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Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

A Home Fire Sprinkler can save your life.

Smoke Alarms and Fire Sprinklers can reduce your risk of dying in a fire by 82 percent. 

Home fire sprinklers are more sensitive to heat than those found in businesses or industrial buildings. This means the fire will be detected much sooner. The risk to firefighters is also much less. Sprinklers reduce the heat, flame, and smoke from a fire.

Fire Sprinklers protect your home and your family. Know the facts:

  1. Home fire sprinklers keep fires small by reducing the heat, flames, and smoke made in a fire.
  2. Only the home fire sprinkler closest to the fire will spray water.
  3. Home fire sprinklers put much less water on the fire than a fire department hose.
  4. Home fire sprinklers can be installed in new and already built homes. Install a home fire sprinkler system if you are remodeling or building a home.

This info can all be found here: usfa.fema.gov

If you ever experience a Fire loss, 

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Don't Wait, Check the Date

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

NFPA Smoke Alarm Flyer NFPA Smoke Alarm Flyer

Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

When it comes to your smoke alarms, age matters. You should check the manufacture date on your alarms, as soon as possible. Alarms older than 10 years should be replaced immediately. 

  1. Remove the Alarm from the wall or ceiling.
  2. Look at the back of the Alarm for the date of manufacture.
  3. Smoke Alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture.
  4. Put the Alarm back on the ceiling or wall if it is less than 10 years old.

Regardless of age, Smoke Alarms should be tested once a month by pushing the test button. 

Alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

SERVPRO of Quincy has teamed up with the American Red Cross in their Sound the Alarm program. This program provides up to 3 Free Smoke Alarms per home and SERVPRO will install them for Free as well.

You can count on us to replace your old Smoke Alarms.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Duct Cleaning

Your business has taken many precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic but has your business considered the added health benefits of cleaning the ductwork in your HVAC system?

The ductwork and vents make their way to almost every room and space in your building. If they have not been cleaned and sanitized, they could be constantly caring all types of debris and allergens throughout your business. The benefits can include:

  • Better air quality
  • Increased energy efficiency 
  • Reduced fire risks
  • Reduces and removes unwanted odors

When it comes to cleaning the ducts in your business, call the professionals.

You can count on us to get your ducts clean.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Fire Safety: Situational Awareness

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fire is everyone's fight logo. Fire is everyone's fight.

Situational Awareness: Know your Surroundings

When you are away from home, it is important to know your surroundings and what to do in a fire situation.  BE - KNOW - DO

BE aware of your surroundings.

  • Choose a vacation destination with both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.
  • Learn about the building's fire safety features.
  • Make sure the exits are not locked or blocked.

KNOW how to exit in case of a fire.

  • Find the building's evacuation plan.
  • Locate the fire alarms on your floor.
  • Keep your room key nearby at all times.

DO practice getting out of the building.

  • Practice multiple escape routes in case one is blocked and remove any obstacles.
  • Count the number of doors between your room and the exit. (This will help in the dark.)

The source and more tips can be found HERE 

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Be Ready with the App

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Pic of StormTrak Weather App WGEM StormTrak Weather App

Local News Channel has StormTrak

For many years, SERVPRO of Quincy had been a major sponsor of the WGEM Weather Radio. A radio that was tuned into severe weather patterns and events. The radio would blast a signal to let all who owned it know what was coming in the way of severe weather and possible tornadoes. With the upgrades in technology and advancement in cellular phone capabilities, WGEM has opted to forgo the weather radio in exchange for the new StormTrak Weather App.

WGEM is proud to announce the newest WGEM StormTrak Weather app for Android and iOS devices. 

If you haven’t downloaded their weather app yet, go to the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets or to Apple’s app store on your iPhone or iPad.

The new app features a user-friendly scrolling interface, which puts information like current conditions, Interactive Radar, and the latest video forecast at your fingertips.

When there is severe weather, the WGEM StormTrak Weather team has you covered with in-app headlines and voice alerts.

You can also find all of the local school delays, closings, and cancellations in the app.

Show us and other viewers what the conditions are like where you are by submitting your weather photos and photos directly through the app.

To get the new app, simply choose the “update” button on your phone or tablet. If you don’t have our app yet, simply go to your favorite app store and search for WGEM StormTrak Weather app or WGEM or click this link to be taken directly to the page where you can download the app.

This info can be found at this WGEM page:    wgem.com/page/apps/

We Can and Will handle the mess after the Storm and take care of any size and type of loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Baseball Season = Tornado Season

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged items from a tornado. Tornado Damage: Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Baseball & Tornadoes

The seasons don't go together, but they can come together at this time of year here in the midwest. Illinois averages about 32 tornadoes a year between March and May. Nearly 80 percent of all these tornadoes occur between April 1 and June 30th statewide. 

Tornadoes are formed when humid, warm air collides with cold, dry air during thunderstorms. These conditions then cause spinning within the thunderclouds. The spinning currents can then drop down from the clouds and become a twister.

We are equipped and prepared to handle the cleanup after storms and tornadoes. We can even do board-ups for damaged property.

We Can and Will handle the Storm and take care of any size and type of loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

Oh Well...

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Window Well Pumped out window well.

Oh Well, it's a Window Well again

Recently, a nearby business owner had trouble at his home with water that had come in through a window in his basement. It seems that the window well's drain had been clogged with years of accumulation. So, he used a submersible pump to clear the water from the window well, but not before the water had breached the window casing and entered his finished basement area.  

We were able to use our Stand-on Rover Water Extractor to extract the water from the carpet and pad. Then we were able to float the carpet by pulling back a corner and blowing air under it. Dehumidifiers were used to capture the water from the air as it was released from the materials.

Well..., we Can and Will take care of any type of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

The River Rises

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mississippi River Mississippi River Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

The Mighty Mississippi

The "Ole Man", the "Ole Miss" is a beautiful sight to behold when it stays in its banks. But, when the spring rains come, and oh how they come in our area, the banks cannot hold it all back.

Levies will be shored up with extra sandbags, pumps will be inspected and tuned and drainage districts will be on high alert. But the rain still comes and the water has to go somewhere. Homes and businesses along the Mighty Mississippi will brace for impact. It is best to be prepared for all scenarios. Sump pumps should be checked for proper function, making sure that the floats are not sticking. Contents in the basement or lower levels should be up off the floor or moved to higher levels. Any electrical appliances or tools should be unplugged and moved as well.

If you do end up fighting the Big Muddy this spring and it is an unwelcome guest in your home, please give us a call, we can help you clean it all up. 

We Can and Will handle whatever the River hands out and take care of any size of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

SERVPRO and Midwest Spring

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Spring Storm brings lots of water.

Unpredictable Midwest Spring

In the midwest, you can expect some very unusual weather patterns and some unusual things to happen in your home. But what you don't ever expect is to arrive home after being away for a few days and find your basement standing with 8' of water. Yikes! 

That is exactly what one of our recent clients had to deal with. Our spring here in Illinois has been overly wet from spring storms. The rain seemed to keep coming for what seemed like every day for 3 weeks. When the unexpecting couple arrived home after a short trip, the basement was full. Not just wet from the storms, but 8' of water.

We were able to develop a game plan to pump the water out slowly over a 6 day period to avoid collapsing the basement walls. Then get everything cleaned up and dried out.

We Can and Will handle the Storm and take care of any size of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993

SERVPRO of Quincy - Average Water Loss Costs

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

AVERAGE WATER LOSS COST - BY CATEGORY OF WATER 2022

CAT 1  (Clean) :  Approximately $ 4.50 sq ‘   *(see Note)

The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “clean” water leak with no further damage done or restoration needed on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ is around $4,500. While the average cost of drying out this same area of your home and repairing any damage done to drywall and carpeting/flooring is around $11,500 or $11.50 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, if the Water Category changes and how great the damage.

CAT 2  (Grey) :  Approximately  $ 5.25 sq ‘   *(see Note)

The average cost of simply drying out your property from a “grey” water leak with no further damage done or restoration needed on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ is around $5,250. While the average cost of drying out this same area of your home and repairing any damage done to drywall and carpeting/flooring is around $13,300 or $13.30 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, if the Water Category changes and how great the damage.

CAT 3  (Black) :  Approximately  $ 7.75 sq ‘  *(see Note)

Simply drying out your property from a “black” water leak is not possible. Just to extract “black” water from an avg loss area of 1000 sq’ would be around $7,750. Because of the damage done and the restoration needed, there are more factors to be taken into consideration with a “black” water loss. Cleaning up the “black” water, drying out your home and repairing any damage done to drywall (which will need removed), removing and replacing carpeting/flooring and sanitizing is around $19,500 or $19.50 sq’ on an avg loss area of 1000 sq’. Costs can continue to go up from here depending on the source of the water, how much water, and how great the damage.

*Note: The Approximate Costs listed are National Averages.

All are subject to change and can vary by location.

We Can and Will take care of any type of water loss!

You can count on us if disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP.

We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993