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How to Prepare for Freezing Cold Temperatures
SERVPRO of Bath wants to help you take all the precautions needed this Winter as temperatures are starting to plummet. When you notice that temperatures will be 30 degrees or below you want to be ready. Here is a list of some precautions you can take before or while temperatures are below freezing.
- Bring outside pets inside, especially at night, if you are cold outside, your pet is too.
- Keep a trickle of water running from faucets to help pipes from freezing. Also, insulate your pipes and keep cabinet doors open so that warm air can help keep pipes warm.
- Have a certified professional check your heating system.
- Avoid using flammable liquids to start fireplaces and do not leave a fireplace unattended.
- Make sure your smoke detector is working properly.
- Disconnect any outside water hoses from outside faucets. If water gets trapped inside, it can freeze and crack the faucet
- Never leave children, elderly and pets in a car alone.
Stay safe this winter and remember these tips when temperatures start to drop. It's always a good idea to be prepared for freezing temperatures.
Difference between Blackwater and Greywater
Every single day we use water, it is the most important thing for man and all living things to survive. Most water is collected as wastewater. Our daily activities and chores that involve using water, produce wastewater which is collected in tanks. Wastewater has two categories, blackwater and greywater. These two different kinds of wastewater must be kept in separate tanks because they each have different levels of contamination and are treated differently.
Blackwater is wastewater from toilets and bathrooms that include fecal matter and urine. Also known as sewage or brown water, it can carry disease causing bacteria that are harmful to anyone who encounters it. Blackwater can also be referred to as floodwater that generally comes from overflowing bodies of water as a result of heavy rain, hurricanes, tsunamis or typhoons that combine with sewage water that can overloaded with bacteria. Recycled blackwater is only used as fertilizer, it must be processed and decomposed accurately to destroy the bacteria.
Greywater is wastewater that comes from sinks, washing machines, and bathtubs. It doesn’t have as many contaminants as blackwater and is easier to treat. Recycled greywater can ne used for irrigation and in constructed wetlands. If the greywater is from the sink, food particles from it can help nourish plants. Recycled greywater is very useful when it comes to times of drought when water is scarce.
Never drink greywater or blackwater, if you have an issue with either one, you need to address it and fix it, right away. If greywater goes untreated, it can turn to black water within 48 to 72 hours.
How to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Essentials for your emergency preparedness kit.
Disasters don’t happen every day, but when they do, you need to be prepared. Every household should have an emergency plan in place to make sure they are ready when disaster strikes.
The best way to be ready for a disaster is to make an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is full of essential items that are needed for you to survive for at least 72 hours. Some important items to consider adding to your kit include the following:
Hydration is key to survival! Ideally, you want 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days.
Along with water, you need food to survive! When packing your food be sure to pack non-perishable items in your kit. You should have at least enough food for 3 days, but more is ideal.
Packing a can opener might seem random, but with all of the non-perishables you’re packing, you’ll be happy you packed one!
Flashlight & Batteries
If the powers out, the lights are out. Having a flashlight and extra batteries will help brighten up those dark nights.
Hand Crank Radio or Battery Powered Radio
Having one of these on deck will help keep you informed and updated during the disaster.
Having this in your kit will help you be prepared if someone gets injured. Items such as Neosporin, ban-aids, and gauze will be incredibly helpful.
This is intended to be a signal for help; 3 blasts from a whistle is an international distress signal. The best place to keep it is on your keychain or taped under a table in your home for easy access.
Packing matches and emergency slow-burning candles are a great alternative to flashlights. Having a candle burning gives you an additional light source during the disaster.
Whether you’re dealing with smoke, pollution, or viruses, having a dust mask on hand and decrease your risk of inhaling contaminated air.
Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery
In this day and age, we heavily rely on our cell phones to communicate with our family and friends. Having a backup battery reassures you that even if the power goes out, you can still use your phone.
All of these items are essential to your survival during a disaster. Every household should have their emergency preparedness kit ready to go. Make sure that these items are placed in easy-to-carry containers and are labeled, so they are easily identified. Place your kit in a convenient and easy to reach location in your home.
In addition to these items, it’s also important to think about the area in which you live and other items specifically for your needs. For example: prescription medications, infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, and pet food/water.
Remember, it’s never too early to buy emergency supplies and prepare for disaster. Natural disasters can happen at any time and affect people all around the world. With this in mind, you should prepare your home just like you are preparing your emergency kit. Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we have unlimited licensed builders with over 40 years of experience repairing damage to buildings just like yours. When disaster strikes, your focus should be on safety. We’ll take care of the repair.
Pros Of Having Renters Insurance
Over 90% of homeowners have an insurance policy on their home however, less than 40% of renters have renters insurance. When a landlord owns the building or home you are living in, they most likely will only have insurance just for the structure but not what is inside.
Unfortunately, your landlord’s property insurance will not help you if a disaster were to strike. Below are a few pros to having renters insurance:
- If your personal belonging have been damaged or stolen, a basic insurance plan will reimburse you for those items.
- Damage caused by a fire or flood will be covered by a renter’s policy. Also, if your apartment or home was severely damaged and was not livable, insurance will pay or help you pay for other living arrangements.
Although you may not be a homeowner, renters insurance provides you with many protections that may be beneficial in the future or in the event of an emergency. Plans can sometimes be as low as $12 a month. Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we work with your insurance and here to help! Call us today – 252.923.0213
Welcome from SERVPRO of Bath.
As always our 24/7 service line is available should a storm come our way. We are in hurricane season, and storms are starting to pick up. We wish the best for those in Houston. SERVPRO teams from across the United States are there and more are on the way to handle the large amount of devastation. With over 1,700 franchises, we support one another should a large catastrophe like this happens.
We are here to help should you incur damage from a hurricane here in our area.
If you come home to a flood and find ankle deep water, we are always here to help.
Call SERVPRO OF BATH 252-923-0213 anytime day or night.