Business 2020: Resolutions
Grow your Business by Preparing for 2020
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2020 Business Resolutions
Many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life with each new year. But, how many take the time to think about their businesses? With 2020 just around the corner, what is your resolution for your business?
Four (4) things you should consider when planning your businesses New Year:
- When you set goals, they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and have a Timeline.
Piorizitaion is crucial:
- Focus only on what will make a difference to your bottom line.
- Do Not over-complicate the process. Get things done, period.
- This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.
Our ERP's encompass all four of these aspects. So, set a GOAL to get one done. PRIORITIZE an ERP into your business schedule. IMPLEMENTATION is key to an ERP being beneficial. Be READY! Call SERVPRO of Quincy today, schedule your ERP and be prepared for the NEW YEAR!
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Benefits of Pipe Insulation
Besides keeping your pipes from freezing, proper pipe insulation has many benefits. You can actually improve your home's safety and efficiency.
Pipe insulation goes a long way toward preventing frozen pipes. Pipe insulation can help keep the water in your plumbing system from turning to ice and expanding and in turn bursting the pipes and causing extensive and sometimes expensive damage. But pipe insulation also performs several far less dramatic roles in the home. These not only help the homeowner save money on utility bills, but also make everyday life a little easier.
Minimizing Heat Gain and Loss
Among the unsung benefits of pipe insulation, its ability to minimize heat gain and loss may be the most important. As water travels along the plumbing lines in a home without pipe insulation, hot water tends to lose heat and cold water tends to gain heat. Introduce pipe insulation, and you greatly diminish these otherwise inevitable inefficiencies.
When the surfaces of plumbing pipes are cooler than the surrounding air, insulation helps control the condensation that, if left unchecked, would slowly corrode the pipes and their fittings, eventually leading to a massive failure.
Selecting Your Insulation
There are several types of pipe insulation, each made of different materials and capable of insulating to a different degree.
- Conventional foam insulation
- Self-sealing foam insulation
- Spray foam insulation
- Fiberglass pipe covers
If you have not yet insulated your pipes, we recommend that you do so because of the problems that may arise. In the event you have burst or leaking pipes and need Expert Help in cleaning up the mess, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Quincy. We can be reached 24/7/365: 217-223-2993
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First Responders of the Year: Travis Helkey, Douglas Orr, Devin Conkright
SERVPRO of Quincy Cares
SERVPRO of Quincy cares about and appreciates our Local Heroes: Our First Responders.
First Responder Reward Dinner
SERVPRO of Quincy held a reward dinner and celebration for their first-ever winners of the SERVPRO 2019 First Responders Bowl event.
SERVPRO received nominations of individuals that exemplified what it means to be a First Responder.
From those nominations, they chose the following three individuals, one of which (Travis Helkey) was sent to the National level as well!
Firefighter - Devin M. Conkright - Barry, IL Fire Department
Police - Travis Helkey - IL State Police Dist. 20 - Pittsfield, IL
EMS - Douglas Orr - Adams County EMT and Paramedic
Association - Quincy, IL
The award dinner and celebration for these winners was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
This dinner was held at Riverside Smoke House and Grill, 222 S. 3rd St., Quincy, IL.
The event included a dinner and then a presentation of awards. Each winner's nominator had a chance to speak about why they nominated these individuals.
Each winner received praised for their hard work and dedication as well as their selfless acts of always helping and looking out for others.
SERVPRO also gave a monetary donation of $500 to each of the respective units as a small way of saying, Thank you.
Please join us in our Celebration and Appreciation of these three outstanding individuals and First Responders.
CONGRATULATIONS Travis, Douglas and Devin!
We will be looking for other outstanding First Responders for 2020. Please let us know who it is that you believe exemplifies being a First Responder.
Contact us: 217-223-2993 or SERVPRO9649sales@gmail.com
SERVPRO pic of frozen pipes.
Water + Cold = Problem
We all need water and most of us here in the Midwest will soon be experiencing freezing or sub-zero temperatures. Add these two together and you could have a problem. You see, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. Expanding water can cause pipes to break. No matter the material they are made from, including metal or plastic.
Recommendations to help prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep exterior doors closed to any area where the water pipes are located.
- Keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate.
- Let cold water drip from faucets, moving water is much harder to freeze.
- If you will be gone for an extended period, set the temperature to no lower than 55° F.
If you should experience frozen pipes this winter, please turn off the main water supply and call the Experts in water cleanup and restoration...
SERVPRO of Quincy
Clean those Gutters
Fall Leaves and Water Damage
Don't Fall for Procrastination
The seasons may have skipped right over Fall this year, but do not "fall" into procrastinating on cleaning those gutters. Although it may not seem like it should be here, winter is here and those leaves in your gutters are not going to clean themselves. But if you do choose to "leave" it for later, you may have water problems to deal with now.
If your gutter becomes clogged it can lead to the water finding an alternate way to drain from your roof. Water taking a different course can cause many issues, such as:
- Leaky Basement - water that cannot drain properly from your roof can collect around your basement or crawlspace and will eventually find its way in.
- Cracked Foundation - this occurs when water is absorbed into the foundation and over time with the change in temperatures will expand and contract, causing cracks.
- Wood Rot - water that is constantly coming into contact with the wood on your home will eventually rot the wood.
If you are already experiencing the effects of Fall Procrastination, and need help cleaning and restoring your home or business, call your Local Professionals to make it... "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Quincy
Esporta: Be Different
Patented Esporta Wash Machine
Be Different: Be Better
SERVPRO of Quincy has prided itself on being different in the cleaning and restoration business. There are several cleaning and restoration businesses in the area that claim they are "Premier" or "Masters" at what they do, but when it comes down to it, there is only one "Pro" and we dare to be different.
One particular that sets us apart from some of the competitors is our Esporta Wash System. The patented Esporta is designed to clean over 90% of soft contents and textiles impacted by CAT 2 & 3 Water Damage, Heavy Smoke & Soot, Trauma Clean Up, and much more.
So, how are we different?
After a local loss, we at SERVPRO of Quincy have offered to pick up, wash and return several pairs of "Emergency" clothes for homeowners using our Esporta. This helps them in a very trying time and they can now concentrate on family and other needs.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you and your family would need this Emergency Service, please contact us and let us be Different: let us be Better.
Before and After Firefighter Turnout Gear
"Turns Out" Nice
SERVPRO of Quincy is honored to partner with some Local Heroes: our Firefighters. One way that we can play a small part in helping our First Responders is by washing and decontaminating their Turnout Gear.
Recently, a fire caused a complete loss to a neighborhood home. The small-town volunteer Fire Department that responded had dirty, contaminated turnout gear to deal with afterward. Normally, the department would try to wash the gear themselves in a standard home washing machine. This process is ineffective in cleaning and decontaminating the gear properly.
We at SERVPRO of Quincy have offered to pick up the soiled gear, wash and decontaminate it in our Esporta Wash System and return it to them Free-of-Charge. The assistant chief took us up on that offer and we were excited and honored to be able to give something back. In turn, the Fire Department was excited to get the clean gear back much better than what they were ever able to do themselves.
We will be working together with this and other local Fire Departments to bring this much-needed process into a normal part of their routines.
If you are a Volunteer Firefighter, you need your gear cleaned. As it "Turns Out" you have an option...
SERVPRO of Quincy 217-223-2993
Prepare your Business
Winter Storm Affecting Businesses
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Steps to Prepare Your Business for Winter
When major winter storms are forecasted in your region, it's important to protect your business from extreme weather events and extreme cold. Here are some simple tips to follow:
- Stay Informed: Monitor local news and weather conditions. Also, check with the National Weather Service from time to time.
- Know the three terms you may hear in the forecast. Winter Storm Watch: conditions are favorable for heavy snow/ice in the next 36 hours. Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter conditions and heavy snow/ice are expected in the next 24 hours. Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds producing blinding snow and life threatening wind chill conditions.
- Stock up on Emergency Supplies. Have enough food and water for a minimum of two days for each employee. Have an emergency power generator available.
- Have an emergency or continuity plan. Make the plan available to everyone within your organization.
- Have a backup heat source. Make sure that it is used only in well ventilated areas.
- Adjust employee hours. If inclement weather is forecast, consider shorter work hours or adjusted work times.
These are just a few tips you can use to prepare. It is suggested that you add more appropriate steps for your particular region. If you should need any help in this area or after the storm, please contact us a SERVPRO of Quincy.
We are available 24/7/365 217-223-2993
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American Red Cross - Sound the Alarm Campaign
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most victims in homes that lack smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross and SERVPRO of Quincy want to improve the odds and save lives.
That is why we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in their "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life" campaign. The campaign was established to provide Free Smoke Alarms for any home, regardless of income. The program allows any certified partner of the American Red Cross to install up to three Free Smoke Alarms in any home.
Since March of 2019, we have installed almost 150 alarms. That means at least 50 plus households are just a little safer because of this invaluable program. And we are also proud to offer the installation service, Free of Charge.
If you or someone you love does not have working Smoke Alarms in their home, or the ones they have are outdated or need upgraded, please call us for an appointment. Do Not Wait...
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If you could choose the seasons... would you?
Lots of Snow
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Would you forget Winter?
Winter is a wonderful time of year in the mid-west. When we wake up to sub-zero temperatures and look out our windows at all the fresh white powder, we can conclude, it is a great place to live. If you are a Snow Leopard, that is.
What is all that snow good for anyway?
- Snow is an insulating blanket for our plants, protecting roots.
- Deep snow helps the soil retain moisture over winter.
- Snow, like rain, is full of nitrogen. All vegetation will love this when spring finally comes.
- Lake levels and water supplies will be generously replenished this spring.
But we must also be cautious of snow, even though it does provide these positives, it can wreck your home and surroundings. Heavy snow can crush small trees and shrubs, breaking off tender shoots and branches. It can also wreak havoc on the roof of your home or business. The weight of heavy snow can damage your roof, leading to leaks or even collapsing.
If you would happen to experience the negative side of snow this year and need the help of Professionals that have seen it all...
Call SERVPRO of Quincy 24/7/365