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HVAC Cleaning benefits by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning HVAC Cleaning benefits by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties Before and After Ducts by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Sneezing like crazy? Coughing uncontrollably? Are your itchy and scratchy?

Maybe the air you’re breathing in your home isn’t as clean as you thought. Believe it or not ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. But have no fear - the SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties team is here!

If your HVAC system has been running for a while without any attention it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris and more. If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold... having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.

EPA has published the following publications for guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.

And if you want the job done and done well, call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties at 607-846-3685

How does Ozone cleaning work by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How does Ozone cleaning work by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties discusses Ozone cleaning.

The use of ozone can be a very effective way of removing odor from a property. SERVPRO may commonly use this method following fire damage cleaning, skunk odor to the property, mold or full property cleaning. SERVPRO will provide a free estimate of your situation and decide if Ozone will be the best and most appropriate method of odor removal. 

When it comes to successful deodorization the first step is to clean/remove or fix what is causing the odor, for example the best chance of success would be to clean the fire damage first, fix a leaking pipe that is causing a musty odor, or remove the garbage from an area before starting the ozone process. It will be crucial to remove items emitting odor.

How it works: Basically, ozone removes odor by destroying the molecules, bacteria, and spores that cause unpleasant smells.  Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule and is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces.  The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – eliminating the smell. *Ozonesolutions.com

For more questions regarding our deodorization methods please feel free to call our office and we would be happy to help!

How To Clean Your House 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning How To Clean Your House 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties How To Clean Your House 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

When I first learned to clean my own place, I thought Saturday had to be an all day clean-a-thon. I didn't really have a concept of how to balance the work load during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects or even you know…fun! Now I clean in 20 minutes a day — every day — and things just seem to take care of themselves. Here's a glimpse at the schedule I use!

No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. Adjust this list as your family's needs require (those with more or less children might require doing certain activities more or less). If it's easier, take a blank calendar and fill it in accordingly so easier tasks are on days where your day is go, go, go and reserve the more difficult ones for days when things are a little lighter. Here are 5 tips to help make these 30 days a success:

1- Dealing With What Comes Through The Door

Set up a small area by the front door to act as a "landing strip” for incoming items to your home.

2- Do Your Dishes After Every Meal

This will help you stay on top of your kitchen instead of having it turn into a monster! No one really wants to do them (after all, you probably cooked dinner to boot). But waiting for another meal or until you have enough to fill the dishwasher just makes things feel overwhelming and easier to put off. The same goes for taking out trash as well. If you need to take the trash out, place it by the front door to go out in the morning or dispose of it that night so it's over and done with.

3- Laundry

If you have a washer and dryer at home, do a little bit each day. Spread things out so you don't feel bogged down by 200 towels and stinky socks. If you take things to a laundromat, sort clothes as you go so things are easier to load into machines when you get there. Fold them before you come home so you aren't dumping baskets out on your sofa or bed and they can go straight into drawers and closets. Not feeling inspired? Treat yourself... to a new laundry basket. It's the little things.

4- Whistle While You Work

No one really enjoys cleaning, but singing, humming, whistling or turning up the stereo are all great options to keep the beat in your feet and have fun while working.

5- Set a Timer

Most items on the list below should take no more than 20 minutes total. It's easy to rationalize 20 minutes, but it's also easy to get distracted by phone calls, emails, children and other projects that call your name as you tackle each chore. Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes (which ever works best for you) and that way when it sounds you know exactly how much time you have left. If you find yourself off task it's easy to get back on track.

 

Here is an example of the list-

  1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)
  2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)
  3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)
  4. Surface clean "extra" rooms (basement, office, play room)
  5. Surface clean living room and kitchen
  6. Clean bathrooms
  7. Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works great and is cheap!)
  8. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don't forget stairs)
  9. Surface clean bedrooms
  10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork)
  11. Clean bathrooms
  12. Clean out closets (hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, hats)
  13. Surface clean "extra" rooms
  14. Deep clean bedrooms (organize drawers, check under bed, tidy closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, mop)
  15. Surface clean living room and kitchen
  16. Deep clean bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside of trash cans, tops of mirrors, tile, mop)
  17. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remote controls), switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched.
  18. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry
  19. Clean entryway, sweep porch (if you have one), clean out car (because they're often our home away from home)
  20. Surface clean living room and kitchen
  21. Surface clean bathrooms
  22. Surface clean bedrooms
  23. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house
  24. Clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if not applicable
  25. Surface clean living room and kitchen
  26. Deep clean kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)
  27. Surface clean bathrooms
  28. Surfaces clean bedrooms
  29. Clean one item you've been meaning to get to and haven't (deep clean your stove, wipe down all light fixtures, tackle a particularly unruly area)
  30. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

To this list you can also add chores that need to be done monthly or quarterly. It's easier to plan for larger tasks like steam cleaning a sofa or a heavy traffic hallway, when it feels like part of the routine instead of that thing you keep putting off and dreading.

Habits are formed by doing and one of the best ways to change a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. So if the time spent right when you come home from work is usually filled with email reading or a short nap, try switching this out with your cleaning instead. Filling these first 20 minutes of your time at home with quick cleaning will build good habits and help you stay on top of the game without feeling like it's a huge chore.

 

 

 



 

Puff Backs by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

2/19/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Puff Backs by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties The result of a puff back.

In the US, approximately 8 million homes still use heating oil as their main heating fuel.  Of these, an astounding 80%, or 6.4 million, are located in the Northeast.  Many of these furnaces, despite being regularly serviced, can malfunction in the form of a “puffback.”  These puffbacks wreak havoc on paint, carpet, and contents of a home.  Most often, they’re covered under your existing homeowners insurance policy.

A oil furnace puff back is an actual explosion of unburned fuel lying in the combustion chamber of the furnace.  The strength and soot expelled by this explosion depends on how much unburned oil there is.  Two major malfunctions which can cause this oil to accumulate are:

  1. Leaks in the piping supplying the oil.  If you notice a slow drip of oil on the floor, call a technician to service the equipment.  These leaks cause air bubbles to get into the piping, which can move and push little bits of oil into the combustion chamber when the furnace is off.  This accumulates, and ultimately will ignite the oil and cause a loud bang.
  2. Problems when the furnace shuts down.  Inside the oil burner is a valve which is spring loaded and stops the flow of oil precisely when the RPMs of the oil burner begins to slow.  If there is even the slightest bit of dirt or debris on this valve, it can cause the same accumulation in the combustion chamber.

If your home experiences a puffback, you may notice some thermal tracks on the walls and ceiling where the soot has settled. The soot will settle mostly near cooler areas on these surfaces, so you may notice it on nail heads on drywall, or in the corners of the ceiling.  Often, these tracks are indicators of areas of heat loss within a home as well.  However, even if you don’t notice any visible signs, that doesn’t mean the soot isn’t covering your walls, ceiling and contents. You should have the unit serviced and cleaned immediately.

If there’s evidence of soot, contact us and your insurance company. If you have coverage they possibly will pay to have all areas affected cleaned (including contents Ducts and clothing), and deodorized. We work closely with your insurance company, to take some of the stress away! Call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schyuler Counties today and we will answer any questions you may have.

Wanna Save Your Marriage? Call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/15/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Wanna Save Your Marriage? Call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties Wanna Save Your Marriage? Call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

These days, life is hectic. After a long day at work, coming home and doing chores sounds like one of the least appealing things in the world to do. “That’s what weekends are for!” some might say. However, we tend to disagree – weekends are meant to be spent pursuing your hobbies, and spending time with family and friends. Unless your favorite hobby is mopping the floor, or your best friend is a feather duster, we don’t think cleaning should be involved.

However, that doesn’t mean you can throw away the vacuum for good. Cleanliness compatibility is a legitimately important factor to consider before marriage.

According to new studies three in ten couples divorce over cleaning and household chores. When one partner doesn’t pull their weight around the house, it often leads to resentment on the part of the other, which can generate bigger issues.

It's a matter of opportunity cost. The time you spend vaccuming, mopping, and doing other household tasks could instead be time spent building meaningful memories with your loved ones.

That being said, in a month where the most romantic day of the year shares space with the most popular time of the year for divorce, and when 30% of marriages end because of fighting that's the result of chores, February seems like the perfect match for the gift of an effortlessly clean house.

So give your loved one what they really want this Valentine's Day: A day of cleaning from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties.