One year later
Well, we are officially one year into this pandemic! When this craziness started, I do not think there is a single person that thought it would last this long. All of our lives have been changed in one way or another.
SERVPRO as a company has become bigger and stronger through it all. Our company as a whole has grown greatly. We have developed more ways to clean and sanitize. Our Covid Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program has become a huge hit! They leave everything clean and completely sanitized and leave our customers happy. We as a franchise have proven even through the toughest and the most stressful times, we rise above and are a great TEAM! Teamwork makes the dream work! From the SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties team, STAY SAFE and Healthy!
Check your hot water heaters
Your hot water heater is one of those appliances that may have remained unseen or forgotten about. However, it is important to make sure to keep up regular maintenance for many reasons. Homeowners can wake up in the middle of the night or even come home to water all over their home. Depending on the size, it can possibly leave up to 50+ gallons of water. Below are a few signs that it may be time to change out the hot water heater in your home.
- Typically, a gas hot water heater can last about 8 to 12 years, while an electric model will last slightly longer from about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater is getting up in years, it may be time to replace it before it breaks
- If a puddle surrounds the base of the hot water heater, it is important to act immediately
- If there is no hot water while using the tap, this may be an indicator it is time to get the hot water heater checked
- Signs of tinted water coming from your hot water tap means there may be rust in the hot water heater, which may show possible aging and a signal of an oncoming leak
- Gurgling or popping noises coming from your water heater are caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside your water heater tank
Space heater safety
With all these subzero temps we have been having here in this frozen tundra, furnaces are having a really hard time keeping up. We all love to stay all nice a toasty, so we get out our trusty space heaters. We get all warm and forget about them and walk away. That can cause so huge problems! Space heaters are very unbalanced and tip over very easy, and when they tip over, they do not shut off. They end up over heating and can cause a devastating fire. There are a few things we all can do to prevent them for causing a fire.
- Have three feet of space from anything that can start on fire.
- Never leave a space heater on when you leave a room or go to bed.
- Only plug in one heater to an outlet to prevent overloading the outlet
- Always test you smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Furnace Maintenance Can Save You More Then You Know
While it can be easy to forget about the furnace, it is just as easy to keep it well maintained. Below are a few tips to enjoy a warm home when the temperature outside drop to subzero.
Inspect air filters once a month. Dirty filters can limit how it functions, as well as provide fuel for a potential fire. It is best to replace them at least four times a year, but more frequently may be necessary depending on the situation.
Ensure that CO detectors are working. A leak can create a serious safety hazard.
Let it breathe. Keep registers clear and open. Do not set furniture over them. That can impact the system’s efficiency.
Before it’s time for the cold season to begin, verify that the pilot light burns a blue color. If it doesn’t come on or is a different color, have it professionally inspected.
The area around the furnace should be clear of furniture and other items. This makes it easier to access and limits the potential for having to call for fire cleaning help.
To maximize your system, it is a good idea to have an annual inspection. HVAC professionals will do a thorough inspection, as well as needed maintenance, to ensure it is working at its best. Doing so reduces the chances of breakdowns and the need for a fire and smoke specialist if a damaged unit causes a fire.
When cold weather hits, peace of mind that you will stay warm is worth a little time and money spent maintaining the system instead of spending it on fire cleaning services.
Giving sprit is the way we are here at SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk Counties. We love to see the smiling faces in our communities (even through the masks) We serve over 13 counties in northern Wisconsin. Our main goal is to make sure our customers are always happy. This year even with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been going on for over a year now, our marketing team has been able to make our rounds. We did have to stay in the office for about eight months but right before Christmas we were able to go out and deliver some wonderful cookies to our clients. We were also able to help our local communities with a couple donations. They were very appreciative! We always want to bring smiles to as many people as we can through these dark times.
When doing winter storm damage repair or even inspections there are a few things to do.
- Wear two layers of clothing. Our guys are trained to wear more clothing for better insulation out in the colder temperatures of the great northern Wisconsin winters. There first layer should be a thick insulation layer and the second should be a waterproof layer. Waterproof is because getting wet from the rain or snow can cause your body temp to drop and cause hyperthermia.
- Wear slip- resistant boots while checking roof tops. Its very common for snow to build-up on rooftops in the winter. It is also very important to clean them off. Heat from inside your home can cause the snow to melt and then refreezing causing ice to form, that is why is very important to wear slip- resistant boots.
- Account for temperature correction when testing for moisture. Moisture meters are a critical tool for building restoration, helping our technicians pinpoint moisture intrusion sources so they can properly be remediated. Pin-type meters are very popular because they work in a verity of building materials.
- Bring spare moisture meter electrodes. Meter electrodes can be very brittle especially when working outside in freezing temperatures.
- Check meter calibrations before each shift. It is very important to calibrate everyday to insure you are getting the correct reading. A correct reading helps make sure the job is done correctly.
Do's and Don'ts
Any kind of water lose is never fun! SERVPRO is always here to help and here are a few do’s and don’ts when damage does happen.
- If the outside temperature is above 65 degrees, use dehumidifiers if available.
- Use fans to circulate the air and assist in drying.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe furniture dry.
- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.
- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings.
- Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying.
- Move guns, photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location.
- Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
- If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner if available.
- Do not use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.
- Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Do not lift tacked down carpet without help from a professional carpet cleaning service. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could promote shrinkage and create damage.
- Do not wait before calling SERVPRO and beginning the water damage restoration process. Water damage, as well as and bacteria and mold growth can begin within hours.
Covid-19 and the 3C's
As this world unfolds into the crazy place of the unknown. SERVPRO wants to do everything they can do to make you feel as safe as possible. We have a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents the spread of COVID-19. We something just for you, our COVID-19 cleanings. It all starts with the 3 C’s:
- We assign you a cleaning protocol specialist who understands your home or business
- These programs are based on a range of factors: type if industry, type of business, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic, and congestion points
- Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces. We are always adhering to cleaning and sanitization standards set by the CDC
- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!! Our team is committed to the comfort and security of not only our employees but also our customers and our community
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 cleanings, please give us a call. 715-643-7171
Some kind of special CLEAN
Over the years SERVPRO has evolved from just a restoration company to being able to clean just about anything in your home or business. SERVPRO also knows you do not have the time to wait and want to get back to regular business as soon as possible. We have specialized training and product in many different commercial cleaning areas, including:
Air duct and HVAC
Carpet and Upholstery
Ceilings, floors, and walls
Drapes and blinds
Trauma and crime scene cleanup
We still do all of our original restoration cleaning such as:
We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year. There is not job too big or too small we can make it "Like it never even happened."
Winter Storm Damage
There are 3 common types of winter storm damage.
- Flooding caused by freezing pipes that burst
- Fires caused by unattended fireplaces, improperly cleaned chimneys, or space heaters that overload and outlet or that are unattended and tip over
- Roof leaks caused by ice that melts, ice dams that block drainage pipes, snow and ice breaking through the singles, and heavy winds from winter storms
What to do if your property does get damaged?
- Stay calm
- Make sure everyone is safe
- Turn off water and power if safely possible
- Document anything you have lost
- Contact your insurance
- Remove and property you safely can
- Keep all receipts and documentation
SERVPRO strongly recommends and ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) so in the case of anything terrible happening we can act as fast as possible. To set up a meeting with our marketing team or if you have any questions on setting up an ERP please do not hesitate to call us! 715-643-7171