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Keep Cool with Summer Treats

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is a lot of fun. But who wants to spend any of it cooking and baking over their hot stove? In the summer we want something more sweet and cold. Most like an enjoyable splurge. But what can you make that’s unique and enjoyable to satisfy that sweet tooth? Luckily the folks at Yellow Bliss Road have a list of unique and tasty treat ideas with simple recipes that will make your summer even better;

  • Frozen Cheesecake Sandwiches
  • Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Float
  • Brownie Ice Cream Sundae Bars
  • Sour Cream Salad
  • Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Cake
  • Rainbow Jello Popsicles
  • Cherry Limeade Ice Cream Float
  • Mud Pie Ice Cream Cupcakes

With a little creativity and your favorite flavors, you can create some delicious frozen treats that are sure to be a big hit. Whether you’re enjoying them on your own or bringing them to a summer blockbuster party. So don’t go with the tried and true soft serve ice cream cups this summer. Get creative and see what delicious treats you can put together.

Source: https://www.yellowblissroad.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Celebrate Safe This Independence Day

7/4/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Independence Day from all of us here at SERVPRO of Springfield! Whether celebrating in your backyard with the family or heading out to watch the official celebration for your town, it's important to remember that despite all the beautiful colors and unique patterns, fireworks are still very dangerous. They're literally fiery explosions in the sky. So no matter where or with what fireworks you're celebrating, it's important to know how to be safe. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has put out a list of safety tips for dealing with fireworks this summer;

  • Do not let young children handle fireworks
  • Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because they are most likely for professional displays
  • Always have adult supervision when handling fireworks
  • Never place any part of your body over a lit firework
  • Never try to relight a firework that did not go off properly
  • Keep a source of water nearby in case of emergency
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Wait before picking up a spent firework in order to let it cool
  • Do not use illegal fireworks in your area

The 4th of July is a time for a lot of family fun and excitement. But the last thing you want is for someone to get carried away and end up hurt during the celebration. On average, 180 people go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during July. So stay safe and have a lot of fun this Independence Day.

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Hail in the Summer?!

7/3/2021 (Permalink)

In the heat of the summer, one of the last things on your mind is hail. That’s part of the winter right? Well, actually hail can happen in the summer just like it can in the winter. How is this possible you might ask? Well, actually it happens in steps. WeatherBug has provided the steps that are needed to create hail both in summer and in winter;

  • Strong updrafts carry droplets of water high into the atmosphere
  • The wind takes them high enough that they freeze
  • The higher into the sky the droplets go, the larger the hail crystals that form
  • If the hail crystals grow big enough, they’ll fall back to earth and retain their frozen status
  • The hail crystals can fall up to 90 mph by the time they impact the ground

The most common time of the year for hail to occur is actually the beginning of summer. And whether it’s hot or cold outside there’s always a chance for hail. And if you’re unprepared, you could end up with unexpected summer hail damage. So make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected hail this summer.

Source: https://www.weatherbug.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sprinkler Water Damage

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

As the summer heat continues to beat down, it can begin to dry out your lawn. So the installation of a lawn sprinkler often seems like the best option to keep your lawn green through the dry summer heat. And while it’s true that a good sprinkler system can keep your lawn green, it can also cause water damage to your home if you’re not careful. Leopold Insurance has a list of the possible damage your sprinkler system can do to your home; 

  • When the runoff water isn't soaking into the ground, it can pool around the foundation of your house and weaken it
  • Excess watering can lead to a leak in your basement
  • Runoff water can affect the lawns, gardens, and homes of your closest neighbors against their wishes
  • Excess water on sidewalks for a long period of time can damage the cement
  • Bikers or cars swerving to avoid the water could lead to damages
  • Overwatering can flood your lawn or plants, killing them
  • Sprinkler lines or heads can freeze during the winter and burst

A sprinkler system can do a lot of good for your lawn in the heat of the summer. But it’s important to also be aware of the potential hazards and dangers a sprinkler can cause as well. So make sure you know the risks before you install. And no matter what, enjoy your summer.

Source: https://www.leopoldinsurance.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Correctly Cleaning Company COVID Cars

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Once the pandemic hit, we’ve all become obsessed with making sure everything we use day to day is clean. And now a business must be disinfected to reopen, even just to employees. However, when we’re sanitizing our business’s computers, doorknobs, stair railings, etc, we can sometimes forget about the outside of our businesses. If your company has a car that is driven to clients or even just driven by multiple people in a day, the risk of spread there is just as real as it is in the actual office. It’s important to remember that, especially when using a communal vehicle. Yet how do you clean the inside of the car between people? Luckily the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has posted a list of guidelines for just this kind of situation;

  • Before each shift, clean commonly touched objects such as steering wheels and radio controls
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning
  • If a surface is visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean it before using disinfectants
  • For surfaces like door handles and seat belt buckles, clean with the same disinfectants used in the office
  • For surfaces like seats and headrests, use disinfectants recommended by the manufacturer to prevent chemicals from getting trapped in the porous surface
  • Gloves should be thrown out after being used to clean the car, do not reuse
  • After cleaning, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Ensure that employees driving the cars follow the guidelines of your company

It can be easy to get to the car, just take the mask off, and relax, completely forgetting that bacteria and viruses can be transmitted in the car just as easily as they can be in your office. Especially if you're driving the car alone. Make sure that your employees are practicing good safety precautions before and during the use of the company cars. Stay safe and healthy during your work hours, both in the office and in the car.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Summer Storm Preparation

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

Summer storms may not be as prominent as winter storms, but they can be just as deadly if you’re not prepared. It’s important to know all the dangers that could come up during the storm so you can properly protect your home and your family. The American Red Cross has a helpful list of things you can do to prepare for the summer storms and keep everything you care about safe this summer;

  • Know your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Pick a safe place in your home for your family to gather during a storm
  • Store or build your storm survival kit in your shelter location
  • Keeping trees and other plants trimmed
  • If you have outside pets, make sure their shelter is secured
  • Consider installing a lightning rod
  • Consider going through first aid training

Taking a few preventive steps ahead of a summer storm can prevent major damage to your home and family. It’s important to think ahead, especially when a storm can be on its way at any time. So enjoy your summer and stay safe when you see those storm clouds rolling in.

Source: https://www.redcross.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preparing Your Home for Summer Vacations

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

When summer comes around, most of us enjoy going somewhere else every now and then on an extended vacation. But even during a time of relaxation, it’s important to remember that even while you’re gone, things can still go wrong in your home. And the bills of damage left unattended can wreak havoc both during and after your vacation. But fortunately, the TODAY Show has a list of helpful tips to prevent the unexpected damages while you’re away; 

  • If able, set your water heater on “vacation mode”
  • Make sure storm drains are clean to prevent backups
  • Turn down the house temperature
  • Leave some of the lights on to make it appear that someone is home
  • Consider turning off your water while you’re away to prevent water damage
  • Mow your lawn before leaving to allow the freshly cut grass to absorb more rainwater
  • Lock your doors and windows
  • Consider investing in a monitor or camera to be able to check on your home while away

By remembering to take some simple steps, you can help ensure that your home is protected from a variety of damage. We all want to enjoy our vacations without stress, and it’s a simple task with the right preparation. With a bit of planning, you can make sure you come back to your home in the same condition you left it.

Source: https://www.today.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Ice Makers Can Leak

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

With summer often comes plenty of iced drinks. And to get those beverages, one must have access to an ice maker of some kind or another. Whether it’s one that’s attached to your fridge or a portable one, a good ice maker can quickly become a summer essential. But like any other device that relies on water, it has the potential to leak and cause water damage. So it’s important to know where to look if and when you suspect your ice maker is leaking. HGTV has a list of what you should look for if you suspect a leak has sprung;

  • A small clear plastic water pipe attached to the valve and to the water inlet on the refrigerator is the most common area for leaks and can go undetected for years
  • Clogs of ice can form in the dispenser and melt, causing a leak
  • Consider using copper tubing for the connection tubes
  • Try installing a battery-operated flood alarm near the area where the leak would hit
  • Make sure your ice maker or fridge is up to date maintenance wise

While ice maker leaks are not as common a source of water damage like a flooded basement, it’s still a source of major damage if left undetected. So take some time and make sure you know about any leaks that may be in your ice maker. After all who wants water damage to ruin their summer fun?

Source: https://www.hgtv.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fumes: The Hidden Danger of Your Grill

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Now that summer is in full swing, so are the traditional summer activities. One of the most common is the summer outdoor barbeques. Most of us are aware of the fire dangers of an open flame appliance. But what is often overlooked is the fumes that a grill produces while cooking. Grills can produce dangerous levels of toxic fumes that can be inhaled, or even absorbed through your skin. And if this happens too often, it can affect your overall health. Technology Works has provided a list of things to keep in mind about the fumes from your grill;

  • Some of the fumes from a grill can result in cancer from prolonged exposure
  • Overexposure to grill fumes can cause respiratory diseases and DNA mutations
  • Grilled foods are the most common source of Pulmonary Hypertension (PAH)
  • Even bystanders near barbecues are exposed to considerable amounts of PAH
  • Washing clothes soon after leaving a grilling area is recommended to reduce exposure
  • Fumes from a grill are highly flammable so use extra caution

Grilling food outside is a fun way to spend the summer for sure. But it’s important to be aware of the dangers of using your grill. Especially the ones that might not be as obvious. So keep both the fumes and the flames in mind while enjoying that summer barbeque party.

Source: https://www.technologynetworks.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Keeping Your Employees Focused

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Even before the pandemic hit, a lot of businesses struggled with keeping their employees focused on their jobs. And now with so many companies dealing with some or all of their employees working from home, that notion has only gotten worse. Dealing with young kids, cleaning the house, eating, and wi-fi problems are just some of the extra distractions that have popped up. However, there are ways to keep your employees focused and attentive so that you can get their best work even amid these unusual times. Corporate Wellness Magazine has a helpful list of ways to keep your employees focused on their work;

  • Seek feedback to better understand what each person needs to be efficient
  • Streamline common tasks to take out the “grunt work”
  • Encourage breaks instead of multi-tasking
  • Encourage working in a quiet area to cut down on noise pollution
  • Get a sense of what situation your employees are in so you can help them adjust
  • Create an accountable culture
  • Consider offering some kind of incentive to employees who are doing well

These are just a few ideas that can help you bring focus to your workplace. Your employees will most likely appreciate the effort put in by you in order to help them work. We’re all struggling in some way or another during this pandemic. So whatever you can do to help will be a great step forward for your business. Happy employees make for a happy business.

Source: https://www.corporatewellnessmagazine.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.