Tips for Making Your Branson Home Spring Clean!
One of the great pleasures of this time of year is throwing open the windows after a cold Missouri winter and letting in warm, fresh spring air. More than likely, that first whiff of spring is probably the reason why “spring cleaning” has become part of our consciousness. We want the inside of our home looking and smelling fresh too!
Diving in and doing some deep cleaning can make a significant difference when it comes to the overall look and feel of your home. Besides regular vacuuming, dusting and mopping, let’s discuss several other ways to brighten up your home and improve its air quality.
Concentrate on These Areas
Clean windows and screens. Dirty windows not only let in less light, but they show up dirt easier than most any other area of your home. With newer tilt-in windows, this isn’t the chore it used to be. If you have older second story windows that require ladders to reach them, either have professionals handle it or at least make sure you have a spotter on the ground. While you’re at it, clean dust and debris from your screens by brushing them with a scrap of carpeting.
Get the air ducts cleaned. There are numerous benefits to doing this. Allergies, which usually increase in the spring, can be even worse if there’s also excess dust and dirt particles floating around your home. Considering that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, improving indoor air quality is vital. SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson can check if yours need cleaning.
Clean blinds and drapes. These can accumulate a ton of dust. For blinds, use a microfiber blind brush that will do the job quickly and efficiently. For curtains, remove them from their rod/hooks and throw them in the dryer with a slightly damp towel. Turn your dryer on for about 20 minutes set on the “air fluff” (no heat) setting. The damp towel will help pull off any dust or fur and the tumbling action will finish the job. As soon as they’re done, hang them back up right away.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Between a pandemic that’s kept us all inside to a long, wet, messy southwest Missouri winter, your carpets have taken a beating. Rental carpet cleaners don’t pre-treat pesky spots or rinse your carpets with water afterward. A systematic cleaning with high powered equipment will not only ensure cleaner carpets but will also extend their life.
Clean the washing machine. Although you’d think it would clean itself, over time detergent residue, bacteria, and dirt can build up in a washing machine, leading to musty smells and not-so-clean laundry. To clean it, fill the drum with a ½ cup of baking soda and a quart of vinegar, then run a wash cycle. (Or use tablets made for cleaning washers.) Use the hottest water setting, largest load size, and the longest wash cycle. Meanwhile, between loads, always keep the lid open to allow it to dry out completely inside, reducing the chances of mildew growth.
Clean the kitchen trash can. Sure, you use plastic trash bags, so your trash can should be clean, right? Unfortunately, even after taking out the garbage, foul smells can still linger in your trash bin. Those odors have a way of drifting throughout your home. Baking soda can work wonders at preventing those smells. Sprinkle some in the bottom of a trash can or directly into the trash to help absorb stinky odors. As a bonus, baking soda is great for scrubbing out your trash can to remove odors that may have seeped into it.
Declutter Your Home
A home with less clutter is a cleaner home. Not only does it look neater, but there’s also less surface areas for dust and dirt to collect on. One way to straighten up is by putting items back where they belong. (For instance, clothes don’t belong in the kitchen and dishes don’t belong in the bathroom.)
Sometimes, decluttering means getting rid of stuff. This isn’t always easy to do. We get attached to our possessions. So, chucking them takes self-honesty and will power. If you haven’t used (much less touched) an item in over six months, do you really need it? If not and it has some value, donate it. Doing so is not only tax deductible, but it also helps others and makes you feel good about yourself. And many charitable organizations that had to close down last year are now accepting donations again.
Help is Nearby
Between work, running countless errands and taking care of kids, not all homeowners have time to be cleaning the entire house. And if someone lives alone, it can be too big a job for one person to handle, especially if that person is elderly, infirm or handicapped.
If you’re in any of those situations, you’re not alone. The experts of SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson are always available to help around the house. Whether you need a certain area of your Georgia home cleaned or the entire property deep cleaned, count on our professionals to get the job done quickly and efficiently with our professional residential cleaning services. Then sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy your spring cleaned home!
Protecting your Branson Condo from Water Damage
From burst pipes to appliance leaks, to hot water heater and HVAC problems water damage is the number one cause of loss among condominium owners.
Many of the scenarios we see for water damages in the Branson area are out of a condo owner’s control—like a toilet overflow from an upstairs neighboring unit that allows water to leak through the ceiling to the condo below, most water damages could be prevented by taking preventative measures.
Appliances with pipes or water lines such as refrigerators, ice makers, dish washers, toilet and washing machines may malfunction and can quickly cause significant damage. Installing a leak detection sensor or an automatic water shut off device would be a good idea for properties such as vacation homes or condos that are unoccupied for extended periods of time. A simple drain pan under your washing machine can help prevent machine overflow or water line hose failures.
Frozen and Burst Pipes
Your condo is at risk for frozen or burst pipes when temperatures drop, set your heat at a minimum of 65 when you are away and it would be a good idea to have someone check in on your condo periodically.
Regardless of where the water comes from, be rest assured that the professionals at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson tackle all water damage problems in your Branson condominium. We’ll dry you out, repair the damage and make it “Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 365 days a year. Contact us at 417-724-0084.
The Problem with Freezing Pipes
This building suffered a water damage from burst pipes, the water leaked out of the structure and refroze creating the frozen icicles you see.
Water is very unique in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts pressure on whatever is containing it, which includes pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that are most at risk are exposed to cold like your outdoor spigot for your water hose, water irrigation lines, unheated areas of your home like crawlspaces, basements and garages and attics.
Here are some ways to protect your pipes from freezing:
- Drain the water from your irrigation and pool systems. We suggest having a professional complete this.
- Unscrew and remove the hoses that you use outdoors.
- If you have a crawlspace close your crawlspace vents during winter and especially during freezing temperatures. You may even want to insulate around the crawlspace vents. Adding insulation to attics, basement and crawlspaces is also a good idea and will help maintain temperatures in these areas.
Some tips to thaw your frozen pipes:
- When you turn your faucet on and there is no water or only a trickle, you should suspect a frozen pipe, especially if the pipe is along an exterior wall or around your foundation, sometimes even under a cabinet that is alongside an exterior wall.
- Keep the faucet turned to the on position. As the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt any ice that has formed inside of the pipe.
- Attempt to thaw the pipe by applying heat to the section that you think may be frozen, you can use a hair dryer, a space heater or even a heating pad wrapped around the pipe. Do not use items like a propane or kerosene heater, any open flame.
- If you are unable to locate the frozen area or thaw the pipe then you need to call a licensed plumber.
In our experience many times if one pipe is frozen there are likely others so check the other areas in the home that are most vulnerable. Also unfortunately many times pipes will burst at night temperatures are the coldest, that is also when you are asleep and you might not be aware of the water problem until many hours later. Hopefully if you follow these tips you will ensure water damage from a burst pipe will not happen to you but if it does, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson anytime and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
What is a Flood House?
SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson new Flood House Training center
SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson is excited to announce that we recently added a Flood House training center to our Employee Training Program. A Flood House is a real life Water and Mold Damage Scenario training tool that is used to train technicians and team members on correct restoration methods. To give you an idea how it works, the flood house is well... flooded. You can imagine, wet carpet, subfloor, wood floors, sheetrock, furniture and cabinetry. Our crews are then given hands on training using the latest IICRC S500 industry standards. We can create many different scenarios that our team members will face once they are in the field. They will learn the proper use of many different tools, such as: extraction tools, dehumidifiers, air movers, moisture meters. We feel like this training is the most effective hands on training and will be a place where our team members can dedicate the time that is needed to learn the proper restoration techniques. The flood house is located inside one of our warehouse facilities in southwest Missouri.
At SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson it is important to us that our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. Our training program includes IICRC, Employee Certification Training, Initial Franchise training, e- learnings and Continuing Education Training.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson, 417-724-0084
Raw Sewage Cleanup – Why Only Professionals Should Handle It
If you’ve experienced a sewage backup, take action immediately! Have the number of SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson handy at all times.
Whether you’ve smelled it while driving by a spill or you’ve had it backed up in your home or business, the stomach-churning odor of raw sewage is hard to forget. Unfortunately, the terrible smell isn’t the worst of it.
What is raw sewage?
Raw sewage is waste that hasn’t been cleaned and treated and originates from residential, institutional, or business buildings. It isn’t just liquid; it can also contain toilet paper, feminine sanitary products, and other human wastes. It’s also known as black water, which is highly contaminated and can lead to illness, disease, and infection.
What are the health risks?
Raw sewage is a combination of nasty stuff. It’s the ideal breeding ground for almost every kind of bacteria, virus and microorganism. Raw sewage contains an almost endless list of very harmful pathogens and exposure to them will make you violently ill or even kill you.
What protective actions do professionals take when dealing with raw sewage?
It’s critical that raw sewage is kept from coming into contact with skin, especially cuts, sores and any mucus membrane associated with the eyes, ears and nose. That means the pros at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson cover up completely in PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes full body suits, full face respirators, gloves, rubber boots, etc. We also keep a ready stock of respirator and sanitizer wipes, as well as access to an eye wash station and a change of clothes.
Who should I contact?
If you’ve experienced a sewage backup, take action immediately! Have the number of SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson handy at all times. Water damage restoration is often needed along with sewage cleanup since the dampness can get into floors and walls, and may cause serious threats to your building’s foundation.
What are some helpful tips?
Keep pets, children, and the elderly away from the contaminated area as they’re usually more susceptible to germs and bacteria. Thoroughly wash any salvageable items immediately. Although it’s not always possible to prevent raw sewage backups, you can reduce the chances of one occurring by having your drain lines inspected at least twice a year. Also, be sure to repair slow drains quickly, don’t pour grease down the drain and have your pipes flushed regularly.
What to Know Before Buying a Fire Damaged Home
Buying a fire damaged home? Call SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson.
With home prices skyrocketing, people are willing to do almost anything to get a good deal, including buying a house that has had a fire. That could be a good investment because they cost less and may even be negotiated to a lower price. But the following are things you need to know before buying a fire damage home.
How Deep Was the Damage?
How much damage a house has suffered can determine whether it’s worth purchasing and/or flipping. If the damage was only cosmetic where just the carpet and walls were scorched, that wouldn’t be too big of a deal. But if the damage is deeper and affects the subfloors, joists, plumbing or the HVAC, then you’re talking serious money and it might not be worth your time or effort.
How Long Since the Fire?
Do you know how long it’s been since the fire occurred? If the house has sat for a while needing fire damage cleanup without any repairs done on it, then you might want to pass. The longer fire damage is allowed to sit, the more deterioration will take place. Soot and ash are acidic and can cause irreversible property damage if not treated immediately. Soot can cause the metal in plumbing fixtures, lights, etc., to pit or corrode. Glass in windows and mirrors can be etched by soot residue, making them look cloudy and soiled. Plastics, appliances, vinyl windows and fabrics can be permanently discolored by soot residue.
Fire damage and water damage are almost always linked because firefighters extinguish flames with water. And many times, a fire will open a house up to the elements. If that water isn’t immediately removed or dried up, it can cause severe problems with mold and may weaken the foundation. And since water is a solvent, it will slowly dissolve, break apart and destroy most of the materials in a home if not dealt with promptly. These problems must be handled by restoration professionals that have the needed equipment.
What About Hidden Damage?
It can be difficult to see if a home has structural damage from a fire when you’re doing a walkthrough. That’s why you should not only get a home inspected before buying, but you should also contact SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson to do a walk through and consultation. If you have a better idea of how much structural damage exists and a rough estimate of what it will cost, you’ll be able to negotiate a deal to ensure a higher return on your investment.
Home shows on TV make flipping a house look fun, quick, and profitable. But the true reality is that those with fire and water damage can be a lot of work if you don’t know what you’re doing. The best way to buy a house with fire damage is to have SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson on your team to do the work needed to once again make it a livable home.
When is Water Damage Not Water Damage?
If your home has suffered a water damage please contact SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson at 417-724-0084.
When is water damage not water damage? When your insurance company gets involved! You see, although losses caused by water can be identical no matter the source of the water, insurance companies differentiate between what they consider “water damage”, “flood damage” and “sewer backup”. So, to make sure ALL your assets are totally covered, you’ll need to have coverage for all types of claims.
Although it seems counterintuitive, the standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover damage caused by floods. You’ll have to purchase a separate policy for that. To be labeled a flood, insurance companies follow the legal definition set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that it’s a "general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow." Those conditions are caused by such things as overflowing rivers, heavy rains, overflow of tidal waters, and mud slides.
Water Damage Insurance
The good news is that in many home insurance policies, water damage is part of your standard policy. The main distinction from flood insurance is that water damage occurs before the water hits the ground. (An easy mnemonic would be, “Flood damage rises, water damage falls.”) Some examples of such a claim would be:
- Water damage resulting from the extinguishing of a fire
- Soaked floors following a storm that broke windows
- A leaking appliance
- Accidental cracking, burning, or bulging of a steam, heat or AC system
- Frozen pipes that have burst
- A leaking roof
Sewer or Water Backup Insurance
These problems are possible caveats to what’s considered flood or water damage. Most homeowners’ policies will not cover damage caused by a sewer or water backup (e.g., from a leaking in-ground swimming pool, koi pond or other subsurface water feature on your property). You’ll need to purchase separate insurance coverage as an add-on to your homeowner’s policy to be covered. Their payout limits usually vary between $5,000 and $25,000.
Please note: Even if the water came from beyond your property, such as a pipe maintained by the city, your insurer still won’t cover it unless you purchase the special coverage outlined above.
If you have questions about any of this, contact your insurance agent. If your home is located on a flood plain, your agent will likely recommend that you purchase additional flood insurance to reduce your financial risk.
But regardless of where the water came from, be rest assured that the professionals at SERVPRO of Nixa / Branson tackle all water damage problems. We’ll dry you out, repair the damage and make it “Like it never even happened."
For Immediate Service in Branson and Nixa, Call SERVPRO
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There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Branson commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our Commercial Services at SERVPROnixabranson
When Storms Hit Nixa and Branson Area, SERVPRO is Ready!
If you home receives storm damage like this one, call SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson.
SERVPRO of Nixa & Branson specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
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- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
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