Homemade Fabric Freshener
Can you almost smell the aroma of this picture? Seems a little more pleasant than something dank.
DANK (adjective) unpleasantly moist or humid;damp and, often, chilly If you're like most people you had a memory of something smelly come to the forefront of your brain as you read the definition of the word dank. Maybe you're dealing with something that emits that type of smell right now!? Fear not brave knights, for we at SERVPRO shall arm you with a weapon to fight against such pungent foes.
What you'll need:1/8 Cup of fabric softener, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, Hot tap water, Spray bottle (about 27oz)
Preparation:Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Fill spray bottle with hot tap water and shake well. Now go spray every fabric surface in your house and take a nap on your very comfortable and now un-stinky couch.
How to Prepare for a BIG Summer Storm
After using common sense to prepare follow these simple guidelines:
- Charge all mobile devices
- Make as much ice as possible or go buy some at your nearest store and have a cooler handy in case the power goes out.
- Get lots of water handy for drinking, washing, etc.
- Move plants in doors or as close to the building as possible.
- Fill you gas tanks up in your cars and any extra tanks you have.
- Get cash
- Get a light source; flashlights and batteries, candles, etc.
- Set your thermostat a little lower than usual. (If they power goes out it is going to get hot)
- Have games and things to do inside handy.
- Do the dishes and laundry so your stuff doesn’t stink before the power comes back on.
- Take a shower, if you’re A/C goes off you are going to get sweaty really fast.
- Move your car away from trees.
- Strap anything outside that might fly way down or put inside a shed. (trampolines, BBQ, tables and chairs, etc.)
- Make sure your pets are set and protected as well.
Did you know SERVPRO offers Commercial Cleaning?
If you are the owner of a commercial business you probably don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, tag us in. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning your flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look, smell, and feel it’s very best.
SERVPRO of North Utah County will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:
- Award-winning training
- Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
- More than 100 exclusive cleaning products
We also offer these specialized services:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
- Document Restoration
- Drapes and Blinds
- Trauma and Crime Scene
Go ahead, Give us a call, Tag us in, We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."
What Now? Steps to take after a house fire
You have just had one of the worst days because your house started on fire. What do you need to do now? Take a breath and follow these guidelines to help alleviate stress and confusion.
- Depending on the severity of the fire you may have called 911 and the fire department has been there. DO NOT ENTER THE HOUSE UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND YOU HAVE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. There may be structural damage and the house may not be safe. Once you have received approval you may enter your home.
- Call your insurance agent ASAP and follow their directions.
- If you are in need you may contact disaster relief or Red Cross for help with housing, food, medicine, etc.
- After approval to enter the home, take an inventory of everything that has been damaged. Do not throw anything away until you have done this. If you have insurance this list will be crucial to replace damaged items.
- The insurance company will usually suggest a disaster and restoration company; don’t feel like you have to choose the first one they suggest. Ask what others they work with and check out several of them to find the one you are the most confident and comfortable with.
- If you lost essential medical needs or medicine contact your doctor ASAP.
- If you own your home notify your mortgage lender. If you are a tenant notify the landlord.
- Contact your credit card provider, utilities companies, and any other lending institutions. They may be willing to work with you on your payments for a while.
- Take inventory of documents that may have been lost in the fire: Driver’s License; Social Security card; passport; Birth, Marriage, Death certificates; Vehicle Registration and Titles; Tax Records; Wills; Military Records; and any other important documents.
- Account for any cash that was damaged and contact the US Treasury Department. The treasury will replace your damaged currency with undamaged currency.
- Save ALL those receipts for money spent related to the fire loss. They may be needed by the insurance company and verifying losses claimed on taxes.
- Most important of all, take care of yourself and your family. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for and accept help.
Repairing Scratches in Wood Furniture
Way back in the fall of 1882, in the most northeastern corner of the United States, in a Maine town by the name of Bangor, the greatest lumberjack the world has ever seen opened his eyes for the first time. This little boy would grow to be a legend known throughout the ages; the chosen one that was able to bring whole forests down with one fell swoop of his axe; a giant so gentle that he makes the BFG look like Lord Voldemort; the one and only Paul Bunyan. Let's not allow the work that Paul inspired to remain scratched and wounded. Paul would have wanted your wood furniture to be beautiful.
Take a kitchen rag and dip it in 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup olive oil solution and rub it on. Apply to the whole surface area. It really works! The scratches will be fixed!
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Who hasn’t found themself feeling like they are coughing up a lung in the middle of cleaning their house from the fumes of a chemical cleaning product? I know I have… luckily I survived and learned from my near death experience. What if you could clean your house without the fumes and near death experience? BAKING SODA! You may be thinking, “No way, I can’t clean my house with baking soda.” Actually you can and it works really well AND your house will smell better after. Baking soda is a natural odor eliminator, that’s why we stick a box in our refrigerators, right? How would you like to get that tough to clean grout looking brand new, or get all the burned on overflow from food off your stove, and even get rid of those hard to remove carpet stains? It sounds pretty tempting right?! I came across a blog that has some great tips and how-to’s for cleaning with baking soda. Check it out, pull out your baking soda, and get started.
Flood Insurance… Do I have it? Do I need it?
Have you ever wondered about what you would do if you had a house flood? Chances are if your home has never flooded or you don’t live in a flood zone you haven’t. Will you be covered by your home owners or rental insurance if you have an accidental flood? Maybe a broken pipe, too much rain, or maybe someone leaves the garden hose on and floods the basement (obviously that one isn’t from my experience J ) Lucky for you, we are here to answer that question.
Standard homeowners and rental insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood coverage, however, is available in the form of a separate policy both from the National Flood Insurance Program - NFIP and from a few private insurers; we will cover this in a minute.
Your home owners and rental insurance will cover some damage from rain, but if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean, or a lot of rain, it won't cover you. If you’re taking out a mortgage on a property that’s in a high-risk zone (also called a Special Hazard Flood Area), your lender will require you to buy a policy in order to get the loan.
If you are required to purchase Flood Coverage or if you choose to, where do you get it? You need to talk to your insurance agent and ask if they offer it through the NFIP. Most agents do, but if they don’t ask around and find one that does. You cannot get insurance directly through NFIP. The federal government offers coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program at an average cost of about $700 per year. But premiums vary depending on your property's flood risk. If you have questions whether Flood Coverage would be worth it for you talk to your local insurance agent for more information.
Stop, Drop, and Clean the lint out of Inside your Dryer and Vent
We all know to clean out the lint screen of our dryers, right? Did you know if you aren’t cleaning the lint out of the INSIDE and VENT of your dryer you are putting your family in danger of a house fire? Over time lint will build up and settle in the bottom of your dryer and in your dryer vent. If you don’t clean this out the heat from the dryer can ignite a fire inside your dryer. You know what the boy scouts say, “lint is the great to start a fire”.
Here is an experience from someone who recently had a fire in her dryer and was lucky enough it didn’t start her house on fire.
Counting our blessings today… Last night we smelled something "burning" right as we were going to bed. We thought it was our renters burning food or something in their oven. We had windows open and fans going but didn't really think much of it. Well this afternoon I went to get clothes out of the dryer, they smelled horrible!!! Like a cross between camp fire smoke and cigarette smoke. So I threw them back in the washer and told my husband. When he got home we pulled the bottom portion of the dryer off just to check things out. To our amazement (we haven't had this dryer THAT long - but bought it from someone else) there was burnt/singed lint everywhere. There had been a lint fire inside the bottom of our dryer last night. Our house seriously could have caught on fire. I'm so glad it didn't. Hence - we are counting our blessings today and I am spreading the word to all that you should go clean out under your lint catcher thing so your house doesn't start on fire!
Here are a few tips from www.familyhandyman.com on how to clean the lint out of your dryer.
Snow Covered Roof, Majestic or Hazardous?
Not so majestic anymore...
Did you know one square foot of compacted snow can weigh close to 50 pounds?!! Think about how much weight is sitting on your roof. Many roofs, especially, older, flat, or structures such as carports, garages, and sheds are not always rated to support this kind of weight. It is important to remove as much of it as you can safely from the ground.
** We advise you review your insurance policy and check with your agent before you have a problem. Basic insurance policies do not cover collapse of a structure due the weight of snow or ice.
Check out this article from Travelers about safely removing snow from your roof before it is too late.
Mold Vs Mildew
Mold or Mildew?
We are often asked about the differences between mold vs. mildew and about the best method for cleaning mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi and are similar in many ways and different in many ways.
Mildew is a specific kind of mold, usually with a flat growth habit.
Mildew could be downy or powdery: Downy mildew starts as yellow spots that first become brighter in appearance and then the color changes to brown. Powdery mildew is whitish in color and that slowly turn yellowish brown and then black.
Structural damage to homes can occur over time. Mold can also cause numerous health problems, including respiratory problems, allergic reactions, migraines, inflammation and pain in the joints, mental status changes, and extreme fatigue.
To prevent mildew at home, keep all the areas moisture-free. There are mildew removers available at stores to eliminate mildew. To protect crops from mildew use mildew-resistant seeds, remove infested plants, avoid overhead heating.
Mold is a fungi that contains multiple identical nuclei. It grows in the form of hyphae of filaments.
Mold has a fuzzy appearance and can be an orange, green, black, brown, pink or purple in color. Can be found in several shapes.
Mildew can cause damage to plants and crops. It can also cause health problems, including respiratory problems and headaches.
To prevent mold in your home, you need to keep all the areas dry and moisture-free. Check the humidity levels inside the house and take measures to control it. Finish perishable food within 3-4 days.