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Don’t Forget these Spring-Cleaning Tasks

When the spring season finally arrives, most of us get into a cleaning mood. Others clean out of necessity. But regardless the motive, spring is a great time to spruce things up, clean areas or items that have been neglected during the long winter, and just get ready for a busy summer.

However, besides the obvious things we clean, such as carpet, floors, windows, and the like, there are some chores we might either ignore (on purpose) or forget about completely.

Spice rack and containers: You use them all the time. Grab a nice spice and give your sauce a dash of flavor. Put the lid back on and put it back on the spice rack or wherever you store your spices. Did you clean that jar before putting it back? Have you ever? It’s one of those often-forgotten items that could use at least an annual cleaning. Imagine all the hands and fingers on all those spices during the year… Give your spice rack and contents a good spring cleaning.

Stove and microwave hoods and filters: The purpose of the hood, vent, and any filters is to collect debris, and it’s all greasy. Get a good all-purpose kitchen degreaser, some paper towels, and any other scrubbing tools you wish to use, roll up your sleeves, and get cleaning. You will be amazed how much a year of cooking and normal use will add to the grease build-up on these surfaces.

Garbage disposal: Just think of all that stuff you put into the sink and into the garbage disposal. While it grinds away and does its job without complaining, there is often a buildup of grime on the blades and in the mechanical parts of the disposal. An easy way to clean your disposal is with lemon wedges. Cut up a lemon and add a few wedges to your disposal, turn it on, and let it run with hot water. That should cut the grease and clean the disposal. The wedges may not get “disposed” of enough so after it is all done, you may have to remove them. Be sure to turn off the electricity to the disposal before reaching in, and never use your fingers. Use cooking tongs to be safe.

Underneath stuff: This is easy. Get down on your hands and knees and look under your kitchen table. Enough said. Get to work.

When you need professional cleaning, don’t hesitate to call your favorite cleaning company, especially with surfaces like carpet and hard floors. After all, It Pays to Call a Pro!

How Tornadoes Work

With spring we get all types of weather and storms, and one of the worst that you may face are tornadoes. They can rip through cities, towns, neighborhoods, and cause devastation beyond the imagination.

Sometimes, a tornado or even high winds will damage your home, but you can repair those damages, tapping into the skills of a qualified disaster restoration company. Yet, some may wonder, how do tornadoes form in the first place, and is there anything we can do to prevent them from affecting us and our homes?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, a tornado forms from a large thunderstorm. So when you see or know a thunderstorm is coming, you can pay special attention to the danger of a potential tornado. What happens is, inside thunderclouds, the warm/humid air rises, while the cooler air falls, along with moisture. These opposing conditions create air currents that spin horizontally and then — you guessed it — they turn vertical and drop down from the cloud layer, hitting the ground and becoming devastating tornadoes.

You might be one of the unlucky ones to experience this, when heavy clouds, dark and menacing, hang low, and dump huge amounts of rain and sometimes hail. Those are danger signs and it’s time to make sure you are protected. A tornado can rip up trees, pick up cars, destroy homes, and more. It can pick up a heavy item like a truck and drop it on the ground miles away.

In the United States, there are approximately 1,000 tornadoes each year, but some years we see many more than that, just depending on the weather. Most of them don’t touch populated areas, but when they do, you see it in the news because the devastation is widespread.When bad weather is coming, stay alert. There are warnings that are broadcast that can help you make sure you and your family are safe. Don’t be curious. Many people who wanted to see the storm coming, and perhaps get a good look at a tornado, have paid the ultimate price.

Protecting your home is important, but even more important is protecting your family, keeping everyone safe. If a strong storm, such as from a thunderstorm, or even a tornado, affect your home and cause wind or water damage, you need help right away. Contact your favorite disaster restoration company. They know what to do to make things right again for you and your family. After all, It Pays to Call a Pro!

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