is a lesser known method. Because … well it sounds a little strange. But by cutting an onion in half and rubbing it on your windows at night actually stops the frost setting over night. Make sure to cut it length ways. The oil from the onion acts as a lining on the glass, coating it and working wonders. Personally we think you should save the 50c and make the onion part of your dinner. But there’s a lot of people who swear by this method (because it does work).

Option 6: Salt Water - A few pennies

Saline solution works wonders and the technique is similar to option 3 and 4. Create a saline solution (salt solution) by mixing it with water in a spray bottle. The more salt, the merrier. Add a little hot water with the salt first so that the salt blends thoroughly. Once it’s blended, add the cold water.

Option 7: Park Facing East - FREE

This little life hack blew our minds! Use God’s given life giver, the sun, to do some of the hard work for you. Because the sun rises from the east, it will start heating up the ice on your windscreen, making it easier to scrape off in the morning. We definitely suggest mixing this option with options 3 to 6 if you decide to use them. It’s a winning combination.

If this helped please let us know. As we would like to continue to bring value to you and the community.

Please email us at SERVPRO10649@gmail.com

Thank you from the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

How To Be Prepared For a Snowstorm In Under One Hour

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

A woman walking through a snowstorm If You're Prepared, It's a Walk in the Park

Snowstorms come in fast and can keep you grounded in your home for a few days. A common issue we hear locally within the Parkersburg, WV and surrounding areas is that people are not prepared.

Luckily being prepared isn’t as hard as people think. Plus it can be as fast as one hour to set up your small survival kit. Keep in mind though, that the best practice is to have all these preparations done well before a snowstorm is even a thought. So follow these steps, invest in one hour of your day today or tomorrow and go and prepare for the “what if” this winter.

What You Can Do Now - Build an Emergency Kit

Head to your local Sams Club or Kroger and grab all of the following:

  1. Cell phone and portable charger. Portable chargers are extremely useful when the power is out.
  2. Flashlights with extra batteries. Try and avoid using candles. While they are romantic and set a beautiful mood, it increase the likelihood of a fire. Now although the fire will not expand beyond the home, we’d rather you have no smoke or fire damage in the home.
  3. Water and snack food This is much cheaper than you think. You can get 40 x 16 fl oz. for only $5 and this will be enough for the family for a few days. Snack ideas include canned beans, chips, dried fruit, canned fruit and or nuts. Keep in mind that you want items that do not need to be cooked, because the electricity may be out.
  4. Pet food. Don’t forget your little ones! It’s very common.
  5. First aid kit with any necessary medications and a pocket knife. Keep it simple. This might already be in your bathroom, but be sure to have some bandaids, gauze and disinfectant.
  6. A bucket to flush the toilet. Old school trick. Fill the bathtub with water. The flush may not work in a snowstorm. For this reason you will need to fill your bucket and throw it at the toilet water to start it flushing.
  7. Fire wood. Keeping warm is important. And a nice, family fire in the living room could be a nice way to interact.
  8. Waterproof matches and a can to melt snow for water (if want to feel like Rambo). This is a little over the top, but we heard this from someone. If you do this, send us a video. We want to see it!

Have the Car Prepared

If you plan on driving during the snowstorm or blizzard first check all local weather warnings. But if you do, make sure to have all these items at your ready:

  1. Full tank of gas - for the generator of vehicle
  2. Windshield scraper
  3. Tow chains or rope
  4. Tire chains
  5. Canned compressed air with sealant for emergency tire repair
  6. Cat litter or sand to help tires get traction, or road salt to melt ice
  7. Booster cables with fully charged battery or jumper cables
  8. Road maps
  9. Shovel

We hope this helps. But more importantly, we hope that there isn’t a snowstorm this winter!

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

How to Make Your Home Mold-Resistant in 8 Easy to Follow Steps

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

A loaf of sliced bread covered in mold Mold is born in moisture and a lack of airflow

Mold is a common household guest. Mold may cause health effects without us even knowing. For this reason, the article you are reading is designed to better equip you with moisture prevention and ultimately mold prevention in your home. After reading this article you will know better how to prevent mold in your home and commercial building in Parkersburg, WV and surrounding areas.

First, we must know why mold is potentially harmful to us.

Why Remove the Mold?

Most mold that builds up in our homes and offices give out spors. These spors travel through the air and we breathe them in. 

Some mold can also contain many irritants and allergens, which may cause health effects. Very few types of mold contain toxins, however its is important to know the difference. One type is Toxic Black Mold. At the end of this article we will contain a link on “How to Determine if You have Black Toxic Mold In Your Home”.

Where does Mold typically grow in our home?

Mold grows in areas that are moist and do not have much air flow. Common areas that mold grow include: the showers and bathroom, clothing and inside water bottles. Other, less visible or even hidden areas include: under the carpets, backside of the drywall and inside walls, pipes and ceiling tiles.

Even if the mold is hidden, it can negatively effect our health because it is the air in which the spors are transported.

What are the steps to stop it growing?

The main goal with mold control comes down to one simple rule: moisture control. In the next 8 points you will know exactly how to moisture control your home and ultimately minimise the possibility of mold growing in your home.

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. While it is not possible to make your home completely “mold proof” you can make it “mold resistant”. Look around your home first and identify the problem areas. Some suggestions of what to look for include: Does the basement flood? Do any windows get frequent condensation? Are there any water stains on the walls or roofs? Once you’ve done this, go immediately to step 2.
  2. Dry wet/damp areas immediately. No moisture - no mold growing. Therefore the more proactive you are with removing the moisture / water, the harder it is for mold to grow and thrive. Side Note: Do not leave wet clothes in the washing machine. Mold can spread very quickly and this is very common in homes where we easily forget about our clothes.
  3. Proper ventilation. It is often our bad habits that help mold to grow in our homes. When cooking, showering or anything that includes steam always be sure to properly ventilate the room and home. This can be as simple as opening a window (yes even in winter) or having an exhaust fan in the room or a dehumidifier.
  4. Use Mold-resistant products. This is a harder one because it can be a costly one compared to the above. BUT once done, less work and time is needed on your behalf. Common dry wall allows little ‘pockets’ for mold to sit in comfortably. This is because it’s made of gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Whereas with mold resistant drywall the gypsum core is covered in fibreglass instead. This makes it highly water-resistant.
  5. Monitor the humidity indoors. According to the EPA, indoor humidity should be between 30% and 60%. Humidity meters are available at any local hardware store. Once you have the meter, you’ll be able to detect the high humidity areas in your home and follow step two again.
  6. Direct water away from the home. Make sure that the ground around your home is sloped slightly away from your home. Otherwise your home quickly builds up water. Not only does this make it vulnerable to mold build up, but also flooding and flooding damage, which can be very costly to fix.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. Often cases with mold derive from a leaking roof or damaged gutters. Check: that your gutters are cleaned regularly and inspected properly for damage. If damaged: repair as soon as possible.

We hope that these pointers have helped you understand further. Mold is something every home should avoid as it is an unnecessary, potential health risk in your home. And your health must be primary.

To read further about Black Toxic Mold and how to determine if it is present in your home, please click here to read.

If there are any other questions or concerns you may have please do not hesitate to call our friendly and knowledgeable staff on 304-428-7378.

Keep safe!

The team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

3 Small (Free) Tasks That Will Stop Your Christmas Tree Catching On Fire

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A Christmas Tree on Fire with presents underneath it A Minute a Day Can Save You A Lot of Heartache

Christmas is a time of joy, yet unfortunately some families in the Parkersburg, WV area have had this time turn to heartache. This heartache was so easily avoidable that we had to share this with the community. They did not keep their Christmas tree moist. Their Christmas tree became dryer over the holiday period and therefore was more vulnerable to fire.

“These fires can grow faster than you can act. Quickly engulfing the home.”

Why Is a Christmas Tree a Fire Hazard?

As the leaves and wood becomes dryer, they become optimal fuel for fire. The fire can feed off the materials and grow. These fires can grow faster than you can act with getting water, and as the fire grows, everything else around it becomes more likely to catch alight as well. As the fire grows larger and larger, catching smaller items, the home becomes more likely to go as well.

How To Prevent Your Christmas Tree from Catching On Fire

There are three vital steps to take with your real Christmas Tree:

  1. Buy fresh Christmas Trees: The CPSC says “A fresh tree is green, its needles are hard to pull from branches, and its needles do not break when bent between your fingers."
  2. Keep the tree away from all heat sources: Do not play with fire. Literally. Keep your Christmas tree more than 5 feet away from the fireplace and 3 feet from a heater or candles. Also remember to keep your Christmas tree away from any exits and doorways.
  3. Water your tree daily: Do not let the leaves and wood dry. Luckily, this is very simple to do. All that you need is a spray bottle with water. Spray it every morning thoroughly to wet the leaves with a small mist over them. They will absorb the water, dramatically minimising the chance of fire.

A minute a day will save you tens of thousands of dollars in Fire Damage and a lot of heartache in a time that is meant for family.

If you wish to purchase an artificial tree be sure to check that it is fire resistant.

For more fire tips simply click here.

Enjoy your Christmas and have a joyous holiday period with your family.

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

5 Steps to a JUICIER THANKSGIVING TURKEY Without Burning the House Down

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

A cartoon of a turkey holding a sign saying thanksgiving day No-One Likes A Burned Turkey

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the turkeys are almost ready. But sometimes we forget about them then BAM! The turkey is now more charcoal than caramel looking. 

Sure, we're not a cooking company, but we do want your Thanksgiving to go to plan and be a happy time with the family. So here's a few things we found on the internet that we've done ourselves to make Thanksgiving great.

How to Cook a Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey, Charcoal-Free

  1. Thaw Correctly. Don't got stuffing that turkey in the oven prematurely. You've got to let it thaw! And it takes a little longer than you think. A 20lb turkey can take up to 4 to 5 days to properly thaw in the refrigerator. So be patient. Good things take time.
  2. Seal Those Juices In with Oil. Coat that baby with olive oil, butter or cooking spray (we recommend olive oil). By doing this before you cook, you will be ensuring that the juices  are locked in properly. Yum!
  3. Don't Stuff It With Stuffing. This was a new one for us. Don't go the generic route. You want to be remembered as a cooking extraordinaire right? So stuff that turkey with lemons, onions, garlic, celery or any other fragrant stuffings you can think of. Using bread will suck the juices out of the turkey, making it dryer. Another option is to cook the stuffing separately.
  4. Cover and leave it. A common problem our families in Parkersburg, WV were guilty of was constantly uncovering the thanksgiving turkey to baste it. This allowed the steam to escape which meant the turkey was getting dryer, rather than keeping juicy.
  5. Follow directions and set a timer! This is where it is important. Year after year we have been called out to remediate fire damage from a very well-done Thanksgiving Turkey and a well-done kitchen. Even if you're from Harrisville, WV, don't forget. 

BONUS REMINDER: Check your smoke alarm in your kitchen. Are the batteries up to date?

Please don't forget to share this with your friends and family and have an amazing time with them during this Thanksgiving.

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

Happy Thanksgiving!

3 Simple Steps to Avoid up to $10,000 in Damages from a Frozen Spigot

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A cartoon depiction of a faucet with a plant stalk growing out of the back A few small actions can save you thousands

As the winter months approach across America everyone is getting ready to warm themselves up. But there’s a common problem that we see in Vienna, WV and other surrounding areas; home owners are forgetting three simple steps to stop their spigot freezing over in winter. When spring comes around and they attempt to use their hose for the garden they are horrified to notice flooding and water damage in their home.

Frozen spigots can be the cause of thousands of dollars in damage to a home. We have seen a home in St. Mary’s, WV even experience $10,000 worth of water damage as a result of flooding and water damage. This was a very easily avoidable cost. By following these very simple (and often forgotten) steps to winterise your spigot, you can avoid an awful surprise in Spring.

The 3 Steps to Avoid a Frozen Faucet During Winter

  1. Disconnect Your Hose: Do this step in Fall. If you’re reading this after, do it now! This is important because when a hose is connected it holds a small amount of water. This water, when freezing, expands to the thickness of the hose and ultimately blocks it. When this happens the hose can leak or burst. The real damage comes from the backing up of the water when the tap is turned on. This break can even happen in winter. When this happens it is common that the family does not notice the problem until Spring! Weeks to months later. Which means that any water damage has become much, much worse. Yes, this means more money for remediation. So please, do not forget to disconnect your hose.
  2. Use an Outdoor Faucet Cover: This is the next step and a lesser thought of one. Disconnecting your hose is one thing, but does not make your spigot winterised just yet. Most hardware stores supply outdoor faucet covers and are relatively inexpensive. A small step to take, a large headache avoided.
  3. Install a Frost-Free Faucet: This is the more permanent solution of the three and a highly recommended one. As the name suggests, this is a faucet designed to survive in freezing conditions. HOWEVER: it is still very important that you disconnect your hose during the Fall. While the frost-free faucets are a great solution, they are not 100% fail-safe. The water trapped in the hose can still be at risk of freezing, expanding and ultimately damaging the faucet, or creating further water damage.

We hope that this has helped and will save you money.

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For more tips on Water Damage click here.

Thank you from the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

Doing this Simple Thing Can Save You Thousands of Dollars with Your Water Heater

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

A water heater hanging on the wall In Only An Hour or Two You Can Save Thousands of Dollars

Water heaters are so important in our home. They provide warm showers, baths and clean our washing. Yet, so many home owners forget to do a simple flushing each year. This simple flushing and cleaning will help avoid the likelihood of a leak or burst, which can potentially cost thousands of dollars in water damage.

It’s Like Earning $1,000+ in a Few Hours

Think of it this way: If you don’t spend that money on fixing the water damage, you’ve ‘made’ that money. So by spending a few hours, doing what we will describe below, you will avoid the likelihood of a water heater leak or burst. Therefore … you’ve avoided spending $1,000+ on fixing it.

The Issue You Will Avoid

Besides leaks and/or bursts in your Williamstown home water heater, avoiding routine maintenance can also create problems such as low hot water supply, loud (and annoying) sounds as a result of overheating, faults in the heating mechanism or even clogged pipes. All these cost you money to fix. All these are avoidable. But how do you perform a flush? We will explain below.

How to Perform a Flush on Your Water Heater

There are two methods to do this:

  1. Difficulty = easy: This will cost some money (still a lot cheaper than fixing water damage); use your local plumber. A local plumber has expertise in this and will be able to promptly flush your water heater.
  2. Difficulty = Medium. Flushing it yourself. It is important to flush your water heater annually, and this will only take a few hours to do (probably not even that). This will be explained below:

Flushing it Yourself

Before reading this we at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties only recommend that you do this if you are familiar with the steps provided. Also be sure to take all safety precautions seriously. If you’re not confident, please use a local plumber. If you’re confident, please keep reading.

  1. Turn off all gas and electricity to the heater.
  2. Turn off the water valve.
  3. Turn on the hot water in a nearby sink to release any pressure.
  4. Connect a garden hose to the faucet and release any water to a bucket and remove the water.
  5. Now, turn on the cold water and allow for the drainage of the tank. Continue until you have completely flushed the tank and the water is almost clear.

Why This Simple Flushing Will Decrease the Chance of Leaks or Flooding

This simple maintenance yearly will allow for any sedentary water to be removed. This will completely replace all water within the tank, also removing any bacteria build up in the water and allow for the pipes to be completely flushed out. (NOTE: For more detailed flushing and sterilisation we recommend using your local plumber). Furthermore it will reduce the likelihood of overflowing of the tank, which can lead to leaks or even bursts, resulting in flooding and water damage within your home. Water remediation is costly when compared to the other option of simple, yearly maintenance.

If the unfortunate event of a leak or potential water damage occurs, please do not hesitate to give us a call because if left too long, water damage exponentially gets worse over a short period of time. Please read our article regarding water damage steps for further information. While this article is about commercial buildings, the same principles apply with homes.

Please share this article on your Facebook. If you can help one friend save money that will be a huge help for them.

The team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

5 Must-Dos After Fire or Smoke Damage (Knowing Now Is Better Than Knowing Later)

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flames of fire It's better to know and not need it, than to need it and not know it

Fire damage to your home or business can be hard to deal with. What makes it better (or worse) is how it is dealt with after. There are some very simple steps to follow to make sure that you can minimise the effects from fire and smoke damage. Follow these below like a checklist if you're ever in this situation.

First, Lets Start with the Do's

  1. Limit the movement in the rooms. Too much movement from you, your family, staff or pets creates air flow. This air flow moves soot particles around the room, creating further damage to the walls, floor and furniture. If possible, close off all windows, doors and any other openings. 
  2. Keep hands clean. Hands can transfer soot to other areas of your home or business and damage other items unnecessarily. 
  3. Cover all upholstery, furniture etc.  Keeping in mind point 1's "minimal movement", grab some linen, or cloth and cover all carpet, furniture or upholstery so that no more soot can fall onto these. IMPORTANT: Be sure to use dry towels and cloths.
  4. Turn off all electrical appliances. This includes the fridge, freezer, HVAC, heaters. Turn them all off to avoid further triggering fires and/or to limit air flow.
  5. Wipe soot off chrome in kitchen and bathroom faucets. This is important to avoid staining of the chrome. Use a slightly wet cloth when wiping down the chrome and faucets. Once completed, lightly coat these surfaces with a lubricant for greater protection.

Important things to avoid

  1. Do not attempt to wash the walls. While you may want to save some money on this and "do it yourself", different surfaces react differently. Some surfaces are porous and absorb soot which can further stain. It's always preferred to have a professional do this as they will have the knowledge of how to clean safely and minimising further damage.
  2. Do not consume any food or drink that was in proximity of the fire. This sounds obvious when we read it, but you would be surprised how in the moment, it slips your mind. Soot is sneaky. It can get in everything, underneath your packaging and lids. This contaminates your food and drink, which can lead to health issues or sickness. You’re best to throw it out.
  3. Do not shampoo carpet or furniture without first contacting a professional. If done incorrectly this can further embed the door or stains. Contact SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties first. Our team can determine the severity of the fire or smoke damage and aid you with the proper method of removal.
  4. Do Not turn on any ceiling fixtures. Again referencing the "Do's point 1". Turning on any ceiling fixtures will create air flow, and therefore move the soot around, furthering the issue and damage.
  5. Do Not attempt to clean electrical equipment. This is very important. After a fire, there is a lot of damage, particularly with electrical equipment. Damage such as fraying of wires or open circuits leave anyone who touches them vulnerable to electric shots or electrocution. Turn off all power outlets if possible but do not attempt to clean them until the SERVPRO team have assisted the situation.

We hope that this has helped. Your safety is our priority. We also are attempting to help you save money and avoid further damage in unfortunate events such as fire and smoke damage

If this was helpful, please share it on your social media so that your friends and family can be informed.

Preparation always beats 'cure'. 

 - the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

10 Vital (and Simple) Points in Preventing Fire from Devastating Your Business

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can devastate your business. The majority of business fires are avoidable, or at the very least, can be minimised, but only if the proper precautions are taken. These simple steps will help significantly reduce the likelihood of fire devastation in your business. Our goal with this blog post is for your business in Parkersburg, Vienna or anywhere else in West Virginia, to not need us. Yes, our business is to help restore damage, but we do not wish that upon anyone. And if it can be avoided, we will strive to help you. Anyway here are the tips:

Remove ALL Fire Hazards

Yep, this sounds obvious, but it is surprising how easy it is for business owners and staff to "move it later". This is where problems may arise. This includes any combustibles, overloaded power outlets (a very common one) or even flammable items near windows (believe it or not, the "magnify glass effect" can happen.

Fire Extinguishing Equipment

Most companies have these, but where they fall down is with not having the right fire prevention systems in place. These are vital because you want your fire extinguisher and/or sprinkle system working when they're needed.

  1. Replace the fire extinguisher annually
  2. Have it mounted properly, highly visible and without any obstructions (this is another example of staff putting something in front of it and "they'll move it later")
  3. Do not have any obstructions within 18 inches of the sprinklers.
  4. Have a strict fire safety and fire equipment inspection every 6 months

Staff Training

Staff need to know what to do in fire emergencies. Where to go, how to evacuate, where the fire extinguishers are etc. Below is a checklist for you to use with the bare minimums of your staff training. These steps will ensure proper execution of tasks in the event of a fire, small or large.

  1. New staff are taught about the fire safety measures within 48 hours of beginning.
  2. All staff are re-trained or reminded of the safety measures every 6 months. This is a simple training that may only take as little as 30 minutes (only 1 hour per year!) but will potentially save you thousands or tens of thousands if fire strikes.
  3. Weekly checking that there are no fire hazards or fire obstructions: this one is very important. Have someone spend 20-30 minutes at the beginning and end of the week checking. Make it their role. When your team is always checking, they are always conscious of fire safety during the remainder of the week (it's subconscious training that can save you a lot of money).

Other Important Steps for Your Business

  • Always remove or cover exposed electrical wires
  • If extension cords are not being used, disconnect them. These should only be temporary uses because of their danger of creating fires at the connections.
  • Keep all items and "clutter" more than 36 inches away from electric panels
  • No trash or clutter in hallways. This is for your staff safety as well. If evacuation is needed, a clear pathway can be the difference between life or ... worse. Dramatic? Yeah maybe, but your safety and the safety of your staff is primary.

There's an important saying, "When the times are good, we forget they can get bad. When the times are bad, we forget they can get good." Fire safety protocol and precautions are so important. Especially when the times are going good. It takes only a second for things to change. And if this disaster does happen, do not feel too helpless. Our team will help. You will over come it.

Please share this blog post on your Facebook, Instagram or wherever you can, so that others can be better equipped. A few seconds of your time may help someone prevent a fire in their business (or even home!).

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

4 Hot Tips to Keep Your House Safe This Halloween

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A scarecrow with a jacker-lantern as his head and a crow sitting on top of it Prevention is always easier (and cheaper) than cure

Halloween, the time the "dead" rise. A lot of fun for your family and your kids, but also a lot of fun for trouble makers. TRICK OR TREAT!

It's always better to know the information and not need it, than to need it and not know it. So we decided to write this blog post to help you be informed, if anything were to happen this halloween.

KEEPING TROUBLE MAKERS AWAY

Kids love to throw toilet paper and eggs at houses on halloween (or even, unfortunately, vandalism. Fun for them, very annoying for you. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can do that will deter them from choosing your house.

  1. Keep your house well lit during the night. The last thing kids want is to get caught. The fun is in getting away with doing something naughty. So if they see your house (a well lit house with no-where to secretly throw toilet paper or eggs) or your neighbours house (a house full of dark spots or blind spots), which do you think they'll choose? Now we're not wanting your neighbours egged, so maybe tell them to read this article as well. 
  2. Keep the surrounding areas of your building clear. The more clutter and bushes/trees around your property, the more tempting it is to choose your house or building for tricks. This may mean doing a little (or big) clean up outside your home or building. Annoying? Yes. But it would be more annoying to be egged, "TP'd", or even graffitied on.

Avoiding Common Fire Hazards

While it sounds obvious, there a lot of common practices that we do in West Virginia (and around the United States) that appear innocent in the moment, but can turn into avoidable fire damage. Here are a few that surprise families and business owners:

  • Open Flame Candles. While open flame candles add a great ambiance, either beautiful or creepy, we advise avoiding using open flames. Instead opting for battery operated candles. These are very fairly priced today from most halloween stores. If you do insist on open flames though, make sure that all flammable items are more than 5 feet from the candle, and if on an elevated surface, such as a shelf, nothing flammable underneath the shelf.
  • Avoid Flammable Decorations. This is a lesser known one than the above. Dried flowers, crepe paper, and cornstalks are all highly flammable. For this reason it is very important to keep them far from open flames, heaters and even light bulbs.

Besides all these, go out and have a lot of fun with your family on this amazing holiday. Use the day (and night) to its fullest. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

Hot tip: Read this short blog to find out how to remove egg & toilet paper effectively from your home or business building by clicking here. Remember: it's better to know and not need it, than to need it and not know.