Grilling Safety Tips
It is finally springtime! Now that the weather is becoming prettier, many families are spending more time outdoors, and are starting to fire up their grills after a long, wet winter. Here are some ways that you can make sure your grill is safe against any mishaps these spring and summer seasons!
- Grill away from any structure.
- Make sure your grill is on a stable surface.
- Keep your grill clean.
- Check for propane leaks.
- If the flame goes out, wait five minutes before relighting.
- Keep an eye on what is going on around the grill.
- Be cautious when using a charcoal starter fluid.
- Do not wear loose clothing or clothing that can dangle into the flames.
- Be prepared to put out a fire if the need arises.
Implementing these tactics are a great way to reduce the chance of having major issues with your grill throughout the grilling season!
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties, 270-659-0067.
Protecting Your Home From Water Damage On Vacation
When going on vacation, you are always in a hurry to get out the door and hit the road. But take time the week leading up to leaving to make preventative measures against any water issues that may arise while no one is there.
Preform a Visual Inspection
This includes checking your windows, pipes, and large appliances.
Windows- Look for any leaks around the window, and check to ensure that the seals are in good condition.
Pipes- Along with broken pipes, also check and make sure there are no signs of weakness in the metal, like rust or cracks.
Appliances- Inspect hoses that run in and out of appliances for weak sections, tears, or kinks. This includes dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters. Doing this can also help find and prevent any slow leaks from happening without your knowledge.
Guard Against the Elements
If leaving during the colder months, leave your thermostat set to low, but never turn off the heat completely. This prevents any water pipes from freezing and bursting. Also, take the time to insulate any outdoor pipes, or any in the garage.
If possible, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to stop by and check on the house a few times while you are gone. This ensures that if there is an issue, it is quickly found and taken care of.
While you may not want to take the time to take these preventative measures, it could be the difference between arriving home to a disaster, and being able to enjoy being in the comforts of home.
March Theme of the Month
March Theme of the Month
With the world becoming increasingly more digital and online based, how we communicate has changed drastically over the years. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties strives to keep up with the constant changes, and continue to serve our clients in the best, fastest ways possible. Some of the ways we do this is how we go the EXTRA mile to keep all parties involved in a claim informed of what is going on.
One of the ways we serve our agents and adjusters is by sending daily job notes about what is going on during their job. This way, we are constantly communicating what is going well, and what still needs to be worked on at a job site.
For our clients, we have one of our Project Coordinators call each client daily, to ensure that there are no questions going unanswered, and to let them know what is going on within their home.
At the end of each job we do, we then have a COS (certificate of satisfaction) signed, and we get rated on how well we do. As a company, we take these ratings seriously, and want every person to feel confident enough to give us 10/10!
Pet Fire Safety
Pet Fire Safety
While home fires are the most common disaster in the United States, they are also the most preventable. There are many reasons why a fire could start, but did you know that over 1,000 home fires a year are caused by a family pet?
While you may not have thought about this before, there are steps you can take to avoid issues arising:
Extinguish Open Flames- Pets are curious and will investigate cooking appliances and fires in your home. Do not leave an open flame with your pets near, and make sure to double check you have put out a flame before leaving your home.
Invest in Flameless Candles- Instead of a flame, these candles have a bulb. This takes the danger out of a curious nose, or a tail getting into the flame.
Secure Young Pets- When there is a flame or a hot surface, keep animals confined and away from the danger. You can do this in a crate, or even behind a baby gate.
Keep pets near entrances of the home, where firefighters can easily grab them in case of an emergency. Also, always have their leash near the house entrance.
Attach a “pet alert” sign to your front window with the number of pets inside. This can help the firefighters get in and out quickly, and efficiently.
Learn more at: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/pet-fire-safety.html
February Theme of the Month
Along with keeping your pipes insulated, keep your drink insulated too!
February Theme of the Month
Each month, our franchise has a theme of what we will focus on. This month, we are working hard to help warn everyone about the dangers of having frozen pipes and want to remind everyone what they can do to prevent an issue from arising. Not only can a frozen water pipe bust and cause water issues, if not taken care of property, it can also cause mold issues to come about. Through the rest of the winter, it is important to take precautionary actions against these issues.
Some things you can do to avoid a busted pipe is:
- Keeping garage doors closed
- Opening cabinet doors
- Removing water hoses from outdoor faucets
- Letting water drip
- Keeping thermostat the same, both day and night
- Keep pipes properly wrapped
Using a few of these tips will greatly decrease the chances of you finding an accident in your home!
The Facts About Mold & The Odor it Causes
When it comes to your home or business, mold is one thing you never want to come across. While the sight is enough to make you run, the smell is often just as unpleasant. While the odor is often putrid, it is often how you find the mold in the first place. While it is unpleasant to smell, it is a good thing when you locate the mold before it begins to develop uncontrollably.
Mold often hides in dark, unused places. Some of these include basements, garages, attics, crawlspaces, or even under your kitchen cabinets. It also quickly grows on food items (I bet you can find some in your fridge at work!).
Here are some more facts about mold:
Clues Your Nose Can Pick Up
· The smell is typically the first thing that people notice in their homes or businesses. It has a musty, pungent odor. Some people describe it as wet socks, the outdoors after a strong rain, or even rotting wood. It has an earthy undertone.
Why it Stinks
· Once mold hits a certain stage in growth, it begins to release mycotoxins into the air. This is an organic compound is a collection of the different items fungus is consuming to continue to multiply.
How To Get Rid of It
· When there is a chance of there being a mold outbreak in your home or business, it is best to have a professional check it out. SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties are now offering mold testing, where we can find out exactly what you are dealing with in 3-5 business days. Having this data will help you make an informed decision about what your next step should be.
Now Offering - Roof Repair and Replacement
During many of our water, mold or fire losses, there are items or surfaces that are damaged beyond repair. After we get done with our portion, it is time to repair the area and make it “Like it never even happened.” When we first opened, we noticed a big need for home and business owners to have help figuring out what to do next. That’s when we started looking into helping fill this void.
Soon after, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties opened their rebuild department to be able to handle rebuild jobs. While these started with our customers that had mitigation services completed, it has quickly grown to customers that are just looking for remodeling or repairs on their homes or businesses.
Up to this point, we have only been providing services inside the home. With the growing amount of calls we have received regarding roofs, the rebuild department has now added roofing services! We are able to bid roof repairs, along with full roof replacements. Give us a call at 270-659-0067 for more information and to discuss financing options!
SERVPRO 2019 F1rst Responders Bowl
The 10th edition of the F1rst Responder Bowl was played on December 30th, 2019 by the Western Michigan Broncos versus our local Western Kentucky Hilltoppers! After the 2018 F1rst Responders Bowl was cancelled within the first quarter, we were excited to see the turnout for the 2019 game. We were especially excited when the contenders were announced, and Western made the cut!
The F1rst Responder Bowl is proud to help celebrate local first responders and treat them and their families to a night at the field. SERVPRO franchises from around the country donate their time, money, and tickets to provide fun for these brave heroes. We are thankful for each and every one of their many sacrifices to make our country a safer place!
After a close, great game… Western pulled out the win 23-20! Congratulations!
Factory Cleaning Job
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties recently completed a cleaning of a baking factory. This local factory had just added on 150,000 square feet to their existing building, along with new equipment for that area.
We were hired by the factory to completely a 4-week project to clean the space to the factory’s standard. The factory also did not want their daily production to be impacted by our presence, and because of this, we worked night shifts. We arrived at 5pm and worked until 3am, 7 days a week, until the job was completed. Doing this, we also finished ahead of schedule, at 3 weeks.
With SERVPRO providing so many different services, we are able to make many accommodations for our clients. We understand the struggles of running a business around workers and construction, and we strive to make the process as easy and stress free as possible.
Call us at 270-659-0067 for more information!