Memphis Cleanup

Clogged Gutters & Why You Should Avoid Them

Unfortunately, as soon as the leaves start falling here in Memphis, it gets downright COLD!

(Hey, we’re from the south and we’re already missing the hot & humid summer sun.)

This sometimes leads to thinking how much easier and warmer it would be to just stay inside and…”let the wind clean them out.”

Let me assure you, the leaves in your gutters are trapped pretty well and aren’t going anywhere! And the best thing you can do is get them cleaned out, especially during the Fall season. Make sure your gutters aren’t already damaging your home first – check for signs of sagging, improper drainage, or broken/ineffective downspouts. Taking an inventory of these items can help you to be prepared to fix them all at once, and then to create a schedule to maintain them more regularly. (We realize that might not even be the case, your gutters could just be old and need updating!)

Installing “gutter guards” could be an option for you if you’re in a heavy “leaf-fall” area, that way you’re automatically screening the leaves & debris from the gutters and you won’t have to put in the extra work of digging it all out. However, you should still routinely check on them and make sure nothing has been stuck in the way of draining. You should also check on your gutters often to inspect for sagging – this can disrupt the flow of the roof runoff and point to signs of weak areas that need replaced. Debris that’s clogging the flow should be removed as to prevent water damage to the actual structure of your home, as well.

Downspouts help keep the water away from the foundation of your home, making sure the heavy runoff isn’t penetrating the ground directly next to your home or structure.

 

Backyard Fire Pit Basics – Fire Damage Prevention

Ready to light up that fire pit in your back yard?

Just use simple common sense to determine how to safely burn your debris.

  • Be aware of your surroundings! It’s that simple. Making sure that it’s not windy or extra dry out will help you avoid a quickly-spreading fire.
  • Your local area could be under a “burn ban” or something that requires a special permit before you burn. Check with the city.
  • Rule of thumb: 3 times the height of your pile for vertical clearance, and the site should be surrounded by at least 10 feet of dirt or gravel in each direction.
  • Make sure you stick around to maintain things. It can be easy to walk away, but always put your fire out completely first.
  • If it’s the windy/dry season, check your burn area after you extinguish the fire for up to 2 weeks after the initial burn.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but it’s always smart to refresh your mind on some of the potential dangers and realities of how quickly a fire can spread and how devastating its trail can be.

 

If you home has been affected by fire damage in the Memphis or surrounding area, please contact AAA Service Company 24/7 for professional, reliable damage restoration.

It’s Grill Safety Season!

Grills can be tricky for even the most seasoned cook.

Fire is one of the fastest, most destructive elements on this planet – keep that in mind when you’re using your gas grill this summer to cook up some delicious masterpiece! Here are a few helpful ideas for you to consider:

  • Always keep your grill away from your home
  • Never leave your grill unattended after it’s been lit
  • Keep an eye on the color of the brass valve on the tank
  • Keep your fire extinguisher (working!), sand, or your garden hose close for any incidents that may occur
  • Don’t use a tank that’s been dented or damaged, or even rusty
  • Don’t ever store your propane tank in an enclosed area.

Not only should you be aware of the fire damage hazards, but you should also keep in mind that food safety is very important, as well. Cooking over an open flame is different than in a controlled, electric environment. Please, if you have any questions about your grill and how you should properly use it, call the manufacturer!

Fourth Of July – Avoid Fire Damage!

Celebrating with family and friends on the Fourth of July is tradition, but are you making sure safety is a top priority when you’re all together?

Avoid accidents, hospital trips, and potential losses from paying close attention to these fire safety tips & facts we found. (*)

  1. Probably no surprise here, but July 4th is America’s top beer-consumption day. Being under the influence can lead to potentially dangerous situations. Make sure there are designated people around keeping everyone else in check.
  2. Never, we repeat, NEVER try to relight a “dud”. This can be extremely dangerous.
  3. Always light your fireworks away from your home/others’ property to avoid unnecessary damage. Structure fires start quickly this way. Even in your spacious backyard, take a look around and make sure hot debris from your fireworks won’t be falling on anyone’s sheds/pets/homes/vehicles/etc.
  4. Keep the fire extinguisher or plenty of water around, just in case. Ever heard the saying “better safe than sorry”?
  5. Don’t ever point or light fireworks in someone’s direction. A fake-out can turn quickly into serious injury.

We know it’s simple logic, but when you’re having fun sometimes a laugh or a good time can seem a little bit more important than the safety of others. Make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to avoid fire damage to your (or anyone else’s) home!

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Rising Temperatures – Climate Controlled Storage

Do you ever wonder what happens to the rest of your belongings when your home is damaged by water or fire?

You should! If you ever happen to find yourself stuck in this unfortunate situation, water damage or fire damage in your home, you should know about your options ahead of time. Is the company you’re working with offering storage options for your valuable and often irreplaceable items?

At AAA Service Company, we pride ourselves on giving the local Memphis area a place to stay a while, if you will. Our  65,000 sq. ft of storage for your furniture and possessions – and  15,000 sq. ft. is climate controlled. That means, in Memphis’ scorching heat you won’t have to worry about your valuables being destroyed or warped. Our city just happens to have very high humidity levels, which is another factor that homeowners should take into consideration. You may also be interested in climate controlled storage options if your possessions have sentimental value. Depending on how long you’re looking for storage, this could be the best option for you.

Structural Water Damage

Don’t let your water damage go unattended.


The risks of letting structural issues from water damage (or fire) are very high, and not something to be taken lightly. If your home has ever been exposed to an excessive amount of standing water caused by storms, flooding, or other unforeseen factors, your property could be at serious risk for structural failure. Unfortunately, even a small amount of water can damage properties severely and things like floors and stairs become unstable, support columns move, roofs can collapse, and the wooden support beams can swell and rot, causing even more warping.

Take it from AAA Service Company – DON’T WAIT! We’re available 24/7 for professional residential or commercial water damage restoration. Our equipment is high-end and our knowledgeable staff can quickly and efficiently resolve major potential problems with our water removal techniques. The sooner you make the call, the sooner we can come in and prevent mold growth, damages to the main structures of the building, and more!

Not only that, we’re a locally owned and operated company right here in the heart of Memphis – we’re not here to see who we can trick into paying hidden fees. We’re here to help properly (and quickly) restore your home or commercial building with no less than 5-star customer service. If you’ve experienced any type of water damage and you’re not sure who to call in the Memphis area, please don’t hesitate to call AAA Service Company. We can handle the job and we’ll do it efficiently. We have over 15,000 square feet of storage space and another 10,000 of climate controlled storage. Your personal items will be safely cared for, too!

 

Egg Decorating & Easter Fun!

Easter is Sunday, April 16th and that means it’s time to get our eggs dyed and beautiful!


Here are a few theories as to how Easter egg traditions came into play. Do you have a specific technique for egg dying? Share your photos with us on our social media accounts!

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There are so many ways to have fun with dying Easter eggs! Have little ones and want less breakage? Try sticking an egg in a whisk! Fun, simple, and easy to hold for small hands! Have a happy Easter, Memphis

 

Wood Burning Fireplace – Spring Cleaning for Safety

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning!

Warm temperatures somehow give us a little bit more motivation to take care of the things we’ve been letting pile up all winter, aka, spring cleaning! It’s when you’ve finally passed that fireplace full of dust for the last time! While professionals recommend that you have a chimney sweep inspect your chimney, you can give it a good cleaning in between.

Use tools like a stiff-bristled brush, a shop vac, warm water and cleaning supplies to get yourself started.  Making sure to cover the floor around the area, remove the log holder and any other accessories you have inside your fire place. Cleaning those outside with a hose is typically easier, considering the mess. A gentle scrub with basic cleaning supplies will help remove the worst of the debris, but there are plenty of stronger chemicals available too.

After the other items are removed, just start scooping out the ash and vacuuming! If you’ve got a second helper, have them run the shop vac while you scoop out the ash and debris helping to minimize the spread of dust. After the solids are brushed away, take your warm water and cleaning supplies and get to it. Let the cleaners sit a while to break down the old ash, then scrub it away with the stiff-bristled brush and wipe it down with some warm water.

Taking an hour at most out of your day could make a big difference in not only your air quality but your home safety, as dirty fireplaces can be serious fire hazards.

 

 

Staying in Motion for 2017

Memphis, we’re so proud to call you home.


 


Our neighbors and community are always involved in something meaningful and we’re excited to be able to give back with our business. Water damage and fire damage can be devastating, and since most of the time it’s unpredictable, it’s even worse. We know that offering the most convenient services like 24/7 emergency lines and great customer service is important, but we can also offer you more than the other guy. We have over 50,000 square feet of storage space for your belongings, as well as over 15,000 square feet of climate controlled storage!

AAA understands you’ve worked hard for the material items you have and regardless of their value (sentimental or not), you should have a safe place to store your belongings. With the excess space we offer our customers and the options we can provide for them, we know that their valuables will be safe and protected while they’re going through a most difficult time in their life.

Damage to your home and your personal items is stressful and heartbreaking, you shouldn’t have to worry about the condition your things will be in during the process.

If you contact AAA, any time, 24/7, you’re contacting a locally owned and operated company who is dedicated to providing you with professional water damage and fire damage restoration services no matter when disaster strikes. And in 2017, we’re encouraging you to take the extra steps necessary to give back to your community.

 

Memphis Cold Weather Preparedness

Happy October, Memphis!

We’re so excited for this change of seasons, and we’re hoping you are too. As we mentioned a couple of posts back, cold weather means it’s time for bonfires, camping, and everything outside! In the MidSouth, the mosquitos are *mostly* gone. And while we’re typically trying to give you tips on how to prevent fires or water from damaging your homes, this time, we want to remind you that it’s a smart idea to be prepared if something were to happen. Most folks never imagine something so destructive could happen to them, but it does. Here are a few simple ways to help yourself and your family to be prepared in case of emergency in cold weather.

  • Try to keep your car maintenance a priority. This can really help you in a quick fix. Having a full tank of gas, a regularly serviced vehicle, and a supply kit could keep you comfortable or save your life in the midst of an emergency.

  • Keep your house warm. Like wrapping it in a big sweater, add insulation to your windows by covering them with industrial plastic (you can buy this at your local hardware store) from the inside. You’ll still get the light, but the air will have less of a chance to get in.

  • If you’re leaving, keep the heat on. Preventing frozen pipes is what you’re looking to do here – when appliances that store any kind of water get too cold, the chances of bursting pipes increases. This is a tough situation to get stuck with, leaving homeowners inconveniently without hot water for an extended period of time.

  • Keep the garage door closed. Especially if water lines are out there, but in general this adds a major seal to the insulation of your home.

  • About that supply kit…stock it and stock it well. Keep things like batteries, flashlights, multipurpose tools, a first aid kit, and sanitation/personal hygiene items. If you’re making a large supply kit for cold weather preparedness, add at least a 3 day supply of food and water (at least 1 gallon per person per day). A cell phone with a charger can come in handy if you need to call 911 but can’t get to your house.

There are many options for staying prepared when the cold weather front continues to move in slowly. It’s easier to prepare while the weather is still enjoyable rather than having to search and dig for last minute supplies in the middle of a crisis. Having everything together in a designated spot could really benefit you in the long run!

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