Make Your Appliances A Priority
Flood damage, burst pipes, and storms, OH MY! It feels like, between all the crazy weather we have had in the past year, we have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting our businesses. However, there is a hidden danger that lies within your business's walls that needs to be paid attention to. Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but it does not take a lot of time for a little leak to cause a lot of damage to your business. Taking the time to pay attention and keeping your appliances up to date can not only save you a lot of money in the long run, but it can also ensure you are keeping your business doors open and operating. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure you're making your appliances a priority.
Mark Your Calendar
When you purchase new appliances, make sure you write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses. You have enough to remember throughout your busy days, so this allows you to write it down and forget about it (until the time comes to make replacements that is).
Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon
Cut out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon and walk around and check all your appliances that are hooked up to a water source. Check for blockages, the hoses, and any leaks, so that you can make sure you are not leaving them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span could not only create a large amount of damage, but it could be the cause for you having to close your business's doors for a few days. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend as stress-free as possible.
Don't Put it Off
When you find the problem, fix the problem. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money, so don't put it off!
If you do find yourself with a water damage due to a faulty appliance, make sure you give SERVPRO of Roanoke a call at 540-389-5818!
Time To Turn On Those Dehumidifiers
With summer starting in full swing, it is not hard to feel the humidity lurking in the air. The thick feeling heat is bad enough to deal with outside your home, but when it starts affecting the inside it's almost unbearable. It's time to drag out those dehumidifiers that have been hiding in the corners of your basements and get them started up. Here are some ways dehumidifiers can positively affect your living environment.
They Keep Mold At Bay
Dehumidifiers remove the thick moisture from the air and make your home a more comfortable place to live. Removing this excess moisture can also keep the pesky mold spores that are always lurking in the air from attaching to your walls and furniture. Typically, mold is able to grow and spread when the humidity level is above 60%. When a dehumidifier is set up and running to remove enough moisture to keep the humidity level below 50-60%, the mold spores are unable to grow and spread. This is why it is important to keep those dehumidifiers running in the hot, thick summer months.
They Provide Relief From Various Allergies
Dehumidifiers work to rid of humidity in the air, but by doing this they also kill germs and blow out the dust particles that linger in the air, purifying the air within your home. This can help minimize the allergies an individual is affected by even within their home.
They Help Keep Your Home Cool
With the help of a dehumidifier, you may be able to turn down your air conditioning, saving you energy costs. By getting rid of the moisture in the air, your home will instantly feel cooler and more comfortable.
Be Smarter With Your Water
It may be hot outside, but that doesn't mean your water bill has to skyrocket. Here are some helpful tips on how you can lower your water bill this summer!
Fix Those Leaks!
Go around your house and make sure none of your appliances, faucets, hoses, or any plumbing are showing signs of leaks. We've talked about how harmful even the smallest of leaks can be to your home in regards to leaving water damage behind, but they can also drain thousands of gallons of water from your home along with the money you could be saving on your water bill.
Keep Drinking Water in Your Fridge
Fill pitchers or re-usable water bottles with water and store them in your fridge. Not only is this better for the environment by not using wasteful plastic bottles of water, but it will ensure you always have a nice glass of cold water waiting for you without having to run your tap waiting for your sink to get cold. This is a great way to save on your water bill and help keep waste out of the environment.
Fill Up That Dishwasher
Running your dishwasher utilizes less water than washing dishes individually in the sink. Make sure you fill your dishwasher completely to ensure maximum water savings.
Insulate Your Water Pipes
By insulating your water pipes with foam you can buy at a hardware store, you will help your water be able to heat up faster. The foam comes already cut in the shape of the pipe, and all you have to do it tape it up; you will be surprised at the difference it can make. This way you will not waste as much water running your faucet until it heats up.
Trash Those Scraps
The disposal on your sink may save you a trip across the room to the trashcan, but it may be the reason your water bill has increased. It requires water to be running while it is in use, which may be adding on to your bill without you even realizing it.
Use Cold Water For Your Washes
Washing your clothes in cold water gets them just as clean, and it will actually keep colors better than washing in warm water. Cold water washes will save you in water and energy as well!
By starting to implement these tips into your everyday routine you will see how these small changes can make a big difference in your water bill!
Is Your Business Prepared For An Emergency?
No one wants to believe that their business will be affected by a disaster. But the reality is that between natural disasters, human-caused hazards, and technology-related hazards, the odds are high enough that businesses have to be prepared. As many as 50% of business will never recover or reopen after they experience a disaster, and of those businesses that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them have a preparedness plan in place.
Coming up with a preparedness plan may seem daunting, but SERVPRO of Roanoke has a solution that will ensure your business has an immediate plan of action following a disaster. Our Emergency Ready Profile provides your business with the critical information that is needed to begin mitigation and recovery services, and it includes all the necessary quick references to important building and contact information.
Advantages of having an Emergency Ready Profile:
- No cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Documentation that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes SERVPRO of Roanoke as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing any work to begin
- Provides your facility with details such as shut-off valves locations, priority areas and priority contact information
Call SERVPRO or Roanoke today at 540-389-5818 to schedule your FREE appointment!
When Was The Last Time You Had Your Business' HVAC System Cleaned?
Like anything else that remains stationary in a business, your Air Ducts and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems get dirty over time. And as these systems gather large amounts of dust and particles, the quality of air is affected. While many people are more apt to notice the quality of air in their homes, many overlook the importance of keeping these systems clean in their businesses.
Benefits of Cleaning your Air Ducts or HVAC Systems:
The U.S. Department of Energy reported that 25-40% of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted due to contaminants in the systems. The contaminants cause the system to have to work harder to keep up with the temperature you desire. When your HVAC systems are cleaned properly, they do not need to use as much energy and, therefore, are more cost-effective.
Indoor Air Quality
With the weather warming up, allergies are in full swing. Pollen and dust are running rampant through the air, and it is not hard for those particles to find their way through an opening door and straight into your business. Pollutants such as dander, dust, chemicals, and even pollen are all pulled into HVAC and Air Duct systems and re-circulated an average of 5-7 times a day. Over time these particles start to accumulate in the ductwork and cause a build-up of contaminants. No one wants to feel uncomfortable in their work environment, and the quality of air due to a dirty HVAC or Air Duct system can do just that for an individual.
Keeping up with cleaning out your Air Duct and HVAC systems will not only improve the quality of your work environment, but it will also save on your business's energy costs in the long run.
Call SERVPRO of Roanoke at 540-389-5818 to set up your Air Duct or HVAC cleaning appointment today!
A Clean Business is a Happy Business
The start of summer brings about a lot of amazing things, such as green grass, sunshine, flowers, and no more school for the kids! However, as great as all these things are, they also bring about allergies, germs, pollen, and dust! A work environment can be negatively affected by these factors because they can affect how the people working in the environment are feeling. Keeping a healthy and cleanly work environment is very important in keeping with a positive work ethic and attitude amongst employees. Here are some helpful tips on keeping your business a positive and clean space.
Keep Those Carpets Clean!
Dust, grass, pollen, and other allergens can easily get caught in the fibers of carpeting and rugs. They can be stirred up from foot traffic, and make people's allergies flare up throughout the day. By making sure your carpets are getting both a daily vacuum and a reoccurring deep clean is very important in keeping your work environment comfortable.
Give Your Office a Good Wipe Down
Wiping down surfaces will not only prevent the spreading of germs, but it will also prevent the accumulation of dust particles on the surfaces. Giving your offices a good wipe down regularly will also help keep away any unpleasant smells that may come from drink spills or food residue often left behind.
Regular cleaning of your office environment will not only improve your business's overall smell, look, and health, but it can also keep you on top of potential damages. Regular cleaning means you will be able to find and catch damages such as water and mold growth from hidden leaks before they become a larger issue. Finding damages early is the key to being able to fix them properly and quickly.
If you need any general or deep carpet cleaning, be sure to call SERVPRO of Roanoke at 540-389-5818!
All About Mold
Mold always seems to be a very mysterious thing. We see it on food, on old items in our basements, and even in our showers and toilets, but it never looks the same. Mold is considered a fungus, but the number of species of mold is unknown, varying between 20,000 to 30,000. The fungi grows by feeding and deriving nutrients from organic matter such as wood, paper, drywall, insulation, etc, which is all present in buildings and homes. The growth requirements of mold are a necessity of mold spores to be present, a food source for the mold to feed on, temperature between 32°F and 122°F, water, and time, which can be as little as two days. The environment in which we live our every day lives in does not much differ from the environment in which mold can grow and thrive. This is why it is important to catch mold growth as soon as it starts. Read the following blog on What You Should Do When You First Notice a Mold Presence to know how to react.
What You Should Do When You First Notice a Mold Presence
The start of a mold growth may not be in plain sight, it may be first determined by a musty odor within your house. If the musty odor is present, then there may be a growth going on out of plain sight, and it is important to take action. If the mold problem is visible, it is also important to take immediate action. Mold is dangerous because we cannot always see the growing mold colonies or the spreading of mold spores. Disturbing the mold by trying to self-remediate can be dangerous because the disturbance will cause the spore mass to aerosolize and release into the air stream and, therefore, allow it to spread further. This is why you should always call in a professional mold remediation team to take care of the problem. They will contain the affected area and block off the rest of the home, as to not spread the mold spores further.
By acting as soon as you notice a presence of mold you are not only stopping it from spreading further, but you are increasing your chance of preserving and saving irreplaceable items within your home.
Don't let mold get ahold of your home and valuables, call SERVPRO of Roanoke, and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."
Preventing Mold Growth
It does not take much for mold to grow, and sometimes it is inevitable based on the type of environment you live in, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading!
Moisture is the most critical factor in mold growth, so quick responses to all water damages within your home are very important for preventing mold growth.
Keeping your living environment dry during big spells of humidity and rain is also important. Using dehumidifiers and leaving your air condition on will help keep your home cool and dry.
It has been a rainy and hot month, so it is important to work towards keeping your house safe from the weather conditions affecting the inside environment. Taking the necessary precautions now can save a lot of time and money for future remediation, so make sure you are staying aware!
Tips On Keeping Your home Safe From a Fire
House Fire Prevention Tips
House fires are sudden and unexpected. Studies show that you may only have two minutes to escape from a home fire and get to safety, which does not seem like much time. However, Following these tips from the Red Cross will not only help you prevent house fires, but they will also help you prepare and make sure your family is safe if one ever does occur.
1. Get Rid of Fire Hazards
Identifying and taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you do not have fire hazards in your home is important. This means all electronic items that produce heat should always be at least three feet away from anything flammable. All space heaters and electric blankets should always be turned off when they are not being used.
2. Always Avoid Smoking in Bed
Smoking in bed is dangerous because of the possibility of hot ashes igniting your flammable bedding. It is also important to make sure all candles are put out when being left unattended.
3. Make Sure Your Children Are Informed
Talk to your children about the importance of not playing with lighters, matches, and fire. You can take an extra precautionary step by keeping all matches and lighters up high and out of reach or locked up in a place that your children cannot access.
4. Check Your Smoke Alarms
Be sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor of your home and on the inside and outside of every sleeping area. These should be checked monthly to ensure the batteries are working, and they should be replaces every 10 years.
5. Make a Plan
Discuss your outside meeting spot with your family and come up with an escape plan. This escape plan should be practiced at least twice a year, and you should make sure that every member of your family is able to escape in less than two minutes.