Avoid the Spark
Around the holiday times we were all worried about our Christmas Tree and decoration in regards to keeping them fire safe. Often most Christmas fires come from a real tree becoming too dry and catching fire from the lights or a nearby candle spark. We are passed that and most everyone has gotten the Christmas decorations put away.
Now is the time to take a look around your house as it may seem a bit more bare without those decorations. This is the time to replace those batteries in your smoke detector, cover your outlets if you have little ones or animals that may like to place with them and clean out your dryer vents.
Most homeowners do not clean out their dryer vents or get a whole home duct cleaning as often as they need to. You should be getting your whole home duct cleaning once a year and cleaning out your dryer vent a minimum of every 6 months. This will help prevent house fires while doing laundry.
If you can't remember the last time you had either of these services done, give us a call today to schedule!
Storm season is coming to a close and the beach days are becoming fewer and far between with the water getting colder this time of year. Now is the time to complete those house projects you have been wanting to accomplish but it has been too hot to even think about doing those.
While you are tackling your house projects on your mind it is a great time to also think about ways to be more prepared for next years storm season. With the closing of this storm season many necessities that are usually out of stock will most likely be in stock and possibly on sale as well. If you buy ahead it is a great way to be prepared for next year and get a great deal on the items you need.
Now that storm season is coming to a close so is turtle season. You will be able to have bonfires on the beach as well. Remember to clean up when you are done and not leave a mess for the next group that wants to have one as well.
Busiest Time of the Year
The kids are all going back to school and college and fall sports are in full swing again. Soon Halloween will be upon us along with Thanksgiving and Christmas following shortly behind.
Is your business feeling a bit neglected cleaning wise? Maybe the floors are as clean and nice as you would like them to be or maybe the vents are looking a little dusty, and lets be honest, that is not how you want to look to customers and clients!
Luckily for you we handle both of those things! We do carpet and tile cleanings as well as duct cleaning to help get and keep your business looking in tip top shape.
Lastly we also do COVID cleanings because they also happen to be on the rise with all of the events and less strict regulations happening.
Give us a call today to get scheduled for any of the above cleanings you may need to have taken care of today!
We can't wait to hear from you!
How are you prepared?
As the year gets further underway we start trying to plan for the holidays. What are the kiddos going to wear for Halloween? Who all is coming for Thanksgiving? Or if you are a real planner, start buying Christmas presents now so you can enjoy the holiday season without all the shopping madness.
While trying to plan for all of these things come years end, how are you preparing your business for years end?
Usually companies will have Holiday parties or potluck gatherings that will invite family members and sometimes neighboring businesses. Is your office in tip top shape for everyone to come and see the building?
Well if the answer is no, give us a call today and we will schedule a carpet, or hard floor cleaning and a duct cleaning to ensure the best look possible for all of those planning to visit your office.
We are currently still doing COVID cleanings as the numbers are rising. Protect against what could have come unknowingly into your office today.
Give us a call to get on the schedule!
Could you be affected?
With the recent uptick in storms rolling through were you affected by the extra amounts of rain?
Many Floridians do not worry about tropical storms or even Hurricanes unless they are a category 3 or above. While this may be fine for some homeowners, it is not for others. Some homes may be completely unaffected while offers are devastated by the massive amounts of rain these storm bring through our area.
Now is the time to check your homes exterior to make sure you have no exposed areas where wind driven rain could get in.
Wind driven rain comes in for the most part from bad shingle work or unsecured corners of a home.
You can test this by using a hose and having another person stand inside to see if you see any water. It is much more effective to have a small amount of water come into your home from a hose rather than an entire storms worth of water that ruins you waters, structure, and potentially your personal belongings. We would hate to see you unprepared during the next storm. Take precautions now!
Over Before You Know It
In Florida this time of year we have many afternoon showers that everyone know and expects to happen most days if not everyday. What people do not talk about are the freak storms that happen all of a sudden, act like a tornado, and then are gone in a flash and it is sunny again.
These freaky fast storms are generally the ones that cause wind driven rain damage. Wind driven rain damage is not something that the naked eye can prevent. This kind of damage unfortunately happens and you won't know about it for sometime after until it is too late. You can have inspections done on your home that some may be able to see and recommend a fix for, while others you won't know until they happen.
The best thing to do once you have wind driven rain damage is to fix the issue and remediate the damage as soon as possible so growth, or potentially more damage do not happen.
In Florida we get some of the most wacky and unpredictable weather that it is better to be vigilant and ready to act upon once you know its happening or try to prevent the damage before hand.
Have something that looks off to you and want it checked out? Give us a call today to set up an appointment and consultation!
In the Blink of an Eye
We are currently in the midst of Else coming through Florida right now and have experience many changes in her path minute to minute.
These are the times that you need to be prepared before the storm could turn your direction. You never know when a hurricane could decide to make a sharp turn and come to your area.
One thing to help during the storm season is to make sure you always have your food, water, and medicine up to date and have multiple days worth so that you do not go without. The same thing goes for your family.
Another this that you can do if you are a business is to sign up for our Emergency Ready Program. This program allows our representative to come out to your site, scope out the layout, take photos, and put together a portfolio that is available online anywhere. We also keep a hard copy in our office were we to lose power and still need to know where emergency shut offs were and who to contact.
Up in Flames
Just like that your home or business is gone. The flames are growing and you are unable to tame them. The fire department is on their way, but not fast enough to save your home or business.
Routine maintenance can keep your home or business from going up so quickly. We have several checklists for what you should be doing annually. You can find those posts further down on this blog.
Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher close by to stop a small fire before it gets out of control. You also need to check the fire extinguisher annually to make sure that it is not expired. If you need to have your fire extinguisher checked or renewed you can usually call your local fire department and they can either do it or direct you to someone who can renew it for you.
For a business you have to legally have your fire extinguishers checked and up to date every year. The fire marshal will do surprise but routine check ups to make sure that you are keep up on these not only for the safety of your employees but also the safety of the businesses around yours.
What is that spot?
In the heat of the summer you may notice some brown or discolored areas on your ceiling. While this is not a huge problem to start out, it may become a larger problem later.
There are several things that could be causing this staining and discoloring. The range of things could be a hole in the roof, leaking A/C ducts or even a wild animal has found its way into your home and is leaving behind something for you to find later.
All of the listed items are things that need to be taken care of sooner rather than later. A hole in the roof could lead to structural issues in not taken care of. Leaking air ducts could mean that your home is feeling warmer and your AC unit is working harder than it should because it is also trying to cool down your extremely hot attic on top of your home. Finally a wild animal could be using your attic or roof as a shelter and also leaving behind unsightly things such as urine or feces. They could also be making a home and mating in your attic.
If you happen to see any type of staining or discoloration on your ceilings this summer or anytime, give us a call to set up your free inspection today!
Big but Little Guys Too
Why should you chose SERVPRO rather than one of the other small remediation companies in the area?
We have gotten some feed back about from potential customers wanting to support local and support local companies. Trust us when we say no one understands that more than us.
Here at SERVPRO we do get to sport the big logo that is recognized nationwide with our company and the green and orange colors. Along with that when a disaster strikes we also get the support of the entire nationwide team as well. Other franchises will travel to make sure everyone in the area that was affected will be taken care of. This allows us to take care of each and every customer that has called in and needs help right away. This is a giant benefit to not only us but also our customers in a disaster time.
On the flip side of that each franchise including ours that is a part of this giant company as a whole is locally owned and operated, the best of both worlds. So when you call us at your local SERVPRO you get the best of both worlds. You get the support of a massive company, while also knowing your money is being kept local to support other community members and their family's.