CE Schedule for July - November
SERVPRO of Carthage/Joplin will be providing free CE classes for Insurance Agents and Adjusters. This is the second CE Schedule for the second half of the year! From July through November we will be having classes in Kansas and Missouri.
We have two courses Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry (which is a 4 hour class) from 8:30-12:30pm and Biohazard Clean up (which is a 2 hour class) from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided and please recommend any great places to eat in your area!
Date & Locations are below with the appropriate date and the exact location where the classes are to be held.
7-27-16 Holiday Inn Express; 4011 Parkview Dr., Pittsburg, KS 66762
7-28-16 Sleep Inn; 302 E Wall St., Fort Scott, KS 66701
8-11-16 Chamber of Commerce; 320 E 4th St., Joplin, MO 64801
8-24-16 Labette County Bank; 2121 Main St., Parsons, KS 67357
8-25-16 Sleep Inn & Suites; 202 W 11th St., Coffeyville, KS 67337
10-05-16 Holiday Inn Express; 311 S Johnson Drive., Nevada, MO 64772
10-06-16 Chamber of Commerce; 320 E 4th St., Joplin, MO 64801
11-2-16 Community Meeting Room; 200 E Broadway St., Monett, MO 65708
Please call 417-623-1388 or Email Us at: SERVPRO@SERVPROcarthage-joplin.com
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact our office.
We hope to see you there!
Fall Home Maintenance Tips
Here are some great tips for Fall Maintenance. We always want our customers to be educated and prepared for the upcoming season.
Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Musts
Check for Peeling Paint
Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. According to Carl Minchew, Director, Benjamin Moore Paints, "Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future."
Clean the Gutters
After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
Caulk the Windows
Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping. “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc., Telford, PA, and National President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup,” he says.
Inspect the Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. "Ice, rain, snow, and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs," says Jay Butch, Director, Contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. "Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm."
Ready the Fire Place
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Gary Webster, Creative Director of Travis Industries, suggests that you examine your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket for a tight seal.
Seal the Driveway
Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Sealing the driveway now will help extend the life of the asphalt through the winter and beyond.
Reverse Ceiling Fan
Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.
Cover Air Conditioners
Vacuum the internal parts of air conditioners. Remove units from windows or wrap the outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover to prevent rusting of vital parts.
Clean Yard Equipment
Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. Check to see that all of your snow equipment is up and running before the first flurry falls. Organize your snow clearing gear. When snow arrives you’ll want to have shovels, roof rakes, and snow blowers where you can get to them.
Prepare Deck for Winter
Clean porch and deck furniture, and look for any needed repairs. Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area. Make sure all soil is emptied from pots and planters. Dirt left in clay pots will freeze and cause the pots to crack if left outside.
These tips are great for maintaining your house at a nice time of year. It is not too hot or too cold to do these things. We want to give these tips to help your house be more ready for the upcoming winter months. Of course, we will take great care of you if disaster strikes, but we want to educate you also.
Please call SERVPRO of Carthage/Joplin for your restoration or cleaning needs at (417) 623-1388.