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Bi- Chamber Business After Hours at VINS Nature Center

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Collage of pictures of birds, staff , guests and Forest Canopy Walk at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS is a wonderful area leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation with excellent programs to educate guests of all ages!

Had a great time on Wednesday, September 11th at the Business After Hours with the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce! A huge thank you to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for hosting this memorable get-together! VINS is an area leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation and is headquartered on 47 acres in Quechee, Vermont. Thank you to the excellent staff for hosting and for a tour of your facilities including the incredible Forest Canopy Walk which is near completion! Can't wait to come back sometime to see the Forest Canopy Walk after it is finished this fall!

Also, a quick shout out to Maple Street Catering for the delicious appetizers spread at this event!

To learn more about the Vermont Institute of Natural Science visit their website:

vinsweb.org

Basic Fire Safety For Your Household

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Illustration of flames with smoke Knowing basic fire safety can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Every year there are over 360,000 fires in the United States. That’s around 1000 fires a day! Fires ruin countless homes every year. Sometimes these house fires can be prevented by implementing these important fire safety tips in your home:

  • Install an adequate amount of smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home. Also, be sure to regularly check that your alarms are working properly and keep up with replacing the batteries
  • Teach your children basic fire safety rules
  • Flammable items should be kept a safe distance from lit candles, fireplaces/woodstoves and stovetops
  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended
  • Turn off appliances when you are done using them. If you leave home then realize you can’t remember if the iron was turned off and unplugged it’s always better to be safe than sorry by returning home to ensure that it’s off.
  • Make sure to always keep lighters, matches and fire starters out of reach of children
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.

In the event of a fire, always put safety first. When you are ready for help putting your home back together, call us at (800) 352-7251. We are here to help.

Is Your Home Storm Ready?

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

animated picture of lightning bolts When a storm rolls in so does trouble!

When a storm rolls in so does trouble! Storms can produce high winds causing downed power lines, debris and downed trees. There is always a risk when a storm hits that there will be damage to a property. While every situation may not cause catastrophic damage to your home, even a small roof puncture from a tree limb or flying debris can be enough to allow substantial runoff and torrential rainfall to pour into your home. A falling tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain can also cause concern for potential flooding. Below are a few tips to help keep your home safe and dry in the event of a storm:

  • Regularly check your home for potential weaknesses especially in the roof, siding and windows. Even a small opening can let in rainwater so catching and repairing these issues before a storm hits is important and will save you money
  • Consider options to protect your windows and entryways such as adding shutters and storm doors
  • Keep an eye on the trees closest to your home. Of course, you don’t want to cut into every tree but sometimes damage can be prevented by trimming back the trees that pose a threat
  • Regularly check that rainwater is draining properly. If it isn’t, consider ways to redirect it such as adding gutters or consulting a contractor
  • Having a sump pump and dehumidifier handy can really help on days with heavy rain or high humidity

If the latest storm has damaged your home don’t delay to act! Call us, we’re available 24/7 to help!

(800) 352-7251

Tips to Help Protect You and Your Home in the Event of a Water Loss

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Gets Worse With Time. It's Important To Act Quickly!

When your home suffers a water loss call us and we will get there ASAP to help. Below are some tips to keep in mind in the interim before our crew arrives:

  • Don’t touch appliances, electrical equipment or cords until you know that they are safe to touch.
  • Limit movement inside the property to what is necessary. Frequent foot traffic can cause conditions to worsen and spread contaminants from rooms that are heavily soiled to ones that maybe weren’t.
  • Only consume food and water that you know is safe. When in doubt, it’s best to hold off until it is confirmed safe.
  • In addition to only drinking water you know is clean, do your best to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
  • Stay away from ceilings that are dripping or sagging.

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Hurricane Safety- Getting Your Home Hurricane Ready

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes can grow quickly and cause widespread damage.

The warmer weather months, June through early November, are beautiful and certainly treasured in New England. The warm seasons offer a time to visit favorite campgrounds, swim in a local lake or pool and stick your toes in the sand at the beach. Warm weather also brings the threat of hurricanes. A massive storm system that begins over warm ocean waters and moves inland is known as a hurricane. Hurricanes produce hazards such as heavy rain, floods, rip tides, landslides, strong winds, storm surges and even tornadoes. These massive storms can cause large amounts of damage to properties and even death to those in affected areas. Below are a few tips to prepare your home just in case a hurricane hits your town:

  • Do a little research to understand the likelihood of a hurricane in your area
  • Have an emergency plan in place and learn your area’s evacuation routes and local emergency shelters
  • If you live in a flood zone, always be on the lookout for warning signs during a storm (such as heavy rain)
  • Store emergency supplies in a place that’s safe and easy to reach. This should include basic survival items such as potable water and food (3 days supply or more), first aid items, a flashlight and batteries, a weather radio so you can listen to storm updates and any vital medications
  • Sign up for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) to stay informed on current local weather

If your home does experience any damage from a storm, please feel free to call us. We’re available 24/7.

(800) 352-7251

2019 SERVPRO Corporate Summer Marketing Forum

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson & Marketing Rep Laura Michelewicz with Tyler Estes of SERVPRO Corporate (front) and marketing from other NE SERVPROs

On Tuesday, July 9th our Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson and Marketing Representative Laura Michelewicz participated in SERVPRO Corporate’s 2019 Summer Marketing Forum in Nashua, NH. They spent the day with fellow marketers from other SERVPRO franchises of the Northeast Region. The great thing about SERVPRO is that although it is a franchise with every franchise being independently owned and operated, there is a great unity which is evident at get-togethers such as these. These forums are helpful as we use the time to collaborate with one another and share ideas and learn from each other. Together, we all strive for total customer satisfaction and to provide the best in restoration and cleaning services. These forums give us a chance to celebrate our achievements and continue to excel forward by discovering ways to improve our services and involvement within our communities!

Staying Safe During A Thunderstorm- Emergency Outdoor Safety Tips

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

"When thunder roars, go indoors." Safe shelters include homes, offices, a hard-top vehicle, or public facilities like a shopping center or library.

When the thunder rolls, it’s best to find shelter quickly. But if you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of how to protect yourself. Thunderstorms can be dangerous, especially if important rules of safety are forgotten. In addition to heavy rain, the storm can also produce hail and your risk of being struck by lightning increases if you are stranded outside. If your car is close by, you can take shelter inside your vehicle until the storm passes. Put the windows up and then stay in the car until the storm is over. If there are no shelters nearby, here are some last-minute tips from the National Weather Service to reduce your risk of being injured or struck by lightning:

  • Never lie flat on the ground.
  • Never shelter in or under an isolated tree.
  • Immediately get off elevated areas like mountain ridges or peaks and hills.
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
  • Keep away from objects that are conductive, i.e. power lines/transformers, windmills, metal fencing.
  • Stay clear of bodies of water.

For weather forecast and safety information visit the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov

Grilling Safety Tips

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Remember these safety tips and happy grilling!

Summer is finally here! Time to fire up the grill and enjoy some burgers and hotdogs in the backyard. Grilling can be fun but there are important safety tips to always keep in mind. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind:

  1. Grill outside, away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
  2. Make sure that your grill is stable. Grills should be set up on a flat surface where it won’t tip over or roll away.
  3. Keep your grill clean. Grease and fat can buildup after cooking. Be sure to regularly clean the grill and the tray. Also, give coals time to cool down prior to disposing of them in a metal container.
  4. Be careful around the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Keep pets and children away from the grill. Remember that a grill will remain hot for at least an hour after use and don’t ever try to move a hot or lit grill.
  5. Wear appropriate clothing and be careful while cooking. Loose apron strings and baggy sleeves can catch fire.
  6. Be ready to extinguish the fire if it gets out of hand. Have baking soda on hand to put out grease fires and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires.

Cleaning Services To Spruce Up Your Home Or Business

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

This carpet is on its way to looking brand new!

It’s true that a large part of what we do at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties is Fire and Water – Cleanup & RestorationTM but did you know that we also provide several cleaning services including carpet cleaning?

Our team uses the latest IICRC** training and top-of-the-line equipment to extract soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings. First, our technicians shampoo the carpet to get it clean and to deodorize. Then, they remove the shampoo, soils and stains through hot water extraction. Once the carpet is dried, it will look and smell like new!

Other cleaning services we offer include:

  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup

Give our office a call for more information!

(800) 352-7251

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**Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

How We Can Help: Post Construction Cleaning

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews are highly trained to make drywall dust and debris following a home improvement project "Like it never even happened."

Summer is finally here! This is the perfect time of year to catch up on home projects or business renovations. Home improvement projects can be rewarding but time consuming to clean up. Saw dust and drywall dust are very fine and it’s hard to clean it all up in one go! We can help make your home or business look its best by providing a thorough cleaning and removal of debris so that your place is ready for final touches to make it your own! We also provide services to make your rooms fresh and clean such as:

  • Air Duct Cleanings
  • Walls, ceilings and fixture cleanings
  • Deodorization
  • Carpet/Floor Cleanings
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • And more!(800) 352-7251

To learn more about our services and how we can help give our office a call: