Tips To Protect Your Home From Risks This Holiday Season

As you deck the halls and celebrate the holiday season, it’s essential to take proactive steps to safeguard your home from potential fire hazards. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure a safe and joyous Christmas, with a focus on preventing fire damage. 1. Smart Christmas Lights Usage: Inspect and Replace: Before adorning your home with festive lights, carefully inspect them for frayed wires or damaged sockets. Replace any compromised lights to reduce the risk of electrical fires.Avoid Overloading Outlets: Resist the temptation to overload electrical outlets with too many decorations. Distribute the load across multiple outlets and use surge protectors when necessary. 2. Fire-Safe Christmas Trees: Keep It Hydrated: If you opt for a real Christmas tree, ensure it stays well-hydrated throughout the season. A dry tree is a fire hazard. For artificial trees, store them properly in a fire-resistant container. 3. Caution in the Kitchen: Mindful Cooking: The holiday season often involves elaborate cooking. Exercise caution to prevent kitchen fires. Keep flammable items away from heat sources and never leave cooking unattended. 4. Decorative Arrangements: Safe Placement: Position decorations, especially those with candles or lights, away from heat sources such as fireplaces and heaters. Choose flame-resistant materials whenever possible. 5. Traveling Precautions: Secure Your Home: If you plan to be away during the holidays, take precautions to secure your home. Turn off Christmas lights, unplug decorations, and double-check that all appliances are switched off. 6. Cold Weather Safety: Prevent Frozen Pipes: In colder climates, protect your home from potential water damage by preventing frozen pipes. Insulate exposed pipes and keep your thermostat set to a minimum temperature. This...

Tips To Help You Prepare For Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to refresh your home after a long winter and get ready for the warmer months ahead. However, it can be overwhelming to know where to start, especially if you have a lot of clutter and mess to tackle. In this short blog post, we will provide some tips to help you prepare for spring cleaning. Set a date for your spring cleaning and plan around any other commitments you have.Create a plan of attack by deciding which areas of your home to focus on and making a list of specific tasks to accomplish.Gather all necessary supplies, such as cleaning solutions, microfiber cloths, rubber gloves, and trash bags.Declutter your home before starting to clean. Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or throw away.Involve your family members in the cleaning process. Assign tasks to each person and work together to complete them. By following these simple steps, you can make your spring cleaning more manageable and even fun by involving your family. Happy...

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...