Rhythm on The River
Rhythm on The River
South Carolina is such a fun place to live and visit- we offer lots of free activities for everyone! One momentous event is the Rhythm on the River.
The Rhythm on the River Concert Series was created by the River Alliance in March 2002 after the opening on the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater that January. The West Metro Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center took over control of the series in 2004 and continues to produce the series this day. Rhythm on the River is a free concert series on Saturdays from 6 to 9.
There is a lot of fun to be had, so come enjoy yourself at the Riverwalk from April 8th to May 27th.
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Approximately 98 percent of all declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
An emergency can happen anywhere and anytime and it can happen to you. In an emergency, it is vital to think clearly and react quickly. If an emergency occurs, it is essential for you to know what to do and what not to do. The time to find this out is before an emergency happens.
Once an emergency occurs, do not panic. Emergency information will be broadcast on the Emergency Alert System, on local radio and television stations, the NOAA weather radio and the Cable Interrupt System. But in an emergency, it is up to you to determine what action is appropriate.
Thunderstorms produce many dangerous and severe forms of weather. Lightning, destructive winds, heavy rain and hail can all be products of thunderstorms.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: the conditions are favorable for severe weather and you should continue normal activity, but monitor weather conditions closely.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: you should seek shelter immediately and monitor conditions on the radio or television.
What to Do:
- If you are outside, get into a building, car or bus.
- If you are in the woods, pick a low area under small trees.
- If you are swimming or boating, get out of the water immediately and onto land as soon as possible.
- If you are in an open area, head for low ground such as a valley or ravine, or crouch down.
- If golfing, leave the course as soon as possible and take shelter in the clubhouse.
What Not to Do:
- Do not touch metal objects such as bicycles, fences, golf clubs, and equipment such as lawnmowers.
- Do not go near trees, poles, hills, clotheslines, overhead wires, metal pipes, or water.
- If in a group, do not huddle -- but spread out.
- Do not use the telephone except in an emergency.
- Do not take a shower or bath.
Tornadoes are violent storms with spiraling high-speed winds. Tornadoes are usually accompanied by hail, severe thunderstorms and wind. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound -- like a train far away.
A Tornado Watch: there is a possibility of one or more tornadoes in your area. Continue normal activity but monitor weather conditions closely.
A Tornado Warning: a tornado has been sighted and may be approaching -- seek shelter immediately.
When a tornado threatens, immediate action can save your life!
- Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Always protect your head!
- In homes and small buildings, go to the basement or to an interior part of the lowest level -- take shelter in closets, bathrooms or interior halls away from windows. Get under something sturdy or lie in the bathtub and cover yourself with a blanket.
- In schools, nursing homes, hospitals, factories, shopping centers and malls, go to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest levels are best. Stay away from exterior glass doors.
- In high-rise buildings, go to interior, small rooms or hallways on the lowest floor possible with no windows. If you can see outside, you are not safe.
- In vehicles or mobile homes, vacate and go to a substantial structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert with your hands shielding your head and neck.
Contact SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.
Tie Dye Easter Eggs
Tie Dye Easter Eggs
It’s that time of year again, time to get things prepared for Easter! Here is a fun idea to do with your little one’s as you decorate those eggs. Enjoy! Happy Easter!
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Food Coloring
- Paper Towel
- Water Spray Bottle
- Tiny Elastics or Twist Ties
- Table Fan
- Tear apart the paper towels into small rectangles. Place a cool, dry egg in the middle of the paper towel.
- Wrap the paper towel up and around the egg so it's completely covered. Twist the top of the paper towel so it's tight against the egg and secure it with a tiny hair elastic or a twist tie.
- Wearing rubber gloves, gently squeeze drops of food coloring directly onto the paper towel wrapped egg (3 or 4 drops at a time), leaving some white space between each color. Repeat until there are large food coloring dots around the whole egg.
- Using a spray bottle, gently spray a small amount of water into the center of each food coloring dot. Keep spraying until the colors bleed and there is no more white space. The less water you spray, the brighter the colors on the egg will be.
- Gently squeeze the wet paper towel wrapped egg over the sink to drain any excess water. Even if there's no extra water, gently squeeze the egg to make sure the color on the paper towel transfers to the egg.
- Place the wet, paper towel wrapped eggs in a baking dish. Point a table fan at the eggs and allow them to dry for 3 to 4 hours. (Without a table fan, you'll have to wait overnight for them to dry).
- When the paper towels are completely dry, remove the elastics and unwrap each egg.
It's best if you can make these the day you plan to serve them. If they MUST be refrigerated, place the eggs in an egg carton. Make sure you remove them from the fridge (and open the egg carton lid) at least 3 hours before you plan to serve them to give time for the condensation to dry.
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Fire Extinguisher Safety
Do you know what to do in case of a small fire? Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Do you own a fire extinguisher? SERVPRO offers some tips about fire extinguishers!
April Showers, Brings May Flowers
April Showers, Brings May Flowers
Spring is in the air for South Carolina, and with spring, comes spring showers- which may lead to flooding conditions. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your home, before the rainy season begins!
- Identify any existing roof or siding problems:A licensed contractor can inspect your roof for missing shingles and possible leaks and do any repair work if necessary. It’s also a good idea to inspect and reinforce any loose siding, which can quickly rip off during high winds.
- Use shredded bark mulch as landscaping material:If you have rock or gravel landscaping, it’s a good idea to replace it with bark, which won’t cause damage if blown around in high winds.
- Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard:Spring is the perfect time to remove dead or weak branches or remove trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Check trees and shrubs regularly to identify potential problems.
- Ensure gutters aren’t loose or clogged:Clear your gutters of debris, it can block the passage of water from flowing freely off roofs and away from the home, and make sure they are tightly attached to your house. Strong winds can quickly tear loose gutters from your home and cause damage. Also, it’s important to make sure downspouts are positioned away from your home’s foundation to help prevent basement flooding.
- Secure top-heavy furniture:Don’t forget about the inside of your home too. Walk around your house and secure large, top-heavy pieces, such as bookcases, to the wall.
- Install and maintain sump pumps: Sump pumps help to send water away from the home in areas such as basements and below-grade rooms that tend to flood more easily. If you don’t already have one, consider installing a sump pump or investing in a more portable version. If you already have a sump pump, inspect it to make sure it is in good working order and is clear of debris.
- Catalog possessions: Using a digital camcorder or camera, create a home inventory for insurance. Inexpensive digital cameras start at about $100. Although traditional video and photographs are adequate, they can be bulky to carry and may get damaged if left in a flooded home. Digital files can be stored on a small USB drive and kept in your go bag, sent to a friend or relative for safekeeping, or stored on an online backup system.
How Often Should you Clean Everything?
How often should you Clean Everything?
Cleaning is a big chore that must get done! With everyone’s busy schedule, it is hard to get to everything, here is a list to help you know how often things should get cleaned:
- Make Bed.
- Sweep Kitchen floors.
- Clean dirty dishes.
- Wipe down kitchen counters and table.
- Do laundry (as needed).
- Clean coffee maker.
- Wipe down bathroom surfaces.
- Sanitize your kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Mop kitchen and bathroom floors.
- Scrub bathroom surfaces.
- Clean mirrors.
- Dust Furniture.
- Vacuum your floors and furniture.
- Change bedding.
- Toss expired food.
- Wipe down kitchen appliances.
- Clean inside of microwave.
- Sanitize your sponges.
- Vacuum vents and woodwork.
- Dust and clean light fixtures.
- Dust blinds.
- Clean your dishwasher, washer and dryer, and vacuum.
Every Three- Six Months:
- Wipe down inside of fridge.
- Clean kitchen range hood.
- Wash shower curtain liner.
- Clean under and behind furniture.
- Clean patio/ deck surfaces and furniture.
- Wash pillows and comforter.
- Vacuum Mattress.
- Freshen drains and garbage disposal.
- Clean inside of oven.
- Clean out Freezer.
- Clean Fireplace and Chimney.
- Deep clean carpet and upholstery. (SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, can help you with this ??!)
- Deep clean windows.
- Clean around dryer and vents.
- Clean curtains.
- Clear out gutters.
For more tips or questions on cleaning your home, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington at (803)755-9774.
411 on Carpet Cleaning
411 on Carpet Cleaning
Daily, we use our carpet, not even thinking about how dirty it is. Our carpets are like filters, trapping dust, gases, animal hair, and other soils. There are many preventative things you may do to keep your carpet clean, such as, regular vacuuming, spot removal, and having your carpets professionally cleaned.
Here are the top reasons to have carpets cleaned year-round:
- It prolongs the life of the carpeting. Cleaning your carpet regularly using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly.
- Having your carpets cleaned protects indoor air quality. Carpets trap airborne pollutants.
- It makes your carpet easier to maintain. When carpets are regularly cleaned, vacuuming will remove most dry soils.
- Cleaning your carpet will remove spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing them promptly protects carpeting from damage.
- Moist soiling of carpets can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants. Cleaning your carpets prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria.
- It will enhance the appearance of your home or business.
- It will make your work environment feel cleaner.
- Regular carpet cleaning makes carpeting look and feel clean and fresh.
- It removes dust mites and bedbugs that may have found a home in your carpet.
- If you have a warranty, it will maintain your carpet warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method usually every 12-18 months.
SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington offers professional cleaning that can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets.
Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing that dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is below the surface down near the base, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged. We will get the job done right!
We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot water extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe precondition and rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over forty years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington today!
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
According to NEPA, “ More than 1.3 million fires are reported in the United
States each year.” Nearly two-thirds of these fires are death related, occurring in homes with no working smoke alarms or no alarms present at all.
Smoke Alarm Safety
These fires area also responsible for more than 17,000 injuries and over 3,000 deaths. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when they are properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
- Install Smoke Alarms in every bedroom.
Smoke alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. (Generally, they should be at least ten feet from a cooking appliance).
- Test at least once a month.
It is important to maintain and regularly test the alarms to ensure they are in proper working order.
Batteries in the smoke alarm should be replaced at least once a year. In the circumstance that the alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
Each smoke alarm should be replaced every ten years.
Create a Plan
Smoke alarms work best when paired with an escape plan. Creating a plan for an emergency fire situation, allows for a safe and quick escape. For tips or information on emergency preparedness, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington at (803)755-9774.
How to Make DIY Bird Feeders
Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. The kids will be out of school soon and the summer will be in full swing. With many kids at home during the summer, parents can find themselves struggling to find things to keep the kids entertained while they are home. There’s plenty of activities to do with kids during the summer and getting outdoors should be on everyone’s to-do list.
If you are looking for a fun craft to do with the kids, create Pinecone Bird Feeders! These bird feeders are so easy to make, affordable, and exciting for all.
How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder
- Small bowl of Peanut Butter
- Bird Seeds
- Plastic Spoon, Popsicle stick, or Spatula (to spread the peanut butter)
- Paper Plate
- Place the pinecone on a paper plate.
- Using a plastic spoon or spatula, spread peanut butter around the pinecone. Try to cover as much of the pinecone as you can with a thin layer of peanut butter.
- Once the pinecone is covered in peanut butter, roll the pinecone around in the birdseed until the pinecone is covered with birdseed.
- Tie a string at the top of the pinecone and hang from a tree in your yard.
Sit back and wait for the birds to arrive and enjoy the seeds from the pinecone bird feeder!
Content Credit: Pinterest: Momwifebusylife.com
Tips to Avoid Bursting Pipes
Tips to Avoid Bursting Pipes
With South Carolina, you never quite know how the weather is going to be. One week it could feel like summer and the next we have a freeze warning. The damages, expenses and the messes that can be caused from a water line that freezes and bursts are nothing that anyone wants to experience. While we can’t stop, the leaks caused by temperature drops, there are things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Here are some helpful tips.
Things to do outside:
- Wrap outside faucets. There is a product called heat tape that can be installed and will warm pipes as needed during cold weather.
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let the cold air inside your home, causing your pipes to freeze.
- Disconnect garden hoses.
- Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.
Things to do Inside:
- Let a stream of water run, if the temperature drops below freezing. It is advised that you let your water run in the farthest sink away from where your main water pipe is located.
- Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.