The Holidays....A Time to Clean!
Now the Halloween has passed everyone has their focus on the winter holidays. Decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking and the dreaded cleaning. For some people the worst part about the holiday season is having to clean your home to open your doors to your loved ones over the next few months. If you are anything like me you keep a tidy house and straighten up once a week, keep up with the necessary annual deep cleaning when you can and try your best to make sure everything has a hiding spot if needed! Over the last few years however, I’ve tried to plan out my cleaning so the I can get everything done and not be so stressed out over every room getting done. The tips and tricks I’m going to share with you here and with a little help from SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties you can have your stress down and your home looking great in no time!
First, think about the layout of your house and group together rooms that have similar uses. I usually do my groups as:
- Kitchen/Dining Room/Pantry
- Living Room/Den
- Extra Rooms as needed
Then take a little walk around my house and look at each room to see what room(s) will take the longest to clean and start there. I put my list in order starting with the rooms that will take me the longest down to the rooms that will be easier at the end. I usually end up starting in my bedroom and ending in the bathrooms. The goal here is to try to tackle one area each week until it’s time for that first holiday gathering. Not only will this help you to declutter and deep clean your house it will also help you to get rid of anything that you don’t need anymore to make room for any new items you might be gifted or if you're like me gifts to yourself too!
Starting with the bedroom and closets and all of those clothes that you probably haven't worn in months. Go through your closet and throw away the things that don't fit, you haven't worn, you forgot you had or that are worn and need to be replaced. Clean out your shoes, purses, bags, and clothes this way and get rid of the items that can’t be worn anymore and donate the items to local charities or non-profits that can be used again. This is usually the most time consuming part of cleaning but it is also the most rewarding when you see how much stuff you don’t need taking up space inside your home. I donated 13 garbage bags, yes 13 garbage bags of clothes, purses, and accessories to the Salvation Army last winter and I never realized how big my tiny closet actually was. Next go through and clean each area of the room by dusting, tossing, and organizing everything that you may have in your bedroom or the bedrooms throughout your home. I like to take everything that doesn’t have a home and throw it in the middle of the floor as I go and then once I’ve decluttered I realize that all of these things have somewhere to go! This is also a great time to reorganize or redecorate the bedrooms in your home.
Now that you’ve tackled the hardest rooms you can work your way down your list and do the same in each room. Declutter, dust, reorganize, rearrange, and get rid of those things you don’t use or need anymore. Once you get to the end of your list you will feel so great about getting through the worst rooms that the light cleaning will seem like nothing! I also like to do it this way because I find myself getting busier and busier as the days count down to the holiday that I run out of time to devote to my cleaning. I have found that tackling the areas that will take the longest to clean makes it easier to fit in the other areas of your home as you get busier closer to the holidays. You can squeeze in a bathroom before you jump in the shower to do your last minute shopping. If you go through your home and clean a little at a time when your family and friends arrive to celebrate the holidays you can do a quick wipe down of the whole house and everything is looking great.
The final item on your list should be having your carpets cleaning professionally. This is an important step that most people don’t think about because as you dust and move things around most of those particles are going onto your carpeting. Although this is something you may not visibly see it is important to take care of annually to not only improve the life of your carpeting but to also improve the air quality within your home. This is the step where SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties can come in and clean all of the carpeting in your home in 1 day! Also, it is important to have your air ducts cleaned to maintain the air quality and cleanliness of your home and what better time than when you’ve just cleaned everything else. The great part about SERVPRO is that if there are any areas that you just couldn't get to all of these little touches can be done in just one day.
Finally, if you don’t have time, energy, or just want to treat yourself to an early present SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties can take care of all of your cleaning needs from dusting to dishes, drapes to carpeting and right down to the deep cleaning you may need. Everything you want can be done in one quick phone call to (570) 344-2282 to schedule any of your cleaning needs.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes as you clean!
Fire Prevention Week 2017
October 8th-14th 2017 is Fire Prevention Week, being in the business of helping property owners recover from fires and working closely with The American Red Cross, who helps to promote the week nationally, I wanted to find out a little more about how an international week got it’s start. But, what I discovered was that this week is more than just learning about how to prevent fires in your home or business, once you learn the history and evolution of the week it shows how far along fire protective services have come.
On October 8, 1871 the Great Chicago Fire caught it’s first flame and burned until October 10th, damaging 3.3 square miles of property, destroying 17,500 buildings, taking the life of up to 300 residents, leaving 100,000 of the residents homeless, $222 million in damages (more than $4 billion today) and sparked the promotion of industrialization and revision of nationwide building standards that are still being worked on 146 years later. At the time of the fire ? of the buildings in Chicago were wooden structures and often had highly flammable products used for the roofing which made it easy to assist the fire in spreading. A fleet of 185 firefighters equipped with 17 horse drawn steam engines were called upon to fight the fire, after initially receiving an incorrect signal and a faulty alarm. After the fire national concern rose over how buildings could be made safer leading insurance executives and country fire prevention reformers to come together and develop more sustainable structures in the event of a fire.
40 years after the Great Chicago Fire in 1911 the first Fire Prevention Day was held by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). 146 years later NFPA still sponsors and chooses the theme of Fire Prevention Week. In 1919 NFPA held its 23rd Annual meeting and worked with US and Canadian governments to hold a common fire prevention day. In 1922 the day expanded to Fire Prevention Week and in 1923 the Governor General proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week. President Calvin Coolidge was not far behind and the U.S. Proclaimed Fire Prevention Week the week of October 9th in 1925. In 1957 NBC aired an episode of it’s children's show “Fury” about Fire Prevention Week to spread awareness and importance. The Governor General incorporated Fire Service Recognition Day in 1977.
This week, we are in the midst of the 92nd recognized Fire Prevention Week. Overtime the NFPA has put together a collection of resources that are you your disposal year round by visiting www.nfpa.org or www.firepreventionweek.org. Another fantastic resource is visiting your local chapter of the American Red Cross or visiting their website at www.redcross.org. During this Fire Prevention Week, as well as year round, we encourage you to take the proper precautions to protect you and your loved ones from the danger of a fire. Get your family together and create an escape plan, change the batteries in your smoke detectors, check your fire extinguishers, create an emergency kit, and research different ways that you can increase your fire safety knowledge. We are putting out posts on our Facebook page - SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties, all week long to help you get started. Happy Fire Prevention Week Friends!
Summer Rain Brings Mold Your Way
Who else is ready for all of this rain to stop for a few weeks and hopefully we get a nice Fall season in NEPA? It feels like this summer has been full of severe thunderstorm alerts, severe weather alerts and storm damage everywhere you look which leads to our phones ringing off the hook! Don’t think that we are complaining about being busy by any means, but we do know that not all of those phone calls came in directly after the water damage occurred and some of them are still not been made. The calls that we have yet to receive from both residential and commercial water damage cases during these storms are inevitably going to turn into “I smell a terribly musty odor in my home” or “I think I see mold growing in my basement” and the list of calls regarding mold growth goes on and on.
It is extremely important for both home and business owners to understand how drastically water damage can affect a structure. It is not uncommon that people set up buckets to catch the water dripping from their ceilings or they vaccine up the water that they can see and set up fans to dry the flooring but they do not see what is happening under the surface. Once water gets into carpeting it seeps down through various layers, as well as other flooring such as hardwood. Drying the top of the flooring will not extract that water that has soaked through the layers and can ultimately result in mold growth, especially when it is hot and humid.
Mold growth can not only cause a stench throughout a structure but it can also be linked to deterioration of the structure as well as health problems for those that are living or working inside the structure. SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties specializes in water damage through use of industrial dryers and water extraction equipment which should be your first step when experiencing any type of water damage. However, if you have left water damage untreated or you have treated yourself you may experience mold growth which needs to be professionally treated in order to completely remediate the mold issue. If you have experienced water damage or suspect that you have mold growth in your home or office call us at 570-344-2282 to start remediation process today!
Back to Clean
While everyone is preparing for back to school buying notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, backpacks, and all of the other supplies that your children will need in the next few weeks we are thinking about how you will get your home back in order. The summer months are the most lived in your home because your children are home from school and most likely inviting their friends over throughout the summer. This means that the foot traffic in your home increases over the summer months and this puts more wear on your carpeting and flooring. Additionally you may find that there is more of a mess throughout your home that you know you will need to tackle once everyone goes back to school. Don’t stress over the messes that summer left behind, you can call SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties to make it ‘Like it never even happened’.
SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties not only specialize in fire and water damage restoration but also in residential cleaning. We provide many clients with some of the following services for their spring cleaning needs, holiday preparations, or end of summer cleaning.
*Carpet Cleaning and Deodorization
*Floor Cleaning (Hardwood, Laminent, etc)
*Ceilings and Walls Cleaning
*Upholstery and Linen Cleaning
*General Cleaning (windows, room dusting, wipe downs, etc)
These are just a few examples of the many services that we have to offer to help you get your home clean and fresh for the start of school. The best part about all of our services is that they are completely customized to each individual client's needs during an in home estimate on the Cleaning services. Each client that calls to schedule cleaning receives a free estimate prior to starting each job which includes a walk through of the home or office that we will be working in. During this walkthrough you can specify exactly what cleaning services you want in each room, what rooms you want clean, which pieces of furniture you want clean, etc. This is also perfect opportunity to tackle areas throughout your home that may be difficult to get to during a regular cleaning. For instance, who else has turned on their ceiling fans only to switch the direction of the blades and see dust you didn’t know was there? This is something that we can help you with as well! So, if you are ready to get your home back to clean, give us a call at 570-344-2282 and schedule your house cleaning today!
The Importance of Smoke Detectors in Your Home
A certificate of recognition given to SERVPRO of Wayne & South Lackawanna Counties for their support & assistance with Home Fire Safety Campaigns.
SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to sponsoring the organization our employees are also actively involved in volunteering during smoke detector installation campaigns within the communities that we serve. During these campaigns local fire departments, red cross volunteers, and community volunteers come together to install FREE smoke detectors in area homes to ensure that they are prepared in case of an emergency.
It is very important to understand the benefits of having smoke detectors throughout your home in working condition. Here are some of the reasons and tips as to why it is important to test your smoke detectors and be sure they all have working batteries.
Every year approximately 2,000 Americans lose their lives in house fires. Most victims are a result of the gasses and smoke spreading throughout the homes as opposed to burns. Most occur when people are sleeping so by having a working smoke detector in your home you can increase your chances of having the time needed to escape the home.
Smoke detectors should be installed on the ceilings in bedrooms, hallways, and common areas. It is a good practice to install them going towards the exit in case smoke is making it difficult for you to see.
A monthly test of your smoke detectors is recommended to ensure that they are working properly. This few minutes of testing could be what saves you and your family during an emergency.
To avoid your smoke detectors going off while cooking try to avoid installation near appliances and/or fireplaces.
Create a safety plan and fire escape plan with your family or roommates. Make sure that everyone is aware of a way to exit, specific meeting place once evacuated, and what each person should do in case of an emergency situation.
Replace your smoke detectors at least every 10 years to ensure that they are up to date and properly functioning.
The American Red Cross coordinated monthly smoke detector installations in Northeastern PA and allows for call-ins to have volunteers install smoke detectors in homes even when the events are not taking place. For more information on volunteering with SERVPRO and the American Red Cross or to find out how to get your own smoke detectors call Theresa at 570-904-4154.
And remember...when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties responds!
Why Vacuuming Isn't Enough
Did you know that 75% of people admit to walking through their homes in shoes that they had just worn outside resulting in dirt and particles being put onto the carpet and impacting into the fibers. Think about how many times you go outside or walk through a supermarket and then walk through your home without taking your shoes off. The good news is that with a professional carpet cleaning every 12-18 months you can remove everything that you have tracked into your home.
Most of you may be thinking, “Well I vacuum my carpets once a week, I don't need a professional cleaning.” The truth is, that as you vacuum although it is picking up the surface dirt and particles it is simultaneously blowing them all over the carpet. In fact, the room being vacuumed is one of the five dirtiest places in your home. A household vacuum can not suck up dirt, dust, and bacteria that has been impacted into your carpeting because it is simply not strong enough. A professional carpet cleaning is something that SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties specializes in because we understand all of the “hidden” dangers that come along with poor carpet maintenance.
There can be so many things hiding and living in your carpet that you would never expect. Did you know that the Norovirus, responsible for the common stomach bug, can live for a month or sometimes longer in your carpets!! The virus can share the carpeting with dust mites, pet hair or urine, pollen spores, dead skin cells, bacteria, dirt, and other VOC's (volatile organic compounds). In fact, every hour your body sheds approximately 1.5 million dead skin cells, most of which end up on the floor. Every time you lay down to stretch before a workout, play with your animals, or let your children play all of these particles can get onto your body without you even knowing. It is extremely important to have your carpets properly cleaned if you have young children and/or pets because they are always closer to the carpeting and have a higher risk of picking up the germs hiding in your carpets.
Not only will having your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months assist in keeping them clean and free of foreign particles but it will also help to improve the air quality in your home. This factor is especially important for those who suffer from Asthma. If you keep your carpets maintained properly you can eliminate all of the particles in your carpeting from getting circulated back into the air in your home. Clean air and a clean home is very important for anyone in your home suffering from Asthma and it is proven that better air quality eases the effects that Asthma has on a person.
As you can see it is very important to maintain the carpets within your own home, but it is always very important to properly care for carpeting in any rental units that you may own as well. Often times when a tenant leaves a house or apartment they do not think about the cleaning that the landlord will have to take on upon vacancy. Many property owners and managers run into situations where they need to thoroughly clean the units before they can rent them again unless they are maintained throughout each lease period. In addition to being sure that your tenants are caring for the home it is recommended that you have the carpeting cleaned each time a new lease is signed, that way it will help to maintain the carpeting on an annual basis.
So, the next time you think just vacuuming your carpets on a weekly basis will keep them clean, think again and call SERVPRO of Wayne and South Lackawanna Counties at 570-344-2282 to perform a deep professional carpet cleaning for your home, business, or rental property.
Is Your Business Emergency Ready?
Disasters may strike at any time whether it be while you are sitting in your office and a pipe bursts in the breakroom of if you are home for the night and the building's sprinkler system malfunctions. These situations are unavoidable and unexpected, but being prepared before they happen will save you time, stress, money, and help to avoid large profit losses. At SERVPRO we want to make sure that you can get your business up and running as quickly as possible no matter how bad the disaster may be.
Our sales marketing managers are qualified and expertly trained to offer your business the opportunity to create an Emergency Ready Plan that will ensure when a disaster strikes you are prepared. ERP's are executed by a series of meetings and short building “tours” of your business's interior and exterior structure to ensure that every possible protection is in place if disaster were to strike.
ERP's are done as a complementary service to all potential and current SERVPRO clients to ensure that when disaster strikes every second is taken advantage of to halt the chance of further damage taking place. Having an ERP done for your business today can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost profits, avoid drawn out negations with your commercial insurance carrier/adjuster, and hours of stress can be avoided.
Having an ERP done for your business of any size at any location or multiple locations is as simple as calling our sales marketing manager, Theresa, at 570-904-4154 or emailing TBandru@SERVPRO10298.com to schedule an initial evaluation and facility tour. Don't wait until disaster strikes, call Theresa today and start to ease your future mind.
Wayne and South Lackawanna County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
Flooded home or business can be scary. Let us come in and make it..... "Like It Never Even Happened."®
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Scarsdale basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
- And many more
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At -
We can be onsite within a few short hours, to inspect the damage and to begin the Water extraction process. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry.
If Water damage is handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - (570) 344-2282