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Springtime Commercial Cleaning Availability in Albuquerque and Its Neighboring Communities

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is pleased to announce their availability for commercial cleaning jobs in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas this spring. The company, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, specializes in cleaning and maintaining buildings like schools, banks, apartment complexes, office buildings and other commercial properties.


With a complete line of available services that includes carpet cleaning, floor buffing, power washing and window cleaning, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is prepared to take on the janitorial duties for virtually any commercial building.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration sets itself apart from similar cleaning and janitorial companies in the area in several ways; perhaps the most significant of these is the company's green cleaning policy. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration uses only environmentally-friendly cleaning products and solutions on the properties it services. 

For over 18 years, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration has been providing exceptional cleaning and building maintenance. 

Pros and Cons of Flat Roofs

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Home and business owners throughout New Mexico considering upgrading their roofing may want to consider the advantages as well as disadvantages of installing a flat roof rather than one featuring sloped construction. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque understands that flat roofs are becoming increasingly popular because of their affordability, but they must be properly sealed in order to maintain their structural integrity as well as properly maintained in order to prevent roof leaks.

There are several important advantages of selecting a flat roof over one that is sloped. Flat roofs are easier to access and stand on for the purposes of roof inspection. Their horizontal surface offers more stability than a sloped roof. They are much more affordable to install as well as re-coat than other styles of roofing. A flat roof is also viewed as more aesthetically appealing for use in warmer climates.

One major disadvantage that flat roofing has over a sloped roof is that its stability decreases as its size increases. A very large flat roof usually cannot avoid flooding after a period of heavy rains, and there is an increased risk of collapse from the weight of this water. In order to avoid flooding problems, the synthetic rubber coating that has been applied to the surface of the roof must be checked on a regular basis. Proper maintenance is also essential to avoiding roof leaks.

Home and business owners whose buildings currently have a flat roof that has not been checked or undergone regular maintenance should contact a licensed roofer for an inspection. If you do have a leak-- contact SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque immediately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our professional team will ensure that water damage is repaired and get you back into your home or business in no time!

Permanent Flood Fix on the Table for Northeast Albuquerque

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An Albuquerque family made some big changes to their northeast home to make sure their garage and backyard doesn't flood during monsoon season -- and more permanent help is on the way.

Sasha Patton said her family has spent almost a year and thousands of dollars creating barriers around her house, and funnels through the property where water can flood.

"We haven't stopped," Patton said. "We have done project, after project, after project. If it floods and we're home, we can sit in the window and drink a cup of coffee and not have to worry about it anymore."

Patton and her family made the expensive changes because last May, gallons of rainwater rushed through her garage into the backyard, after a storm drain on her street was overwhelmed.

She caught the whole storm on camera.

After the damage was done, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, or AMAFCA, took notice.

Engineers began to look at whether the neighborhoods near Constitution and Washington NE were in a flood plain.

AMAFCA said in a report it found there are several neighborhoods with the same problem because when it starts to rain really heavily, all of the water drains down the street to the lowest point. At the lowest point are many homes and businesses.

Now, AMAFCA is working on a solution. A spokesperson said the idea of a holding pond is in the initial report. It could hold the monsoon rain water, but any solution is still years and millions of dollars away.

Patton said that's why they're prepared.

"We've done everything to keep ourselves safe," Patton said.

Safety Tips For Winter Activities

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Winter recreational activities may help fight off cabin fever, but they also can be dangerous. Before heading outside, brush up on these safety tips for the slopes, rink, and more.

Dressing the Part

Staying warm is important for all winter activities. Protect yourself from hypothermia by wearing polypropylene undergarments — which absorb sweat but also retain heat — and layers of water- and wind-resistant clothing. And don't forget the essentials: hats, gloves or mittens, wool socks, and waterproof boots.

Hitting the Slopes

These safety tips can help reduce your chances of injury when you're downhill skiing or snowboarding:

  • Take lessons on how to stop, slow down and turn.
  • Never ski or snowboard alone.
  • Always wear a certified helmet with wraparound goggles.
  • Secure loose straps or clothing.
  • Identify the appropriate trails for your skill level.
  • Check your equipment before and after each run.

Skating Outdoors

Keep these safety guidelines in mind when ice-skating or playing hockey outside:

  • Stick to ice at least 6 inches thick and free of ice fishing holes and other debris.
  • Avoid ice that has formed over running water, such as a river.
  • Always wear a helmet: Hockey helmets offer the best protection.
  • Wear proper hockey equipment, including pads and gloves.
  • Learn how to properly fall on ice.

Snowmobile Cruising

Inexperience and poor judgment are both leading causes of snowmobile crashes. Learn how to ride safely:

  • If you are a novice, consider taking a snowmobile or snow machine safety training course before your first outing.
  • Wear a helmet that meets the current Department of Transportation certification standards.
  • Wear appropriate cold weather gear, such as a snowmobile suit, snow bib, jackets, and gloves, to cut the wind, repel water and allow ventilation.
  • Always go snowmobiling in groups and notify someone at home where the group is headed and the expected return time.
  • Always check the weather conditions before departing.
  • If traveling in mountainous terrain, check for "Avalanche Conditions."
  • Know the area where you're riding, if possible. There may be hazards, such as washouts (melted snow, flowing water or erosion impacting the trail, road or field), fences and drop-offs in unfamiliar areas.
  • Before departing, check your machine's fuel and fluid levels to make sure they are sufficient for the trip. You should also check the machine's overall condition and operation.
  • Never drive too fast for your comfort level, and keep speeds below 40 miles per hour at night.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Avoid driving on ice, but if it's the only option, wear a lifejacket.
  • Always ride sober, which includes avoiding prescription medications that may affect how you ride.
  • Be cautious when crossing roadways.
  • Never approach wildlife.
  • Carry a first-aid kit, water and non-perishable food in case of a mishap on the trail.

13 Home Improvements Illegal to DIY

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Switch Up a Cooktop 

Is it true that you are considering changing from an electric extent to a gas stove and introducing the apparatus yourself? Reconsider. This is a venture for one, as well as two experts that need to meet codes and investigate the completed item. A gas stove requires both power and gas to work appropriately, so procure a handyman to introduce the gas line and an electrical expert to change the electrical circuit. Something else, this genuinely simple transformation could have dangerous outcomes. 

Bother Old Protection 

In the event that you claim a more established home, the upper room protection could be polluted with the harmful substance asbestos. While it's conceivable to do a DIY asbestos evacuation, it's not suggested. There is various laws set up to control the evacuation of asbestos in light of the risks it postures to those in close closeness, including you, your family, and your neighbors. Things being what they are, what's the arrangement? Procure an asbestos decrease group. 

Repair Your HVAC Framework 

Repairing or supplanting a HVAC framework is hazardous. While it might entice to settle it yourself, it's most likely best on the off chance that you don't. Freon breaks are perilous, bringing about discombobulation, asphyxia, and other respiratory issues. Aerating and cooling and warming upkeep requires an authorized proficient who has experienced a thorough preparing and affirmation process. Furthermore, a producer may void your guarantee on the off chance that you, a property holder without fitting authorizing, were to deal with the framework. 

Supplant a Boiling hot Water Tank 

While introducing or supplanting a water warmer may appear like a DIY suited for the weekend warrior, pondering 240 volts of power or complaining with gas lines, which could bring about a hazardous break, is not work for the unpracticed. In light of the grants, code adherences, wellbeing regulations, and dangers—like conceivable carbon monoxide discharges—an authorized handyman is required to tackle this home assignment. 

Pump the Septic Framework 

Let's be realistic: Of all the home errands, this is one of the more disagreeable. In any case, notwithstanding being unenjoyably, working with the septic tank requires particular gear and additionally allows to discard the waste legitimately. The main do-it-without anyone's help step you have to bring with this assignment is to get the telephone and call an expert. 

Interface with Natural life 

Has a rat taken up living arrangement in your rafters? Before wrangling the threat yourself, understand this: A few species, for example, raccoons, skunks, and bats, are inclined to convey rabies and have lawful results on the off chance that they are hurt or caught and moved without the assistance of an expert. Try not to hazard disease; contact a natural life control organization. These authorized experts will evacuate the creatures, secure the openings, wipe out homes, and dispose of waste. It's essentially not worth taking a chance with your security. 

Thump Out a Divider 

In case you're planning to change your design to an open floor arrangement, or simply need somewhat additional room, uprooting a divider may be on your rundown of things to do. In any case, reconsider before swinging that heavy hammer. A few urban areas require licenses if the divider being referred to is basic, and on the off chance that you don't bring in an authority for a discussion previously, you could be doing significant harm to the trustworthiness of your home. 

Tinker with Light Installations 

In case you're hoping to supplant or include light installations that will influence the electrical wiring, it's ideal to bring in a circuit tester than have a go at it yourself. In the event that you don't acquire the best possible allows or have it introduced by an expert, the insurance agency has grounds to deny your case in the possibility of a house flame—and defective wiring is one of the main sources of private flames. 

Introduce a Bay window 

Sky facing windows require cutting an opening, introducing an edge, and fitting a window into the rooftop. The establishment generally must be finished by an ace, or must take after the producer's directions to the letter, generally the guarantee may be voided. Additionally with the precarious incline and the amazing tallness, it's imperative to contract an expert—two, really. You'll require a roofer's experience and a window organization's specific devices and ability to take care of business securely and successfully. 

Evacuate Toxic Paint 

Owning an object from olden times farmhouse may appear like a fantasy, however evacuating the lead paint could be a bad dream. Seventy-five percent of homes constructed before 1978 may contain toxic paint, which is a significant issue for even the most experienced of experts. It's ideal to call a qualified master than to chance your life to spare a couple bucks. 

Chopped Down an Extensive Tree 

At the point when an extensive tree should be chopped down, it's ideal to abstain from directing your inward logger. Rather, leave huge tree evacuation to a guaranteed arborist that is acquainted with city laws and conveys heaps of obligation protection that can deal with risks or mischances you may not be furnished to manage—for instance, if the tree falls in an unpredicted way.  

Supplant a Carport Entryway Spring 

After some time, carport entryway springs lose their strain and should be supplanted, however the first and only steps require discharging and giving back the pressure to the spring. One wrong move and that spring could go rushing toward your body, bringing about genuine, even lethal damage. To keep away from such possibly unsafe mischances, call a carport entryway establishment pro. 

Take Out Termites 

Termite issues cost property proprietors more than $5 billion a year. Here and there this harm may not be secured by your insurance agency and, shockingly, a boundless infestation can't be battled with locally acquired arrangements. Rather, act quickly and call an exterminator who has admittance to the most strong items, which are accessible just to professionals.  

Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned??

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?? Dirty Air Vent | Clean Air Vent

Indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.
Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. It is advisable to get a quote from more than one air duct cleaning company to make sure you are getting a fair price quote.

For more information about air duct cleaning, and for advice on whether you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned, make sure to discuss the matter with your air conditioner repair company. There are several good reasons to have your air ducts cleaned, and your HVAC system might benefit from a one-time or recurring air duct-cleaning schedule.

Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned??

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?? Dirty Air Vent | Clean Air Vent

Indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.

When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:

Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference?
A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned?
Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.
Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself?
Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.

Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive?
The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more. It is advisable to get a quote from more than one air duct cleaning company to make sure you are getting a fair price quote.

For more information about air duct cleaning, and for advice on whether you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned, make sure to discuss the matter with your air conditioner repair company. There are several good reasons to have your air ducts cleaned, and your HVAC system might benefit from a one-time or recurring air duct-cleaning schedule.

Save Trees from Storm Damage

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t assume your storm-damaged tree needs to be cut down. Trees can easily bounce back if you follow these tips for pruning and storm protection.

If a tree is leaning over or touching your house, call a professional to have it removed. Image: FEMA/Win Henderson

Many tree-care professionals don’t have experience working on battered trees, cautions Ed Gilman, a University of Florida professor who researches the restoration of storm-damaged trees.

Too often, inexperienced arborists recommend thinning interior branches. That’s exactly the wrong thing to do to avoid storm damage.

“For storm protection and recovery, you should be doing the opposite,” Gilman says. “Removing branches from the end of long limbs and retaining the interior branches.”

Even if a storm is strong enough to blow the leaves completely off a tree and bust branches, the tree can remain viable and ready for a comeback. “One episode from a storm is not enough to kill the tree,” Gilman says. The energy reserved in the tree’s roots and limbs will fuel new leaves either that year or the next year.

Storm recovery tips for trees

  • Remove broken, separated, or hanging branches, but don’t prune any live wood that’s healthy. The tree needs the energy stored in its limbs to heal itself.
  • Check for cracks where branches connect to larger limbs. If you see cracks, cut the limb back to the next healthy, whole branch.
  • Make smooth pruning cuts — don’t leave small stumps or ragged pieces jutting out from your damaged tree. Leave the collar — the thickened base of a limb where it attaches to the tree — intact. Collars help heal pruning cuts.
  • Straighten and stake a small damaged tree (4” trunk diameter or less) that’s knocked down. Water it frequently as you would a new tree.
  • After flooding from a hurricane, water trees and plants freely to flush the salt water out of the soil.

When a tree can’t be saved

  • If a tree leans over your house, car, or areas where people walk or play, it has to come down.
  • If your tree is hanging over or touching power lines, removing it isn’t a do-it-yourself task. Call a professional tree removal firm for help.

Cost for tree removal varies according to the size and location of the tree. Expect to pay between $800 and $3,000 to remove a medium-sized tree.

Check tree roots after the storm

A few months after the storm, use a pitch fork to check the big roots coming out of the trunk to make sure they’re alive beyond the first foot or two of their length. Healthy roots are brownish or gray with hard, whitish centers. Dying roots are soft.

If your pitchfork hits solid root, great. If not, you may have to take down your tree before it falls down.

Sourced: https://www.houselogic.com/by-room/yard-patio/save-tree-storm-damage/

Be Prepared for any Emergency

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses and family members for the situation. Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike. The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches-the time to prepare is now. Inside this newsletter, you will find tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes, including a list of items needed to create an emergency supply kit. No matter what part of the country you call home, we want to ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, your local SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Franchise Professionals have the resources, experience and training to help get your home back in order or your doors reopened for business as soon as possible. 

In 2013, there were more than 440 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries. Deadly weather caused more
than $8 billion in property damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few
steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.  

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where

you live and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

  • A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts. It is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approaching tornado, allowing you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing time to seek shelter. In 2012, a new nationwide text emergency alert system was launched, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The WEA system is a huge step toward keeping our nation informed in crisis situations, however it does not alleviate the need to own weather radios. The new WEA system relies on cell towers to send alerts-if cell towers are knocked out during bad weather or are no longer sending a signal, you will not receive alerts. Television and radio broadcasts can also go down during a destructive event. Having a back-up such as a weather radio is critical to ensure you still receive information in the event media outlets can no longer broadcast or you are unable to receive the broadcast.
  • When selecting a weather radio, ensure it includes SAME alert programming-sounds an alert only when specific counties are threatened (allowing you to only receive alerts for your county) and review-able alerts (allowing you to turn off alerts you do not want to hear).
  • Contact your local National Weather Service Office for assistance programming your weather radio, or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home or business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your home or business is inactive and get you back in the structure faster following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call your local SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Franchise Professional to establish an Emergency READY Profile® for your home or business and be "Ready for whatever happens."

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to treetops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise® program. 

What to know when dealing with mold issues

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

You cannot clean up mold on your own. The EPA’s recommendation to clean up a moldy area of up to 9 square feet is to wipe it with a cloth dampened with a diluted bleach solution.

The EPA and California Department of Public Health always recommend mold consultants. They do not. In fact, minor mold situations, they say, can be handled by the resident or with janitorial staff.

Mold consultants are licensed. Mold inspectors or consultants are not licensed by the government, but instead hold credentials and memberships in trade organizations.

Mold cannot be caused by the resident. Mold accumulation can often be caused or worsened by a failing to properly ventilate a residence. Mold can build up in stuffy bathrooms or any area where the environment is humid, warm and poorly ventilated.

Insurance never covers mold. Partially true: Property insurance policies do not normally cover mold, fungus or dry rot. If a water damage incident occurs, and the damage is not discovered and ventilated soon, mold can result (and dry rot). The property insurance will normally refuse to cover the cost of mold remediation, but will still typically cover the rest of the repairs. However, if the property owner is sued because of water damage including mold, the liability part of the policy ordinarily will defend the claim.

Let the emergency contractor do everything. Because of the panic associated with mold, the normal reaction is to call emergency services contractors. Such contractors are more expensive, because of their readiness to respond almost immediately at any hour. Stopping water leakage and drying the space might require an emergency contractor. However, sometimes a plumber might be enough.

Keep demolishing walls until you find no mold. Panicked residents often ask a landlord or HOA to open walls to look for mold. However, this is almost always a waste of money. Allow demolition only of what is immediately necessary, and then seek bids for the non-emergency work.

Mold damage situations must cost at least $10,000 per occurrence. The cost of repairing water damage skyrockets due to unnecessary tests, delays in responding to the leakage (the most common cause of mold buildup), excessive demolition and using emergency contractors for everything, and foregoing competitive bids for repairs. Be more deliberate, and save money.