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Washing Machine Maintenance

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Washing machines are our best friends! They take all the hard work out of doing laundry and allow us to sit and relax while we watch Sunday football, however did you know that washing machines failures are one of the most common was your home can flood? It’s true! While there are many different ways water from a washing machine to cause damage is the main reason is the water supply hose.

To keep from experiencing unexpected water damage in your home, you should be sure to do routine inspections of your supply lines. If the line is loose, tighten it up a bit. Look for any worn tubing or cracks and any worn hoses should be replaced. A good rule of thumb is to replace your supply line every five years, even if you don’t see any visible sign of wear. Try and upgrade to a braided steel one, as they’ll last longer and can hold up to more.

If you’re going to be away from your home from any length of time, you should shut off the valve to make sure nothing can happen by accident while you’re away.

Vehicle Winter Preparedness Kit

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

This kit supposes that an emergency may include being stranded for any reason and you have to wait to be helped.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Blanket, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep clean
  • Mittens, Hats, Jackets, also wrapped in plastic bags
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for flashlight
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares
  • Tow Rope
  • Kitty Litter
  • Full Tank of Gas (or Full Electric Charge)
  • Spare Tire
  • Jumper Cables, 8ft 10 gauge
  • Pet food, if traveling with pets
  • Pet leash
  • Bottled water
  • NOAA Weather Radio

If you’re heading out during winter storm conditions, remember to prepare yourself personally.  Layering warm clothes helps you keep your body heat and keeps your body protected from the cold.  

If you are not physically well, avoid overexertion.  Many heart attacks occur as a result of people attempting cardio intensive activities like shoveling snow.

Festivities Coming Up in Texarkana

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

Texarkana is a city in eastern Texas, with a twin city across the border in Arkansas. Spring Lake Park has playgrounds, walking trails and sports fields. The 19th-century Ace of Clubs House, now a museum, is shaped like a playing-card club. Interactive children’s exhibits at Discovery Place include a sound wall and general store. Built in 1924, the Italian Renaissance–style Perot Theatre hosts musicals and concerts. If you are looking for things to do just click the link and it will take you to a page showing all the upcoming festivities. https://texarkana.org/visit/festivals/

Home Winter Preparedness Kit

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

This kit is helpful if the power goes out of your neighborhood and you have to wait for it and your heater to come back on.  This is not a kit for homes that live where there is consistent, heavy snowfall.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Blankets
  • Mittens, Hats, Jackets
  • Cell Phone Charger (battery packs, pre-charged)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries for Flashlight
  • Food that does not require cooking (for humans and pets)
  • A can opener
  • Spare Water (in case your pipes are frozen)
  • Radio, battery operated (NOAA Weather Radio)

Air Duct Cleaning

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

With your pets spending more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure you change your HVAC filters more frequently.  At the most, change your filters every 3 months. They’ll need it!

If your family is sensitive to dust, odors, and other contaminants, consider an air duct cleaning.  This service will remove the dust in your air ducts and will help push only clean, filtered air through your system.  It takes only a few hours and the resulting improvement in air quality is worth it.

Give us a call.  We can inspect your home’s ducts and make a recommendation to keep your home’s air quality safe during the winter.  

Festivities Coming Up in Jefferson

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Jefferson is a pedestrian community. A resident or visitor can walk to banks, restaurants, coffee shops, governmental offices, museums, antique shops, bars and parks in an intimate riverfront setting. The City of Jefferson is located in East Texas where it’s always perfect for a weekend get-a-way, a honeymoon spot, romantic weddings, meetings, retreats, or a one-day family outing. For upcoming events in Jefferson, click the link. https://www.jefferson-texas.com/events/#!calendar

Festivities Coming Up in Nashville

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Nashville, AR is located in Howard County at the base of the Ouachita foothills, around 130 miles from the city of Little Rock. One of the largest dinosaur trackways in the world was discovered a few miles from town. The town was once a major center for peach trade in the state. Click the link below to show a list of upcoming events in Nashville. https://www.nashvillear.com/attractions/upcoming-events/

What Are Textiles and How to Clean Them

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

What Are Textiles and How to Clean Them

Contaminated textiles happen at almost all water damages and fires damages.  Our team at SERVPRO of Texarkana routinely packs up contaminated items and takes them to our in house cleaning facility for sanitation.  

What Are Textiles?

Picture your home being flipped upside down. Everything that is not attached to the house itself will fall down.  Those items that fall are called contents.  Now imagine going through all those fallen items and sorting them by what broke versus what did not break.  The items that did not break are most likely textiles.

Textiles include items like:

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment, including helmets
  • Hats

We take all of these kinds of items from your property and get them ready for a specialized sanitation wash in a machine called the Esporta.

What Kind of Cracks Do You Have?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Vertical Cracks

Of the foundation cracks you are likely to encounter, vertical cracks are generally the most common and least severe type of crack you will come across. Vertical cracks are cracks that go straight up and down, or maybe on a slight diagonal of within 30 degrees of vertical, and are a common occurrence in many houses. These types of cracks are usually the result of your foundation settling, and it is thusly not uncommon even for new houses to have this type of foundation damage as a home’s foundation can settle greatly in the first few years.

Diagonal Cracks

Another common type of crack that you may encounter is a diagonal crack that runs along your foundation or basement wall at a 30-75 degree angle. This type of crack may be a thin hairline crack, but will likely be wider at one end than the other. Diagonal foundation cracks are caused by differential settling of a foundation, which is where one side of a home’s foundation settles lower than the rest of the foundation. This type of uneven tension then causes diagonal cracking. Differential settling can be the result of the house being built on a hill, or due to the expansion or contraction of the soil under a portion of the home.

Horizontal Cracks

Foundation cracks that run sideways (horizontally) are the most serious type of crack to look out for, as they can signal serious damage to your home’s foundation and structural integrity. While these cracks are sometimes seen in homes with poured concrete foundations, they are most common in homes with concrete block or brick foundations. Several things can cause this type of foundation damage including soil pressure outside of your foundation, and hydrostatic pressure that can cause your basement walls to bow. If you discover this type of foundation damage it is important that you have it repaired as soon as possible before the structural integrity of your home becomes compromised.

When Trees Attack

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

This most often manifests itself in the form of concrete setting. In many situations, concrete settling is only unsightly, but sometimes it can also be dangerous.

When concrete settles, it is more likely to shift and crack. Depending on how significant the movement is, the overall structure of your home may be affected. If concrete only cracks due to root activity, homes — especially newer homes — may not be disrupted at all.

When concrete shifts because of settling, residential foundations may be more substantially impacted. In extreme cases, particularly with older homes, the entire house structure may suffer damage.

Support beams may shift, walls may sink or crack, and ceilings may become uneven. Though concrete settling is not always a hazard, too often it can cause basic structural damage in older homes.