Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Looking New
The work horse of the kitchen. A little care can make your counter tops beautiful and functional for years to come.
Here at SERVPRO of Gilbert our reconstruction department is no stranger to rebuilding kitchens previously damaged from water, mold or fire. One of the common replacement items we come across in the kitchen are counter tops. With our expertise and multiple vendor options we can get your countertops, weather they are laminate, granite or marble, looking beautiful and functional.
Here are a few tips to keep these workhorses of the kitchen in tip top shape.
- Be aware of excessive weight placed on your counter tops. Placing heavy objects near unsupported edges or joints can cause cracks, ruptures and fractures that are expensive and difficult to repair. It might not be worth standing on your countertops versus grabbing a ladder when wanting to reach a tall shelf.
- Be careful of the cleaning supplies you use. Products that contain bleach or ammonia can cause stone and granite to lose their luster.
- Use a trivet or cutting board under toaster ovens, slow cookers and other heat-generating appliances. Temperature changes can cause some materials to crack.
- Use caution when using acidic foods on marble countertops. Marble countertops are made of calcium carbonate, and are extremely sensitive to acidity. If you spill vinegar, wine, lemon juice or tomato sauce clean immediately with water and then neutralize the stain by sprinkling baking soda on it.
- Watch pooled water, especially mineral-rich hard tap water. If left it can cause a crusty buildup. Always wipe water completely and then dry with a towel.
- Opt for a cutting board instead of cutting directly on the countertop. Fine scratches can disrupt the waterproof sealant on most countertops, making them more susceptible to damage down the road.
If you find yourself needing your kitchen or any other room of your home repaired, our reconstruction experts at SERVPRO of Gilbert can guide you through the process and make it “Like it never even happened."
Safety Tips for A Happy Easter
Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Gilbert
With Easter celebrations around the corner, ensure family and friends have a safe holiday. This requires just a bit of awareness and planning. According to National Safety, Inc. there are several things to consider you might have never thought of before, that can ensure a safe holiday celebration.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Possibly forgo a gift of a live animal. While animals such as bunnies, chicks and ducks may be cute and cuddly, they don’t make good gifts. These animals carry bacteria that can make your child sick as they can carry salmonella and other illnesses. Children are more likely to get sick due to their non-fully developed immune systems. Make it a general rule that when your children touch any type of pet, they wash their hands immediately.
Symptoms of Salmonella can show up one to three days after playing with an infected animal, your child may have fever, diarrhea or stomach pain. Nausea, chills, & headaches are also possible. This usually lasts about a week. Children. Elderly and people with weakened immune systems usually have worst symptoms.
In addition not only is the safety of your child a concern but so is the safety of the pet. If a child doesn’t hold an animal properly, they can potentially hurt the fragile animal by breaking their back or kill the baby animal by mishandling it.
Practice a bit of caution when hiding easter eggs.
- Do not hide the eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs
- Do not hide the eggs in, on, under or around glass
- Keeps eggs at or below eye level of children
- Keep count and track the eggs you hid.
- Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground.
- Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns or look potentially dangerous and poisonous.
- Do not hide eggs in any animal’s home, food bowl or play area.
- Do not place eggs where pesticides or poisons have been placed.
- Throw away eggs that have cracks or damage.
Be aware of the possible bacteria and eggs. Eggs are potentially hazardous food as they are in the same category as meat, poultry, fish and milk. In other words, they are capable of supporting rapid growth of disease causing bacteria like salmonella.
- Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/ painting, they must be kept refrigerated until time to boil. Never leave eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- For eggs used as decoration and table center pieces should be discarded and not eaten.
- When you boil eggs, use only clean, unbroken and cracked eggs. Set the water to boil at (185-190 degrees F) and boil for at least 12 minutes. Add a tablespoon of salt to make egg peeling a breeze!
- Cool you eggs in cold water or just in the air.
- Cleanliness of hands, workspace and utensils is important between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- Wash hands regularly, along with utensils and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before handling
Adhere to proper cooking temps when cooking Easter dinner. Fully cooked hams may be heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit at an oven temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. It also may be served cold. Fresh (raw) hams should be cooked to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lamb and beef should be cooked at least 145 degrees F, in an oven set no lower than 325 degrees F. Ground meats, on the other hand, should cook to 160 degrees F; steaks and chops to 145 degrees F.
Keep your furry friends safe!
- Keep Easter basket grass and foil candy wrappers away from pets.
- Did you know that all parts of the Lilly flower family are toxic to felines? Yep, keep those Lilly’s away!
- Chocolate is not good either. They cause accelerated heart rate, constriction of arteries, increased heart rate and central nervous system/ cardiac muscle stimulation. These effects can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity. Cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death can result if chocolate ingestion is not found within four to six hours and treated appropriately.
From our SERVPRO family to yours, have a Happy Easter!
Damage From Water Should Be Cleaned By Certified Professionals
SERVPRO of Gilbert will apply antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal agents which will inhibit bacterial and viral growth.
The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.
Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
SERVPRO of Gilbert will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens.
Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?
Are you prepared for the next storm?
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.
How can I be prepared?
It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
- Water (one + gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire Extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell Phone Charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: What You Need to Know
The Wireless Emergency Alert system partners with many local and state public safety agencies.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications to your mobile device as part of public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. These alerts are designed to inform the public of imminent threats to safety. It also alerts you of missing persons in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without subscribing to a service or downloading the app. WEAs may be used to share local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate attention, extreme weather warnings, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Commercial Water Loss
Technique of drilling holes into the wall to speed up drying time.
When water losses occur in commercial businesses the objective is to get the business up and running as soon as possible so as to avoid loss of income and production for that business. SERVPRO of Gilbert has the latest technology in cleaning and drying equipment as well as highly trained technicians to service commercial properties fast.
This photo is an example of how in select situations we are able to remove the vinyl molding at the base of the wall and drill several 1/2" holes every foot along the base of the wall. Air movers are then placed along the wall blowing drying air. This helps increase circulation within the wall and speeds up the drying process while avoiding cutting into the drywall. When the area is completely dry it is easy to repair the holes and replace the vinyl molding.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we understand how a water or fire loss can cause chaos to a business. We are here to help.
Fireworks And Fun With A Pinch Of Caution
An easy guide to permissible fireworks in Arizona.
With the Fourth of July weekend arriving soon it’s good to be aware that not all fireworks are created equal. Unlike some areas in the country, Arizona has strict limitations as to what type of permissible fireworks are legal and safe for consumers to use as well as what days of the calendar year these “permissible” fireworks can be used.
Some of the allowed permissible fireworks are:
- Ground and handheld sparkling devices
- Cylindrical fountains
- Cone fountains
- Illuminating torches
- Ground spinners
- Toy smoke devices
- Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
- Multiple tube ground and ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains and illuminating torches.
Be aware that anything that is designed to rise into the air and explode or detonate or designed to fly above the ground such as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, torpedoes and roman candles are considered illegal. The fine for using these types of firecrackers can be up to $1000.
The timeline to use permissible fireworks runs from June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3 on private property.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we want to wish all of you a happy a safe Fourth of July. For more information regarding city firework’ guidelines for Gilbert and Chandler Arizona click on the links. https://www.chandlerpd.com/fireworks-laws-in-arizona/ , https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue/fire-prevention-safety/consumer-fireworks.
Monsoon Preparedness Kit
Are you ready for monsoon season?
Common to Arizona, monsoons pose a great threat to homes and business, making it crucial that individuals remain safe and prepared in the event that one strikes. Factors to be considered when handling monsoons include disaster supplies, flash floods, lightening, power outages, and dust storms.
Ensuring useful and ample disaster supplies is extremely important to remaining safe in monsoons. Contents should include essential items such as food, water, and clothing capable of sustaining each individual affected for up to three days. This is necessary as water, electric, and gas services may become interrupted in a storm. Provisions of priority include three gallons of water for each person, a food-stock that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a first aid kit, all necessary medications, and a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, and batteries. It is critical that equipment is kept in working condition and that batteries or other sources of back-up power are provided in the case of extended emergency.
In the unfortunate event your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your home emergency.
For more information regarding monsoon season please go to www.monsoonsafety.org.
Monsoon Season Is Upon Us
Summer in Arizona can bring about a variety of weather related dangers. The time period between June 15th to September 30th is considered "Monsoon Season". Monsoon season is made up of several weather hazards with the onset of the season bringing extreme heat. This period of extreme heat is then followed by an influx of moisture and thunderstorms which can strike suddenly and violently. Each year in the Southwest people are killed or injured and property is damaged from lighting strikes, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding as well as the heat.
It is important to be prepared and alert during this time of year. Stay informed by tuning into the weather reports on television, radio or online. You can even purchase an emergency weather radio that is set up to the NOAA channel frequency and sends out alerts for incoming hazardous weather.
Also make sure you have our number in an easy to find place in case of the unfortunate event you find your home or business damaged during a monsoon. We are open 24hrs a day seven days a week so we can get to your home or business quickly to start mitigating any damage. We have highly trained technicians and the most advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. We are prepared to remedy your water, fire, wind and mold damage expertly.
For more information regarding monsoon season please visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/index.htm
SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South Are Under New Ownership
Our franchise is excited to announce that we are under new ownership. Tom Curran and Jim Tax are the new owners of SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South. Both Tom and Jim have come from successful business backgrounds and combined, have over 43 years of leadership and sales experience at such companies as Allstate Insurance Company, Horace Mann Insurance Company, Countrywide Insurance Company, USAA and Bank of America. Throughout their careers they have focused on creating an exceptional customer experience and plan to continue providing this high level of service as the owners of SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South.
Our franchise offers both residential and commercial emergency restoration and cleaning services to help you or your business get back on your feet quickly if disaster strikes.