Protect Yourself from the Flu!
During flu season, the office is the prime location for the spread of germs. And studies have shown that the quickest way for the virus to spread is when people touch and infect commonly used items and surfaces like doorknobs, desktops, copy machines, and coffee pots! The flu virus can last up to 24 hours on surfaces and this makes it easy to spread through human contact.
There are several ways to help protect yourself from the flu:
- Get a flu shot.
- Frequently wash your hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used items.
Do you know that SERVPRO of Boone County offers professional commercial cleaning services? That’s right! We can help make your commercial space clean and safer with our floor to ceiling professional cleaning services. CLICK HERE to learn more and contact us today to set up an appointment!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Boone County!
New Year’s Day often means a fresh start and new resolutions for many. One important resolution, that could actually save lives, is to commit to being better prepared for emergencies.
Having a plan in place in case of disasters like storms, fires or floods can help save lives and the American Red Cross offers a few suggestions to help prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.
First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.
Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!
And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.
So, this year, make emergency preparation a part of your New Year’s resolutions and help protect the ones that you love! Stay safe in 2020! Be prepared!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Boone County!
SERVPRO of Boone County to Offer Continuing Education Course
We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Business Ethics and Values with Lyle Rupp.” This seminar will provide information on ethical business and insurance practices. It will address ethical topics that an agent would face in his or her day-to-day insurance work. Due diligence and fair consumer practices will be examined in the context of accepting personal responsibility in selecting and presenting products. The topic of legal versus moral values and their impact on the reality of ethics will also be presented.
This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 from 8:30am to 11:30am.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Boone County!
All of us at SERVPRO of Boone County would like to take this time to express our sincere gratitude for those that make our success possible. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the property restoration industry would not be possible without our dedicated employees, hard working colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in their time of need. We would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We truly appreciate working with you and our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope, and happiness now and in the new year ahead!
SERVPRO of Boone County
Practice Safety in the Kitchen this Holiday Season & Always!
During the holidays, to celebrate the season, families and friends will gather to enjoy delicious holiday dinners together. With cooking being the number one cause of home fires, it is very important to follow specific cooking safety tips in order to help avoid a home fire disaster.
The American Red Cross offers many suggestions to help avoid fires in the kitchen:
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- If simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly.
- Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves while cooking.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Keep flammable items away from the stove or oven.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to avoid the buildup of grease.
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand and understand how to use it properly.
- Make it a routine to check the kitchen before leaving the home or going to bed each night to ensure that the stove and oven is turned off.
- Install working smoke alarms near the kitchen and on each floor of the home, near bedrooms.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries regularly so that they are always in good working order.
In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster, SERVPRO of Boone County will be there to help, anytime, day or night. We are locally owned and operated and are ready and able to respond quickly to any fire damage emergency this holiday season and always.
Steps to Thaw Frozen Pipes
During the cold months, we often see water damage situations as a result of frozen and bursting pipes. If you turn on your faucet, and only a trickle of water comes out, a frozen pipe may just be the culprit. If you suspect that you have a frozen pipe, care must be taken when thawing, because if the pipe has already burst, water will flood your home. If the pipe has burst, it is important to turn off the water at the main shutoff valve.
If the water is still running and the pipe has not yet burst, there are steps that can be taken to try to thaw the pipe.
- Turn on the faucet. As you heat and thaw the pipe, you want the water to be able to flow through.
- Using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or a portable space heather, apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe. Apply the heat to the pipe until full water pressure is restored.
- Check all other faucets in the home for potentially frozen pipes.
If it’s too late and you end up with a burst pipe and water damage in your home, remember that SERVPRO of Boone County is available 24 hours a day to provide emergency service!
Thanksgiving Wishes from SERVPRO of Boone County
We would like to take this time to express our appreciation to our valued customers as well as our talented and dedicated employees.
To our customers…We understand that when you reach out to us for help, most of the time it is when you are experiencing difficult and stressful times. We are truly grateful for the trust and confidence that you place in us to help you through these times and return your life to normal. Homeowners, business owners, agents, and adjusters…we are thankful for your trust in us to handle the job right!
To our employees…We greatly appreciate your hard work and commitment. Whether you are in the office or out in the field as a water or fire technician, we are grateful that you are willing to put in long hours day after day in messy situations in order to help families and businesses get their lives back in order. We admire your willingness to continually learn and grow in order to improve our services to our customers. We realize that our successes would not be possible without you!
SERVPRO of Boone County
HVAC Systems Should Be Routinely Inspected!
Over time, HVAC systems can get dirty and then potentially circulate dust, pollen, mold, or other contaminants throughout a home or business. This risk for poor air quality makes it important to have the HVAC system routinely inspected and maintained.
The SERVPRO of Boone County professionals can inspect HVAC systems and make recommendations about the best way to address air quality concerns. Maintaining the HVAC system not only provides cleaner air to breathe, but it saves money by allowing the system to run more efficiently. It can also help eliminate odors as well as reduce the potential for mold growth.
Make it a priority to have your HVAC system and ductwork routinely inspected. Call us at 859-745-3400 or CLICK HERE to learn more about how SERVPRO of Boone County can help!
Beware of Frozen Pipes this Winter!
As we near the cold, winter months, the risk for frozen pipes increases. And burst pipes is one of the most common causes of water damage to properties during the winter.
Pipes most at risk for freezing are those located in the unheated interior spaces of a property such as basements, attics, and garages. Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to help keep the pipes warm, the water running, and your property dry!
- If there are water supply lines in the garage, always keep the garage doors closed.
- In order to keep warmer air circulating around the pipes, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.
- Let the cold water slowly drip from the faucets.
- If you plan to be away during the cold months, keep the heat on and set the temperature to no lower than 55 degrees F.
- Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
Experiencing water damage can be very stressful and, depending on the extent of the damage, also very costly. It is important to be aware of the common causes of water damage and take steps to alleviate the risks as much as possible.
If you find yourself with a water damage situation in your property, SERVPRO of Boone County is always here to help. CLICK HERE to learn more about the steps of the water damage restoration process.
Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Boone County!
Happy Halloween to all our valued customers, coworkers, and friends! Here are just a few quick tips to help ensure your night isn’t spoiled by an accident or mishap! Have the kids wear reflective tape or stickers and always cross the street in a crosswalk…carrying flashlights is also suggested. These tips are always important, but especially if it happens to be a dark, stormy night! For better vision, try makeup or face paint instead of masks. And for fire prevention, costumes should be flame-resistant or flame-retardant and decorations should never be placed near flames. A battery-operated light to light up your carved pumpkin is also a much safer option than a real candle. Don’t forget to check the kids’ candy for anything that looks suspicious. And if you are out driving during trick or treating hours, use extra caution. Be safe and enjoy the night!
SERVPRO of Boone County