Benefits of Keeping a Clean Work Environment
Keeping your work environment clean, neat, and tidy is a benefit for everyone that is involved with your business, and there are several reasons why that is so. Some might come to mind immediately, while other reasons may not be so obvious at first.
The first and foremost reason to keep a work environment clean is for the health and safety of the workforce. A community bathroom that is not kept in a sanitary condition can be unhealthy and cause sicknesses to go the rounds of the employees. Walls, floors, and facilities need to be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, and, depending on how many people use it daily, it may need to be cleaned every single day.
Safety is another concern. Spills in the office that are not cleaned up, or trash that is not contained, can cause tripping and falling situations. Your employees and co-workers should always be encouraged to clean up after themselves, especially in high traffic areas or areas where customers will be.
If there is a company kitchen, utensils need to be washed and put away daily, especially the sharp items. The refrigerator will require emptying of leftovers at the end of the week, so that moldy food is not causing odor problems in the building.
Your customers will appreciate your clean work environment, and it will show them that you care and that you pay attention to detail. Some of the most successful businesses in the world are the cleanest and neatest places of all.
Working in a clean and fresh workspace is good for company morale, and people will be proud of their environment if it looks and smells nice. A happy and comfortable employee is a productive employee, and that is certainly good for everyone!
Call SERVPRO of Brunswick for your professional cleaning needs. We specialize in water and fire damage cleanup and are experts at mold remediation. Our phone number is (912) 264 6094 and our website is: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Keeping Your HVAC Clean and Running Into Spring
Your HVAC unit has been working hard, and while Spring is peeking over the horizon, cold weather isn’t quite over yet. And then, before you know it, it will warm up and you’ll need the air conditioner on!
Some simple maintenance practices for your unit will keep it running at peak efficiency no matter the weather.
Probably the single most important maintenance task that ensures the efficiency of your HVAC is to routinely clean and/or replace its filters on a regular basis. Clogged and dirty filters block the normal airflow; replace an old filter with a new one can lower your energy consumption anywhere from 5% to 15%. Some kinds of filters are re-usable, while others must be replaced. Make sure you know the right type to use for your particular unit. The filter may need to be replaced more often if your HVAC is in constant use, subjected to high amounts of dust, or if you have furry pets.
If you find that the HVAC unit at your home or business needs more than just regular maintenance, call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick. A well-trained technician will be able to find and correctly diagnose and fix any problems you may be experiencing.
Here are a few of the things you can expect your SERVPRO technician to do:
- Check for correct fluid levels
- Check for and seal any duct leakage in central systems
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Oil motors and check the belts for wear
- Check the thermostat for accuracy
- Inspect all electrical terminals, clean and tighten connections
Between you and the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick, you should be able to keep your HVAC unit clean and running all year round!
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are proud and happy to help the people in our area with all their cleanup and maintenance needs. We are experienced in fire and water damage cleanup, and we are the folks to call when you need help with a mold issue. Call us at (912) 264 6094 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Three Causes of Water Damage That You Might Not Expect
Water damage is every home and business owner’s concern. We are all aware that a roof needs to be inspected for signs of that kind of damage, or that plumbing is something to keep your eye on as it ages. These are areas that we would expect to be a problem when it comes to property damage.
But what about your washing machine connections? That’s a place where there can be hard water deposits that can corrode pipes and hoses, causing them to explode when you are not looking for it. And if it happens when you are at work, there can be a significant issue by the time you return home! Make an inspection of your laundry room part of your routine, and pay attention to all the outlets, hoses, and piping, to make sure they are in working order.
Another part of your house or business that can become damaged by water over time is around the base of your toilets. As your bathrooms age, the seals that were installed at the time the house was built or the toilet was put in will break down and corrode, sometimes developing tiny holes that will leak small amounts of water. This little leakage can really hurt your flooring without you even noticing it until it’s too late. Keeping records of the dates of renovations and repairs for appliances, etc. can help to remind you to take a look every now and then to see what needs your attention.
Many older homes and businesses may have heating and cooling units on their roof; this area will need a thorough checkup before the beginning, and during, every season that will require heavy usage. A water leak from the pipes going to that unit can do a lot of damage to the roof, attic, and walls underneath. Because they are out of sight they can be forgotten about, when it comes to water.
The team at SERVPRO of Brunswick is always standing ready to help in the event of any kind of emergency; we are experts in dealing with water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation! Call us at (912) 264 6094 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
A Carpet Cleaning Checklist for Your Home
After the long winter, it’s probably time to have your carpets cleaned. The kids, the spouse, Rover, and the relatives have been tramping in and out all through the season, and even though everybody, except Rover, wipes their feet, your carpets are suffering.
Here is a checklist of things you need to consider when planning your carpet cleaning:
- Do you want to DIY, or call a professional? Take stock of the time it will demand to clean your carpets thoroughly. A professional cleaning company such as our SERVPRO of Brunswick team can have it done while you’re at work!
- A professional company has the experience and the expertise to handle anything that might come up. They will have access to the best equipment possible.
- The most efficient of technologies, such as hot water extraction, are available to a company that has cleaning expertise - speeding up the process considerably, by the way.
- Before we start, we do a complete analyzation of your carpet situation to make sure we are knowledgeable concerning your unique carpet needs. A house with a pet is going to need different treatment than a house without, even if Rover is very polite!
- Because we can accelerate your dry time, you can come home from work and relax, as long as you take your shoes off!
- No carpet is stain proof; even though all carpets sold today have some sort of anti-stain treatment applied, these treatments wear off over time. Professional cleaning companies can remove almost all household stains. If they cannot, it’s time for new carpet.
- If your house is smelling musty, a deep cleaning should take care of it. But keep in mind that SERVPRO of Brunswick is experienced in mold detection and remediation, so we can keep an eye out for your health and safety.
Call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick: (912) 264 6094 or visit our website at SERVPRO of Brunswick for all your carpet cleaning needs! We also handle fire and water damage.
Why Your Airbnb Needs Professional Cleaning
The Airbnb and short-term rental market are hot around the world, and Brunswick is no exception! Operating a clean and well-maintained space for your guests is key to making sure that your ratings and booking rates stay high.
The standard cleaning that most Airbnbs receive after each rental include:
- Vacuuming and mopping
- Trash removal
- Bathroom and kitchen cleaning
- Discarding food from fridge
- Making beds
- Dusting, fluffing pillows, straightening wall art, etc.
These cleaning activities will keep your property fresh for the most part, but after multiple stays, the unit is going to probably need a deep cleaning. Perhaps your last guests were a bit rowdy and messy, leaving behind a bigger cleaning job than you have time or energy for just now?
If you are not equipped to do that kind of cleanup alone, call a professional cleaning company like our SERVPRO of Brunswick team to become your own personal A-Team!
By hiring a company that specializes in deep cleaning vacation rentals, you are ensuring that your property is more than just clean - it will be ‘hosting clean’. A professional company will be completely equipped to handle any job of this type, even on a short notice. So if that bachelor party rental left your Airbnb looking like a tornado went through, you know who to call, especially if the next guests are due in a few hours!
You’re hiring a team, and that means FAST. And an established company will also be fully ensured, which guards both them and you against any unforeseen mishaps while they are on your property.
A company like SERVPRO of Brunswick is also able to perform repairs, including those related to water damage, and even fire damage, if there have been any accidents that you weren’t made aware of.
We encourage you as an Airbnb owner to put us on your team! You’ll be glad you did. Call us at (912) 264 6094 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Chimney Cleaning Tips for Your Brunswick Home
Gosh, it’s great to have a fireplace. It’s where people gather during colder weather (even down here in south Georgia in the Brunswick area), and it lends warmth to all. A lit fireplace provides a wonderful ambience to any room, with the flames casting their red glow on every surface, making cheeks look more pink and causing eyes to glow. They are the envy of all during a snowstorm, and can make a Christmas celebration even more perfect. The mantel is a great place for a nativity scene or woodland branches, and the perfect spot for Christmas cards, too.
But a fireplace can also be dangerous if not cared for properly. Animals can build nests during the warmer months, unbeknownst to the owner, and imagine what can happen then when the first fire of the season is lit! Or (as is the case now) a good cleaning before the warmer weather arrives is equally important!
Here are some chimney cleaning tips that can lessen the chance of a fire or a surprise.
First, do an inspection. If you have a steep roof, then this isn’t a DIY project, and you need to enlist the help of a professional. There are certified chimney sweeps throughout the country, including in the Brunswick area, and can help with this project.
During the inspection, you are looking for creosote buildup. It may not look like a big deal, but it ignites at only 451 degrees and expands from there, able to build to over 2,000 degrees. At that temperature, it can engulf your entire chimney and potentially destroy your home or cause some serious fire damage.
If you are in the habit of burning green wood, make sure you have your chimney cleaned or inspected every 50 burns or so. To know whether wood is green or not, look for moisture bubbling out from the cut ends of the log. Wet, green wood doesn’t burn cleanly and will send particles up your chimney, which in turn builds up as creosote and soot. Choose hardwoods such as oak or birch, which burn hotter and cleaner.
A professional cleaning would include an inspection for soot build-up and for an cracks or obstructions that could cause issues. Older chimneys can sometimes have gaps in the clay liner where mortar has fallen out, which causes water damage and can make your chimney unstable.
If you do find yourself in need of a chimney sweep, look for someone who is insured and properly certified in your Brunswick area. They will ensure that you are safe from fire damage due to an unkempt fireplace and chimney
The folks at SERVPRO of Brunswick have lots of experience in keeping the area surrounding your fireplace clean and are here to make it like it never happened if you do have fire damage in your home. We can also handle water damages and are experienced in mold prevention. Call us at (912)-264-9064 today, or visit us on our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick, Georgia
Caring for Your Brunswick Hotel's Carpet
A busy hotel in Brunswick makes for a happy hotel owner! If you are experiencing a high occupancy percentage, then you are doing something right, and your guests know it.
You are also experiencing significant maintenance challenges, most likely. High traffic means more damage in those high traffic areas. And no area of your hotel sees more traffic than….the floor.
Properly caring for your hotel carpets is very important. First of all, while costs are something you are constantly aware of, keep in mind that you get what you pay for! A more expensive carpeting can last longer and be more cost efficient in the long run as well as being manufactured to handle high traffic situations much better, repelling heaving soiling and bad odors from wet, icy, or muddy conditions.
There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use to treat your carpets against damages and odors caused by spills and flooding from bathrooms, like overflowing toilets or broken piping. These products can also keep your carpets looking fresh even after muddy boots have come through.
Make sure your housekeeping team is vacuuming thoroughly on a daily basis, taking care to work in corners and on the edging; dingy corners and edges of carpeted areas can, if not cleaned regularly, make an entire room look and smell unpleasant from potential mold growth. They also need to be trained and encouraged to communicate with you and your management team whenever they see (or smell) a problem - mold can take hold quickly, and once it’s established and beginning to spread, it can be difficult to get rid of. And that is absolutely not something you want to have happening in your Brunswick hotel!
A professional deep cleaning of your carpets throughout your establishment regularly can help to keep your whole Brunswick hotel looking and smelling great, and deep cleaning can preserve carpeting and help it to last longer, which will save you money.
SERVPRO of Brunswick is experienced in those big cleaning jobs, and we are always here to help with 24/7 emergency restoration services. Call us at (912) 264 9064 or visit our website: http://www.SERVPRObrunswick.com/
Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Brunswick Home and Office
Electrical fires happen more often than you would think. Over 25,000 electrical fires happen here in the United States, and approximately 1,300 people lose their lives because of them annually; and even if the damage is not that extreme, fire damage can be extremely damaging to a home or business, oftentimes leading to unexpected water damage from firefighting efforts as well. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent these electrical fires from happening in your home and office, and we will share them here.
One of the most important steps you can take is to have your Brunswick home or business inspected for hazardous situations that can cause a fire. A licensed electrician can help to keep you, your loved ones, and your employees safe by letting you know what needs to be done. Replace wiring in older homes, since wiring is not made to last forever.
A very common cause of electrical fires is electrical cord, plug, and outlet damage. If these items are found to be tattered or frayed, worn out or showing burn signs, they need to be replaced immediately. Cords in poor condition can overheat or cause sparks, and so, a fire. Replacing damaged cords is a simple and relatively inexpensive safeguard against electrical fires and can even be purchased for your appliances separately if any are in poor condition.
In this day and age of digital everything, take steps to avoid overloading your outlets. Overburdened sockets are another risk factor for an electrical fire, and common as well. The United States Fire Administration recommends that you buy power strips that come equipped with internal overload protection; this feature will ensure that a strip shuts off its power supply as soon as it becomes overloaded, helping prevent fire damage.
Another hazard is the portable electric space heater, and most people are aware of the danger. But any appliance that plugs in can be dangerous if not used carefully. Flammable materials such as blankets, towels, and rugs, need to be watched and kept away from any appliances that produce heat or can overheat, as that can easily start a fire.
Faulty wiring is another hazard, and if a flickering lamp or sparking outlet is something you experience, contact a licensed electrician in the Brunswick area to make the repairs necessary. If anything that conducts electricity feels warm to the touch, have your electrician check it out and see if it needs to be replaced.
Just a few minutes of preventive measures and a few dollars to replace those items that could be dangerous can save lives and your Brunswick property, and save you from expensive fire damage clean up.
The folks at SERVPRO of Brunswick are experienced in helping to keep your home and property free from fire hazards and fire damage, as well as water damage and mold growth. Call them at (912) 264 9064 or visit them at their website:
SERVPRO of Brunswick. Georgia
How to Protect Your Brunswick Beach Home from Storm Damage
Most people dream of having a beach home, and you have to admit - it’s pretty awesome. The view of the waves and the dunes from the Golden Isles and the Brunswick area are always amazing and a welcome sight at the end of the day, and the fact that you can walk down to the water in seconds is always something that warms your heart.
But there are those times of the year when a beach house in the Brunswick area is a worry. Summers are idyllic, and even Spring isn’t bad, but Fall? And the hurricanes? That’s another story entirely.
To be prepared, you will need to inspect your property regularly and look for trouble spots before those stormy times come.
Over time, every house experiences damage from weather, and you want to make sure there are no loose ends to wrap up. Loose siding or shutters? How about that roof? Do your windows close properly, and do all exterior doors fit as they should? Can those shutters close the way they should to protect your windows during a storm? Strong winds can make short work of those parts of your home that are not in as good repair as they should be.
The landscaping at a beach home in the Brunswick area is usually tropical in nature, which means palm trees. And they can get pretty big! Have your trees and other vegetation been trimmed appropriately and removed if they are not doing well? During a storm, a lot of damage can be done by flying branches and palm fronds, or at the very least, they can leave you a really big mess to clean up!
Salt air is rough on beach-side houses and buildings, so keeping an eye on your property for damages is a good idea. Rotting wood on your home can become a hazard during storms if not cared for. Flying debris can break windows and severely damage cars left on the street.
The SERVPRO team of Brunswick is standing at the ready to help you with any storm damage you may have suffered, as well as working with you to prevent those damages in future. From fire damage to mold prevention, SERVPRO is a friend in need! Contact us at (912) 264 6094 or on our website: http://www.SERVPRObrunswick.com/
Puppy Love Donation Drive
PUPPY LOVE DONATION DRIVE
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we all know it’s almost upon us, because everywhere we go, we see red hearts and boxes of chocolates, teddy bears and sweetly worded greeting cards that express our love to all those we love.
But did you know that a green box is also a symbol to look for this Valentine’s Day? That’s right; these green boxes are designated drop off sites for the Puppy Love Donation Drive that SERVPRO of Brunswick is sponsoring, along with many other local offices and businesses. The proceeds from donations are going to go to area animal shelters and humane societies to help them in their fight to save animals from homelessness, cruelty and starvation.
Here are the Puppy Love donation drop off sites:
Brunswick + St Simons Drop Off Locations:
- Pet Exchange - 2465 Demere Rd # 110, Saint Simons Island, GA
- Brogens North - 3600 Frederica Rd # 1, Saint Simons Island, GA
- Chick-Fil-A - 2205 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA
- Pelican Market - 1126 Ocean Boulevard, Suite 2, Saint Simons Island, GA
- Golden Isles Animal Hospital - 9 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick, GA
- Marshland Credit Union - 3650 Community road, Brunswick, GA
We are all concerned with pets who are badly treated and/or abandoned, and now there’s a way to make a real difference in the life of a helpless animal and show some love to the organizations in our area that are dedicated to caring for them.
SERVPRO of Brunswick will also be sharing event photos at various area participants, so make sure you look for the green boxes in your area and donate! You might become a Waycross area celebrity!
The team at SERVPRO of Brunswick is happy to be a part of the Brunswick and St. Simons Island communities and to be able to help residents in times of crisis. We handle fire and water damage, and are experts in mold remediation. Visit us on our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick, or give us a call at (912) 264 6094.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!