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Season Change Fridge Deep Clean Part 2

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning the coils of your refrigerator keeps it running smoothly and efficiently! Here’s how:

  1. Unplug the unit, the process is quick so your cold foods will keep just fine since you won’t need to open the doors.
  2. The coils are usually at the base of the fridge in front, behind a toe-grill that snaps off. If your fridge doesn’t have one, the coils will be on the back of the refrigerator. Condenser coils are metal tubes, wound in a U-shaped grid pattern. You might have to move the fridge away from the wall.
  3. Use a flashlight to help you see the coils if they’re under the fridge and vacuum along the inside.
  4. Brush away the dust with a coil condenser brush, or any long slender brush. Work it back and forth to loosen the dust and twist it to get into the corners and tight spots. It’s best to keep the vacuum running as you brush.
  5. Vacuum any errant dust that might have gotten on the floor. Replace the toe-grill (it should snap on easily) and push the fridge back in place if necessary. Plug the refrigerator back in. All Done!!

Season Change? Time to Deep-Clean the Fridge! Part 1

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of clean empty fridge SERVPRO of West Amarillo are Professionals when it comes to residential and commercial cleaning. Call: SERVPRO of West Amarillo 806-351-4555

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so try to clean up spills as they happen.

Wipe the outside every day or two, depending on use.  

Deep clean seasonally-that means emptying it out, and thoroughly cleaning the inside with warm soapy water.  Put hot water and dish soap in a bucket.  When it gets yucky or too cold, change it.

Clean the seals, for this you might need an old toothbrush. 

Remove the meat and vegetable drawers. Soak them in warm sudsy water or fill with warm soapy water-depends on how dirty they are. To keep them clean, put a few paper towels in the bottom when they are clean and dry.

While the drawers are soaking, wipe down the inside of the fridge, the door panels, and the top.

Take a look at all of your condiments and toss them if they're past the "use by" date; wipe them down as you put them back.

To sanitize, use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach to 1 gallon of cool water. It should be done only after cleaning with hot, soapy water.

To avoid messes, be sure that you don't put raw meat in the fridge in packaging that could leak fluids. Throw it in a sealable storage bag or container until you get around to cooking it, this is what the US government recommends.

Martha Stewart’s advice for odors is Coffee grounds, charcoal, or kitty litter (I’m sure she means new litter). 

Winter Weather Alerts

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Beautiful frosted tree in a field of white unbroken snow SERVPRO of West Amarillo, 806-331-4555 Just a phone call away, Here when you need us.

Winter arrived today, and with it winter weather advisories.  

SERVPRO of West Amarillo wants to remind you what the various terms mean:

Winter Weather Advisory:

Issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces a combination of winter weather-snow, freezing rain, sleet- that present a hazard but doesn't meet warning criteria. (Looks like something might happen)

Winter Storm Watch:

Issued when there is a potential for heavy snow or ice accumulations.  Usually 24 to 36 hours in advance. (we are going to watch and see what happens)

Winter Storm Warning:

A winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or ice accumulations.

Also in the mix are Blowing Snow advisory, freezing rain advisory, and Blizzard Warning. 

Here in the Texas Panhandle, any and all of these can and will happen at once.  

Winter is creeping up on us, are you ready?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Undulating hills coated with snow, bare tree shining with hoarfrost. Winter will be here soon, SERVPRO of West Amarillo is here for your all your fire, water, and winter weather damage needs. 806-351-4555

Here in the Amarillo Texas area, winter cold is serious business.  This year, we are in a La Niña pattern, so expect some swings in temperatures. 

To make sure you and your family avoid winter problems, we at SERVPRO of West Amarillo have put together some tips:

  1. Prune or trim trees

Trim tree limbs hanging over a structure, car, or sidewalk. Iced branches can snap and cause damage or injury.

  1. Test all alarms

Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms monthly, replace batteries yearly, and replace alarms every 10 years (or per product instructions).

  1. Protect your pipes

Insulate crawl spaces, basements, and unfinished rooms, such as garages to protect pipes from freezing and put covers on all outdoor faucets.

  1. Check home insulation

Make sure you have the correct amount of insulation. When heat escapes through your attic, ice and snow can melt on your roof and re-freeze. This can create ice dams and cause roof damage, leaks, and even mold growth.

  1. If you have one, check the chimney

Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to make sure it's safe and prevent creosote buildup, which can start a fire.

  1. Check the furnace

Clean or replace the filter.

  1. Inspect and prepare car

Check wipers, fluids, lights, tires, brakes, and the battery. Keep an ice scraper, heavy blanket, gloves, first-aid kit, snacks, and water inside

SERVPRO, Here to Save The Day!

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Comic strip with SERVPRO action figures Stormy and Blaze.  Blaze says "what a great day to protect the city from damages! Stormy and Blaze, working hard at SERVPRO of West Amarillo 806-351-4555

Stormy and Blaze, the Everyday Heroes you need

We join our Tiny Twosome, Stormy and Blaze as they mitigate the homes and business of Anytown USA. They work tirelessly from dawn till dusk, and beyond!! Combatting the Evil Damages Fire, Water, Pathogen, and Graffiti!! 

SERVPRO is on the job 7/24/365 to mitigate YOUR Evil Damages!!

Call the Mitigation Hotline for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle at 806-351-4555. Disclaimer: The hotline is just a plain phone.  The red phones with the blinkie light were sold out.

Note: at this time our response to Signal Lamps is limited due to the Evil of....Dr. Worksinside, so a phone call or email is the best way to reach Stormy and Blaze.  In the event Stormy and Blaze are working, usually at Barbie's Dream Grocery Store, we have several very capable crews.  They are taller and have more equipment too. 

Stay Tuned for the further adventures of...

.....Stormy and BlAAAAAZE!!! 

SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens" this summer!

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

According to a recent study by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 11,900 Americans were injured by fireworks in 2015, with the majority happening in the month surrounding the Fourth of July. Another 8,700are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires. A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. Grills also cause and average of 8,900 home structure fires or outdoor fires.

The summer season should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't become a statistic. Take precautions to prevent these events from putting a damper on your summer months!

SERVPRO of West Amarillo 806-331-4555 is "Ready for whatever happens". You can be too this summer.