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Indoor Wellness Episode 4 Why Replace?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch recommends that you replace a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean new one to lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 10%. In turn, keeping energy costs low while giving you peace of mind that your system will last for years to come.

That's why our FILTER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE makes life easier for you. You can sign up following the directions below and we'll deliver the filter you need right on time, every time.

You don't have to make a special trip to the store, and you don't have to commit your filter size to memory-we'll take care of it. Depending on the size of the filter, you'll need to change it at different intervals. Thanks to your Indoor Wellness auto delivery, a new filter will arrive when it's time to replace-you'll never have to remember how often to change it again.

Plus, if you use code C44784 at checkout, you'll receive your first filter for FREE!

www.indoorwellness.com

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 16th President

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that it is Abraham Lincoln's 210th birthday today, but you wouldn't know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.

Currently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide as part of what many states call President's Day, which falls on Monday, February 18th this year. Just a few states celebrate the actual Lincoln Birthday on its date. Technically the federal President's Day commemorates George Washington's observed birthday: There is no national holiday called President's Day.

On February 12, Lincoln's real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky.

Lincoln really was born in a one room log cabin, on Sinking Spring Farm near present day Hodgenville, Kentucky.

There were efforts right after Lincoln's death to get his birthday recognized as a holiday, but there has never been a federal Lincoln birthday holiday.

Source: Constitution Daily

Indoor Wellness Episode 3 Regular Filter Replacement

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that changing your furnace filter regularly goes a long way toward keeping your indoor air clean and keeping your heating and cooling system running efficiently.

Of course, everyone has good intentions when it comes to changing their furnace filters, but sometimes life gets in the way and the filter sits in the furnace collecting dust for longer than recommended-weeks, months or more.

This dust and other buildup can cause your filter to become clogged, which may result in allergens polluting your home and making you sick. A fresh filter will keep both you and your home running at the top of your game.

Visit indoorwellness.com for products that help improve the overall air quality in your home.

Indoor Wellness Episode 2 Air Duct Cleaning

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to have your air ducts inspected and possibly cleaned.

Because ductwork is hidden, it's easy to forget about, which gives pollutants time to collect and contaminate the air. The first step in determining if air duct cleaning would be beneficial to you is a video inspection of your duct system.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch will look through your ductwork for dirt, debris, animal waste, mold moisture and other contaminates. This will help determine if you need your air ducts cleaned.

The cleaning process begins with the register covers and continues with the ducts themselves. Trained technicians will run a hose and spinning brush head throughout your duct system and scrub them clean. After that, we'll follow up with an EPA-registered anti microbial mist that inhibits contaminant buildup and leaves a pleasant scent behind.

Visit indoorwellness.com for products that help improve the overall air quality in your home.

Indoor Wellness Episode 1 Pollutants

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that your indoor air could be more polluted than outdoor air.

Pollen, dust, mold, and other pollutants can collect in your ductwork and contaminate the air your family breathes everyday.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that air pollution indoors can be five times higher than outdoors-and now considers indoor air pollution one of the top five environmental risks to public health.

Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of these contaminants:

*Air Duct cleaner

*Regular furnace filter replacement

*Increased ventilation inside the home

We want you to be informed-and to be healthy.

Visit indoorwellness.com for products that help improve the overall air quality in your home.

Winter Weather Worries: Frozen Pipes

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather Worries: Frozen Pipes Frozen Pipes

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to keep you aware of the possibilities of freezing conditions in San Antonio and the possibility of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your home, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take according to The American Red Cross:

*Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.

*Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.

*When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from the faucets that may come from exposed pipes.

*Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

Source: www.redcross.org

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

San Antonio is not known for cold weather, but believe it or not, we get our fair share of it. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to keep you informed of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide in this cold season.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas that you can not see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine powered equipment, such as portable generators.

Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in a well ventilated area away from doors, windows, vents, and other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

Source: SERVPRO® Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 1

Fireworks! Don't let them ruin your holiday!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch realizes that much fun is had when shooting fireworks. We ask that you pay attention to the following guidelines when you are participating in fireworks fun and don't ruin your holiday.

Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.

Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass            containers.  

Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.

Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.

Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.

Only use fireworks outdoors.

It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.

Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

Make sure that you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.

Light only one firework at a time.

Never relight a "dud" firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wishes you a Merry and safe Christmas.

Source: Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office

Power strip Fire Hazard!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to inform everyone of the dangers of using power strips. Power strips have become a necessity in the world we live in. Everything runs on electricity and we just plug it in and let it go never realizing how many amps or load that the power strip can handle

At this time of the year with the temperatures dropping, some may want to use their small space heaters. If so, DO NOT plug them into a power strip. These devices are not designed to handle the energy load of a space heater and can overheat causing a fire hazard.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Source: Fire Marshal, Richland Carolina Fire Department

Christmas Fireplace Safety

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch says, never toss anything but logs into your fireplace.

   Don't try to burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or wood stove. Greenery and tree needles burn much faster than logs, creating sparks, which can fly into the room or onto the roof. They can also cause a build-up of creosote, a highly flammable compound, in the chimney. Don't burn wrapping paper because it can contain metallic materials that could be hazardous to breathe in.

   Make sure the fire is out and the embers have cooled before you leave the house or go to bed. Put ashes in a metal bin that is at least 25 feet away from the house.

   Have your chimney inspected at least once a year.

Source: National Safety Council