|Area Monsoons Wreak Havoc|
Parts of Arizona suffered some severe damage during the monsoons a few weeks ago. In late July many of the region's roadways in Southern Arizona were closed due to heavy rainfall, road flooding and debris, and standing water. The day long downpours resulted in three inches of rain! Check out the article written by Danielle Todesco at KVOA.Com for more information on the specific areas affected by the monsoon.
In the unfortunate event that your office or home suffers damage during this monsoon season, here are some tips on what you should and should not do:
Be sure to immediately turn off the water source.
Call ServiceMaster All Care Restoration of Phoenix as
soon as possible. Bacteria growth
caused by water damage will develop very quickly if not properly taken care of: 623.486.0700.
Remove wet area rugs or other removable floor coverings. Do not attempt to start removing wall-to-wall carpet.
Lift draperies from the floor with a plastic coat hanger so they are not dragging.
Wipe furniture down, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying, and
place aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent water exposure (you may also elevate the furniture).
While you are waiting for ServiceMaster to arrive, remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
Be sure to take any photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
Do not remove books from the shelf. Pack them tightly together. This will prevent the warping of pages until a restoration professional can begin specialized
Open all drawers, closet and cabinet doors to facilitate drying.
We're introducing our expertise column this month! This new column will be designed to answer some of the most common questions our technicians receive from our customers.
During the height of Arizona's summer heat, we are often asked for simple ways to reduce extra heat-producers in the home and office. So here is what you can do:
Turn off computers, printers, copiers, and other electronics when they are not in use and invest in a surge protector. Surge protectors allow you to plug several items into one outlet with one on/off switch.
It's so hot in Arizona that...
....you no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.
....you can say 113 degrees without fainting.
....you learn that a seat belt makes for a pretty good branding iron.
....you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.
....the 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU
Each year ServiceMaster holds their International Convention. The convention combines all the benefits of the regional meetings with good fun, a vendors' showcase, and a dynamic assortment of speakers. It also provides a great opportunity to network with and learn from fellow franchise owners and home office personnel.
This year the International Convention is being held in Boston August 16-20 at the Sheraton and Hynes Convention Center. The keynote speaker is Andy Andrews, a New York Times bestselling author and internationally known speaker.
We look forward to a great week in Boston. Stay tuned for a full report and pictures in next month's newsletter!
This month the Employee Spotlight shines on Seth Holler. Seth has been our IT Manager for six months. He earned his BA from Crichton College in Memphis, an MA from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and is working on his PhD from the University of Arizona, all in English Literature. After he completes his PhD (expected in 2013), he plans to teach English Literature and composition at a liberal arts college.
Seth is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and he and his wife, Noelle have two young children and are expecting number three. In Seth's spare time he enjoys reading and writing, tweeting, and listening to music, particularly Sufjan Stevens.
Thanks for being such a big part of our team!