Mar 22, 2019
With spring finally here in Grand Rapids, it is time for everybody's favorite ritual - Spring Cleaning!
So to get you going, here is a simple list of things to get started with
KITCHEN, LAUNDRY ROOM, AND BATHROOMS
- Change filters
- Clean appliances
- Disinfect hard surfaces
- Organize cupboards
- Clean bathmats and shower curtains
LIVING AND DINING ROOMS
- Dust thoroughly
- Treat upholstery
- Organize possessions
- Clean the carpets and floors
- Refresh your entire bed
- Clear out your closet
- Declutter for better sleep
- Check & replace batteries on smoke detectors
- Check and replace exterior light bulbs
Even if all you have time for is a simple list like this, it will make a huge difference in your home!
Feb 20, 2019
Is your home or office ready for the snow to melt? We have had quite the winter here in Grand Rapids, snow, followed by melt, followed by more snow… But the final snow melt is coming, and you need to be ready!
Here are some tips to minimize damage from melting snow, as the spring weather comes.
First, clear the snow that has piled up next to your building
During snow falls, we tend to just clear walkways and driveways, as snow piles up against our house or business. As melt approaches, you need to look at any snow that may melt towards your building. In particular snow on patios, decks, and around basement windows. If anything is sloping towards your house, that is the direction the melt will go.
Then check and clear gutters
Gutters are designed to move water away from your home. However, if they are clogged, that melt will go down the side of your house. Don’t forget to check the end of the downspout, the water needs to get out!
Test your Sump Pump
This is flood season, don’t wait till your sump pit fills up with water to find out your sump pump isn’t working… Clear out any dirt or debris that may be in the pit, and if your Sump Pump has a battery or generator backup system, make sure that is operational as well
Check your foundation walls for new cracks
With all the freezing and thawing, new cracks can form in your foundation walls. Seal these as much as possible.
Just taking a little bit of time to check and prepare for spring, can lead to a much drier, and calmer spring melting season. IF you do experience flooding, give us a call at Grand Rapids ServiceMaster (616) 988-4357 and our trained specialists can help you out!