How to Remove and Prevent Ice Dams

For many people, icicles bring thoughts of crisp, winter air. For knowledgeable homeowners, they conjure images of damaged shingles and costly repair bills. To keep your home free of ice dams, consider the following guide. Why it’s a Problem At first, an ice dam might seem like a minor nuisance. If it gets big enough, however, melted water can back up behind it and make its way beneath shingles. After a while, the water can migrate into ceilings and exterior walls, and cause water damage to paint and sheetrock. If a large ice dam breaks away from a home, it can pull gutters and shingles with it. It can also damage underlying items, including cars, shrubs and windowsills. How to Eliminate an Ice Dam Hopefully, you’ve taken steps to prevent ice dams from forming. If you haven’t, you can remove an ice dam using the following method: First, make sure to clear the area beneath the dam, removing any items that might sustain damage due to falling ice. Next, clear away snow and ice beneath the dam. Once you’ve opened enough level space, set up your extension ladder. Be sure your shoes are as dry as possible and follow the safety precautions listed on the ladder. Take your time and move slowly, especially if your shoe soles are moist from melted snow. Once you reach the dam, remove as much ice as you can by breaking it loose in small chunks. Use a blunt mallet instead of an ax or sharp tool, since this can damage shingles and put your life at risk. Again, work slowly so you won’t...

Start the New Year Off Right

This has been another difficult year for many of us. Businesses struggling, some closing, and more to close, leaving people in further financial distress. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about all of the tragedy in the world. Those of us in the customer service industry have been challenged with trying to grow, or maintain the relationships that keep us earning a living. We want you to know that Savage Restoration is here for you, more than ever, to help you with the relationships you have with your customers. Too many in the insurance industry have made the choice to avoid claims and send their customers to an 800 number when they are in distress. More than 60% of our business currently comes directly from insurance carriers and third party management programs. We still get to assist your customers, but you don’t. This process works, but is not exactly the friendly customer service experience your customers would appreciate. There are claim representatives on the phone assigning companies like Savage Restoration to mitigate their losses. By the time the claim reaches us a day may pass, while your customer is waiting for help. The personal touch is not there until we arrive. Because of changes from COVID and other influences, some carriers may not even send a field adjuster. The only adjuster they are in contact with is on the phone somewhere in another state. Make 2023 a year you choose to reconnect with your customers and provide the excellent customer service your customers deserve. It’s what you would want if you needed help. Encourage your customers to call YOU...

Fall Cleaning is Important Too!

Fall is officially here! The most colorful season of the year. Also, my personal favorite! However, it can be one of the most daunting times of year for bi-annual heavy clean-up. Not only are you dealing with remnants from summer sand beach days, but you now must deal with falling leaves. An important part of being a responsible adult is recognizing that when the leaves start to fall off trees, it’s time for a fall cleaning. Contrary to popular belief, fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning. Even as a respectable adult you are probably forgetting a few key places that have created colonies out of your neglect. You know how birds and bees will turn practically anything into nests and hives if they are certain to not be disturbed? Mold plays by those rules too, so you should probably start cleaning with a little more discipline. Let us start with some basics…. Embarrassing facts about refrigerators. For many, not only is the refrigerator a place to store weekly groceries, but it doubles as a shelf in times of need for non-discarded junk and mail. There is zero logic behind it other than not being able to throw away the no expiring 100th Bed Bath and Beyond coupon. I dare you to try not to cough when cleaning that dust pile up. Now let us talk about air movement in the home. Whether it’s a ceiling fan, window a/c or a stationary fan, eventually that dust will take a jolt of unfortunate physics and spread like a cloud of fresh snow across all your belongings. Think about...

5 Tips for Surviving the ‘Allergy Superburst’

Stuffy nose? Itchy, watery eyes? Sneezing? Itchy ears? Do these symptoms sound familiar?  It’s outdoor allergy season! Allergy season is a great time mostly for plants and nectar-producing insects. It is a time where pollen grains are abundant in the environment. It is also a season of vulnerability to human health; as a catalyst for some respiratory issues like asthma or other respiratory-related allergies. Well, what can you do besides avoid the great outdoors? Here are some steps to alleviate common spring woes: Studies show that pollen counts are highest in the early morning, from about 5:00 am until about 10:00 am – so try and plan outdoor activities later in the day.You can also be sure to keep your car windows closed while you drive. At home, try to keep your house windows closed. This is easiest if you have air conditioning. If it gets too hot, now is the time to enjoy your basement! It’s also a good rule to let someone else mow your lawn! See, seasonal allergies have some positives.Frequently get car washes – when your vehicle is covered with pollen, rain is what will activate the acidic properties which, over time, will damage your vehicle’s paint.  Plus, it saves you from unnecessary exposure. Outside of improving your homes aesthetics, removing pollen from siding is also important.  Pollen serves as a great contributor to the growth of weeds and other plants which attracts pests (rodents, birds, and insects) that damage your siding.You can also consult your doctor to see if antihistamines and/or nasal sprays would be appropriate for allergy season. This article is for informational purposes...

Spring is here, and so is Spring Cleaning

Spring is here, and so is Spring Cleaning. A year’s worth of food, bad Christmas gifts, clearance rack clothing, and junk items are no match for a motivated individual who wants to de-clutter. What will getting rid of junk and wiping down my tables and counters do?  Researchers have found that a cluttered, dirty home contributes to stress and anxiety. Aside from the mental benefits that come with a clean and tidy home, you are also reducing your risk of coming in contact with a surface that has been contaminated with infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.  Ok, that sounds great. Where do I start?  When it comes to decluttering your home, you are going to want to follow a few simple steps:  Set Goals – create a plan that will help you reduce frustrations as you go.Create a Sorting System – create three separate piles: Keeping, Tossing, and Storing.Disposal – properly dispose of the clutter from your “Tossing” pile. I am ready to do this! Any other tips that I should know? Here are a few good tips to follow when Spring Cleaning: We generally only use 20 percent of the items we own 80 percent of the time. Try to focus on getting rid of anything that you don’t use 80 percent of the time.Don’t spend time worrying about the cost of something when you purchased it. The money has already been spent and is non-recoverable. Instead, think of the value you will add to your daily life while living in a clutter-free home.Ask yourself if you truly love it. If you don’t, chances are you don’t need...