SERVPRO: More than Cleaning & Restoration... Caring
One of four clothes totes next to mini-pantry.
More than Cleaning & Restoration... it's Caring
Community involvement is more than just Cleaning and Restoration, it's caring for the community and those around you. SERVPRO of Quincy is teamed up with the Quincy Neighborhood Foundation, who see to it that neighborhood "Blessing Boxes" or "Mini-Pantries" are stocked with food and personal care items.
Recently we received a call from an employee at the Quincy Sam's Club. They wanted to donate several totes to be alongside the Mini-Pantries. These totes would be used for Hats, Coats, Blankets, Gloves, Blankets, Hand and Feet Warmers, etc. This was a Great Idea as the recent temperatures had been well below 0 degrees with the windchill.
We prepared the totes with signage and secured the totes to the pantries with a locked bicycle cable. Since the weather has now warmed a bit, the totes can be used for personal and hygiene products, leaving more room for food items in the pantry boxes.
Anyone wanting to help with items or drop off items can contact our office.
Heavy Snow and the Pandemic
Snow and Icey Roads
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Heavy Snow Storms and the Pandemic
It is that time of year when heavy snow can move in at any moment. How will this affect the ongoing fight against the Pandemic?
Many in the area are prepared for the snow weeks ahead of time. It is much the same each and every year. Make sure the snow shovels are readily available, have everything you need for the snowblower, have plenty of salt or ice melt on hand, and plenty of provisions in case of being cut off from travel and no electricity.
But what about the Pandemic? What are your plans in the midst of a Snowstorm if you experience signs and symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection? If you are not able to get out, it is advisable to stay in, self-quarantine, and call your local health provider for advice. Do not risk going out when conditions are dangerous.
Once snow and storm conditions subside and the roads are clear to travel, contact your Doctor or Local Health Dept for direction on your next move. Then follow that advice for what's best for your particular situation.
Should your business allow space heaters?
Stay Safe with Space Heaters.
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Space Heaters: Do you Allow them?
Winter is here and temperatures are dropping, so you may be faced with the question about space heaters for the colder areas of your workplace. Do you allow them?
There are no federal workplace safety rules that prohibit space heaters but they do have to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Space heaters can pose workplace safety hazards. Space heaters with inadequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are not plugged in properly all pose a risk.
An average of 7,100 non-residential building heating fires occur yearly, with an average loss of over $98.2 million. Space heaters are responsible for 30% of heater fires and cause 70% of the deaths. - https://scssafetyandhealth.com/
Having a basic education on portable heater safety will help in preventing fires. Staying vigilant and assuring safe practices when dealing with space heaters is essential.
Hopefully, you will never experience a fire at your business. But if you do, you will want the Professionals to help make it... "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Quincy
Freezing and Your Foundation
Cracked Brick Wall
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Freezing and Thawing
Freezing temperatures have arrived here in the midwest. We must be prepared for the freezing and the thawing. It is time to think about how winter weather can affect your home.
Freezing and thawing water in the soil around your home's foundation can cause the foundation to crack. Concrete foundations are porous, so when ice and snow freeze in the pores of the concrete, it will cause it to expand. Then when the ice and snow melt, it will cause those areas to contract. Over time this can deteriorate your foundation by causing small cracks. As time passes, those cracks can get bigger and bigger, causing more problems with your foundation.
Once these cracks breach the wall, they can let groundwater and snowmelt into your home, causing a variety of problems. The best way to prevent this is to make sure you have adequate drainage around your home. Properly installed drainage tile around the outside of your home can help prevent the water, snow, and ice from ever reaching your foundation.
If you do experience the unwanted intrusion of groundwater into your home this winter, you will need to call the Local Experts in Water Damage Restoration.
SERVPRO of Quincy
Disconnect that Frost-Free Spigot
Unhook your outdoor water hoses.
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Frost-Free Spigot: Disconnect
So, your frost-free spigot is supposed to be just that, frost-free. You should not have to worry about it freezing and causing you water problems if you do not unhook the hose during extreme cold.
But even if it is "frost-free", you still need to disconnect it during the winter months or you are taking a risk of your water pipes freezing and bursting. Why? Because water expands when it freezes and takes up about 10% more space than the same amount of liquid water does. Unfortunately, there is no room for expansion in your water pipes. And even though your frost-free spigots should allow for this expansion, is it worth taking a chance with your home?
Don't Dose... Unhook the Hose!!!
If you do forget and the water lines break, call the Local Area Experts to dry it up and make it... "Like it never even happened."
Call us 24/7/365
Snow + Metal Roof (could) = Disaster
Metal roofs need snow guards.
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To Snow Guard or Not to Snow Guard
Do you have a glossy metal roof? If so, and you live here in the midwest where snow and ice are commonplace during the winter months, you will want to install snow guards on that roof.
Are snow guards necessary?
Yes. It is necessary to control the release rate of winter precipitation (ice and/or snow) on your sloped metal roof where there may be people moving and where property damage could occur.
Where should snow guards be placed?
Properly placed snow guards should be at the lower half of the roof plane. They can be placed in multiple rows or in single lines.
How many snow guards do I need?
You will need 2 guards per valley on every 8 feet of roof. Starting at 6 inches from the bottom edge of the roof, place 2 equally spaced apart in the valleys. Again, you can use a straight line or staggered pattern across the entire roofline.
A common occurrence without snow guards could be the heavy ice or snow pushing your gutters away from or off the house. Leading to water running inside the home.
More questions? Call us at 217-223-2993
SERVPRO: Sharing with the Community
SERVPRO of Quincy Owner: Tim Maguire presenting $1,000 Check to Blessing Foundation-Breast Center
Sharing with the Community
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The entire Team here at SERVPRO of Quincy participated in spreading the word and awareness. We traded our Green and Orange for Pink, used social media, and also word of mouth to bring attention to this important cause. With everyone's effort, we were able to donate $1,000.00 to the Blessing Foundation - Breast Center - Blessing Health System. This is in honor of those who have battled, those in the midst of the battle, and all those who will fight this terrible disease. A representative from the Blessing Breast Center let us know how appreciative they were for the donation. She said, 100% of the money donated will go towards helping those in the community. Things such as mammograms, checkups, x-rays, and other procedures are paid for with these funds, as well as other expenditures like gas money and bills incurred by the patients. Thank you to everyone for bringing Awareness.
Reconstruction after Fire Cleanup
Before and After Fire damage from faulty wiring.
Recon: After Fire Cleanup
Knob and tube wiring is no longer an option when wiring a home and upgrades are not mandatory until it fails. New insulation had been recently installed in the home and had apparently ruined the integrity of the old wiring.
The owner of a lovely Victorian Home in Quincy, IL found out how much damage a very small fire caused by old wiring can cause. Fortunate for her, the fire was contained and had mostly extinguished itself by the time firefighters arrived. But the damage the fire actually caused was not as severe as what the water from the fire crews would do to the rest of the home. Three floors would need to be redone. This included tearing out drywall, rewiring the second floor, new drywall, flooring, carpeting, and paint throughout.
If a fire takes a toll on your home, call the ones that can make it... "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Quincy, IL
Big Loss and Bigger Action
When a Big Disaster Strikes, we are Big enough to Help!
When the Loss is Big: You need a Bigger Response
You try to be prepared for every situation that may arise. But sometimes the job is just way to Large. So, what do you do? Do you turn it down because you know you do not have the equipment or manpower? Do you try to do it yourself with limited resources?
No, you call in reinforcements!
And that is just what we did when a very large water loss came in. A rain water drain from the roof of a commercial structure burst during a recent heavy thunderstorm, effecting massive areas on over 2 floors of the structure.
We knew we could call in the National Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team. They were on site the next day and ready for action.
What company can have this kind of response to any size situation? SERVPRO of Quincy
No Job to BIG!!!
SERVPRO of Quincy - Breast Cancer Awareness
SERVPRO of Quincy cares about Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
SERVPRO of Quincy cares about more than just Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration. Although these are the backbone of our business, we know that people and their families suffer from other devastations as well. A very big problem is Breast Cancer. So, we as a team decided that the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would all support our local hospital and the Blessing Foundation Breast Center.
We all donned Pink SERVPRO Here to Help t-shirts. And we shared with those who asked, why we were wearing the different color. All to bring awareness and attention to those struggling with this terrible disease of breast cancer.
We also ran a Facebook promotion where we would draw more attention to the cause. We asked for Likes, Follows and Shares about the post and if we received enough response we would donate $1,000 to the Breast Center.
We are proud to announce we will be making the presentation very soon! We want to thank everyone who has helped us with our goal.
If you would like to help, please reach out to us.