How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season
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How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season?
The third quarter of the year has just begun and if you live in a country having frequent hurricanes in the season, it is the high time to get your home prepared to avoid potential losses. Getting your home prepared for hurricanes takes money and time, but since the storms are still weeks away, you can reduce your potential expenses by early planning. The measures you take to prepare your property for expected hurricanes, safety-proof landscaping and plan insurance coverage, make you and your family safer in the season and in years to come.
Understanding Hurricanes Basics
Hurricanes, also called typhoons and cyclones, are high-scale storm systems developed over the oceans or seas, striking lands. They usually accompanied with heavy rainfall, high-speed wind, flooding (inland & coastal), storm surfer, tornadoes and rip currents. The United States, especially all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Pacific Coast, states in Southwest and Pacific U.S. areas, face coastal storms, heavy rains, floods and hurricanes every year. The Atlantic hurricane period starts from June, running till November end, with peak periods from mid of August till October.
Getting Your Home Prepared
There are numerous ways to get your home prepared to withstand the downpours and high-velocity winds brought by hurricanes. Some are very easy to adopt. For instance, cleaning our gutters, repairing leakages, creating indoor storage spaces for putting outdoor furnishing under shelter etc.
Fasten the roof of your home to the home’s frame by using hurricane clips or straps. This reduces potential roof damage.
- Use Head & Foot bolts on doors
Putting head and foot bolts on your entry doors give them extra protection against rain and wind. Install bolts both at the top and bottom.
- Use Window Covers & Storm Shutters
Commercially made windows covers or storm shutters made from heavier and reinforced marine plywood, should be used to cover windows and sliding doors.
Make sure that your carports, decks, porches, sheds and entry canopies are well-maintained and firmly attached.
This implies trimming your shrubs and trees, if you have a lawn or a garden around. This makes them more resistant to wind, helps saving plants and reduces the extent of damages from windblown limbs or falling.
Replace gravel with the shredded bark to refresh gravel paths and drive. This is because windblown gravel may damage structures.
Keeping a portable generator helps avoid problems arising out of power outages during hurricanes. Keep generators and other power/heat sources outdoors, at least 20 feet away from your windows and doors. Put them under some shelter to prevent them from moisture.
Caution: Never power your home wiring by plugging your generator into a wall outlet.
- Keep an Eye on “Hurricane Watch”
Hurricane watch implies the probable conditions within next 48 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:
- Listen to local officials’ news about your evacuation routes
- Keep your disaster supply kit complete and updated in view of household needs and family members’ requirements
- Follow Hurricane Warning on Time
Hurricane warning implies the probable conditions within next 36 hours. Follow these guidelines during hurricane season:
- Follow evacuation orders as announced by the local officials
- Check-in by using social media or texting friends
- Follow Hurricane checklist, based on when the hurricane is expected and its impacts
- If you are living in a non-evacuation area, stay at home during hurricane
- Stay away from glass doors and windows
- Put refrigerator and freezer to the coldest temperature and don’t use them unnecessarily
- Keep listening news about latest updates and emergency situations
- Keep your communication devices in a working condition.
After the Hurricane…
- Don’t walk through flood waters
- Watch out for downed power lines and debris
- If you have an insurance coverage, take snaps of damages in a safe manner
If you are aware of the expected damages and plan your home’s safety before hurricanes actually strike, you can surely keep your family and property safe and sound. Call SERVPRO’s of East Meadow / Westbury's professional home emergency restoration technicians and experts for consultation and tackling emergency situations.
Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
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Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist
Do you own or manage a commercial property? Maintaining a commercial building is indeed more complicated than that of homes, requiring a bigger scale, multi-faceted and on-going maintenance plan. Commercial building maintenance thus becomes a matter of systemized and scheduled processes for managing and maintaining the defined standards of sanitation and safety. Following an updated and commercial building, maintenance checklist leads to a cost-effective maintenance while creating the processes required to bridge the gap between expectations and avoiding damages and injuries. Here we bring the maintenance checklist for some of the most important areas of commercial buildings where facility managers can’t afford any negligence.
A strategically designed and timely implemented roof asset management program helps avoid recurring roof issues and sudden failures. The checklist includes:
- Check the entire roofing at least semiannually, especially after hurricanes & storms
- Maintain a detailed roofing file for your building, which also includes warranty information
- Keep the roof drains free of debris as these damages are not covered by warranties
- Check sheet metal, copings and sections repaired before
- Inspect roof-wall connections and flashings at penetrations, curbs etc. This helps to identify tearing and wrinkles if any
- Singly-ply roofs may need re-caulking at face-mounted termination bars
- Bituminous roofs may have splits in stripping plies, which must be fixed immediately
- Prevent metal roofs to corrode. Corrosion often caused by condensation from copper coils of rooftop HVAC units.
- Don’t cause shocks or put heavy traffic or load on the roof as it damages the membrane
- Take extra care of your green roof, through timely trimming, weeding and watering.
- Carry out moisture inspection once a year to detect and fix leaks
- If you have rooftop solar panels, use mount ballasted systems over a pad to shelter roof membrane
Leakages and wet insulations are the biggest plumbing problems that impact the entire building, and are often invisible. Follow these guidelines for timely checking and fixing:
- Inspect the entire building, especially bathrooms, at least once a year, for leakages
- Lubricate the local water booster and pumping system annually
- Check couplings for leaks
- Conduct flue-gas analysis for fire-testing heaters and boilers on occasional basis
- Lubricate drinking water chillers’ condenser fan motor bearings annually
- Replace oil in compressor oil reservoirs including traps, strainers, and filers
- Replace sump and sewage pumps on a timely basis. Lubricate exposed pumps annually
- Check public fixtures on a regular basis for leaks
- Maintenance of HVAC System
Maintaining your HVAC systems not only keeps their efficiency intact but also reduces building’s annual HVAC cost significantly by working efficiently.
- Conduct annual analysis, including inspection of latch updates, gasket repairs, and screw replacements needs.
- Recharge U-bend and P-traps water traps periodically
- Hire a pro to inspect and maintain seasonal PM of boilers and chillers
- During an inspection of cooling towers, disassemble access panels and screens. Inspect support structure, tower fill, spray and sump nozzles, drive coupling, gearbox, motor bearings, fan blades, and wiring.
- Lubricate pumps annually, inspect unusual noises.
- Clean and replace air filters of all HVAV units as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep a periodic check on HVAC units’ energy efficiency and especially check compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve
- Check direct pressure systems for optimal temperature ranges
Poorly maintained lighting fixtures raise energy cost and lower quality.
- Inspect lighting periodically with group re-lamping
- Check luminaries having control gear, transformers, accessories
- Inspect exterior lights and their hardware
- Replace burned out lamps
- Make sure that each lamp has same color temperature
- Clean lamps and lens surfaces
- Recycle the waste
- Higher-Scale Maintenance Areas
- Make your electrical systems inspected by a licensed pro within every 3 years.
- Clean and lubricate overcurrent devices
- Check fusible switch units
- Keep parking garages’ surfaces cleaned with annual maintenance and coating replacement within every 5 years
- Use power washing where applicable since it a cheaper and easier protective method
- Crack of pavements must be filled and seal-coated regularly.
Though this checklist is not completely customized to any specific commercial building, yet it is comprehensive enough to help commercial property owners and facility managers, in general, to take care of the building and keep it well-maintained.
For further information and expert consultation, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westubry's licensed professionals.
Is mold in your house affecting your health?
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With summer, comes mold. An excessive moisture level enables household mold to grow on floors, walls, ceilings as well as in furniture, posing serious health risks on building occupants. Mold can turn out to be an uncontrollable problem in your home if not detected and eliminated on time. If there is a constant source of humidity or moisture in the space, it makes the conditions favorable enough for mold to take a complete hold on your home walls and flooring. The problem worsens if any of your family members is sensitive to allergies and/or mold specifically.
How house mold becomes uncontrollable
Mold is a natural fungus found in our environment. It is also found in buildings where dust, moisture, and dirt accumulates. While most house molds don’t bring serious problems, the little mold spores in your home can rapidly multiply in number of moist and damp environment and bring health concerns.
You must have seen mold growing on plants and food. The same way, mold grows on wood, paper, fabric and home building items such as dry wall and home furniture like carpets. All mold needs to thrive, is the moisture.
Home molds can instantly find a favorable breeding setting in homes if there is:
- High humidity level from humidifiers
- Poor venting of clothes dryer
- Too much steam-cooking
- Backed-up sewer
- Leakage in roof
- Constant dampness in crawl spaces and basements
- Water pooling from overflowing toilet or bathtub
- Leaking plumbing
It is to be noted that if leaks are detected on time, water is cleaned up from flooded basements, and areas are thoroughly dried out, the mold spores present in the air can be prevented to make a home in your building. Furniture or carpets that get wet, should be immediately dried in order to prevent mold growth.
How House Mold Can Cause Health Concerns
Almost all kinds of mold lead to respiratory problems. People having a sensitivity to mold get a negligible reaction, while those who are specifically allergic may have more noticeable symptoms. Certain kinds of mold are more hazardous than others since they cause severe health problems. The mold containing chemical named mycotoxin, is highly risky if inhaled.
Generally, the home mold may cause the following symptoms:
- Nasal problems such as sneezing, running nose and congestion
- Throat problems
- Wheezy, difficulty breathing
- Frequent cough
- Worsening allergy response
- Skin rashes
- Irritation in eyes
- Asthma attacks
The Vulnerable People from Mold
Though mold affects the health of everyone, yet following are the people are more vulnerable to health problems caused by home mold:
- People having asthma, allergies and/or other respiratory problems
- People having weak or affected immune system, for instance, patients having HIV
- People who are on chemotherapy medications
- People passing through or recently had organ transplant
- Elderly people since they have weaker immune system
- Toddlers, infants, and young children
How to Encounter Mold?
To control mold growth and stop the health problems caused by it, you must first strive to get rid of sources of moisture in your home. Household mold is often visible and many cases don’t require mold testing. Mold may leave a fuzzy, velvety and leathery appearance, along with shade from yellow to green to black, sometimes looks like a discoloration or stain. If you find mold or sense a musty smell, take steps to block moisture sources. The cleaning of small spaces affected by mold can be done by brushing and vacuuming or you can also hire a pro for this purpose. During brushing away mold, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and safety goggles.
Take prompt action and you can successfully kick the mold off your home to have a healthy mold-free living environment. For expert consultation and mold removal services, SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury's skilled technicians are just a call away.
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
HVAC Maintenance Checklist
The HVAC system makes a critical component of any home. It provides comfortable living to you and your family in summer and winter alike. If your HVAC system doesn’t get regular maintenance and inspection, chances are you are going to face sudden AC shutdown when you need cooling the most or malfunctioning heater during cold breezed winter. Such HVAC problems don’t just cause a great deal of frustration but also huge cost of maintenance or complete replacement. Even worse, certain HVAC problems may result in dangerous home emergency conditions like home fire, short circuit, water flooding, mold growth etc. Following this HVAC maintenance checklist on annual basis ensures that your system works at its peak and keeps you and your family safe and comfortable all through year, while considerably cutting down your energy bills.
Checking the HVAC System Indoor Unit
The indoor segment of your HVAC unit is based on a number of moving components that must work well in unity to deliver effective performance. Include the following in your checklist:
The HVAC air filters must be vacuum cleaned monthly and replaced after every three months. This maintenance prevents dirt and dust to accumulate and clog the filters.
This includes blower motor, blower wheel and housing. Vacuum clean these parts every month to ensure free airflow.
Burner assembly usually needs occasional cleaning with a small vacuum attachment or brush.
Clean the exterior of HVAC unit i.e. its shell, by proper dusting.
Make sure that there is no fire hazard in the interior segment of HVAC unit.
- Combustion Blower Housing
This part can accumulate small debris and lint easily and must be cleaned regularly.
Inspect ductwork leaks that cause air to escape outside. Especially check attics and basements. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps prevent leakages and ensures optimal performance. Hire a pro for insulation.
These include electrical disconnect box that must be installed with care and have correct power rating and wire connections. Inspect the power rating and wiring on frequent basis.
Make sure that the furnace is attached properly. If there is corrosion, it needs replacement.
If your HVAC system is based on natural gas, inspecting gas leaks on a regular basis is mandatory to prevent potential safety hazards.
If your HVAC system runs on an old motor, you should lubricate it regularly. Also check if fan’s belt is working properly or needs a replacement.
Your HVAC system comes with safety devices that should be in working condition.
Checking the HVAC System Outdoor Unit
Base pan must be checked to ensure that its drains are not blocked.
Cabinet housing should be free from leaves, debris and dirt.
Coils should be checked to clean twigs, leaves and dirt that accumulate in coils and reduce their longevity and efficiency.
The compressor along with its tubing should be check to locate damages. These components must operate within accurate levels of volt draw and amperage, for which properly working wire connections should be ensured.
Check blades and motors for damages. Just like indoor motor, the outdoor motor also needs timely lubrication. Also check belt tension.
The HVAC system’s refrigerant must operate with proper pressure and at correct level. Excessive refrigerant is a wastage while too little means system is not working efficiently.
Your HVAC System Can Save Money
In certain cases, the only way to save your money is to replace the system or its parts, as necessary. Go for energy-efficiency HVAC units and use refrigerants approved by Environmental Protection Agency, since these save up to $115 or more every year. Use a programmable thermostat that typically saves up to $180 a year.
Once you read this checklist, you can start the inspection. If you need a pro, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for professional consultation and home restoration services.
Summer Means Mold Growth - where to look for mold
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Summer is the season of mold growth because of the higher level of moisture and humidity in the environment. The unhygienic or dirty surroundings in home further accelerate mold growth. Mold in your homes damage floors and walls and produce unpleasant odors. In addition, it becomes the source of bringing a number of health problems for you and your family. The first thing to get rid of mold in your home is to know the most common areas where mold grows. Once you know where to look for mold in your homes in summer, you can better adopt preventive measures.
The most common mold growth areas
Though mold can be found anywhere in your home having hot and damp environment on a constant basis, yet the most common areas are:
Most of the basements are sub terrain because of their foundation function for home; however, these basements have the most favorable mold growth conditions, including long term damp environment that usually remains humid and doesn’t get satisfactory air circulation. If you are residing in the areas faced with frequent floods, the water can easily seep through small cracks in foundation or enters the basement’s doorway. The trapped moisture increases humidity after being evaporated and creates a favorable place for mold to grow.
Bathroom is the most humid areas in homes with high degree of moisture due to frequent use of water. Since moisture becomes the constant element of the environment, bathrooms may not have any chance ever to get optimum humidity level. In addition, hot baths also make your bathrooms vulnerable to mold. Bathrooms are usually devoid of adequate ventilation, lingering humidity, which becomes an ideal place for mold growth.
Inadequate ventilation leads to many issues in attics. Poor insulation installation raises low levels of moisture in home, which get trapped in attic. In addition, plumbing vents, dryer vents, kitchen and bathroom fans vented to attics continuously pump hot moist air into congested space. Installation of water furnaces or heaters in the attic is being widely seen in many large homes. If leaks are not identified and treated on time, or if the appliances are not properly installed, the risk of higher moisture level or line break increases significantly.
Crawl spaces usually have higher degree of relative humidity that is favorable to hidden mold to grow, especially if these spaces have a bare earth floor. The soil absorbs and traps moisture. The relative temperature of these spaces make the soil dry through evaporation, adding the moisture into an air in the crawl spaces, which eventually cause mold growth. Moreover, in areas having high water table and suitable weather conditions, ground water may easily penetrate into crawl spaces.
The Quick Remedies to Prevent Mold Growth in Vulnerable Areas in Homes
Here are some important tips to prevent homes from becoming an ideal place for mold growth.
- Controlling moisture level in your homes is the most important measure to stop mold growth. Any areas that are wet or damp, must be dried within 48 hours.
- Check the condensation and wet locations. Identify and repair moisture sources on immediate basis.
- Make efforts to maintain low humidity in your home; 60 percent RH maximum or below. Usually 30 to 50 percent RH is considered ideal. Try to maintain this level.
- Keep your HVAC drip pans completely clean and flowing unobstructed.
- Vent your moisture producing appliances and equipment, like dryers, to the outside.
If you are following many of these tips and still facing high mold growth, or if you are new to home repairs, you can consult Long Island's top mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury for mold detection and removal.
Summer home maintenance checklist
Summer home maintenance checklist
Summer is at its peak and is surely going to bring heat, humidity, summer storms as well as heavy energy bills. This is the high time to take benefit of this weather to get your homes in tip-top condition and running smoothly all through the season. It is also the time to tackle various summer related home maintenance tasks. Here is the Summer home maintenance checklist for our readers. Following this checklist not just ensures great home maintenance in summer but also helps to tackle home emergency situations. Moreover, you can also save huge on your energy bills.
Do you know that dirty and dusty condenser coils of your refrigerator that absorb heat inside, can cost you up to $100 or more extra every year?
These coils are placed either on the back of the refrigerator or at the bottom behind kickplate. To clean your refrigerator coils, turn off the fridge’s power and then do vacuum cleaning.
- Check Refrigerator Door Gasket:
Damaged magnetic rubber gasket fitted on refrigerator doors, reduces the fridge’s efficiency. Inspect the cracks and tears on the gasket and if found any, clean with a mixture of water and mild soap. Also, test its seal by closing door on some piece of paper and slowly pull the paper out. If the seal is fine, you will feel resistance, and if not, the paper will be pulled out easily and gasket should be replaced.
Though many manufacturers recommend changing HVAC filters on a monthly basis, this is not the case of families living without allergies or pets. These homes can change filters in 2-3 months. Dirty filters; however, should be replaced immediately as clogged filters not only affect equipment’s efficiency and increase energy bills but also let the contaminated air in. As a simple maintenance technique, you can vacuum clean the filters yourself every month to prolong filters’ life.
Summer rains are unpredictable. Are you sure that rain water will flow away from your house? In case if water doesn’t flow out or penetrates into the foundation, check your gutters that may require cleaning. Also, take the help of professionals to raise the pavement around your home so that water drains away from the home easily.
Inspect all your toilets and faucets to detect leaks. If the water pressure is poor in the faucet, the aerator might need a fix.
You can use a number of ways to clean your kitchen sink disposal. One of the methods is to pour some vinegar in an ice tray and let vinegar freeze. Then run these ice cubes through sink disposal. This not only freshens it but ice also sharpens the blades.
If you have never cleaned the range hood filters before, here is the tip. Take degreaser, available on all auto parts store, and mix it with lukewarm water. Keep the filter in the mixture for 5-10 minutes and then wash them off. The filters are good to go.
This is probably the most neglected items in many households. We have always recommended keeping portable fire extinguishers in the home to handle home emergency fires. In few of our last posts, we have also highlighted how to use it. Always inspect your fire extinguisher on a periodic basis. Check if the gauge is showing adequate pressure and there is any sign of damage or wear and tear. Also, check for the expiry date, though most of the fire extinguishers usually have a long lifespan.
While our checklist is brief and may not contain many other items, yet it lists the most essential areas to look for as a part of your summer home maintenance plan. For consultation and home emergency restoration services, you can always call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury's expert technicians, available 24/7.
Winter is Over but What’s the Damage? - Check your home for winter damage
Winter is Over but What’s the Damage
By the time winter ends, you are probably tired of harsh weather, colder days and, more than ready to enjoy the warmth of the coming season. But is your home also ready for this transition? Winter gets over by leaving a number of damages around. Rising temperature to melt snow and ice combined with rainstorms and spring showers can make your summer as difficult as winter. If you are not paying enough attention to winter- triggered damages and required remedies, chances are that water may wreak havoc on your home. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, has created the following checklist to help you check winter damages and take remedial steps.
Check the damage-prone areas
Just like it is highly important to clean home’s gutters before winter arrives, it is equally vital to inspect them after the end of the season. Check if there are any leftover ice and snow. Use salt or melting tablets to get rid of solid chunks. Check the excess water flow through the home’s gutter system to ensure hassle free and smooth drainage while avoiding pooling around home’s foundation. Remove debris and foliage around drainage path and position the downspouts properly to let water flow easily.
As soon as the snow over the roof starts to melt, check for the pooling water that may soak into it or ceilings or attic. Examine missing or loose shingles and related spots inside the home for water damage. Inspect outdoor vents and remove any materials or moss that can clog the paths. You can use a high-quality moss killer for long lasting prevention.
The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) system must be inspected and cleaned before the start of each season. By the end of winter, change air filters, if needed. Inspect the functionality and cleanliness of vents, ducts and whole HVAC system. Ductwork of your AC unit may be difficult and technical for you to check, so you may call SERVPRO’s HVAC professional for inspecting and cleaning the air ducts. In order to prevent clogging and blockages in HVAC system, clear all accumulated dust and debris from outdoor as well as indoor HVAC equipment, including rooftop AC units and vents.
Winter often brings cracks on windows and leaves tears on screens. Check if there is any damaged seal or peeling along trim. Replace all flawed parts. If there is a window well in your basement, replace water guard to prevent basement flooding. Dripping snowmelt and rainwater easily pass through little openings and damage the interior areas and surrounding walls. If this water damage is left unidentified or untreated, it may also lead to mold growth. Therefore, it is highly recommended to fix seals with a quick and timely window check.
During winter, many households keep certain pipes wrapped to protect them from harsh weather. Once the season ends, uncover those and thoroughly inspect for cracks and damages. Also, check for dripping water in surroundings. Turn on spigots and faucets to detect leaks in the pipes.
Before it gets warmer, shovel lingering snow from the base of the home; at least 3-5 feet away. Then, check the foundation for cracks or water pooled from snowmelt. Caulk all cracks to prevent more water from entering the home and to redirect the pooled water away.
Turn on water to outside spigots and rejoin the hoses. Uncover plants and outdoor equipment. If you have a garden or a lawn, fertilize its soil to ensure healthy plantation in spring.
If any sign of winter damage is found in your home, during or after winter, call SERVPRO’s expert home emergency restoration services right away.
Spring Cleaning for Commercial Buildings
SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury Commercial Building Cleaning Services
With the arrival of warmer days of Spring, it’s the time to prepare your commercial buildings for the season. Here we come up with great Spring cleaning tips, which are not only around homes, but also around commercial buildings. After all, the commercial buildings have also been through a harsh, cold winter. Try out these spring cleaning tips and make sure that your commercial buildings are ready for the warmer seasons
- Neat your landscaping
The extreme weather in winter badly wrecks the landscaping around the commercial buildings. Spring brings a great time to start restoration measures and enhance summer landscaping. Doing so would make your building look more appealing to potential clients as well as staff. Some landscaping steps that you should try this year include:
- Fertilizing the grass surrounding the building
- Planting new seeds in dead grass areas
- Watering existing plants and grass
- Assessing the walkways and parking lots on your property
- Filling patches, holes or big cracks
You can always call a pro like SERVPRO for commercial cleaning services, who can efficiently handle these handyman jobs to help maintain your commercial buildings all through the year.
- Flooring Enhancement
Winter, accompanied by cold breeze and harsh winds, brings excessive damage to the flooring, making it look dull and rough with time. Consider a deep cleaning for revitalizing building’s carpeting and tiles. The methodology for floor enhancement is often based on a blend of professional services including high-pressure steam, heat, extraction and agitation, which helps:
- Removing dry particulate soil
- Delaying costly replacement
- Restoring floors to a brand-new condition
- Inspect Water Damage
Spring is the season of showers. Therefore, an important part of your spring cleaning and maintenance strategy is to make sure that your commercial building is water-proof against all rain showers and floods. The inspection of water leakage is a time taking process, which should be started at least a month before the arrival of the Spring. Generally, a pro contractor like SERVPRO, offering efficient and reliable commercial cleaning services, helps you giving your building a professional and detailed inspection, taking notes of existing or potential leakages and ensuring necessary repairs on time.
- Pest Control
Spring is indeed beautiful, yet with it comes the favorite season for pests. Spring is the high time for the growth of unwanted pests in your commercial property. Beetles, roaches, rodents and ants can eat up your foundations fast and result in hazardous health conditions if left untreated. Therefore, for the coming few weeks, keep spraying around your building with high-quality pest spray on a frequent basis. Also, make sure to have careful visual inspection of your building to determine gaps and holes where critters can gain access. SERVPRO in East Meadow/Westbury is recognized for its reliable and pest-proof commercial cleaning services. We are the only contractor around town that uses green products and pesticides for cleaning projects.
- Be Environment friendly
One of the latest Harris Interactive Surveys has reported that 84 percent of U.S households & commercial property owners prefer contractors who use green products and follow environment-friendly practices. These products are Green Seal certified and meet the requirements set by EPA’s Design for the Environment Program (DfE). Being a commercial property owner, you can execute green cleaning strategies yourself like using dilution control chemical dispensers and reusable wipes or mops to reduce environmental impact.
- Take care of AC Units
Before the Spring and hot sunny days of summer arrive, the building patrons and facility managers must have a comprehensive HVAC inspection and AC units cleaning services. Poorly cleaned ACs lead to allergies, unpleasant odors, shorter lifespan of air filters and high energy bills. Call SERVPRO’s HVAC experts for complete inspection and maintenance of your AC units right away.
For more information about our vast range of commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury’s 24/7 available helpline.
Prepare your AC System for summer
Don't get caught in the heat this summer
Long Island homeowners are now gearing up for summer, a season for cookouts, BBQs, beach time and a lot of outdoor activities. Along with preparing for your outdoors, a part of your preparation should also include maintenance of your AC system to help gain relief from hot and humid days. On hot sunny days, you would never want to turn the switch of your AC on and find that it is not working. Since Air Conditioners remains idle throughout winter, it is highly recommended to prepare your AC system for summer. Since unused AC accumulates a lot of debris, leaves and dust, its timely maintenance is required before you give crank up the cool air.
Here are some great tips to prepare your AC System for summer.
- Clear debris around coils and condenser
Clearing debris accumulated around the condenser unit is the most important and best way to make your system ready for use. A clean condenser helps the AC unit trap heat from the air easily. However, before you start clearing away debris, make sure the unit is turned off. Remove clutter and debris from inside and close to condenser unit. You should do this every month while the unit is in operation.
- Clean interior ductwork
Just like debris needs to cleared from outside, you must clear it from the interiors of your homes or buildings as well. A bigger portion of the ductwork might not easily be seen or accessible since it is inside the ceilings and walls; therefore, a complete cleaning often needs to be performed by home by professional cleaning company with the proper duct cleaning equipment like SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury.
- Air filters maintenance & replacement
Air filters are the most important components for any HVAC system, since the air entering the system passes through these filters for purification. Dirty or clogged air filters can easily damage the AC system and even lead to severe allergy symptoms and respiratory conditions. A filter may seem fine for a while; however, new filters should be installed at the beginning of every season and a few times thereafter until fall.
If you are doubtful and need expert consultation, schedule an appointment with SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury clean team professionals today to develop a plan of action. You may be required to replace or clean your filter more frequently than you think. Many professionals suggest replacement at least twice in every three months.
- Check fan belts
Another important tip to prepare your AC system for summer is to check its fan belts and circulation motors. Belts make an important part of HVAC system and their proper functioning is necessary to ensure AC’s working.
- Proper Insulation
The insulation around the coolant pipe is often overlooked by many households. This insulation is important for making your system function properly. If your existing insulation is torn or damaged, replace it immediately.
- Don’t use humidifier
If your furnace contains a humidifier, turn it off. An AC system lowers the temperature of your building by removing humidity present in the atmosphere. An active humidifier will just cause excessive moisture that can lead to mold and mildew problems.
- Check AC thermostat
Once you set the temperature down on the thermostat and it reaches its “Cooling” state, the AC should start providing ample cooling. If it doesn’t, it’s the time to call a pro. Thermostat must be functioning well to ensure proper working of your AC.
- Turn Off your Heating System
Often overlooked, make sure that your heating system is turned off or lowered to 50 degrees to ensure that you are not wasting fuel, energy and hours by triggering the thermostat and heating a home once the temperature dips below 70 degrees.
Scheduling a proper checkup with a licensed HVAC technetium is never a bad idea. Check with your HVAC fuel or installation service provider to see if you contract includes annual maintenance or seasonal inspections. Doing so could save you lots of money, time and frustration.
Are you BBQ Season Ready? Safety First - Tips on how to have a safe BBQ season
Long Island BBQ Fail
Summer is calling for delicious BBQ sessions. BBQ is indeed our summer tradition as well as a great pastime. However, it can also be accompanied by a major risk of fire. You would be surprised to know summer BBQs are the source of a number causalities every year. United States Fire Administration estimated that every year, outside grills cause over 6,000 fires, more than 5 fatalities & 170 injuries, with at least $35 million in property damage and loss. In this article, we have come up with a few tips on how to prep your home for safety and to prevent fires due to summer BBQs. These tips have been proposed in the light of preventive measures issued by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
- Distance between Home & the Grill
The farther this distance, the better. Generally, a 10 feet distance is advised to be kept between your grill and home. This takes into an account the home sections such as porches, garages, and carports. Avoid wooden overhangs for grills since the fire can flare up in the structure. This is applied to gas as well as charcoal grills.
- BBQ Grill Cleaning
Grills must be cleaned on a regular basis. Without proper cleaning, fat and grease may accumulate all over the grill, providing fuel for the fire. Keep in mind that grease is the major cause of flare-ups and burnt steaks!
- Examine gas leaks
Always keep a close eye on gas leaks. If you are using a gas grill to BBQ, make sure there aren’t any leads in the tank, hose or burner. You can do this by rubbing your grill’s hoses and joints with a solution containing liquid dish soap and water in 1:1 ratio. Then open the grill lid and the turn gas on. Any bubbling will indicate the location of any potential leaks. Since gas leaks can easily catch a fire, it’s imperative that you replace any faulty parts, such as; hoses, valves, burners, joints or the entire grill itself. And NO, DUCT TAPE WON’T FIX THE LEAK. ;)
- Place a fire extinguisher nearby
A high-quality fire extinguisher is a helpful tool for handling emergency fire situations. Every household must keep at least one or two fire extinguishers on hand. In one of our previous posts, we explained how to make sure your fire extinguishers are ready for operation. If you are still not sure how to properly use a fire extinguisher, call SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury, Long Island’s leading home emergency restoration services provider, right away. Firefighters have reported that many fire casualties are the result of people trying to extinguish fires on their own, rather than calling 911 right away.
- Keep furniture and decorations away
Watch your furniture and accessories. It is better to keep all of these at a significant distance from the grill. Decorations and accessories such as pillows, umbrellas, hanging baskets look great but they are also fuel for a fire. In addition, today’s décor is cheaply made from synthetic fiber, which can ignite much faster.
- Water Spray bottle
Keeping a handy spray water bottle with your grill can help tackling minor flare ups and prevents them turning into a larger fire. As soon as you see any flare up, you can instantly tame it with a quick spray of water. It helps tame pesky children as well! The great thing is that water doesn’t spoil your delicious food, so you can use it without any fear of ruining your dinner.
Along with these tips to follow, keep in mind some of the don’ts to prevent summer BBQ fires, like don’t turn the gas on while the lid is open, don’t leave your grill unattended, don’t overload grill with food and never use grills indoor.
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