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Spring Cleaning

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Life happens and with life comes dirt, gunk and spills. Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

SERVPRO of Licking County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Not only will our cleaning services ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home or business, but also create a safe, clean and comfortable living/working environment for you and your family/coworkers.

You already recognize SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration industry but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Trying to get your home or business "spring" clean? How about SERVPRO clean? You can see what services we provide at our website, or call us 24/7 at 740-587-0938. Our team will gladly work with you to get your home fresh and clean for spring!

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Harmful Waste

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Harmful Waste (Sewage, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.):

Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 

Don't

  • Attempt cleanup of any kind.
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Vandalism Damage

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Vandalism: 

Do:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible. 
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery. 
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains. 
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Fire Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage: 

Do: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios,  etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may created secondary damage. 
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Water Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage From Clean Water:

Do: 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture. 
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors. 
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 

Don't: 

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist. 
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining. 
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. 
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

Water Damage From Contaminated Water: 

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 

Don't

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas. 
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Are Some Home Improvements Illegal?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”  

Click on the source link below to continue reading and to view the slideshow.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/13-home-improvements-that-are-illegal-to-diy-49321

Check with your local city and county to make sure you are also following proper protocol for them as well.  Educate yourself before you begin. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Cooking Fires and Safety Statistics

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

"In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an average of 480 civilian fire deaths, 5,540 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage."

"Cooking by the numbers (Based on 2010-2014 annual averages)

  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • More than half (55%) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves."

The above information was quoted from https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Reports-and-statistics-about-cooking-fires-and-safety. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

Remember to cook without distractions. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Water Damage Timeline

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

With the recent influx of rain we have received in the area, make sure you are checking your basement for water and that your sump pump is operating efficiently. The longer the water sits, the more damage that is caused. 

  • Within minutes water into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. 
  • In 1-2 hours drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture begins to warp/mold. 
  • 48 hours - 1 week mold grows; doors and furniture warp; and metal begins to rust. 
  • Over 1 week structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks. 


Don't wait until the damage is far worse than it was in the beginning! Call Now! 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.“

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

June is National Safety Month-Carbon Monoxide

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Here a few tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning copied directly from:http://safetytoolboxtopics.com/General/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-kills-two.html

·       " Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

·        Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don't have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.

·        If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator's cooling unit have an expert service it. An odor from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off CO.

·        When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association or Underwriters' Laboratories.

·        Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall."

Please click the source link provided above to continue reading and learning!

This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Licking County.

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