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Building a Storm Survival Kit

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, and many others can leave you in a situation where your family is left without the typical comforts of home. If you are unprepared for such a situation, the problems could become far more problematic than originally thought to be. No home or business design is going to be immune to these problems. So it’s important to be prepared by putting together a survival kit. A well-put-together survival kit can be instrumental in keeping your family safe and comfortable during the worst storms of the year. The American Red Cross has put together a list of the best objects to add into any type of survival kit;

  • Water (typically one gallon per person)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlights with a fresh supply of batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • First aid kits and medicine
  • Multipurpose tools
  • Hard copies of personal documents
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Maps of the area
  • Emergency blanket
  • Extra cash
  • Board games and books

From the basic essentials to ways to keep the family calm and entertained, a survival kit can be the help that gets you through a very hard time. You can also consider preparing multiple kits for different situations, such as being in a car or stuck at work. Prepare ahead of time, and keep your family safe during the most dangerous situations.

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.

Moving Out of the Dorms

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

As the school year draws to a close, college students face the hardest part of their year. No, it’s not finals. It’s packing up a year’s worth of decor and furniture from their dorm rooms and taking it all back home. The task is both heartbreaking and joyful. It’s sad to pack up and head home most likely away from your friends. But it also signals three months of no homework or tests. Whatever your feelings towards the task, there’s no doubt it’s a big job even with help. Luckily, there are some simple tricks that you can do to make the process less of a pain.  We have a helpful list of tips you can use to make the move out go smoothly;

  • Create a list ahead of time and decide what is essential and what is not
  • Plan in advance of how many trips or cars it will take to transport your belongings
  • Prepare bags and boxes before you begin
  • Have space at home ready to store the items
  • If you go home at some point during the second semester, take some of the nonessentials home on the trip
  • Use your study break time to pack
  • Consolidate as much as you can to save space
  • Label your boxes and bags so you can find items again
  • Pack delicate items with bedding and other soft objects to provide padding
  • Recruit willing friends and family to help
  • Leave appliances open a crack to allow air to circulate and prevent mold
  • Make sure your items are stored in a secure location

Packing up and moving out at any time is a chore to put up with. And for college students with finals at the same time, it can seem even worse. But with a little foreplanning and hard work, moving out of the dorm room doesn’t have to be the dark cloud hanging over the end of the school year. Happy Summer Break from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield!

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.

Gift Ideas for Your Coworkers

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

With a new year upon us, a lot of us struggle throughout the year to get the right gifts for the important people in our lives. Especially those who might be a little harder to buy for. Many try to do nice things for their coworkers on special holidays, but it can be hard to know what you can get for them that they can enjoy, but also doesn’t break the bank for you? Luckily, the people at SnackNation have come up with a list of unique and fun gift ideas that you can give to your coworkers this year. Be it for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or just a really good Friday;

  • The Petite Zebra plant is a pretty and low maintenance way to brighten up anyone’s desk
  • A 3D puzzle to keep minds sharp and interested
  • A 3-in-1 charging cable to keep everyone’s wires from getting crossed
  • Customizable novelty pins to have fun and encourage unity
  • A box of truffles always makes a sweet day at wor
  • Scented candles to help give the office some delightful fragrance
  • A variety bag of gourmet popcorn would give everyone a taste of what they like
  • A desk tray that holds all the office supplies they leave out
  • A variety of saltwater taffy would make for a very fun day
  • An insulated mug that will keep their morning coffees hot and their day productive
  • Some custom magnets to brighten up the cubicle
  • A cinema box based on old-fashioned movie theater marquees could be customized however they like
  • Some glass picture frames allow for some easy cubicle customization

With just a little creativity you can find gifts that your coworkers can enjoy and will make your entire workplace a much happier place. And when thought through, it can even be done at a reasonable price. So have some fun with your coworkers this year and bring in something creative.

Source: https://snacknation.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.

Clean Gutters, Happy Home

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

While most people look towards burst pipes or groundwater as the cause of water damage, most forget that they also need to look up. The gutters of a home can be equally as hazardous with water damage if they aren’t properly cleaned and maintained. Water can overflow from clogged gutters and flow down the sides of the house. This can lead to cracks in the foundation, mold along the siding, and other problems that can be easily avoided with clean gutters. Fix.com has provided a list helpful tips to help keep your gutters cleaner for longer;

  • Watch for sagging gutters
  • Occasionally check the flow of water from your downspout during a rainstorm
  •  Have a tool kit in an accessible location in case you need to do an emergency repair
  • Make sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year
  • Consider installing screens or filters
  • Consider signing up for yearly gutter cleaning services

These simple tips can do a world of good to keep your gutters working properly. A little bit of maintenance can go a long way to protecting your home from water damage. So prepare for your next rainstorm by preparing your gutters.

Source: https://www.fix.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 Chimney Fire Free

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

With summer right around the corner, most likely the last thing on your mind is your chimney. It’s great to sit around the fireplace in the winter with a relaxing fire burning. But in the warmer months, there’s really no reason to do that so our chimneys fall to the back of our minds. However, the truth is during the winter months is a good time to make sure your chimney isn’t at risk for a chimney fire. A dirty chimney can cause a chimney fire that can’t be put out before massive damage is done to your home. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has a handy list to help you know when it might be time to get that chimney cleaned out;

  • Loud cracking and popping noise inside the chimney
  • A lot of dense smoke billowing out from the top
  • An intense, hot smell
  • Flames coming from the top of the chimney
  • A sudden sound similar to a freight train

If you experience any of these problems with your chimney, don’t allow it to go unchecked. Even a brick chimney can create massive fire damage to your home if a chimney fire occurs. So be sure you know how dirty the inside of your chimney is and look into getting regular cleanings during the months you don’t use it. That way you can enjoy it again when the cold weather returns.

Source: https://www.csia.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.

Don’t Fear the Thunderstorm, Prepare

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

With the rainy season, comes thunderstorms. Since they can happen during any season of the year, most people don’t fear them in the same way they do a tornado or a blizzard. But it’s because of their commonality that we all need to be prepared for them. A raging thunderstorm can wreak havoc on your home and, if you’re not careful, your family. Take the initiative to protect everything you love with these helpful tips from the government Ready program;

  • If you hear thunder, get inside as soon as you can
  • Pay attention to warnings and alerts
  • Unplug electronics not protected by a surge protector
  • Avoid running water if at all possible
  • Secure outdoor furniture and loose tree branches
  • Avoid flooded roads if driving
  • Do not exit your shelter area until all storm alerts have stopped
  • Call 9-1-1 if in immediate danger

Thunderstorms have the power to create hail, high winds, tornadoes, lightning strikes, and flooding all in a single storm. Any of these natural disasters could critically injure or even kill someone if the proper precautions are not upheld. So do yourself and those around you a big favor and make sure you’re prepared for the next thunderstorm. Because the next one could be right around the corner.

Source: https://www.ready.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.

Spring Season is Fire Season

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

Contrary to what some might believe, Spring is the season that actually has the highest daily average of fires of the year. The human and nature factors actually line up quite perfectly when it comes to setting accidental fires. So it is important to know the triggers and dangers of a sudden Spring fire should you come up against one. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a helpful list of common Spring fire triggers to help everyone know how to stay safe.

  • Relative humidity tends to be lower
  • Winds tend to be higher
  •  Leaves and other brush material are on the ground as kindling
  •  Sunlight both warms and dries surface fuels
  •  Cooking outdoors begins to increase
  • Areas with lots of trees or brush tend to be very dry from the previous winter

Despite the rain and general wet conditions of Spring, accidental fires can still be easy to set and disastrous to the area. So don’t let your guard down just because the bitter cold has gone and the sweltering heat hasn’t arrived yet. Take the initiative to know the fire triggers near you so an unexpected blaze doesn’t catch you off guard.

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.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.

The Dangers of the Rain

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

Old sayings get to be old saying for a reason. “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is a classic example. In most areas, April is the month where mother nature typically decides that every other day requires a rainstorm. Unfortunately for those in her path, excessive rainfall can be not only dangerous but also can cause massive damage to your property. And if you’re unaware of the risks you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has a list of hazards to keep your eye out for during the rainy season;

  • Flooding can wash away outdoor furniture and plants
  • Standing water will weaken and damage foundations
  • Too much water can weaken the soil and cause landslides
  • Deep puddles on the roads can cause cars to stall if they get caught
  • Animals kept outside can stand in standing water and end up with irritated skin
  • Excessive rain can overflow the sewers, causing backups and leaks
  • Kids outside in cold rain for extended periods of time can catch illnesses much easier

Rain can bring much-needed water to a dry spell or cool down a hot day. And it can be a lot of fun to play in sometimes. But it’s important to remember that just like any other type of weather, too much can be hazardous. And if we’re not careful we could end up in some deep trouble. So stay safe this April and look forward to those May flowers.

Source: https://niwa.co.nz

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.

Sun, Fun, and Coworkers

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Spring has finally arrived! The weather has finally turned nice and everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy it. Letting your employees outside for some team-building activities once and a while could be just what they need to shake off the COVID and winter energy that built up while stuck inside. But how do you get past the fact that the mere mention of team-building activities brings a groan from most? Luckily, Wrike.com has a great list of games and activities that will both take advantage of Spring weather and be enjoyed amongst your team;

  • Water Cooler Trivia
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Work Outdoors Day
  • 3 Truths and a Lie
  • The Human Knot Game
  • Office Picnic Day
  • The Egg Drop Challenge
  • Blind Drawing Contests

Even those who prefer the indoors sometimes want a change of pace. The same is true for anyone else. Some time to have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather will boost everyone’s spirits and give the team time to become closer. Doing these or other small activities every now and then will help your team in so many ways. And in turn, your productivity might even go up. So consider going out with your team to enjoy the sun. It doesn’t always shine, but when it does it’s beautiful.

Source: https://www.wrike.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.

SERVPRO Fights Covid-19

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

As COVID-19 continues to stick around at the beginning of 2021, we at SERVPRO are as committed as ever to keep your business clean so you can stay open. Our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” is our most recent addition to our line-up of cleaning services. Created after the onset of the pandemic, our specialized viral pathogen-cleaning system prevents the spread of COVID-19 and we use it to clean your business top to bottom. And when it’s combined with our 50 years of cleaning experience, you can rest assured that your business is safe for customers and employees alike. Our cleaning process is rooted in what we call the 5 C’s;

  • Consult - We’ll come down to your business and inspect the layout, determining the best way to handle the business’s unique needs
  • Clean - Once we have our plan, we’ll begin the deep clean of your business, using hospital-grade equipment and cleaning solutions approved by the CDC
  • Certify - We’ll finish with our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield posted in your window, showing all your customers that you’ve protected them and your business from COVID-19.

It could take several more months before our community gets back into the normal routine. And in the meantime, you can count on SERVPRO to be with you in the meantime. Call us anytime to set up a cleaning for your business.

Source: https://www.SERVPRO.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.