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September is Preparedness Month

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

General September is Preparedness Month Examples of Kits and Tools

Where you live, Mother Nature also lives.

Make a Kit

Why should you stockpile food, water, and other supplies?  Because bad things happen.  You never know when disaster will strike.

Whether it is a Snow Storm, Ice Storm, Hurricane, Wildfires, Tsunami, Tornado, Earthquake, Sand Storm or Flooding, you should always be prepared.  This goes for humans and pets alike.

A first aid kit should always be available in all areas; Home, Car, Boat, etc.

Emergency kits should be kept at all times.  If you wait until you need it, it is a sure bet others have beaten you to it.  Grocery stores may be empty.  The power grid, water/gas lines, transportation, fuel, and highways may all be broken or shut down.  FEMA is NOT responsible for providing you food and supplies.  It is your responsibility to provide food, water, and other supplies for at least the first three days of a disaster.  In extreme cases, you could be on your own for up to several weeks or even months. 

Basic 2-3 day stockpile for your home:

Food should not be a concern because most people typically have more than 2-3 days worth of food on hand, and could go that long without eating if necessary.  The biggest need is having sufficient water on-hand.  You will need 1 gallon of water per person per day.  Use tap water in six-gallon water containers, and/or use buckets with lids.  To purify, either boil the water, add 8 drops of bleach per gallon or water purification tablets.

6-8 week stockpile needs for more severe disasters:

Buy bulk items of food having a long shelf life.  You could buy and store your own rice, beans, pasta, and other dry or canned goods.  Another alternative if you do not want to have to worry about shelf life of the food, you can buy Freeze-dried & Dehydrated foods.  The shelf life for this type is around 25 years.

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as family's needs change
  • You can also purchase already prepared Emergency Kits.  Costco, Amazon, Survival, and Sporting Goods stores, just to name a few.  Do your research.  Another alternative is to make your own.

    These kits, based on the supplier, include food that has a shelf life between 15-25 years.  Search for reviews with respect to the taste of the food.  We do not think you want to eat cardboard.  The food should taste good especially if you have children.

    The typical survival kits include supplies such as matches, cord, space blankets, water pouches, compass, multi-tool, etc.  Some also include a water filtration system, hand crank flashlight/radio/cell phone charger.  These kits are great in case you have to evacuate your home.  You may have to pack a can opener, toilet paper (I suggest wet wipes), towels, etc.

  • Family Communication Plan: Who to call-Family/Friends in and out of state

Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.  It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing and/or programmed into their cell phones.

         No Cell or Landline service?  Purchase  2-way radios (a.k.a Walky-Talkies).  We would suggest one that is long range.

  • Utility Shut-Off: Where and how to shut off the water, power, and gas
  • Escape Plan: When, where, and how to bug out to if your home or city becomes too dangerous.  Choose two places to meet in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire.  Right outside your home outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate 
  • Safety Skills: How to provide CPR, dress a wound, properly prepare water, set up temporary shelters, start a fire, etc.

What might other stuff be worth stockpiling?

  • Fire: lighter; matches
  • Fuel: extra propane tanks; kerosene; gasoline; wood
  • Light:flashlights (hand crank?); candles; lantern; wicks
  • Cooking: vegetable oil; cook stove; cast iron pans
  • Flavoring: salt; sugar; honey
  • Protein: tuna/chicken cans; boxes of oatmeal; dry milk
  • Carb's: dry pasta w/cans of tomato sauce; crackers; dry cereal
  • Toiletries: buy large Costco quantities for everyday use, always have spares
  • First-Aid¹: band-aids, vitamins, iodine (f/radiation), rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide
  • Drugs: aspirin, analgesics, antibiotics, antifungals, antihistamines, antivirals, and steroids
  • Water:buckets w/lid; bleach; filter (Britta?); identify local source 
  • Power: batteries; rechargeable batteries; a solar recharger
  • Weapons:(for defense) shotgun, pistol, rifle, ammo, bat, machete, sword, nun-chuks...
  • Shelter: tarp; stakes; rope; twine; sleeping bag; blankets
  • Seeds: if extreme TSHTF then start your own vegetable garden 
  • Help/Barter: buy more of the above than you need to help neighbors and for trading

Source: ready.gov, redcross.org, Fema.gov

We are ready to help 24/7/365

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – (847) 600-0102

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 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. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the proper knowledge to restore your property. If you experience a water event in your home or business call SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie at (847)-600-0102 right away.

We are an IICRC Certified firm

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 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 Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 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.

Call us at 847-600-0102 for more information in regard to the services that we can offer

Why work with an IICRC certified firm??

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Why work with an IICRC certified firm?? This level of damage requires real professionals....IICRC certified professionals

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 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 Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie (847-600-0102) 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. Call us at 847-600-0102 today for any and all of your restoration needs.

SERVPRO WWS is an IICRC certified firm

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winnetka Wilmette/Skokie 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 Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie 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.

For immediate service in Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie call SERVPRO WWS

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie/Kenilworth. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 847-600-0102

Residential Services

Whether your Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie/Kenilworth home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie/Kenilworth commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: [[Link this to commercial services page]]

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Your New Home

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

General Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Your New Home Looking for a few summer home maintenance tips to protect your new investment from the warmer months? We’ve got you covered.

With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start preparing your new home for the warmer months.

From saving money on your electric bills to giving your home’s interior a seasonal refresh, a lot can be done now to make sure your new home is in optimal shape for years to come. To help get you started, here are just a few summer home maintenance tips from the professionals:

Exterior

One of the best ways to shave the dollars off your electricity bill is to provide natural shade around your home. This can be accomplished with a quick trip to your local garden center.

Planting a well-developed bush near the living room window or a large tree near a second-story bedroom could help keep your home cool and save you money in the long run. Be sure to plant any shrubs, trees and other plants at the appropriate distance from your home to prevent any problems with your foundation and plants’ roots in the future.

While you’re in the gardening spirit, now’s also a great time to think about how you plan to maintain your lawn over the summer. The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) provides several tips in their seasonal guide to summer lawn and landscaping care.

For instance, many people believe hot weather means you should water more frequently, but the NALP actually advises to water your plants less often but more deeply. So increasing the length of time you expose your greenery to water will usually do the trick.

And to ensure the health of your grass, the NALP suggests having your lawn properly aerated to improve the flow of oxygen in addition to adding adequate amounts of fertilizer and frequently checking its pH levels.

For more tips on summer lawn maintenance, check out the full guide.

After your yard is in tip-top shape, it’s time to pay attention to the rest of your outdoor area. Summer nights are great for enjoying friends and family in the backyard, so why not make an outdoor oasis?

“Create areas around your yard that aren’t being used,” suggests Nicolle Nelson, a spokesman for Nadeau Furniture in Dallas, Texas. “And don’t be afraid to use furniture in a non-traditional way.”

For example, adding a fire pit and seating area can help prevent mosquitoes and create an intimate gathering area. Teak benches around the pool and buffets to house your grilling essentials are other great furniture pieces that really bring out the summer feel.

“By adding a piece of furniture to any corner of your patio or yard, you are inviting your family to use every inch of your space,” says Nelson. “That means more memories for your summer.”

Interior

Apart from the exterior of your home, there are also plenty of things you can do to get your home summer ready from the inside.

Since warmer weather brings thoughts of a well air-conditioned home, let’s start with the AC system.

“With spring allergies in full swing and warmer temperatures on their way, it’s crucial to be sure your air filter and AC system are working properly,” says Mike Clear, vice president of operations for American Home Shield, a home warranty company based in Memphis, Tenn.

Clear suggests checking filters regularly throughout the year to help prevent damage, inefficiencies and to keep air clean.

“Schedule annual maintenance on your AC now so you can be sure your unit is in top shape before being put to the test with summer’s high temperatures,” he adds.

He also advises to check in on the furnace and heating system while you’re at it. While a new home’s furnace is likely already quite clean, it’s important to make sure the area around air returns stays clean and unobstructed throughout the year to prevent fire hazards and inefficiency.

By:Drew Knight 

http://blog.newhomesource.com/2016/05/summer-home-maintenance-tips-new-home/

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