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Coming Clean About Carpet

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Do you get your carpet cleaned regularly?   If you do, what do you expect to pay per room?  Cleanfax Magazine has come out with and amazing infographic detailing what research tells us about consumers and carpet cleaning.  Great news…If you use ServiceMaster by Ayotte, you are getting a deal on your carpet cleaning.  Our current price per room is about half of what consumers expect to pay!  That is right – ServiceMaster by Ayotte stands strong behind our $45 per room price.  That is $34 less than what consumers expect to pay!!  If you are not using ServiceMaster by Ayotte for your carpet cleaning needs – call us today.  Now scheduling your Back-to-School appointments –  877.945.0993 or online at smbyayotte.com

 

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High Cost of Flood Damage

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Flood damage can be a big expense, depending on how severe. It can permanently damage your home’s foundation, create mold growth problems, and destroy your property. How high is the overall cost of flood damage to your home. We went ahead and went to the National Flood Insurance Program’s Cost of Flooding page to find out.

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Cleaning Your Gutters and Downspout

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

GuttersIf you haven’t done so already, now would be a great time to clean your gutters and downspout. A gutter collects the rainwater running off your roof. It runs along the gutter and drains out  of the downspout, which helps direct water away from your home’s foundation. Gutters or downspouts filled with excess debris (leaves, sticks, dirt) do not function properly. A clogged gutter puts your roof at risk for potential water damage. A clogged downspout can cause rainwater to overflow onto the ground near your home’s foundation, which is one major cause of basement flooding and home water damage.

 

It’s important to clean your gutters and downspout at least twice a year: once in the Spring and once in the Fall. The best time to clean your gutters is several days after a heavy rain, allowing waterlogged debris to dry out making it easier for removal. Prevent water damage from happening in your home by following these easy steps for keeping both your gutters and downspout free of debris.

 

  1. First, as a safety precaution, it’ll be important to have another person help you.

 

  1. Second, make sure you have proper equipment before attempting to clean out your gutters and downspout. You’ll need a ladder, a pair of gloves, a trash bag or a bucket, a trowel, and a hose. Before you climb up your ladder, be sure it sits on flat, solid ground. Have another person help you empty your debris bucket or hand you any tools you may need. This will minimize trips up and down the ladder.

 

  1. Begin by removing any large debris from your gutter. This will include leaves, large clumps of dirt, or sticks that have gathered along the top.

 

  1. Next, remove any dirt gathered on the bottom of your gutter. You may need a trowel to help you shovel out any packed in debris. Clean out any downspout strainers.

 

  1. Clean out your downspout by using a hose, running it towards the ground. Use a high water pressure to help remove any debris lodged in the downspout.

 

  1. Lastly, use your hose to run water from one end of the gutter to the downspout. This will help clean out any leftover dirt or debris particles. It will also help you see if your gutter and downspout are draining properly.

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Keeping Mold Allergens Out of Your Home

Friday, June 27th, 2014

AllergiesDid you know we’re all exposed to mold, both indoors and outdoors? Mold is a fungus that relies on both food and water to survive by breaking down plant or animal matter. As part of its reproduction cycle, mold spores often become airborne. Mold spores can be trouble some to those with allergic rhinitis or asthma, triggering unwanted attacks. While mold allergies don’t become an issue until July or late summer, the forecast expects higher mold counts for this June. Keep mold allergens out of your home this summer by following these tips.

 

Clean, Clean, Clean

Make sure you’re keeping your house clean. Prevent mold growth by paying special attention to moist areas in your home. This will also prevent any mold spores from going airborne. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier for extremely damp rooms.

 

Keep Your Windows Closed

While a light summer breeze may feel wonderful flowing through your home, it may also bring airborne allergens with it. Keep your windows closed. Use air-conditioning throughout the summer and into the fall.

 

Dry Your Laundry Inside

Drying your laundry inside will help prevent your clothes from trapping allergens floating on the wind.

 

Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands and face after coming in from the outdoors. Shower before you go to bed at night to keep allergens from attaching to your bed linens.

 

Allergies only getting worse? If you suspect a severe mold problem in your home, we’re here to help. Call us and inquire about our Mold Remediation services. Our team of cleaning professionals will identify the problem and your home cleaned in no time.

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Clean Up Big Messes With ServiceMaster by Ayotte

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

TrashOur ServiceMaster by Ayotte cleaning professionals understand that cleaning up big messes can be daunting and overwhelming for both family and friends. We’ll help you declutter your house and restore your home to its original state one step at a time.

 

Our services include:

  • Free Onsite Evaluation and Estimate.
  • Clutter Cleaning Specialists.
  • Complete Trash Junk Outs.
  • Tailored Cleaning Service for Your Particular Needs.
  • Recovery of Documents, Sentimental Items, Valuables.
  • Delivery of Storage Bins and Filing Boxes.
  • Packaging/Transport/Storage of Items.
  • Biohazard Cleaning Including Animal/Human Waste.
  • Rolloff Containers from 3-40 yards.
  • Recovery/Disposal of Medications and Sharps.
  • Appliance Recycling.
  • Donation of Items to Charity of Your Choice.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Deep Cleaning after Trash / Clutter / Junk Removed.

 

With ServiceMaster by Ayotte’s cleaning services, we’ll help you and your family achieve peace of mind.

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6 Packing and Storage Tips from ServiceMaster by Ayotte

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Storage TipsDid you know that 60% of people who move do so in the summer time? And, it’s no secret as to why. Moving in the middle of winter is the absolute worst. So whether you’re preparing to move this summer, or throwing some items into storage. These tips are for you.

Think High & Dry

I’ve heard many storage horror stories. An entire leather jacket collection was destroyed due to a basement’s hot, moist air. A box of books fell prey to a springtime basement flood. Let’s not even mention all of the damage rodents can cause. So, a good piece of advice? Think high and dry. Store your items off the ground, preferably on a shelf to avoid any potential water damage. Keep them dry and out of a moist environment by investing in plastic, air tight storage containers. They’ll cost you a little more than a cardboard box, but you’ll be thanking yourself later.

Dealing with Books

If you’re an avid reader, you know the pain of moving your entire book collection to a new location. You’ve also probably made the mistake of packing a lot of books into one, big box. I bet your friends were not too pleased when it took three of you just to move it into your new house. Our key tip? Store your books in smaller containers, laying them flat (spine should not be facing up) to avoid any damage.

Label, Label, Label

Whether you’re preparing for a move or throwing some pictures of the kids in the attic: label, label, label. There are several different labeling systems people like to use. You can write the contents on the box, or use different colored peel off labels. It’s whatever works best for you.

Think Small

Moving something big into your new house or into your basement? If you can, try to separate it into smaller parts. If you’re moving a couch or furniture, remove as many cushions or legs as possible. This will make the items easier to carry and will reduce their weight.

Lift with Your Legs & Dress Appropriate

Lift everything with your legs, not your back. You don’t want to injure yourself mid-move, or expose yourself to injury later on in your life. Also, remember to dress appropriate. Keep the loose clothing down to a minimum. You’ll want to wear clothes you feel comfortable getting a little dirty.

Load Essentials Last

Moving things into storage? Place the boxes you’ll most likely want to access towards the front. Same goes for moving. Load your essential items into your moving truck or car last. You’ll want those right away when you reach your new destination.

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4 Easy Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Backyard

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Mosquito Image_BlogIt happens every year. You’re out for a walk, enjoying the seventy degree weather with your family. The birds are chirping. Your child jumps into a giant puddle of mud. And, you’re thinking to yourself about how nice that afternoon sun feels on your skin after a long, hard winter.  You feel a sudden, slight pinch on your leg as you continue to walk down the street. You think nothing of it. It’s not until you’re at home, watching the game, that you find yourself unconsciously scratching. What the? You look down. A bright red, itchy lump appears on your ankle.

The first bug bite of the season always serves as a harsh reminder that with warm weather, comes mosquitoes. This year, be proactive. Keep mosquitoes out of your backyard with these tips. Your friends, family, and ankles will thank you.

 

Remove Stagnant Water Sources

According to Dr. Gaines at the Virginia Department of Health, “Mosquito larvae associated with permanent bodies of water generally live where the water is shallow (1 ft or less), and weeds, debris, emergent grasses or some sort of aquatic vegetation shelters the mosquito larvae from fish and other predators. Relatively few mosquito species actually breed in permanent bodies of water such as marshes or swamps. Most of the mosquito species associated with marshes or swamps actually breed in temporary pools along the margins of these habitats.”

In other words, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. The number one preventative measure you can take to eliminate mosquitoes or greatly reduce their numbers, will be to remove ALL stagnant water sources. Fill in large puddles or holes. Remove old tree stumps. Put away kiddie pools or any toys after use. Eliminate yard decorations that collect rainwater. Clear your gutters. Empty your pet dishes and bird bathes at least once a week.

Have a stagnant pond in your backyard? Consider adding a filtration system or adding tiny fish.

 

Change Your Backyard Lighting

What’s a summertime evening without the soft hum or subtle crack of Grandpa’s bug zapper? Well, he may be taking that zapper down when he learns that it attracts mosquitoes, but doesn’t necessarily kill them all. In fact, UV light emitted from bug zappers shines a giant beacon to all of the mosquitoes in the area, inviting them to come hang out at your place.

So, instead of attracting them, try installing bug lighting in your backyard.

 

Add Porch Screens and Fans

Add a protective barrier around your porch to keep mosquitoes and other bugs out. You can do this by installing a porch screen. You can also purchase fans. Mosquitoes are generally weak flyers and have trouble navigating around strong air currents. So, just drive down to your local hardware store and pick up a cheap box fan. Mosquito problem solved.

 

Keep Your Lawn Clean

In order to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard, most expects recommend you cut your grass and dispose of yard clippings about once a week. Why once a week? Well, Dr. Gaines at the Virginia Department of Health tells us most mosquitoes have a life cycle that lasts about one to two weeks. Mowing your lawn and removing yard clippings disrupts this cycle and kills most mosquitoes before they can fully mature. So, when you don’t really feel like mowing the lawn this summer, just think about how many mosquitos you’ll kill. Ah, sweet revenge.

 

What to see what else Dr. Gaines has to say about mosquitoes here.

 

 

 

 

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Tax Day Specials!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

tax dayIn honor of Tax Day, ServiceMaster is paying your tax.  Call this week and schedule your residential or business cleaning (general spring cleaning, carpet cleaning or hard surface floor cleaning) and we will pay your tax.  Our staff is ready to help you get a jump start on your spring cleaning.  Call today at 507-366-7149 or toll-free at 877-945-0993.  ServiceMaster by Ayotte – giving you the clean you expect and the service you deserve!

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Everyday Hero’s

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

At ServiceMaster by Ayotte we take the ordinary and make it extraordinary; we take the disaster and restore it – We are everyday Hero’s.  We don’t fight fires or save lives but at ServiceMaster by Ayotte we draw our inspiration from those that do.

When customers call, we respond immediately day or night.

  • We arrive on site prepared with the proper equipment, supplies, training and experience
  • Every aspect of our service from our response to our appearance instills confidence in our capabilities
  • We dont jsut remove dirt, water, smoke and odor, we remove uncertainty and concern by the way we communicate and the way we serve

At ServiceMaster by Ayotte we are proud to clean and restore property and peace of mind.  These actions may not save lives, but they are heroic to our customers.

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ServiceMaster Restore Teams up with Matt Paxton from Hoarders

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Matt_PaxtonMatt Paxton will be collaborating with experts from the ServiceMaster Restore team on hoarding and estate clean-up work.

“I simply could not help enough people with my small team,” he said. “After looking at several large service providers, I was attracted to the ServiceMaster corporate values, national footprint and business model,” said Paxton. At the same time, ServiceMaster was looking for an opportunity to create a service extension in the hoarding market.

Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. Hoarding was previously considered a subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but as of May, 2013, hoarding disorder is now included in the “American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.

Read more by visiting this press release!

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