Recent General Posts
Tips From SERVPRO About Duct Cleaning
Here are some tips from SERVPRO about knowing when your duct work is in need of a cleaning:
- Dust and dirt build up on your supply and return vent covers.
- Your home needs to be dusted more often than usual.
- A buildup of dirt or dust on the walls or floors surrounding vents covers.
- You’ve recently completed a home remodeling project.
- An increase in energy bills not caused by a spike in gas or electricity rates.
- Your air filters are dirtier during routine changes and/or need to be swapped out more frequently.
- The installation of a new furnace or air conditioner.
- Temperature is inconsistent throughout your home.
- Someone in your home is suffering from increased allergy and/or asthma symptoms beyond the norm for the season.
- A look in your furnace compartment shows a buildup of dust and dirt on internal components.
As always SERVPRO is always here to help!! Contact your local SERVPRO today for duct cleaning, Let us help clear the air!! 704-474-7190
Electrical Tips For Your Home
- Routinely check your electrical appliances for cuts and breaks in their cords, on the side of caution and replace any appliance that has a bad cord, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks. In addition, if a cord has 3-prongs, don’t remove the extra prong. The third prong is necessary to ground the appliance to prevent electrical shocks.
- Ensure your home is equipped with GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets near any areas that are close to water such as your kitchen area, bathrooms, laundry room, the garage or outdoor circuits. A GFCI outlet will automatically disconnect power when a plugged in electric appliance comes in contact with water or begins to “leak” electricity. These types of outlets can protect you and your family from fatal electrical shocks.
- Examine your electrical cords periodically and discard any which are frayed or do not fit snugly into an outlet. Never secure a cord in place with staples and prevent overheating by not running them under furniture or carpeting, behind baseboards or near baseboard heating.
- Never overload extension cords or wall sockets with too many appliances. If you need more electrical outlets, have them installed. It’s worth the money to have it done correctly and to code.
- Periodically check your outlets and switches to see if they are hot to the touch. If so, get a licensed electrician to come and do a safety check on your entire electrical system. Wiring does wear out which can cause electrical fires to start in the walls and burn for some time before they become obvious. The electrical industry is always designing newer and better materials that increase the safety of your home.
- Never touch electrical appliances or switches with wet hands, ensure electrical appliances in your bathroom do not fall into water and keep extension cords and portable appliances away from the bath or pool.
- No wiring should be exposed from behind outlet and switch cover plates. Make sure your outlets have outlet covers throughout the entire house including the basement and garage. Replace cracked or broken covers and then cover unused outlets with plastic plugs. This is one area the homeowner can safely do it yourself and protect your children and pets from accidentally touching live wires.
- Never try to extinguish an electrical fire with water. Make sure you have approved fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage and laundry room and know how to use them. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to manually turn off the electricity if needed.
- Never use bulbs that have higher wattage than recommend for the lamp or light fixture and take caution when using halogen lamps. These lamps operate at high temperatures and can create a fire hazard so keep them away from curtains, rugs or other furnishings that are flammable.
- If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip, switches get hot or people are shocked, something is wrong. Don’t put off getting a reputable licensed electrician to come fix the problem.
Call your local SERVPRO today for help with Fire Restoration! We are always here to help 24/7!! 704-474-7190
Getting Vacation Ready
Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home:
Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact
- Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
- A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
- Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
- Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail.
- The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Just call your local Post Office for information.
Take plumbing and electric precautions
- Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliances.
- Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
- Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
- Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
- Adjust your thermostat for the season in the winter 55-60 in the summer 75-80 should help control usage.
Right before you leave
- Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
- Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly or grow mold.
- Go on one last walk through of your home to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.
If you come back from vacation and encounter damage within your home, call SERVPRO!
Always There, 24/7
As a 24/7 business that's ALWAYS available, SERVPRO of Union County is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs in the case of an emergency. Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from downpour, fire from a Stove, or even the event of a vandalism: SERVPRO of Union County is ready to respond! Like the motto states: “Faster to any size disaster.”
The reason is simple: The sooner restoration begins, the less time for more damage to occur. Over time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents. Also with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.
Call SERVPRO of Union County any time to handle those emergencies making them, “like it never even happened.”
The employees at SERVPRO of Union County LOVE Spring, do you?
To celebrate ringing in the new spring season our franchise held a SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Giveaway! Our office staff put together two buckets filled with SERVPRO cleaning goodies and held a Facebook Post Giveaway! The only rules were to “Share” the post with your friends, “Like” the post, & “Comment” your name!
The Spring Cleaning Bucket included:
- A 14 Quart SERVPRO Branded Bucket
- SERVPRO Spotting Kit
- SERVPRO Multi Purpose Glass Cleaner
- SERVPRO can of Deodorizer
- Pack of SERVPRO Green Rags
- Cleaning Gloves
- A Cleaning Brush
After the time period was up our Executive Marketing Team each pulled out a name and announced who the winners were!
Congratulations again to Cassie Bennett and Sydnie Kidd for winning!
Ever wondered where SERVPRO originated from?
Well, let me tell you!
SERVPRO was launched in 1967 by Ted & Doris Isaacson of Sacramento, California. It was started as a painting business but slowly transformed into a franchiser company that handled restoration and cleanup jobs as well.
In 1969, SERVPRO had sold it's first franchise and continued to grow rapidly. By the year 2000, the company had grown to 1,000 franchises! SERVPRO now has over 1,700 franchises spreading across the United States and Canada!
SERVPRO of Union County, is pleased to provide these services for you.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Anson, Stanly & Richmond Counties.
SERVPRO continues to grow and make your emergencies a priority to this day!