Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Does Your Home Really Need Air Duct Cleaning?


Air duct cleaning may not be the first thing that you think about when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your home, but the potential benefits of this service mean that it perhaps should be. The services of a professional cleaning company can make a tremendous difference in the efficiency and health of your home, providing improved quality of life for all who live there. When considering whether you should have your ducts cleaned it can be easy to question whether your home would truly benefit from such services. They can help to review the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding duct cleaning.

What is the Purpose of Air Duct Cleaning?

Startling studies have indicated that the air inside a home can be as much as five times more polluted than the air outside. You may think that the air filters in your air system are enough to protect you from this pollution, but the reality is these disposable filters are only effective at removing approximately 10 percent of the pollutants and contaminants that move through it. The rest of these contaminants move into the air system, then circulate through the home and settling onto the surfaces of the floor and furniture. While these surfaces can be easily cleaned, the problem lies in the contaminants that settle into the duct system. When this happens, traces of these contaminants will be continuously reintroduced into the air and can be breathed in by those in the home.

Can Mold Grow in the Ducts?

When contaminants and debris are introduced into your duct system, they can become an ideal food source for a variety of organic contamination. The dark and often humid environment of the duct system is perfect for the growth of mold, bacteria, fungi and viruses. As new contamination including dead skin cells, pet dander and moisture are introduced into the air duct system, these can thrive. Pieces of these contaminants can then become part of the air and lead to a variety of respiratory symptoms.

How Are Ducts Cleaned?

Duct cleaning professionals will use a variety of specialized tools and techniques to thoroughly clean and protect your air duct system. It is crucial that all components of your heating and cooling unit and the ducts are thoroughly cleaned in order to prevent lingering contamination. The cleaning generally begins with a careful examination to determine the extent of the contamination and any areas of the heating cooling unit or duct system that are not in high functioning condition. The technician will then use special tools to loosen the buildup of debris and high-powered vacuums to remove this buildup. The components will then be thoroughly cleaned and potentially protected with the use of a sanitizing solution.

How Often Do Ducts Need to be Cleaned?

After your heating and cooling unit an air duct system has been thoroughly cleaned by an air duct cleaning professional, as long as you maintain it properly, you will not need to have the system cleaned again for between three and seven years. It is important that you continue to maintain the system by having it checked and repaired once or twice a year.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

SERVPRO® | Emergency Preparedness Checklist



When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the SERVPRO® READY Plan App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile® containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Save the Date for These Free Classes!



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RECIPE - Sally's Fudge Brownies


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) salted butter
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Mint Cheesecake Layer
  • 8 ounces (224g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract*
  • 2 drops liquid or gel green food coloring*
  • 2/3 cup (120g) mini chocolate chips
Directions:

Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 11 x 7in baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside. Set out 8 ounces of cream cheese for the cheesecake layer and allow to soften as you prepare the brownies.

Make the brownies first: Melt butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly (about 6 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You may also stick the chocolate/butter mixture into the refrigerator to cool to room temperature quicker.

Stir sugar into cooled chocolate/butter mixture until combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt. Pour batter into prepared pan, reserving 1/4 cup of batter.

Make the cheesecake swirl: With a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, and 2 drops of food coloring in a medium bowl until completely smooth - about 1 minute.

Manually stir in the mini chocolate chips. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter. Cover with the last 1/4 cup of brownie batter. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern. Add more mini chocolate chips on top, if desired.

Bake brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Check them at the 30 minute mark to be sure. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Brownies stay fresh stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

PREVENT HOME FIRES




Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.
  
Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

Cooking
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Smoking
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. Put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
  • Check for cigarette butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Be alert - don't smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
Portable Space Heaters
  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.
Fireplaces and Woodstoves
  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Never burn trash, paper, or green wood.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.
Children
  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.
More Prevention Tips
  • Avoid using lighted candles.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
  • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Always refuel portable generators outdoors.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF AIR DUCT CLEANING




1. Money savings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that removing as little as .4 inches of dust from cooling system coils will reduce energy consumption up to 21 percent. This can save you considerable money on your utility bill.

2. System life
It is estimated that nearly nine out of ten central heating and air conditioning systems fail or breakdown because they were not maintained properly. Replacement parts for an HVAC system can be very expensive and total replacement can cost thousands.

3. Indoor air quality
Many consider air duct cleaning vital to maintaining healthy indoor air. Dust, allergens (pollen, pet dander) and toxins (mold, mildew, rodent droppings) are commonly found in air ducts. If air ducts are not cleaned regularly these particles can be released into your home. Even if family members do not suffer from allergies the particles can cause severe respiratory problems, among other things.

4. Health
If family members suffer from allergies or asthma, air duct cleaning may be necessary to provide a safe haven. Air duct cleaning can drastically reduce the amount of allergens (dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, insect and rodent droppings) in the air of a home.

5. Smell
Dust, mold and bacteria in an air duct system will create a musty smell in a home that no amount of air fresheners or candles can eliminate. Regular air duct cleaning can eliminate this problem almost entirely.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Importance of Regular Air Duct Cleaning


It is safe to say that nearly all of the time, most homeowners don't give their air ducts a single thought. After all, the air ducts aren't very visible in many homes (except for in some basements, perhaps). And, as long as the air ducts are doing their job reasonably well -- carrying cool air through the home in the summertime and distributing warm air during the winter--homeowners tend to ignore them.

This is not wise. Disregarding the air ducts in your home can lead to many problems-many of which could end up costing you a great deal of money in the long run. Regular cleaning of the air ducts can help homeowners to avoid several possible difficulties. Here are a number of reasons why it is important to have the air ducts in a home cleaned on a regular basis:

As air travels through the ducts, dirt and dust also travel through. This debris-which can include pieces of cotton lint, paper fibers, and other materials--accumulates in the junctures of two pieces of ductwork. This is a fire hazard, and only becomes more dangerous when homeowners fail to get regular cleanings.

The debris that accumulates in the air ducts over time can cause some ducts to become clogged, either fully or partially. When ductwork is clogged, it is much less efficient-and, therefore, uses a great deal more energy. This increases the homeowner's expenses for energy and is also not good for the environment.

When ductwork becomes clogged, the machinery will have to work harder in order to force the air through. This means that it is much more likely that machinery parts may begin to fail. The homeowner may have to replace parts like igniters, thermostats, or even motors far earlier than he would have if he had gotten regular air duct cleanings.

Ducts that are in need of cleaning make the home less comfortable to live in. This is because these ducts tend to hold in dampness during humid weather and hold in heat during cold weather (the debris absorbs any dampness or any heat and holds it).

If exterior vent outlets are not cleaned on a regular basis, it is likely that they will become popular entryways for insects, rodents, and birds. These insects and animals may even climb into the ductwork and die there, adding to the clogged debris.

People who suffer from allergies may find that their symptoms become worse as time goes on if their home's ductwork isn't regularly cleaned. This is because common allergens like dust mites and pollen gather in the congested ducts and are trapped there -- and then they are spread throughout the home via the air conditioning and/or the heat. Certain types of bacteria can thrive in ductwork as well, causing people to have issues with respiratory problems.

With all of these potential difficulties, the importance of regular air duct cleaning should be quite evident. Regular cleaning of the ductwork will help make for a healthy home.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

2011 SERVPRO® | Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration



Immediate action is needed after a storm, and we have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Get Your FREE Emergency Ready Profile!

I want to take the opportunity again to tell all you about the Emergency Ready Profile that we offer at SERVPRO of Fairfield, also known as the ERP you have heard us talk about so much.  This profile is a FREE service we provide. We will come into your commercial building and provide a file that has all of your emergency contact information and location of the gas/water shut off's.  This profile takes us about an hour to complete including detailed photographs of water shut offs, gas mains, building accessibility and with just a few simple questions we need you to answer including, building contact, maintenance personnel, plumber,  HVAC, phone company, etc.  This profile is also accessible though your cell phone using a mobile application.   Like I said before "IT'S FREE", so why not take this opportunity and be ready for any disaster? 

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. 

Are you "Ready for whatever happens?" 

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.  

By working with SERVPRO® of Fairfield to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call us or email us today to get it started!!

Email: Sales@servprooffairfield.com         
Contact number: (707) 207-0122