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Safely Eating and Storing Leftover Food

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season is here and in some areas of the world the cold temperatures come along with winter holidays. Families are gathering together, baking cookies, cakes, pies and goodies, toasting good cheer to each other and enjoying family dinners.

Whether it is a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole for a holiday family dinner or homemade vegetable soup and cornbread to gather round and eat after a family and friends snowball fight and sledding night there is usually leftovers to be stored.

Here are a few safety tips that everyone should follow to make sure your leftovers are yummy and safe to eat.

~Before putting your leftovers in containers wash your hands.

~Food should be refrigerated within two hours of being served.

~Leftovers should be stored in shallow containers so all leftovers can reach a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less quickly, by storing it in shallow containers the center of the leftovers is allowed to cool down in a timely manner also.

~Wrap the leftovers in air tight packaging or seal them in storage containers. This keeps out the bacteria and keeps the moisture in.

~When heating leftovers in the microwave, in the oven or on the stove top they should always be heated to at least a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

~DO NOT keep or eat leftovers longer than three days.

Please remember your neighbors, the elderly and the handicapped that may be alone and would love to share a meal with someone. 

Spring Cleaning Tips-Part 2

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Tips-Part 2 Spring Cleaning Tips-Part 2

Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 2 
• Clean your ceiling fan motors, blades and globes.
• Clean light fixture and globes.
• Dust above all your doors, door openings, crown molding and windows.
• Clean drapes and blinds.
• Clean windows, window sills and trim.
• Clean above kitchen cabinets if they do not go to the ceilings.
• Clean inside kitchen cabinets and cabinet drawers if needed.
• Clean shower curtains (most can be put in the washing machine) and the tub drain.
• Clean toilet tank (use the proper cleaning chemicals).
• Clean under bathroom sinks and clean the sink drain.
• Clean Baseboards and HVAC vent covers, vacuum out vents.
• Change HVAC filters if needed.
• Take area rugs outside and shake, wash if possible.
• Change bed linens from winter linens to spring linens.
• Clean out closets and donate unwanted items.
• Clean all trash cans, kitchen and bathrooms. Hint – Put a dryer sheet in the bottom for a fresh smell.

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips-Appliances Part 1

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips-Appliances Part 1 Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips-Appliances

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg:

Part 1 - Appliances

  • Clean your major appliances outside, inside and behind if possible: refrigerator and refrigerator coils, range, oven and exhaust hood, freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwave.
  • Clean the outside, inside, behind and under your washer and dryer, also clean your dryer line. If you can not clean your dryer line yourself have a professional do it. Dryer lines build up lint and can catch fire.
  • Clean all small appliances inside and out - toaster, coffee pot, blender, etc.
  • Clean your vacuum cleaner and air cleaners and replace the filters if needed.
  • Clean your dehumidifiers and replace any filters that need replacing.
  • When replacing filters, it is a good idea to write the date on them and mark it on your calendar.
  • Clean the head on your paper shredder - it will help it to operate more efficiently.

Home Inspection/Prep for Spring

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Home Inspection/Prep for Spring Home Inspection-Prepare for Spring

Here are some Helpful Hints to help with inspecting and repairing your home after the Cold Harsh Winter!
~Inspect the roof – Look for any damaged, loose or missing shingles. Inspect chimney flashings and check skylight seals.
~Remove any leaves and debris from gutters – Check to make sure all downspouts and gutters are still secured to the home.
~If you have an Attic- - Look in the attic for any evidence of leaks. Also inspect for any signs that critters may have decided to make your home their home during the cold months.
~Examine your windows and doors – Look for leaks to make sure your seals and weather-stripping are in good condition.
~Check any exterior drain for clogging.
~Check any asphalt and concrete for cracking that may have occurred during the winter months.
~Check your foundation for cracks that may need to be repaired.
~Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional so it is ready for next winter.

Preventing Weather/Storm Damage

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Weather/Storm Damage Preventing Weather/Storm Damage

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

·      Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

·      Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

·      Inspect property, especially walkways 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.

·      Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space.

Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Dryer Vent Fires Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

   When was the last time you had your clothes dryer vent cleaned?   Dryer lines get clogged due to moisture and lint from materials. Dryer lines can also be clogged by animals if they can access them as birds love to build nest in dryer lines. Not only does this affect the level of the performance of the dryer and how it dries the materials that you put in it, but it is a danger to you and your family. A clogged dryer line is a fire hazard. Lint and bird nest debris can catch fire very easily from the dryer being used in a normal dry cycle.   If you need to have your dryer vent cleaned call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for an estimate 540-373-7000.

Preparing Your Home Or Business With An Emergency Kit

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

General Preparing Your Home Or Business With An Emergency Kit Preparing Your Home Or Business With An Emergency Kit

Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:
• 3-day supply of nonperishable foods
• Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
• Prescribed Medication
• First-aid kit
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Battery Operated Radio
• Hygiene products
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• Cell phone charger
• Change of clothes
• Matches in waterproof container
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Whistle to signal for help
• Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out  Most importantly, remember to contact SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for assistance if needed! 

Fireplace Safety Tips

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireplace Safety Tips Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips 

~Have your fireplace inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep. Have repairs done to your fireplace and/or chimney before using.

~Make sure your chimney has a cap to prevent animals and debris from entering.

~To prevent the buildup of creosote (which can cause fires) burn only seasoned hardwood or manufactured logs in your fireplace.

~When using manufactured logs, please read the instructions on the bag. Manufactured logs burn hotter than natural wood and can warp metal chimneys if you burn more than one at a time.

~Slow and steady burns generate less smoke and are much safer, a roaring fire can crack your chimney. Make sure your damper is adjusted properly.

~Practice safe stacking. Positioning of logs near the back of the fireplace to prevent fire and ashes from finding a way out of the hearth and into your home is always the safest way to stack your wood.

~Always have glass doors or a screen guard (Spark Guard) made for a fireplace.

~Wood burning heat sources put off carbon monoxide, please make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector.

~Keep The area around the fireplace clear of flammable objects and during the holidays do not use your fireplace if you use it to put decorations on and around.

~Do not burn paper with fancy finishes in it, like glossy paper-wrapping paper, shiny paper, bows, foam peanuts, etc.

~Always use a metal bucket for the ashes and immediately take it outside and place away from the house.

~Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.


Christmas Tree Safety Tips

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Tree Safety Tips Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety Tips From SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg:
~When purchasing a live tree, choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
~Before placing the tree in the stand cut 2” off the base of the trunk.
~Place your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
~Do not place your tree where it will block an exit.
~Place live trees in a stand that will hold water and check water daily.
~Remember your pets and don’t let them drink the water for the tree.
~Please remember pets are curious and cords are a danger for them.
~Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
~Never use lights that are frayed or damaged.
~Always unplug Christmas lights when going to bed or leaving home.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season from your friends at SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg!

Professionally-Trained Technicians

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Would you let an untrained technician work on your heating system or an unlicensed plumber work on your plumbing? We bet the answer is “Of course not”. Then you would not want an untrained, unlicensed water restoration company to do the water restoration on your home when you have experienced a water damage or sewage backup.

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is a nationally known water damage restoration company. We are licensed, insured and bonded. Our technicians have had criminal background checks and are trusted employees.

Training is a must for SERVPRO® employees because drying is more than putting a few fans in a room--it is a science. Our technicians use calibrated moisture meters to do readings. Does your restoration company use the IICRC standards for Water Damage Restoration?  If not, you should ask why not?

Call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for Professionally-Trained, Insured, Background Check and IICRC Trained Water Damage, Sewage Damage and Fire Damage Remediation Services 540-373-7000.