Memphis Cleanup

Summer Fire Hazards

The garage is the go-to place for so many different things. Storage, easy working space, tools and materials all in one place. However, many folks don’t realize the hazards of improperly storing flammable material in hot areas. Most garages don’t have air conditioning and that means in places like Memphis, temperatures can soar inside buildings like garages – they’re not built with the ventilation systems that regular homes are. Unfortunately, this can cause pressurized cans to burst or even flammable materials to catch on fire instantly – storage safety precautions could change the outcome of the fire. Here are a couple of tips:

  • If you have an excess amount of flammable chemicals, consider a flammable storage cabinet, specifically designed to contain any fire that may occur.
  • Store chemicals away from other flammable items. The heat causes these chemicals to burst into flames – it’s better to have the flames away from a pile of sod awaiting installation or your moms collection of vintage wrapping paper.
  • Even though gasoline is most common in garages, keep an eye out for these chemicals as well – paint solvents, lighter fluid, dry cleaning agents, butane, pesticides, oil, spray paint, kerosene, propane, diesel fuel, turpentine
  • Never smoke near flammable liquids.
  • Do not use gasoline as a cleaning solvent to remove grease or oil from anything – this can cause serious burns.
  • Never pour flammable materials down the drain – this creates an explosion potential.

Knowledge is power when it comes to safety, and all we can do is inform you to help keep your household free of any fire damage!

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Vehicle Interior Water Damage

Oh No! It Rained Last Night..And You Left Your Windows Down!

What a horrific sight to see the moment you walk out the door to head to work, right?!

Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips compiled from the pros on water damage restoration about how to clean out your wet car!

  • Get the excess out. The less water you have in your car, the faster it will dry. Use a wet/dry shop vac to help suck out serious amounts of water (1 inch or more), otherwise, soak up as much as you possibly can with towels, clothes, or whatever absorbent material you have available. Be sure to check all the tight/concealed spaces of your vehicle interior like between and under seats, in the center consoles, under armrests, etc.
  • Fans are crucial. Moisture is the enemy because lingering moisture means mold growth. Use fans positioned to blow across the floorboards, on seats – anywhere the moisture is still evident. The more airflow, the better. Turn your cars heater on the highest setting for a while if you’re on the road for a temporary fix. If you have access to a dehumidifier, you’ll have the best chance of removing more moisture.
  • Avoid mold. Prevention is key, but sometimes the onset is unstoppable. Use double action products like baking soda that will help to absorb both the moisture and help reduce the odor issue.
  • Whatever you do, do not ignore moisture in your vehicle. Serious mold growth is fast and damaging and takes professional removal tools to safely and properly remove.

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Essentially, dry your car out by any means possible! Those little pine trees won’t cut it – mold possesses certain health hazards and lets be serious, no one likes to ride in a stinky car.

Oh, and don’t forget to roll those windows up! 🙂

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Water Damage – Every Day Life

Even though we typically think of water damage as a huge project after a flood, or someones water heater bursting and destroying everything, that’s not always the case!

Take for example, our sweet employee who left on vacation for Florida just last week! As our coworkers were griping on about how they would leave their phones in the hotel while they were on their hypothetical beaches, she pulled out a ziplock bag and put her phone in it! WHAT?! No $69.99 waterproof case? You can STILL USE IT?! Talk about a life hack. Now, I don’t particularly suggest leaving the livelyhood of your probably-incredibly-expensive phone to a measly ziplock baggie, however, it did make me realize what a downer it would be to get water in my phone on vacation.

Water is a harsh element. Wiping years of photos, texts, videos, other random data from my phone with just a single drop is all too real and that made me want to find (and share!) ways to prevent even the most minor aspects of water damage!

I found this great article that has a ton of tips on how to keep yourself dry (or dry off the water) – check it out!

And as always, you can call AAA any time, 24/7 regarding any emergency water damage issues you might be experiencing. A representative will be available to take your call!

 

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May-tinance!

Alright, enough with the puns.. 🙂

In all seriousness, May is a great month to take advantage of minor home repairs that could save you tons of time and money down the road. Keeping your home in prime conditions can help you avoid major water damage, fire damage, and other serious side effects from nature. I know we seem to push this subject a lot, but prevention steps are truly the only way to avoid excess damages when it comes to an unpredictable force.

Doing things like taking a good look at your roof, trim areas along the house, gutters, chimneys, and more – especially at this time of year – could help you avoid leaks or further damaging on whatever surface has been affected.  Rain is a harsh part of nature, and it tends to help you notice the problem areas in your home rather quickly!

Low spots in the lawn should be filled in to prevent foundation damage and bug breeding grounds. Inspect the concrete cracks, outside faucets…

HGTV has gathered up a great list of things you can do to keep your home in great shape this spring and summer  – check it out here. If you have any suggestions that we may have missed, feel free to put them in the comments!

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Preventing Water Damage While You’re On Vacation

It’s April and we’re all dreaming about being at the beach on these sunny, beautiful days. However, if you’re actually going on vacation, here are some great tips on keeping your house dry and free of any unnecessary water damages.

Check your home before you leave! Pipes, hoses, faucets, water heater, bathrooms – check anywhere that water flows for leaks/cracks/damaged spots that could be a potential cause and fix them (the right way!)!

Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent freezing, as well as leaving your heat on low while you’re away.

Invest in a sump pump (and a backup if you’re in a flood zone) to help with any potential basement/area flooding that could occur. Examine it annually at least and try to listen to the motor for sounds/water expulsions that aren’t along manufacturer guidelines.

Clear excess debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent water buildup or collapses. This can also cause water damage to your roof, potentially bringing leaks and mold.

Lastly, ask someone to check your house daily! A simple check per day (use mail as an excuse!) can severely increase your chances of finding a problem before it becomes major and damages your home’s integrity. If you can’t get anyone to check your house, turn off the water main and drain the pipes if necessary. If it’s cold while you’re gone, leave cabinets and closes open to promote warm air flow to your pipes to help prevent freezing.

As always, if your home has been damaged by water in any way, call AAA Service Company. Our certified, trained professionals will properly eliminate water, mold, and other hidden hazards throughout your home and restore it back to pre-damage condition. We know you just want things to get back to normal as quickly as possible – call 901.492.1193 anytime, 24/7.

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Memphis Flooding

This recent downpour has got Memphis nearly under water! Homes that aren’t typically considered to be in a risk area were affected, leaving hundreds of properties with extreme cases of water damage.

Call AAA Service Company any time, 24/7 for an emergency service crew to be sent to your home, no matter what time of day it is. We understand the sense of urgency in this stressful time and our professionals will help you with everything.

Memphis flooding is unpredictable and scary when homeowners are uninformed, or uninsured.

We offer over 50,000 square feet of warehouse space to store your possessions in, and our technicians are always sure to respect your time and your property. Our techniques are trusted and true, and the reviews that our customers leave say it all. We take pride in our work and we make customer service our priority.

Again, if you’re in the Memphis area and your home has been affected by water damage due to recent flooding, call AAA today! 901.492.1193.

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Talk Shoppe Videos

As promised, here are a couple short videos discussing what types of water damage claims are typically accepted by the insurance companies across the board.

Click here to see them on our Facebook Page!

Our employees Josh and Michael speak in regards to the process of navigating through the actual water damage restoration procedure.

The employees at AAA Service Company are skilled and trained to properly restore your home back to pre-damage condition, while taking care of you, the customer. We care about your home, your time, and your well-being. We want you to know that you can trust the professionals here at AAA, and every move we make is based on customer service and satisfaction.

If you have been affected by water damage in Memphis or any surrounding areas, please call 901.492.1193 any time, 24/7, for emergency water damage restoration services. The sooner you call, the more you can avoid the setting in of mold or any other unsafe bacteria.

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Talk Shoppe

We have some exciting news! A couple of our employees were asked to be on a panel with Johnny Norris, (All Clear Plumbing) , and Allstate agent Lynn McDonald, discussing “How to Navigate Water Damage Emergencies in Your Home”, and these guys nailed it.

During the discussion, Josh Kennedy (left) and Michael Harrison (speaking) were asked to talk about some of our major concerns when it comes to homeowners navigating through water damage in their homes, including using the correct drying techniques and insurance claim coverage. AAA Service Company has trained our technicians to execute a flawless procedure when it comes to properly restoring a home after major water damage.

It was great to be able to hear from Lynn what rules of thumb to follow when determining if an insurance company will cover your claim or not when it comes to water damage. And she reassured us that this was not only at Allstate or in Memphis, but that it was a universal rule throughout insurance companies all over.

Check out our videos and photos from the seminar!

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Prevent Frozen Pipes

It’s not often that Memphis reaches freezing temperatures, but when it does, severe water damage can occur, creating very costly repairs if pipes burst. To prevent frozen and burst pipes, follow these tips!

  • Inspect pipes in unheated areas. Make sure to insulate pipes in these areas to maintain proper temperatures.
  • Close off outside access valves. Keep the external hose bib open to let water drain and allow for expansion should any water become trapped inside.
  • Open cabinets. Allow the heat from your home to reach the pipes faster with open cabinets.
  • Keep the faucet on. Keeping water trickling through your faucet will relieve pressure inside of the pipe and could prevent bursting if an ice blockage were to occur.

If you suspect a pipe has frozen, warm air from a hair dryer or heat gun can help thaw it out. Never thaw pipes with an open flame. Call a professional plumber if you have any uncertainties.

Call AAA Service Company today if your home has been affected by water damage caused by burst frozen pipes. We’re here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 901.492.1193!

Holiday Decorating Safety

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Holiday lights are beautiful and incredible ways to show your enthusiasm for the holiday season approaching! However, so many homeowners do not understand the damaging effects of improperly placed or plugged in lights and other displays.

Not only can these lights and electrical mix ups damage your home, but they can severely hurt YOU! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 12,500 people go to the emergency rooms for shocks, burns, falls, and cuts related to holiday decorating.

While most of these things are accidental, we want homeowners to be informed of tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday decorating season.

  • Always turn off electrical decorations. Always to remember to fully disconnect any electrical decorations any time you plan to leave the house unattended or when you go to sleep.
  • Inspect the lights. Not just to see if they’re working, but to find any frayed, bare wires, or cracked sockets. Always unplug light strings before repairing/replacing bulbs.
  • Never run extension cords through water. This is a major potential fire hazard and even cords labeled for outdoor use cannot be used under water.
  • Don’t get too crowded! Rule of thumb, never connect more than 3 small-bulb light strings, and when you’re using the (C7 and C9) sizes, don’t go over 50 on the same strand.
  • Check the wattage. When replacing bulbs, be sure to go with the manufacturer’s suggested bulb wattage. Anything higher than suggested is a big fire hazard.
  • Keep your real tree hydrated. Dehydrated wreathes and trees are prone to easily catch fire, so be sure to water it consistently and when the time comes, dispose of it quickly and properly. (If you have an artificial tree, be sure to purchase a flame-retardant coated one.)

AAA Service Company is here for you, 24/7. If you’ve experienced fire damage, call us any time at 901.753.4432. We offer these suggestions as a way to keep our community safe. Knowledge is key when it comes to protecting your home and family.