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Electrical Safety Tips

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Safety Tips

 

 

 

Electrical safety is definitely something you do not want to play around with. Messing with electrical hazards could cause burns, shocks and even death. Here is a comprehensive list of tips to consider, thanks to OSHA.

 

 

 

  • Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down or appears to be insulated.

 

  • Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call the electric utility company to report fallen electrical lines.

 

  • Stay at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities. If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.

 

 

  • If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call the local electric utility company and emergency services.

 

  • Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.

 

 

  • Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.

 

  • Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.

 

 

  • If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

 

  • Always use caution when working near electricity.

 

 

For more tips on electrical safety please visit: www.osha.gov/SLTC/electrical/

 

 

Fire Safety in the Workplace

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Safety in the Workplace

 

 

 

No matter the type of business that you are in, fire safety should always be your main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips to consider reinforcing into your daily routine at your workplace.

 

 

Fire Prevention:

 

  • Keep your work area free of paper, trash and any other items that can easily catch fire. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits.
  • Watch your electrical cords, if they are damaged in any way, replace them.
  • Don’t overload your circuits.
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn, such as: copiers, coffee makers, and computers.
  • Use and store chemicals safely.
  • Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

 

 

 

In Case of a Fire:

 

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
  • Never use an elevator.
  • Follow the escape plan and meet at a place outside of your building and away from danger. Do a headcount to make sure all your staff has evacuated.

 

 

 

Fire safety is very important, and could save your life. Make sure to discuss with your staff the importance of fire safety. For more information on fire safety in the workplace you can go to:

 https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/ .

 

 

 

 

 

Lead Poisoning

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Lead Poisoning

 

 

How much do you know about lead poisoning? Could you and your family be at risk? What are things that you should look for if you were to have a lead problem?

 

Well these may be a few questions that you may have concerns about when you think of lead poisoning.

 

Lead poisoning occurs when you absorb too much lead by breathing or swallowing a substance with lead in it, such as paint, dust, water, or food. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years.

 

Lead is a highly toxic metal and a very strong poison. Typically lead is found in the paint of old houses and toys but it may also be found in art supplies and contaminated dust.

 

Lead is more harmful for children because their brains and nervous systems are still developing. Too much lead in a child could cause lasting problems with growth and development, which may affect their behavior, hearing, and learning.

 

In adults, lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system, the stomach, the kidneys, and may cause high blood pressure.

 

The good news is that Lead poisoning is treatable, and although it is not normal to have lead in your body, a small amount is present in most people.

 

 

Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning:

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Constipation
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Loss of developmental skills in children
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Kidney dysfunction

 

For more information on lead or lead removal please visit: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes .

 

 

 

 

How is the Air Quality in Your Home?

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

How is the Air Quality in Your Home?

 

 

 

 

When someone says air quality, what do you think about? What does air quality mean to you? Do you really know how the air quality is around you and in your home?

 

Well it turns out that our air quality inside our homes could be much more hazardous than the air quality outside. Through the years, homes are being built more air tight, to help with heating and cooling costs. Although, this is great for our energy bill, it does not allow our home to air out. When we trap in the hot or cool air, we are also trapping in pollutants and even potentially producing more pollutants.

 

Our home, which is where the average person spends the most time, is much more susceptible to having the most pollutants. Some of the more obvious pollutants are cleaning chemicals and pesticides. But did you know that pollutants can also come from cooking and bathing?

 

There are those who are more vulnerable to the indoor air pollution, than others, such as: children, people with asthma, the elderly, and pregnant women, but others could be effected years later, after repeated exposure.

 

 

Simple Steps to Improve the air quality in your home:

 

  1. Keep your floors clean. By vacuuming your floor with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter, you can suck up pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.

 

Putting a large floor mat at every door will help keep people from tracking in chemicals and dirt. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. Also, removing your shoes when you enter your home is another effective way of keeping harsh pollutants out of your home.  

 

 

  1. Keep your home at a healthy humidity level. Keeping humidity levels around 30% - 50% helps keep dust mites, mold, and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier in the winter and an air conditioner during the summer, will help reduce moisture and will effectively control allergens.

 

  • When cooking or bathing, use an exhaust fan or open a window.
  • Don’t overwater your houseplants.
  • Fix any leaky plumbing to prevent mold.

 

  1. Don’t smoke in your home. Cigarette smoke contains up to 4,000 chemicals. Smoking in your home can cause drastic effects in the air pollution in your home. If you do smoke, consider smoking outside.

 

  1. Test for Radon. Radon is a radioactive gas, it comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It can move up through the ground and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation.

Whether, you have a new or old home, you may still be at risk for radon. If you suspect that your home is at risk for radon, testing is easy and inexpensive. The Environmental Protection Agency offers information on Radon Reduction.

 

 

  1. Go Natural. Synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. A simple way to eliminate the harsh chemicals in your home is to look for fragrance free or naturally scented products. To get that fresh scent in your kitchen you can you use fresh lemon or baking soda.

 

 

 

For more valuable information on the air quality in your home please visit www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/improving-indoor-air-quality.

 

 

 

 

Air ducts/ HVAC System

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air ducts/ HVAC System Call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington,and let us get those ducts back in order!

Air ducts/ HVAC system

                              

 

When was the last time you had your air ducts or HVAC system checked or cleaned? SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, is the right company for the job. We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

 

If your HVAC system has been operating for some time, without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odor, and other contaminants. Keeping your HVAC system and duct work clean can extend the life of your equipment, which could potentially save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

 

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

 

For more information on HVAC and duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington today at (803)755-9774.

 

Homemade Air Freshener

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Homemade Air Freshener

 

 

 

In honor of us discussing better air quality this month, I wanted to share with you guys a great DIY air freshener, thanks to The Prairie Homestead. It is super simple to make, better for the air, and it really smells great! ??

 

 

All you need is:

 

  • ¾ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
  • One of the essential combinations listed below.

 

 

  1. CITRUS MINT AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  1. SWEET LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops chamomile essential oil
  • Use 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract in place of the 2 tablespoons of alcohol.
  1. SUMMER CITRUS AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 5 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

 

  1. COZY HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 6 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops cassia essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  1. FLOWER GARDEN AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
  1. HAPPY HOMESTEAD AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  1. DEODORIZING AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 4 drops melaleuca essential oil (aka tea tree oil)
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  1. SPICY CHAI AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 4 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 3 drops cassia essential oil
  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  1. WOODSY AIR FRESHENER SPRAY
  • 7 drops white fir essential oil
  • 6 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  1. GET FOCUSED AIR FRESHENER SPRAY

(Ideal for when you’re sitting at your desk and need to concentrate)

  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 8 drops rosemary essential oil

 

Combine in an 8-oz. spray bottle, shake well, and enjoy!!!

 

Taking Care of Those Hardwood Floors

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Taking Care of Those Hardwood Floors Call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington at (803)755-9774, to get those hardwoods looking great again!

Taking Care of Those Hardwood Floors

 

 

Keeping those hardwood floors can definitely be a task that no one wants to be faced with. Unfortunately, your hardwoods must be cleaned and taken care of.

Maintaining your hardwoods is an essential part of protecting your beautiful investment, and once you learn how to maintain them, it will become like second nature.

 

Here are some helpful tips to help you maintain your beautiful hardwood:

 

Daily:

 

At least once a day you should sweep or dry mop your floors. Microfiber mops are great to use because they use static electricity that will help trap the dirt and allergens.

 

-Always remember when you have a spill, to clean it up right away with a damp cloth!

 

-Putting throw rugs near doorways and entrances is a wonderful way to avoid all the debris that can scratch up and cause your hardwoods to get dirty.  

 

 

Weekly:

 

Maintaining your cleaning during the week is important, it will help you reach those hard to reach areas that you don’t hit on your daily sweep. Vacuums and wet mops are ideal for reaching those corners and cracks that get missed. Be careful when you use a wet mop, not to use too much water, a fine mist will work great at getting your floors to look clean.

 

  • Water and steam can dull and mess up your hardwoods. Only wet clean your floors every 1-2 months.

 

  • When moving your furniture, it is best to pick the furniture up instead of dragging. Dragging your furniture across hard woods could scratch and damage. Putting stick felt on the legs of your furniture is terrific way to avoid scratches.

 

  • Avoid wearing cleats or high heels on your hardwoods, as they can dent your beautiful floors.

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly:

 

At least once a month you should polish your floors. Polishing is a fantastic way to bring back your woods shine. It helps renew and refresh the finish that protects the hardwood.

  • Do not use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors.

 

  • Do not over wax your wood flooring. Avoid wax buildup under your furniture and other light traffic areas by applying wax in these spots every other waxing session.

 

 

Yearly:

 

With all the abuse that we give to our hardwoods, consider giving them a deep clean.

 

Soil tends to accumulate over time, and eventually you will need professional cleaning to remove this buildup. SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington has specialized training in time-tested and industry approved cleaning methods. Also, our exclusive cleaning system allows our professionals to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.

 

 

Things to avoid:

 

  • Avoid using water and vinegar. Vinegar and water can dull your wood over time.

 

  • Avoid using Steam cleaners. Steam cleaners put heat and excessive water on your floor, which can lead to cupping and long term damage.

 

 

Happy Customers

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Happy Customers Thank you, From your friends here at SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington!

!!!!Happy Customers!!!!

 

 

 

Here at SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, we take immense pride in our customer’s happiness! We love what we do and look forward to making each one of our client’s home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

 

Without the loyalty that we have established with our customers we would not be where we are today. So, thank you for allowing us to serve you, your family, and your home/ business!

 

 

Here is just a couple of things that some of our wonderful clients have said:

 

 

 

“I am so glad we called SERVPRO when we had our unexpected disaster! They turned a hardship into a pleasant experience ! Taylor and his team were always on time and very respectful of my personal time and property!!!”

 

  • Jessica B.

 

 

 

 

 

“They were very prompt and courteous and did a great job and did everything they said they would do. This is the second time I have used them. Clay and Sam and the rest of the crew were great!”

 

 

  • Susan R.

 

 

“An amazing company to work with in all areas. Most trustworthy company I have ever worked it. Highly recommend them!”

 

 

 

  • Angie H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Clean the Washing Machine

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

How to Clean the Washing Machine

 

 

 

The washing machine is definitely something I take for granted.

 

I don’t know about you and your home but it appears that I run my washing machine on a daily basis and I tend to forget that, it too, needs cleaning!

 

Technically, you should clean your washing machine every other week.

 

Did you know that?!

Well don’t feel bad if you didn’t know because now you do and now you can get that machine looking and smelling brand new again!!!

 

Ok here is what you will need to get that washing machine looking and smelling great again:

 

  • 1 quart of bleach
  • 1 quart of white vinegar

 

 

Here are your effortless steps:

 

  1. Fill your washer with hot water.
  2. Add 1 quart of bleach and agitate for one minute, let sit for one hour, and then let it finish running that cycle.
  3. Fill your washer with hot water.
  4. Add 1 quart of white vinegar and agitate for one minute, let sit for one hour, and then let it finish running that cycle.
  5. Wipe down the exterior.
  6. Enjoy doing laundry in your clean washer ??!!!

 

 

 

Soot? Now What?

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Soot? Now what?

Did you have a fire???

Did that fire leave you with an awful black mess all over your belongings???

Are you questioning why this has happened and what to do now???

Well hopefully I can help you with your questions and concerns.

So, what is soot damage, anyways?

Well that is a very good question! Soot by definition is, “a black powder that is formed when something is burned.” 

Obviously, we already figured out that the soot came from something that has burned, or we wouldn’t be in this current predicament, now would we!

But seriously, soot is nothing to play with, especially when it is involving your home.

When you have a fire, soot is the carbon particles that become airborne, leaving your property in disarray.

So, there is soot, is it safe to be around?

After you have a fire, you may have lots of emotions going through you right now, and you may be concerned about the soot that has taken over everything and if it is safe for you and your family.

Immediately after a fire, soot residue will settle onto your possessions.

 In certain instances, soot can be very toxic and hazardous to your health.

Soot contains elements of the burned material and during soot removal you should avoid exposure. Exposure to soot residue could be detrimental to your health: causing respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.

Your next thought may be:  to clean or not to clean?

If you are the type of person with patience and the drive to get something done, you may want to try your hand at cleaning your own belongings. Just remember safety always comes first!

It’s important to make sure you have the right protective gear when dealing with soot removal, such as: gloves, protective eye wear, face mask, and protective clothing.

Also, you should make sure you have proper ventilation to help clear the air of any soot and odors. (A box fan in the windows will help).

When cleaning your soot damage home, using soap and water, you should always start with the top of the room and work your way to the bottom of the room, making sure to wipe all knick- knacks along the way.

Additionally, using your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, vacuum your upholstery, lamp shades, and carpet. This prevents the soot from being blown back into the areas you already cleaned.

For your clothing and linens, wash several times in your normal liquid detergent.

If your soot problem is a little too much too handle, you may want to call in the professionals!!! 

SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, will pretest to determine the degree of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the diverse types of surfaces in your home.

Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, may be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense acquired with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington, will clean and get your structure prepared to paint, this process allows the paint to better adhere to the surface, as well as deodorize.

Things NOT to do when you have soot damage!

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to a fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the incident.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

For more valuable information on soot and fire damage please visit http://www.IICRC.org/what-after-smoke-damage-has-happened-a-140.html or don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cayce/ West Columbia and Lexington!