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Clean Up Winter Stains
As the snow melts and freezes your floors attract more dirt, mud, salt and water.
Although many stains are better off to be removed right away, mud stains should be taken care of after waiting until the mud dries. Trying to clean mud right away causes the mess to spread, giving you a bigger and tougher stain to clean in the end. Drying the mud with a fan can speed up the process of removal. Cleanipedia gives us tips on how we can effectively remove mud stains and keep our carpet clean this season.
- Start off by using a vacuum hose to pick up the dry pieces of mud. This will get all of the excess crumbles out of the way to keep from smearing them across the floor. Move the hose gently across the area to ensure that you’re not pressing the dirt deeper into the carpet.
- There will most likely be some pieces of mud still stuck to the fibers of the carpet after using the vacuum. These remnants left over will need to be removed by scraping them out of the carpet using a gentle object, such as a spoon.
- Once you’ve scraped the dirt out, run the vacuum hose back over the area to pick up the remainder of the particles. If there are still particles left over, continue to scrape and vacuum until all dirt remnants have been removed.
- Now that all of the extra mud has been removed from the carpet, there is usually still a stain to be seen unfortunately. There are multiple different methods and removal products to help clean the stain, but even a simple warm water and laundry detergent mixture can do the trick. (Always make sure to try using the solution on a small, unseen portion of carpet first to test it out before applying it to a large area.)
- Once you have your mixture put together, soak the sponge into the solution and gently dab the area until the stain is completely covered and faded. Let the area dry naturally to see the outcome.
Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Clean the Gutters
After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping. “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc. “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup,” he says.
Inspect the Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. "Ice, rain, snow, and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs," says Jay Butch, Director, Contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. "Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm."
Ready the Fireplace
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Gary Webster, Creative Director of Travis Industries, suggests that you examine your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket for a tight seal.
Sponsoring – The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids
We are proud to sponsor The Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids, on June 21- 22, 2015! Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime tournament that is sure to inspire our community.
In 2007, The Mike Weir Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network set an ambitious goal to raise $10 million for Canadian pediatric healthcare.
Since that time, the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids has raised more than $4,788,000 to support innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and ground-breaking pediatric research at children’s hospitals across the country.
In June 2015, the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids is coming to Calgary! All proceeds from this exciting two-day golf event will benefit the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Learn more about Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation & Mike Weir Foundation and tournament details: www.childrenshospital.ab.ca/MikeWeir
Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter
Prevent water damage this winter & stop pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes are a leading cause of water damage in the colder months of the year. Why?
Water has the unfortunate property in that as it freezes, it expands. This can affect all types of water lines, whether metal, plastic, or PVC. Simply, all pipes are subject to bursting given the right amount of pressure. As the water freezes, it can expand the pipe, eventually causing a hairline crack or a complete break. At that point the portion unfrozen will then provide a continual stream of water until shut off, causing water damage throughout the property.
How can I prevent my pipes from freezing or bursting?If possible, make sure that all pipes and supply lines on exterior walls are insulated. Exterior walls will be much colder than interior walls given their location. Additionally, all water lines in basements and crawlspaces need to be insulated as they will be subjected to very cold temperatures. Simple foam insulation wrap can help prevent your pipes from freezing.Make sure all outdoor hoses are removed from exterior hose bibs.Always keep your heating unit on and operational, even when away on vacation. If leaving for an extended period of time, set your thermostat to no colder than 55 degrees to ensure that your home has enough heat to properly keep interior pipes from freezing.Keep garage doors closed if you have water supply lines located in that area. In extreme cases of sever cold for extended periods of time, ensure that exposed pipes are insulated. Space heaters (placed away from anything flammable) can provide heat and warmth to combat cold environments in garage areas.If you notice very low water pressure from water supply areas, a frozen pipe could be the cause. Immediate action should be taken to identify the problem.
What should I do if my pipes are already frozen?Turn on all the faucets with warm water, not hot, to a slow drip. This will help in supplying warmer water to the area without causing an abrupt temperature change. It will also help you in determining the location of the freeze.Apply exterior heat to the frozen section of pipe. This can be done with a hair dryer, electric heating pad, space heater, and towels soaked in warm water wrapped around the pipe. NEVERuse open flame devices, as this can be a major fire hazard.Keep continual heat on the area until water flow is restored to normal.Once restored, try to determine why the area froze. It may be as simple as adding insulation, sleeve wraps, UL listed heat tape, or other form of insulation.If you cannot locate, find, or properly thaw your pipes, call a professional plumber to assist.
What if my pipes burst and caused damage?
If your pipes have busted, cracked, or began leaking, immediate action should be taken to ensure that water damage could be minimalized to you property. Soak up as much water as possible with towels or extract with a shop vac. It's often necessary to have professionals like SERVPRO come in and completely mitigate the water. Home drying efforts can help reduce damages, but will not get rid of all moisture and humidity. It's important to ensure that your property is completely dry and dehumidified to prevent secondary damage from ruining your home, flooring, furnishings, or building materials. Call SERVPRO today if you've had water damage from a pipe leak, and we'll work with you and/or your insurance company to make sure that your home is restored correctly!
Winterize Your Business
The winter months may call for businesses to take some standard precautionary measures to help protect their property. These measures include basic maintenance checks and preparation to help ensure your business and employees remain safe. Some basic precautionary tips include:
- Check your business property for down tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leave or debris accumulates causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Inspect property, especially walkaways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non- slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
Winterize Your Home
Keep Your Home Safe!
Since the severe weather has made an appearance across the country, it's only right if I give you Awesome Tips on keeping your home and business safe!
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.