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.

Carbon Monoxide and Your Furnace

Staying warm is especially important during this cold winter weather, but there’s a chance your furnace could make you sick.

Homeowners need to be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter when furnaces are working overtime and cars are warming up in the garage.  CO (carbon monoxide) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is slightly less dense than air.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 170 people die every year from carbon monoxide that comes from household appliances. A poorly running furnace can not only fail but it can quickly fill a home with carbon monoxide.  Gas pressure can end up being too high which means its burning hot and whenever you burn hot in an appliance, there is a possibility the heat exchange could crack, which would produce carbon monoxide.

Fire officials also echo heating experts and say the best way to prevent carbon monoxide from seeping into your home is to have your furnace checked every year; to make sure it’s not emitting carbon monoxide into your home. A yearly examination usually costs less than $100.

Anything that’s a combustible material, that can burn, has the potential to put out carbon monoxide.

Homeowners should also regularly replace the air filter and make sure snow and ice aren’t building up on the vents outside, because if you don’t pay attention to the largest appliance in your home, it could create a dangerous and even deadly situation.

Another main source of carbon monoxide in your home is your car, and with this winter’s cold weather, you likely warm it up almost daily. If you are going to warm up your car before leaving, DO NOT leave it in the garage, especially without the outside door open. A garage fills up quickly with carbon monoxide which can lead to fatality.

Be on the SAFE side and Check with your furnace company to see the last time you had maintenance, and get that scheduled; winter is still sticking around for awhile!

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 !

 

Water damage in finished basement before and after images.

801 Jackson Street  BeforeWhen water damage occurs in your home it is important to have experts repair and clean the affected areas. A water damaged basement can lead to cracked or warped floors or walls,  ruined carpet, and structural damage to your home. The worst part, a water damaged basement can lead to mold. Preventing further mold and deterioration is important in keeping the safety and health of your family.

801 Jackson after

To the left are the before and after images. Contact the experts at ServiceMaster to assess and fix your water damaged home of business.

 

Don’t Trip into Spring

Winters snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather just around the corner, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.  Starting doing some lawn care to keep ahead of the game (Baseball is here!! )  Weeds are already growing, now is a good time to grab some gardening gloves and start picking… the ground is soft and damp which makes it really easy to pull out the unwanted Botanic creatures. Speaking of botanical creatures, make sure your gutters are clean, the rainy month is yet to come.

Some great outdoor projects while enjoying a nice spring day.

Do you have drafty doors or windows?

If your windows or doors are a source of chilly drafts all winter long, the problem could be worn-out seals, weather stripping or thresholds. Then again, sloppy installation might be to blame. When cold weather arrives, hold the back of your hand near the edges of windows or doors to track down the source of leaks. If you feel cold air flowing out from behind the trim, chances are the spaces around the window and door jambs weren’t properly sealed.

Plugging these leaks is time-consuming but well worth the job: You have to pull off the interior trim, seal around the jambs and then reinstall the trim.  If your doors and windows are airtight, the payoff can be big too. Stopping drafts not only makes your home more comfortable but also cuts energy bills (air leaks are a major source of heat loss in most homes).

Check your window or door warranty before using expanding foam around them! If the window or door is still under warranty, using expanding foam insulation will more often than not void the warranty.

If your windows need sealed or repaired contact us to get an estimate.

Lead Paint in your Home?

Paint containing more than .06% lead was banned for residential use in the United States in 1978 by the Product Safety Commission. About three-quarters of homes built before then contain some lead paint. It was used both inside and outside the home because it increased durability, sped drying, and resisted moisture. The only way to know if your home is afflicted with this health hazard is to have a professional test your home. We can schedule an appointment to test your paint. It is also recommended to wipe down surfaces and vacuum to help remove dust that may carry lead, especially during remodeling.

Lead poisoning is the top environmental cause of illness in children, primarily caused by ingestion. A child’s normal hand-to-mouth contact can move dislodged paint or dust into their system. Parents should also beware contaminant soil outside. Lead poisoning causes many symptoms and in extreme cases death. Although lead poisoning is quicker in children, adults can be affected as well, and a variety of symptoms may or may not occur.

What’s the Difference between Restorative Cleaning and Maintenance Cleaning?

Restorative Cleaning

Restorative Cleaning is typically a one-time cleaning using a truck mount hot water extraction system with a wand. The hot water extraction method, is the most popular method of carpet cleaning used by professional cleaners today. Many carpet manufacturers have begun to recommend the use of hot water extraction as a part of the regular cleaning regimen. This method does an excellent job of extracting soil from deep in the carpet pile and can be very effective in removing other contaminants.

Studies have shown that hot water extraction can remove as much as 99% of the contaminants found in some neglected carpets.

Maintenance Cleaning
Maintenance Cleaning can employ the same equipment as a restorative cleaning method on a more frequent or scheduled basis. In addition, maintenance cleaning includes methods such as Pile Lifting, Encapsulate Cleaning, Absorbent Compound, Absorbent Pad (Bonnet), Spot Cleaning, Rotary Shampoo, etc. When strategically combining Maintenance and Restorative Cleaning methods and concentrating more regularly on entryways, hallways, and major access areas, which typically represent 1-5% of the
average commercial building’s total floor space, it is possible to significantly reduce the entrainment of soil into the other 95-99% of the building, thus reducing maintenance costs overall.