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Decluttering Your Office

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

messy desk with laptop A clean workspace can help productivity by decreasing stress.

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and workspaces this spring. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you declutter your office.

  • Divide your workspace into zones. Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length. Boxes of pens, stacks of papers, and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter.
  • Create a daily system for organization. Consider creating hanging files or baskets.
  • Sort through your catch-all "junk" drawer. Go through your drawers every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter by organizing your work inbox. Keep icons on your desktop to a minimum.

If you need a little help, don't worry, SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties professionals have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time.

How Our Restoration-First Mentality Works for You

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

If you have sustained damage to your home for the first time, you are likely to learn quite a bit about how the recovery process works. Not only are there logistical considerations to handle, but there is also the emotional impact of going through an event that damages your home, which can be significant.
Fortunately, working with the right restoration company can help you throughout the entire process. Not only can restoration save you money on costly insurance claims that can increase your premium, but it can also help your family heal more easily from the trauma. Read on to learn more about our restoration-first philosophy.
The Importance of a Restoration-First Philosophy
We are determined to save your belongings. While many people assume that everything they own will need to be liquidated after damages, when you work with us that is not necessarily the case. We have all the equipment necessary to clean, sanitize and deodorize objects after damage, allowing us to restore items that normally could not be salvaged. This is a cost-effective process compared to replacement and ensures that you will be able to hang onto the objects you already own and love if it is possible to do so.
We are determined to handle all the damage. The small touches make your house feel like a home, and when we handle restoration, we understand the importance of these little things. We handle all aspects of your damage, from the big, structural issues to small things like painting and refinishing floors. That way, you recognize your home as soon as you walk through the door.
We are determined to help you heal. The time after you sustain household damage can be tumultuous, especially if you have to leave the home for the restoration to take place. We understand this, which is why we work as quickly as possible to get your damages taken care of so you can return home.
If you have damage to your home, we are here to help. You can get in touch at any time to report damage with our 24⁄7 emergency line. Contact us today to learn more.

Commercial building Safety

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Modern buildings are generally considered safe and healthy working environments. However, the potential for indoor air quality problems, occupational illnesses and injuries, exposure to hazardous materials, and accidental falls beckons architects, engineers, and facility managers to design and maintain buildings and processes that ensure occupant safety and health. Notably, building designs must focus on eliminating or preventing hazards to personnel, rather than relying on personal protective equipment and administrative or process procedures to prevent mishaps.

Protecting the health, safety, and welfare (HSW) of building occupants has expanded beyond disease prevention and nuisance control to include mental as well as physical health (see Productive) and protecting the ecological health of a place (see Sustainable) through the creation of spaces that enable delight and the realization of human potential. 

Therefore, the design team should apply an integrated approach, including work process analysis and hazard recognition to develop solutions that provide healthy built environments, having no undue physical stressors, as well as meeting other project requirements. In addition, consideration of HSW issues should be an integral part of all phases of a building's life cycle: planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, renovation, and final disposal.

  • Provide designs that eliminate or reduce hazards in the work place to prevent mishaps and reduce reliance on personal protective equipment.
  • Prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.
  • Prevent falls from heights.
  • Prevent slips, trips, and falls.
  • Ensure electrical safety from turn-over through Operations and Maintenance. Modifications must be in conformance with life safety codes and standards and be documented.
  • Eliminate exposure to hazardous materials (e.g., volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde, and lead and asbestos in older buildings).
  • Provide good indoor air quality (IAQ) and adequate ventilation.
  • Analyze work requirements and provide ergonomic work places to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD).
  • Perform proper building operations and maintenance.

How to Prevent Grilling Flare-Ups at Your Next Cookout

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

If you are cooking on your grill and you see a sudden flame shoot up, that is called a flare-up—a sudden surge of a flame that is typically caused by dripping fat falling on hot coals. Flare-ups are typically common on charcoal or hybrid grills, as gas grills have grease traps that prevent fats from coming into contact with the burners for the most part.

Flare-ups are a normal part of grilling and are generally not cause for alarm, unless they are large and do not dissipate on their own.

Fortunately, many flare-ups can be prevented altogether, and if one does arise, you can learn how to deal with it effectively and quickly to avoid it spreading to nearby objects.

Trim any excess fats from foods. Because the cuts of meat that are good for grilling are also ones that contain a lot of fat, there are important considerations when grilling to prevent flare-ups and stay safe. While leaving some fat is OK, trim as much as you are able to without interfering with the flavor of your chosen cut of meat.

Choose marinades with less oil. If you are marinating your meat, choosing a marinade that is not oil-based can be safer when you grill. Oil is also a fat, so if your meat is saturated in it and then the marinade drips down onto the coals, a flare-up can occur.

Create a two-zone fire. If a flare-up persists more than a few seconds, moving the item to a different spot on the grill is recommended, which is made easier and safer if you have a two-zone fire set up on your grill. A two-zone fire involves putting coals on half of the grill to provide direct heat to foods, while leaving the other half coal-free so foods can receive indirect heat still. By moving your food to a spot of the grill without coals underneath, you can allow the flare-up to die out and avoid starting another.

If your home or property has been damaged due to a grill fire, we are here to make it right. You can call us at any time to learn more about what we do or receive a quick response to your damage call.

Preparing Your Business for A Storm

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

A Severe Weather Plan can help you prepare for an approaching hurricane or another severe weather event. Make sure everyone in your business, especially your leadership team, understands the Severe Weather Plan. Each year, review the plan and update it as necessary.

Take the necessary precautions

If a storm threatens, secure your building and move equipment/furniture to a secured area.

Protect data with backup files

If your business depends on data processing, consider an alternate site. You should also make provisions for alternate communications and power.

Employee safety comes first. Prepare, distribute and follow your business hurricane plan for recovery.

Consider providing shelter to employees and their families and helping with supplies after a storm.

Establish a rendezvous point and time for employees in case communications are disrupted.

Establish a call-down procedure for warning and post-storm communications.

Provide photo IDs and a letter of authorization to enter the building.

Check your hurricane evacuation level and FEMA flood maps to determine if your business location is vulnerable to storm surge or freshwater flooding.

Have your building(s) inspected by a licensed professional to find out if your workplace is vulnerable to hurricane force winds and what is recommended to retrofit.