Create Your ‘Go Bag’. Erickson’s Drying Systems

Floods, fires, high wind and other damaging events caused by inclement weather can happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

Thinking and planning ahead can give you peace of mind.

One great way to plan ahead is to create an emergency preparedness kit, or as some call it, a go bag, which is a backpack, small suitcase or other type of container packed with essential items you might need in the event of an emergency, especially if you are evacuated from your home.

While it is true odds are in your favor that you may never have to evacuate your home or relocate on a temporary basis, when it does happen, your basic needs will be cared for if you have a go bag ready to… go.

When you build your own go bag, remember that one size does not fit all. In other words, there is no perfect list for you or your family, just suggestions. You must base your own go bag contents on what you need.

What should your go bag include? Several essential items, such as:

Bottles of water
Non-perishable foods
Flashlight with spare batteries
First-aid kit
Necessary medications
Personal hygiene items
Warm clothing
Emergency cash
Copies of important papers
Any essential pet care items, such as food and leashes

Don’t forget other items that may not be considered if you are in a rush, such as cell phone chargers for your mobile phones, extra keys to your home

When you compile your food items, think protein… such as in protein bars, nuts, beef jerky, just to list a few. When you visit your local grocery store you will be surprised how many options you have available to you.

Some people even include battery-operated radios, whistles, pocket knives and multi-tools, butane lighters, dust masks, maps, notebook and pen or pencil, extra eyeglasses and more.

When disaster strikes, don’t forget you have some expert help and advice from Erickson’s. We will be there to help you restore or rebuild what you have lost. Give us a call at 239-277-7744

Posted in Disaster Restoration, Hurricane Preparedness, Prevention |

The True Value of a Restoration Company. Erickson’s Drying Systems.

 


When a fire, flood, water leak, mold growth or other issue that makes your home either inhabitable or just an inconvenience to deal with, you must decide “Will I clean this up myself, or hire a pro?”

 
While some small, minor “disasters” can be tackled by a do-it-yourselfer, most restoration projects are best left to the pros.
 
Here’s why.
 
Safety
 
Obviously, keeping your family and loved ones safe is important to you. When dealing with disaster issues, what might seem like a minor issue may actually be a dangerous situation. Water damage, even from the smallest leaks, can result in mold growth. Wet materials that might seem to be drying out could hold moisture in hidden areas. Smoke from a fire can be dangerous as well.
 
Back to normal
 
Anyone that has never suffered from a loss might not understand the emotions, frustrations and feeling of hopelessness that are common during a restoration project. Using a professional company means things move along quickly, and you are back in your home or able to use damaged rooms as soon as possible. Doing it yourself can make the project drag on for days longer than necessary, often with undesirable results.
 
Insurance coverage
 
Water, fire, smoke, wind, mold… what’s covered? And what’s not? Insurance policies are difficult to interpret, yet a professional disaster restoration company works with insurance companies every day, so they are best equipped to help you through the process of dealing with insurance agents and adjusters. You want to be treated fairly and receive fair coverage from your insurance company. Having a qualified, reputable restoration contractor in your corner helps with the entire process.
 
Do what’s right. Call Erickson’s at 239-277-7744 when you suffer any type of loss.

Posted in Disaster Restoration, Events, Fire Damage, Hurricane Preparedness, Mold Remediation |

What is that Mysterious Mustiness?

 

It’s easy to know where musty or moldy odors are coming from after you have suffered from a water damage, which happens from a broken pipe, overflowing toilet or flooding from rainwater, to mention a few.
 
But what do you do when you notice a mysterious “musty” odor in your home? Nothing is broken. There was no big storm. The sump pump is chugging away like normal.
 
Mysterious musty odors can be caused by a variety of situations. Figuring out where they are coming from and remediating them is the challenge.
 
What are some common causes?
 
Leaky drains are a cause of musty odors. If the leak is very slow, water can drip, drip, drip… and over time cause damage under sinks. You don’t notice it because it’s hidden, and the amount of water is contained in a small area. But you start to notice the smell, that mysterious mustiness that you are determined to eradicate.
 
Severe condensation on windows is easy to see but often homeowners don’t appreciate the damage potential. This odor-causing issue is caused by excessive moisture in the home, especially in the winter when windows draw the moisture onto cold surfaces. The moisture itself isn’t the problem. The problem is when the moisture moves down into the window sills and any natural woodwork or even wall interiors get wet and create that mysterious musty odor.
 
What can you do? Do an inspection. Look at all areas in your home that water can intrude or accumulate. Your restoration pros have the equipment to do it right, with moisture meters and special cameras that detect moisture.
 
Be smart. Give us a call at 239-277-7744

 

Posted in Mold Remediation, Prevention, Water Damage |

Taking On Holiday Stains. Erickson’s Drying Systems.

thIt’s that time of year when you start planning for family and friends to visit and, since you are hospitable, you start thinking of all the delicious meals, snacks and beverages you will serve them when they arrive.
 
Despite the very best attempts of you and your guests to keep things on the plate, in the bowl, in the glass and on the spoon or fork, the inevitable happens: Food or drinks spill, and for some reason they always spill on the carpet. Usually white carpet.
 
There is no need to panic, but there is a need to gather your thoughts, keep your cool and not overreact to the situation. That is difficult when you witness a full glass of merlot splashing onto your white, wool rug in the middle of the living room.
 
Your first reaction might be to grab a random cleaning product from the collection underneath the kitchen sink. This can be a mistake. Some consumers have been known to use window cleaner, bathroom tile cleaners and other products on carpet.
 
Instead, keep things simple. Use these three, easy-to-remember procedures:
 
1. Scrape and Blot: If the spill is food related, scrape up as much as you can. Then, using white, disposable paper towels or white, washable cotton towels, start blotting up the spill. Keep at it until the area you are working on is fairly dry and you have removed as much of the spot as you can. Then…
2. Add product: Using a flip-top or trigger sprayer application, apply small amounts of a product manufactured specifically for carpet fibers. The best products for this can be obtained from your carpet and furniture cleaning company. Blot in between applications, and when the spot is gone, use a little warm water to help remove the cleaning residue, blotting as you do so. Then…
3. Blot some more: When the job is complete, and you are happy with the results, blot until all moisture seems to be removed and then leave a white, absorbent towel on the spot with a weight on the towel, so any remaining moisture wicks up into the towel. Leave the towel in place for several hours.
 
But when the occasion occurs (and it will) and the spot just won’t come out, stop your work to avoid damage to the color texture of the carpet and “setting” of the spot or stain. Quickly call Erickson’s!

Posted in Carpet & Tile Cleaning |

The Basics of Spot Removal. Erickson’s Drying Systems.

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It’s a good feeling. You have a beautiful home, you spend time keeping it in perfect shape, and your brand-new carpet is the icing on the cake. It’s soft, comfortable and clean.
 
Then one day, you notice (gasp) a spot right in the middle of the living room. There’s no way you can live with that eyesore. It has got to go. What do you do?
 
Here are a few tips to basic spot removal. Don’t forget that a spot can really be a stain, which needs professional attention.
 
Identify
 
Do your best to visually identify the spot. Some spots are easy; others are pretty tough. It’s not always possible to identify the spotting substance in the carpet. Yet, a little sleuthing on your part can get you close. Where is the spot? Is it near the dining room or where those in the family might eat? Odds are, it’s food related, and you might find success with a spotting solution for sticky residues. Is it in a bedroom? Could be cosmetic, shoe polish or other substance common to getting ready for the day, and you might find success with a dry solvent spotter.
 
Apply product
 
When you have figured out as best you can the type of spot you have, choose a reputable product for that particular spot. Some of the best spotting solutions can be obtained from your carpet cleaning company. Ask them what they recommend.
 
Blot
 
Next comes removal. Carefully blot the spot. Do not scrub. You will damage the tips of the fibers and there’s nothing short of replacement to fix that. Keep applying and blotting product until the spot is gone.
 
Remember, if you do your own spot removal, there is some danger of removing original fabric color and causing other damage. Take your time and do it right. Pretesting fiber and solution compatibility is always recommended.
 
And when in doubt (or when a spot stumps you) always do the very best thing: Call Erickson’s right away!

Posted in Carpet & Tile Cleaning |

Erickson’s Drying Systems to Reel in Support for Golisano Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

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Local 24-hour emergency water and mold damage service provider to support the capital campaign to provide family-centered lifesaving treatment through 3rd Annual “Catching for Kids” Fishing Tournament

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 18, 2016) – Erickson’s Drying Systems has announced its partnership with Skanska Gates as a sponsor for the 3rd Annual Catching for Kids Fishing Tournament to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Splashing in as the $7,500 Fishing Shirt Sponsor, the team at Erickson’s hopes this event, to be held Friday, October 21 at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, will help Golisano Children’s Hospital bridge the gap that remains on their $100 million capital campaign to help build and equip a new 128-bed children’s hospital on campus.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only acute care children’s hospital located between Tampa and Miami, and it provides essential healthcare for the areas’ sick and injured children and their families, from infancy through adulthood. As a business committed to the community and to family, Kenny and wife Christine Erickson, president and vice president (respectively) of Erickson’s Drying Systems felt the partnership would be a natural fit for their support.

“Over the last three years, we have been proud to support Skanska Gates’ efforts to raise more than $150,000 during this fishing tournament,” shared Kenny. “Children and families are at the heart of everything we do in our community. To be able to help with offsetting the costs to build and equip the new 292,000-square-foot facility, which is totally dedicated to pediatric specialty care is a very personal initiative.”

The tournament includes awards and prizes for the top 3 teams. For more information about the event, please click here.

Contact: Christine Erickson, Vice President, Christine Erickson, CIE, CMR, 239-707-3244

Posted in Events |