Tis the Season, for Hail!
Tis the Season, for Hail!
Here in southeast Wyoming, we are all too familiar with hailstorms! I’m pretty sure we all wish we weren’t as familiar as we are. One of the prices we pay to live in the best state! Now, we know we are part of Tornado Alley, but did you know that we are also in Hail Alley? From Weather.com “The area where Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming meet is known as “hail alley” and it averages seven to nine hail days per year, according to NSSL.”
How does hail form? Well, per NOAA.gov “Hailstones are formed when raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze. Hailstones then grow by colliding with liquid water drops that freeze onto the hailstone's surface. https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/hail/#:~:text=Hailstones%20are%20formed%20when%20raindrops,freeze%20onto%20the%20hailstone's%20surface.
Hail can vary between being a nuisance to outright scary and dangerous. It could cause little dents in cars and small cracks in building windows. It could also leave damage, such as holes and shattered windows in cars and buildings. There is also the possibility you could wind up with secondary damage from water leaking into the building.
If you have hail damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Cheyenne is here for you. Call us right away so we can stop any additional damage from happening. We want to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Laramie County 24 Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Cheyenne is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help.
Call Today – 307-514-9011
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cheyenne has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration – in fact, it’s the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Cheyenne
SERVPRO of Cheyenne specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Meet Our Crew: https://www.SERVPROcheyenne.com/employee-photos
A Few of Our Restoration Certifications
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
The World With Covid
As we are all so very aware, we live in a different time now than we did last year.
COVID-19, which is caused by the Coronavirus is our new normal now.
Here at SERVPRO of Cheyenne, we want to make sure our fellow Wyomingites are safe and up-to-date and aware of how we are doing our part to keep our community safe.
According to the Wyoming Department of Health recommendations, we need to make sure that we all "follow common-sense steps, such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting." (https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=42fd398fa8f449fb930f2d3755c5a1bb&entry=2)
SERVPRO of Cheyenne is glad to offer our services to help businesses within our community with cleaning and disinfecting. We can do proactive cleaning to minimize the transmission of emerging viral pathogens, or if someone has tested positive, we can clean and disinfect to limit the survival of emerging viral pathogens. We want to make sure our community stays as safe as possible.
We also want to warn of reckless sales practices, where there have been claims of the long-term prevention of COVID – 19. This is a misleading claim, as “There are no EPA-registered products with label claims that they are effective against viruses over the course of hours to months (i.e., “residual” or “long-lasting” efficacy claims).” (https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/there-anything-i-can-do-make-surfaces-resistant-sars-cov-2)
With SERVPRO of Cheyenne, you can rest assured that you are getting the best service possible to address your needs and concerns, and we only use EPA-approved products listed for use on SARS-CoV-2 and cleaning methods approved by the CDC.
Please stay safe Wyoming!
Cheyenne Frontier Days Cancelled for the First Time
Cheyenne Frontier Days
2020, a year we will always remember.
For Cheyenne residents, this will be the first time in the history the “Daddy of ‘em All”, will not be held. This year, 2020, would have marked the 124th year of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
As a community, we are all saddened by this decision. Here is the statement from the Cheyenne Frontier Days Facebook page:
“We are heartbroken to announce that the 2020 Cheyenne Frontier Days has been canceled. This has been an incredibly difficult decision; but the health and safety of our fans, volunteers, contestants, first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone in our community is the only thing that matters right now.
For more info and ticketing questions please visit cfdrodeo.com/event-cancellation/”
CFD is not the only rodeo/event impacted by the Coronavirus. Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous, Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo, Cody Stampede, Sheridan WYO Rodeo, and the Laramie Jubilee Days have all been canceled as well.
These are all huge events in our Wyoming communities. These events showcase so much about Wyoming. However, the cancellations show so much more about the Wyoming spirit. While these events bring us together, bring the world to our little corner, we know that the truly important thing is all of our citizens. The health and safety of each and every Wyomingite is more valuable than a rodeo. We will miss not having the pancake breakfasts, the parades, and all of the other festivities, but we will know that we stand for each other, we want to make sure we can all be here to enjoy them next year, and for the next 124 years.
We will get through 2020. We will come out bigger, stronger, and better. And we will see you all next year at the “Daddy of ‘em All."
It Feels Like Spring, Sort Of
Crocus blossoming in the snow.
(image by Ralph Häusler)
In Cheyenne, Wyoming and surrounding areas we have been experiencing a roller coaster of weather and temperatures. While last week we saw beautiful weather in the high 60s, this week we had yet another heavy snowstorm. April is always a fun month of unexpected weather here in Southeastern Wyoming.
While the weather keeps us on our toes for what kind of shoes to put on our toes; snow boots, rain boots or sandals, SERVPRO of Cheyenne is continuously monitoring the National Weather Services forecast. We are always making sure we are prepared as possible for whatever weather Mother Nature is planning for us.
With spring here, the snow will begin to turn to rains. With the rains and higher temperatures come the snow melting. With the snow melting comes the potential for flooding.
If you find yourself with rain or water coming into your home, please keep in mind these safety tips:
*as quickly as you are able to, move all the contents to a higher level or garage area
*test your sump pump to make sure it is working
*call SERVPRO of Cheyenne at 307-514-9011 to help mitigate your loss as quickly as possible
Coronavirus Commercial Cleaning
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –
SERVPRO of Cheyenne, 307-514-9011
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
Safety First This Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving comes food; turkey! You have to pick out just the right bird, the perfect one to feed your family and friends. Once you have chosen “the” bird, you have to determine how to cook it. There is the tried and true baking it in the oven, deep frying it in the deep fryer, some even pull out the grill.
No matter which way you choose to prepare your feast please keep in mind that The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires. There are THREE times as more cooking fires than on an average day.
Some easy things to do to keep your family and home safe is:
Check your food regularly.
Don’t leave your house when you are cooking. If you have to run out to get something, turn everything off and then resume when you get back.
If you are frying your turkey in a fryer:
Make sure that the turkey is defrosted before cooking…water/ice do not mix with oil.
Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
Always place the fryer on a level surface.
Protect your eyes and hands, oil burns are painful and could be devastating.
Here at SERVPRO of Cheyenne, we want everyone to have a safe, happy and wonderful Thanksgiving!
So please use caution and discretion when getting that dinner ready, regardless of how you are going to cook it.
For more safety tips please visit https://www.nfpa.org/
Are you and your home winter ready?
A winter home
We all know it, even if some of us are still in denial; winter weather is here.
The blowing snow, the freezing temperatures with even colder wind chill, all of it is upon us again for another go around. Are you ready for it, and I don’t just mean mentally? Have you gone through and winterized your home?
Below are things that the CDC recommends that you do to make sure your home is winter ready.
First you need to check your heating system.
Make sure everything is cleaned. Make sure everything works and make sure vents to outside are open and free of debris.
If you are lucky enough to have a fire place, make sure you inspect and clean both the fireplace and the chimneys.
Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Test them, replace the batteries, make sure they are working properly.
Having a carbon monoxide detector is also recommended. As with smoke detectors, make sure to change the batteries and check that it is working properly.
Be sure to visit CDC’s WINTER WEATHER webpage for more winter weather safety tips. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html
“NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE. PLAN AND PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE!”
Fire prevention week runs from October 6th through October 12th this year.
Plan and Practice. That is the theme of this year. NFPA, National Fire Protection Association wants everyone to have a fire plan and to practice that plan. They suggest that every household practice their plan at least twice a year.
According to Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and advocacy at NFPA, “People tend to underestimate their risk to fire, particularly at home. That over-confidence lends itself to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice,” said Carli. “But in a fire situation, we’ve seen time and again that advance planning can make a potentially life-saving difference.” (https://www.firehouse.com/prevention-investigation/press-release/21083302/nfpa-national-fire-protection-association-nfpa-announces-theme-for-fire-prevention-week)
Here at SERVPRO of Cheyenne, we ask that everyone talk with your family about the dangers of fire. Talk to your children about how quickly a fire can spread. Speak to them about matches and candles, even portable heaters. Make sure everyone in your family knows just how dangerous fire can be. After you have talked about causes and precautions to take regarding
Every home should have an escape plan. Every home needs to make sure that they have WORKING smoke alarms in their home, one on each level of the home and to have one near all sleeping areas.
Make sure you have at least two routes of escape, typically these are a door and a window. Lastly, make sure that you have a meeting place that every member of your household knows about.
Knowing what to do is only half the battle. Now make sure you practice the plan with everyone in the home. This allows everyone to be a little more prepared in case of an actual fire. Everyone will know what to do and where to meet.
If you would like more information or resources please visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw.
Remember, not every hero wears a cape!
Please visit SERVPRO of Cheyenne’s Facebook page to see a video on just how quickly a fire can spread. https://www.facebook.com/pg/SERVPROofCheyenne/posts/?ref=page_internal
May is Here!
We will always remember
May 2019 is upon us
Can you believe it is already May? Weren’t we just covered in snow from a blizzard?
I know we here at SERVPRO of Cheyenne are hoping that May brings us some beautiful weather for lots of outdoor time, as the month of May has some pretty significant holidays for us to celebrate.
First, there is Cinco de Mayo; which, as always, falls on the 5th of May. Many of us associate this holiday as Mexican Independence Day, celebrating with Margaritas and delicious Mexican food. However, Cinco de Mayo is not actually Mexican Independence Day at all, which is celebrated on September 16th. Rather, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory, on May 5, 1862, over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This from www.calendar-365.com. However, here in the US, we do celebrate American-Mexican culture and heritage on Cinco de Mayo as well. It is a wonderful day to educate about and celebrate the culture and history of Americans of Mexican descent.
Now, May 12th is a very important day, (cough, talking to my kids right now, cough). May 12th, 2019 is Mother’s Day.
Who hasn’t made the macaroni necklace or handcrafted a card for their mom on Mother’s Day?
Interestingly though, Mother’s Day has been observed in some form since the ancient Greek and Roman times. It also has a rich history for the United States, dating back to the Civil War, as a peace movement and the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died in the American Civil War. According to www.history.com, “The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.” I highly suggest going to their website to read more about the history of Mother’s Day.
History aside, we all need to make sure we honor the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers in our lives to make sure they know how much we love and appreciate them.
In May we also celebrate a truly valuable section of our society. Those who serve and have served our nation in the Armed Forces.
May 18th, 2019 is Armed Forces Day. On this day we pay tribute to all of the men and women who are currently serving in the United States’ armed forces. Per calendar-365.com, Armed Forces Day dates back to August 31, 1949. It was meant as a day to combine the separate holidays to commemorate each branch of the military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. Each branch does still have its own holidays observed, but make sure to thank anyone who is actively serving on Armed Forces Day (or really on any day for that matter) and let them know how much we appreciate them and their service.
May 27th, 2019 will no doubt be a day of BBQ’s and family gatherings (please be a sunny day). It is the unofficial beginning of summer! However, we should not forget though, the significance of this day. May 27th, 2019 is Memorial Day. Whereas on the 18th we were appreciating those who are currently serving our country, the 27th is meant to be a day to of honor and remembrance, of all deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.
As Time.com points out, “the holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.” “The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed.”
So, while we are appreciating the (hopefully) warm weather, enjoying the company of those around us, remember those who fought and died for our country. Those who dedicated some portion of their lives to the service of our country.