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When was the last time you had your crawl space and attic inspected?

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Moister barrier in crawl space Crawl space with a new moister barrier.

We are heading into the harsh winter months in the Pacific Northwest and with that you know, we can all expect heavy rains and freezing temperatures.

Having a clean, safe and healthy home is a top priority for every homeowner. The crawl space and attic are critical aspects to maintaining your property. Although these areas are often over looked because of there "lack of visibility". It is important to have them regularly cleaned and inspected.

So how often should these areas be inspected?

It is recommended that you have it professionally inspected at least 1 a year and that homeowners do there own every 6 months for preventative care.

When we think of "spring cleaning" the attic and crawl space are areas that often get neglected or forgotten. Since these spaces can be difficult to access and are not exactly favorable. It can be very beneficial to add them to your to-do list! Spring months can cause extra moister and dampness in your attic and it is an important time to make sure your insulation is not affected.

What to look for when conducting a inspection:

  • Cracks and leaks in the pipes.
  • Musty odors, unpleasant smells and mold.
  • Presence of rodents/pests.
  • Flooding and/or water damage.
  • Rusting of medal beams and water pipes.
  • Displaced or damaged insulation.

The harshness of winter can also reek major havoc on these areas. It's the time of year that attracts insects, wildlife and rodents to seek shelter. So repairing any holes in your attic and crawl space and having them completely sealed off will prevent infestations.

Anytime after unfavorable weather conditions it can be highly recommended too. Heavy rains and high winds after a storm can result in flooding and misplaced or damaged roof shingles.

SERVPRO of Longview/Kelso are professionally trained and ready to help! We offer a variety of cleaning and restoration services to help with maintaining your attic and crawl space.

Regularly inspecting and maintaining your attic and crawl space can be incredibly beneficial. It can improve the air quality of your home because about 40% of your homes air comes from the crawl space. It also can extend the life of your homes structure and save you money on your energy bill!

If you have recently discovered any water or mold damage inside your crawl space/attic. Do not hesitate to call, your locally owned SERVPRO of Longview/kelso at (360)703-3884.

Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can locate the source of moisture and get it dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation, treat the mold and mildew with a anti-microbial solution and many other necessary measures to make sure your home is a comfortable and healthier environment for your family!

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Tis The Season for Safety

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday dinner A perfectly cooked Turkey, without a singe!

The Holiday season is a joyous time spent with friends and family. It's the time of year that we celebrate with traditions and home cooked meals. During this season we often get so busy with planning and hosting that we may forget to practice safety. Although accidents can occur your local SERVPRO of Longview/Kelso would like to share a few tips to help you prepare for a safe and disaster free Holiday season.

The colder months are nearing upon us and as families, more time is spent indoors. It's important to update emergency escape plans and share with all members of the household. 

With the colder weather and holiday season, the kitchen is going to be where we spend most of our time! 

Whether we are preparing a big holiday meal or snacks for the children, It is important to practice safety while cooking or baking. The leading cause of house fires are from unattended food and significantly increase during the Holidays.

Holiday Meal Prep. safety tips:

  • The most important is to never leave food unattended while cooking.
  • Have children and pets stay free of the area. 
  • Keep flammable items away from the Oven/Stovetop such as Cooking Utensils, Plastics, and Hand towels ext.
  • Avoid loose clothing or long-sleeves.
  • As always keep the Stovetop clean from any grease or spills.

It can be very easy to get distracted with guests over. So remember to always have a Fire extinguisher handy (Check the date), Set a timer when cooking, and always make sure smoke detectors are working!  

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/holiday-fire-safety.html

Of course there are several other Safety tips other than burnt turkeys and kitchen fires. We should all use to protect ourselves and families. 

I've included a link to the American Red cross, that has a lot of great tips to help keep us safe.

At SERVPRO of Longview/Kelso we know that not always can hazards be completely avoided and accidents do happen. The holidays can be a very difficult time to experience any kind of disaster but if it strikes, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Longview/Kelso wishing you all a happy and safe holidays!