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How Does Water Mitigation Work?

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Whether due to an extreme weather event, a burst pipe, a malfunctioning appliance, or any number of other causes, water damage can cause serious harm to your commercial or residential property. It is critical that you take action as soon as possible, since damage from water will actually increase as time goes on, even after you address the source of the water damage.  Fortunately, the right water mitigation measures can alleviate or repair the damage to your building. Here's what goes into the process of water damage mitigation.

Inspection and Assessment

With water damage, it might seem like you should just go in and start cleaning up, but it is important to first make a careful inspection of the damage. One important thing people often overlook is that water creates a heightened risk of shock or electrocution, because water is a very good conductor of electricity. You can’t turn on the lights and start plugging in extractors and dryers until you know it is safe to do so.

In severe cases, water damage may also impact a building's structural integrity. If water damage makes the structure dangerous to occupy, no one can enter it to begin any kind of work at all. Consequently, the first step in any mediation job is to inspect and assess the damaged areas to find out whether and how you can proceed.

Additional Protection

If water damage has left your building vulnerable in terms of its structural integrity or exposure to weather, the next step is to reinforce the structure so that you can work safely, and to protect it from further damage in other ways, such as covering the roof with tarps, boarding up windows or doors to protect the area from the elements, to prevent people from accessing those areas, so that the problem does not grow and work is contained.

Water Extraction

If an area is not just wet but flooded, the first thing to do is to get the water out of there using submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums. When it is unsafe to use local power, you can use truck-mounted extraction devices. Once noticeable water has been removed, it is time to get rid of the additional water by using dryers and dehumidifiers. This is critical, since bacteria, mold, and other microbes like wet environments. The sooner you get the area dried out, the more likely you have stemmed additional damage. You will also want to test moisture levels in the walls using moisture detectors, hygrometers, or infrared cameras, which can detect water inside walls or the ceiling.

Removing the Damage 

The next step in remedying the water damage is removing all of the materials that have been affected. This does not just mean furniture and carpets, but flooring that has been damaged or flooring under which water has seeped to the subfloor, underlayment, or joists. It can mean removing drywall in walls and ceilings, as well as cabinetry and fixtures. 

Clean-up and Disinfecting

Once the area has been cleared of any water-damaged materials, you can begin cleaning. But this means a thorough deep clean of the area. Standing water, wet surfaces, or even damp warm air creates the perfect environment for germs, bacteria, mold, and other microbes to thrive when left unchecked. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting process will keep germs at bay, and get you to square one in beginning the rebuilding process.

Don’t Trust Anyone But a Professional for Water Mitigation

If you have experienced serious water damage, whether from a storm, rain, or from an overflowing sink, dishwasher or washer, we can help. Our team is trained to handle all kinds of water damage and we have the tools and expertise necessary to take care of any of your residential or commercial restoration water mitigation needs. Contact SERVPRO today for an appointment, and let us inspect the damage to see how we can help you get back on track.

Three Things to Look for in a Quality Fire Restoration Company

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

If you've recently experienced property damage as the result of a fire, you will have to find a company that can provide fire restoration services. 

Restoring a property to its pre-fire condition is fairly difficult. Even if a fire was contained to just one room or office, the fact is, odors, soot, and smoke may have penetrated far into the rest of the  structure. So, when you go to select a restoration company, make sure you select a company that has fire-remediation experience and a reputation for being thorough. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene believe the following suggestions will help you to select a good fire restoration company.

1: 24-Hour Availability 

After a fire is out, you may think you have some “down time” to figure out what to do. But fire damage can actually get worse quickly after the fire is out. Water damage from fire-suppression hoses, burst pipes, or a sprinkler system can dramatically increase the damage to your building in the hours after a fire. 

For example, water saturating the dry-wall and framing in your walls and ceiling will cause expansion of the material as it sits, compromising the integrity of the structure beyond where the fire actually occurred. The water inside the walls also encourages mold and mildew to grow and may encourage the infestation of pests. 

You also may not realize how the fire has created other hazards. Did the fire release toxic chemicals which are now on all your belongings? Has the entire electrical system created further electrical or fire hazards? Have conduits or pipes melted or weakened? You cannot assume that the rest of your property belongings are “safe” after the fire is out.

Staying ahead of the damage will not only improve your outcome, it will minimize the amount of work that has to be done as well as the cost. Some steps, such as protecting the burned area from the elements or setting up dryers or dehumidifiers, may need to be done right away. Do not wait until “normal business hours” to contact a fire restoration company to come out and assess the damage and begin necessary work. Having a cleanup company available 24 hours a day can help ensure that problems are addressed before they become catastrophes.

2: Cleanup Expertise

Some clean-up companies may be very good at general clean-up, but fire clean-up requires another level of training. As noted above, a lot of fire damage is not just what you see in the burned area. Smoke and soot can cause a lot of damage in other parts of the building, and can also cause a lot of health problems long-term, particularly for people with respiratory issues. Damage from chemical particles does not just “go away.” Microscopic particles can embed themselves in paint and other finishes, causing problems of toxicity and odor that can linger for years in your walls, cabinets, fixtures, furniture, decor, floors, carpets, drapes, and so on.

Consequently, post-fire clean up has to be very thorough and exacting. Structural elements as well as items in the building will have to be deep-cleaned and deodorized. Some items may have to be discarded, even if they did not have direct fire damage, because they simply cannot be cleaned sufficiently to remove chemical residue.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that good enough is good enough when it comes to cleaning after a fire. Hire a company that has fire clean-up know-how.

3: Fire Restoration Process Knowledge

There is a specific order in which fire restoration work should be done, and simply hiring any construction company to come in and rebuild after your fire will likely leave you with unresolved problems.

A company with fire restoration expertise will first thoroughly inspect and assess the damage, including performing chemical tests to know the full extent of damage from all causes. It will work with fire department and insurance investigators, so that you do not jeopardize your ability to get adequate coverage. It will take steps to minimize further damage. It will clean and sanitize. All of this has to be done before any re-building can begin.

There is no substitute for expertise and experience. Companies that specialize in fire restoration have the technicians, technology, and experience in-house to perform the remediation you need, so that you can get your property back in shape faster. If you or someone you know needs fire remediation, SERVPRO would like to help.  Contact SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene today to schedule an appointment or speak with someone about your fire restoration needs.

Biohazard Contamination: 3 Things Not To Do

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

There are many types of environmental clean-up and restoration tasks that call for specialists at a home or a business. These include things like flood damage, fire damage, and mold. But one type of damage requires even more specialized professional attention, and that is biohazard contamination

A biohazard is any hazard that is likely to contain biological matter that can cause serious harm through exposure. It can include things like blood, body tissue, dead animals (including insects), feces, urine, vomit, or other remains or excretions from humans, animals, or even plants. Biohazard material also includes other organisms that may be present, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Because many of the dangers that may be present in biohazards cannot even be seen (think: bacteria or viruses), the presence of any biohazard contamination is so serious that it is imperative to call a professional right away.

At SERVPRO, one of our areas of expertise is biohazard clean-up, such as when there has been an accident that involves injury or death, at a crime scene, a sewage overflow, or after a natural disaster. And while it is often difficult to think calmly and clearly when these events occur, it is critical that anyone on the scene observe the following rules about what not to do.

1: Do Not Attempt to Clean Up

Most of us have had to clean up small messes that could technically be called biohazards: dripped blood from a bloody nose or a cut, dog messes on the floor, a dead bird found under a tree. But even then, we know to be careful: wear a mask if necessary, use rubber or nitrile gloves or a plastic bag to pick up the mess, wrap it up in a plastic bag and seal it, discard our gloves, and wash up the area and our hands thoroughly with disinfectant and antibacterial cleansers.

But larger-scale biohazard problems present greater difficulties, because we are usually unaware of the extent of the contamination, particularly as many disasters can cause contamination to spread far beyond the immediate area where the disaster occurred. Consequently, unlike an everyday mess, leave major biohazard cleaning up to the professionals.

2: Do Not Touch or Handle Anything

If a disaster happens near you, there is a tendency to want to find out what happened; we see ample evidence of this with the “rubber-necking” that goes on when we pass by a traffic accident.  But the human tendency to interfere is even greater when it involves a place where we live or work, or when it may involve something we use or own.

When something happens where you work or in your house, you may want to just pick up or check on your own stuff, such as a computer or a purse that you feel you need before leaving the area. Resist the temptation. Remember, nothing is so important that it is worth risking your health through contamination, or risking the health of others by spreading the contamination further.

This is especially important if the area is a crime or accident scene. Insurance, police, and fire investigators will need to see things as they are, not as they are after you have disturbed the area. 

3: Do Not Enter the Area

In addition to refraining from clean-up or handling any items, your best bet is to completely steer clear of any area where an event has happened that leaves significant amounts of biohazard material. As noted above, you have no way of telling whether the material may contain bacteria or other contaminants that could expose you or others you come in contact with to serious health hazards. 

Professionals who deal with biohazard material have been extensively trained to take special safety precautions, including donning full PPE. This may seem like overkill to someone unfamiliar with the dangers of biological waste, but to people who understand the risks, this is sensible and necessary. Only someone who is adequately protected, trained, and prepared should enter a biohazard area.

At SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene, our job is to come into areas where disasters have occurred, and to fix seemingly unfixable damage and completely restore a site as if the damage never occurred. And while no one can really undo a disaster, we can help you move on. Whether you are dealing with a biohazard problem or any other problem that needs a serious clean-up solution, contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Insurance Professionals

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Insurance Professionals

As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to provide excellent service to your customers. We share that same commitment.

Our Results Give You a Competitive Advantage

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO® has built a solid reputation as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration. We’re committed to your customers by acting with urgency to restore their property and their lives while adhering to IICRC standards, resulting in lower claims costs, a low loss ratio, and satisfied customers for improved policyholder retention.

Why SERVPRO?

Customer Satisfaction is Our Goal

What makes your local SERVPRO professionals different? 

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring your customer’s property is our first priority, and they’ll have peace of mind knowing we’re there quickly and work hard to limit the damage. 

 Pretesting Reduces Claims ExpenseOur claims professionals take a “restore vs. replace” approach because it’s usually less expensive to restore property than to replace it. 
 FootprintWith more than 1,900 locations, across the United States and Canada, we are quick to respond with 24/7 emergency service.   Claims Inventory ServiceWe’ll provide your customers with an itemized loss inventory and pictures of important items. 
 Superior, Time-Tested TrainingWe train local SERVPRO professionals in IICRC standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Ongoing training is also available at our state-of-the-art IICRC-Approved Training Facility for them, as well as our insurance clients.  Vendor Qualification Compliance and ProfessionalismYou can be sure we use qualified vendors to service your customer in the completion of their claim. 
 Limited WarrantyWe promise a two-year labor and one-year materials warrantyIf we fail to meet commercially reasonable expectations, we will provide re-service at no additional costs for up to two years.*   Serving Adjusters and Their ClientsOur local professionals get back to you quickly and work with vendors so you don’t have to, saving you time to focus on priority files. 

National Accounts

SERVPRO HQ has a team of dynamic marketing professionals who focus on national account relationships, keeping communication flowing between local SERVPRO professionals and insurance companies. 

The goal of this National Accounts Division is to maximize the satisfaction of both the insurance companies and the insured through the development and management of business-to-business relationships within the insurance industry.

SERVPRO also has specialized training and promotes adherence to IICRC Standards, so you can expect professional cleaning and restoration services across the United States and Canada.

Our National Accounts Guidelines help ensure standards are met, including:

  • Quality assurance through internal audits.
  • Background checks are required for SERVPRO location employees, including temporary employees.
  • Transparent step-by-step communication between local SERVPRO professionals and insurance agent or adjuster.
  • Completed job files for proof of work.

The National Accounts Managers are ready to guide insurance professionals through the process and be the single point of contact with any questions they may have about SERVPRO. You can reach the National Accounts Division at (615) 451-0200 ext. 2095.

Performance Guidelines

SERVPRO has earned its reputation as a leading provider in the cleanup and restoration industry. In keeping with our commitment to excellent service, we’ve developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry. These guidelines will give you confidence that you’ll receive excellent service when you call (844) 716-0936
  • (844) 716-0936When you originate your contact, your referral gets tracked and reported at each step of the work process. From the First Notice of Loss to the Claims Information Center, the documentation is complete.
  • National Account Participation AgreementLocal SERVPRO professionals must agree to 21 different requirements to receive insurance client referrals from (844) 716-0936. These requirements include background checks on employees, which must be maintained continually to help ensure clients get the best possible service providers performing work.
  • IICRC ValidationWhen you use SERVPRO as your vendor of choice, you’ll know that the proper equipment and drying validation are part of every job file.
  • Validation Through ReportingSERVPRO will provide metrics to reflect the highest levels of customer satisfaction and performance. 

Franchise Training

SERVPRO has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries for more than 50 years. To help ensure our commitment to excellence at all SERVPRO locations, we have ongoing training at both the regional and national levels. We opened our National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration, reconstruction, and mitigation skills to SERVPRO professionals and insurance industry employees.

Call your local SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene at 208-457-1234

Being the Best for Our Customers

Employee Certification Training: A self-paced program designed for local SERVPRO professionals covering crew training, fire and water restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination.

New Franchise Training: A 15-day in-house, hands-on training program at our training facility. This is designed primarily for new SERVPRO location owners but is also a valuable course for SERVPRO location employees.

Continuing Education: Both credit and noncredit courses are offered for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals and local SERVPRO professionals. Courses are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

Training to Reinforce E-Learning: A web-based program designed to be an ongoing self-paced training program. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module.

IICRC Training Program: SERVPRO Industries, LLC is an approved IICRC Training School that offers year-round classes in multiple industry-related topics, including fire and water restoration and Applied Structural Drying (in our purpose-built ASD facility).

14 Bad Habits That Could Start a Fire in Your Home

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

14 Bad Habits That Could Start a Fire in Your Home

06/06/2022

As busy homeowners, fire prevention can a back seat on our list of priorities, creating bad habits. House fires are becoming more and more frequent due to common mistakes that can quickly become a fire hazard. Without you realizing it, these potential fire starters are hiding in plain sight throughout your home. For instance, forgetting to change a dull light bulb or leaving an abundant amount of lint in your dryer. Our mind disguises these simple tasks as harmless, when in reality, it can become quite devastating. Here are a list of some poor habits that can be the cause of a fire in your home: 

  1. Piling up dirty, oily rags- If left sitting, these rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust. 
  2. Misusing electric blankets- If heat starts to buildup or the coils bend the wrong way, the electrical blanket can catch on fire. 
  3. Neglecting appliance recalls- In previous years defective appliances caused 150,000 fires. 
  4. Lingering dryer lint- The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat can create a fire.  
  5. Letting your laptop overheat- If the cooling vent airflow is restricted, the laptop can over heat and catch on fire. 
  6. Choosing the wattage- Using the wrong wattage of a light bulb can initiate an electrical fire.
  7. Using too many extension cords- This can create an overload leading to a short circuit, which can produce an electrical fire. 
  8. Performing DIYs you’re not qualified to do- Electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC mistakes can easily ignite fires. 
  9. Disregarding dust- Dust buildup around electronics and electronic sockets can become a fire hazard. 
  10. Storing batteries improperly- If the battery’s terminal makes contact with other metals (screws, papers clips, etc.), it can short out the battery producing enough heat to possibly catch flammable material on fire. 
  11. Ignoring mice or other rodents- These animals are known for chewing on electrical wires, which removes the sheathing and exposes the heated wiring. This can lead to sparking surrounding surfaces caused by short circuiting, resulting in igniting a fire. 
  12. Forgetting the chimney sweep- Chimney fires are commonly cause by buildup of creosote, dead animals (usually birds or raccoons), and cracked mortar. 
  13. Overlooking the range hood- Grease and other cooking buildup that’s left on the vent hood filter can drip down on the stovetop, catching the fallen material on fire. 
  14. Arranging furniture unwisely- Furniture can unexpectedly ignite, if you position it by a source of heating such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.

These tips are meant to help in the prevention of fires, but if you do have a fire and need immediate assistance, we are here for you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene @ 208-457-1234.   

Summertime- Broken Pipes & Water Damage

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Summertime- Broken Pipes & Water Damage

06/06/2022

Broken pipes can be more of a problem than you may be aware of during the summer months. Here are 2 tips to help you to keep your home safe from water damage this summer.

DO YOU HAVE BACKED UP PIPES?

Sewer backups and clogs are the worst and are all too common- especially in summertime. Any excess pressure that may be in your sewer lines can be a major cause for disaster. This is where SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene can come in to help! We are Disaster Recovery Specialists and knowing who to call first is KEY!

WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER

With summer just about here, this means there is greater demand for water (such as in watering your lawn, filling and maintaining a swimming pool, hot tub, turning your sprinklers back on, etc). This increased water usage could cause a problem.

How can I make sure to do all I can for prevention?

First things first- you may want to have your pipes checked and/or updated regularly. Make sure that no deterioration is present in your pipes. The ultimate goal here is to prevent any water from coming into your water wells and ultimately flooding your basement. 

As a reminder- SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene specializes in water damage! Feel free to call us anytime for a quote. We are here for you and our motto is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Reach us today @ 208-457-1234

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

What To Do When Your Basement Floods 

06/06/22

While instincts tell you to panic at the sight of pooled water inside your home, try to keep calm.

The most important thing to remember is to never enter a flooded area when the power is on.


Start with these steps:

  1. Shut off electricity and gas to the area. If you’re not sure how, call an electrician or your local SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene who can get someone out to you right away.
  2. Try to determine the source of the water. Excessive rainfall or a burst pipe are two top reasons why your basement may flood.
  3. If safe to proceed, and while wearing protective gear like boots, gloves and a mask, enter the water to investigate the source further. If your basement has a drain and you can safely navigate to it, check to see if it is clogged.
  4. Time to get that water out of there. Depending on the amount of water, this may be as simple as using towels, a mop, or a wet vacuum. If the flooding is more extensive, an sump pump or extractor may be necessary. Once the bulk of the water has been removed, soak up all remaining moisture with towels.
  5. Assess damage. Remove any items, like furniture, that appear damaged by the water and move them to a space where they can dry. If the drying process on items is taking longer than a couple days, unfortunately, they may not be able to be salvaged. Any items that were within boxes should be removed to air out, and all items should be monitored for mildew growth.
  6. Get the air moving in the basement to dry it out. Open windows and doors, and use fans placed around the space to inspire quick drying of the flooded area. If you have a dehumidifier, move it to the basement to aid the drying process.

How to prevent your basement from flooding?

It’s easy to look back at the cause of a flooded basement and see where things went wrong, but what about preventing flooding before it occurs? There are some measures you can take today to help waterproof your basement and safeguard it against a catastrophic flooding episode.

  • Keep your rain gutters clean, and make sure they’re pointed away from the foundation of your home.
  • During the next heavy rain, check around your yard to see where water is pooling and being diverted to. If it’s going toward the foundation of your home, contact an expert to grade your yard so it’s able to properly handle the water it receives during storms.
  • If you have a basement window, make sure it’s protected with a window well cover.
  • A sump pump can be your basement’s hero. An automatic sump pump set to trigger on when it senses water in your basement space offers a layer of protection for your home, even when you’re not there. Homeowners in particularly flood-prone areas should have a backup sump pump, and check to see if flood insurance is available for purchase.

When to call for help with basement flooding:

Calling a professional for help is always a good idea, especially if the amount of water is more than a foot deep, many items have become wet, or mildew is beginning to take hold. Quickly removing the water and beginning the drying process is essential to lessen the possibility for mold to form, which can greatly increase the damage and cost involved.

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene has the knowledge, experience and expertise to help you quickly deal with a flooded basement cleanup, because we handle these types of jobs all the time. Let us deal with the stress and get your basement back in working order.

Give us a call @ 208-457-1234

Four Tips for Preventing Water Damage This Summer!

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with Popsicles Here's to having a safe summer!

Four Tips for Preventing Water Damage this summer!

Safety Matters 

Coeur d’Alene Idaho is a wonderful place to live, visit and just all around enjoy! Although, the summer season does not mean that you are exempt from having water damage intrude your home.

To avoid water damage risks, these four important tips are a MUST to know!

#1- Pay attention to your Water Bill

Water leaks have been known to surface in hidden areas. More often than not, these leaks go unseen until it is very visible and/or apparent. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR WATER BILL… Is your water bill higher than it should be? There may be a leak! It’s always good to pay attention to your water bill and compare from month to month or even annually. Please be aware, that if you are concerned about a leak or see visible damage, call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene.

#2- Test that Sump Pump

This is one of the most important tips because your sump pump keeps water from entering your home and causing further damage. Perform a test each year to ensure that your sump pump is working properly and efficiently.

#3- Repair Water Leaks 

A water leak can happen anywhere in or around your home. If the cause is not found quickly, many times it eventually creates mold damage. You may find leaks in your roof, pipes, windows, foundation, appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc. If you find a leak in one of these places, please be aware it is best to repair it immediately and call your water restoration specialist (SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene)!

#4- Shut Off your Water for Long Vacations

Shutting off the main shut off valve in your home when you are away is a safety measure that you can take. This step will help prevent leaks from occurring and prevent a major headache when you return home. Avoiding any opportunity for water damage is always the safest way to go.

Lastly, enjoy your summer by taking the above precautions.

Call SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene for any Water Damage Restoration needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year for any emergency at 208-457-1234.

Water Removal and Extraction

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water Removal and Extraction

SERVPRO Steps for Extraction

The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene helps to reduce the drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Move-Out / Pack-Out

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

  • Move-Out Service

Emergency Water Removal

Our highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, we may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. This step helps to reduce drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene inspects the carpet and pad to determine if it should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  • Inspect Carpet Pad and Remove If Needed
  • Inspect Carpet and Remove If Needed

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Call your local SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene professionals today @ 208-457-1234.

Spring Homeowner Tips

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Spring Homeowner Tips

Spring has finally sprung! It's that time of year again to spring clean and do some yearly home maintenance. Here are some tips and tricks to help make sure you cover all your bases. 

# 1    Vacuum/Clean Refrigerator Condenser Coils

Did you know that condenser coils on the back of your fridge will collect dust & this dust can inhibit its operation! Refrigerators are expensive to replace so one small step can make a HUGE impact!

# 2   Fixing cracks

Taking care of cracks in your home are essential for many issues that can surface. If you see a crack in your wall, floor, driveway or outside your home- don’t wait to address the situation. Fixing these issues can be fairly inexpensive and are, for the most part, easily taken care of.

# 3    Cleaning the Exhaust Hood

A dirty kitchen vent may contribute to a fire hazard. Wash off any accumulated grime & replace any filter (if needed). Exhaust hoods are simple maintenance. Make sure to clean yours regularly to prevent damage and/or fires from occurring.

# 4    Screens

Cleaning and repairing screens- gently scrub on a flat surface with soapy water (patching small holes were needed). This little tip can help keep those pesky spring & summer bugs at bay.

# 5    Dryer Vents

Sometimes lint gets trapped in the dryer vent compartment. A plugged vent can waste your money, or even worse, start a house fire! Cleaning these out can save you money and can also save your home!

# 6   Inspect Your Roof

Delay in checking your roof can result in water damage issues later. Checking ahead of time can prevent future damages!

# 7    Air Conditioning

Maintaining your air conditioning system is a top priority for any homeowner. Check the coils, clean the pan and change the filter.

# 8    Cleaning the Washing Machine

Front-loading machines tend to gather water in the door seal. This exposes water throughout the wash cycle. Mold and mildew can grow if these areas aren’t cleaned out. Once it grows, it can be difficult to eradicate. Regular cleaning of your machine can help it function more efficiently! It can also save you from having to replace it altogether. Make this is habit: For front-loading machines… leave the machine open to dry after each load. Wipe down the inside of the machine and clean the seal every couple of loads.