Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety
Spring Cleaning is upon us! And though deep cleaning floors and dusting shelves are important, don’t forget about fire safety. Below are some ways for you to do some preventative cleaning in your own home.
Replace batteries in your home.
Start with replacing the batteries in your Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Flashlights.
Clean dryer vents routinely.
Other than routinely cleaning your lint filter out before and after loads, you should also be making sure that the outdoor dryer flaps are not blocked by build-up, animal nests, etc.
Check on any extension cords.
Check to make sure that extensions cords are not overloaded as they aren’t meant to be permanently used. This is also a good time to make sure that none of your cords are frayed or cracked. Replace where needed.
Propane/charcoal grills should remain outside.
Your propane/charcoal grill should be stored and used outside only. Make sure that grill is routinely cleaned. And most importantly, make sure someone is always tending the grill.
Clean up leaves and trash from around house.
Make sure to clean up dead leaves and trash from around your house. These items may be dangerous if exposed to heat.
SERVPRO of Frankfort is here to help with any preventative cleaning needs. If emergency services are needed due to a fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day. (815)485-6901.
Water Damage Caused by Ice Dams
Accumulating snow acts as an insulator between the outside cold and your buildings roof. Normal heat loss and solar rays warm the roof causing the snow to melt, which then runs down the roof and reaches the overhang and begins to enter the home, especially if the gutters and downspouts are blocked. This is also known as an ice dam which forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Instead, the water flow backs up underneath the roofing materials causing water damage to your ceilings and walls.
A few steps you can take to help prevent an ice dam are
-Make sure your gutters are clear of any debris before a snow or ice storm happens.
- Inspect the roof often, and safely remove any snow and ice build up that is on the gutters.
-Inspect walls and ceilings, especially in areas in the home that are not frequented as often. Look for any signs of water damage.
-Another option is installing heat lines in the gutters to assist with melting the excess snow and stopping it from freezing causing ice dams.
If you should experience an ice dam on your roof and it causes ceiling or walls to become wet, calling the experts at SERVPRO of Frankfort right away will help reduce the amount of water damage that occurs in your home.
Is Your Business Winter Ready?
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
Ask your SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.
Board Up Services
Your windows may need to be boarded up after an emergency for safety, to protect your property or to prevent theft and vagrancy. Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through— especially if it is your property that has been damaged. Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself. Your SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Frankfort today at 815-485-6901 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
SERVPRO of Frankfort has gathered some items that we feel will assist you during the initial hours after sustaining a fire loss to your home. Not only are we committed to providing the following items at no charge, but we can also provide an outstanding service to you to help restore your home to preloss condition. Our emergency ready bag will include shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, kleenex, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, notepad, pen, latex gloves, lotion, water, snacks, and other items. Each bag also includes a small coloring book and crayons to help keep a child occupied during this difficult time. We provide these bags to any fire departments in our areas that are willing to accept them from us, as they are the first ones at the scene to help you during this difficult time.
If SERVPRO of Frankfort is called to assist you in remediation of your home after a fire loss, we will begin the mitigation process immediately & guide them through any questions or concerns that they may have. So rest assured, you can guarantee that SERVPRO of Frankfort will take the best care to show you that we are in fact the professionals.
The Chief Shabbona Firefighters Association is one of the numerous groups that SERVPRO of Frankfort is a member of. Our involvement in this group has helped to grow our relationships with the local fire departments, as well as give us the opportunity to show our support. One great thing that this association does, is put together each year is referred to as the Chief Shabbona Fire Academy. This Academy helps prepare anyone who may be curious about, or ready to enter a career within the fire science. Our representatives get to show support through each stage of their academy experience- whether it be water bottles and ice cream after a physically-demanding training or following and sharing their journey through social media. Our Marketing Representatives are so thankful to spend time growing relationships with the local fire departments by showing support for the academy itself, being in attendance at every monthly Association meeting, and visiting with chiefs on a regular basis.
With winter quickly approaching, SERVPRO of Frankfort would like to provide a few tips to help keep you safer while walking around when ice is possible.
1. Wear snow boots or slip resistant footwear when possible.
2. Walk slowly. Take shorter steps and shuffle your feet.
3. Keep your hands free. Whenever possible try not to carry items or have your hands in your pockets. A helpful suggestions is to utilize a backpack during winter months when ice is possible.
4. Avoid uneven surfaces such as curbs as much as possible.
5. Use caution when entering and exiting your vehicle. Use the vehicle to hold on to if possible to reduce the risk of slipping.
6. Test an area with one foot before attempting to walk on a surface to determine if it is icy or not. Remember black ice cannot be seen.
7. Be attentive and use caution when entering your home or a business. Water may be on the floors which can make them slippery.
Be Flood Safe
According to the American Red Cross- Compared to any other weather-related disaster, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year. Below are some tips on flood safety:
-Six inches of moving water can knock you right off your feet.
-Almost 20% of flood insurance claims come from low risk areas.
-If you are driving and come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route.
-$27,000 worth of flood damage in your home can come from just one inch of water.
-A car can be carried away by less than two feet of water.
-Make sure children stay out of water as it could be contaminated.
-According to Fema.gov, all 50 states have experienced floods within the last five years.
-Do not use a vacuum cleaner to remove water as you can cause damage to the device, or even electric shock.
When fire or water takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Frankfort will help you take it back.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Frankfort for all your Water Needs.
When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence, care and response should ideally begin within the first 24 hours. This helps to avoid further harm being done to your home, and it also assists in beating the growth of mold. A quick response is essential, and it can help you to save not only your home but your belongings inside as well.
SERVPRO of Frankfort trained professionals will help you explain the situation to your insurance company. They’ll help guide you through the process, and they’ll provide all of the details and paperwork you need to help communicate with your insurance provider.
Sometimes damage is unavoidable and it could take several days before you get back into your home. That means water damage will have set in, and you may be facing a much more serious problem than you anticipated. Our trained professionals are SERVPRO of Frankfort can put together a step-by-step plan to get you back into your home as soon as possible. However, flood waters can often contain bacteria and other hazards, it’s very important that you avoid too much contact yourself.
This is one of the most important steps. Since mold is a serious health concern, mold remediation can help avoid future issues and make your home livable again. You should never attempt to reenter your home until after you know that SERVPRO of Frankfort trained professionals have eliminated the mold and your home is safe again.
- Total Care
Ideally, water restoration should be covered from beginning to end and SERVPRO of Frankfort will do exactly that. From the first assessment and communication with your insurance company, to the day that you’re able to return to your home, you will have not only our guidance, but our assistance every step of the way. Give us a call today, at (815) 485-6901, for all of your restoration needs.