2021 Quincy Dogwood Parade
2021 Dogwood Parade - Celebrating the Hero in All of Us
"Celebrating the HERO in all of Us"
The Quincy, IL 2021 Dogwood Parade was back in full force this year with almost 200 entries and the theme was so fitting after the last year all of us have experienced.
"Celebrating the Hero in all of Us", was a perfect theme for SERVPRO of Quincy. This last year has been very challenging with water, fire, and mold losses, in addition to all the COVID-19 cleanings and pro-active cleanings. Every employee stepped up and made the best of tough situations and went above and beyond to be "Heroes" to our customers.
So, a few employees and our owner Tim Maguire gathered on Saturday morning to show our "Super-Hero"! It was a Beautiful Day to celebrate and show our community support. And to show everyone "Why SERVPRO?" is the Best Choice to be their, "Super Heroes of Cleaning & Restoration!"
Best Tool to Reduce Business Interruption
Emergency Ready Profile: ERP
Is your Business Ready?
Did you know that according to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster? Having a contingency disaster plan in place can help you and your business to not be a statistic.
Having a SERVPRO Professional develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business or commercial property is key to helping you minimize business interruption. Knowing what to expect and what to do beforehand is key to minimizing the effects of fire and water damage.
What are the advantages of an ERP?
- Free - No Cost assessment of your facility
- Concise Document with only critical information
- A Guide to get you back into your building
- Identifies line of command to authorize work to begin
- Provides shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information
Schedule your ERP today!
SERVPRO of Quincy
Large Loss Building Fires
Large Commercial Fire
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Large Loss Building Fires
National estimates for the leading causes of fires in non-residential buildings are:
- Cooking: 31,700 fires.
- Other unintentional, careless: 11,900 fires.
- Intentional: 10,200 fires.
Overall trends in the leading fire causes for the 10-year period of 2009 to 2018 show the following:
- Cooking was the leading cause of nonresidential building fires for the 10-year period.
- A 33% increase in nonresidential cooking fires.
- A 55% increase in nonresidential other unintentionally or carelessly set fires.
- A 15% increase in nonresidential intentionally set fires.
National estimates for the leading causes of nonresidential building fire dollar loss for 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, are as follows:
- Other unintentional, careless: $505,900,000.
- Electrical malfunction: $373,400,000.
- Other equipment: $350,600,000.
As you can see, large loss building fires can be very expensive. But SERVPRO of Quincy has the resources to help no matter how Big or Small. We can make it... "Like it never even happened."
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.