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SERVPRO Team Spinner Extending a Helping Paw to Union County’s PetCare Drive

2/23/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Spinner group photo behind the donated pet supplies SERVPRO Team Spinner with the Union County Board of County Commissioners & the Department of Public Safety

“Serve Our Communities” is one of five of SERVPRO Team Spinner’s core values.

In alignment of community support and giving back, our team took the initiative and recognized the importance of assisting local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations. This initiative reflects our commitment to making a positive impact and spreading compassion to all members of our community, including those with paws and tails.

February is a month full of love – How else can we show love for the lives of our furry companions and the people in our community who take care of them?

The answer is by coming together to donate to the PetCare Drive hosted by the Union County Board of County Commissioners & the Department of Public Safety.

Pet drives play a crucial role in providing essential supplies and resources to animal shelters and rescue organizations. These facilities often rely on donations to meet the needs of the animals under their care, including food, bedding, toys, and medical supplies. By supporting pet drives, we can help ensure that shelter animals receive the care and comfort they deserve while awaiting adoption or placement in forever homes. With food and toys from Chewy to cleaning materials from SERVPRO, we at SERVPRO Team Spinner are grateful for the opportunity to contribute a substantial number of supplies to the welfare of animals in need. It takes a heart full of compassion and a desire to make a difference and the team came together to make this substantial donation to the pet drive. Each item donated represented a gesture of kindness and a commitment to improving the lives of our furry companions.

Our team looks forward to continuing our efforts to support worthwhile causes in the future.

The impact of our donation extends far beyond the physical items themselves. It represents a collective effort to support our local community and demonstrate compassion for all living beings. The supplies we donated will directly benefit countless animals, providing them with the care and comfort they need to thrive while in temporary shelter. We hope these animals get the food, toys, and happiness they need while they wait for their forever home.

We believe that every act of kindness, no matter how small, has the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. As we continue our journey of service and compassion, we invite others to join us in spreading love and support to those who need it most, including our furry friends. Together, we can make the world a better place for all beings, one donation at a time.

SERVPRO Team Spinner Together for SERVPRO Team Breakfast

2/22/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Spinner together for the annual state of the company Before serving business, Karl Spinner served breakfast!

As the sun rose over the horizon, the SERVPRO® Team Spinner team gathered bright and early for a special occasion – our annual State of the Company address. But before diving into the day's agenda, we kicked things off in the best way possible – with a hearty breakfast that brought together colleagues, camaraderie, and anticipation for what lay ahead.

The scent of sizzling bacon and fluffy pancakes as team members filled their plates and gathered around communal tables filled the room. Guess who was cooking the food? That's right! Our wonderful team leader, Karl Spinner. Not only does he lead and inspire us to give back to our community, he gives back to his team by serving us breakfast. Truly, connections were strengthened that morning.

As we savored our breakfast delights, we took a moment to reflect on the journey that brought us here and the milestones we've achieved together as a team. Karl Spinner shared the goals we reached last year in 2023. We prepare ourselves for our goals this year of 2024. 2023 truly was a great year. We hit numbers but of course, we also missed some. He reminded us that's why "goals" are called goals. There's no failing, because it's not like we didn't try. But now we have to try even harder to hit this year's goals.

The SERVPRO Team Spinner team breakfast served as more than just a prelude to the state of the company. It was a celebration of our collective achievements and a source of inspiration as we embarked on the next chapter of our journey together in 2024.

That morning was a great opportunity for the whole team to come together to eat, bond, and kick off our day with laughter!

National Burn Awareness Week with SERVPRO® Team Spinner and the American Burn Association

2/9/2024 (Permalink)

National Burn Awareness Week Always be mindful of how to handle flammable liquids!

At SERVPRO® Team Spinner, we're committed to not only restoring properties but also promoting safety and well-being within our communities. With National Burn Awareness Week here, it's crucial to shed light on the importance of burn prevention and safety measures. Burns are not only painful injuries but can also lead to long-term physical and emotional trauma.

In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of National Burn Awareness Week and how SERVPRO Team Spinner is dedicated to spreading awareness and fostering a safer environment for all.

National Burn Awareness Week is hosted by the American Burn Association. This year's ABA theme is flammable liquids.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Flammable and/or combustible liquids cause more than 51,000 home fire each year, resulting in 168 deaths, 1,029 injuries, and $644 million in property damage. 

How do you handle flammable liquids? Handle with Care, Flammable Liquids Beware.

  1. Gasoline is an extremely flammable liquid and vapor with fumes capable of ignition up to 12 ft from a pooled source.
  2. All flammable liquid containers should be kept in cool, dry locations, and stored away from the home.
  3. Cooking oil is a highly flammable liquid. Keep your eyes on what you fry!
  4. Grills and gas ranges produce a lot of heat; keep your cooking area clear when around an open flame.
  5. Fuel lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and weed eaters when the engines are cool and in open area outdoors.
  6. Fuel snow blowers when the engines are cool and in an open area outdoors.
  7. Never use an accelerant such as gasoline, kerosene, or aerosol sprays to start a camp fire.
  8. When purchasing a gas can, be sure it has a fuel arrestor on the can to prevent flashback.

Stay tuned for additional valuable information and actionable steps to help ensure safety in your homes, workplaces, and communities.

Together, we can make a difference.

Lunar New Year Firework Caution: Ensuring a Safe Celebration

2/9/2024 (Permalink)

a dragon surrounding happy lunar new year 2024 It's the Year of the Dragon!

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is a time of vibrant festivities marked by colorful parades, delicious feasts, and joyous celebrations. Fireworks are an integral part of many Lunar New Year traditions, symbolizing the ushering in of good luck and prosperity. While fireworks add to the excitement of the occasion, it's essential to prioritize safety to prevent accidents and ensure a memorable celebration. In this blog post, we'll explore important Lunar New Year firework precautions with insights from SERVPRO® Team Spinner, a trusted leader in restoration and cleanup services.

  1. Check Local Regulations: Before purchasing or using fireworks, familiarize yourself with local regulations and restrictions. Laws regarding fireworks vary from one area to another, and it's crucial to adhere to them to avoid fines or legal consequences. SERVPRO Team Spinner advises checking with your local authorities to ensure compliance with safety guidelines.

  2. Choose a Safe Location: Select a suitable location for setting off fireworks, away from buildings, dry vegetation, and other flammable materials. We recommend using open, spacious areas such as parks or designated firework zones. Avoid firing fireworks in crowded or confined spaces to prevent accidents and injuries.

  3. Keep Water Sources Handy: Have water sources such as buckets, hoses, or fire extinguishers readily available in case of emergencies. SERVPRO Team Spinner emphasizes the importance of being prepared to extinguish small fires or accidents quickly to prevent them from escalating.

  4. Designate a Responsible Operator: Assign a responsible adult to handle and ignite the fireworks. This individual should be sober, knowledgeable about firework safety procedures, and capable of managing potential risks. We suggest ensuring that children and bystanders maintain a safe distance from the fireworks at all times.

  5. Follow Instructions Carefully: Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety guidelines provided with the fireworks. Use fireworks only as intended and avoid modifying or tampering with them in any way. We advise against attempting to relight malfunctioning fireworks and recommends disposing of them safely.

  6. Protective Gear: Wear appropriate protective gear such as safety glasses and gloves when handling fireworks. We emphasize the importance of protecting your eyes, hands, and skin from potential sparks or debris during the firework display.

  7. Dispose of Debris Properly: After the fireworks have been used, carefully collect and dispose of any debris or spent fireworks. We recommends soaking them in water before placing them in a designated trash container to prevent accidental fires.

As you celebrate Lunar New Year with fireworks and festivities, remember to prioritize safety for yourself, your loved ones, and your community. By following these firework precautions from SERVPRO Team Spinner, you can ensure a joyful and accident-free celebration. May the Year of the Dragon be filled with prosperity, happiness, and peace. Happy Lunar New Year!

Safeguarding Your Home: Tips to Prevent or Minimize Water-Related Losses

1/29/2024 (Permalink)

water damage forming on the ceiling of a house It doesn't have to rain for days for your home to have water damage

Water-related losses can have a significant impact on your home, but with proactive measures, you can prevent or minimize potential damages. At SERVPRO® Team Spinner, we're committed to helping you safeguard your property. In this guide, we'll share practical tips to protect your home from water-related losses.

1. Regular Inspections:

Stay vigilant with routine inspections of your home's plumbing, roof, and foundation. Identify and address any issues promptly to prevent potential water leaks or damage.

2. Proper Maintenance of Appliances:

Regularly inspect and maintain household appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters. Address any leaks, worn hoses, or malfunctions to prevent water damage.

3. Adequate Ventilation:

Ensure proper ventilation in areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Good airflow helps reduce humidity levels, minimizing the risk of mold and water damage.

4. Roof Maintenance:

Regularly inspect your roof for damaged shingles, flashing, or any potential leaks. Promptly address any issues to prevent water infiltration during heavy rainfall or storms.

5. Proper Grading and Drainage:

Maintain proper grading around your home to direct water away from the foundation. Clean and clear gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure efficient water drainage.

6. Foundation Sealing:

Seal any cracks or gaps in your home's foundation to prevent water from entering. Proper sealing helps protect against basement leaks and potential structural damage.

7. Smart Landscaping:

Position plants and landscaping features to encourage proper water runoff. Avoid planting too close to the foundation, as this can contribute to excess moisture and water-related issues.

8. Monitoring Humidity Levels:

Use dehumidifiers in damp areas to control indoor humidity levels. Keeping the air dry helps prevent mold growth and reduces the risk of water damage.

9. Emergency Preparedness:

Have an emergency plan in place for water-related incidents. Know the location of shut-off valves, keep emergency contacts handy, and be prepared to act swiftly in case of a water emergency.

By implementing these preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of water-related losses to your home. At SERVPRO Team Spinner, we understand the importance of proactive protection. If you do encounter water damage, our experts are here to assist in restoring your home to its pre-damage condition. Let's work together to keep your home safe and secure.

Breathe Easy: The Art of Cleaning Your Kitchen Range Exhaust System

1/24/2024 (Permalink)

a kitchen range exhaust system The Hidden Marvel: Your Kitchen Range Exhaust System

Today, let's journey into the heart of the home—the kitchen—and shine a spotlight on an unsung hero: the Range Exhaust System. Often overlooked but oh-so-important, this system plays a crucial role in keeping our kitchens clean and our air fresh. Join us as we unravel the secrets of maintaining a pristine and efficient kitchen range exhaust.

Picture this: sizzling pans, aromatic spices, and the rhythmic hum of your range hood. It's a culinary symphony! But, behind the scenes, your exhaust system is silently working to keep things clean. Over time, however, it can accumulate grease, dirt, and dust, becoming less effective and potentially posing a fire hazard.

Why Clean? The Benefits of a Sparkling Exhaust System

  1. Improved Air Quality: A clean exhaust system ensures that smoke, odors, and airborne particles are efficiently filtered out, leaving your kitchen air fresh and clean.

  2. Fire Prevention: Grease buildup in the exhaust system can pose a fire risk. Regular cleaning is a proactive measure to reduce this danger and keep your home safe.

  3. Enhanced Appliance Efficiency: A clean exhaust system allows your range hood and fan to operate at peak efficiency, helping them last longer and perform better.

DIY vs. Professional Cleaning: Finding the Right Fit

While some routine maintenance tasks can be handled by the DIY enthusiast, a professional cleaning service, like the one offered by SERVPRO® Team Spinner, can ensure a thorough and comprehensive cleaning. We have the tools and expertise to tackle even the most stubborn buildup, providing peace of mind and a sparkling clean kitchen.

A Step-by-Step Guide: DIY Cleaning Tips

For those feeling adventurous, here's a quick guide to DIY kitchen range exhaust system cleaning:

  1. Safety First: Turn off the power to the range hood to ensure safety during the cleaning process.

  2. Remove Filters: Take out any removable filters and wash them with warm, soapy water. Let them air dry completely before reinserting.

  3. Wipe Down Surfaces: Using a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, wipe down the interior and exterior surfaces of the range hood.

  4. Inspect and Replace: Check for any damaged or worn-out parts, and replace them as needed.

  5. Clean the Fan Blades: Gently clean the fan blades with a soft brush or cloth to remove dust and debris.

SERVPRO Team Spinner's Expert Touch: Bringing Professional Excellence to Your Kitchen

At SERVPRO Team Spinner, we understand the importance of a clean and safe home. Our skilled technicians go beyond surface cleaning, ensuring that every nook and cranny of your kitchen range exhaust system is thoroughly inspected and cleaned. Let us take the hassle out of maintenance, leaving you with a kitchen that's not just beautiful but also healthy.

Here's to a kitchen that breathes easy and a home that sparkles!

Navigating Biohazards

1/19/2024 (Permalink)

an open trash bin with the label infectious waste next to a closed bin with the label saying non-infectious waste What are biohazards and why are they a problem?

In the journey of life, unexpected events can sometimes throw us off course. When faced with biohazard situations, it's essential to have a trusted partner by your side. Today, we're diving into the realm of biohazards, shedding light on what they are, their potential risks, and how SERVPRO® Team Spinner can be your beacon of support during these challenging times.

Understanding Biohazards: More Than Meets the Eye

Biohazards encompass a broad range of materials that pose a threat to human health or the environment due to their biological nature. This can include blood, bodily fluids, medical waste, and more. When mishandled, these materials can lead to serious health risks, making proper cleanup crucial.

Common Biohazard Scenarios: From Cleanup to Compassion

  1. Crime Scene Cleanup: In the aftermath of a crime, SERVPRO Team Spinner is here to provide compassionate and discreet cleanup services, ensuring that affected areas are restored with the utmost care and professionalism.

  2. Trauma and Accident Cleanup: Accidents can happen anywhere. When they do, our experienced team is equipped to handle the cleanup, allowing you to focus on healing and recovery.

  3. Sewage Backup: Dealing with sewage backups is not only unpleasant but also poses significant health risks. SERVPRO Team Spinner is ready to tackle the mess, ensuring thorough sanitation and restoration.

  4. Hoarding Cleanup: Hoarding situations often involve biohazards. Our team approaches these delicate situations with empathy and expertise, creating a safe and clean living environment.

SERVPRO Team Spinner's Biohazard Cleanup: Beyond the Surface

Why choose SERVPRO Team Spinner for biohazard cleanup? It's more than just cleaning; it's about restoring lives and spaces. Our trained technicians follow strict protocols to ensure the safe and thorough removal of biohazards. We use specialized cleaning agents, personal protective equipment (PPE), and advanced techniques to bring affected areas back to a safe, habitable condition.

Compassion in Action: Your Trusted Partner in Restoration

At SERVPRO Team Spinner, we understand the emotional toll that biohazard incidents can take. Our team approaches each situation with compassion and professionalism, working tirelessly to restore your space and provide peace of mind during difficult times.

When Life Throws Curveballs, SERVPRO Team Spinner Catches Them:

  1. Emergency Response: Available 24/7, our team responds swiftly to biohazard situations, minimizing further damage and ensuring a rapid return to normalcy.

  2. Thorough Cleanup: Our technicians are trained to handle biohazards with precision, leaving no trace behind and restoring your property to a safe, healthy condition.

  3. Discretion and Compassion: We understand the sensitive nature of biohazard cleanup and approach each situation with the utmost respect and empathy.

Life can be unpredictable, but with SERVPRO Team Spinner by your side, you're never alone. Here's to restoration, resilience, and a brighter tomorrow.

The Silent Threat: Understanding How Snow Can Damage Your Home

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

a house covered in snow with the title of the blog overlayed Who knew something beautiful also could be dangerous?

While snow-covered landscapes can be picturesque, the accumulation of snow on and around your home can pose significant risks. At SERVPRO® Team Spinner, we understand the potential damage that snow can inflict, and in this guide, we'll explore the various ways snow can compromise the integrity of your home and the importance of proactive measures to mitigate these risks.

Roof Overload:

  1. Weight Stress: Accumulated snow can exert immense weight on your roof. This stress, especially when combined with ice and freezing rain, can lead to structural damage and even roof collapse.

  2. Ice Dams: The melting and refreezing of snow on the roof can form ice dams. These dams prevent proper drainage, leading to water infiltration under shingles and potentially causing interior damage.

Water Damage:

  1. Foundation Infiltration: Melting snow can seep into the soil around your foundation. As it refreezes, it expands, creating pressure that can crack the foundation and compromise its integrity.

  2. Basement Flooding: Excessive snowmelt can overwhelm drainage systems, leading to basement flooding. This can result in extensive damage to belongings and the structural elements of your home.

Exterior Hazards:

  1. Siding and Paint Damage: Prolonged exposure to moisture from melting snow can damage siding and paint, reducing their protective capabilities and aesthetic appeal.

  2. Gutters and Downspouts: Snow and ice accumulation can lead to clogged gutters and downspouts, causing water to overflow and potentially damage the roof, siding, and foundation.

Preventive Measures:

  1. Roof Inspection: Conduct regular roof inspections, especially after heavy snowfall, to identify any signs of stress or potential damage.

  2. Proper Insulation: Ensure your attic is well-insulated to prevent heat loss, which can contribute to snowmelt and the formation of ice dams.

  3. Gutter Maintenance: Keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and ice to facilitate proper drainage.

  4. Foundation Sealing: Seal any cracks in the foundation to prevent water infiltration during the melting and freezing cycles.

  5. Landscaping Considerations: Proper landscaping can help direct water away from the foundation. Ensure the grading around your home promotes water runoff.

Snow, though beautiful, can pose a silent threat to your home's structural integrity. Vigilance, timely inspections, and preventive measures are crucial to protecting your property from potential damage. At SERVPRO Team Spinner, we're committed to helping you safeguard your home. If you find yourself facing snow-related challenges, our experts are here to assist. Let's ensure your home remains a safe and secure haven throughout the winter months.

Unmasking the Sneaky Intruder: The Harmful Effects of Mold in Your Home

1/12/2024 (Permalink)

a picture of mold on the walls of a house with the owner looking stressed One day mold can start out small and spread to something like this

We're diving into a topic that often lurks in the shadows—MOLD. It's not just an unsightly inconvenience; it can be a silent intruder with potentially serious consequences for your home and health. Buckle up as we unravel the mystery of mold and its unwelcome effects.

Understanding Mold: The Sneaky Culprit

Mold is a stealthy organism that thrives in damp and dark environments, making our homes the perfect playground. From that seemingly innocent damp patch in the corner to the musty odor in your basement, mold can be much more than an eyesore.

Health Impact: Breathing Easy or Breathing in Trouble?

While some people may not be sensitive to mold, others can experience a range of health issues. Respiratory problems, allergies, skin irritation—mold can trigger or exacerbate these conditions. Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

Property Damage: Mold's Silent Mischief

Beyond health concerns, mold can wreak havoc on your home. It can compromise the structural integrity of your property, causing wood rot, weakening foundations, and damaging drywall. As if that's not enough, it's an open invitation to unwanted guests like termites.

Identifying the Culprit: Mold Detection 101

Spotting mold isn't always straightforward. It can hide in plain sight or grow in hidden corners. Musty smells, discolored walls, and water stains are potential red flags. If you suspect mold, it's time for a closer investigation.

SERVPRO® Team Spinner to the Rescue: Mold Remediation Solutions

Fear not! SERVPRO Team Spinner is your trusted ally in the battle against mold. Our expert technicians are equipped with the knowledge and tools to identify, contain, and remediate mold infestations. We don't just clean up; we restore and protect.

Prevention: A Mold-Free Future

The best defense is a good offense. Keep your home dry, fix leaks promptly, and maintain proper ventilation. Regular inspections and swift action can prevent mold from becoming a permanent resident in your space.

In the battle against mold, knowledge is power. Stay informed, be vigilant, and remember that SERVPRO Team Spinner is here to ensure your home remains a safe and healthy haven.

Cheers to a mold-free and thriving home!

Winter Storm Preparedness: A SERVPRO® Team Spinner Guide to Weathering the Snow

1/5/2024 (Permalink)

a picture of a snowy forest with the words winter storm preparedness Stay warm, stay safe, and let's make this winter a season of comfort and security

As winter descends upon us, it brings with it the potential for snowstorms that can impact daily life. At SERVPRO Team Spinner, we prioritize your safety and well-being. In this guide, we'll walk you through essential steps to prepare for an upcoming snowstorm, ensuring that you and your property are ready to face the challenges that winter weather may bring.

Winter Storm Preparation:

  1. Stay Informed: Regularly check weather forecasts and updates. Stay informed about the severity and duration of the upcoming storm to make informed decisions.

  2. Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a first aid kit.

  3. Heating System Inspection: Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it's operating efficiently. Replace filters and address any issues promptly.

  4. Pipe Insulation: Insulate exposed pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Use pipe insulation or heat tape for added protection.

  5. Propane and Gas Appliances: Ensure that propane and gas appliances are in good working condition. Have an ample supply of fuel if you rely on these systems for heating.

Home Protection During a Winter Storm:

  1. Roof Inspection: Regularly inspect your roof for signs of stress or damage. Heavy snow accumulation can lead to roof collapse, especially if there are existing issues.

  2. Snow Removal: Safely remove snow from walkways, driveways, and the roof. Use a snow blower or shovel to prevent ice buildup and ensure safe passage.

  3. Gutter Maintenance: Keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and ice to prevent water backups that can lead to roof and foundation damage.

  4. Window and Door Seals: Check and reinforce seals around windows and doors. This helps prevent drafts and keeps your home well-insulated.

  5. Emergency Power: Consider having a backup power source, such as a generator, in case of power outages. Ensure it's in good working condition and that you have an ample supply of fuel.

  6. Emergency Exits: Keep emergency exits clear of snow and debris. In case of an evacuation, you want unobstructed pathways.

  7. Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family members, neighbors, and emergency contacts. Ensure everyone knows where to meet or how to reach each other in case of separation.

Water Damage:

  1. Foundation Infiltration: Melting snow can seep into the soil around your foundation. As it refreezes, it expands, creating pressure that can crack the foundation and compromise its integrity.

  2. Basement Flooding: Excessive snowmelt can overwhelm drainage systems, leading to basement flooding. This can result in extensive damage to belongings and the structural elements of your home.

After the Storm:

  1. Inspection and Repairs: After the storm, inspect your home for any damage. Address issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

  2. Insurance Review: Review your home's insurance policy to ensure it covers winter-related damage. Report any damages promptly to your insurance provider.

  3. Professional Assistance: If you encounter significant damage, seek professional assistance. Companies like SERVPRO Team Spinner specialize in storm damage restoration and can help restore your home to its pre-storm condition.

Winter storms demand careful preparation and vigilant protection measures. By following these tips from SERVPRO Team Spinner, you can fortify your home against the challenges of winter weather.