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You have heard of spring cleaning but what about spring maintenance?
Providing maintenance to your home structure, appliances, and systems within your home is just as important. While you finish up your spring cleaning go through our spring maintenance checklist to ensure your home is in great condition for the year.
Spring Maintenance Checklist
• Deck and Porches: Make sure railings are not loose.
• Drain Waste and Vent System
• Evaporative Air Conditioner
• Exterior Caulking
• Foundation: Check for cracks.
• Gutters and Downspouts: Check for debris and leaves and run a hose on your roof to check for proper drainage.
• Heat Pump: Lubricate blower motor.
• Hot Water Heater: Lubricate circulating pump and motor.
• Roof: Inspect roof surface.
• Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.
• Window and Door Screens: Clean your screens and check for holes, patch if necessary.
• Window Sills, Door Sills, and Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges or replace in needed.
Holiday Home Safety Tips
Call SERVPRO of Lee's Summit if you have any damage to your home during the Holidays. 816-246-5566
Holidays are near which means more entertaining and cooking; which could increase the risk of fire and accidents.
Follow these tips to stay safe during the Holidays:
- Before you go to bed or leave the house, make sure you turn off all the lights to refrain from a fire.
- Use only non-combustible and flame-resistant materials to trim your tree.
- Make sure you keep an eye on your food; unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
- Have a steady base so the tree won't tip over easily.
- Decorations should be at least 6 inches above children's reach.
- Replace old mittens or mittens with threads loose to protect your child from getting it tangled around their neck and choking.
- Do not discuss travel plans with strangers.
- Have a neighbor or close relative keep an eye out on your house.
August Ladder Safety
Be safe and use a ladder.
As the scorching heats slowly cools down, people are having outside work done to get ready for the Fall season.
Ladder climbing takes place various outside jobs; painting, cleaning cutters and trimming trees.
Take precautions and follow these safety tips:
- Make sure to inspect the ladder before using it. Check for broken or missing parts, as well as slippery spots.
- Place the ladder on a firm, even ground to ensure stability.
- Use the 4 to 1 rule; if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the feet of the ladder should be 4 feet away from the wall.
- Always check to make sure the braces are fully extended and locked in place before climbing up.
- Keep you feet braced against the side rails and lean sightly forward. Never reach more than a comfortable arm's length away.
- Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
- If at all possible; work within sight of someone in case of emergency.
Back to School Home Safety
Right now, parents are only thinking about the last few days they have before school starts again. Some things they should be thinking about are some safety precautions around the house.
In the Kitchen:
- Are knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch?
- Are glass objects out of reach?
- Are matches and lighters stored somewhere safe? (Locked cabinet)
- Are the smoke alarms full of battery and working?
- Are razor blades, tweezers and other sharp objects out of reach?
- Are all of the medication bottles in the medicine cabinet or out of reach?
- Are all unused outlets covered with safety plugs?
- Have you checked for overloaded electrical sockets and other potential electrical fire hazards?
Make sure your house is safe!
Celebrate Mother's Day with something homemade.
#Mothersday #Beautiful #Makeherone #SERVPROLS
Did you pick bouquets of dandelion's for your mother, grandmother, or teacher when you were a child? There is something so classically All-American about a Mason Jar full of fresh picked dandelions, regardless of them being considered weeds. You may not want dandelions growing in your backyard, but these pretty yellow and green dandelions are a perfect gift for Mother's Day.
HOW TO MAKE A CUSTOM MASON JAR
- Mason Jar
- Chalk Finish Furniture Paint (Whatever color you want, and then a white or black)
- Foam Brush
- Rubbing alcohol
Start by washing and cleaning the Mason Jar with rubbing alcohol. (This will help the paint stick to the Mason Jar) Next, use your foam brush to start applying the chalk paint to the Mason Jar. I suggest doing one coat; allowing it to dry and then placing on another coat. Finally, allow to dry completely - dry time is about 24 hours. **TIP: Chalk Paint's dry quicker if they are placed outside in the sun.** To make the Mason Jar a little more personal - dip a child's hand in the white or black paint and place on the front of the Mason Jar.
HOW TO MAKE AN EASY TASSEL FLOWER
- Yellow yarn
- Green yarn
- Green Pip cleaners
- Fabric glue or hot glue gun
- Serving fork, 1-1.5 inches wide
Gather all your materials. First, place a pipe cleaner along one side of your fork. Wrap the fork and pipe cleaner with yellow yarn. Be careful to keep the area of wrapped yarn about 1 inch wide. Wrap the yarn 25-30 times around the fork. Next, twist the pipe cleaner together around the end of the yarn. Wrap it 3 times down the stem and then back up towards the flower (you are forming the base of the stem). Cut a 4-inch piece of green yarn and tie it around the base of the flower (between the last tine of the fork). Remove the tassel from the fork. Knot the green yarn tightly two times. Trim the ends of the green yarn close to the knot. Cut a 8-inch piece of green yarn; add a dot of glue near the green knot and attach the green yarn. Wrap the flower from the green knot down to the stem, wrapping the yarn close together so no yellow yarn shows. Finally, wrap the green yarn until it is about 1/4-inch from the end, add a dot of glue to the flower base and secure the end of the yarn. Cut the loops of the yellow yarn with scissors; use a fork or metal tool to fray the yarn slightly; fluff the top of your flower and trim any stray threads.
Placing the flowers in the Mason Jar - you can either make a handful of dandelion's and they will hold each other up. Or cut a small of Styrofoam; place in the bottom of the Mason Jar and poke the flowers into the Styrofoam to get them to stand straight up right.
New Production Manager
Still smiling after a Hard Day at Work!
We would like to introduce Brandon Kellar as one of our new Production Managers. Brandon has been in the industry for over 7 years and has worked on Large Loss projects as well as National and International projects. He has a vast knowledge of Fire, Water and Mold Mitigation. Look for him to be on your next Loss Site.
A Water and Fire Restoration Company?
Your SERVPRO of Lee's Summit Fire and Water Restoration Team
When we describe our business as a fire and water restoration company, we're often met with blank stares. It seems people kind of know what we do, but not really. So what is a restoration company and why would you need our services? If you're an insurance professional, you're quite familiar with what we do, so our intent is not to insult you. But for the typical homeowner, it isn't something on your radar. That is, until you need us. And by that time, you're not thinking straight.
We are the people that come to your house to clean up your mess. And not even a mess YOU created but a mess you had the misfortune to get. A kitchen fire, a flood, a pipe break, a toilet overflow...all of these are nasty things to have happen and when they do happen to you, you're in a frantic place and you just need someone to help. So that's what we do. We come to your house or your business and we help you clean up.
- We assess the damage. What type of fire is it? What kind of water is it? These are critical issues to address since the type of loss will dictate how we clean it.
- We then give an estimate on the cost to clean it up. Although we'd love to be exact, sometimes we won't know until we actually get started. Moisture and smoke are insidious creatures and they get into a lot of little cracks and crevices. It's important that we address where they are so there's no mold growth or odor after we leave.
- With your approval, we get started with our restoration process. Typically it involves drying a home, removing damaged items, cleaning and deodorization. It's definitely quite involved and each situation is different. But suffice to say we do whatever it takes to make it "Like it never even happened".
Fire and Water Restoration - New Vehicle
Water Damage - Fire Damage - Mold Restoration, no problem! We can make it like it never even happened!
This is our new marketing car, freshly wrapped in water droplets, sporting the new vehicle look for 2013! Servpro of Lee's Summit, and our newest franchise SERVPRO of Raytown/East Kansas City will be sporting this new look. Let us know what you think!
No matter how big or small the damage might be, SERVPRO of Lee's Summit / Raytown / East Kansas City can handle it.
SERVPRO of Lee's Summit has expanded its territory to now include Raytown & East Kansas City.