SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG

April showers bring May flowers, and its already begun. Frequent, heavy showers can lead to flooding, which can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.

To help minimize damage, use and share the following tips:

  • Fix leaky roofs and foundation cracks immediately.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear so they can do their job by carrying water away from the home.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly.  If you don’t have one installed, Invest in a battery-powered sump pump and a garden hose to pump water out of the home.
  • Move valuable items to a higher level of the home.
  • Prevent sewer backup by installing sewer or septic line check valves, which allow waste to only flow one way.

If you experience water damage due to flooding, ServiceMaster Restore® is available 24/7/365 to help you with:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Drying, dehumidification and water extraction
  • Mold remediation
  • Carpet, clothing, rug, and electronic cleaning

We also can help with Fire, Bio-Hazard, Re-Construction and Trauma.

WEEU Golf Outing

Skip Bell, Owner of ServiceMaster is the guy on the far left….   at A WEEU Sponsored Golf Tournament Event.

WEEU Golf Outing

 

Happy Anniversary….. to one of our own ~~ Trucks !!

Warehouse on Wheels

Added to our fleet in 2012, our Warehouse on Wheels celebrates its first year of serving our Disaster Restoration customers.  The truck is a Chevy Express 4500 Cutaway, with a fully equipped interior to better handle all water/fire/mold remediation projects.  This truck hosts a butler truck mount extraction system, and plenty of shelving to hold dehumidifiers, air movers, and other miscellaneous equipment and supplies needed for our technicians to provide you with any emergency service at any time of the day or night.

On the exterior of the truck we had flood lights installed, so if you find yourself in the dark – no worries.  When we arrive on site extra lighting will be provided, if needed.

Our technicians keep the truck fully stocked at all times, which eliminates any down time for loading equipment prior to heading out for an emergency call.

Take a look……

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Not sure what to do when you have Water, Smoke or Fire Damage??

Here is a checklist of what you should do……..

  • Immediately report water, fire, trauma, mold, soot damage to your insurance agent.
  • Call a certified restoration company to secure your property and to mitigate damages.  Your insurance company may provide names and phone numbers of referrals. You are not obligated to use a specific company. ServiceMaster Restore is a full service restoration company; from the initial clean-up to the re-construction process.
  • Document damage with photographs and a list of affected items.
  • Be cautious of the possible contaminants in the affected environment and contents.
  • Turn off any electrical items that may be in or near the affected area.
  • Do not allow children, pets or elderly in the affected areas.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed.
  • Do not attempt to clean soot, smoke, and sewer damaged areas with any liquid. Your cleaning could set the soot or contaminant and cause additional damage.
  • Do not touch items without gloves. Oils in your hands can permanently set soot causing irreversible damage.
  • Do not enter the affected areas. Make sure children and pets do not enter the affected areas.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when on the scene and during repair process. The air can be contaminated, debris may be throughout the premises and overhead dangers may be present.
  • Once we come out and start the mitigation process, we will work with you on assessing damages to your structure as well as your contents.
  • Notify your ServiceMaster Restore® representative immediately of any concerns with items of high sentimental or real value.  The rate of survival of items that receive immediate restoration attention can be much higher.
  • ServiceMaster Restore® will, if needed, install equipment to dry-out the water affected structure.
  • Do not turn off or move equipment without contacting ServiceMaster Restore® as well as any power failure issues.

ServiceMaster Restore is committed to Restoring Your Peace of Mind !

 

Driveways and sidewalks need periodic maintenance, too.

• Remove any grass or weeds that are encroaching or growing in cracks on the driveway or sidewalk.

• Continue this by giving a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer or the high stream setting on your garden hose to remove dirt and grime.

• Once your driveway or sidewalk has dried, patch any cracks or holes in concrete surfaces with a concrete resurfacer.

• If needed, asphalt drives can be restored by applying a coat of latex asphalt sealer to make them look good as new.

CHECK OUT THIS HOME DEPOT DO IT YOURSELF VIDEO!!!

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A Summer Happy Roof !

Your home’s roof protects you, your family, and your entire house from nature’s elements. A roof requires regular care and maintenance in order to function properly and protect you for as long as possible. Of course, wear and tear is inevitable, all roofs wear out eventually.  Which means you should inspect it at least twice a year and after heavy winds and rain.  Some signs that your roof needs replaced are obvious, like water leaking through your ceiling.  Others are not as apparent and require a more thorough inspection to diagnose. Here are some telltale warning signs that you should look for.

Curling or Cupping Shingles

Curling is a common issue with roof shingles, some causes include: improper shingle storage or faulty shingles prior to installation, incorrect installation, excessively dry asphalt shingle bases, poor quality materials, or just natural wear. When shingles curl, they are no longer able to keep water from seeping through your roof, which could potentially cause serious structural damage.  It is also a good idea to check your roof shingles after extreme temperature changes.

Missing Shingles

Shingles can only protect your roof if they are all intact. Missing shingles create convenient openings, through which water can enter your home. Shingles can be pulled off your roof by strong winds or falling tree branches and can also be broken by repeated freezing and thawing. However, take special note if your shingles come off without any real provocation – if this happens they are definitely worn out and need replaced before causing damage.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a layer of metal sheeting, usually made from copper, tin, or aluminum, installed at an angle or joint in your roof, which prevents water from breaching the roof. The most common place to find flashing is around your chimney or sewer vent pipe.

Asphalt roof shingles require “step flashing,” which are individual pieces of flashing covering each shingle and overlapping onto the shingle down slope. This application is usually needed where a sloping roof passes a vertical surface like a chimney. By using an individual piece of flashing for each shingle or row of shingles, a water tight seal can be maintained over a longer period of time, despite daily shingle expansion and contraction from temperature changes. A larger, single piece of metal would crack apart from this expansion and contraction, letting water into the structure.

Some TLC before and after the winter and summer seasons will help prevent  out of pocket costs and keep your family and your home protected.

Consult a roof expert before embarking on a maintenance project, or if you are unsure of your roof’s condition. ServiceMaster can help you with your roofing needs.

Hurricane Sandy Preparations to keep you and your family safe.

Residents along the Atlantic coast are preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Here are seven tips that may help you, your family or your business prepare for a natural disaster:

Prepare for Phone Interruptions

Spry advises business owners to have a communication plan, in case neither phone nor texting is available.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, knocked out cell phone towers and land lines left employers and employees without the means to communicate. Spry advises employees to know and understand the disaster plan in advance and each have a copy of it they can easily refer to.

Paul Reynolds, electronics editor with Consumer Reports, said cell phone users can usually text more successfully than call when a network experiences high volume, like during 9/11, because texting uses less data. But those not familiar with texting may need a tutorial. He said a full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to text versus a numeric keypad on basic cell phones, which can be more cumbersome and harder to learn.

Create a Disaster Plan, or Test Your Current One

Homeowners should consider which valuable objects they will take with them in case of an emergency evacuation.

Spry said a disaster plan should clearly communicate pre- and post-disaster procedures to any relevant people. For families, that includes near and far relatives and friends. Business owners should communicate disaster plans to employees, customers, vendors, and business partners.

Spry said the safety of people, such as employees and customers, should be the first procedure. The plan should next address how to protect your property and business records.

Check Insurance Policies

Spry cautions that homeowners and business owners should never fully rely on an insurance policy.

Homeowner’s policies usually do not cover loss due to flooding, but coverage can be purchased from the federal government. Homeowners can ask their agents about the details or contact the National Flood Insurance Program at 1-800-379-9531.

It is especially important to review your homeowner’s policy with your agent or broker so you understand the amount you will receive in the event of a covered loss, and whether it will be adequate to rebuild your home. Homeowners should also know the amount of a deductible and any special provisions in the policy such as wind exclusions. And include your insurance company’s toll free claim number and insurance agent’s phone number in your emergency evacuation kit.

Assess Your House for Vulnerabilities

Homeowners should inspect their homes for potential problem areas of a house in case of a disaster, such as old trees.

You should also make sure the roof does not have holes or is missing shingles. To safeguard against strong winds, you may have to nail down new shingles or remove loose objects, like lawn furniture.

Some fix-it tasks can be completed over a weekend, such as reinforcing a garage door, vents and a gable, or triangular, roof, so water does not leak in. Those living in low lying areas where coastal storms surge should move electronic devices off the ground floor and put heavy furniture on blocks to prevent damage from flooding. Also, homeowners should roll up rugs.

Spencer also advises that you look around your neighborhood for vulnerabilities, such as from abandoned properties.

If a hurricane or tropical storm approaches, homeowners should notify the lender or bank that has taken ownership of the foreclosed property, as well as town officials, of concerns regarding foreclosed homes, he said.

Take Video or Photos for a Home Inventory

For insurance purposes and for your own personal keepsake in case of a disaster, you should have a home inventory or a photographic record.

While you are doing that, you can consider which few items to bring in case of an evacuation.

Consider Important Supplies

FEMA recommends people should have a bare minimum of a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.

A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking, but sometimes children, nursing mothers, the sick and people in hot temperatures may require more, according to FEMA.

You may also want to prepare covered foods and about a month’s supply of medication. You should also prepare traditional and special batteries for products like cell phones.

Shelter Considerations: Pets

During Hurricane Katrina, there were some people who did not evacuate as recommended because they had pets, or they did not know what to do with their pets.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety advises that if you are going to evacuate with a pet, make sure your hotel or shelter accepts pets.

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