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Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties wants to wish all of you a very safe and Merry Christmas! 

Get your home winter ready with these simple steps! by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schulyer Counties

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Get your home winter ready with these simple steps! by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schulyer Counties

Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there's some organizing to do. We've got the tips to help you.

Strategy for Saving

Organizing your home for winter can seem like an annoying and perhaps unnecessary chore. But the financial benefits will outweigh any feelings of being "put out." Winter heating costs can skyrocket if your windows are poorly insulated, your plumbing breaks, or if the heating system is out-of-date. Ensuring your home is prepped properly can save you a nice chunk of change while protecting your property for years to come. 

Break It Down

Looking at a giant to-do list is overwhelming. To save frustration, break it down into two or three jobs you can tackle over the next three to four weekends. First up, windows. Check each one in the house for drafts and insulation needs. The following week, inspect pipes to avoid an unfortunate burst in January. You can make things even easier by dividing the job among the family. Assign each person a room to inspect and report back on whether it's ready for winter.

Three Steps to a Safe Season

#1: Prep the Plumbing

Drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler pipes blown out. Roll up the garden hoses and store them inside. Identify any "problem" pipes that are prone to freezing in the house and consider using heat tape to keep them warm during extremely cold weather. If the worst happens, ensure everyone in the family knows how to turn off the water at the source. This will minimize leaking when and if a pipe bursts.

#2: Heat Things Up

Everyone enjoys cozy evenings by a crackling fire?  Ensure your fireplace is ready to provide warm nights all winter. Be sure to have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before the first frost. Also, have a professional perform a routine check of the heating systems before cold weather arrives. This should include vacuuming the vents and other heating components. If your furnace has a filter, check to see if it needs replacing. For more energy savings, consider installing a setback thermostat that keeps the home cooler when you are asleep or away.

#3: Seal the Leaks

Keep drafts to a minimum this winter. If you have them, install storm windows and doors -- and don't overlook the basement. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If doorstops are worn, replace them. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall, be sure to use caulking and weather-stripping around all entry points. These steps will block any potential entry points for cold air. That's an idea you can warm up to.

 

5 Holiday Safety Tips By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

5 Holiday Safety Tips By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

It’s that time of year again! Already the stores are jammed from one end to the other with holiday decorations, trinkets, treats and toys. I know I get wrapped up in the excitement just like everyone else. But while we’re sipping our cider and hanging the wreath, there are hazards lurking in your old decoration box in the attic. This is the perfect time of year to do a few safety checks so that the rest of your holidays are safe and stress free.

Follow these five tips for holiday safety:

1) Inspect those lights! A frayed wire is a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s wound around a drying up tree. Carefully inspect all holiday lights before you hang them to ensure they aren’t going to pose a fire hazard. There is nothing less jolly than a Christmas tree set ablaze.

2) Keep lights and wires away from young children and pets. Holiday lights can often contain PVC coatings and be tainted with lead. You wouldn’t want your little ones to be handling them and then sticking their hands in their mouth. This is an unexpected source of lead exposure that is easy to avoid. After you are done with your decorating, wash your hands thoroughly.

3) Replace lights with safer alternatives. The thing to look for when purchasing lights is a label that says RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) which means that no lead is used in making the lights. Some companies don’t have this label but will confirm their lead status if you ask. EnvironmentalLights.com carries a variety of LED holiday lights that are free of lead.

4) Be aware of toy recalls. It’s easy to pile the toys into your cart without a thought. But what happens if the scooter you bought for Billy has been recalled for a laceration hazard and you don’t know it? Investigating toy recalls is a worthy time investment when buying new or used toys for kids. You can subscribe to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions email list and you’ll get a digest that includes the weekly recalls of current toys. This way you’ll be alerted if something you bought pops up. You can also search SaferProducts.gov for toys and other items to see if anything you already have has been recalled in the past. It might just be a simple repair kit or it could be something more dangerous like lead paint. It’s worth it to check!

5) Check and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detection device batteries. This is the perfect time to test and check all your safety devices in your home. Replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors during the holidays. It will keep you and your family safer and it will be easy to remember when you last replaced them.

Now that you have those holiday safety tips out of the way, you can refill your cider and put your feet up for a relaxing Holiday Season!

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Weather for Horseheads July 22nd- July 31st by SERVPRO of Chemung & Scuyler Counties

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for Horseheads July 22nd- July 31st by SERVPRO of Chemung & Scuyler Counties

Weather For horseheads and the surrounding areas will be in the 90's all week.

A Severe Thunder Storm alert has been issued for Elmira, Horseheads, and the surrounding areas.

Want to keep the heat out? Take our advise! By SERVPRO of Chemung & Shcuyler Counties

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Want to keep the heat out? Take our advise! By SERVPRO of Chemung & Shcuyler Counties

Protecting Your Home From Extreme Heat

During the sweltering heat of summer, your home is supposed to be your oasis. Your place of cool relief. But during the worst heat waves, the weather can start to get in the way of your comfort.

With just a few simple steps, you can keep the heat at bay, while keeping your air-conditioning system from becoming overworked.


1. Insulate your attic.

Proper attic insulation goes a long way toward preserving your comfort; it’s not just for keeping heat in during the winter, it can also ward heat off during the summer. Whether blown in or installed in rolls, it can make a huge difference in your savings and the temperature in your home.


2. Install an attic door cover.

While insulation is a great all-over solution for the attic, particular attention should be paid to the hatch or stairway used for attic access. Most of the heat that flows between the attic and the rest of the house comes through this access point. By adding an attic door cover, the flow of heat out of the attic can be greatly reduced.


3. Caulk windows and doors.

When it comes to insulating against heat, the attic is just the beginning. Poorly sealed windows can let warm air in. Caulking them can do a lot to preserve your comfort. Likewise, doors that don’t seal properly when closed can let in substantial amounts of warm air; by weather stripping them, you can help halt the loss of comfort and energy.


4. Install a programmable thermostat.

To help fight heat more efficiently and effectively, consider a programable thermostat. They create substantial energy savings without affecting comfort by reducing system use during times of lesser cooling need, such as at night when temperatures are lower or during the workday when your home may be empty.


5. Consider a multi-stage air conditioner.

Another highly effective tool in the fight against wilting summer heat is the installation of a multi-stage air conditioner. Since they can adjust their cooling output based on demand, multi-stage air conditioners can often run at a lower speed, helping you use less energy to maintain the same amount of comfort.

Do you "Know" your appraiser? By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties.

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Do you "Know" your appraiser? By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties.

In an ever-changing market full of technology, competition, and the desire to have the best CSI,  who is the FACE of your company ?  

The IA industry has been evolving for years.  From Polaroid Instamatics to 35 MM, handwriting estimates with 35 manuals in the trunk to Photo Apps and multiple Estimating Software Platforms,  how we do the job has changed but more importantly,who is doing the job it the most critical element.

Having an Appraiser license isn't just a piece of paper, it is a privilege and something that should require not just the ability to pass a test,  but the knowledge of the claim industry and how to interact with your clients.  

Continuing education from both customer service and estimatic standpoints is critical to ensure the right person for the job.  

Understanding policy provisions and State Regulations are equally important.  

Price points might be used as a factor in selecting a vendor from an expense perspective, but the cost of a poor customer experience cannot be valued.

Know your appraiser.  Confirm experience and make the commitment to quality service over cost.   

Continued renewals are priceless.  

5 Unexpected Home Maintenance Costs by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

5 Unexpected Home Maintenance Costs by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

As a new homeowner, you might be familiar with some of the basic maintenance tasks like cleaning out your gutters, Trimming the trees or replacing batteries in smoke detectors, but what about those unexpected things?

We all know that unforeseen issues can crop up when owning a home, so it helps to try and budget for these unpredictable events. You may want to consider building up a home repair fund between 1 to 3 percent per year of your home’s value. So, if your home is worth $300,000, that’s $3,000 a year or $250 a month.

Here are some unexpected home maintenance costs to think about saving for:

1. Critters

As a new homeowner, you might be familiar with some of the basic maintenance tasks like cleaning out your gutters, Trimming the trees or replacing batteries in smoke detectors, but what about those unexpected things?

We all know that unforeseen issues can crop up when owning a home, so it helps to try and budget for these unpredictable events. You may want to consider building up a home repair fund between 1 to 3 percent per year of your home’s value. So, if your home is worth $300,000, that’s $3,000 a year or $250 a month.

Here are some unexpected home maintenance costs to think about saving for:

2. Digging Dogs

Having a backyard for a dog to run in is a fun benefit of owning a home, but it may lead to some costly repairs if your dog doesn't have enough entertainmnet. According to The Humane Society of the United States, digging a hole may be a dog's way of saying it wants some attention and play time. You can likely fill the holes in the lawn, but if your dog digs under your fence, and the damage is bad enough, you may have to repair it.

 3. Washer Overload

Does your new home have a high-efficiency (HE) washing machine? Putting too much soap or the wrong kind of detergent into a HE machine may cause it to overwork itself and break, says the American Cleaning Institute. Make sure to use the right amount and kind of HE detergent for your washer, or be ready to pay for potentially expensive repair if it breaks.

4. Tree Roots

 An old, large tree in front (or back) of your home looks great and can provide some excellent shade. Its roots, however, could potentially invade the drain line leading out of your home and may lead to a hefty repair bill.  Digging up your lawn isn’t something you consider when you see a beautiful tree on your property — but a sewer line inspection from the street to your home might be a good idea for peace of mind.

 5. Leaking Windows

 Unless it’s pouring rain on the day of your home inspection, it’s hard to spot leaky windows in your new home. Caulking a window can be easy enough, but replacing a window or repairing any damage a leak may cause could get expensive.

It’s really hard to be prepared for everything that might happen in your home, but it doesn’t hurt to play it safe and save for a rainy day in case something does come up.

If anything occurs that SERVPRO of Chemung & Schulyer Counties can help with call 607-846-3685. We are open for emergencies 24/7!

Weather for January 25th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/25/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for January 25th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Here is todays weather for today and the rest of the week. 

Some crazy weather this week ranging from snow to rain to sunny skies. 

Enjoy!

SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties will be a proud sponsor of Hockey 4 Hope

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Chemung & Schuyler Counties will be a proud sponsor of Hockey 4 Hope

SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler will be sponsoring the 7th annual Hockey 4 Hope game on April 2nd, 2016. Hockey 4 Hope is a charity hockey game in Binghamton, NY which raises money to help alleviate the financial burden associated with cancer. 

Players from all over the country including Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and San Jose, California attend the game. Money raised will be donated to The Geller Oncology Fund of Lourdes Hospital and Make-A-Wish of Central, NY.

If your interested in attending the game or making a donation, please visit Hockey 4 Hope. 

8 Places With Always-Perfect Weather by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

8 Places With Always-Perfect Weather by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Need to get out of the cold and dreary weather...Think of all the things you'd talk about if you went to a place where weather was never the topic of conversation.

San Diego

Let's get this one out of the way. San Diego is the textbook example of beautiful year-round climate. It's never too hot and never too cold, with a very minimal amount of that pesky California fog to get in the way—when it does roll in, it burns off pretty quickly in the morning. Winters average at 57° F, summers at 72° F—72° F, people! If ever there was a perfect temperature, that's the magic number. The people of San Diego have adopted a sunny attitude to match, as well as a fierce affinity for being active. Isn't it crazy what a little good weather can do to a person?

Málaga, Spain

Not a lot of people know about this little Spanish doubloon, and isn't that awesome? Nothing spoils beautiful weather faster than a flock of tourists. It sits right on the Mediterranean coast and it's got one of the warmest winters of any European city. With such whimsical weather, think of all the tapas you could eat, think of the gardens you could stroll, think of the open-air markets you could peruse! Oh, the possibilities.

Canary Islands

Spain really has this whole weather thing figured out. The Spanish-owned archipelago off the coast of Morocco is one sweet slice of sunshine. The Canary Islands are close enough to the equator to always be warm, but have the benefit of the sea and trade winds to keep things moderate. The natural scenery is something prehistoric. You'll half expect a wrestling T-rex and King Kong to come tumbling out of the giant peaks, lush woodlands, and deserty Mars-like scape. Oh, they also have amazing beaches.

Sydney, Australia

This little sheila gets an average of 340 days of sunshine per year. If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, that sentence probably made you sad. Cheer up, mate. Sydney will make you forget all your troubles. March through November (spring, winter and fall to them) are the best months to be Down Under. A Sydney summer will run you the risk of experiencing a drought or heat wave, but as long as you hang by the beach or another form of watering hole, you'll be in good shape. Luckily their climate is mostly dry, so even if it's hot, there's no humidity.

Loja, Ecuador

Ecuador is a magical place where there's no such thing as daylight savings time. It's literally named after the equator, which is the sunniest latitude on the planet. Loja temperature averages in the 70s all year round, and it's also considered the music capital of Ecuador. What better muse than the sun?

El Paso, Texas

You probably know it because of the salsa, and how do you think they get such high quality salsa vegetables? Sunshine! El Paso has dry heat and just enough rainfall to keep the plants happy. Much like San Diego, El Paso is an outdoor playground. You can climb rocks in Hueco Tanks State Park or cycle through Franklin Mountains State Park—the largest urban state park.

Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is the United State's own little slice of paradise, but many a honeymooner has been met with rain instead of sunshine. Hawaii has a wet season and a lot of different microclimates that can play a part in the weather fluxes. Oahu, also called "The Gathering Place," has the most reliably clear and sunny weather of all the Hawaiian Islands.

Nice, France

It's nice. Really nice. A distant coastline neighbor of Málaga, this Mediterranean sea star is just as sunny. Walk or bike along the palm-peppered promenade des Anglais during a sunset and you'll think you're in California. The smell of French bread and wine will bring you right back, though.

Weather for January 11th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for January 11th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Here is todays weather for today and the rest of the week. 

Tuesday and Wednesday we may see some snow but the remainder of the week should be clear! 

Enjoy! 

Weather for January 8th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/8/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for January 8th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in the Horseheads and the surrounding areas will be in the mid teens. 

Bundle up for the rest of today and tomorrow as we will be in the mid teens all day...Can there be some snow in the forecast, I guess we will see. 

Weather for January 4th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/4/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for January 4th, 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in the Horseheads and the surrounding areas will be in the mid teens. 

Bundle up for the rest of today and tomorrow as we will be in the mid teens all day...plus some snow! 

Weather for December 30th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 30th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be in the high 30's.

Fog and rain possible all day! 

Weather for December 29th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/29/2015 (Permalink)

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be in the high 30's. 

Severe weather advisory until 10am this morning freezing rain and drizzle turning to all rain in the afternoon.  

Weather for December 28th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 28th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be in the mid 20's.

Winter weather advisory from 6pm today until 10am Wednesday including feezing rain and sleet with a mix of snow. Roads will be dangerous, please be careful. 

Weather for December 24th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 24th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be in the mid 60's with sporadic rain showers.

Thoughts and prayers to all the people down South dealing with the most recent tornado...stay safe! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/23/2015 (Permalink)

MERRY CHRISTMAS from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Hello friends, it is that time of the year again. A time to step back and look at another year that has gone by way to quickly! All the times that tested you and challenged you. All the times that made you proud of yourself, your team, and your company. All of those times that define who you are as an individual, family and team member.  We here at SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties certainly had those moments, whether it was the freezing winter nights that caused damage or the horrible floods that came upon us way too fast we definitely were tested.

In the coming year there are so many opportunities to look forward to, and if this past year was any indication, there will be a handful of challenges as well. We know that that each of us will be working hard to meet those challenges and setting new goals for the future.

At this time of Christmas let us all be thankful for what Christmas means to each of us. For us it means the life of Christ and the gifts of salvation, eternal life and grace.

So from my family to yours have a safe holiday season and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!

Brian Laing & The SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Family

Weather for December 23rd, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/23/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 23rd, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be in the high 50's/low 60's with rain in the afternoon. 

Weather for December 22st, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 22st, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Rain until 3pm with a little bit of sun reaching through the clouds! 

Weather for December 21st, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/21/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 21st, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Suppose to be sunny and nice! No snow until after Christmas...

Weather for December 18th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 18th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. A little bit of rain, mixed with snow and cold...could the weather be changing! 

Weather for December 17th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/17/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 17th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Its a little gloomy out there! 

Weather for December 14th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

Weather for December 14th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Enjoy the warm weather while we can!

Weather for December 11th, 2015 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

Weather in Horseheads New York from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Todays weather in Horseheads and the surrounding areas. Enjoy this beautiful weather!