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Tips For Preventing Fires In Summer

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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When people think of summer fires in Macon, Georgia they most often think of the Smokey Bear slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” However, this sentiment should also be applied to daily situations where fires can wreak havoc on properties and neighborhoods. In fact, according to the NFIRS, over 16,000 fires occur in the summer months. In order to protect your family and friends, you need to ensure that you practice good fire safety etiquette.

Preventing Residential Fires In Macon

Macon disaster repair service experts recommend that homeowners leverage the following fire prevention precautionary tips:

  1. Don’t leave stoves unattended, and be sure to keep the surrounding countertops clear of flammable objects, including dish rags, cleaning supplies, or oil-based cooking products. You should also double-check that your kitchen’s smoke alarms are working properly.
  2. Properly store and handle propane during transportation and its application to grills. Approximately 5,700 home fires are caused by propane grill accidents, which can cause injury, death, and millions of dollars in damage.
  3. Conduct heating and AC checks during the summer months. Clogged AC vents and damaged air filters cause approximately 2,300 fires each year. In addition, make sure that fixed air conditioning units are properly installed with plenty of access to good ventilation.
  4. Be careful not to overwork your electrical outlets. Short circuits are notorious for causing fires during the summer months when far too many portable AC units, fans, and other cooling devices are plugged into one electrical outlet.
  5. Keep the grass short around your home during particularly hot summer months. In the event of summer storms with lightning, make sure that you have a reliable water source and access to emergency services.

By following the above fire prevention tips, you can keep your family safe during the summer months. For additional information on protecting your home or using our disaster recovery services, contact the experts at Parker Young today.

How to Prevent Water Damage From Your Washing Machine

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

washing machine

It’s no secret that washing machines make life easier for any household in Atlanta, Georgia. However, without proper care, washing machines can cause excessive water damage. Each year Atlanta based disaster repair services clean up damage from washing machines in countless homes.

Prevent Water Damage With A Few Easy Steps

If you want to prevent your washing machine from leaking and causing water damage, then you need to take a few precautionary steps.

  1. Be sure to inspect your washing machine’s water supply hose. This hose supplies both the hot and cold water to your washing machine. The hose should be checked to ensure that there is a tight connection and that it doesn’t show any signs of wear and tear. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace the supply hose every five years, even if there isn’t any obvious sign of outwards deterioration.
  2. Keep the hot and cold water supply valves turned off when the machine is not being used. By turning off the valves you can ensure that water pressure is not being built up while the machine is not being used. To make it easier to turn the water supply valves on and off, you can install a dual ball valve lever, which will make it easy for you to simply pull the lever up or down to turn the water on or off.
  3. Follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the risk of unwanted wear and tear on your washing machine. You should never overload your washing machine, you should only use it when someone is at home, and you should always use the right type of detergent.

By following the above three steps, you can protect your home from washing machine water damage. For more information, or in the event that your home does suffer from water damage, contact Parker Young, the Atlanta disaster repair service experts.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Garage

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

tools in garageMost Atlanta homeowners consider their kitchen as the part of the home most likely to catch fire. Though the kitchen certainly poses risks for fires, the garage is especially prone to devastating fires. The United States Fire Administration reports garage fires cause more than $450 million in property losses per year. Here’s how to prevent a fire in your garage.

Store Flammable Fluids in a Protected Area

Gasoline, oil, paint and other flammable liquids should be stored in a backyard shed. If you absolutely need these fluids in the garage, store them in small amounts in a sealed, fireproof container. Label these containers so you and others know exactly what type of fluid is inside.

Get Rid of That Clutter

Garages laden with clutter are more vulnerable to fires. Boxes, trash and various sundries stored in containers are a form of potentially lethal kindling. Remove the clutter from your garage every six months. Clean those cobwebs and dust buildups as they have the potential to compromise electrical systems.

Be Mindful When Plugging Items Into Garage Outlets

Some people leave their appliances plugged into garage outlets, sometimes overnight, for a thorough charge. Do not plug several cords into a garage outlet. Also, avoid using an extension cord when charging appliances. Extension cords dramatically boost the odds of a garage electrical fire.

Clean up After Working in the Garage

Plenty of homeowners use their garage as a work space. Do not let sawdust, wood scraps, plastic wrappings or paper accumulate. These materials can easily turn into tinder with a simple spark.

Fire Damage? Contact Parker Young Construction Today

If your Atlanta property has endured a fire, lean on us in your time of need. Our fire damage restoration service will help you bounce back as quickly as possible. Give us a call at 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Atlanta disaster repair services.

Tips for Hosting a Safe Outdoor Party

Monday, July 17th, 2017

summer backyardSummer is the best time of the year for outdoor parties. Invite your friends, family and neighbors over for a party with cool drinks and hot eats. Most outdoor parties end up being an absolute blast. However, the combination of people, campfires and barbecues has the potential to induce harm. Here’s how to keep everyone safe.

Be Mindful of Fire Sources

Most parties have flammable items of some sort. Gather everyone before the party commences and point out fire sources like candles, tiki torches and portable outdoor fireplaces. Each has the potential to spread fire across your yard and into your Ellijay home.

Supervise Kids and Pets

Dogs, cats and children are especially vulnerable during parties. The parents are usually busy cooking, setting the table or socializing. Supervise the little ones throughout the entirety of the event. Keep them at least five feet away from fire pits, barbecues and outdoor fireplace flames.

Mind the Grill

Most outdoor parties involve grilling meats. The grill should be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home and other structures. Make sure the lid is open when turning on the gas.

Water Should be Readily Available

Stock up on water for your outdoor party. It will keep guests hydrated on a hot summer day. Water will also prove quite helpful if the campfire flames spread.

Sweat the Small Stuff

If your party features burning candles, use heavy and reliable candle holders that hold the candles upright. The last thing you need is for a gust of wind to knock down your burning candles and create a fire.

Bounce Back From a Fire With the Help of Parker Young Construction

Our fire damage restoration experts are here to help you regain a sense of normalcy following a home fire. We will restore as much of your fire-damaged Ellijay home as possible. Contact us by dialing 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Ellijay disaster repair services.

Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent After a Fire

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The aftermath of a fire is an emotionally charged time, to say the least. Thankfully, there are people and organizations available to help you rebound from this tragedy. One of those individuals is your insurance agent. Here is exactly what to ask your agent following a fire in your Macon home.

What Can Be Done to Protect the Remnants of My Home?

If the fire has not destroyed your entire house, find out what can be done to safeguard the remnants. The answer hinges on your unique situation. The insurance agent will likely recommend covering up the windows. He might also suggest erecting a temporary fence around what remains of your home.

Should I Sell or Rebuild?

If the insurance company won’t cover the repair costs in their entirety, selling the property might be prudent. This is especially true for Macon homes that were in poor condition prior to the fire. If the damage is fairly minor, it might make sense to repair the property.

Does My Policy Provide Reimbursement for Temporary Housing?

If the fire prevents you from living in your house, find out if your policy provides money for temporary housing. You might find that your policy covers a portion of this cost.

What Information Do You Have About Local Remediation Companies?

Inquire about disaster remediation businesses that can restore burnt sections of your property, clean soot, get rid of smoke odor and more. However, if the home structure is faulty following the fire, it might not be possible for these services to be performed.

Know That Parker Young Construction is on Your Side

Lean on Parker Young Construction in the days and weeks following your Macon home fire. We will handle fire damage repair, mold removal, water extraction, smoke damage restoration and so much more. Contact us at 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Macon disaster repair services.

5 Most Dangerous Household Chemicals

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Household chemicals can absolutely make our lives easier, but it’s important to remember that many of them are dangerous when used improperly. And when disasters strike, household chemical spills can be a major source of injury and property damage. Make sure these five chemicals are always stored safely in your home or business to maintain safety.

Ammonia

Ammonia fumes are a powerful irritant, potentially harming your skin, eyes, nose, lungs and throat. When working with ammonia, wearing heavy-duty gloves, goggles and a face mask are smart precautions to protect your health.

Bleach

Another useful but dangerous cleaner, bleach also has strong corrosive properties that can do serious damage to the human body. Ammonia and bleach are a particularly dangerous combination, creating potentially deadly gases when mixed. Never store these two chemicals in the same place.

Antifreeze

Swallowing antifreeze can cause serious damage to your internal organs. Its inoffensive, sweet taste makes antifreeze especially dangerous for children and pets, who may readily ingest the substance when spilled or improperly stored.

Drain Cleaners

The purpose of drain cleaners is to break down organic material that builds up and obstructs pipes. As such, most chemical drain cleaners contain powerful alkaline compounds, including lye, that can cause serious damage when it comes into contact with your skin or eyes.

Air Fresheners

This one probably comes as a surprise, but the truth is many commercial air fresheners contain formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals. Even “all natural” options aren’t totally safe: Essential oils are powerful solvents that can strip paint.

Unfortunately, even the most carefully stored household chemicals can be spilled when disaster strikes, causing major damage to your home or business. If you’re dealing with such a situation and looking for disaster repair services in Macon, be sure to call our offices at Parker Young today.

Tips for Testing Your Smoke Alarm

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

smokeWhen you offer Atlanta disaster repair services, you see the worst that can possibly happen. While we take great pride in helping people rebuild their lives, there’s nothing better than using prevention to avert the disaster from ever happening. When you make sure that your smoke alarm is in full working order, you’re taking one of the most important steps to protect your property from catastrophe and keeping the lives that you care most about safe. Here’s how to make sure that your smoke alarm is working perfectly.

5 Steps to Make Sure Your Smoke Alarm is Fully Functional

  1. Be sure everyone knows your testing the system. When you make tests a regular practice, it’s important to let people know about a drill beforehand. That way when it’s the real thing, people will know to act accordingly. If your alarm is tied into the home security system, be sure to let them know as well.
  2. Have someone stand far away from the alarm while still inside the house. How well can they hear it? If it’s not loud then it’s time to increase the number of alarms. The alarm should also be able to be heard from outside the house.
  3. Get up on a chair or ladder to reach the alarm and press the test button. If it does not immediately emit a loud alarm noise, you can troubleshoot by replacing the batteries or have an electrician take a look for hardwired models. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to replace the unit for one that’s fully functional.
  4. The test button isn’t enough. Make sure that the sensors are fully functional by spraying aerosol near the alarm or lighting a couple of matches and holding them a couple of feet below the alarm.
  5. Regardless of how well your unit is working, it should automatically be replaced every ten years.

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, misfortune can’t be avoided. If you’re currently in the process of dealing with damage to your home or business give us a call. We’re happy to provide the best disaster repair services in Atlanta.

4 Ways to Prevent Crawl Space Mold

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Deep within your home’s crawl spaces is something that can make you and your family ill: mold. Mold leads to upper respiratory infections and may worsen asthma and allergies. The dark and damp environment inside your crawl space is the ideal breeding ground for mold, but you can help prevent it.

How Can You Avoid Mold in Your Crawl Spaces?

Humidity is a major cause of mold growth. These four tips can help you to reduce the chance of mold thriving in your crawl space by the air below the 70% humidity danger zone for mold:

  1. Check your crawl spaces for leaks. Inspect the walls and the joints of all of your vents for holes or cracks. The best time to inspect your crawl space is right after a strong rain to get the best idea about any possible leaks.
  2. Ensure that your crawl space is correctly vented. Professionals suggest for every 150 square feet of crawl space, you should have one square foot of ventilation. Adequate ventilation helps to increase the flow of fresh air into the space to cut down on mold growth.
  3. Attach waterproof sheeting to the walls of your crawl space to help control condensation. If your crawl space is already insulated, check it at least twice a year for missing, sagging or damp insulation. Replace problem insulation immediately.
  4. Properly vent your HVAC and washer/dryer to avoid the systems’ exhaust from emptying directly into a crawl space. This warm, moist air can encourage mold to form.

Don’t Be Worried, Take Precautions

Are you still worried about mold in your home’s crawl spaces? Don’t worry, call the professionals. Parker Young Construction has been handling disaster repair services in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. Whether you need help with fire, flood or mold restoration, Parker Young can help. Call toll-free at 1 (888) 303-9288 to speak with a specialist who can help you schedule an appointment.

How to be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

storm cloudsMeteorologists predict that Georgia’s hurricane season can last up to six months. From June 1 to November 30, it’s important that you remain prepared for extreme weather. At Parker Young, our trained professionals provide disaster repair services in Atlanta and hope these tips about being prepared and staying safe prove helpful.

Emergency Disaster Kit

Having an emergency kit in place will allow you to ride out the storm and its aftermath. Be prepared, and have these items in place in advance. When a storm hits, you may be cut off from supplies. The kit should include:

  • Three days of drinking water based on one gallon per person
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Complete first aid kit including prescription medications
  • Battery-operated radio and cell phone
  • Flashlights and battery-operated lanterns
  • Whistle or horn to signal for assistance
  • Shelter-building supplies such as plastic sheets, duct tape, etc.
  • Tool set

Weathering the Storm

Anytime an extreme weather event strikes your area, it’s imperative that you take safety precautions to avoid injury and property damage. Here are some things to keep in mind that are not always common sense.

  • Go inside as the storm approaches. Flying debris can cause injury.
  • Stay clear of windows and skylights during the storm.
  • During extreme weather, remain in a safe space such as a bathroom or basement.
  • Do not use electrical appliances during a storm. Wiring may become damaged and result in a fire.
  • Homeowners in flood zones should turn off their main electrical circuit breaker.
  • Do not use the shower or bathe during a storm. Lightning strikes are common.

Many hurricanes have an eye. When that passes over, it can make you think the storm has stopped. Get a credible weather report before resuming normal activities.

Parker Young is committed to helping the people of Georgia repair and rebuild properties. If you need disaster repair services in Atlanta, contact us today.

Tips on Fireproofing Your Backyard

Monday, June 5th, 2017

fire pitAtlanta disaster repair services are important to community health, and Parker Young is here to help you fortify your home and keep your family safe throughout the year. Take these fireproofing tips to heart and protect your backyard from unexpected disasters.

Safety Tips for Grills, Fire Pits and More

Tip: Keep your grill a safe distance away from the home. It should also be away from any deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches.

Tip: If you’re using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. Any other fluids can be damaging to your grill. Or, worse, they’ll spark unwanted fires around the area.

Tip: Keep children away from your yard’s fire pit. A fire pit, while mostly contained, can be dangerous to passersby. If anyone panics, burning material can be tossed into the yard—setting it ablaze.

Tip: Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing—like nylon—when handling a fire pit or a grill. Loose-fitting clothing can collect heat quickly, becoming a hazard to both the wearer and the yard.

Tip: Don’t use your patio heater if it’s windy. The wind can blow a heater’s flame out. Or worse, it can knock the entire heater over.

Tip: Make sure all gas taps are off before a gas cylinder is changed. Additionally, change any cylinders in open-air environments. Opened gas cylinders are incredible hazards, and they can be dangerous to passersby.

Tip: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. If possible, keep a bucket of water nearby as well. Fire needs to be extinguished during an emergency—and quickly. By keeping these items nearby, you’ll ensure quick disaster recovery.

Tip: Check the wind’s direction before lighting any fire. Additionally, make sure your grill’s lid will stay closed, once extinguished, if a fire breaks out. The wind shouldn’t be capable of moving any items around.

Parker Young is here to help provide information and answer any questions you may have. If you require assistance—or, if you want more Atlanta disaster relief tips—contact us today.

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