Happy Birthday America
We will soon be celebrating our country's birthday. The 4th of July is a very special day in our country's history. When the 13 colonies broke away from the United Kingdom we became The United States of America. It is a time of celebrating with food, drink, fireworks, and for some a day at the beach. SERVPRO is celebrating this special day as a sponsor in the Wawa for America Festival. This is a special time for all of us. While we are taking in all the festivities we must remember that safety is of the utmost importance. Only professionals should be handling fireworks. Too many accidents occur when the rules are not followed. Have fun but also take a moment to realize what this holiday is all about. God Bless America!
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. We visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American Flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day - Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans. SERVPRO honors all our military and are so very proud of their service to our country. We appreciate their total dedication and sacrifice. God bless them all!
Holiday Season cooking
Now that this holiday weekend is approaching we all want to gather for wonderful food, drink and time with our families. It is also a time when wonderful meals are prepared on the outside grill (weather permitting) and also the standard stove and oven. Just a word of caution while preparing these wonderful meals. This is a time when SERVPRO experiences many emergency calls for kitchen fires. Please do not leave the stove unattended and make sure all those wonderful dishes do not burn and cause smoke damage and worst of all a fire. Please be extra cautious. If you do have an emergency and require SERVPRO please do not hesitate to call us immediately and we will be there to resolve your dilemma. Enjoy your day!
This weekend is daylight savings time. It is time to put your clocks one hour ahead. "Spring Forward". This is a great time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors. It is always a great idea to change the filter in your air conditioner. Yearly maintenance by a trained HVAC company is a great way to extend the life of your air conditioner and also your heating system. This will prevent any unnecessary costs for repairs. Your system will perform more efficiently and provide energy savings. After experiencing snow, ice, wind and power outages this month Spring is such a welcome change. The month isn't over yet so if you experience any problems with flooding, bursting pipes or any other issues please call SERVPRO. We will definitely help you get through these problems.
This frigid weather has caused so many problems for both residential and commericial COI's. Our office has been inundated with emergency calls. There are several precautions to take to help prevent these problems. Please always keep your heat on especially in basements. Wrap pipes if necessary and make sure windows are sealed from any drafts. Once a pipe breaks please turn off water at main location. Contact your plumber to fix the pipe and call SERVPRO. Our crew will be out as soon as possible with their equipment to clean up and get things back to normal. We work day and night to mitigate all these situations. Every day a commercial business is closed is a day that money is lost for that company. When it happens in your home we want to get things back to normal for your family and salvage any precious items that are flooded or damaged when these pipes break. Call SERVPRO for the best service and for peace of mind.
Holiday disasters due to Water Damage
The holiday should be a happy time for everyone but this was not the case this past Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for two families. I had the phones for the "on call crew" the week leading up to Christmas. The first emergency call I received was from a family who had their water supply line from their upstairs toilet break. Water leaked down to all three of the floors. I immediately notified our on call crew and they got there as soon as they could to start the clean up. Since the water went through all three floors it flooded their living room where they had their beautifully decorated tree and all the gifts for their children. Needless to say all the gifts were ruined and their beautiful tree destroyed. Despite all this grief the owner was in such good spirits. She said these things do happen at the worst times but she is so grateful for all she is blessed with including a wonderful husband and three beautiful children. This is the true meaning of the holiday - not material things but the love we have for each other.
Commercial Sewage Damage
Last Friday afternoon I received a call from one of my clients. She is the Property Manager of a low income high rise facility. In a total panic she described to me her problem. It seems that there was a sewage back up on the first floor of the building that affected four apartments and the bottom level where her office is located. I advised her that SERVPRO will be out there within the next hour. We had to pull our guys from jobs they were currently assigned to. Our crew worked from Friday afternoon through the weekend and are there today (Tuesday December 5) to complete the mitigation. No words can describe what our crew did to clean up this facility. The sooner the job is complete the sooner these residents can return to their apartments. Soon we will be starting the rebuild process. Since starting with SERVPRO two years ago this is the largest job I have experienced with one of my clients. I am in constant contact with her to make sure all is taken care. Her cell phone is her office since her own office was part of this disaster. It gives me such pride knowing that we can help our valued clients and relieve some of their burden and put their lives back together again.
The Holiday Season
Now that the Holiday is quickly approaching SERVPRO would like to put out a word or two of caution. The greatest number of fires over this season are caused by Christmas tree fires and over loaded extension cords. If you do purchase a live tree please make sure it is amply watered. Another concern is that your pets may be extra curious and want to attack the tree or chew on the lights and cords. Please take extra caution with all pets for their safety and your own. Please also be careful of lit candles. Although they are quite beautiful they are a danger if not watched closely. This is also true of your fireplace. Please be very careful of the falling ash that may ignite quickly. Taking all this into consideration SERVPRO wishes everyone a Joyous Holiday.
Northern California Fires
Since I have family in that area these fires are extremely personal to me and our family here on the East Coast. Watching the news and being 3000 miles away gives you a total feeling of helplessness. Lives were lost and there are many families still missing. Homes were destroyed not to mention the beautiful vineyards that produced such wonderful grapes and wine. We can only hope that these fires will end soon and people can begin putting their lives back together. Thank God my family there is safe with only smoke and ash on their property. The air there has gone from very unhealthy to unhealthy. Hopefully that will change soon and all will be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors once again. Our prayers are with everyone there. SERVPRO is always there to help everyone in need.
SERVPRO and The American Red Cross
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Texas. The danger is not over yet. This hurricane is still causing major flooding and loss of lives. Help is on the way but there is so much to contend with at this time. Placing the homeless in safe shelters and making sure they have food and water and any essentials that they need to survive is the number one priority. Many of our SERVPRO offices will be heading there to help and work along with the Red Cross to get this area back to normal and a safe environment once again. We had flooding and storms in our area several weeks ago but nothing compared to the devastation that is going on in Texas at this time.