Make the Case for Mulch this Spring!
As much as we welcome the longer days and warmer temperatures associated with spring, the season can also shine an unforgiving light on lackluster landscaping around your commercial property.
Winter can wreak havoc on whatever plants and shrubs surround your property, while piles of dead leaves or salt built up along your building’s foundation just looks unsightly.
Done right, commercial landscaping can -- and should! -- be about more than just looks.
Did you know that some well-placed mulch around your commercial property can help protect it against springtime flooding and potential water damage?
In addition to looking polished and professional, mulch helps retain water and can even cut down on weeds, naturally, by keeping them covered from the sun’s rays, which they need in order to grow.
Make the case to mulch your commercial property this spring in order to protect it from potential water damage resulting from spring season floods. If a sudden storm proves too much for the mulch, you know your SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich team has got your back.
Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Your Dryer!
Although it’s a big job, spring cleaning is so rewarding! There’s nothing quite like a new season and a fresh start in your space.
However, at SERVPRO we always like to remind our customers about the importance of safety when it comes to spring cleaning. Part of that involves bringing attention to often overlooked areas of your home that can pose a fire hazard, if not routinely cleaned properly.
Here are three easy tips from the National Fire Protection Association to ensure that your dryer is cleaned out completely and safe to operate:
- Check the exterior air exhaust pipe and make sure that the vent flap opens when the dryer is in use.
- Avoid storing flammable items, like cardboard boxes and chemicals, near the dryer.
- If your clothes encounter hazardous and flammable liquids like paint thinner, leave them outside to dry before washing and drying in your dryer.
These are simple strategies, but don’t underestimate their importance when it comes to keeping you, your family, and home safe from fires.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 dryer fires are reported annually, resulting in approximately five fatalities, 100 injuries, and an estimated $35 million in property loss and damages.
In addition to following the three safety steps above, always clean the actual dryer -- including that lint trap! -- since 34% of dryer fires result from failure to clean the dryer.
Stay safe while you spring clean your home this season and keep in mind that SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich is never more than a phone call away!
What to Eat During a Spring Storm Power Outage?
Losing power during a spring storm, whether because of heavy rains or high wind, isn’t terribly uncommon in New England. In fact, just the past few days have already seen spring storms knocking out power across New England and even further south.
There’s no doubt that losing power during a storm is inconvenient, especially if the outage lasts a while. In some of our other blog posts, we’ve featured fun activities to help while away the time, including coverage of must-read books and highly recommended family games.
But what about food?
Just because the power is out doesn’t mean you can’t whip up some tasty meals for yourself and your family.
Check out some of these no-cook and low-cook recipes that are sure to satisfy everyone in your house.
Of course, the secret to success when it comes to creating any of these dishes requires a prepped and well-stocked pantry. Check out this list of essentials to stock your pantry in preparation for a storm.
Pro-tip: An extra propane tank for gas grilling can also empower your power outage cooking prowess.
Should the storm be severe enough to cause significant storm damage, trust your local SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich team for speedy storm remediation!
Can Spring Floods Cause Disease?
We might be rounding the corner on flu season but that doesn’t mean we can let our guards down when it comes to spring floods and the diseases that contaminated flood water can contain.
The spring season in New England tends to bring its fair share of storms, some of which can deliver high winds and significant amounts of rain. We all know that floods pose the threat of water damage to commercial and residential buildings, but did you know that wading around in flood water might expose you to certain pathogens that can make you really sick?
For instance, the bacteria in flood water can be concentrated enough to cause the following injuries or illnesses:
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Skin rashes
- Wound infections
Help! I unintentionally came in contact with floodwater… What should I do?
First rule of thumb is always: don’t panic.
If you do encounter floodwater, protect yourself from possible exposure to these pathogens by cleaning the area with soap and water, or relying on hand sanitizer until you have access to clean water.
Make sure you wash your clothes in hot water, ensuring they are completely clean and thoroughly dry before re-wearing them.
In the event that you have to wade through flood water for any reason, it’s best to only do so after suiting up in protective gear, including goggles, gloves, and rubber boots.
For all structural water damage and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich!
Your new favorite home improvement gadget
The MM-2000 Goggles also feature 3 thermal imaging modes, and a 4k Ultra-HD camera.
Have you ever wondered if the walls of your home were hiding a world of water damage? We see cases of it regularly. But sometimes, calling in the pros to answer, “what if?” just isn’t worth it. Well, just in time for the start of Home Health Month, we’re here to announce our first ever direct to consumer at home moisture damage detection solution. Introducing the MM-2000 Goggles, a stylish solution to the question “is now the right time to call SERVPRO?”
Our MM-2000 Goggles are the first and only product like this on the market. A moisture meter, infrared thermometer, thermal imaging sensor, and camera, all wrapped into one unassuming pair of glasses. The glasses will even let you know when they detect levels that warrant calling in the experts. There is a micro-SD card slot on the left temple (or arm) for expandable and removable storage and can be charged via USB-C cable.
If you have the companion app installed on your phone, you can review the levels and live footage recorded form each scan, check mold growth in real time, call to schedule an estimate, and even share your scan results with our team for expert feedback.
No more costly tests, no more “honey, don’t worry, if there was a problem, I’d know about it.” Now you too can know if there is something lurking behind the walls of your home, all for $99.95.
To learn more or order your very own pair of SERVPRO MM-2000 Goggles, give us a call at 1-800-401-FOOLS
Don’t Ignore Spring Weather Alerts!
Go ahead and breathe that sigh of relief for weathering winter without incurring any storm damage to your commercial property; however, keep a close eye on any spring weather alerts that might pop up this season.
Spring storms can really pack a punch when it comes to the structural integrity of your commercial property. Early spring, especially, is notorious for nor’easters, which can deliver heavy snow, rain, and even gale force winds in excess of 58 miles per hour.
Why are these storms called nor’easters? What does that name even mean?
According to an article published in The Atlantic, “Why Are There Suddenly So Many Nor’Easters?,” the source of the name is attributed to the wind direction. “During a storm event, it’s the northeast wind that brings the strongest gusts and precipitation to New England.”
Stay ahead of that troublesome northeast wind this spring by listening for spring weather alerts, and take advantage of tools like SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile to help you weather any storm -- whatever its name!
Consider this your PSA to pay attention to weather alerts in order to prepare your property and staff for a spring weather event. And remember, your local team at SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich is always only a call away.
Will Blustery Weather Bring Corn Snow this Spring?
Depending on whether or not you’re a skier, you may be unfamiliar with the term “corn snow.” Corn snow, by definition, is large-grained, rounded crystals formed from repeated melting and freezing of the snow.
The spring season is prime time for corn snow because of the melt-freeze cycle. Avalanche forecaster, John Snook, explains that “During the day when it gets above freezing, you get liquid water on the snowpack. At night, it re-freezes on the individual grains of snow and creates a larger frozen grain.”
The New York Times offers a simple formula for corn snow: “Spring rains plus freezing plus sunshine equal corn snow, one of the most delightful surfaces for skiing.”
Skiers love these kinds of snow conditions and our New England ski resorts tend to stretch the season until at least May for these reasons. So, if you didn’t have enough time on the slopes during the winter, keep your eye on the forecast for some fun corn snow conditions this spring!
For any less than fun weather heading our way this season, trust SERVPRO to handle any storm damage or storm remediation issues. Simply contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich for a fast, reliable response following any spring storm damage.
Not All Kindling is Created Equal -- Avoid These Types of Wood!
There is nothing quite as cozy as a crackling fire on a raw, rainy day in early spring. Given that our SERVPRO team is always concerned about fire safety in your home, we want to update you on two types of wood you should never use to start or feed a fire.
The first -- brushwood -- might seem obvious because you wouldn’t want to pick it up or touch it, anyway. Brushwood includes plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
You already know that contact with this kind of vegetation can result in an itchy rash on your skin. But did you know burning it can actually cause severe allergic respiratory reactions, that can put anyone gathered around to enjoy the warmth of the fire at risk.
Second -- any type of evergreen tree, like cedar, pine or spruce -- will ignite quickly and burn very hot. They actually ignite so quickly that they fizzle out almost as fast, potentially creating creosote deposits inside your chimney, which can cause a chimney fire.
In that event -- or the event of any type of fire -- call SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich for expert fire restoration services.
Ah, Spring: The Season of Floods
Spring is an easy season to love; however, for those of us in New England, springtime can be too short and, often, well… soggy. Some seasons have proven tougher than others, however, and a little perspective can go a long way when it comes to withstanding a few rainy days in a row.
Take, for example, the Spring Floods of 1936.
This historic weather event caused serious storm damage across New England, to the tune of $113,000,000, and took the lives of 24 people, leaving 77,000 homeless. When it came to water damage, Hooksett, NH won the “prize” with Main Street drowning under an estimated 18-20 feet of water.
While it’s hard to imagine what water damage restoration looked like back then, we’ve got all the modern methods, strategies, and equipment to handle any water damage this spring season might deliver.
Contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich if spring storms put a damper on your plans!
Winter Wreaking Havoc on Your Commercial Property’s HVAC?
When you own commercial property, maintenance problems can be a constant worry -- especially during the winter. Unfortunately, your HVAC system, which is so critical to the well-being of your structure and staff, can suffer from the season’s harsh weather patterns.
In addition to frozen pipes, which can cause significant water damage on-site, you’ll want to avoid these additional issues that can compromise the HVAC system on your commercial property.
Give Your HVAC a Helping Hand
Mark your calendars with a reminder to have your HVAC professionally inspected next fall, before the winter weather arrives. Doing so could potentially save you all sorts of costly and even dangerous HVAC headaches, like:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Malfunctioning pilot lights and/or thermostats
- Filthy filters
- Temperatures that are difficult to control
- Unpredictable airflow
Sometimes, even an inspected HVAC system can surprise you, resulting in flooded basements or even ceiling water damage.
In that case, and especially if you suddenly find yourself dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich for reliable water damage remediation.