Blessed to be a Blessing
Here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach we teamed up with The Buggy Bunch once again and had the privilege of sponsoring a family for Christmas as a Christmas Angel. The Buggy Bunch hand-picked families that they closely work with on a monthly basis and chose ones that were well deserving. We received a Christmas wish list from our family and we bought them toys, clothes hygiene products and more essentials. We wrapped each gift up in beautiful wrapping paper and delivered them to the Buggy Bunch office before Christmas. The mother thanked us and the Buggy Bunch for everything believing that her kids will now have a good Christmas. She said that she has a hope and a future to look forward to. Just hearing that makes it all worth it! We are blessed to be a blessing.
Clean as a Whistle | Power Washing
Pressure washing is one of those things that is needed more often than we think but we don’t realize it until an area is partially washed and it is compared with an unwashed area. Then the grime, dirt and mess glaringly stare back at you.
You can pay for someone to pressure wash your home or you can purchase a pressure washer and do it yourself. While there are pros and cons to each, if you choose to DIY, make sure you keep your safety in mind. It can be a dangerous task to pressure wash if the spray is aimed in the wrong direction. The force can cause a potential laceration, bruise or puncture.
Why pressure wash?
Pressure washing regularly is beneficial because it prevents future damage, protects your family’s health from mold and mildew and holds your property value.
We highly recommend staying up-to- date on pressure washing, especially since its such an easy thing to do.
Why SERVPRO? Because we love giving back to our community! We love being a helping hand for those who need it. This week we had the opportunity to partner up with the local Buggy Bunch and Pies for a Purpose. The Buggy Bunch's mission is to build relationships with the moms and families and to help equip them with programs and services. Pies For a Purpose raises money to support family programming and donates hundreds of pies to charitable organizations.
Through the organization Pies For a Purpose we bought 30 pies and met up with the Buggy Bunch ladies to deliver them to the Hibiscus Children's Center. At the center they maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected in our city.
We enjoyed contributing for Thanksgiving and look forward to partnering with more organizations in the near future.
Stay by the Fire as Florida Temperatures Drop
Warm Fires on Chilly Nights
Vero Beach and surrounding areas have finally dropped in temperature, from hot and muggy summer days we've entered into cooler and crisp mornings. This is a rare occasion so you will most definitely see all Floridians bundled up in sweaters and boots. Now is the great time to have social events outside by the fire, where you won't be pestered by mosquitoes and bugs alike.
Fire pits are so much fun to gather around and sing songs, make s’mores and keep warm but along with fun always comes safety!
Light a fire only in open spaces- keep clear from nearby buildings and foliage.
Always keep a close eye on all children, make sure they keep a safe distance from the flames.
Don’t pour gas on a fire. There are so many unfortunate stories that stem from doing this.
Be safe and have fun & enjoy this cooler weather!
Storm Approaches : Sold Out Generators
Why SERVPRO? We care about our community, our customers, and fulfilling their needs. We desire to give our community tips and safety procedures, even from our website!
Today, we are going to discuss the importance of having a generator. Before a storm strikes, which happens often in Florida, you want to always be prepared well beforehand. One way is to invest in a generator. Once you lose power, you realize how many things you use on a moment to moment basis, and then all of a sudden you can’t use any of it…that is, unless you have a generator.
Why use a generator?
First of all, a generator is portable power, so it can make your appliances, lights and electricity run. It provides power to your fridge and freezer, which is very important because food can spoil within hours if it is no longer being cooled. Generators can also be important if you work from home, as many people do nowadays. Smaller generators are also very handy for power tools and even camping if there are no available nearby outlets.
We hope you look into purchasing a generator from your local hardware store.
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Fire Prevention and Protection
Living in Vero Beach, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about rapid wildfires like the people on the West coast. But nevertheless, being in the fire restoration business, we often still work with customers whose houses and buildings catch fire, and sometimes burn down. In some serious cases, there’s often a flaw involved. Many times the sprinkler system is broken, the smoke alarm doesn’t go off or no one is even home to be aware of the fire. There are many other issues that can contribute to building fires, but the Building Fire Protection Division are working on aspects to improve on, to decrease the issues.
The Fire and Life Safety Building Systems industry have been way behind other industries when it comes to smart technology monitoring and inspections. And because of that, they have been researching many ways to advance and improve on, while eliminating outdated and inefficient equipment. They say that there are many benefits and minimum risks when it comes to smart technology monitoring and since we live in a digital age, there are better practices available. The purpose of the smart technology is to prevent or lessen the effects of a fire. These built in systems will alert the homeowner and fire stations at a quicker rate, and the technology will be able to monitor equipment at a more precise measurement. The quicker our technology advances, the safer we become!
Wood Flooring | This or That
Take your Pick!
With many new trends and styles, we often see people updating and remodeling their homes. Along with this comes new flooring too. Depending on where you live, how often you get storms, your living situation along with financial budgets can help guide you in the decision making process. There are currently two kinds of wood flooring that people are buying, hardwood and laminate wood.
Laminate wood is made up of composite wood pressed together and is topped off with the image of hardwood. It’s cost for the product and installation both are fairly inexpensive compared to hardwood. It is very durable and can take on the dog’s nails, the kid’s toys that you asked them to keep outside and other daily wear and tear. And another great thing is that it can endure moisture and minor water problems.
On the other hand, hardwood floors are natural and very beautiful. Because it comes from real trees, it is more expensive along with the installation cost too. Therefore, this would add value to your home. Unfortunately, it is not known for great durability. After a while, scratches appear and if there is an accumulation of water in one area, those pieces would have to be replaced.
Now that you have more information, you know what to expect when you go look at wood flooring for your home!
Purify Your Air
Keep it fresh and clean
Do you deal with ongoing allergies and sickness in your home? First, we recommend for you to schedule a duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Vero Beach conducts air duct cleanings, as we have written about before here. But once we take care of that for you, we also recommend investing in an air purifier. These continue the process of eliminating dust, pollen, mold, and more airborne contaminants that are not great for the well-being of your health.
Air purifiers are machines that do exactly what it sounds like- they purify the air! From one opening, it draws in air from surrounding areas, and then through multiple filters it traps contaminants and impurities and recirculates the pure air back into the room.
Here are 3 different types of filter options within air purifiers:
1. Carbon Filters eliminate odors and reduce the amount of gaseous particles which are found in cleaning products, paint, and wood preservatives
2. Ozone Producing cleaners increase oxygen molecules in the air which then eliminates harmful bacteria in the air.
3. Electrostatic technology is even better because it actually attracts particles in the air by static electricity and traps them in the machine.
These three types additional filter options will cause the filters to be used more, and therefore need replacement sooner than regular filters.
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Potable water is much more of a preference for people when it comes to staying hydrated. On the other hand, tap water, also known as unfiltered water is not a fan favorite considering that some cities contain trace amounts of pollutants and the taste is not quite refreshing as purified water. Although restaurants often serve tap water, you can control what you consume at your own home. If your fridge doesn’t have a handy filter and spout, you will want to look into purchasing a filter. Here are different options you can choose from:
Water pitcher- You fill these up with sink water and it slowly filters through all the impurities. You can store the pitcher in the fridge to keep cold.
Under- sink water filter- just as it sounds like, it gets installed underneath your sink and a separate spout comes out of the counter for your drinking water. Extremely easy for refills!
Countertop container- These large stainless steel filters are great for holding large amounts of water and can be filled continually.
Do your research before you buy and figure out which kind of filter is best for your home and family.
Vero Beach | Centennial Year
This year, we celebrate the city of Vero Beach turning 100 years! SERVPRO of Vero Beach is very excited to be in this city and to support other local businesses and the community here. We will be at the Centennial parade in downtown Vero on Saturday, October 26th.
SERVPRO of Vero Beach has been established here for almost 10 years. We are voted #1 restoration company in the area and put much effort and excellence into each job site that we arrive at and we are available for emergency work 24/7.
Our owners and employees are involved in many events and organizations in the city. Whether you walk in the office or the team enters your house, you are sure to see smiling faces that are ready to help you in your time of need!
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