Tips for Avoiding Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most important celebrations, but did you know that it’s also the leading day for home cooking fires? That’s why Thanksgiving fire safety should be our top priority during this holiday season. So, as you begin preparing for your holiday feast, keep these fire safety tips in mind and keep yourself and your family safe. Top Safety Tips Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.When cooking, keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Put it out by sliding the lid over the pan and then turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. Never throw water onto a grease fire!Keep flammable items, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and food packaging away from the stovetop and oven.Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a cabinet.Use a cooking timer to remind you when it’s time to turn off the stove or oven (or to switch the pans).Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.Keep a fire extinguisher approved for cooking and grease fires nearby. Thanksgiving Fire Facts Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Water Damage

Floods, sewage backup, plumbing issues or a broken washing machine hose can mean water in your home where it shouldn’t be. Whatever the cause of water damage in your home, it’s important to take necessary steps to prevent further problems. Structural Damage Ignoring signs of water damage for too long can lead to structural damage to your home. Cracks in walls or foundation of your home can become bigger problems down the road. Health Problems Lingering water damage in your home can create the damp environment needed for mold to grow. Inhaling or touching mold spores can lead to health risks for you and your family. Mitigating water damage immediately is your best chance to prevent the growth of mold. Bad Odors Lasting water damage in your home can lead to musty odors, which can also be a sign of mold and mildew growth. Don’t just try to cover it up, address the damage to prevent further issues. Electrical Damage If you don’t address water damage in your home, it can lead to electrical damage which can be a threat to your home and your family. Increased Repair Costs Addressing water in your home right away can help keep damage to a minimum. Ignoring signs can lead to further damage which means higher repair costs in the future. Insurance Coverage Could Be Affected Home insurance can help you cover the costs of damage due to water in your home. If damage is neglected for too long, it can lead to difficulty when making a claim. Unseen Damage Water damage that you can see may be the least of your problems. It...

Common Causes of Mold in Homes

The microorganisms that turn into mold colonies are always in the air around us, so mold growth will start quickly—within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure. Mold will continue to grow if the moisture level is high. In buildings, mold is most fond of organic porous surfaces.  Heavy rain and flooding can bring water into your home, which can lead to water damage and even mold growth if not treated properly. Mitigating water damage immediately after a disaster is your best chance to prevent the growth of mold. Humid weather and heavy rain can cause increased humidity in your home. Good ventilation in your home can help keep humidity down and help prevent mold growth. Opening windows and doors and the use of fans will help ventilate your home when needed. Roof leaks can allow unwanted water to enter your home which can lead to the growth of mold. If water stains appear on your ceiling, inspect for water damage in your attic and have your roof inspected for any leaks. Leaking pipes can be a common issue in your home. Because leaks can often occur inside walls and often hidden from view, inspect walls for water stains to prevent further damage and mold growth. Condensation can occur when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there’s too much humidity in your home. Condensation can be visible on walls, concrete floors, windows, or metal pipes. Due to colder temperatures, poor ventilation, and water leaks or flooding, basements provide the conditions for mold to grow. Regularly inspect your basement for signs of moisture or mold growth. If you detect...

Our Most Common Emergency Call – Sump Pump Failures

The most common emergency services call we receive during heavy rains is for sump pump failures. If your sump pump fails to operate correctly during a storm, it can result in flooding. Here is a list of common reasons for a sump pump failure and precautionary measures.  Power Failure – Your primary sump pump is no different than any other electric appliance in your house — without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high-quality back-up sump pump. Stuck Switch – There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  We strongly prefer vertical floats because tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit, which can result in a flooded basement.  Some sump pumps also have mechanical pressure switches that are prone to failure. Overwhelmed Pump – A common misconception is all pumps are created equal.  They’re not!  In sump pumps, as in life, you always get what you pay for.  Minimally, you need a 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute.  Much less than that and your sump pump might not be able to keep up with the flow of water.  If your house sits in a higher water table and / or if you hear your sump pump running frequently, I’d advise upgrading to a ½ horsepower pump (which can typically pump about 60 gallons per minute).  And to be completely safe, buy a battery back-up pump! Frozen Sump Discharge Pipe – This is a very common occurrence with our brutal Midwest winters...

Is It Raining Inside?

The key to effective water remediation is to determine the source of the loss.  Sounds easy, right?  Not so much in some cases.  Hydrostatic Pressure can be an issue all year-round undetected, however, when it rains excessively – the water must go somewhere.  What a nightmare!  Professional water proofing company’s aim to seal your foundation so tightly that it will hold off water like a boat. The problem is that your house is not a boat and it’s not going to float. (Unless you live on a house boat, but then I’m guessing you don’t have a basement.) So, what are the signs you should look for to prevent a serious water/mold issue? Interior Damage Trust your sense of smell. If you smell mustiness or mildew, it’s likely there was water damage and now there may be a potential mold issue.Cracks in the foundation walls or floors.Excessive humidity.In finished basements:Signs of drywall peeling/bubbling and flooring damage.Concrete block or masonry walls start to bow or bulge in the middle. Exterior Damage Cracks running in a stair-step pattern in exterior brick or stonework.Building elements like chimneys or additions separating from the rest of the structure.Gaps around doors or windows.Facia board or other trim pulling away. If you notice these signs in your home, it may be time to pick up the phone and call the professionals! Savage Restoration will guide you through the process.  Pick up the phone and call 732-671-0990. Disclaimer: Savage Restoration is not responsible for any information that is listed or ommitted on this marketing...

Get Ready… It’s Hurricane Season!

The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. Preparing Makes Sense How Can I Prepare? Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio Station for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)Secure and items that can be lifted by windSecure windows and doorsSet your freezer and refrigerator to its coldest settingsTurn off propane tank and unplug small appliancesFill your car gas tankHave an evacuation plan setEvacuate immediately if advised by authoritiesKeep emergency contact numbers handyMake arrangements for pets (if you are evacuated – most shelters will now allow pets) What Supplies Should I Have? Ample water – at least 3 days worth (One gallon per day, per person)3 days worth of -non-perishable food (don’t forget pets)Flashlights (avoid candles)Battery powered radioExtra batteriesFirst aid kitMedications (7 days worth)Copies of personal documentsCell phone with chargersExtra cash – ATM’s may not be workingInsect repellantTools to secure your homeWarm clothingBlanketsCamera for photos of damage What Should I Do After a Storm? Listen to NOAA for more UpdatesOnly use your phone in emergenciesStay away from damaged power linesCheck for spoiled food – when in doubt, throw it outAvoid drinking and preparing food with tap water (can be contaminated)If you were evacuated, do not return home unless instructed by the authoritiesWhen cleaning, wear protective clothing (avoid areas that can be dangerous)Follow directions from emergency service personnel and fire responseAvoid operating electric appliances or tools around water...

Use Precaution During The Grilling Season!

For many households, the return of warm weather signals the beginning of the outdoor cooking season. Before people fire up the grill, we ask them to take a few moments to think about grilling safety. Doing this at the start of summer can go a long way toward limiting grill accidents. A key concern with gas or charcoal grills is inappropriate placement: NFPA explained that more than one-third of all gas and charcoal grill home fires begin on an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch. U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,800 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,800 structure fires and 5,000 outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 reported injuries and $96 million in direct property damage. (nfpa.org data) Here are the following safety tips for reference when grilling: Make Fire Safety a Priority Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.Keep children and pets away from the grill area.Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.Never leave your grill unattended. Charcoal grills There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat...