Hurricane Preparedness Week – May 9th – 15th
Satellite image of a Hurricane in the making
National Hurricane preparedness week officially kicked off yesterday, May 9– this is yearly event is observed in May to help educate better prepare families and business for the threat of a tropical storm or hurricane. This is especially important if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you do – you want to involve your family – coworkers and friends to get a plan in place. Guidelines are set for each day to put your plan in place.
Sunday – Day 1 – Determine your Risk
Monday – Day 2 – Develop an Evacuation Plan
Tuesday – Day 3 – Assemble Disaster Supplies
Wednesday – Day 4 – Review Insurance Policy
Thursday – Day 5 – Strengthen Your Home
Friday – Day 6 – Help you Neighbor.
Saturday – Day 7 – Finalize your Plan
Follow us on social media this week for several tips and tricks.
Learn before you Burn
Practice safety when buring yard debris
It’s officially Spring and most of us are out cleaning up the remnants of winter. Trimming bushes, cutting brush and gathering up branches and debris from the many storms that have we have experienced over the past few weeks. Chances are you have a nice burn pile ready to go, but make sure you are ready to burn your brush safely. Keep the burn pile small, your pile may be 10 feet tall but start with smaller branches and gradually add bigger branches, this will keep your fire more manageable Your fire should be at least 75 feet away from your home – and make sure you have quick access to a water source. Never leave your fire unattended or attempt to burn your brush in windy conditions. Check with your state and local Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors. There may be local ordinances for open burning, so prior approval may be necessary. Learn before you burn and make safety your priority when dealing with any type of fire.
Can I plant some flowers??
The sign of Spring is here!
When can you start planting flowers for Spring?
The days are getting longer and finally getting warmer – we experienced some crazy weather here in the South throughout the month of April and we have all had to dress accordingly but let’s hope we are now over the cold hump and morning frost are over for the year.
Most gardeners will advise that it is ok to starting planting flowers after Mother’s Day. I am sure most of us have heard this from our own parents and grandparents over the years, but the truth is they are spot on! Mother’s Day in many climate zones signifies late Spring, and for most the start of planting annuals and hanging your ferns. Before picking out your favorites flowers for planting make sure evaluate the sun and shade levels around your home and planting area and pick flowers that will be sure to add that pop of color after a long dreary winter. Happy Planting and Hello Sweet Summertime!
Got Mold? We can help!
Mold Clean up at in the bathroom
Got Mold? We can help! This time of year – the temperatures can change at the drop of a hat. One day it's warm, the next day winter has returned. Mold can grow at any time but more so in changing temperatures in and outside your home. Bathroom ceilings are ideal for mold to grow due to condensation. Moisture that is produced inside your bathroom comes in contact with your ceilings or walls, and will set up a homestead, and that’s when the condensation begins, and you look up in the shower one day and think what is happening? Having a working exhaust fan in your bathroom can greatly reduce the chances of mold growth. Our bathrooms are where we go to relax – recharge and get clean. No one wants mold growing. Call SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties – we got you covered and mold free!
Check your Supply Lines - All of them!
Water Damage caused by faulty water lines
Home maintenance check list. We check our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries as needed. We replace our air filters, clean our gutters – this list can go on and on from landscaping your yard to home renovations but do your ever think to check your water supply lines? Your supply lines to your showers and sink can be obvious – depending on the location of you hot water heater that too can be a disaster waiting to happen – but if you think that’s bad – think again! Your water supply lines to your washing machine can make you see double water damage! Most often these lines are hidden behind your washing machine unseen. The amount of water damage these pipes can cause is almost overwhelming so if your pipes look like this – call an expert plumber before you have to call SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties.
Spring Yard Cleanup and Mold
The leaves of Fall can grow into mold in the Spring.
Spring temperatures are getting warmer and yard work is in full swing over the past couple of weeks. Planting season is only weeks away so getting a good start on spring yard cleanup will have you yard of the month ready come May. Be cautious of leaves during clean up. Many forms of mold grow and live-in grass, on rotting logs, compost piles and falling leaves left on the ground and trapped in your gutters. While they do not die with the first frost like several other allergens, they lay dormant during the winter. In the spring, they grow on plants that were killed by the winter's cold temperatures. Even on their own, fallen leaves will still grow mold. If you are cleaning up this Spring from the leaves of Fall - Wear gloves and a protective mask - this will help protect you from contact to mold that may be growing from the leaves of Fall.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Laurens, SC
Our hoses can reach near and far to make sure we reach every inch of your carpet!
Most all business use an inhouse housekeeping service to clean their business on a weekly basis but having your business cleaned professionally can have many benefits to your office space and employees. Whether you are running your business or an owner of commercial building, having a clean office space for tenants can attract good tenants and leave them with a good feeling from you the landlord as someone who cares about their property and those who chose them to make their business a success.
Commercial carpet cleaning can help reduce the amount of allergens and germs that accumulate which results in a healthier staff and a more productive work place. Employees work harder when they know their workplace is clean and cared for it helps motivate them with a sense of pride in their work environment.
Having your carpets cleaned by the professionals of SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties can take the unnecessary stress off you and your employees. Call us today!
Storm Damage in Laurens, SC
Severe storm damage to a roof in Laurens SC
March came in like a lamb and so far, it’s leaving out like a lion! We are all too familiar with the spring storms of March here in the south and most of our region got hammered this afternoon during prime commuting hours! Several storm, tornado warnings and watches were happening all over the area this afternoon and several communities got hit hard with only a few minutes notice. Being prepared is always the best form of protection when Spring Storms are predicted. Secure as much of the outside of your home as quickly as possible and make sure your family knows the “safe” area of your home. Stay away from windows and doors and download the local weather apps on your phone to assure you are up to date on current weather situations. Chances are during severe weather your cable or satellite TV will lose signal so have a backup plan to follow the current storms happening in your area. If you should experience storm damage to your home –contact SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties. We are here for you – before and after the storm!
Is your office Space Spring Clean?
Extreme cleaning of an office space
Spring cleaning is a task – one that goes above general housekeeping. Although your flooring takes the brunt of winter weather so does other areas of your office space. Check your walls for chipped paint and cracks. Especially in your entrance area. Chances are you may be able to get by with some touch up paint. Hang new pictures and paintings to cover up some imperfections and give the area a whole new look. Moving office furniture around and adding some new décor can help spruce up your business environment. Have your windows and doors professionally cleaned – inside and out can-do wonders! Having your office furniture deep cleaned quarterly can remove stains and odors and maintain the life of your furniture investment. Your office space is your business card, make it a clean and inviting one! Referrals are everything and no one wants to visit a dirty business.
Be Preapred for Severe Weather
A severe storm is brewing
Spring is just a few days away and we are already preparing for our first Severe Weather Event for much of the South over the next 24 hours. There is a high risk of strong storms, tornadoes and extreme high winds for most of the viewing area. Hopefully, you have your preparedness plan ready to spring in action.
- Design a safe room – basement – storm cellar or the lowest level of your home.
- Secure or store outdoor items
- Make sure you have ample water, food and any medications.
- Have a first aid kit on hand.
- Flashlights and batteries are essential in the event of a power outage.
- Charge your cell phone and make sure your car is full of gas.
- Keep important insurance information handy in case you need it.
Follow your local new source for up-to-date information on weather situations and pay close attention to their warnings. SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here for you! Stay Safe