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Spring Into a Beautiful Yard All Season Long
The calendar officially says Spring, which means people will soon begin prepping their yard for seasonal entertaining. This month is the perfect time to assess and repair any damage your lawn and garden may have incurred as a result of extreme winter weather.
If you protect your trees or shrubs with burlap wraps during the colder temperatures now is the time to unwrap them. You should also trim any dead or decayed branches to allow for new, healthy growth. To clean-up overcrowded flower beds, prune spent perennials, rake fallen leaves and dead foliage, and be sure to pull-up any remaining annuals from the previous year. This will help to give you a fresh start for new Spring planting. Once clean-up is complete, spread a pelleted fertilizer to existing plants on the soil’s surface to ensure that Spring rain efficiently carries it to the roots.
After you have tidied your flower beds, it is a good idea to address damaged areas of your lawn in advance of Spring seeding. First, remove soil damaged by plows, salt or winter burn. Once the area is clean, add the first dose of fertilizer and crabgrass treatment. To help keep the new seed moist and healthy, work a ½ inch layer of compost into the soil.
Now that your gardens and lawn are ready for outdoor fun, move on to other areas of your property. Inspect your driveway, walkways and patios for loose gravel or cracks and repair any damage. Use a pressure washer to remove algae and dead foliage from pavers and the exterior of your home. It is also a good idea to remove rotted or damaged wood from fences and replace with new, freshly painted pickets.
At SERVPRO of Boston, we are committed to helping you keep your home clean and safe. While inspecting your property, if you notice water damage as a result of winter weather or if Spring showers seep into your home, call SERVPRO of Boston immediately. Our experienced team of professionals have the knowledge to mitigate water damage and safeguard your family all season long.
Paul Notartomaso Joins SERVPRO of Boston as Operations Manager
SERVPRO of Boston has announced that Paul Notartomaso, Jr. has joined their staff as Operations Manager. With years of experience in the restoration industry and knowledge of the SERVPRO system, Notartomaso will work to enhance operational efficiency.
As Operations Manager, Notartomaso will manage production processes and procedures ensuring jobs are completed meeting SERVPRO guidelines. Additionally, he will work to increase overall customer satisfaction.
“It is a top priority for us to provide the very best support and service to our customers,” said Paul LaGrandeur, General Manager of SERVPRO of Boston. “The level of skill and knowledge Paul brings to our franchise will help us better serve our customers, and ensure our office is working as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Prior to joining SERVPRO of Boston, Notartomaso served as a sales and marketing representative and project manager for SERVPRO of Lawrence. In addition to his industry experience, Notartomaso holds a designation in Applied Structural Drying from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. He is also a certified Bio-Recovery Technician from the American Bio Recovery Association and is a Lead-Safe Renovator.
Notartomaso currently resides in Salem, NH with his girlfriend and their two children.
What You Can Do to Save on Your Heating Bill
Any season is a good season to save energy costs. With winter approaching, however, it’s even more critical as prices for home heating fuel are as volatile as ever.
The U.S. Department of Energy has the following fuel saving tips for consumers:
- Look for furnaces with annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of no less than 78 percent.
- Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.
- Bleed trapped air from hot water radiators once or twice a season or have a professional do it.
- Clean warm-air registers and baseboard heaters and make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
- To retain heat, turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.
- Install a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature according to your work schedule and sleeping habits.
- Energy Star products can cut energy bills up to 30 percent. Locate retailers online at www.energystar.gov when replacing heating systems, appliances, lighting, windows, office equipment and home electronics.
- Insulate hot water heaters and pipes.
- Make sure your furnace or heat pump is tuned up by a professional at least once a year.
Frank Mattos Awarded SERVPRO CEO Award
Local SERVPRO franchise owner, Frank Mattos, was recently recognized with SERVPRO Industries, Inc.’s CEO Award for “Creating an Excellent Organization.” The award acknowledges offices with an outstanding work environment, and it is the second time Mattos has received this honor.
Mattos is the owner of Mattos & Associates, Inc., a management and business development company that operates SERVPRO of Providence, Warwick/East Greenwich, Cranston; SERVPRO of Boston Downtown, Back Bay & South Boston; SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham; and SERVPRO of Quincy.
Mattos’ SERVPRO franchises rank in the top ten of all national SERVPRO franchises, and he previously has been awarded “SERVPRO Franchise of the Year,” which recognizes the top franchisee for loyalty, support, attitude and growth within the SERVPRO system. A recognized leader within the SERVPRO system, Mattos is a Team Member of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, which provides commercial disaster recovery services for commercial large losses throughout the country.
“This recognition reflects the focus of our team members who continuously aspire to achieve professional and personal success,” said Mattos. “Our organization is focused on providing exemplary customer service, and I am proud of our entire team for rising to the occasion during one of busiest times of the year.”
ABOUT MATTOS & ASSOCIATES
Mattos & Associates, LLC manages SERVPRO of Providence, SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham, and SERVPRO of Boston Downtown/Back Bay/South Boston, which provide fire and water cleanup and restoration for homes and businesses in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mattos’ SERVPRO franchises currently are ranked in the top ten among the 1,600 franchises in the country for sales volume and customer service, and were awarded “SERVPRO Franchise of the Year,” which recognizes the top franchisee for loyalty, support, attitude and growth within the SERVPRO system. Founded in 1967, SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire, water, mold, biohazard and other specialty cleanup and restoration services.