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Back to school essentials

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

It is that ‘back to school’ time of year. The start of school brings new schedules, more deadlines, and (hopefully) lighter backpacks. Here are some backpack essentials that everyone should carry with them.

  • Laptop (Optional). – They are extremely versatile – from writing papers, to watching Netflix on a lazy day; you do not want to have forgotten it. (or the charger)
  • Paper – Regardless if you have a laptop to take notes; sometimes old-fashioned is preferred. Who knows, maybe if you did forget your laptop charger, the notebooks and binders would really come to save the day
  • Pens / Pencils & Highlighters – Again; though sometimes laptops prevail in classes; having writing utensils will come in handy, if all else fails.
  • Water bottles – These are necessary to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you are going to a school in a warm climate, the heat calls for extra hydration.
  • Wallet – Always make sure you have your ID, keys, and some money on you. You never know when you will need a snack, in between classes.
  • Cell phone charger – You will want to keep your phone charged, just in case of an emergency. However, sometimes battery power is lost much faster than indicated; so make sure you have your charger, just in case.
  • Planner – If you are like some, you can’t live without a planner to keep all your deadlines and due dates organized. However, if you prefer the calendar on your phone, that will suffice.
  • Flashcards – Always keep a stack of blank flashcards. Filling out cards and studying them is a great way to utilize time between classes.
  • Hand sanitizer – with so many students crammed into classes; having hand sanitizer handy in your backpack will keep those germs away.

While you do want to make sure you have all you will need; according to the American Physical Therapy Association, the backpack loading should match the following weights.

  • 60 lb child should not have more than 5 lbs.
  • 60-75 individual can carry 5-10 lbs.
  • 100 lb individuals can carry 15 lbs
  • 125 lb individuals can carry 18 lbs
  • 150 lb individuals can carry 20 lbs
  • 200 lb individuals can carry 25 lbs

No one should be carrying a backpack over 25 lbs.

Importance of Professional Carpet Cleaning

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The dirtiness and discoloration in your carpet may sometimes looks obvious; however, at other times, a clean looking carpet can conceal unseen dirt, grime, soil, dust and pet dander. Regular traffic buries this dust and dirt deeply into the carpet fibers, where it can become indiscernible, release unpleasant odors, and harm your air quality. While regular vacuuming might remove some of the dust and dirt, most standard vacuums lack the power to extract deeply embedded dirt. Professionally cleaning your carpets will ensure that your carpet remains free from all of the unnoticeable dirt and grime. For a free quote, contact us at (858) 587-1722.

Summertime Safety

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Summer’s scorching weather can be a killer. Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness; including, but not limited to, adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants, children and athletes. Here are some tips to help keep you safe this summer!

  • Install central air conditioning or window air conditioners.
  • Use shade and awnings to prevent extreme heat from coming inside
  • Stay indoors and limit sun exposure
  • If you don’t have AC, visit someplace that does – such as a mall, theater, or library
  • If work needs to be done outdoors, do so in the early mornings or late evenings. After all, it is summer so the sun is out past 8 !
  • Dress in loose fitting clothes
  • Make sure you, friends, family and pets stay hydrated!
  • Wear wide-brimmed hat and sun screen to protect your neck and face
  • Never keep children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

Remember : Proper preparation prevents poor performance

Create an Impact

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

You only have one chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can create a clean, fresh and long lasting impression.

Ways to keep your customers impressed

  • Keep ceilings clean and free of stains
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies
  • Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets and draperies
  • Clean HVAC and duct systems

Improve the air quality of your business.

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is your SERVPRO professionals’ first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

The SERVPRO difference

  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Free inspections

Got Mold?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

FROM THE ORDINARY – There has been over 100,000 kinds of fungi identified. Though fungi can produce some very useful results; such as yeast – which is used in preparing breads and other baked goods; other forms can be very harmful.

TO THE UNHEALTHY – Intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water – damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS – SERVPRO Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold. If you think you might have a mold problem, call 858-587-1722 and we will be happy to help!

What to do until help arrives

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a list of some DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage, and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible. (Or contact the qualified party)
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and any additional tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or any other electrical equipment is exposed to water.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets of floors to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fans if ceiling is wet, or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Smoke Behavior

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire losses can be difficult because the behavior of smoke can be unique. That is why it is important to have trained technicians at your home; and SERVPRO professionals know their smoke!

Different types of smoke

  • Wet smoke Plastic and rubbers – low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry smoke Paper and wood – Fast burning, high temperatures, and heat rises thus making the smoke rise.
  • Protein fire residueProduced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil SootFurnace Puff Backs – While ‘puff backs’ can create havoc for you, SERVPRO can in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other typesTear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue – Special loss situations require special care. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Cinco de Mayo

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Cinco de Mayo ‘Fifth of May’ is also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. During the French-Mexican war, an outnumbered Mexican army conquered the powerful invading French. It was a great victory, demonstrating Mexico’s capability to protect and preserve its sovereignty against a dominant nation.

Confident in their ability, General Charles de Lorencez rounded up 6,000 French troops and set out to attack Puebla. On the fifth of May, Lorencez gathered his army and began the attack. It lasted only from daybreak to early evening. After realizing he lost over 500 men, and less than 100 Mexican troops were killed, he withdrew his defeated army. This day is highly celebrated in the state of Puebla. They have parades, give speeches and have reenactments of the 1862 battle. In the mid-20th century; in the United States, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo became a way for Mexican immigrants to encourage pride in their Mexican Heritage. For more information on the history or where to celebrate; visit https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/Cityfiles/Spring-2019/Where-to-Celebrate-Cinco-de-Mayo-2019/

Biohazard / Odor Job

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

This Fallbrook residence was littered with human waste, trash, and maggots throughout; after squatters were living there. The cleanup required removal of all the laminate flooring; deodorizing and sealing the subfloor; removal and disposal of all the upholstered furniture along with the replacement of the baseboards. 

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

April Fools’ Day – How did it all start

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

April Fools’ Day – also called All Fools’ Day – is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, though the origins are uncertain. Some may see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it comes from the adoption of a new calendar.

Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a widespread exposition, many people either refused to accept the new date, or simply did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Additionally, It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there is something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to cheerful, humorous celebrations.

April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand”, looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ludicrous things.

The French call April 1 Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.

For a list of pranks you can play, visit https://www.boredpanda.com/pranks-april-fools-day/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic