Spring Cleaning - Electronics
A normal everyday desk that needs a good cleaning
Office spring cleaning – Electronic devices! This may be one of the most important ones of all! Think about it – your keyboard and mouse – the most touched item on your desk. You never know how many crumbs that can accumulate in your keyboard. Unplug your keyboard and tap the back – wipe the keys and surfaces down with an alcohol wipe or disinfectant wipe. Unplug the mouse and clean using the same method as the keyboard. Duster air is also recommended to remove dust, lunch and snack crumbs. Use a microfiber cloth or cleaning wipes to remove dust from your monitor screen. Wipe down your desk and all surfaces that people are likely to touch every day – like your stapler – those are known to disappear. Keeping a clean office space not only helps you from everyday germs – but also helps keep the task of Spring Cleaning to the minimum in your office space!
Spring Cleaning - Office Break Rooms
Office break room
Office spring cleaning – don’t neglect your break room! This is where your employees eat their lunch – hang out and fellowship with each other. Make sure their space is clean and welcoming. Clean all the trash cans – this is something your employees rarely see unless they are the ones changing the trash bag. Clean and disinfect all surfaces – this includes the microwave and all the buttons, coffee maker, chairs and tables. Wipe down cabinets inside and out. Check the fridge for any science projects - folks tend to leave forgotten leftovers in the fridge – that’s when you toss the entire container. Clean and disinfect the entire refrigerator inside and out – but don’t forget to return items that someone is waiting to chow down on come lunch time. Keeping your employees happy and feeling safe means a more productive work force.
House Fire and Pack-Outs
Multiple boxes packed by the SERVPRO team after a house fire in Laurens, SC
House fires can cause major stress on you and your family. Even a small contained fire can cause smoke and water damage to your personal belongings, furniture, pictures and keepsakes. Don’t think all is lost – SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties specializes in pack-outs. This consists of securely packing up your household items and transporting them to our secure warehouse location to clean and complete the restoration of your personal belongings. This is s tedious task and one the homeowner should not need to worry about especially after experiencing a house fire. We understand how difficult this is but you can trust our team of trained professionals to handle your belongs with kid gloves. SERPVO will store your items until your home is ready to move back in. We pride ourselves to make it "Like it never even happened."
Spring Cleaning - Walls and Furniture
SERVPRO on site at a commercial cleaning in Clinton, SC
Spring cleaning is a task – one that goes above general housekeeping. We covered the flooring now let’s discuss the walls and office furniture. Check for chipped paint and cracks in the wall covering. Chances are you may be able to get by with some touch up paint. New pictures and paintings can also cover up some imperfections and give the area a whole new look. Clean windows can do a lot in the appearance of your facility – in and outside cleaning can strike a major wow factor. You never know how much dust – dirt and grim can accumulate until you have them cleaned. Have your office furniture deep cleaned – this helps remove dirt, stains and odors that get trapped in fabric especially in office chairs and waiting rooms areas.
Spring Cleaning - Flooring
SERVPRO team member doing a commercial tile cleaning at a business in Laurens, SC
The days are finally getting longer, day light savings time has officially begun – what a better time to start your commercial spring cleaning. Having your business professionally cleaned can rid your office building of winter dust, mud and all the grime that comes with colder weather. There are so many areas of a business that can be forgotten – SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties will send you some weekly tips to get your business in tip top shape and ready for the season of Spring.
Let’s get started with flooring- lets face it our flooring takes the brunt of the winter weather. Deep-clean carpets – move filing cabinets, desks and other large furniture so the entire flooring can be cleaned to remove stains and dirt from the flooring – remember your baseboards in the cleaning process this can insure the air quality isn’t being compromised with hidden dust. Buff and scrub tile flooring and check for any breaks or cracks that could potentially cause a liability for your business.
Water and Foundations
Foundation crack to a home due to water damage.
We are over the winter slump – entering the season of Spring and with Spring comes rain and here lately in the South – A lot of rain! Heavy amounts of rain over a small period of time can cause flooding, septic and home foundation issues. Water Damage is the number one culprit that weakens your home’s foundation which is the very core that keeps your house standing. Water damage that goes unattended can and will over time cause serious structural damage. The best line of defense is to make sure your home has proper drainage to keep the water away from your home’s foundation. Over time the soil around your foundation gets wet and dries out – this causes the soil to expand and contract. Soil changes can cause the foundation to crack, sag and weaken. Check for moisture often, especially after extended periods of rain. If you see moisture damage to your foundation call a professional quickly to avoid further damages to your home.
Kitchen Fires and How to Prevent them from Happening
This was what was left after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a home in Newberry, SC.
More than half of house fires start in the kitchen not because of your awesome cooking – because sometimes we just haven’t been educated on how to prevent them from happening. Safe cooking tips are crucial in preventing kitchen fires. Your wardrobe is important when cooking – do not wear lose clothing while cooking they can easily catch fire. Pat down poultry – wet chicken can spark a grease fire if it’s wet going into the hot grease. Never use water to put out a grease fire – it will make things worse. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. If you do not have an extinguisher use baking powder to put out the flames. If you experience an oven fire – close the door – the fire will extinguish by itself. Following these few fire safety tips can help prevent a fire from occurring – most of all don’t panic and call 911 if you feel your home is in danger.
Severe Weather Alerts
Severe Weather Alert - Know the difference
Knowing the difference between a storm warning and a storm watch can help you prepare for the threat of a severe storm that may impact your area. A Severe Storm Watch simply means to be prepared that a possible severe storm is probable, and you need to be prepared early. A Severe Storm Warning simply means take action that a storm has been confirmed and could indicate an imminent danger to life or your property. Take shelter is a substantial building and if you live in a mobile home do not stay in the dwelling. High winds can overturn the home quickly. Always stay tuned to your local weather outlets for updated weather conditions – Stay safe and know that SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here if you need us!
Heavy Rains and Water Damage
Ground water over septic area after heavy rain
Winters in the South consist mostly of rain instead of snow. Sometimes rain can set in for days and this can impact your septic system. It is common to have septic back up after or during heavy rains making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go it will eventually back up into drains and toilets in your home that can cause water damage. Signs of stress to your septic system would be surface water is showing ponds of water in the drain area, drains inside your home are not draining as quickly as they should be, toilets are flushing slowly or making sounds. You can relieve pressure on the system by using less water and reduce water going down the drains until the drain field dries out. If you experience water damage in our home, you and trust the experienced team at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Washing Machine Water Damage
Washing machine water damage!
How often do you check the water line to your washing machine? If you are like most people hardly ever until you walk in the utility room and water has covered your clean flooring. Weather you have had a small leak over time or a complete overload of water damage, your washing machine can cause some major damage if not checked often. Small leaks can cause mold to gown in places you cannot see. Water supply lines that are faulty will open your eyes quick! Most washing machines are installed with a rubber supply hose connected to hot and cold faucets behind the unit. Over time, these hoses can deteriorate and cause leaks. Inspect hoses monthly and replace if you see any signs of deterioration. Never start your washing machine if you are planning on leaving your home. If you experience water damage call SERVPRO – We are there for you!