Deep Clean Your 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.
What to do if your business has 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
When was the last time you had 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 duct work 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.
Make you 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!
Common Fire Hazards in the Home
Fire Hazards in the Home
House fires can happen in the blink of an eye if we aren’t careful. There are easy every day hazards we could avoid to help reduce the chance of a fire in your home.
Common Fire Hazards in the Home:
- Candles: Many candle fires are started due to unattended candle usage. Candles should not be left burning for hours at a time and its highly recommended to not use in the bedroom.
- Cooking: Kitchen fires are some of the top places home fires start. Never leave cooking unattended. If you leave turn off the burner, oven, or microwave. Clean your oven regularly and the rest of the kitchen appliances. Keep kids and pets clear of cooking areas and always turn pot handles in.
- Electrical fire: Use safe appliances. Keep appliances on level surfaces and remember to turn off all electrical appliances when not in use
- Matches and lighters: Keep out of reach of children. Make sure they are completely out when done using and if a lighter use all safety measures.
- Smoking materials: The misuse of products like cigarettes and pipes can cause house fires too. Make sure to put out all cigarettes and follow all guidelines for electrical smoking devices
These are just a few tips to help keep your home safe
Tips on Fire Safety in Your Home
Tips on Keeping Your Home Safe from Fire
There are simple stays every family can take to protect their home and loved ones from a potential house fire. Worst case scenario your home experiences a fire some of those tips will help make you aware faster and give better chances of everyone getting out safe.
1.Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas
2.Test smoke alarms every month
3.Talk with all family members about a fire escape plane and practice the plan twice a year
4.If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP
5.Never go back inside for anything until safety officials clear it as safe
The American Red Cross website has these tips plus many more disaster prevention and awareness tips you can find on their site https://www.redcross.org
Tips on Handling Water Leaks
Mold damage from water
Water leaks are subtle and may go unnoticed until they lead to a larger water damage or water bill! These tips provided by the Water Damage Defense website will help you to get a handle on your water leaks before they turn into a big mess. Water trapped behind walls or paneling make it an ideal place for mold growth.
- Water Bill Checks
Make sure to monitor your water bills. If you notice the bill has a sudden increase, there is a good chance there may be slow leak and to ask your local water company to take a look.
- Check Your Meter
Test out your home water usage and meter accuracy. Check your meter and try not using the water in your home for two hours. After the two hours see if the meter has changed this is another indicator of a leak.
- Food Dye Trick
To check your toilet for leaks, put a drop of food dye in the tank. If you see that the colored water is in the toilet bowl in under 15 minutes, you probably have a leak. (Make sure you flush your toilet a few times after doing this, as to not stain your toilet)
- Fix Leaks and Drips Quickly
As soon as you see a leak or drip, make sure you fix it as soon as possible. These are usually cheap fixes if you catch them at the beginning. Always dry as much as possible to mitigate further damages.
- Use Water Leak Alarms
Use water leak alarms as well as automatic water shutoff systems to make sure you catch leaks quickly.
Following these tips and tricks can help you catch sneaky leaks before they become a bigger issue. Water leak alarms average in price as low as 9.00 – and as high as 200.00.
Keep Your Vacation as Stress Free as Possible!
Planning a vacation can be a stressful time. The last thing on your mind while packing and preparing to leave is the potential of water damage to your home, but it is something that can be detrimental to a property. The longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause. Below are some helpful hints to sneak into your pre-vacation check-list to ensure you do not come home to a major mess!
- Inspect all appliances around your homes, including their hoses.
- Make sure your water heater is not showing any signs of leakage.
- Check any drains in your garage or basement to make sure they are unclogged.
- Look at all pipes under sinks.
- Check window seals to ensure that they can withstand a rainstorm.
- Shut off your main water.
- Drain every pipe once your water is shut off.
Following these steps will increase your chance of having a stress free vacation, but no prevention method is 100%. If you come home to a water damaged home, call SERVPRO of Roanoke, and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Roanoke donates Kia Soul to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia
SERVPRO of Roanoke County was approached by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia with a request for a newer vehicle so they can continue to serve the families needing a home - away - from home to be close to their child during a difficult time. Because of SERVPRO’s dedication to families in their time of need we decided to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities to cover the cost of a newer, lower mileage vehicle for their use. On February 27th, 2019 at 11am we formally presented the car to our partners at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia.
Three IICRC Master Certified Technicians
Our 3 IICRC Master Certified Technicians
SERVPRO of Roanoke County is proud to announce that we now have three IICRC Master Certified Technicians on our team. This morning we presented Mikee Bogan, One of our Production Managers, with his Master Fire and Smoke Restorer Certificate. He now joins our owner, Quinn Mongan, who is a Master Certified Fire and Smoke Restorer and a Master Water Restorer, and Kevin Lancaster, our Vice President of Operations and our General Manager, who is a Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, a Master Water Restorer, as well as a Master Textile Cleaner. We are proud of our SERVPRO of Roanoke team, and we take pride in their education and development in our field of work. Congratulations to Mikee Bogan for taking his IICRC certifications to the next level!