Why would you want to clean your carpets just before school starts? The real questions is: why wouldn’t you? You’ve just experienced one of the most active twelve week periods of the year. Both people and pets spend much of their time outdoors in the dust, dirt and mud, and then bring a portion of that grime into your home. And you’ll be having people over for activities during the school year. Your home should look its best. A professional residential carpet cleaning service is what you need and that means ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.
Summer takes its toll on carpets. You’ve been looking at the rooms in question and, short of a very obvious spill or stain, you may think things aren’t that bad. Consider your family and pets. No matter where they’ve been, they end up back in the house every night and what they bring in isn’t always obvious. A percentage of the dirt enters on their body, not just their feet. It’s the dirt you can’t immediately see, but it builds up, settling as grit and dust at the base of the carpet fibers. Then, as people walk across the carpet, they grind the dirt against the threads, damaging your investment.
All that enters the house is not simply soil. Minnesota summers are known for their insects, and the bugs that don’t enter on their own may hitch rides on pets or on clothing if people have been in the woods or on the farm. That organic matter also falls into the carpet unnoticed and deteriorates. Pollen enters a home as well and provides food for insects that manage to survive. Add to that any residual pet or food stains that you’ve done your best to clean up. There’s always something left behind.
You don’t want that combination to stay in your carpet through the fall and winter months. Make sure your home is completely clean and ready for fall activities and hospitality. Call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the most thorough home carpet cleaning. Then look at your carpet after the job is done. You’ll see the difference.
We’ve often told you about the fire damage repair and smoke remediation services offered by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca, but if possible, we’d rather you not endure the risk and damage of a fire in the first place. Fire inspectors routinely check businesses for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, as well as potential fire risks. Why not take the same precautions on a regular basis in your home? Summer is an ideal time to check everything; all you need is a ladder and perhaps a flashlight.
Most modern detectors are hard wired into your electrical circuits, while others may still require a battery replacement. Check them by pressing the test button. Where appropriate, you can open them to check for rust, corrosion or cobwebs that could affect use. If you don’t have a smoke detector in every room, consider adding more. Smoke can stay on one level or one area for an extended period before spreading.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
These devices will save your life if an appliance is malfunctioning and releasing Carbon Monoxide (CO) into the home. It’s wise to check them along with the other devices. Some are combination CO and smoke detectors.
Keep a multipurpose or ABC extinguisher in every room or a few steps away from any point in your home. Place them at eye level, near doorways so they’re easy to find. Make sure they are fully charged and family members know how to use them. The Minnesota Department of Public Health suggests one-time-use extinguishers be replaced every 12 years, and other devices recharged every six years aside from when used. Any other kind of fire fighting attempt is often useless or dangerous. Any kind of grease, oil or fuel fire must be smothered, and electrical fires also require special dry chemicals. If an extinguisher shows any signs of deterioration or if it’s been used and is non-rechargable, replace it immediately. Buy extinguishers just as you’d by drapes or carpeting: make them fit the room and the use.
Call ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca for the best and most comprehensive smoke removal, fire damage repair and disaster restoration service in Mankato, Waseca, Blue Earth and surrounding communities.
The smell and smoke caused by melted wiring insulation can be one of the most annoying aspects of an electrical fire. If that wiring is inside of a wall, it can be even more of a problem as it has to be reached and removed in order to get rid of the odor. While our technicians at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at fire damage restoration, the best option is to prevent the fire and the fire damage in the first place.
The National Fire Protection Association says nearly 300 people die and over 800 are injured annually in residential electrical fires. Electrical fires in the home can have a wide range of causes, but many of them can be prevented through proper maintenance and safety checks. If you’ve expanded your electrical use or added new or larger appliances, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your circuits can carry the load. Extra voltage on wires, electrical boxes, or even lights, can cause overheating and fires, even if the wiring is new. Following a few basic tips may help prevent a fire in your home:
- Get rid of any old or frayed electrical or extension cords
- Don’t run cords under your carpet
- Examine wall outlets for any type of damage or odor
- Have an electrician check your breaker box and electrical connections
- Don’t overload outlets
- Use power strips sparingly
- Reassess your circuits before adding any major appliances
- Have your heating and air conditioning system checked annually
- Make sure your dryer venting to the outside is clear and clean
- Clean your dryer’s lint filter before each use
- Don’t overfill your dryer or washer
- Make sure your circuits can handle power tools where ever you use them, and guard against sparks
Another good precaution is to have an adequate number of fire extinguishers that work on electrical fires and ensure they are fully charged. They should be on every floor and near any major sources of heat or electricity. If you have an electrical fire, try to turn off the electric power where it enters the building as soon as possible, and have an electrician check everything after the fire is out. After you call your insurance agent, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the most efficient and professional fire damage restoration in the area.