Recent General Posts

How do you know when your roof needs to be repaired or replaced?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Not sure if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced? Here are 3 items you should look at when deciding to call someone for your roofing needs. 

Leaks: Are you noticing that there is water coming into your home? If you see water coming into your home during a rain storm it is possible that your roof may need to be repaired or replaced. 

Shingles: Are your shingles loose, cracked or curled? Maybe you notice some are missing. Or some have dark streaks or bald spots. These are further indications that you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced. 

Algae: If you see algae growing on a roof this could be an indication that there is a moisture issue. Which could mean that you need to have it repaired or replaced. 

If you have had water damage due to a roof needing repair or replacement, SERVPRO will be here to clean up the water in your home. 

SPRING CLEANING

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is here! This is a perfect time to make that checklist of items to clean to help you keep your home safe. The following are three items we recommend you take a look at to properly maintain your home. 

Dryer Vent: The dryer vent can build up and cause a fire if they are not properly maintained. We recommend that you clean or replace the hose once a year to ensure there is no buildup. Also be sure to vacuum out the back of the dryer to ensure that there is no left over debris. 

Smoke/Fire/Carbon Detectors: These items are crucial in making sure your family is safe. Spring is a great time to replace batteries and or the entire units. Most devices have an expiration date on them to let you know when they need to be replaced. 

Flue: Be sure to have your flue cleaned. We recommend hiring a chimney sweeper to ensure that it is done correctly. 

HOME DISASTER PREVENTION – TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

When you are leaving for vacation, the last thing you want to have to worry about is something happening to your home. While you can’t always prevent disasters from happening, you can do some things to help protect your home while you are gone. Here are some tips from professionals:

ASK SOMEONE TO STOP BY

If you have family around or a neighbor you trust, have them check on the house while you are away. Just having someone check on your house every couple of days could help prevent some of the disasters that could happen in your home.

CLEAN UP

Make sure that your refrigerator isn’t left full of food that could spoil while you’re gone or you may end up with a moldy fridge that smells awful. Make sure all your trash cans are empty as well.

Clear your gutters and storm drains. If debris blocks the rain from flowing, it can accumulate and seep into your basement or ground floor

SHUT OFF WATER MAINS OR SUPPLY LINES

If you don’t have a sprinkler system that needs to be running while you are gone, consider shutiing off the water main before you go on vacation. This may be a bit extreme but many homeowners have come home from vacation to find their property flooded, and thousands of dollars of water damage.

If you do have sprinklers that need to be run, consider turning off the supply lines to toilets, sinks, and appliances.

PROTECT AGAINST DROPPING TEMPS WITHOUT THE HUGE ELECTRIC BILL

If you go on vacation in the winter, you don’t want your pipes to freeze and burst. On the same hand you don’t want a huge electric bill. Think about getting a programmable thermostat and set it to 4 or 5 degrees below/above your normal setting (should not be below 55 in the winter). If you want to be really savvy, get a smart thermostat. Then you can check on and adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere.

GET AN ALARM SYSTEM

Having an alarm system can help you if someone breaks into your home, but if you get a good one with environmental sensors it can help you with other things as well. The sensors can detect moisture changes in the air, and in some cases even sync up with your CO2, and smoke detectors to alert emergency services if anything goes wrong.

Your vacation should be spent having fun and relaxing, not worrying about your home and what condition it will be in when you return. Take the time to prepare before you leave, and have someone check on it to help prevent a lot of major disasters.

IICRC Certified Firm

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam

SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Hampden County Home

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam

SERVPRO of South Springfield/Agawam specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.