What is on your floor?
When is the last time you have had your businesses floors cleaned? Who has walked on those floor and what have they brought in?
In any business it is important to have a nice appearance kept up as well as cleanliness. Having clean floors is a part of that. With many customers coming in and out you have no idea what could be on the those floors. What if a baby came in and drooled all over the floor or someone stepped in bubble gum outside? All of those germs and nasty things are on your floor now.
Ideally you should clean your floors a couple times a week and deep clean once every month to once every other month. Keeping up this routine will keep the germs and dirt building up on the floor at bay.
Here at your local SERVPRO we can clean all of your floors. Anything from tile to carpet, we even do area rugs. Let us help with your next deep floor cleaning. We can even put you on a regular once a month scheduled cleaning!
Did you know?
Most people know about the common fire hazards within the home. The yearly smoke detector checks and cleaning out the dryer vent collector. There are several other things that could be the source of a fire, that are uncommon. It is important to check everything possible to keep your loved ones and home safe.
When cooking it is important to be aware of your surrounds. Things like a stray hand towel or packaging from something being cooked was too close to the stove and catches fire.
The same thing goes for extension cords. You have to be careful to not overload your extension cord. Overloaded extension cords are the cause of 10% of house fires in the US.
A lot of us like the get our food cooked as quickly as possible. When cooking you want your food sooner rather than later because you are hungry. What most don't know is that too high heat can actually cause fires, whether from smoke or grease, it can start a fire. To the same affect, a dirty stove can also be the source of a fire. Make sure to clean the stove often as to not have buildup.
Laptops should not be left on top of flammable materials. Laptops that are left on things such as bedding or clothing is hazardous. These can cause the laptop to overheat and eventually catch fire.
Finally Barbecues can cause large grease fires or if under a covered area the smoke can rise up and do damage internally.
These are just a few of the uncommon fire hazards to be on the look out for.
Winds of Change
Summer is the time for rain in Florida and we do get it quite often. It is important to check your home after a heavy rain. With all of the moisture it is a great time to get out and check your roof, exterior of your home, and even your gutters.
If you have anything wrong with your roof it is normally easiest to check after a heavy rain because there will be signs. Be care when checking as you will need to get on the roof to visually see the whole roof, the ground will not work to see everything.
The exterior of your home means checking any siding, paint, or stucco. Rain will hit anything hanging off or already coming off. If Stucco has holes in it or siding is coming off it should be fixed ASAP to avoid any further damage to both the exterior or interior of the home depending of the severity.
Lastly check your gutters to see if they are clogged or need to be cleaned. Clogged gutters can cause water to back-up and go onto the roof or pool over and affect your yard. Pooling and dripping water can also affect any windows near or around the gutters and cause more damage.
As summer continues keep your eye out on your home and make sure to promptly take care of any issues.
Teaching Little Ones About Fire Safety
With little ones in the house that know how to do basic things like dial a phone number and follow practiced direction it is a good idea to go ahead and teach them what to do in an emergency. If everyone who can be of assistance knows what to do, in an emergency everything will go much more smoothly.
The first step is to teach them the emergency number 911. Teach them to tell them that you have had a fire, what their name is, and what the address is of your home residence. It is also a good idea to have this right next to the home phone in case they get scared in an emergency.
When there is a first they need to know not to hide. They best thing to do it get outside and then worry about calling the emergency number. Outside is the safest place to be. Teach them that once they are outside to not go back inside for anything. You do not want to them to think " I can just grab my toy really quick and come back out." A fire can spread across the house in the blink of an eye.
When getting outside of the house go down low and move quickly. Inhaling smoke is the number one cause of death with house fires. Crawling on the floor is the best way to reduce the amount of inhalations and getting out quickly.
If they happen to have clothing catch fire teach them to stop, drop and role. Have them practice so they know what to do in the incident. Just telling them may not set it what they really need to do.
Some other minor incidentals to think about and teach your children include if they find matched or lighters not to touch them and tell an adult. They also need to know not the put their toys near fires or heaters, even candles if that is something used in your home.
Make sure your children know they process before they are in a dire situation. Many schools have local classes to teach as well as cities and fire stations to teach children about fire safety.
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Are You Buying a Commercial Building?
If you are starting a new business or maybe even looking to move a current business to bigger or better location you need to first inspect it. Most people go in and just start looking to see if they like the location and the building in general.
The first time looking at a building it has a star quality of being something new and it is easy to gloss over anything that could be troublesome down the road.
Once you like the place and its' location it is always good to go back for a second look and be much more skeptical to see anything that could cause issue down the road.
Somethings to look for include growth, any unpleasant smells, stains, old carpet, paint, or ceiling tiles. All of these things have potential for trouble down the road. It is always good to have them checked before signing to own or lease the building, even renters have some rights.
Restoration Services You Can Count On
If your home or business has recently experienced water damage, it is crucial to get professional help immediately. The longer water sits, the more extensive the damage can be. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville has the resources and tools to remove any moisture in the home and be able to protect your property. Our highly trained technicians have the proper training and tools to get your property back to looking new. "Like it never even happened."
What you can do yourself
There are many ways you can experience a water loss, from burst pipes, to overflowing toilets. The best thing to do is call your local and trusted SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville to come out and do what we do best. In the mean time there are a few things you can do yourself to help the process.
- Look for any potential electrical hazards.
- Open up your windows and turn off ac or heater.
- Turn off your water line.
- Try to mop up as much as the water you can.
While we have the proper training and equipment to clean up these messes, these few steps can help expedite the process.
What our Services Include
- Water Restoration
- Water Removal and Extraction
- Flood Damage
- Burst or leaking pipes and amenities
We have the professional tools that will determine your moisture and humidity levels, asses the water category responsible for the damage, dehumidify, extract water, and move air thought your property to dry up the water. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville is local restoration company that can help you with all of your restoration and mitigation needs and we ensure that your property will look "Like it never even happened."
Homeowner's Guide to Checking your Plumbing
A plumbing problem can happen out of no where and can cause massive damage. Here are some tips on how to periodically check your plumbing without being an expert.
- Checking your Faucets. Check all of the faucets in your bathrooms, including your sink, tub, and shower. If any of these faucets are leaking, replacing and bad washers or cartridges may take care of the problem. If you do not have good pressure running through the faucets sometimes that means you may have a leak in the pipes in your walls.
- Checking the Drains. Check all of the drains in your bathroom. The drains can easily get clogged by soap and hair. An easy fix is to disassemble the head of the drain and clean out hair and debris every six months.
- Toilet Checks. Take off the tank lid of your toilet and flush it to see what happens. If the water is continually running that means you are wasting water and an easy fix for that is to tighten up chain that is in the tank. Check to see if your toilet is leaking from the bottom and if so it may mean that its time to replace the wax ring at the base of your toilet.
- Check the Caulk around Tile and Tub. The Caulking stops water from getting into the walls of your bathroom. Make sure that the caulking is good will make sure that water is sitting in your walls, and that will help stop mold growth in your bathroom.
- Dishwasher. If you notice that your dishwasher is slow to fill up with water then that may mean there could be an issue with the valve that controls the water supply.
- Check the Garbage Disposal. If the connection between the disposal and the sink comes loose then water can begin to leak. It can go on for long periods of time when not noticed.
- Sink Drains. if your sink drains slowly hen you can get snake to remove any issues. Using drain cleaner is also a good option to periodically use to help break up any debris or buildup in the drain.
A water loss is not always expected but hopefully some of these tips can help you stay ahead of the game. If you do fall victim to a water loss then you can always call your local and trusted restoration company. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach/Titusville specializes in Water, Fire, and Mold restoration and mitigation. Check out some of our other blogs and before and after pictures to see why our slogan is: "Like it never even happened."
Should I Turn My Water off When I'm Gone.
It's the summer and kids are out of school, we know what that means. SUMMER VACATION! Are you planning a summer vacation soon? If so, here are some tips on how to preserve your home by a few simple steps of just turning off your water.
How to Shut Off Your Water Valve
Most homes have a main shut off valve inside. The valve is always located near the water meter and it looks like a large round flat knob or long handle. It my be painted a different color like red to grab your attention. Make sure to grab handle and turn clockwise until it can't turn no more.
You may also want to shut off the individual water supplies to your appliances, sinks and toilets.
If you own a Condo you may be required by your bylaws or HOA agreements to shut off valves in your unit while gone for a certain amount of time.
Turning off your water supplies is a vital part of preventative maintenance for your home. Unfortunately accidents still happen and if you suffer a water loss you can always reach out to your local and trusted SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach/Titusville. We have expert technicians and staff to help you in your stressful time of need. Check out our other blogs for more tips and tricks to take care of your home this season.
Professional and Friendly Team Always Here to Help You
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville our team of professional technicians and supervisors love what they do. We come in ready to work and have a great attitude. When duty calls for it they are ready to suit up and get the job done right.
Here we are getting ready to go under a large hospital building in Daytona for an inspection. We were able to secure the job after inspection.
We needed to climb under the building, clean up the piping, lay plastic and a layer of lime.
Our team is always ready to do what it takes to get the job done right and you home or business back up and operational.
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All About SERVPRO
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is locally owned and operated. All of our Team Members live and work in your area. We are your neighbor, your friend, and we are always here to help.
We have certified - trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and the resources to handle any loss any size 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We care about the people we work with and it reflects in our workmanship. When a disaster strikes, whether it be a flood, a hurricane, or even mold damage we want to be there for you and your family to help restore your home or business to preloss condition.
When a disaster happens you only want your life to get back to normal as quickly as possible, SERVPRO is here to help that happen.
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