Archived General Blog Posts
As the weather begins to change, this should be a time to review and ensure that you and your family are ready in case an emergency should occur.
In addition to your family, there are many local and community organizations that work closely on a daily basis to ensure that proper planning is in place.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) train volunteers to prepare for many types of disasters that may occur in your local or surrounding areas. These individuals are trained in CPR/AED, first aid & emergency response.
Remember too, if you have a disability, there are several organizations throughout communities that keep lists so that these individuals can be helped quickly in a sudden emergency. Reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging or Emergency Management Services offices.
If you have questions about what services and/or organizations are available in your community or on how to become involved, contact your local Emergency Management Services office for more information.
Fall Has Arrived!
As the Fall season has quickly approached, there are a few things that homeowners can do to be ready for the upcoming Winter season that will be creeping up on us before we know it!
(1). Keep those rain gutters and spouts clear of dirt & debris. Be sure to clean out the old leaves, stick and dirt before the first storm. This can help to cut back on ice dams forming on your home that could lead to water damage to the interior of your home.
(2). Be sure to have your heater serviced by a professional. It's recommended that once a year you have your heater checked by a professional to ensure that the filter is clean, gaskets aren't worn and all water lines are secure.
(3). Maker sure that piping that may become exposed to severely cold temperatures is wrapped in insulation and ready for winter.
(4). Be sure to replace weather stripping, and seal any windows and/or doors that may need done.
Although we can take every step necessary, there are still times when damages can occur. Be sure to call your local SERVPRO should any situation arise. We are available 24/7.
What Is The IICRC?
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. It serves as an independent, nonprofit standard-setting and certification body, to set and promote high standards of ethics; and to advance communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industries.
The IICRC offers certifications in several categories of Cleaning, Inspection and Restoration. As well, there are Journeyman certifications available to those individuals advanced levels of recognition which are achieved by having several certifications in select categories and a minimum of three to five years of experience in the cleaning/restoration industry.
Here at SERVPRO of Allegany & Garrett Counties our technicians are IICRC certified and contiue their education and certification throughout their employment. As new certifications become available through the IICRC, steps are taken to ensure that our technicians are certified in the latest techniques and services.