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Spring Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Property in Top Condition

3/25/2024 (Permalink)

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As the seasons change and warmer weather approaches, it's essential to prepare your home for the spring season to ensure it remains in optimal condition. Performing routine maintenance tasks can help prevent potential issues and keep your property in top shape. Here are some spring maintenance tips from us at SERVPRO® to help you maintain your home:

Inspect Your Roof: Begin by inspecting your roof for any signs of damage or wear. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracked flashing, or deteriorating seals around vents and chimneys. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent water infiltration and potential leaks during spring showers.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, from your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow, causing damage to your roof, siding, and foundation. Regular gutter maintenance can help prevent water-related issues and prolong the lifespan of your gutters.

Check Exterior Surfaces: Inspect the exterior of your home, including siding, trim, and windows, for any signs of damage or deterioration. Look for cracks, gaps, or peeling paint, and repair or replace any damaged areas to prevent water intrusion and maintain your home's curb appeal.

Test Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems: Test outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems for leaks or damage. Ensure that faucets are functioning properly and that sprinkler heads are adjusted to distribute water evenly. Address any leaks or issues promptly to conserve water and prevent water waste.

Service Your HVAC System: Schedule routine maintenance for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to ensure optimal performance. Replace air filters as recommended and clean vents and ducts to improve air quality and efficiency. Proper HVAC maintenance can help reduce energy costs and prolong the lifespan of your system.

Inspect Your Foundation: Check your foundation for cracks, gaps, or signs of settlement. Address any issues promptly to prevent water infiltration and potential structural damage. Proper drainage around your home can help minimize the risk of foundation problems and maintain structural integrity.

Trim Trees and Shrubs: Trim overhanging branches and shrubs away from your home to prevent them from coming into contact with your roof or siding. Overgrown vegetation can create opportunities for pests and moisture to enter your home and cause damage.

Test Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order by testing them regularly and replacing batteries as needed. Properly functioning detectors can alert you to potential fire or safety hazards and provide early warning in case of emergency.

By following these spring maintenance tips from SERVPRO, you can help protect your home and ensure it remains in good condition throughout the season and beyond. Remember that proactive maintenance is key to preventing issues and preserving the value of your property. If you need assistance with any home maintenance tasks or encounter any issues, don't hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO for expert advice and assistance.

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Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Leon County, the experts in fire and water damage in Tallahassee, Florida.

Tallahassee, Florida (May 13, 2016) - When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts:  remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Clay Kile of SERVPRO® of North Leon County says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”

SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Kile says that tools like DryBook™  help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services.  “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Kile.

To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Kile suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster. 

1.      Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by

  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?

  • Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?

    2.      Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including

  • Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?

  • Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?

  • Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish? 

    3.      Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to

  • Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?

  • Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?

    SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of North Leon County, please contact Clay Kile at (850)688-8350 or For more information about SERVPRO of North Leon County, please visit

    About SERVPRO® 

    Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.