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Tips to Prevent Power Failure Damage

Tips to Prevent Damage to Electronics The disruption of electrical service can create costly damage to your electronics. Whether it’s lightning from a thunderstorm, the strong winds or the heavy snows of a blizzard, or too much pull of electricity during hot summer months- Mother Nature can cause blackouts, brownouts, and other electrical disruptions. While you can’t control the weather, you can safeguard your valuable appliances and electronics against the threat of a power disruption. Following these tips can save time and potentially expensive replacement costs.   Power Down and Unplug Whenever a storm approaches, take the time to go through your home to turn off and unplug small electronics and appliances. Lightning can enter your house through the wiring and disconnecting them from their power source will protect them from damage. If you notice signs of a brownout once the storm hits, such as a prolonged dimming of lights, your refrigerator’s motor might have difficulty operating in this low-voltage situation. Don’t risk touching the plug or outlet during the storm.   Purchase Surge Protectors Think of surge protectors as inexpensive insurance for your electronic items. If you have a $1,000 television, it’s worth investing a few more bucks in a UL-listed surge protector. The same goes for any expensive electronic devices you own.   Back-up Your Computer Power If the power goes out while you’re working on a desktop computer, you risk losing everything that wasn’t saved. An uninterruptible power source (UPS) gives you a “grace period” of five to seven minutes of reliable power to save all your work and shut down properly. A more expensive alternative...

Keep an Eye on Your Sump Pump

Local meteorologists are predicting that our area could see three additional inches of rain before the end of this weekend.The team at Thompson Building Associates would like to remind you to keep an eye on your sump pump to help prevent your basement from experiencing water damage. The modern sump motor is more resistant to rust and corrosion and is now made mostly of plastic and stainless steel. The sump motor is like any other motor, whether it’s a lawn mower, a leaf blower, or an automobile, the older it is the more likely it is to breakdown. The estimated lifespan of a sump motor is much debated, ranging from 5 to 15 years, if it is over 10 years have a plumber evaluate it and replace if necessary. We recommend that you have a plumber perform an annual check-up on the sump motor. However, you can also give your sump pump a check-up and the only tools you’ll need are a flashlight, a bucket and about 10 minutes. A sump pump is a pretty simple operation. Most sump pumps have a float switch, when the water rises the float activates a switch, the motor turns on, and the pump pulls the water out of the pit and sends it up through the PVC piping. To inspect the pump: First, unplug the sump pump (modern electric code calls for a GFCI outlet) from the outlet. Next remove the sump cover (if your home has a radon mitigation system the sump cover needs to be removed by a professional). Look into the sump pit. Look to see if there is...

Pack Out Services- Columbus, Ohio

Pack Out and Put Back of Contents If a home or business suffers water, fire, smoke, or mold damage, our “Clean Team” is ready to go. Our trained professionals will pack and move your contents and personal belongings from your home or business both to protect them from further damage.  All items will be professionally cleaned, dried and stored while reconstruction takes place. Our Clean Team provides complete pack out services. We carefully remove the contents from the damaged area to be restored, packed and delivered to an off-site facility. Our pack out process involves, a very careful, meticulous documentation system to ensure the best possible care. Items that we can successfully restore include but are not limited to: Artwork Books Photographs Clothing Documents Electronics Furniture Rugs Office Equipment Retail Inventory Taxidermy What you receive: Priority Arrival Emergency pack outs are our first priority Scheduled walk through times We treat you as our client, not a number Inventory We utilize the most current inventory systems available Live, real-time tracking Multiple reports for all types of contents needed Pack Outs We use specialized equipment & trade specific materials Our crews understand and execute packing skills to maximize protection The efficiency of our crews help to build customer satisfaction Our processes and procedures are rigorously maintained to help provide you with the highest value we can Transporting to our Facilities Our fleet trucks are clean and specialized for the job that they do every day We employ strict guidelines on our transportation methods Your contents are carefully wrapped an packed for transports Your contents are never mixed at any point with...

Why You Should Winterize Your Home if it is Vacant- Columbus, Ohio

    Why You Should Winterize Your Home if it is Vacant. Following fires or in the absence of normal heating, it is critical to protect your property from further damage due to freezing temperatures and to provide protection against freeze damage by draining water lines and tanks, introducing anti-freeze into plumbing traps, and other measures required by a particular damage site. If you have decided to shut down the building’s heating system, some steps to protect the building from freeze damage are simple.   Close the main building water supply valve.Check that the valve really closed fully during the process of draining the piping. Be careful: some valves that are seldom used or which are old may not close off completely. If a water pump and pressure tank are installed,turn off electrical power to the water pump. (Draining the pump and water tank are discussed below.). Drain the building water supply piping; because most homes other than some vacation cottages are not built with piping intended to be periodically drained, there may be long horizontal pipe runs that will not easily drain out all of their water by gravity, or even some supply pipes that slope “backwards”. Use air to remove water:Some plumbers try blowing air through the piping to force out water, or they may install multiple points at which piping can be drained. Below we address some steps to check for frozen, burst piping when turning the water supply back on. Cut pipes to remove water:Other plumbers will simply cut open any water supply pipe that may not be draining properly, figuring that it’s a much...

Fall Plumbing Tips- Columbus, Ohio

Now that Fall has arrived, those colder temperatures provide home and business owners alike with a gentle nudge, reminding them that it’s time to start getting their homes ready for winter. A lack of preparation can mean big trouble come winter, so consider these Fall Plumbing Tips and take these easy steps to get your home ready now and avoid expensive problems when the mercury drops. Be sure to uncouple any outdoor hoses. Leaving hoses hooked up can lead to trouble; if water remains in the hoses, when it freezes it will expand and can damage pipes on the inside of your home. Turn off any outdoor faucets completely. If there are any leaks, have them repaired promptly, before the weather gets any colder. It’s important to remember that when your pipes freeze, they can crack, regardless of what type material they are made of.  However, it only takes a small crack to cause serious damage to your home. Turn off any shut-off valves that connect to exterior faucets and be sure to drain those exterior lines completely. Wrap exterior faucets with an insulation kit. You can find these kits at home improvement stores. Protect pipes that are located in cold places like your crawl space or garage. Wrap the pipes with heat tape or thermal cables to prevent freezing. Reinforce the insulation around your windows and doors with sealer to prevent cold air leaking through. To reduce wear and tear on your water heater, drain and rinse it out to remove gunky buildup. This will improve its efficiency and save you money. It’s an easy process, but you...

15 Spots You Might Be Forgetting to Clean

15 Spots You Might Be Forgetting to Clean Cleaning can be a hassle, we all know that? While you might consider yourself a clean freak, hidden dirt and dust can easily build up in unexpected places in your home. It’s easy to neglect certain spots that collect filth and attract germs, like your coffeemaker, trash cans, and baseboards. Make sure you cover every inch of your home and never let a dirty spot go missed again, with these 15 places you’re probably forgetting to clean. Washing machine: Have your clothes lost that fresh scent after running through the wash? It’s time to clean your washing machine. While every machine is different, you can clean your washing machine in just one cycle. Try pouring a mix of white vinegar with baking soda into your washer, and run the cycle on hot. You can also keep your washing machine extra clean by leaving the lid or door open between uses. Curtains: Don’t skip your curtains when giving your house a deep clean. While most curtains are made of machine-washable and dryable materials, some curtains and drapes require special cleaning instructions. Dust, dirt, pollen, mold and more can easily build up on your curtains. Start at the top and work your way down by using a vacuum or damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Door frames: Even though high-up spots in your home are out of sight, dust collects in those hard-to-reach places, like door frames. Use a feather duster or soft cloth to wipe the top, sides and entire surface of door frames to remove unwanted dust or dirt....

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