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America needs more blue collars.

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our Crew Chief and Lead Technician looking at computers to learn about the newest advances in their fields. Our Crew Chief and Lead Technician looking at computers to learn about the newest advances in their fields.

To quote a very great and underrated man,

America has become slowly but undeniably disconnected from the most fundamental elements of civilization—food, energy, education, and the very nature of work itself.

Over the last 30 years, America has convinced itself that the best path for the most people is an expensive, four-year degree. Pop culture has glorified the “corner office job” while unintentionally belittling the jobs that helped build the corner office. As a result, our society has devalued any other path to success and happiness. Community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs are labeled as “alternative.” Millions of well-intended parents and guidance counselors see apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for the brass ring: a four-year degree. The push for higher education has coincided with the removal of vocational arts from high schools nationwide. And the effects of this one-two punch have laid the foundation for a widening skills gap and massive student loan debt.

~ Mike Rowe, testifying on capitol hill about current college financial crisis

This was my exact experience in High School, everyone told me “only after a 4 year college, will your life be worth having”. There were posters on the walls showing someone working in dirt and trash, while having the other side having someone sit at a nice desk, clean and bright. The choice was obvious for me, only college would do. I could type forever, but I’ll get right to the point, College was not the right path for me. I did graduate, and I did the work and the time, and got the grades. Sadly, upon graduation, I found myself with a degree that was utterly worthless. I had a mountain of student debt, and no jobs available to me.

Shortly after graduating, I acquired an amazing friend, who said “well college is great and all, but my dad was an electrician, and I think I'm gonna be an electrician. I know that’s not what my dad wants, but you know, I’m watching you try and find a job for 6 months now, and I've never seen my dad without a day of work in his life. Infact, sometimes he has too much work.” Where was this friend in High school? I could have used this comment 4 years earlier. He went on to be an electrician, and his son is currently studying to be one as well. His family has built a large successful business on 1 Skill. They specialize in one thing, and they all do that one skill exceptionally well.

So when the Construction Industry Council of Winston-Salem approached us about participating in their Construction Career Days, we JUMPED at the chance. 99% of our workforce are skilled tradesmen and women. These are people who have spent years acquiring their skills. They all started somewhere, and we hope to be part of the wave of encouragement to the next generation of skilled labor. We try to hire and acquire new and inspiring talent to make sure you are always given the best results. We are not just the plain jane general contractor down the street. We are the absolute best at what we do. When you don’t know who to call, You call SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North. “Like it never even happened” is not just a motto, but has steadily become a way of life around our company. In order for us to continue giving Winston the best, we’ve got to hire and encourage those around us, to start thinking outside of the 4 year university school mentality. Trade Schools are ready and waiting, and we hope to put our very best foot forward at this year’s Construction Career Days (Nov 5-6) at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Education Building.

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Getting your Fireplace Ready for Fall Weather.

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Logs on fire inside a fireplace Safe and Clean Fireplace

It’s finally Autumn! My very favorite time in the whole year.  It means the weather is at its peak perfect temperature. I’ve never been a Winter snow bunny, and although I did lifeguard all summer, I’m not a huge fan of cooking myself outside.  Fall is just the very best! The mornings are cool and crisp, perfect for warm coffee and breakfast. The days are warm enough to enjoy being outside and not overly humid or stuffy. The evenings cool down and are just perfect to enjoy a nice bonfire or maybe a fire in the fireplace. 

Fireplaces can be both wonderful and amazing, but they can get dangerous if not properly maintained.  

How to get your chimney ready for Fall

Here's a few other blog post we've done about fire damage

How to put out a fire quickly and safely

Different Types of Soot

What To Do About Smoke and Soot Residue From Fire Damage

Dirty Cobwebs??? Not hardly... SOOT WEBS!!!

INDUSTRY TERMS FOR FIRE DAMAGE

While we hope you never experience a fire in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of a fire. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

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SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

How to put out a fire quickly

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire that melted the microwave that was above it Kitchen fire that melted the microwave that was above it

Did you know there were 4 Different types of fires?

  • Class A
    • Solid Materials
      • wood
      • paper
      • plastic
      • clothing

These are the easiest to put out, and the best way to put them out is using water, ex. a water hose or a bucket full of water. A foam fire extinguisher  would also be a great option on Class A fires. 

  • Class B
    • Flammable Liquids
      • oil
      • alcohol
      • gasoline
      • grease (cooking grease)

NEVER EVER use WATER on a Class B fire. This will cause the flaming material to scatter rather than extinguish it. The best course of action is using a powder like baking soda, or a carbon dioxide extinguisher. A foam fire extinguisher would also work.

  • Class C
    • Electrical
      • old wiring
      • fault equipment
      • bad/damaged wiring

First, shut off power to the electrical fire. That could be as easy as shutting off a breaker, or unplugging the appliance. Then use a carbon dioxide or dry powder to extinguish the flames if they remain or if any appeared. 

  • Class D (uncommon)
    • metal ignition
      • mainly in laboratories or industrial type buildings

The best course of action is to use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small enough, otherwise call 911 and evacuate the area. 

Here's a few other blog post we've done about fire damage

Different Types of Soot

What To Do About Smoke and Soot Residue From Fire Damage

Dirty Cobwebs??? Not hardly... SOOT WEBS!!!

INDUSTRY TERMS FOR FIRE DAMAGE

While we hope you never experience a fire in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of a fire. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

What to do during and after Flash Flooding.

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

 a map of the flood prone areas in Winston Salem Flood-prone areas in Winston-Salem

Flash floods occur as a result of heavy rainfall, rapid snow thaw, city drains overflowing or dam/levee failures. They occur quickly and unexpectedly. Flash Floods can effect ANYWHERE at ANYTIME, because it does rain everywhere. Now, most places are more prone to flooding, and it would be wise to learn about your local area. Cities and Urban environments are most common to flash floods, because of the impermeable surfaces, like asphalt and concrete that make up a majority of our surface roads and sidewalks. 

Flash Flood Quick Facts

  1. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  2. Just 6 inches of rapidly moving floodwater can sweep someone off their feet.
  3. Just 2 feet of floodwater moving at 9 feet per second (standard speed of flash floods) is enough to sweep vehicles away, move 100 pound rocks, uproot trees or level buildings.

Survive DURING

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

I hope you never have to deal with flash flooding, but realistically you will probably deal with it sometime in your life. If there has been flood damage to your home, I hope you give us a call at SERVPRO of Winston Salem North, so that we can help you with your home.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Forsyth Humane Society and SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North's Adoptable Pet of the Week

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

4 Black kittens playing with string The spooky boys at play time.

As a Locally Owned and Operated business, SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North was looking for a wonderful way to give back to our community Nothing says more about our community, then they way we treat those below and around us.

Ever heard the line "there's no such thing as too much of a good thing" Well, then you need to meet the "spooky bros"

I got to foster 5 lovely all black kittens for the past 3 weeks! My house was literally bursting with kitten love. 

Graveyard, Slasher, Spooky , Ghost and Nightmare are looking for their Fur-ever home, just in time for Halloween! They were all raised around Dogs, Cats, Small Children, and other people. They enjoyed a car ride or two, and were all litter box trained. They enjoy crinkly and squeaky toys.  

Different Types of Soot

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Dark black cloud of Soot and Smoke coming from a Chimney Fire Soot and Smoke coming from a Chimney Fire

This past week, I got some more field experience in fire and soot damage. I had no idea there was different kinds of soot, and different ways of optimal removal.  Each job is unique and offers it's own challenges, but we can broadly classify soot in a few categories. 

  • Wet/Oil Soot
    When Plastics, rubber or oil is burned, leaving behind a sticky and smeary residue. It has a distinct electrical burnt smell. Also the most dangerous to inhale and clean up, as it is full of toxins from the plastic, rubber or oil that burned. 
  • Dry Soot
    Usually from natural materials, ex. Untreated wood, Plant material, Paper, Lint, cotton/textile clothing. Most of these burn very fast and very hot, quickly escalating across the area, and consuming everything in it's path.
  • Fuel Oil Soot
    Commonly found in oil furnaces, Caused by improperly maintained systems, or damaged parts. This will cause an internal combustion, damaging the machine and possibly spreading to the area around it.

  • Protein Soot
    Typically food or kitchen type fires, with long lasting smells, ex. burnt popcorn. This type of soot is very light, but will build up over time, and leave a slightly stick surface on walls and ceilings. Will eventually discolor everything. This requires a great deal of time and effort to clean up, with a long deodorization method used.

What is a Hurricane

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale Saffir Simpson Scale Category 1 74mph < Category 2 96mph < Category 3 111mph < Category 4 156 mph < Category 5

Hurricane are Tropical Cyclone storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean and must have sustained winds of 74 mph or greater.  They are spinning with a low pressure center and spawn off serious thunderstorms which generate large amounts of rain, high winds, and storm surges. Fun fact, if the exact same storm forms in the Pacific Ocean, it is called a Typhoon.

So, when does a Tropical Cyclone become a Hurricane and receives it name from NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It has everything to do with Wind Speed! Once the cyclone sustains winds at 34 mph, it gets it’s named, and we start calling it “Tropical Storm XXXX” , and when it hits 74 mph , it is promoted to “Hurricane XXXX”.

The NOAA has 6 sets  of names that runs from A-W, these names repeat until a name is retired. Typically a name is retired after it is catastrophic in damage or death.

I’m not a meteorologist, and I only know it’s raining when I get outside. So with Hurricane Dorian being the first big storm of the 2019 Hurricane Season,  I was sent through a loop with the categories. Sure, I knew the bigger the number the scarier it was, but I was lost on the magnitude of what it all really meant.  The NOAA has a great chart, that helped me quite a bit, but by far The Weather Channel had the most amazing video. It really puts into perspective the damage that can happen from such a powerful storm.

The Weather Channel : Hurricane Damage from Cat 1 to Cat 5

We can talk all day long about the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Winds, and I’ve even included the NOAA Chart for you, but that video is simply mind blowing. 

I hope our past few posts on how to prepare for storms and hurricanes is helping this hurricane season. To me, the unknown is scary, so I like to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible from reputable sites. Thank you for your time today, and Stay Safe and Stay Prepared. 

What do I do before a Hurricane

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Aerial View of Hurricane Dorian from Hurricane Season 2019 Aerial View of Hurricane Dorian from Hurricane Season 2019

Hurricane Dorian is heading towards the US, even if it doesn’t come to North Carolina, knowing what to do before it hits can help prevent damage or loss to your family, house, and property. 

First things First, In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Knowing the emergency contact numbers for Winston-Salem is very important.

City of Winston-Salem Police and Fire Department

Local Weather News

List of Necessary Items before a hurricane 

  1. An Emergency Readiness Plan for your family
  2. 3 days worth of water
    a good rule of thumb, is 1 gallon of water for each person or pet
  3. 3 days of non perishable food for each person or pet
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Battery Powered Radio or NOAA radio alert 
  6. Portable Power bank to charge cell phones
  7. Full Tank of Gas in car
  8. Batteries
  9. Whistle to Signal for Help
  10. How to Prepare for a Hurricane

How to Help your House survive the hurricane

How to help your pet during a hurricane 

  • Please, if possible, provide shelter for your pets. 
  • If you pet goes missing know where to look.
    Forsyth Humane Society
  • Spare Medication for your pets
  • Copy of shot and medication records

While we all hope and pray that the hurricanes never hit our homes, we know that eventually it will happen. Taking steps to prepare is always the best way to handle any storm. 

If you’ve already experienced flooding or storm damage, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We will treat your home like our own. SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North stands 100% behind our motto “Like it never even happened”.  Stay Safe & Stay prepared, Hurricane Season 2019 is only just starting. 

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Forsyth Humane Society and SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North's Adoptable Pet of the Week

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Brown and Tan colored, short hair adoptable dog Zuri hanging out at her foster home

Forsyth Humane Society and SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North's Adoptable Pet of the Week

As a Locally Owned and Operated business, SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North was looking for a wonderful way to give back to our community Nothing says more about our community, then they way we treat those below and around us. 

This Week we'd like everyone to meet ZURI

Zuri's foster says: She is a very sweet, friendly, and energetic dog. She is potty trained and does well in the crate at night and when no-one is home. She knows "sit" "paw" "stay". Zuri is learning how to let go after fetching sticks. She gets along well with other dogs and plays well. Zuri will do well with an active person or family that will continue to provide the training she craves. She wants to please and is affection and treat motivated. She would do well in a home with no cats, because she has a very strong energy drive, and wants to play too rough with them. 

Zuri

Mixed Breed (Medium)

Sex: Female

Age: 1 Years 5 Months

Weight: 37.5 lbs

Location: Country Club Adoption Dog, 11

Most Common Structure Issues In Commercial Buildings

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

The City of Winston-Salem Sky line at night , with the buildings lights lit up The City of Winston-Salem Sky line at night , with the buildings lights lit up

Winston-Salem is in the midst of a Commercial and Residential Building Boom!

I absolutely love every bit of it! The City of Arts and Innovation is growing like never before. It might seem like chaos at first, but it’s a delicate and well thought out expansion, that is driving our city forward and into the future.

With all this new growth, there will be some growing pains, and most of those are going to be from of our older and historic buildings. One of the main issues common among these commercial buildings is Structural Foundation Failure. When Investing in a new property it is imperative that you and a hired professional inspect the foundation. They will be able to point out some of the most common structure issues.

Some of the most obvious ones are Exterior Cracks and Fascia Issues. These are out in the open, and there is no hiding them. They most likely come from the building settling into the ground around it. Soil is compacted over time, and when a building is constructed , the soil is dug up and becomes loose. When the foundation is poured, they try their very best to compact and level the soil around and underneath it, but there is no way to make it perfect. Over time it will settle, there is no IF about it. When this starts to happen, you’ll notice doors sticking and windows starting to be harder to open and close. There may be some tiling and flooring that’ll start to warp. You may not notice small interior cracks until they really start to become bigger.

One very large and Scary issue is Plumbing Failure. As a commercial building settles, the plumbing will shift outside and inside the building. Especially with older buildings and older plumbing. It’s not uncommon to still run into Terracotta or Cast Iron pipes. These pipes are aging right along with the building, and as that foundation moves, becoming unstable and stressed. Commercial buildings are going to have larger pipes than residential homes and ,you are looking at a larger water damaged area when that pipe finally fails.

BUT, and this is a big caveat. For the Right Location for your growing business, most of the issues stated above are fixable. Location means so much today in the growing business world, that remodeling an older commercial building could be a sound investment to make. Not only are you investing in you future, but you are also investing into Winston-Salem.