This is the kind of winter we like as Floridians, but we do get a few weeks a year where it is too cold to go to the beach!
Winter is Here!
Wintertime is upon us! Even though we only really have a few weeks of winter weather here in North Florida; there are still a few things you should do around your home to make sure you are ready for the cold weather when it comes!
Even though our winters are not normally harsh, we do have those few weeks that make having a fireplace in your home great! If your home is equipped with one there are a couple things to do to make sure you are ready to fire it up safely.
You should have you fireplace chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. If you're unable to find one they sell chimney sweeping logs at most hardware stores that can get you by in the mean time.
Make sure that your chimney is drawing smoke up and out properly. Do this before you have a large fire going, so if it is not working properly your whole home does not fill up with smoke!
Avoid Burst Pipes
When the temperature dips below freezing burst water pipes become a concern. There are steps you can take that will help alleviate those concerns.
Wrap outside pipes with foam insulation and disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets. If you have a private well on your property be sure to cover it and put a a small heat lamp under the cover.
Indoors you can leave a water faucet trickling to keep water moving through the pipes. If you are going to be out of town it is a good idea to shut off the water supply and drain all the water from the system.
Pets and Plants
You should always bring pets indoors when the temperature dips to freezing! Their bodies do not like the cold weather anymore than we do! Cover or bring in all plants that you want to survive the cold!
These few things should get you ready for the Florida winter! As always should you need us because of a water or fire damage SERVPRO of Putnam County will be there for you!
Fall Home Maintenance
It may not get too cold here in Florida, but fall is the perfect time to get out and take care of chores you did not want to do in the summer heat!
Fall has Arrived!
Now that cooler, fall temperatures have started to arrive here in Northeast Florida, it is time to start some of your fall home maintenance! We will list just a few things that you can do around your home to keep it in top shape heading into winter.
Everyone's favorite outside activity gets a little easier when the temperature starts to drop. Now is the perfect time to get things done that you had been putting off during the heat of summer. Trimming the shrubs and tree branches is just a couple things that will be easier in the cooler temperatures.
Gutters and Roof
It is a good idea to clear your gutters of debris with every change of season. Be sure to use good ladder safety while cleaning your gutters.
Inspect your roof and the exterior of your home to make sure there is no damage from summer storms that you may not have noticed yet. Make repairs as necessary.
Now is the perfect time to pressure wash your sidewalks and the exterior of your home. After all the summer rain there is sure to be some buildup that needs to be cleaned up. Be sure to do it before it gets too cool! Nobody wants to pressure wash in the freezing cold!
Outdoor Spring Cleaning
If only we could have some of these helpers to do our outdoor Spring Cleaning!
Spring is here!
Now that you have most likely finished cleaning the inside of your house, it is time to head outdoors and tidy up the yard and clean the outside of the house! We hope this list helps you get the job done a little quicker and a little easier.
Start by removing the screen from the outside. Gently scrub the screen with a brush and soapy water, spray off with a water hose after scrubbing. Clean the window the same way.
Everybody's favorite job! Use caution while you are up on the ladder cleaning out your gutters. If you are not using some sort of scoop to get leaves and gunk out of the gutters, then please wear gloves so you do not cut your hand on any jagged metal.
Your yard has probably spent all winter with little care from you because, lets face it, who really wants to go do yard work during the gloominess of winter? Now is the time to rake all the leaves out of your yard. Cut the grass if it already needs it. Do a little landscaping to beautify your yard! A few flower pots with brand new foliage can totally transform the appearance of your yard!
Wash the house
Now is the time to break out the pressure washer! Wash off all the dirt and dust from the winter months. If the exterior of your house cannot handle being pressure washed then a long brush and water hose will work too. If you have concrete sidewalks and driveways go ahead and freshen those up too. You'll be amazed at how dirty your concrete gets.
Still more to do
These are just some of the major areas to focus on like painting, making repairs to fences, and cleaning out the garage. As long as you have done the major points your yard and home will be looking beautiful. It will be almost like winter, "Never even happened!"
Spring is Here!
Everyone loves a clean house, but not the cleaning of the house!
Time for Spring Cleaning
Spring is here and we all know what that means, Spring cleaning! While everyone enjoys a clean home, not everyone enjoys the process of doing the actual cleaning. The hardest part can be getting organized and getting started. Here's a few tips to help you get started.
Walls and Ceilings
You should dust and wipe all your walls and ceilings. Use a vacuum to remove hard to reach dust and cobwebs. Use a solvent-free degreaser to remove dirt and grime off of walls, but be sure to test an area first to make sure it is safe to use on your wall.
Seriously! Dust every nook and cranny in the house. Tops of ceiling fan blades, tops of cabinets, book shelves, books, window casings, blinds, and anything else you can think of! Your home has accumulated a lot of dust and it is time to get rid of it!
Vacuum upholstered furniture cushions and underneath the cushions. Vacuum your entire home thoroughly! After all the vacuuming of you furniture and carpets is done be sure to call SERVPRO of Putnam County to have us come out and professionally clean them for you!
Your tile and grout is usually one thing that gets overlooked in your home. You could get down on your hands and knees and scrub your grout lines with a toothbrush for hours, or you could call us to come and take care of it for you in a matter of minutes! After it is all cleaned you may want to consider sealing your grout to keep it looking good for a longer period of time.
Still more to do outside
We hope this list helped make tackling you Spring cleaning just a little easier. Stay tuned for some helpful tips for cleaning the outside of your home!
Hurricane Matthew Recovery
This home was completely flooded from the tidal surge caused by Hurricane Matthew. As a result the home had to be completely gutted.
Helping in our hometown and surrounding towns
SERVPRO of Putnam County was fortunate enough to be able not only help with Hurricane Matthew cleanup here in Putnam County, but also in some of our neighboring counties. These counties were some of the hardest hit areas and received the most damage from the storm.
When our teams first rolled out after the storm we figured that the damage was going to be extensive from watching the news. When we arrived on site at our first job our assumptions were proven correct. Most jobs that we went to were completely flooded and had to be completely torn out.
Happy to Help
We counted it our pleasure to be there to help our hometown people and neighbors start their recovery after Hurricane Matthew! No matter the size of the disaster SERVPRO of Putnam County is here to make it "Like it never even happened."
Atlantic Tropic Update
Satellite view of current tropical cyclones.
Tropical Outlook for Northeast FL
As we enter into the heart of the Atlantic hurricane season, SERVPRO of Putnam County would like to keep you up to date on current tropical disturbances, depressions, storms, or hurricanes that may be building.
Tropical Depression Fiona is currently moving WNW at 18mph, and is not expected to have any impact here in Northeast Florida. There are currently two tropical disturbances that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring for further development. The first is nearing the easternmost part of the Caribbean Sea, and only has a 20% chance of further tropical cyclone development. The second is just off the coast of Africa, and currently has a 100% chance of further tropical cyclone development.
We will continue to monitor these storms and update as needed!
When Storms or Floods hit Putnam County, SERVPRO is ready!
The entire team at Servpro of Putnam County is ready to respond to your disaster 24/7!
SERVPRO of Putnam County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. All of our crews are highly trained and, we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Our job is to make it like it never even happened!
Trust the team that is faster to any size disaster! Since we are locally owned and operated, right here in Putnam County, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources. A fast response is extremely important because it helps lessen the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. The quicker you take care of the problem the better the entire process is!
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Putnam County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! 386-328-8660
Does Your Putnam County Home Have A Mold Problem?
Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. This was a home in Putnam County that sustained mold damage when a leak went undetected.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 386-328-8660
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Putnam County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help.
Call Today - (386) 328-8660
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Putnam County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Putnam County
SERVPRO of Putnam County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Play It Forward Putnam
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The Ten-24 Foundation Presents Play It Forward Putnam in conjunction with the Billy Dunning Benefit Featuring Middle Ground and 309C.