Tips to Keep Your Gutters Clear of Debris
Taking care of your gutters will help prevent water damage to your home!
Most people never think about the gutters on their home, but they play a very important role. Your gutters and downspouts direct rainwater away from your home so that it doesn't get into your crawlspace or basement, which can cause damage to your home. The best way to keep water flowing smoothly through your gutters is to keep them clean and free of debris, and here are some tips on how to do so.
If you are willing to invest the money, buying gutter guards is one of the best ways to keep your gutters clean. Gutter guards, or gutter shields, as they are sometimes called, are made of aluminum or vinyl mesh. The mesh has small holes that are big enough to let the raindrops in but small enough to keep most dirt and debris out.
Gutter guards can cost hundreds of dollars, and it's not an expense that many people want to make or can afford. The good news is there are other good ways to keep your gutters clean. One of those is simply to do a regular gutter cleaning. This usually involves getting on a ladder and grabbing some gloves and a garden hose. You can wash out most of the dirt and debris with the hose, although you may have to remove large clumps by hand. You should do this a couple of times a year.
To help keep your gutters from getting debris in them in the first place, it's a good idea to trim back trees. Large trees that have branches that hang over your roof are a good source of leaves and sticks that can clog up your gutters. Keeping trees trimmed back away from your house won't alleviate the problem altogether, but it should cut down on a number of leaves and other debris you wind up within your gutters.
Prevention is key when it comes to your gutters, which is why regular cleaning is important. Ignoring your gutters can lead to water damage that requires expensive home restoration work. If you do wind up with water damage in your home because your gutters are clogged, SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas can take care of your problem. We offer 24/7 emergency service and can quickly get your home looking like new again.
Emergency Preparedness Month
Is your family prepared?
Being prepared for an emergency can save your life and the lives of those you love. To encourage people to be ready for a disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors Emergency Preparedness Month every September. This year's theme is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
FEMA selected September because it corresponds to the 9/11 attacks and it sits in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season. The ultimate goal of Emergency Preparedness Month is to increase the number of individuals, families, and communities who actively prepare to handle disasters at home, at work, in school and in places of worship.
As demonstrated by history and present news, disasters can be man-made and natural. The fortunate thing is preparation for both is the same. It starts with getting a plan together, then gathering supplies, and finally practicing what happens if a disaster occurs.
Getting a Plan Together
Preparation begins with a plan. How will you and your family survive if a disaster occurs? Your plan needs to outline what you would do in different scenarios: fire, flood, gas leak, terrorist attack, etc. You also need to make a list of what items you would need to survive for a few days like food, water, medical supplies, pet supplies, etc.
Other things to consider would be:
How would you communicate with each other if you were separated?
Where would you meet?
Who would help disabled family members?
Gathering Supplies and Getting Prepared
Once you have a plan in place, the next step is gathering supplies. Every family should have enough supplies to get through at least 3 days. That includes food, water, pet supplies, and medicine. The food should require minimal preparation and be easy to eat.
Keep some cash available for emergencies. ATMs and credit card machines may be down due to the disaster.
Gather and store items for easy access during a disaster. These items can include personal, household and medical information.
This is a step often overlooked but critical. Your family should practice what would happen if a disaster occurs. What would you do if the house is on fire? Where will you meet if you cannot get into the neighborhood after school or work? How should you pack the car if you need to evacuate?
Preparation makes all the difference in responding to a disaster. Make sure you put the phone number of SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas on your list of emergency contacts. We can help restore your home after a fire, flood, or other damage.
Bonfire Safety Tips
Bonfires are great, but stay safe!
Thinking of summer might have you reminiscing about swimming pools, barbecues, and bonfires when the sun sets with family. Bonfires are great for storytelling and relaxing with friends and family, but there are safety precautions to take when having a bonfire to keep everyone safe. Without proper fire safety precautions, accidents can happen and cause your fun evening to turn into a disaster.
The place where you start the fire is crucial. Ensure that you’re at least 25 feet away from buildings, structures or other burnable items. Safety begins with fire prevention. Light the bonfire in a clear, contained area without hanging trees or branches. Cut them down if they’re present to eliminate the risk of them catching fire and turning a small campfire into a devastation.
Never leave a bonfire unmonitored, even for a few minutes. It only takes a couple minutes for a fire to get out of control to the point where you need to call for help. Always have someone watching it until it has gone out completely. Avoid starting a fire if conditions are dry or if it’s excessively windy. Stay at a safe distance away from the flames.
Only burn dry wood intended for burning. Don’t put plastic, garbage or flammable things such as gasoline on the fire. The fumes aren’t safe to breathe in and can present a larger risk if something, such as an aerosol can, explodes with people in close proximity. If you do need assistance to get the flame going, you can use charcoal or lighter fluid, but keep it away from the fire after it gets going to prevent the container from igniting.
Always put the fire out at the end of the night. Don’t leave it, even if it’s small and appears that it is going to go out on its own. Pour water, sand or dirt directly on the fire to put it out. Use a metal shovel to turn the coals and add more water if necessary. Don’t leave the bonfire until the pit stops smoking completely.
Bonfires are fun to have and allow individuals to interact and relax but need to be carefully monitored. Practice proper fire safety measures to ensure everyone has fun without commotion, but if the need arises, seek the professional restoration services offered by us at SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas.
March is National American Red Cross Month
March is National American Red Cross Month. SoB &SoW are pleased to sponsor the 2nd Annual Youth Heroes Breakfast On Friday March 25th 2016 at the Golden isles Career Academy in Brunswick. 15 local kids, middle school through high school, have been nominated for this prestigious award, recognizing their volunteer work in our community. In addition Coach Rocky Hidalgo, from Glynn Academy, will be recognized as the Outstanding Adult Mentor for 2016. We would like to congratulate all the recipients and their families on their achievements.
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