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Dryer Ducts — Often Ignored Until It's Too Late
Some of the lint that accumulated in one dryer duct.
What can happen if you forget about regular duct cleaning?
In the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to forget about small, regular things that need maintenance or cleaning. After month of talking to home and business owners, I’ve realized that far too many people ignore their ducts entirely until the ducts become so clogged they think their dryer is broken. Those who think their dryer is broken are the fortunate ones—the unfortunate ones often experience something far worse, a structure fire from which it can take months to rebuild and recover.
Even though it may seem arduous to some, most homes only need to have their ducts cleaned annually or semi-annually—depending on amount of dryer usage—usually in the spring and/or fall.
As you can see in the photo, taken at an apartment complex in which the previous owners ignored this vital cleaning for years, this building was at sever risk for a fire. Furthermore, this issue caused them to not only go through dryers often but also waste energy as tenants were running dryer cycle times of over 4 hours a load! I only wish we could’ve gotten a picture of it all to demonstrate how serious the issue was as our crews pulled and vacuumed out over 3-5 cubic feet of compacted lint from each dryer duct! Thankfully, the new management was more diligent.
Spring Cleaning Chore Checklist
By Cynthia Ewer, Author of
Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized
March winds blow, telling us that Spring is on the way!
Warming breezes scour the last of winter from house and garden. Spring rain awakens the earth and calls forth new life.
Meet the rising sap with a new broom. Spring clean indoors and out to prepare home and hearth for the return of warm weather.
Our Spring cleaning chore checklist will help you take care of important seasonal chores and welcome Spring to an organized home.
Around The House:
- Schedule a family garage clean-out. Create efficient storage for sporting goods, camping equipment, recreational vehicles, and garden tools. You'll have the jump on summer fun!
- Inspect, clean and repair outdoor furniture.
- Tour house exterior and grounds. Make a list of any needed seasonal maintenance.
- Inspect the roof for winter damage: leaks, missing or broken shingles or tiles. Arrange for any needed repairs early; roofing contractors can be hard to find during summer's construction season.
- Use a sunny Saturday to scrape, prime and paint peeling spots on trim or woodwork. You'll protect wood against Summer's heat and moisture--and prevent a more difficult paint job come fall.
- Clear away any remaining dead foliage and weeds from beds and lawn. New growth will be protected from damage or disease.
- Begin major Spring landscaping projects. Spring's the time to put in shrubs and trees, but check with your local extension office for specific planting recommendations for your area.
The Inside Story:
- Changing seasons, changing clothes. Hold a family wardrobe check as you bring out warm-weather clothing. Sort winter clothing for discards and donations before you store.
- Hold a garage sale! Declutter house and garage to turn trash into cash. Build your yard sale savvy here.
- Pick a weekend and enlist the family for Spring cleaning. Many hands make light work! Reward the team with dinner at a pizza parlor.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- While at the window area, check drapes and window treatments. Vacuum any dust; send dirtier drapes to the cleaners.
- Move furniture and vacuum beneath it.
- Arrange for a spring inspection of cooling systems. Don't wait for the first hot day! Air conditioning firms will give better service when they're not busy.
- When the weather warms, deactivate heat system humidifiers. Check the system manual for instructions on how to power down for the summer.
- Drain sediment from hot water heaters.
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- Visit our website: www.SERVPROEastYork.com
This September: Pledge to Prepare
September is National Preparedness
As National Preparedness Day approaches, we are pleased to announce that SERVPRO of East York is joining the Ready Campaign, founded to increase preparedness throughout all communities in the U.S., and taking an active role in helping York County prepare for emergencies.
It means households have an emergency supply kit so they can be self-reliant for at least three days in case of emergency and having a plan for how they will respond and reconnect after an emergency. For information on creating a supply kit and writing a plan, see the Family Emergency Plan template and Emergency Supply Kit checklist. For additional, free resources and information on how you can become prepared, visit Ready.gov.
SERVPRO E York hosts CE class
Attend the CE class and earn PA state Insurance credits
Hello Insurance Professionals,
SERVPRO of West Lancaster / East York is excited to host CE classes on Contaminated Buildings and Deodarization of Malodors. Come join us and let us learn together.
Team SERVPRO E York
Shruti and Jags are excited to join the team at Western Lancaster and Eastern York Counties. We look forward to growing and serving the community and helping the community and serve their restoration needs and other cleaning services.
They have worked in the Commercial real estate industry over several years and are aware of the needs that insurance agents, facility managers, owners, investors as well as real estate agents deal with.
SERVPRO has over 1600 locations in the United States and has been operating for over 40 years. We specialize in, Water, Fire... and Mold Remediation, and Restoration.
Each SERVPRO Team Member is certified in all aspects of Restoration and Mitigation. Our SERVPRO is open 24 hours a day 365 days per year, and always on call for your Emergency needs.