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Skunk Spray You? Here's a Tip To Help
Skunks are cute, but not the unbearable scent they give off! If ever you find yourself (or your pet) sprayed by one, combine Coca-Cola with the bath water to help remove the stench.
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How to Get Rid of Water Rings on Wood With Mayo
Your fine wood coffee table now has a water ring from somebody setting down an icy-cold drink without a coaster, or your cedar chest has a water mark from over-watering a plant. Mayonnaise is a traditional remedy for getting rid of water rings on wood. The sooner you apply the mayo, the easier time you'll have getting the water mark off, but this substance works even on long-time water rings on wood.Wipe away any water that’s still there with a paper towel or absorbent cloth.Spoon a generous amount of mayonnaise onto the water mark and rub it in with your fingers or a paper towel.Allow the mayo to remain on the water ring for at least an hour.Wipe off the mayonnaise with a paper towel. The ring should be gone. If it's still visible, apply more mayo and leave it on for several hours or overnight.Add baking soda or ashes to some mayonnaise if you can still see any of the water ring. Cigarette, cigar or fireplace ashes will do. These items all add a touch of grit to the mayo. Use a damp cloth to gently rub the mixture onto the water rings. Let stand for several hours and then wipe away.
By Shelley Moore published in ehow.com
Build Shutter Planters And Add A Colorful Accent To Your Patio
Build shutter planters to add a burst of glorious color to your patio or porch. We used ordinary window shutters and terra cotta pots, but you can recycle old shutters and planter pots you might have lying around. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial creating your own colorful shutter planters.
Using scissors cut the tape into ¼-in. strips.
Tape a strip around the flower pot half way down the pot.
Measure a distance then tape another strip around the pot.
Paint the top part of the flower pot with two coats of the first paint color. Take the tape off after you finish painting.
*Let the paint dry completely between coats.
Paint the bottom of the flower pot with one coat of another paint color. Take the tape off after you finish painting.
*Let the paint dry completely.
Paint the shutters with two coats of three new colors.
*Let the paint dry completely.
Add a personal touch to your hanging pots by braiding twine or thin rope and attach to the pot!
By Plaid Paint published 3/29/16 in homedepot.com
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7 Things Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchen
1. A seriously cushioned gel mat in front of the sink.
Sure you have beautiful hardwood floors and nobody wants their kitchen to look schlocky. Who remembers their grandmother standing on a towel when they washed dishes, hoping to avoid any splashes and drips from the sink? But then along came absorbent sink mats, somewhat kitsch, somewhat practical. More recently, the ante got upped on those as well and now we have gel mats. As you get older, you will come to regard a nice padded gel mat in front of the sink as a lifesaver. OK, it’s at least a leg and foot saver.
2. Nomex Burn Guard oven mitts.
No, this is not just any old oven mitt. Nomex is the material that firefighters clothing is made from. It’s also the material of choice for uniforms worn by workers in petrochemical and gas refineries. The folks who climb up on poles to fix downed power wires are also big fans.
Everyone knows what dangerous places kitchens can be. Yet when it comes to moving the hot stuff, too many of us grab the nearest dish towel as burn protection. Just don’t. You are, literally, playing with fire. And FYI, not all oven mitts are created equal. Many are more decorative than functional. For safety’s sake, get yourself a Nomex Burn Guard pair of oven mitts. They protect your hands against up to 450-degrees Fahrenheit of either wet or dry heat. It’s what chefs in commercial restaurants use and who knows better than them?
3. A non-electric can opener.
For decades, fancy electric can openers have been a staple on wedding registries. And for what, we ask? Truth is: They take up valuable counter space, are harder to clean, and they fail you big-time during power outages. Treat yourself to a space-saving, inexpensive, rinse-it-off-and-you’re-done can opener. Not all high-end, high-tech kitchen gadgets are worth it, electric can openers among them.
4. Chafing dishes.
Nothing says “party” like chafing dishes. Chafing dishes are those fancy tray-pans you see in restaurant buffet lines that keep the food hot. You use them when you have a lot of people coming over. They are the kind of thing that you will curse at every time you walk past them taking up storage space in your garage 363 days of the year. And on the other two days, you will be thrilled at how they enable you to have so many dinner guests at once and tell everybody how they need to get them and you don’t know how you ever lived without them. Yes, chafing dishes do that to you.
5. Backup corkscrews.
While there are many compelling reasons not to have two of everything in your kitchen, there is no good reason not to have multiple corkscrews. Corkscrews have a way of disappearing, much the way left socks do. It’s there one weekend and then gone the very next. Even fancy corkscrews don’t stick around very long. Throw one big party and you’ll never see it again. Or it’ll show up some place weird like inside your boots. Who knows why?
6. A knowledge of cookware and materials.
Some may not be able to fully distinguish a crockpot from a Dutch oven. Both are big and heavy and both were likely castoffs from your mom. But if you spend any time at all in the kitchen, it behooves you to educate yourself not just about pots but also about what they are made of. Start with learning which is best for you: reactive vs. nonreactive.
7. A window box of fresh herbs.
Technically, it’s fine for you to grow herbs outside your kitchen if you have the space and live in a climate where they will grow. But everyone should have ready access to fresh basil, rosemary, chives and oregano. The ability to grab and cut, changes you as a cook for the better.
By Ann Brenoff published 3/21/16 in The Huffington Post
7 Ways to Keep Your Towels Fresher Longer
Here are seven top tips on making sure your towels are always fresh and fluffy.
Avoid fabric softeners. As much as we love that fresh laundry smell, softeners actually coat the natural fibers of a towel and make them less soft over time.
Keep them away from skin-care products. More specifically, keep away anything with benzoyl peroxide or alpha hydroxy acids (commonly found in zit creams and exfoliators), which can cause discoloration.
Wash after every third use. You just showered. Do you really want to dry off with something moldy?
In cold water use less detergent. Cold water keeps the colors vibrant longer. And overdoing the soap can lead to buildup on the fibers, which inhibits drying.
Shake and tumble dry, then promptly remove. Before putting them in the dryer, give your towels a shake to fluff up the fabric. Then, tumble dry them on low and pull them out as soon as they’re dry to the touch.
Drape used towels over a bar. Piling them on the floor or hanging them on hooks traps moisture between the folds. Gross.
Replace them every two years. C’mon. You use them every day. (We hope.)
By PureWow published 3/28/16 in The Huffington Post
How to Make Your Bed Cozier
There are few pleasures in life that top hanging out in bed on a rainy weekend, wiling away the day by reading magazines and watching TV. Sound nice? Below is a quick anatomy to help achieve the ultimate cozy bed.
1 - Mattress
Latex mattresses are a good place to start. It feels soft with a lot of give, but still manages to provide support. Even if it gets kind of crowded and you’re pushed to the edge you’ll find that the edge on a latex bed is just as supported as anywhere else.
2 - Feather Bed
If you have never used a feather bed, be prepared for it to change your life. This little addition will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. Be sure to air it out every few weeks to keep its loft, but the extra work is worth it.
3 - Hot Water Bottle
If you keep your room cold a hot water bottle provides just enough warmth to avoid that initial chill of a fresh bed but not enough to give you night sweats.
4 - Flannel Sheets
Feel like a child again and swap out your light cotton sheets with soft flannel ones.
5 - Goose Down
The finishing touch is the comforter. Goose down is a nice way to go. To some it feels like it has better loft. Big, light and fluffy = cozy!
6 - Blankets
Now some will disagree on the comforter and instead look for the weight and substance of blankets – it’s all personal. If you do, try using another top sheet on top of the blankets to avoid pilling and dust.
By NousDecor published 3/30/16 on nousdecor.com
Even Simple Acts Of Vandalism Can Be Devastating
Graffiti and vandalism can be very frustrating. It can either be a small prank or large destruction to your property. What people don't realize is that even simple acts of vandalism such as breaking a window can lead to water or mold damage if it's not taken care of in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will respond quickly to your emergency needs and remove any vandalism that your property may have. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Want To Bring A Little Natural Beauty Indoors??
Plants are a great way to bring a little natural beauty indoors. They clean the air in your home and add color to every room. Your bathroom, however, can be a tough environment to keep plants happy, but here are some plants that will thrive in the humidity.
Generally, tropical plants do well in your bathroom since they’re used to the humidity and lack of sunlight. Try considering pothos, air plants (no soil needed!), and ferns. If your bathroom has lots of sunlight but is still humid, opt for succulents that can tolerate humidity, like aloe. Oh, and remember even though these plants will be surrounded by the steam from your shower, you still need to water them from time to time.
By Heather Yamada-Hosley published 4/12/16 in lifehacker.com
Today's Tip: Create A Family Escape Plan
The first step to being prepared in any situation is to have a plan. And there's no place where that plan matters more than at home with the ones you love most. Do you have a family emergency plan?
10 DIY Home Decor Projects You'll Love For Spring
If your home has been stuck in the winter doldrums, it’s time to shake things up and bring new energy to the space where you live. Decorating, organizing and cleaning your house for the spring will inspire and motivate you to make your home shine. Start with one of these DIY home decor projects and schedule others for when you need a little extra spring pick-me-up!
Here are ten tips you’ll love for spring.
1. Bring in spring patterns.
Those cozy fabrics you’ve enjoyed all winter might feel too heavy or dark for spring. Wake up your house by covering your pillows with fabric in fun patterns. Take down heavier curtain panels and replace them with sheers or lighter fabric panels. Change up your bedding to give your room a spring refresh. See what a difference a small change in fabrics will make in your room!
2. Restyle your coffee table.
Clear the clutter. Toss out old magazines or remove anything that doesn’t belong. Dust the table from top to bottom. Set up a stack of favorite spring books, a potted plant and an interesting accessory.
3. Refresh your laundry room.
Clean up your laundry detergent container and clear off the machines. Put dirty laundry in to the wash, add baskets to conceal and contain products, or hang a door organizer to corral necessities. Add a new curtain or framed spring print to inspire you.
4. Decorate your porch.
Find a unique container, like an antique metal bucket or old crate, to hold a green plant on your front porch or add a hanging basket on your door for a bouquet. Show off your personality! Add a sign, a bench, updated door numbers or a welcome sign.
5. Lighten up your dinner table.
Decorate your table with a touch of whimsy to usher in the new season. Set the table with colorful linens, spring dishes and seasonal floral arrangements. Put a serving bowl or attractive container in the center of the table and use it for a vibrant centerpiece to fill with fresh blooms or fruit.
6. Organize the mudroom.
Transform your entry into a functional and attractive spring mudroom. Gather a boot tray, an umbrella stand with colorful umbrellas, and a new doormat to tidy your entryway during rainy spring days.
7. Gather your gardening supplies.
Get inspired to garden or plant spring pots outside! Find an easy-to-carry bucket or gardening bag with handles to organize small yard supplies. Have your garden shovels, trimming tools, protective gloves and a yard debris bag handy for going outside when the sun shines through.
8. Change out throw rugs.
Clean or replace old winter throw rugs by the door or in the kitchen and bathroom. Find an inexpensive indoor/outdoor rug or any small rug in a colorful spring print to liven up your decor. Try stripes, floral or whatever pattern inspires you.
9. Restyle bookshelves.
It’s time to freshen up your bookcases. First remove all the books and dust both the shelves and the books. Replace books in a fresh or interesting new way. Group spines by spring colors or organize by subjects. Mix in some lighter accessories to brighten and create the look of space on the shelves.
10. Prepare spring activities.
What are the crafts or spring activities you look forward to? Get organized so you’ll be able to find everything you need to enjoy your favorite ways to spend the time. Set up a grab-and-go pack for outdoor activities (walking shoes, water bottle, small snacks). Post a list of local farmers markets where you might shop for fresh produce or flower fields you’d like to tour. Set up a small dresser with spring craft supplies to make your own cards or other projects.
By Melissa Michaels published 3/30/16 on unclebobs.com
Today's Tip: Coca Cola Can Help Some Plants Grow Better
Did you know that there are a variety of plants and herbs that flourish in soil with a low pH level? Well, now you do! Simply add some Coca Cola to your dirt to up the acidity, as well as the height of your plants!
Today's Tip: Roseville, CA Police Warn Women Where Not To Leave Purses
A woman's purse is the gateway to all personal belongings, but can sometimes be a hassle while dinning.
Every year, Roseville police said there are thieves willing to go out of the way to get what's inside your purse.
"Leaving your purse on the back of a chair where you can't see it can be a vulnerability," Roseville Police Officer Scott Miszkewycz said.
The most recent case involved three people, where police said they're a part of a traveling ring of thieves from South America. Officers said they snatched a purse at a Roseville restaurant. Minutes later, thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise was purchased with the stolen credit cards.
A similar situation happened to Wendy Bushmire. "I had put my purse on the arm of my chair and we were all leaning in to have a conversation and someone just walked by and stole my purse in a split second and nobody saw it," Bushmire said.
Roseville police sent KCRA surveillance video showing just how easy it was for one man to steal a wallet from a woman, even though she's sitting with other people.
Police said another bad habit to break is leaving your purse in a shopping cart and then turning your back.
Try to make your purse least attractive to thieves, police said. If you have to set your bag down, keep it at your feet or in your lap, not behind you.
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Today's Tip: Coca Cola Can Be Used To Reduce An Itch
The next time you find yourself with a mosquito bite (and there will be a next time), simply pour a bit of Coca Cola on the bite to reduce the itch!
Bring Your Deck Back To Life With These Helpful Steps
Article Posted By: Rust-Oleum published March 22, 2016
Your deck might look tired after a long winter, but deck restoration can be pretty easy! All it takes is a weekend and little bit of elbow grease.
For a heavily-worn deck, Restore 10x Advanced products can be used for maximum durability. This product works great for wooden decks or concrete patios that need a little extra reviving. There’s no need for sanding or sealing, too.
If you’re thinking of reviving the look of your patio, these steps will help guide the way.
Before You Start
Before you start applying your product, check the weather. There should be no rain expected in your area for at least 48 hours, and the temperature should not drop below 50 degrees, even overnight.
Note: If your deck is new or has been previously painted, stained, or sealed, you must let it weather for at least six months before using Restore.
Step 1 – Wash Deck
Use a deck/concrete cleaner to wash your deck following the label’s instructions of the product you picked.
Step 2 – Replace Screws and Nails
Once your deck is clean and dry, check for any loose screws or raised nails that need to be replaced. Also check for broken or loose boards and replace them as needed.
Before You Paint
Tape and mask off any siding or portions of your deck that you want to protect from paint. Always stir your paint and primer according to the label’s instructions.
Step 3 – Apply Primer
To start priming, pour your product into a paint tray. Use a paint brush to apply a generous, even coat of the primer to the railings, posts, and balusters. Then, use a roller to roll a thick coat onto the entire deck floor.
The primer will go on milky, but dry clear. Let the primer dry completely. That will take at least two hours.
Step 4 – Paint Posts, Railings ad Balusters
Once your primer is dry, use a paint brush to apply two even coats of your paint product to the railings, posts, and balusters.
Let the first coat dry for 4-6 hours (it should not be tacky), and then apply a second coat.
Step 5 – Apply First Coat
First, pour a generous amount of your paint product into a clean paint tray. Then, use a roller to apply an even coat to the deck, working on 1-2 boards at a time.
While you’re applying, roll in one direction with slight downward pressure to push the product into cracks and voids.
Step 6 – Remove Excess Coating
As you apply the product, use a paint scraper to remove the excess coating in between the boards.
Step 7- Apply Second Coat
Let your first coat of product dry for at least 4-6 hours. If your deck is still tacky after six hours, extend the drying time.
Once it’s dry to the touch, apply your second coat using the same technique you used to apply the first.
Step 8 – Let Your Second Coat Dry
Let your second coat dry completely for 48 hours before replacing your furniture.
Now, put your furniture back in place and enjoy your newly restored deck. Bring on the barbecues!
Today's Tip: Soda Can Help Make Your Meat Tender
The carbonation in soda helps in the tenderizing process of meat. So the next time you begin preparing your world famous marinade, add a bit of your favorite soda and reduce the cooking time needed for those juicy steaks!
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Today's Tip: 7 Genius Ways To Use Old Coffee Grounds
Old Coffee Grounds Are Still Good To Use - Here Are 7 Genius Ways
By Sara Schwartz published 3/20/16 in Grandparents.com
Deodorize your fridge
After your coffee is brewed, put the grounds to work again—this time as a powerful odor absorber inside your fridge. Leaving a bowlful of used grounds in the fridge overnight will rid your icebox of icky odors. Repeat as often as you’d like. If you’re battling particularly potent odors, feel free to leave the grounds in the fridge until the job is done.
Scour pans, tools, etc.
Eliminate stubborn, stuck-on grime by scrubbing with a couple spoonfuls of coffee grounds. The gentle abrasion provides extra scouring power to clean the dirtiest of dishes and pans. You don’t need to mix in soap, just use a thin cloth to get the abrasive action working. However, before scouring the whole pan, test a small area to make sure the grounds don’t stain the surface—and never use on delicate ceramic or non-stick surfaces.
Attract earthworms to your garden
Just like sleep-starved teachers and long-haul truckers, earthworms L-O-V-E coffee. And you know what happy earthworms do to soil? Make it a whole lot richer! Earthworms are attracted to organic material like coffee grounds, and they help distribute it through the soil. A healthy worm population enhances the quality of garden soil by stimulating microbial activity, churning the soil, improve water-holding capacity and water filtration, providing channels for root growth, and burying plant residue. For optimal results, sprinkle your soil with a 1/2-inch-thick layer of coffee grounds.
Clean smelly hands
Rub hands with a scoopful of spent grounds to eliminate odors from fish, garlic, and other strong-smelling foods. There’s no need to mix with soap however your hands may have a coffee smell, but it will remove the more unpleasant odor, and you can wash with soap after rinsing the grounds off your hands.
Cover scratches in wood
The rustic look is all the rage, but not everyone appreciates scratches on their wood floors or furniture. While buffing with a shelled walnut works best for repairing light-stained woods, experts agree that coffee grounds are a better match for darker woods. First, mix used coffee grounds with a few drops of water to create a thick paste. Then rub the paste into the scratches, and let sit for 10 minutes before wiping away the excess.
Exfoliate your skin
Coffee grounds make a great body scrub. They’re the perfect size and shape for exfoliating rough elbows, knees and feet — you get a lot of scrubbing action, but they’re still fairly gentle. Application method: Combine equal parts coffee grounds and coconut oil (for added hydration and easier application), and rub onto rough skin in a circular motion. Rinse away grounds and pat dry. Note, this treatment is not recommended for your face!
Tame fireplace ashes
Sprinkling damp coffee grounds onto fireplace embers can help you sweep up ash without kicking up dust. The damp grounds act as a binder on cool ashes to help contain the dust and particles. Two things to remember: Always let the fire go out completely and don’t dump the grounds from a high distance.
Today's Tip: Installing A Backflow Valve On Sewer Pipes Can Really Help
Installing A Backflow Valve Can Really Help
Prepare your home by installing a backflow valve on all sewer pipes. It's relatively easy and inexpensive and can save you from dealing with a whole lot of you know what.
Today's Tip: Bee Sting? Coca-Cola Can Help
Coca-Cola Can Help A Bee Or Wasp Sting
The next time your child is stung by a bee or a wasp, simply dab the area with Coca Cola to reduce the pain. The acidity in Coca Cola will help dissolve the venom, as well as the hurt!
Today's Tip: Going On A Road Trip? Help Ensure Your Home Is Safe While You Are Gone
4 Tips to help secure your home
Before you hit the road; read these tips to help ensure your home is safe should severe weather arise while you are gone.
1) Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed.
2) Bring all outdoor furniture inside.
3) Cover windows with shutters.
4) Place important items and papers in a waterproof case and place it in an elevated location inside your home.
Upgrading Your Lighting Is A Simple Way To Upgrade A Room
Kitchen with upgraded lights
By Kaitlin Madden published March 19, 2016 in Decorating Ideas
If there’s one place the worlds of form and function seamlessly meet it’s in the kitchen. And upgrading the lighting is a way to add a fresh dose of style and substance to the space. Even if you don’t have a major remodel in your future, a simple lighting swap — from adding some architectural track lighting to installing a dramatic chandelier — might be all it takes to upgrade the entire area. Lighting is a lot like painting in that way: it can be an inexpensive, but impressive way to transform the room in a single afternoon.
If your room lighting needs an upgrade, consider these 9 easy ideas:
Under-Cabinet LED Light Bars
These long, narrow lights are installed directly onto the underside of your cabinetry, making them ideal for illuminating countertops and prep areas. LED light bars come in a wide variety of lengths and they’re linkable, so even long countertops can be fully and evenly illuminated. They can be either hardwired into the wall for a seamless look, or plugged in for easy installation.
Under-Cabinet Rope Lights
Like LED light bars, rope lights are best used for countertop task lighting. Rope lights are also easy to install: they can be discreetly hung underneath a row of cabinets with a set of rope mounts that screw directly into the cabinetry.
Decorative Flush Mount
One of the fastest ways to give a spec kitchen new style is to swap out the standard ceiling fixture for something with a little more personality. A flush-mount fixture with decorative details is a dramatic addition that only requires a few twists of a screwdriver.
If you kitchen has an island or breakfast bar, consider hanging pendant lights above it. Pendant lighting not only adds style to the space, it can also help anchor a kitchen island so it feels more deliberate in an open-concept home.
Small, disc-like puck lights are easy to install almost anywhere you need added illumination, from under cabinets to inside deep drawers or in dark corners. There are hardwired and plug in puck lights, but for the simplest installation opt for battery-operated LED pucks, which can last up to 30,000 hours and can be hung with Velcro.
Cabinet lighting can be extremely practical for deep or dark cabinets, but added to glass-front cabinetry it adds a cozy, romantic vibe and highlights your best cake stands and wine glasses.
Cabinet Up Lighting
While installing rope or bar lights underneath your cabinetry can be a practical choice, installing them on top of your cabinets can create an ethereal, up-lit effect on the ceiling that’s purely aesthetic.
If a single ceiling light isn’t cutting it in your home, track lighting is an excellent solution. With a single ceiling junction box, you can install a track light system that will allow you to direct light wherever you need it most.
There are few lighting options that have a more dramatic, unexpected impact on your home than swapping out a simple ceiling lamp for a chandelier. Don’t be afraid to go with something fancy, even in the kitchen. The simple, functional elements of your kitchen will easily balance out an elaborate chandelier.
Today's Tip: Leaving Town For Spring Break??
Tips to keep your home safe while out of town
Are you or your family headed out of town for Spring Break? Remember these quick tips to keep your home safe.
Simple Seasonal Tips to Keep Plumbing Operating Smoothly
Keep your Plumbing Running Smoothly
With proper seasonal maintenance, you can keep your plumbing running smoothly. Even those with no experience can inspect for issues and perform little tasks to prevent costly repairs.
Here are some key plumbing tips:
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Ensure drains have strainers to prevent debris from clogging drain lines. Check faucets for drips and leaks.
Inspect the toilet tank and bowl for visible cracks. Check for hidden leaks by adding six drops of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
Ensure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down to flush, or jiggled to stop water from running, you may need to replace parts.
Clean mineral deposits from the shower head. Unscrew it and soak in vinegar overnight. Then gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
Carefully drain several gallons from the tank to flush out corrosion-causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Consider replacing those older than 15 years with a new, energy-efficient model.
Check your dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker’s supply hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or those older than ten years. Use stainless steel hoses, which are more reliable and less prone to bursting.
Clean your washing machine lint trap, and place a wire trap or a piece of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer.
Pour water into infrequently used drains to fill traps and prevent odors. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they’ll carry water away during flooding.
Take a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading. If it’s changed, you have a leak that should be repaired.
- Free yard drains, gutters and downspouts of debris. Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes. Check faucets and hose bibs to ensure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips, or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
A few minutes of maintenance could save you tens of thousands of dollars in costly repairs.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
Some fun facts about the Holiday are:
- Chicago dies its river green for the festivities, and many bars serve green-dyed beer. The White House fountain is also dyed green!
- Since many Catholics are Irish-American, some may be required to fast from drinking during Lent. However, they are allowed to break this fast during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. This is one cause for the day's association with drinking heavily.
- The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick's Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion's sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme.
- St. Patrick's Day parades started in New York in 1762 by a group of Irish soldiers in the British military who marched down Broadway. This began the tradition of a military theme in the parade, as they often feature marching military unites.
May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door. – Irish Proverb
Today's Tip: Address Books Are Still Handy
Keeping an address book up to date can come in handy when the power goes out!
Remember when you actually had to keep up with people's digits? If a disaster kills the power, you'll have to rely on memory to get in touch. Or keep a physical address book handy. You'll be glad you did.
Getting to know our other Owner!
Dan Allen and Hines Ward
GETTING TO KNOW OUR OWNERS
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?...
Upstate New York. I was born and raised in Saugerties.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN BUSINESS?
I owned a drywall company and then a SERVPRO in New York for seven years before buying into SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED THIS SERVPRO?
Two and a half years. I moved to California April of 2013. I answered the call to "Go West, Young Man."
WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUR JOB?
I oversee the Production and Reconstruction departments. (And anything else that Ruth assigns me.) I also do my best to annoy everyone in the office.
WHY DO YOU BELIEVE YOU’VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
SERVPRO is a proven franchise system with excellent brand recognition. We have hundreds of national accounts through our corporate office. SERVPRO corporate does all that they can to help us succeed. Not to mention, I have an excellent business partner in Ruth Griffith!
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE?
Employees; ie, recruiting, training, and retaining good ones. We are in a great place with our crew right now, but it’s constant work.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING?
Golf, Steelers' football, and I love to travel and have fun. I’m a fun-loving person.
I have three children; Damon, Olivia, and Jason.
Lake Tahoe, New York, and San Francisco. Those are great places to spend time and have fun. There are great Steelers’ bars in San Francisco!
Get To Know Our Owners
Ruth Griffith, Majority Owner/President and her daughter, Olivia.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Southern California, lived in Northern Nevada for most of my life with a short stint in Arizona. I moved to Northern California 12 years ago when we bought SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin.
Where did you work prior to SERVPRO? I worked for John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, NV. I was a convention services coordinator, banquet secretary, and banquet server.
How long have you been an owner? For 12 years.
What is your job title? President/Majority Owner
What are some responsibilities of your job? Everything! I’m the majority owner….therefore I’m responsible for the oversight of all areas of the company.
Why do you believe you’ve been successful? I have a wonderful team of people who surround me and a mighty God who loves and cares for me and this business. I love the community I live in and have made many friends and relationships that have helped me grow and succeed in this business.
What do you consider your greatest challenge? My attitude. Learning how to let go of the things that are not important and not overreacting when things don’t go well.
Hobbies/interests? I love to read, write, travel, and I really like to kayak! I want to be able to get out on the water…no phone…just enjoying the beauty of the day. I used to love to run but not anymore….my knees hurt too much.
Family? I have a beautiful 13 year old daughter who is in competitive gymnastics.
Pet? I have a beautiful 13 year old daughter; between her and the business, I don’t have time for anything else.
Favorite Restaurants? Carpe Vino in Auburn and Starbucks. Wine and coffee….what else do I need?
CONTINUING EDUCATION ETHICS COURSE
March 8, 2016
TIME: 9AM - 12PM
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The premises for this ethics course is that though we may have solid ethical foundations and are capable of making rational ethical decisions, our ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged.
Each and every day we are faced with decisions that we make that could cause harm to others, or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be very difficult, especially with the types of decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great. As we explore what ethics is, I will also challenge you to be prepared to become involved in hourly group activities. The group activities will help reinforce what we have learned, and also give us the ability to better deal with ethical decisions making in our own lives.
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SERVPRO® Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year
SERVPRO®Named to Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List
for 7th Consecutive Year
Cleanup and restoration franchisor retains top ranking in restoration services category and climbs to #4 ranking overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings
Rocklin, CA (Grassroots Newswire) January 19, 2016 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.* This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine’s Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list.
Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 selection process uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”
“It’s exciting to be part of a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension its customers,” said Ruth Griffith, owner of SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. “The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”
According to Griffith, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:
· SERVPRO’s strength as a brand with a national footprint, wide-spread market penetration, laser-focused brand messaging, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR and the American Red Cross.
· SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company’s culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
· SERVPRO’s focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company’s operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.
Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, adds, “One of the potential pitfalls of growing too quickly is outpacing your capacity to train and support the franchisees. SERVPRO® is a conservative company, and early on we took the time to build a strong system and put the building blocks in place to support growth without sacrificing support to our franchisees.”
“Today,” Steen continues, “as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support.”
SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies “Like it never even happened.” For more information about SERVPRO® of Auburn/Rocklin, contact Ruth Griffith at (916) 632-2250 or m.morandi@SERVPROauburnrocklin.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season
Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season
Local SERVPRO restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill
Rocklin, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 16, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, Ruth Griffith of SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association: Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Griffith. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”
According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.
While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.
“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Griffith, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”
For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, please contact Ruth Griffith at (916) 632-2250 or m.morandi@SERVPROauburnrocklin.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.