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Tips on Picking the Best Smoke Alarms for Your Home

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Pot Burning on StoveWhen you own a home, you need to make sure you have the right smoke alarms in place so you are always protected. Having these in your home can double your chances of surviving a home fire. You should have at least one on each level of your home. You should also have them in sleeping areas, such as bedrooms. Choosing the right smoke alarm can be confusing so use these tips to make sure you get the perfect one that meets your needs and can keep you safe.

Tips for Choosing the Best Smoke Alarms

  • Choose the right type. There are three different types of smoke alarms. Ionization alarms better detect faster fires but are not as good at sensing ones that are slower to grow. Photoelectric alarms are better at detecting slower fires and are best suited for kitchens because they are less likely to go off with cooking smoke. Dual-sensor alarms provide the best protection because they have both photoelectric and ionization technologies to detect both kinds of fires.
  • Choose alarms with a test button. You always want to have a test button because you should be testing your fire alarms once per year. If the alarms you choose do not have the test button, it can be difficult to determine if they are working properly.
  • Look for hardwired and interconnected smoke alarms. When you choose this option, if one alarm goes off then they all do. This can alert you of a fire in another area of the home, even if you are not in the area. This is especially important if you have a large home and you cannot hear smoke alarms going off in other areas as well.

You always want to make sure your home is protected, which is why it is so important to have the right fire alarms in place. Be sure to contact Parker Young for more information.

How to Keep Your Kids Calm During a Natural Disaster

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

StormAs stressful as the damage caused by a bad storm or a fire can be for adults, natural disasters have the potential to be even more emotionally taxing on children. You can help your children remain calm in the face of a natural disaster by preparing them for its consequences ahead of time and regulating your own emotional response to the stresses caused by a natural disaster.

Prepare Your Children in Advance

Children who are aware of the possible consequences of a natural disaster before they occur are more likely to stay calm when something goes wrong. Talk with your children about what can happen when a storm hits, such as the fact that your lights may go out for a while. Prepare your children for the people they might see during a disaster, such as policemen, firemen or paramedics, so that they won’t be afraid of these strangers. Lastly, if your children are old enough, teach them the steps they can take to help during a natural disaster, such as calling for help to the appropriate emergency numbers or family contacts and shutting off utilities such as gas.

Present a Calm Face to Your Children During an Emergency

No matter how young they are, children tend to pick up on the emotions of their parents and will look to their mother and father for signals as to how they should feel and act themselves. If faced with a natural disaster, staying calm around your children and not showing fear or anxiety is one of the best ways to help keep your children calm.

If you are faced with storm or fire damage following a natural disaster, a specialist can help repair and restore your home. Contact your Atlanta disaster repair services provider to find out how they can get your home back to normal.

What Not to Do in a Natural Disaster

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Storm CloudsNatural disasters can strike anywhere. Whether it’s an earthquake, a hurricane or tornado, severe flooding, snowstorms, wildfires, tidal waves and more, there’s really no place that’s safe from Mother Nature.

Many people feel that natural disasters have been on the rise in recent years, and people feel less safe and secure than they used to. If the worst happens, the well-being of you and your family will depend on how you respond. Here are four things you should definitely not do in a disaster scenario.

What Not To Do In A Natural Disaster

  • Panic. You’ve heard it before, and it’s true, the worst thing you can do in a dangerous situation is panic. Easier said than done of course. But take the time to stop, breathe deeply and assess your position. Ask for help if need be.
  • Not have a plan. You should always have a basic response plan in place, at home, at work and when you travel. Make sure family members know how to communicate with each other and where they will meet if separated. A good plan is the best insurance.
  • Disobey official warnings and instructions. How many times have you heard of people who choose to stay after being told to leave an area and wind up getting hurt? Or maybe you’ve heard of those who drive unnecessarily during travel advisories? Or those who mob stores and gas stations after being advised not to, causing accidents and interfering with the emergency response? Official alerts and instructions are broadcasted for a reason. Listen to them.
  • Not have a bug-out bag. This is just a pack stocked with basic essentials for a quick escape. A must have.

Natural disasters are a fact of life, but if you’re prepared and stay calm, they are survivable.

If you find yourself in need of disaster repair services in Atlanta, Georgia, contact us at 1 (888) 303-9288 today for consultation and a free estimate.

How to Ensure Your Home is Covered for Disaster

Monday, January 9th, 2017

AtlantaYour home is your number one asset, and in many ways, your best friend. It comforts and protects you so well that you may forget that it can actually suffer grave damage from an unexpected disaster. You need to ensure that you are properly covered if the unexpected should take place.

Covering Your Court Costs

Depending on the laws of your state, liability can move in many different directions when a disaster occurs. It is always good to check the fine print of your insurance policy as well as state law, because if there is a disaster that causes your home substantial damage, the courts will probably become involved. Liability insurance is your protection against the larger out-of-pocket court costs. Liability insurance also covers the homeowner if there are guests in the home that are injured at the time of the incident. As an added bonus, the proper liability insurance will also cover any damage that is incurred from your pets.

Conducting a Home Inventory

Taking stock of the valuable items in your home is one of the best ways to ensure that you keep the appropriate insurance on your possessions. In most cases, homeowners insurance policies will cover a range of 50-70% of the value of the policy that you have on your home. Without a proper inventory, you may misrepresent the value of the items in your home and underinsure yourself.

Give yourself the benefit of a professional opinion on the type of insurance you trust. The two major types are the cash value policy and the replacement cost policy.

Parker Young specializes in Atlanta disaster repair services. If you face the unthinkable, remember that you have a company that understands the process of what you are going through. Give us a call immediately so that we can help to give you your life back as soon as possible.

How to Keep Mold Out During the Winter Seasons

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

CouchWinter often means wet, and wet means mold–especially if the winter is humid. Mold spores love moisture, so it’s important to take the proper steps to keep mold – which is always in the air anyway – to keep from growing in your home. The microscopic mold spores that are normally in the air will grow and will compromise your health if not contained. While you could kill mold, unless you remove it, the dry spores will just spread and continue to grow.

During the winter months, take additional steps to reduce mold. If it has already gotten out of hand, or if you had a flood, you may need to enlist the help of an Atlanta disaster repair services company, such as Parker Young.

Flooding and Heavy Rains

If heavy rains flood your basement or you have a plumbing leak, you need to work fast, or else mold will build up. Call in Parker Young, an Atlanta disaster repair service, to help clean and disinfect your home from the spores and toxins that the growing mold releases.

Mold hates low humidity and low temperatures, so turn the air conditioning on. You should also run a dehumidifier. If you don’t have air conditioning and the humidity outside is lower than it is inside, open the windows.

If you are throwing away moldy items, put them in a plastic bag. If you are saving some items that got moldy, store them in the freezer until Parker Young is able to restore them. This might include books, pictures and documents.

Mold Maintenance

Keep the air circulating in your home. When you shower, wash dishes or cook, be sure to use an exhaust fan. Keep all areas clean, especially those in kitchens and bathrooms. If something is leaking water, shut the water off to that sink, toilet or appliance. You should also use moisture barriers in crawl spaces. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed and gutters are clean of leaves. When you need help removing mold, call Parker Young to schedule an appointment.

Tips on Heating your Home Safely

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

HeaterWith the cold upon us, more people will be looking for ways to supplement the heating in their homes. Those with no heat could use alternative heating sources to heat their homes, which is, in many cases, dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of fires from home heating equipment occur from December through February, the coldest months of the year. If you are going to use space heaters, fire places and wood stoves as supplemental or primary heating, be sure you are doing it safely.

Prevent Heating-Related Fires

Regardless of the type of heating source you are using, keep any flammable items away from it. This includes:

  • Furnaces,
  • Heaters,
  • Fireplaces,
  • Wood stoves, and
  • Portable space heaters, regardless of their power source.

If you have children or children often visit you, make sure you have a gate or screen at least 3 feet away from the heat source to keep the kids away from it. This includes portable heaters. And, with portable heaters, shut them off before you leave the room and when you go to bed. Never leave them unattended.

Additional tips include:

  • Never use the oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect chimneys every year, especially those that are used for wood or coal burning stoves.
  • Make sure you use the proper type of fuel for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Call a qualified professional to install space heaters that are meant to stay in one place, central heat and air conditioning units and hot water heaters.
  • Test the smoke alarms in your home at least once per month.
  • Keep a sturdy screen in front of the fireplace so that an errant spark won’t make its way to flammable items.
  • Contact Parker Young Construction for help with installing equipment that you cannot install yourself.

Contact Parker Young

In the event that you do have a fire, you could have smoke and water damage. Parker Young, a Macon disaster repair service will be able to clean up the damage for you.

Mistakes People Make When Purchasing Insurance

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

When people have to deal with disasters that leave their home in shambles, they often start to think about their insurance. Many people wonder if they have enough coverage for the Atlanta disaster recovery services they will need, or if they may have purchased too much coverage. There are several mistakes that many people make when buying insurance today, here are the most significant of those.

Insurance For Disaster Repair in Atlanta: Don’t Drop Flood Coverage

The average homeowners policy does not cover flooding. Repairing the damage from a flood can be extremely difficult and costly, so it is always well worth it to carry that “just in case” flood coverage. About 1/4 of all flood damage actually happens in low risk areas. Weather patterns can also impact this. While snow may be rare in Atlanta, the occasional snow can cause flooding of the home as it melts. Keep the flood coverage. It’s worth it.

Don’t Focus on the Wrong Number

If real estate prices decline, many people reduce their homeowners coverage. That is a big mistake, because insurance is meant to pay for the price of rebuilding, not the sales figure for the house. Reducing the homeowners insurance may mean that there isn’t enough money to rebuild, and that can be a big hit to the wallet if disaster strikes.

Don’t Go For Price Alone

It’s important not to go for price alone. Sure, the best price is always good, but make sure that the insurance company offers good customer service and has a good reputation. If a company’s price is significantly lower than everyone else but it has a bad reputation, it’s not worth the risk.

Call the Parker Young offices today to find out how to bounce back after a disaster. We are here to help people restore their homes after floods, mold infestations and any other type of disaster.

How to Keep Your Pet Calm During a Thunderstorm

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Storms can be scary for humans, even though we are able to look at technology to see and hear exactly what’s coming. Imagine being an animal and not understanding what’s going on or how long it will last. We love our pets like we do family members and hate to see them in distress. When they’re upset, it feels natural to sit with them and coddle them. The reality is, however, that when owners coddle pets who have anxiety during storms they are reinforcing the pet’s anxious behavior. So instead of coddling, here are four simple steps that pet owners can follow the next time their pet begins to display anxiety when a storm is approaching.

Four Steps to Take to Ease Your Pet’s Anxiety During A Storm

1. Pet owners must stay calm. If your pet senses your anxiety, they will get even more anxious.

2. Provide your pet with an enclosed, safe space (crates are good) where they can wait out the storm. Soften it with a blanket and include a chew toy for gnawing.

3.  Prepare the room that will contain the safe space. Make sure there are no small sharp objects that could be chewed or swallowed, since some pets are prone to this behavior when anxious or stressed. Close doors and windows to buffer the noise and light from the storm.

4. Make sure you also keep your pet away from your homes’ exits and entries. When pets are stressed, they may bolt out the door or even attack people coming in or out if extremely overstimulated.

After the Storm

After a disaster, you are likely to experience anxiety if your home has been damaged. Once you’ve gotten your family and pet to a safe place, contact Parker Young to see how we can help get your home back in order. We are experienced Atlanta disaster repair specialists, and our goal is to help you get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Is Your Home in Danger of Being Hit by a Tree?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Like homes, trees need structural stability in order to remain upright. Trees that develop diseases can fall over during high storms, heavy winds and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. As a homeowner in Macon, GA, it’s important for you to be able to recognize the warning signs of a tree in danger.

How to Recognize Tree Danger

  • Leaning trees. All trees lean at least a little bit, but trees should not develop a more severe lean as time goes on. If your tree’s lean is becoming more pronounced with time, this is a sign that your tree needs help.
  • Trees with heaving roots. Trees that lean may develop heaving roots on the side opposite the lean. This is another sign that your tree is slowly falling over, and may complete the cycle at any time.
  • Cracks and cankers in the trunk. Cracks and cankers can be a sign of disease and illness in your tree.
  • Dead branches. If your tree has branches that are missing leaves, those branches are likely dead and may fall down at any time. If these branches are near or hanging over your home, they should be removed immediately.
  • Mushrooms on the trunk. Mushrooms are a sign of rot happening deep within your tree’s trunk. If your tree develops mushrooms or fungus on the trunk, have your tree inspected by a certified arborist to find out more about what you can do.

Know Who to Call for Disaster Repair Services in Macon

If any trees near your home are having any of the problems listed above, talk to a certified arborist to find out whether or not your home is in danger. If your home is damaged by a falling tree in Macon, contact Parker Young Construction for disaster repair services in Macon.

 

What to Do If A Storm Knocks Out Your Electricity

Friday, October 28th, 2016

In Atlanta, GA we can get thunderstorms at various times of the year, and sometimes when this happens, the power can go out. Knowing what to do when your home loses power during a thunderstorm can help you maintain control and avoid costly damage.

Tips On What to Do Without Electricity

  1. Keep flashlights on hand. Always have a flashlight stored in a toolbox or junk drawer, so you’ll be able to light up your home when the power goes out.
  2. Avoid lighting fires indoors. Don’t light a fire because you get cold, unless you have a fully-operational fireplace and you know how to use it.
  3. Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer. Cold food in your refrigerator and freezer can stay cold for a long time if the doors aren’t opened. Each time you open your refrigerator and freezer doors, you let out cold air that could lead to food spoilage. Keep canned, boxed and bagged food on hand to eat during a power outage.
  4. Keep your landline functional. Many households are moving away from landline usage because they rely so much on cell phones. During a power outage, land lines still function but cell phones may go out. Keep your landline functional to ensure that you can communicate with the world outside.
  5. Call your utility company. Your utility company may not know about your power outage. Calling the utility company from a landline can help ensure that your power company will come as soon as possible.
  6. Keep your car gas tank at least half full. Remember, if the power goes out where you are, the power may be out at gas stations.

Contact Parker Young for Repairs

At Parker Young, we provide disaster repair services to people in times of trouble. For Atlanta, GA disaster repair services after a thunderstorm, contact us.

Call us now! 1 (888) 303-9288