Sump Pump Slump
Finally, spring has arrived and that mean lots of rain! Along with May flowers, April showers can bring flooding as well! That's where your sump pump comes in! Unfortunately, this is the time of year many sump pumps fail and this could be for several reasons, a big one is that soil is over-saturated with melted sonw.
The number one reason is over-saturated soil. If you live in an area that gets a decent amount of snow during the winter months, you know that melting snow can easily cause flooding. While most homeowners are usually somewhat prepared for this, they may not realize that melted snow continues to cause problems after it’s long gone. Because the soil is so saturated with melted snow it is unable to absorb anymore water and then when all that rain comes in the spring it can lead to a flooded basement!
Simply because your sump pump may not be ready to handle this increase in water. If this does happen don't worry, don't fret, just call SERVPRO of Martinsville and Henry County!
Get Your DUCTS In a Row
Recently, studies conducted by multiple health organizations have proven that the quality of air indoors is much lower and is more hazardous to us than the fresh air outside. Now is the time to get your DUCTS in a row! Here are a few benefits of a good duct cleaning:
1. Heath and Wellness
Dust, mildew, allergens and even mold can collect in your home or office's duct work and can be easily overlooked, out of sight out of mind. However the cleanliness of the duct work and registers can play a huge art in the occupants health. A thorough duct clean still may not remove ALL pollutants, but it can help prevent build-up form accumulating in the duct work, which then leads to an increase in the quality of air being circulated and over all increased heath.
2. Removes dust
When dust particles have collected in the air ducts and registers the particles will then move with the flow of air throughout your home or business. It is very important to keep up with the duct cleaning to eliminate the dust, which in turn makes cleaning your home and office more effective and efficient.
3. Limit Mechanical Issues
As pollutants collect in the duct work and registers the heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to do the job. However, if you keep up with regular maintenance, such as a duct cleaning every 1 to 5 years, that can help prevent unnecessary maintenance and unwanted expenses.
4. Saves energy
Accumulation of impurities in your the system requires the equipment to run longer when you need to cool/heat your home or office. The longer your system runs, the more likely you are to increase your energy cost.
Do yourself a favor and give SERVPRO a call for all of your duct cleaning needs!
Clean Rugs for All
As my 6 year old says "Accidents Happen!" Imagine this, you come home to find that your (very large) puppy has come in through the doggie door and brought with him all kinds of dirt, mud and outdoor substances. You immediately feel stressed because you had just gotten a beautiful light blue floral rug and put it down days before! So of course you Goolge what to do to get it clean and nothing is working. You start calling around to figure out who will clean your brand new rug! Finally you reach SERVPRO, not only will they clean your rug but if you need them to they will come pick it up, clean it and then return it to your home, you can drop it off or they will come out and clean it where it lay in your living room! What great service and convience!
We all have bad days...but then the toilet backs up and that demands your attention! Not how you wanted to spend your day! It can't hurt to be prepared for a minor disaster, so here are some tips to avoid sewage back up in to your home.
1. Avoid pouring grease or oils, such as coconut oil down the drain. It will eventually solidify when it cools down and that can cause a problem.
2. Do NOT flush wet wipes, even the ones that claim to be "flush-able" just to be safe. My son flushed his superman undies down the toilet, just because they can be flushed doesn't mean it's the best idea.
3. Put hairballs in the trash, not down the drain or in the toilet, they can cause problems in the future!
4. Never throw paper towels in the toilet, a lot of paper towels these days are like wash clothes, so trash those to too.
5. Finally make sure you keep an eye on the root systems around your home and sewer lines. Remove any obstruction that could possibly harm your pipes.
Here comes Spring!
Spring is on it's way! April showers do bring May flowers, they can also bring high winds and flash floods and unexpected damage. It's time to get prepared!
Here are some steps to take to help you along the way:
- Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees to avoid them landing on your home.
- Store law furniture and other outdoor items in a safe and secure place, anchor to something secure or move inside for storage.
- If you have a storage area or basement that may flood, be sure to store all valuables in a plastic tote and store off the ground if possible to prevent damage to important papers, pictures and keepsakes.
- Have emergency numbers easily accessible such as plumbers, the power company and SERVPRO.
Contact SERVPRO with as soon as possible after damage occurs so we can help, and don't forget April Shower bring may flowers!
Spring is the time to Clean
One thing most of us do not think about often is air purity. It's not a popular topic but is very important. You don't want your family, especially the elderly or children breathing in harmful spores or bacteria on a daily basis. It is recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 yrs to be safe.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends cleaning your ducts when the following is present:
· Vermin infestation inside the home or if you see insects or rodents around the duct work.
· Visible confirmation of dust or dander being released from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents.
· Visible mold would definitely need to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid the spread of spores and possible health problems.
Take a gander and check the dander inside of your vent register. Black debris and dust build up is a sign your system is excessively soiled.
If your dealing with a dirty duct give SERVPRO a call and we'll clean it up... "Like it never even happened."
SODA Blasting in progress.
An urgent call comes in at 1:08 pm on April 26th, the caller is frantic and says her home was devastated by fire only 3 days ago. She simply didn't know what to do next and needed our help. SERVPRO of Martinsville & Henry County was there within the hour. The crew completed a walk through to evaluate the damage. The Fire Assessment Specialist concluded that there was standing water from the fire department that needed to be extracted first.
After removing the excess water, the entire inside of the home would have to be gutted out down to the studs. All of the contents of the home were considered a total loss and needed to be packed up and disposed of respectfully and properly. The very capable SERVPRO technicians were kind and respectful of the items as they were being packed up and removed from the home. SERVPRO used a technique called SODA blasting to restore the home to it's original preloss condition.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a fire call SERVPRO of Martinsville & Henry County, we'll make it look "Like it never even happened."
'Tis the Season
The Christmas party was a hit but Susan spilled salsa on the wool cream carpet and Debbie seemed to get more spinach dip on the couch than anywhere else. 'Tis the season for Christmas parties and let's not forget New Year's Eve celebrations. You can always call SERVPRO to find out what to do right away to keep the stain from setting and even make an appointment while the party is still going. When the dust settles and it's time to clean up the aftermath of a stellar party or your just ready for a good spring cleaning Contact SERVPRO of Martinsville for your most difficult jobs. We will make it "Like it never even happened." We offer upholstery, carpet and even duct cleaning.
Frozen pipes burst on inside of building.
Mother nature can be rather indecisive. One day there's snow on the ground and the next day it's 60 degrees and sunny. When the temperature is so inconsistent it's always a good idea to be prepared and know what you're up against. The main issues to watch for are frozen pipes and melting snow which can cause flooding to your home or business before you know it.
When storing your belongings it is important to put valuables or items susceptible to water damage such as pictures, important documents and electronics in plastic totes and store off of the ground when when possible. If you do spring a leak the first thing you want to do is find and turn off the water source. Next remove as much excess water as possible with a shop vac, a mop, or even with a bucket if necessary.
If upholstered furniture has been saturated remove and prop up cushions for even drying and place aluminium foil or wooden blocks under the furniture legs. Be sure to remove books, magazines or other colored items from wet carpeting to avoid staining. Contact SERVPRO of Martinsville & Henry County, we'll make it look "Like it never even happened."
Mold, Mold Go Away!
Mold can be quite sneaky, just because you don't see spores growing on the wall doesn't mean it isn't there. If you can't see visible evidence of mold but you smell a strong musty odor, it's time to investigate. Ask yourself, has there been a history of moisture problems in the past such as excessive humidity or a leak that has needed to be fixed previously?
These conditions are perfect for our unwanted friend to grow and thrive in the hidden ares of our homes and businesses. There are health concerns involved with mold but are typically for "at risk" individuals such as young children, those with immune deficiencies, and chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies.
Possible symptoms of mold exposure include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses. If this sounds like a problem you may be experiencing contact SERVPRO of Martinsville & Henry County.